Woodside High School

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Governing Body

School governors form one of the country's largest voluntary groups, with around 345,000 members contributing to strategic development and raising standards of achievement in over 30,000 schools.

School governors are drawn from different parts of the community, such as parents, staff, the local education authority, the community, and other groups.  This helps to ensure that the governing body has sufficient diversity of views and experience, whilst avoiding governors of a particular category ‘representing’ that group on the governing body. 

The governing body has a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement, including setting targets for student achievement, managing the school's finances, making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based, as well as other responsibilities.

The governing body has considerable discretion as to how to discharge its responsibilities but is required to constitute itself in line with the regulations and to appoint a chair and vice chair.  The governing body may delegate certain responsibilities to certain governors or committees of governors, although in general, it is not compelled to do so.

The governors are:


Noreen Graham – Chair of Governors

I am a self-employed public policy consultant and work as a researcher evaluating education, employment and social policies.  I also run training sessions for other school governing bodies who want to improve how they operate and for the past two years, I have worked closely with a care leavers’ charity.  I became a governor at Woodside as I am a Haringey resident and I wanted to help improve education in my area. I come from a family where I and my cousins were the first generation to stay on at school and go to university and I’ve seen first-hand the benefits and life chances that a good education can bring. 


Sue Davidson – Vice-Chair of the Governing Body and Chair of the Curriculum & Inclusion Committee

Sue has been a Governor at Woodside since 2010 and is the Chair of the Curriculum and Inclusion Committee. Sue trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama .She is passionate about raising the educational outcomes for students. Having been Chair of ArtsInform, an applied Arts organisation working with professionals in the Arts Industries, she knows the importance of good inclusive Arts education.


Sam Freedman

I have worked in education my whole career and am currently an Executive Director at the charity Teach First, which recruits teachers from top universities and places them in schools like Woodside. I previously worked at the Department for Education as a Senior Policy Adviser. I have three primary-age children and have lived in Haringey for the past seven years.


Philip Graham

Philip Graham has been a Governor of Woodside Academy for over six years. He has a passionate interest in the education of children and young people. As a retired Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, he is especially concerned for those students with special educational needs. He is also a Governor of Riverside School, the special school on the same campus as Woodside High School.


Daniel Cain-Reed

I completed my teacher training at Woodside with Teach First after graduating and am currently a Head of Year. I joined the governing body in 2018 in order to support the school’s continued commitment to providing an inclusive atmosphere in which all students have access to meaningful opportunities both in and out of the classroom. Having recently completed MA research into the role that school leadership can play in the attainment of Black Caribbean students, I am particularly interested in the impact that secondary schools can have in advancing social mobility in areas of high deprivation.

 


Jacob Adekunle

Jacob joined the Governing Body in March 2014, he serves on the Finance & Resources and Curriculum and inclusion Committee. 

Prior to joining Woodside High School, he served as a governor in a primary school in Islington where he represented Inner London Education Authority (ILEA). Jacob is deeply interested in raising the educational outcomes and supporting the ambitions of young people within and outside the Borough. He worked at City of London Corporation for over 16 years as Energy Management Professional and currently works for Local Authority as Energy Management Officer and he’s a member of Rotary Club of Tower Hamlets, he was elected the Club President for 2016-2017.



Felicia Rock

I have worked for The Brook Special Primary School since September 2011 and prior to that I worked in several schools as well as working for the London Borough of Haringey Education Department. My son attends Woodside and what drew us to choose this school was the warm, family atmosphere, close community links and polite, well-motivated pupils when we visited and I still feel that to this day.

It is my pleasure to support Ms Robinson and the Governing Body and for a very short time I was part of the Friends and Family of Woodside Group but gave that up to apply for the role of Parent Governor.

I too attended Woodside as a child and have fond memories every time I visit. Education has always been a very big part of my life and as I believe that every child deserves a rich education regardless of where you live or how you were raised, I am sure that Woodside will continue to provide a rich education to all children and be a thriving part of the local community for many years to come  and I am proud to be part of that for the foreseeable future.


Rosemary Corbin

Rose-Marie Corbin has recently joined our board of Governors at Woodside High School, in June 2017, as a Parent Governor.  As a local parent of two boys who’ve attended Woodside High School, she is now in the position to use this experience to be the voice of parents in our school and make a difference.

