The School Governors

Our governors are at the heart of how the school operates.

If you want to contact the chair of governors or any other governor please leave a message or a letter at the school office and your request will be passed on to the relevant governor.

The governors work closely with the headteacher and the senior leadership team to raise standards and ensure that the school has high expectations of all its pupils. The governors take a long-term strategic view and promote effective ways of teaching and learning when setting school aims and policies.

In addition they appoint and performance manage the headteacher, agree the school improvement plan, set and monitor the budget and agree the staffing structure.

They do this together with the headteacher, who is responsible for the day-to-day management and leadership of the school. At Lady Margaret Primary School, we are fortunate to have a very effective Governing Body, with many highly experienced, committed and knowledgeable governors.

Our governing body is made up of:

  • 3 parent governors elected by parents at the school
  • 1 Headteacher
  • 1 Staff governor elected by the staff
  • 5 co-opted governors (COGs) appointed by the Governing Body, 
  • 1 Local Authority/Citizen governor appointed by the London Borough of Ealing

Sara Arshad
Sadia Mughal
Farhana Sultana

Name: Sadia Mughal

Date of appointment: 13th December 2018

Term of office: 4 years

Category of Governor: Parent Governor

Committees: Teaching and Learning Committee

Link Governor for SEND

Brief statement: I am very interested in children’s education and want to support the school as much as possible.

I have two children attending the Lady Margaret School. I am very happy with the school, they have made good progress.

As a parent I am passionate in my desire to help to achieve the best possible schooling experience for all children, to give them the best start and foundation for a happy and healthy life ahead.

In my academic background, I am a software engineer. I have done Masters in (IT). I have also worked in Education. I had been teaching IELTS (International English Language Testing System) for two years. Which helped me to build good communication and social skills.

I am reliable, helpful and approachable, and will attend the governor meetings regularly, giving a balanced and objective view. I will always support the school leadership where I am confident that best is being provided, however, If I have doubts I will not hesitate to question.

 

Name: Farhana Sultana

Date of appointment: 21st March 2019

Term of office: 4 years

Category of Governor: Parent Governor

Committees: Teaching and Learning Committee

Link Governor for PHSE and Healthy Relationships

Brief statement: I am a writer and columnist and I have one child in Lady Margaret. I am a Parent Governor at LMPS because it is my passion to support primary education.

I will support the school strategically to ensure students receive high quality education and planning for future development and continuous improvement. I believe parent governors have a special role, and will try to assess issues/decisions from the point of view of parents/carers.

I worked as a teacher, volunteer and teacher’s aid from 2004-2017 in Darland International school, Hambrough Primary school, Greenfields Nursery School and LMPS (summer term 2018). I hope to bring my experience as a volunteer to support LMPS with its future development.

I have completed B.S.S (Honours) and M.S.S in International Relations and a Teaching Assistant and Childcare course.

I will work with energy and enthusiasm to support LMPS to maintain high standards and future challenges.

 

Name: Sara Arshad

Date of appointment: Appointment will be ratified at the next Full Governing Body Meeting on 31st March

Term of office: 4 years

Category of Governor: Parent Governor

Committees: TBC

Link Governor: TBC

Brief statement:

I have three children, two attend Lady Margaret. I have been involved with the school since 2014. I am passionate about children accessing education that meets their own individual needs so they can achieve their very best.

I am Qualified Bachelor of Science, NCFE CACHE level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning. Working with students with special education needs.  Childcare and EYFS. I am currently volunteering with year 5 children.

I believe the most important qualities of a Governor are enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education.  Just like every other parents at school,  I want the very best for my children and the school.

As a school governor, I feel I could become part of the team that supports the Headteacher, staff and most importantly, the well-being and safety of all our children.

 

Helen Rai
Bhavna Wadhera

 

Name: Helen Rai

Date of appointment: 2nd June 2014

Term of office: on-going

Category of Governor: Staff Governor – Headteacher

Name: Bhavna Wadhera

Date of appointment: 19th July 2019

Term of office: 4 years

Category of Governor: Staff Governor

Committees: Teaching and Learning

Link Governor for Curriculum

Brief Statement: I have been at LMPS for almost 11 years mainly in the capacity of a finance officer and in the earlier years I have been a parent volunteer in the classroom. I have a teaching assistant qualification prior to my decision to move to finance. The school has given me the opportunity to successfully complete the CSBM, DSBM and CIPFA, which are school business and finance diplomas.  Prior to the appointment of the school business manager  I secured contracts, was the main contact of a school finance audit, project managed, monitored and prepared the school budget with assistance from bursarial services.

