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Nightingale Primary School

Nightingale Primary School

Ashbourne Avenue,
South Woodford,
London E18 1PL
Tel: 020 8989 9987

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Meet the Governors

What Does The Governing Body Do? The school governors play a key role in the life of Nightingale Primary School. The governing body is drawn from the school’s various stakeholders including parents, staff and the local community. It has important legal powers and has strategic oversight of the school and its activities. The role of the governing body includes:

• Promoting high standards of achievement

• Providing robust monitoring and evaluation of the School’s performance

• Overseeing all aspects of school governance

• Ensuring that the school's finances are managed and impact upon learning

• Offering support and challenge to the Head teacher and staff

• Involvement in senior level staffing and building matters

Governance Structure
The governing body meets twice a term in the Autumn and Summer terms and once in the Spring term. Additionally it has two sub-committees which meet termly with a focus on: ‘Teaching and Learning’ and ‘Finance and Resources’. Smaller ad-hoc committees meet annually or as necessary.

Finance & Resources Committee
The Finance & Resources Committee considers issues relating to finance, personnel and pay, health and safety, the school premises and resources generally. The Committee reports back to the Full Governing Body on these issues via the minutes of its meetings and at meetings of the Full Governing Body.

Teaching and Learning Committee
The Teaching & Learning Committee provides a forum for governors to contribute to the preparation and monitoring of those aspects of the School Development Plan and the School Self Evaluation Form that are concerned with teaching and learning. It also assists the decision making of the full governing body by engaging in more detailed consideration of teaching and learning issues relating to all pupils, in particular 'Enjoying and achieving' and 'Economic wellbeing'.

Meet the Governors

Carolyn MacLeish,  Co-Opted Governor - Joint Safeguarding and Health & Safety Link Governor 

I joined the Governing Body of Nightingale Primary School as a Parent Governor in the summer of 2013 when my child was in the School.   I resigned as a Parent Governor when my son left the School in in July 2016 and was re -appointed by the GB as a Co-Opted Governor.  I was the Chair of Governors for just over five years.  I thoroughly enjoyed my time as Chair and in October this year I stood down  after five great years for personal reasons.  However because Nightingale Primary School is such a fantastic school I am staying on as a co-opted governor to see out my term of office and am working with Zaheed Patel on Safeguarding and Health & Safety within the School. 

Professionally for the last ten years I have advised on governance and clerking in Schools across London working with their senior leaders and governors.  Prior to working education I worked in the private sector in business research and operations. 

Mandy Cracknell - Parent Governor, Vice Chairman and SEND link Governor.

I was elected as a Governor at Nightingale Primary School in 2013, and am currently the vice chair of the Governing Body. I have a daughter in Year 4 at Nightingale.

In my professional life I am a SENCo of a very large primary school in Dagenham.

Clare Dedman - Finance and Resources Committee

I joined the Governing Body as a parent governor and returned as a co-opted governor at the end of my first term of office. Both of my children were at Nightingale, though they are now at secondary school. I work as a government lawyer and have previously worked in the Department for Education and at HM Treasury

Jushna Chowdhury – Co-Opted Governor – Core Subjects.  I joined the Governing Body of Nightingale Primary School as a co-opted governor in the Summer term 2015. Professionally, I am civil servant and have worked in several government departments including the Department of Education, where I worked on various policies including, Faith Schools  and Adoption. I am currently working in the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy working as a senior policy advisor on Renewal Heat.‚Äč

Opal Brown – Co-Opted Governor – Ofsted and SEND
I currently work as an independent education consultant. My clients include local authorities as well as individual schools and organisations. Prior to this I worked for the London Borough of Ealing as the Principal Adviser for its 65 primary schools. I have had experience of being an independent schools inspector and primary school governor.

Chimaechi Allan - Co-Opted governor - Communications

I joined the governing body after moving into the Nightingale Estate in 2016 and wanting to volunteer in my local school. I have enjoyed volunteering in education at secondary level, encouraging applications from state school children to Oxbridge, and raising their career aspirations with the charity Business in the Community. I have addressed educational conferences, led literacy workshops and volunteered in paired reading at primary level in my roles within children's book publishing. Professionally my background is in publishing and marketing in the education sector. I look forward to learning and serving as a governor.


Maura Wilson - Parent Governor - Core Subjects

I've been a Parent Governor since July 2016 and have two children at the school, one in Year 6 and one in Year 5.  I'm an active member of the Finance and Premises Committee.  Professionally I work as a Commercial Manager for a large food company.

Julia Mcfall

I have been a parent governor since December 2017 and became chair in October 2019.  I have two children at the school, in Year 4 and Year 6.  I'm committed to supporting the school to be the best it can be for all children, staff and the wider community.  I'm the link governor for curriculum development.  Before I became a governor I was treasurer of the PTA for three years.  In my professional life I am a solicitor and have worked in the City and locally.  

Zaheed Patel

I joined the governing body as a co-opted governor in March 2019 and am the lead governor for Safeguarding at the school. I currently work as a Solicitor for a US tech company and have lived in the local area since 2012. I have been involved in a number of volunteering projects helping students from low income backgrounds gain experience and understanding of working in corporate environments.

The Head Teacher is automatically a member of the Governing Body.