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Governors

What do we do?

Contact the Governors at governors@eleanorpalmer.camden.sch.uk

The Governing Body has responsibility, alongside the staff of our school, for deciding the strategic direction of the school. This includes contributing to decisions on:

  • Vision and Values
  • Finance
  • Curriculum
  • Health and safety
  • Premises
  • Welfare and discipline
  • Standards
  • Staffing
  • Equality and inclusion
  • Community
  • Admissions
  • Extended services
  • Special needs

Our role is crucial:

  • We fulfil statutory duties to ensure that the school is a safe, healthy and an inclusive environment
  • We provide support and challenge to the leadership team of the school on all issues that affect the learning and welfare of our pupils
  • We provide a link into the wider Borough of Camden – helping to ensure we are able to contribute to decisions made about schools across the Borough

Vision Plan 2016-2019

The Governing Body is drawn from the staff of the school, the Local Authority, parents and the wider community that our school serves.

Parent Governors play a particular role in representing parental concerns to the governors and we are always looking for interested parents who want to contribute to the school in this way.

If you are interested in the work we do, would like to find out more, have any questions – or are interesting in becoming a governor, please contact Tania (Clerk to the Governors) in the office in the first instance on Tania@eleanorpalmer.camden.sch.uk !

You can also write to us (please ensure any correspondence if left in the office in an envelope marked for the attention of the Chair of Governors).

Contacting the Governors

The Governing Body welcomes the views of parents and we are always happy to discuss issues with parents.

If there is any matter that concerns you, or if you have ideas about how to improve the school, please feel free to contact us.

Parent Governors are often available in the school grounds in the morning and afternoon (you can identify us from the photo in the foyer opposite the fish).

Email us at governors@eleanorpalmer.camden.sch.uk

You can also write to us (please ensure any correspondence if left in the office in an envelope marked for the attention of the Chair of Governors).

Governing Body Parent Survey 2018

Governing Body Parent Survey 2017

Full Governing Body Meeting Minutes

 

Who We Are

Eleanor Palmer has 14 Governors. They are made up of 5 parent governors elected by the parents, 3 governors appointed by the Local Education Authority, 1 teacher governor, the Headteacher and 4 co-opted community governors.

Flora Cornish

Flora Cornish

Parent Governor

I was elected parent governor in summer 2016. I have a son in Year 2, a daughter in Year 5, and a passion for the transformative power of education.  

I’m an educator myself, working as an Associate Professor at a London university, where I see daily the importance of the ‘soft skills’ of social and emotional intelligence, independence and resilience – key parts of an EP education, crucial in their own right and foundations for academic learning. I’m excited to contribute to the direction of the school, and to channel parents’ and carers’ views into that direction. Come and talk to me!

Josh Franks

Josh Franks

Co-opted Governor

I was delighted to join Eleanor Palmer as a governor this year. As a new governor, it has already been impressive and enjoyable to see how the school operates.

I taught for over a decade as a class teacher in a local (albeit an Islington) primary school. I now work as Programme Lead for Primary PGCE at UCL Institute of Education. I am also trying to finalise a PhD looking at children’s writing and how teacher self determination is a prerequisite for the most successful outcomes for children.

I have lived in Tufnell Park for over 30 years. I have two children and before going to Acland Burghley, I was lucky enough to start my education as a 4 year old at Eleanor Palmer! It’s funny how life works out! Thank you for having me.

Mark Pemberton

Mark Pemberton

Co-opted Governor

I have been a governor since September 2014. I have lived in Kentish Town for over 25 years, and have previously been an LEA Governor at Argyle Primary School in Kings Cross. In my day job I am Director of the Association of British Orchestras, so not surprisingly I have a particular interest in music education!

 

Matthew Lawrence

Matthew Lawrence

Co-opted Governor

I joined as a governor in January 2016. I have lived in the area for 14 years and have an even longer involvement with education initiatives from teaching in Europe to mentoring students and teachers. I am Director of Programmes at an International NGO.  I hope I can play a part in helping everyone at EP achieve their very best.

