Ian Palmer - Chair of governors - Co-opted governor
I would like to introduce myself as the chair of the school's governing body.
I have been a governor at Kingsgate Primary School since June 2011 and was elected as chair in March 2013. I also have a son at the school and live locally with my family.
I am a chartered civil engineer and bring to the governing body the analytical and organisational skills I use in my job designing bridges and railway projects. My background has also helped me review the plans for the school's proposed expansion plans.
One of my most important roles at Kingsgate Primary School is as the designated governor for safeguarding and child protection, making sure that all our safeguarding and child protection arrangements are in place, staff and visitors have all been checked, and the school's safeguarding policy is up to date and available on the school's website.
The governors at Kingsgate Primary School are highly effective and we are very proud of the high standards maintained at the school. We work closely with the headteacher and her leadership team to ensure that the school continues to offer a first class education to all its pupils.
Liz Hayward - Headteacher
As the headteacher of Kingsgate Primary School, I am responsible for the day-to-day management, organisation and control of the school, and I work closely with my leadership team to make sure that the school runs smoothly. I also work closely with the governing body who have an important strategic role, looking at the bigger picture and helping make decisions about how the school makes best use of its financial resources.
Our aim always is to make sure that all our pupils achieve high academic standards.
Aude-Marie Auphan - Co-opted governor
My name is Aude-Marie Auphan and I have been a co-opted governor at Kingsgate Primary School since May 2016. I am both thrilled and proud to join the school’s governing body.
My background is in the performing arts. Following a career as a professional cellist, I now work as manager to artists, developing and managing the careers of international soloists in the field of classical music. Passionate about education, I believe that art subjects help children unlock their potential and develop to the best of their abilities. As a new governor, I aim to bring my insight to the school and to contribute to Kingsgate Primary remaining a school not only of outstanding academic achievement but also one that provides an environment for each child to thrive in.
Husnara Begum - Parent governor
In the summer of 2015 I was elected as parent governor. I am passionate about education and I want to support the excellent work at Kingsgate Primary School. I believe we should nurture children's natural curiosity and love of learning by encouraging high aspirations and inspiring them to become life long learners. My background as a teacher means I have over ten years of first hand classroom experience and an in depth knowledge of teaching and learning practices. Before I trained as a teacher I worked as a civil servant at the Royal Courts of Justice after completing my law degree at the University of London. I currently run a supplementary school in Camden, teaching Arabic and Bengali. Along with a parental perspective, I bring to the governing body my understanding of education, Special Educational Needs, management, and the organisational and budgeting skills that I have gained through managing my own supplementary school. I will work hard to support the school to continue to be outstanding and offering the best to all our children.
Leanne Brooks - KS2 Deputy Head - staff governor
My name is Leanne Brooks and I am the Key Stage 2 Deputy Head teacher at our school. I arrived at Kingsgate in 2009 as a newly qualified teacher and I have been a teacher governor at Kingsgate since 2010. I am very proud to work at Kingsgate and believe our school is committed to providing our pupils with the education they need to become confident, independent learners who are secondary ready and are equipped to take their place in the demanding world of the 21st century. It is very rewarding to belong to the governing body and as Deputy I can offer support from an internal position and support the governing body accordingly. This support can be with matters relating to teaching and learning, attainment and progress, safeguarding and the impact of how the school uses its financial resources at a teaching and learning level
Paul Ratner Co-opted governor
My name is Paul Ratner and I have been a co-opted governor at Kingsgate Primary School since 2010 and I am currently the Vice Chair of the School Improvement Committee.
In my capacity as a school governor, I have regularly attended meetings, governor open days and training courses.
I currently run my own private sector company and I believe that, working outside of education, I bring a fresh perspective to the team.
I also feel that, as someone who has been involved in local political campaigns, I have a feel for the wider community’s aspirations for schools in the area.
A great primary school education is the first building block in ensuring that children will be both happy and successful in their secondary school and then go on to achieve great things later in life.
I am therefore proud that Kingsgate School is rated Ofsted outstanding and long may the school continue to maintain high academic standards.
Pauline Ryan - Local authority governor
My name is Pauline Ryan and I am the local authority governor. This is my third term at Kingsgate Primary school. I have a background in nursing and I am currently working with people with physical and complex learning difficulties in supported living in sheltered accommodation which I find is very rewarding. This also helps me contribute to the school in my role as the link Special Educational Needs and Disability governor at Kingsgate Primary School. I meet regularly with the school's SENDco and discuss strategies that will enable children with SEND to achieve well at school.
I live locally and I have a 30 year old son who was well educated at Camden schools. I am active in a number of organisations locally.
Ahmed Saad - Parent governor
Hello. I am Ahmed Saad and I have been a governor at Kingsgate Primary School since 2010. I am a parent governor and the attendance and punctuality link governor.
My background is education; I have a Master’s Degree in general education and I am currently teaching the Arabic language in Camden Supplementary Schools.
The governors work closely with the School Leadership Team and other members of the school community including pupils, parents and staff.
Working with the headteacher and with the leadership team we aim to make sure that all children have the best possible education in a safe and fun environment.
Ian Whittaker - Co-opted governor
Hello. My name is Ian Whittaker and I have been a governor at Kingsgate Primary School since March 2012. I am Vice-Chair of the school's governing body and Chair of the Resources and Finance Committee. I am an Equity Analyst working in the City and was recently named "Analyst of the Year" by City AM. I bring to the governing body the analytical and financial skills I use in my job looking at companies and how they operate. My background has also helped me review the plans for the school's proposed expansion plans. One of my roles at Kingsgate Primary School is as the designated governor for the Pupil Premium, where additional funding given to schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. For me, what is most impressive is how Kingsgate Primary School delivers outstanding results and the dedication of its staff and I enjoy being involved in working with the headteacher and the leadership team to make sure that we continue to develop.
Shelley Dunbar -
School business manager -
My name is Shelley Dunbar and I have been the school's business manager since November 2011. I have worked in Camden primary schools since 1998. My background is in banking and I can bring my financial expertise not only to my role in school and also to my role as associate governor where I discuss financial matters with governors and give them the information they need in order to have a strategic overview of the school. I can also bring my knowledge of human resources, health and safety and premises management to the table at governing body meetings.
Kingsgate Primary School Kingsgate Road London NW6 4LB
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