Rose-Marie is also keen to use her skills gained form working for the Department of Work & Pensions, as a Support for Schools Adviser for Haringey and Islington, to support Woodside High School in their delivery of Career, Advice and Information service to help prepare our students for their Post 16 Options and the world of work.  Supporting the school community to ensuring that all our students have a clear plan of what they are going to do at  16+ and help students to develop the necessary people-skills to becoming productive, active member of our community, who are empowered, who have high aspirations and a will achieve their life goals.


Gerry Robinson – Head Teacher


 Jan Balon - Governor


Martina Breslin - Staff Governor


 Innes Meek


 

Structure of the Governing Body

GOVERNOR

NAME

GOVERNOR

CATEGORY

APPOINTING

BODY

TERM OF OFFICE

COMMITTEE

 

GOVERNOR ROLE

BUSINESS INTEREST

GOVERNANCE ROLES AT OTHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

RELEVANT

RELATIONSHIPS

ADEKUNLE,

 Jacob Sunday

Co-opted

FGB

4 years from

16 March 2018 

Finance

 

Governor

Employee of London Borough of Redbridge

 

 

DAVIDSON,

Susan Mary

Member

 

4 years from

26 June 2016 

Finance

Curriculum and Inclusion

Vice chair

 

NONE

 

 

FREEDMAN,

Samuel James

Co-opted

FGB

4 years from

 26 June 2016 

Finance

Governor

Employee of teach First

 

 

GRAHAM,

Noreen Catherine

Member

 

4 years from

18 June 2019 

Finance

Curriculum and Inclusion

Chair of Finance & Resources till June 2019

 

Chair of FGB  from June 2019

Consultant/

trainer for national Governors Association

 

Wife of PJ Graham

GRAHAM,

Philip Jeremy

Co-opted

FGB

4 years from

 26 June 2016 

Finance

Curriculum and Inclusion

Governor

NONE

Governor at Riverside School till November 2018

Husband of N Graham

CAIN-REED, 

Daniel

Staff

Governor

FGB

4 years from

 29 March 2018

Finance

Curriculum and Inclusion

Governor

Staff at Woodside High School

 

 

CORBIN,

Rosemary

Co-opted

FGB

4 years from

25 June 2017 

Finance

Curriculum and Inclusion

Governor

 

 

 

HUMM

Ceri

 

Co-opted

FGB

4 years from

23 June 2017

Curriculum and Inclusion

Governor

 

 

 

KELLY,

Gerard

Member

 

 

Finance

Curriculum and Inclusion

Chair of FGB till June 2019

 

 

 

BODHINAYAKE

Nuwan

Co-opted

FGB

4 years from

12 November 2017

 

 

Curriculum and Inclusion

Governor

Resigned

9 January 2019

 

 

 

SMITH,

Miranda

Member

 

 

Finance

Governor

 

 

 

ROBINSON,

Gerry

Head

FGB

 1 January 2016

Finance

Curriculum and Inclusion

Governor

 

 

 

ROCK,

Felicia

Parent

Governor

FGB

25 June 2017

Curriculum and Inclusion

Governor

 

 

 

Attendance 2018/19

 


Appointment

FR

CI

Full

FR

CI

Full

FR

CI

Full

 

 

02/10/18

02/10/18

25/11/18

26/02/19

26/02/19

12/03/19

23/04/19

23/04/19

18/06/19

Gerry Robinson

 

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Daniel Cain-Reed

 

28/03/18

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Felicia Rock

 

25/05/17

N

*

*

N

*

+

N

A

+

Rose-Marie Corbin

 

25/05/17

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Gerard Kelly

 

31/10/15

+

*

*

*

N

*

*

*

*

Miranda Smith

 

25/06/18

A

N

*

*

N

*

*

*

*

Noreen Graham.

 

31/10/15

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Dr Philip Graham

 

26/06/16

+

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Sue Davidson

 

26/06/16

*

 

*

+

+

*

*

*

*

Jacob Adekunle

 

16/03/18

*

*

*

*

N

*

*

N

*

Sam Freedman

 

26/06/16

A

N

*

A

N

*

A

N

+

Ceri Humm

 

23/06/17

N

+

+

N

A

*

N

*

*

Dr Nuwan Bodhinayake

 

12/11/17

Resigned 09/01/19

N

*

+

 

 

 

 

 

 

* = present

+ = apologies

A = absent, no apologies

N = not on Committee

 

All Governors are elected for a 3 year term. The Chair, Vice Chair and committee members are appointed annually at the first FGB meeting of the School year.

Full company information is available on Companies House website, including dates of appointment:

https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/07831292

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