Rifca Le Dieu

Rifca Le Dieu

Parent Governor

I am a newly appointed Parent Governor. I have been a parent at Eleanor Palmer for 4 years: my twin boys are entering Year 3 and my daughter is starting Reception. As 2 of my children have additional needs, I also have first-hand experience of negotiating the difficulties of EHCPs, my plans, annual reviews and interactions with therapists.

My career is as a Consultant Haemato-Oncologist at Barts Health NHS Trust in which role I care for patients with lymphoma. I am also a Clinical Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London where I am a postgraduate tutor and teach undergraduate and postgraduate biomedical and medical sciences. I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I work part-time, fulfilling these roles in 3 days a week.

I look forward to being part of the team fostering our school’s ambitious, supportive and inclusive ethos over the next 4 years.

Rosie Thomson

Rosie Thomson

Teacher Governor

I am a teacher governor at Eleanor Palmer. I am in my third year of teaching Year 6 at Eleanor Palmer having trained as a teacher in the School Direct programme with the Camden Primary Partnership. I have a BA in Classics and Ancient History from Durham University.

Shanti Fricker

Shanti Fricker

Parent Governor

After many wonderful years being a parent at Eleanor Palmer, I wanted to give something back and became a parent governor. I am now chair of the staffing committee.

 As a primary school teacher, I have first hand experience of the education system and knowledge of teaching and learning. I currently work part-time as an intervention teacher where I support children across the school needing extra help in Maths and Literacy.

 Although my two sons have gone on to secondary school, my daughter is about to start Year 3 and I look forward to being part of Eleanor Palmer for many years to come.

 

 

 

 

Vicky Starmer

Vicky Starmer

Parent Governor

I am a newly elected Parent Governor with a son in Year 4 and a daughter in Year 1. I grew up in the area and my family is part of the community.

After training and working as a Criminal Solicitor, I made a dramatic career change and became a Learning Mentor at Holy Trinity School. During my two years in the role I supported children individually, in groups and in class. I worked with children with emotional and behavioural  issues, alongside relevant professionals such as educational psychologists and counsellors. I dealt with child protection issues and liaised with social services and other agencies. I have also worked as a special needs teaching assistant, supporting a child with a physical disability.

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Jennifer Allan

Jennifer Allan

Chair of Governors

I have been a governor since 2004, first as a parent governor , then co-opted governor and since September 2016 as Chair of Governors. My sons used to be at Eleanor Palmer and now are at Acland Burghley.  I have really appreciated the chance to contribute to the school and be part of this inclusive, lively and striving community.  I work part-time as a civil servant in the Department for Children, Schools and Families – education is a passion for me!

Tim Peake

Tim Peake

Co-opted Governor

Governor since 2000. I became a governor primarily as I had an interest in assisting the school my 2 children were attending. I was also keen to understand how schools work and saw that my architectural skills could be useful given the need for improvement works to the premises and the lack of overt support from the local authority on such matters. I have also an interest in assisting the local community, having been a founding member and chair of two housing cooperatives in Camden and lived in the borough for 30 years.

Boris Telyatnikov

Boris Telyatnikov

LEA Governor

I have been an LEA governor since June 2008.  I have lived in Camden the greatest proportion of my life and became an LEA governor to have more involvement in my local community.  During the day I work as a solicitor in the City specialising in commercial litigation.

Newsletters

Governor Questionnaire July 2018

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Parent Governor Election 2018

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Governor Newsletter and Parent Questionnaire Summary 2017

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Governor Election June 2017 - Candidate Personal Statements

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Parent Governor Election Summer 2017

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Governor Newsletter Summer 2016

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Governors' Newsletter Summer 2015

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Spring Term Governors' Newsletter

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Governors' Newsletter and Parent Questionnaire Summer 2014

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Governors' Questionnaire June 2013

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Governor Newsletter Easter 2013

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Governor Newsletter July 2012

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Governor Newsletter Dec 2011

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Governor Newsletter July 2011

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Governor Newsletter Spring Term 2011

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