Governing Board Attendance
Governors are expected to attend all meetings and contribute to moving the school forwards:
The Role of a School Governor
School governors are members of a school’s Governing Board. They have responsibility for raising school standards through their three key roles of setting strategic direction, ensuring accountability and monitoring & evaluating school performance. They are the largest volunteer force in the country. Governors are made up of parents, staff, members of the community and an appointed representative from the Local Authority
Grange Primary Schools Governing Body 2021-2022
|Chair of Governors:||Mrs K Atkinson (Chair of CASC/Safeguarding Link Governor/
T&L Link Governor/Assessment Link Governor)
|Vice Chair of Governors:||Ms C Kirkland ( H&S Link Governor, Premises Link Governor, Sustainability Link Governor, ARMS unit Link Governor)|
|Headteacher:||Mr D. Kerbel|
|Clerk:||Ms Tara Oldham|
|Staff Governor:||Mr I Ali (SEND Link Governor)|
|Parent Governors:||Mr M Djama (Curriculum Link Governor/Diversity & Community Link Governor)
Ms P Bhavagarni (Curriculum Link Governor)
(Ex-governor: Mrs A Khan. Resigned: March 2021)
(Ex-governor: Mr B Gohil Resigned: October 2021)
|Co-Opted Governors:||Mrs S Armstrong(EYFS Link Governor)
Ms K Atkinson
Mr T Rogers(T&L Link Governor/Assessment Link Governor)
Ms C Kirkland
Ms K Steingold (Pupil Wellbeing Link Governor/Behaviour for Learning Link Governor)
Mr D Mistry (Diversity & Community Link Governor)
Mr R Sonpal (Staff Wellbeing Link Governor)
Ms D Kutmutia (Website Link Governor)
Ms A O’Reilly
(Ex-governor Mr T Ahmed Resigned: August 2021)
|Local Authority Governor:||Ms S Patel(Pupil Premium Link Governor/Chair of Resources Committee)|
|Associate Members:||Ms H Drakard
Mrs J Edwards
Mr R Rasheed
Mr P Hutchinson
Grange Primary Committee Membership 2021-2022
|Ms S Patel(Chair)|
|Ms C Kirkland|
|Mr D Mistry|
|Mr R Sonpal|
|Ms D Kutmutia|
|Mr. D Kerbel|
|Mr P Hutchinson (Adviser)|
|Curriculum Achievement & Staffing Committee|
|Mrs K Atkinson (Chair)|
|Ms S Armstrong|
|Mr T Rogers|
|Mr I Ali|
|Mr P Bagariya|
|Ms K Steingold|
|Mr M Djama|
|Ms A O’Reilly|
|Mr. D Kerbel|
|Ms H Watson (Associate)|
|Mrs J Edwards (Associate)|
|Mr R Rsheed (Assosiate)|
|Headteacher Performance Management|
|Mrs K Atkinson (Chair)|
|Ms S Patel|
|Mr R Sonpal|
|Pay Committee Performance Management|
|Ms C Kirkland (Vice Chair)|
|Ms S Armstrong|
|Mr T Rodgers|
Who are the Governors?
Governors Pen Portraits:
Katie Atkinson – Chair of the Governing Body and Chair of Curriculum, Achievement and Staffing Committee, Safeguarding Link Governor
From an early age, I have enjoyed supporting and inspiring children. This first started when I was 14 years old and supporting my dance teacher with ballet, tap and modern dance lessons for 3 years plus. It was a delight to see the smiles light up on their faces when they were able to perfect a dance move or perform a routine. The memory of this motivated me to follow a career in primary teaching, specialising in PE, with the realisation that I could have impact on pupils’ academic and physical achievements.
I am the Assistant Headteacher for Years 5 and 6, with added responsibility for Teaching and Learning, at Wembley Primary School, Brent. I have predominantly taught in KS1, where I have also been a lead teacher and Assistant Head. I enjoy working with children of different ages, backgrounds and cultures, the biggest motivation being that we are shaping the future generation.
This is predominantly the reason why I chose to become a Governor at Grange. I wanted the chance to work with another school to support with moving it forward by sharing best practice but also learning how to be strategic in a different role. I want to be part of the mission at Grange to help every child be the best that they can be.
