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.
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.
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.
Jan Balon - Governor
Valerie Gillies - Parent Governor
Patrick Sisupalan - Staff Governor
Pinar Aksu - Staff Governor
I have worked in education for most of my career as both a teacher, and more lately, as a tutor, specialising in maths. I have been a resident in Haringey for the last 20 years and I have two grown up children. I am particularly interested in primary/secondary transfer and in advancing social mobility.
I have worked for forty years in education as a teacher, senior leader, teacher trainer, headteacher and advisor. I have always chosen to work in London schools in challenging circumstances. As a former National Leader in Education and currently as a School Improvement Partner I have focussed on adding value to schools’ efforts to support the achievement and welfare of all pupils, but especially the most disadvantaged. My areas of particular interest are leadership training and development, literacy, student leadership, curriculum development and girls’ education.
Structure of the Governing Body
|COMMITTEE||GOVERNOR ROLE||GOVERNANCE ROLES AT OTHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS||RELEVANT
|GRAHAM, Noreen Catherine||Member / Governor||FGB||4 years Expiry: 26/06/23||Finance & Resources||Chair of FGB||N/A||N/A|
|DAVIDSON, Susan Mary||Member / Governor||FGB||4 years Expiry: 26/06/24||Curriculum & Learning||Vice Chair of FGB||N/A||N/A|
|ADEKUNLE Jacob||Governor||FGB||4 years Expiry: 11/03/22||Inclusion and Safeguarding||Governor||N/A||N/A|
|AKSU, Pinar||Governor||FGB||4 years Expiry: 8/01/24||Curriculum & Learning||Staff Governor||N/A||N/A|
|BALON, Jan||Governor||FGB||4 years Expiry: 11/11/23||Curriculum & Learning||Governor||N/A||N/A|
|CARROLL, Mark||Governor||FGB||Expiry: 8/01/24||Finance & Resources||Governor||N/A||N/A|
|FREEDMAN, Samuel James||Co-opted||FGB||4 years Expiry: 26/06/24||Finance & Resources||Governor||N/A||N/A|
|GILLIES, Valerie||Governor||FGB||4 years Expiry: 25/05/21||Inclusion and Safeguarding||Parent Governor||N/A||N/A|
|HIGGINS, Sue||Governor||FGB||4 years Expiry: 8/01/24||Inclusion and Safeguarding||Governor||N/A||N/A|
|MEEK, Innes||Governor||FGB||4 years Expiry: 11/11/23||Finance & Resources||Chair of Finance & Resources||N/A||N/A|
|ROSEN, Nicky||Governor||FGB||4 years Expiry: 8/01/24||Curriculum and Inclusion||Governor||N/A||N/A|
|SADEK, Ben||Governor||FGB||4 years Expiry: 8/01/24||Finance & Resources||Governor||N/A||N/A|
|SISUPALAN, Patrick||Governor||FGB||4 years Expiry: 8/01/24||Finance & Resources||Staff Governor||N/A||N/A|
Full Governing Body
|Name||Meetings attended||Out of a possible number of meetings|
|Daniel Cain Reed||1||2|
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:
- For the Annual Accounts and Report please see the Financial Documents