I believe the role of a staff governor is pivotal as it allows the governing body to gain insight into the demands and needs of the school staff to deliver the best possible learning for students. To achieve this, the school needs to be able to offer precise and accurate information on behalf of the staff and the school so that the governing body can make informed decisions. I feel that my experience from the roles I have held in the school, as a parent and a passionate member of the school staff will allow me to give the governing body a balanced view of all key stakeholders and represent the staff with conviction and honesty.

Simon Prebble – Chair of Governors
Dean Horridge
Randip Bains
Raj Powar
Amanda Hancock

lady margaret headshots 8sept15-52-3280s squareName: Simon Prebble

Date of Appointment: 16th July 2014 – (re-elected 5th May 2022)

Term of office: 4 years

Category of Governor: Chair of Governors – Co-opted Member

Committees: Resources Committee/Teaching and Learning Committee/Pay Committee

Link Governor for Reading, EYFS

Brief Statement: I am an education consultant working in schools across London. My main focus areas are providing support and challenge to senior leaders in school improvement planning and monitoring and evaluating. I have been the headteacher of 2 primary schools in Ealing. I have worked in education for 30 years in a variety of roles.

For 3 years I was the Principal Primary Adviser for Ealing and led the primary school improvement team. I have a lot of experience of governing boards both as a member and by supporting schools.

I have been a resident in the London Borough of Ealing for 27 years. I believe schools should have high expectations of their children, parents and staff as pupils only have one chance to enable them to be successful in their future lives.

I am looking forward to continuing to work with the governing board to challenge and support the school to improve further.

Name: Dean Horridge

Date of appointment: 30th November 2017

Term of office: 4 years

Category of Governor: Vice Chair of Governors – Co-opted Member

Committee: Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee

Link Governor for Premises/Health & Safety/PE and Healthy Lifestyles

Brief statement: Dean is an expert in children’s activity and obesity and has 28 years’ experience in working with children, families and communities across a range of sectors, including education, leisure and health & fitness. As head of PE in a primary school he was disappointed at the lack of physical activity his pupils undertook during school holidays. Realising the effects of inactivity during the holidays, Dean started Fit For Sport weekend and holiday activity clubs for school children in 1991. These continue to operate (with over 100 activity camps nationwide) and Fit For Sport has evolved and grown dramatically. It now employs over 500 staff, supports over 200 schools, and engages over one million children through free school and family initiatives. Fit For Sport also trains 23% of the UK’s activity leaders.

A firm believer that the journey to an active life begins with children, his overriding goal for Fit For Sport is to make a positive impact on the health of the nation by engaging and educating children and families through activity on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

Dean also takes a leading role in championing children’s activity in the health and fitness industry. He sits on Membership Council on the industry trade association ukactive, and also chairs the ukactive Kids Board, helping to develop and promote initiatives to improve children’s activity levels and participation.

Name: Raj Powar

Date of appointment:  4th July 2019

Term of office: 4 years

Category of Governor: Co-opted member

Committees: Resources Committee/Teaching and Learning Committee/Pay Committee

Link Governor for Reading 

Brief Statement: After having worked for years in the automotive, finance and property industries, I now work in an administrative role in an educational setting in Ealing. Working in a school has awakened a great sense of purpose in me and I am now deeply committed to doing all I can to support endeavours to provide the children in our community with the best possible start in life. All children deserve access to the best possible education.

I have lived in the Borough of Ealing for over 15 years and, having been born and raised in Hounslow, I know Southall well. I have a great fondness and affinity for the area and am therefore delighted to now have the opportunity to work with the community of Southall in the capacity of School Governor.

As a Governor, it is my intention to work wholeheartedly with the Governing body to raise standards and pupil attainment at the school, whilst also ensuring that the school provides the most supportive and nurturing environment possible for its children.