Carol Kirkland – Vice Chair of the Governing Body and Resources Committee
I have been involved in education, albeit at a post 16 level since 1986. I have taught, led a department and worked for a funding council. For the last 12 years I have worked at a sixth form college in north London as their Finance Director. I have completed a masters in Applied Leadership and Management at the Institute of Education. In addition to managing the College’s finances I have overall responsibility for premises, health and safety, audit and general administration of the College.
I have also been a governor at another Harrow primary school since September 1996. I still remain in this role.
I believe my knowledge of governance, gained over the last 20 years plus my work experience allows me to bring to Grange a range of skills that allow me to both support and challenge the work of the school, especially in business and financial matters. Grange is a really ‘Good’ school, I hope that I will be able in some small part help make it an ‘Outstanding’ one.
Sonal Patel – Chair of Resources Committee
As a local authority schools Governor for Harrow, I am delighted to be part of the Grange team.
A little brief about me: I am Sonal Patel and my role in employment is Head of Alliances and Partnerships at Imperial College London.
Prior to Imperial College London I worked with a technology company – Oracle Corporation. In my working life, I manage multi-million pound contracts and budgets and am currently responsible for budgets in excess of £20 million pounds.
I hold a Bachelors degree in Accountancy and Business, a Masters in Computer Based Information Systems and the Design of Expert Systems and am a practising Fellow of the CIPD.
For my education, having amazing teachers and an inclusive school that had a sense of community, helped me to develop and grow my joy of learning. I joined Grange because it has the same ethos and values – every child has an important place within the Grange Community.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading and cooking – which I am improving at!
Stephanie Armstrong – Curriculum, Achievement and Staffing Committee
Whilst volunteering at my son’s primary school, I discovered being a part of the bigger picture of a child’s learning journey. The skills and knowledge taught by a teacher, the perseverance by the child applying what they had learnt, followed by the delight and pride in achievement. It was magical! So with that (and 13 weeks holiday a year) in mind I started the Graduate Teacher Programme in 2003 and began my teaching journey.
Many years later now with the knowledge that you work through the holidays, I am currently a Deputy Headteacher at Salusbury Primary School with responsibility for Key Stage 2, Safeguarding, Attendance and Behaviour. My interest and passion for teaching began in the Early Years through the understanding that these are the foundations to a child’s school experience. My current role enables me to build on what children have learnt in EYFS and KS1 to shape and develop lifelong learners in a happy and safe environment.
Being a governor at Grange is an exciting new partnership as I hope to not only share my knowledge, experience and views, but learn a lot too! The school has lots of potential and I believe that working together as governors, staff, parents and pupils we can move the school forward.
Mohamed Djama – Curriculum Achievement & Staffing Committee
My name is Mohamed Djama and my daughters are in Y4 and Y2. I work as an IT specialist (database management) and would like to use my IT and management skills and experience to give back in a volunteer role. I am hugely involved In children’s picture books and literacy. I am also keen to support the school and all of its dedicated staff who work so hard to keep this place running smoothly.
Tom Rogers – Curriculum Achievement & Staffing Committee
As a secondary school teacher, being a Governor at Grange gives me a wider perspective on the challenges faced in the Education sector, while better understanding the community in which I live. Since joining the Governing Board, I have been inspired by the dedication shown by the staff at Grange and I look forward to seeing the school move from strength to strength under positive leadership.
I am a Languages teacher with a background in supporting learners with Special Educational Needs and English as an Additional Language. Effective measures that support SEND and EAL students are generally beneficial for the whole school population. More recently, I have been helping the school in which I work, develop strategies to promote inclusion and diversity. Having worked in a range of different schools, in the UK and abroad, I am well-placed to bring different perspectives to discussions on governance.
Katie Steingold- Curriculum Achievement & Staffing Committee
As a Grange alumni, it is a privilege to be back involved with the school which provided the foundation to my own education. I now work in the charity sector where I have been for over 12 years, working in fundraising and communications. Working with vulnerable adults has given me such an insight into just how vital it is that we nurture all aspects of a child’s development – both academically and creatively – and support them in reaching their full potential from a young age. I look forward to playing my (small) part in achieving this!