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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

Click HERE for Governing Body Committees’ Terms of Reference

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 is 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 2019

Governing Body Parent Survey 2018

Governing Body Parent Survey 2017

Full Governing Body Meeting Minutes

Click HERE for Governor roles, declarations of interest and meeting attendance 2019-2020 year to date

Click HERE for Governor roles, declarations of interest and meeting attendance 2018-2019

Click HERE for Governor roles and meeting attendance 2017-2018

 

Who We Are

Eleanor Palmer has 12 Governors. They are made up of 5 parent governors elected by the parents, 1 governor appointed by the Local Education Authority, 1 teacher governor, the Headteacher and 4 co-opted community governors.

Instrument of Government

Charlie Condou

Charlie Condou

Parent Governor

As a parent of two children at EP, I have had the opportunity to discover first hand what a special place the school is. I’m involved in fundraising for the school, sitting on a development committee to try to find ways in which we can help with financing in the long term. I am an actor and writer, and speak regularly on the subject of parenting and gender equality. I have a strong and active interest in education, fostered through my involvement (as a patron) of several children’s charities that commit to a vision where all young people can live, learn, grow and play safely, regardless of background, race or gender.

Christophe Frèrebeau

Christophe Frèrebeau

Parent Governor

I am a father of three. My son is currently in Year 2.I am a software engineer by training. My business knowledge as evolved as I participated in multiple technology over the last 15 years. My colleagues would describe me as a creative problem solver, strategic thinker and an achiever. I like to rely on data to drive my decisions but I recognize good inter-personal relations and good communication is often the key to success.

Our son started at EP in nursery and for the past 3 years I believe the team at EP have been doing a fantastic job. There seems to be quite a few hurdles to navigate ahead of us from the evolution of the curriculum, potential changes to special needs funding rules, or simply focusing on the next big project for EP.

Flora Cornish

Flora Cornish

Parent Governor

I was elected parent governor in summer 2016. I have a son in Year 4, a daughter who left Year 6 last year, 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!

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.

Nanouche Umeadi

Nanouche Umeadi

Parent Governor

I have lived in Kentish Town for over 25 years and have two children, one at EP. Since joining Eleanor Palmer I have enjoyed and embraced the positive culture that the school provides, as well as the community spirit. We are part of a thriving school community.
I am passionate about ensuring our children’s best interests are at the forefront of the agenda. I come from a diverse working background, ranging from research and administration to working in schools and the voluntary sector. My experience in schools is working as a teaching assistant as well as supporting pupils with a range of disabilities and special needs in classrooms for several years.
The governance of our school should be one that is reflective of the diversity of expertise, lived experience and positive role-models required for us to continue to be deliver on our core aims as a school.
With the school facing numerous challenges, and cuts to funding, it is vital we have a broad representation of people to help move the school forward. That is how I believe we will sustain all that we value in a challenging financial climate.

Rifca Le Dieu

Rifca Le Dieu

Parent Governor

I am a Parent Governor and have been a parent at Eleanor Palmer for 6 years: my twin boys are in Year 5 and my daughter in Year 2. 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 in Year 5 and I look forward to being part of Eleanor Palmer for many years to come.

 

 

 

 

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

Governing Body Parent Questionnaire 2019

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Governing Body Parent 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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