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Governors

The Michael Faraday Governing Board provides strategic leadership and accountability for the school.

Its main functions are to;

  • Provide a strategic overview that ensures the pupils learn most effectively and achieve the highest standards.
  • Act as a “critical friend” of the school by providing the Headteacher and staff with support, advice and information and monitor and evaluate to school’s effectiveness and promote the interests of the school and pupils.
  • Ensure accountability. The Governors are accountable to parents, pupils, the community, the Local Authority and Ofsted.

It is also responsible for many important decisions in the running of the school. These include:

  • Appointing the Headteacher and Senior Leaders. Governors are also involved in the appointment of teaching staff as appropriate.
  • Agreeing the aims of the school curriculum and ensuring the national curriculum is implemented.
  • Determining how the school’s budget is to be used each year.
  • Dealing with official complaints and exclusions.

Our Governing Body includes

  • The Headteacher
  • 1 elected staff governor
  • 1 governor nominated by the local authority
  • 3 elected parent governors
  • 9 co-opted governors
See below the full list of governors

Sophie Bradford (Co-chair)

After serving as a Parent Governor and then a Co-opted Governor, Sophie was appointed Co-Chair of Governors in early 2020. For many years, she worked in the creative industries as, variously, Head of Development and Acquisitions for Renaissance Films, a Literary Agent at Curtis Brown and a Film Agent at Sheil Land Associates. Once her children were of school age (both Michael Faraday Primary School pupils), she studied for the PGCE at the Institute of Education and retrained as a primary school teacher; she has been teaching at Boutcher CE Primary School, Ofsted-rated ‘outstanding’, in Bermondsey since 2011.

 

“I was so impressed by the children and the teachers at Michael Faraday, I retrained to become a teacher. As a parent, I have seen first-hand the way that Michael Faraday supports children to develop as self-reliant, knowledge-loving and confident members of their community. The staff and Governing Body have high expectations for their students and now more than ever we need to support our school to continue to be that safe place to learn and achieve.”

Meriam Wilson (Co-chair)

Meriam joined as a parent governor with both her children ex-pupils of Michael Faraday. She is a trained teacher and her working experience included being a radio producer. Meriam worked for many years at the BBC World Service - a stimulating, cosmopolitan environment which was founded to inform, educate and entertain: aims not a million miles from those of Michael Faraday School. 

 

“I did really well out of the State school system, growing up in Inner London through the 70’s and 80’s. Now, it’s my turn to give something back.”

Odunola Ajibola (Clerk)

Clerk of Governors 

Chris Peters

Chris has been a co-opted governor at Michael Faraday since 2016. He is an experienced lawyer who has worked at law firms and companies in the banking and technology sectors. Originally from Australia, he has lived in Southwark for several years.

 

Deivy Riquier

Parent Governor

Irene Akladious

Co-opted Governor

 

Kate McGrath

Kate is a parent governor, with two children currently attending the school. In her professional life, she is Director and Chief Executive of Fuel, an independent theatre producing company, based in London and producing theatre across the UK and beyond. She has a range of governance experience, serving as a trustee of the JMK Trust 2012-2017, the Tobacco Factory Theatre 2014-2018 and as Chair of Camden People’s Theatre 2012-2020. 

 

Oscar Tang

Oscar joined as a co-opted governor in 2021. He has worked as a solicitor in the City for almost 10 years, in technology and data law, and dispute resolution. He has lived in Southwark, around Elephant & Castle, for over 5 years, and can often be found jogging in Burgess Park.

Rosie Allsop

Co-opted Governor

 

Sharon Vince

Sharon is a parent governor.  Having taught at primary schools in central London for 15 years, Sharon is now completing a PhD in Early Years Education Policy at the Institute of Education, UCL, where she also teaches undergraduates on the BA Education Studies programme.

 

Zahra Bakkeer

Zahra became a staff governor in March 2020.  She has been living in Southwark for over 16 years. Zahra started as a volunteer, then worked as a midday meals supervisor and currently works as a Teaching Assistant. She has been actively involved in JAGS as a class representative for 3 years.

“I am a parent of three children who loves working at Michael Faraday because of the dedication, hard work, love and care that the school provides in the children’s lives. This inspired me to work at Michael Faraday and become part of a team devoted to getting the best possible start in their lives, so they can reach their full potential. I am proud to be a parent and a staff member at Faraday.”

Pupil Discipline / Staff Discipline / Staff Discipline Appeal / Pay Appeal / Complaints Committee

These committees meet as and when required, with a minimum of three eligible governors to be drawn from a pool of all members of the Governing Body, subject to availability and lack of conflicts of interest and having regard to the need for the Committee to be balanced in terms of gender and race as far as possible.

Minutes of governing body meetings are available on request from the school office.