Name: Randip Bains

Date of appointment: 21st March 2019

Term of office: 4 years

Category of Governor: Co-opted Member

Committee: Resources Committee

Link Governor Curriculum

Brief Statement: I am a qualified English law Solicitor with 10 years’ experience of working in private practice with a range of clients. I currently work for the Bank of England as in house legal counsel and sit as the legal representative on risk committees within the Bank.

As a co-opted governor I feel that I have the opportunity to contribute to the local community by utilising skills that I have developed in my legal and professional career. I have always been keen to get involved in community work (past experiences including acting as a mentor, ambassador and charity work in Africa). The role as co-opted governor is quite a different and unique opportunity that appeals to me.

I am keen to gain experience of sitting on a governing body and developing my skills further in this context, in a way that makes a positive difference. I am interested to understand the challenges facing local schools and do as much as I can to assist with overcoming these or at least, providing a valuable contribution to the decision-making process.

Name: Mrs Amanda Hancock

Date of appointment: 31st March 2022

Term of office: 4 years

Category of Governor: Coopted Governor

Brief Statement: I have four children and have worked in the education sector in Ealing for 19 years, I have been working in the school as the School Business Manager since 2015 strategically leading site support services, health and safety and policy updates, alongside managing the school budget, I also work closely with Mrs Rai on improving attendance and punctuality.

I have over 20 years experience of being a school governor and in this time I have seen many changes to the education sector. I feel passionately that every child gets the best start in life and hope that my participation in the leadership and management of the school will support the school in achieving its goals.

Roop Bhinder 

 

 

Name: Roop Bhinder

Date of appointment:  3rd December 2020

Term of office: 4 years

Category of Governor: Local Authority/Citizen Governor

Committees: Teaching and Learning

Link Governor: Safeguarding

Brief statement:  I am currently the senior private secretary to the permanent secretary at the Department for Education, with experience working across five Government departments in the UK in a variety of policy, strategy and legislation roles.

I am interested in education, not just because of my day job, but more widely as I have experience mentoring young people trying to get into university as well as teaching study skills whilst I was at university. I strongly believe in education as an enabling tool for social mobility, and believe that all children should get the best start to life. Having grown up not too far from Lady Margaret Primary School, I am delighted to be working with a school where I have a strong understanding of the local area.

I will bring my skills and understanding of policy making, the education system and the local area to my role as Local Authority Governor.

 

Each term the full Governing Body meets.

Each of the committees meet every term to concentrate on different areas of school life.

Structure & agenda include:

  • Budgets
  • Resources
  • Financial Management / SFVS
  • Pay & Staffing/CPD
  • Business Management
  • Premises
  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Environment
  • Community cohesion

Committee Members (6)

  • Chair: Simon Prebble
  • Vice Chair: Raj Powar
  • Helen Rai
  • Randip Bains
  • Amanda Hancock – non-voting capacity

Structure & agenda include:

  • Standards/Pupil outcomes/data
  • Teaching & Learning
  • ‘Narrowing the gap/ SEN
  • Pupil Premium
  • Target setting

Committee Members (9)

  • Chair: Dean Horridge
  • Bhavna Wadhera
  • Helen Rai
  • Simon Prebble
  • Raj Powar
  • Farhana Sultana
  • Sadia Mughal
  • Roop Bhinder
  • Amanda Hancock – non-voting capacity

Governors may also have additional responsibilities:

Governors Roles Oct 2021

Governors Register of Interests:

All governors are asked to complete a declaration of interest form, and the table below is a compiled record of declarations submitted. This document is reviewed at every governing body meeting and is updated following any changes.

Declaration of interests-Lady Margaret Primary

Governor attendance 2020-21

1st September 2020 to 31st August 2021

Name Designation ATTENDED POSSIBLE MEETINGS % Attendance
Mr S Prebble Chair of Governors (Co-opted Governor) 11 11 100%
Mr D Horridge Vice-chair  (Co-opted Governor) 6 8 75%
Mrs H Rai Headteacher 10 11 91%
Mrs F Sultana Parent Governor 8 8 100%
Mr D Njovana Parent Governor 7 8 88%
Mrs B Wadhera Staff Governor 7 8 88%
Mrs S Mughal Parent Governor 7 8 88%
Mrs R Bains Co-opted Governor 7 8 88%
Ms R Bhinder LA community Governor 2 4 50%
Mr R Powar Co-opted Governor 8 8 100%
Mrs A Hancock Associate Governor 8 8 100%
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