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Meet the Governors

Who are the governors?

We have a diverse governing body, currently the governing body consists of the Head Teacher, 1 Staff Governor, 4 Co-opted Governors, 3 Parent Governors, and 1 Governor nominated by the Local Authority.  If you wish to speak to a governor please contact the school office by email office@childshill.barnetmail.net.  

Tinuke Akinbulumo

Tinuke Akinbulumo, Co-opted Governor

 

 

 

Tinuke Akinbulumo, Co-opted Governor:  I joined the governing body as an associate governor in 2014 when I was working in the community department of a local charity who worked with CHS, and was co-opted in March 2017. While I do not have any children at Childs Hill School, I have played the role of class rep, treasurer and Head of PTA at the school that my children attend. I was particularly drawn to Child’s Hill School as I liked the inclusion, the fact that it is a restorative school and the vision and passion of the Head Teacher, Dan.

Needless to say, Dan’s vision, passion and commitment flow to the staff members and this means that pupils are encouraged with love, passion and dedication to reach their potential, whatever that may be. I firmly believe that with the right support, anyone can be anything they want to be.  Child’s Hill School has great support in place for its pupils.

I currently work in administration at a charity in Barnet and in my spare time I volunteer for Homestart Barnet, helping families in need in the boroughs of Barnet and Harrow. I also facilitate parenting classes and confidence building workshops in the local community.

Emma Casey

Emma Casey,
Vice Chair of Governors

Emma Casey, Parent Governor (Chair of Governors):  I have been a parent governor for the past 4 years, my roles include; chair of governors, co-chair of the curriculum and standards committee and vice chair of the welfare committee. I have been an active member of the school community for more than 17 years.  All my children have attended the school and I still have 2 children in years 6 and 3.

I volunteer on a regular basis in the school - I especially enjoy listening to the younger children read. I also assist on school trips and I am a familiar face at most of our school events throughout the year.  I participate in governor training courses and attend regular committee meetings and full governing body meetings. 

As governors we are ambitious for all children to thrive and gain a passion for education alongside taking pride in themselves as part of Childs Hill school.  I am committed to effectively support and challenge the school to enable the best possible outcomes for all pupils.

I have a background is working in Postgraduate studies for an NHS Trust and the Institute of Child Health.

Alan eer

Alan Gelfer,
Parent Governor

Alan Gelfer, Parent Governor: I was elected as a parent governor in 2017. We have one son who really enjoys being at the school and a daughter at secondary school.

I have lived in the area of the School for most of my life in London.

I trained as a solicitor and have worked in various NGOs providing immigration advice and representation and have worked for the last 9 years in higher education providing immigration advice and training to international students.

I have also served as an executive member of a race equality charity.  As well as offering my perspective as a parent I bring my experience and perspective of higher education to support the governing body.

Dan

Dan Hawkins,
Headteacher

Dan Hawkins, Headteacher: As Headteacher of Childs Hill School I am proud of the school, our place in the local community and most of all our wonderful children. As a member of the school's governing body I feel lucky to work alongside a dedicated and highly motivated group of people who all support our school. Importantly it is a group who value our school's individual qualities as highly as they do our constant drive for further school improvement.

I have taught in four London boroughs and been a member of other governing bodies, in places I've worked and at my children's schools. As well as class teaching, and advanced skills teaching, I've also worked as an inclusion manager, Senco and deputy head. In my sixth year as a headteacher I am currently a member of the LBB SEND partnership board, the primary representative on the ASD Pathways Board and the Children's Services South Locality Advisory Boards. 

Paul Hoskins

Paul Hoskins, Chair of Governors

Paul Hoskins, Co-opted Governor (Vice-Chair of Governors): My 3 children were at CHS from 2000-2012, and my wife Clare taught music at the school for 15 years. I have been a governor for about ten years, and Chair for 5. I have always found that CHS has a particular atmosphere and ethos. I love the place, and I love the challenge of maintaining all that is good about the school, while making constant improvements. The staff here are exceptionally motivated, and dedicated to the wellbeing of every child.

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Iman,
Parent Governor

Iman Muddathir, Parent Governor:  I graduated as a Civil Engineer but worked in the IT sector as a Networking Engineer and a Customer Support Manager for an International Software company. Prior to these jobs I taught Computers Installation and Maintenance, (City & Guilds). I am a member of the PTA at Childs Hill School and volunteer to read with years 1 and 2 and help year 6 with English and Maths. Being active at my sons’ school for almost 7 years, I joined the governing body as a Parent governor in May 2016. I am a Joint Chair for the Curriculum and Standards Committee and also overlook the teaching of Mathematics across the school. CHS is my second home and I have a passion for education and seeing the children flourish and succeed in their learning with the help of parents and teachers working together.

Ken McHugh

Ken McHugh,
Parent Governor

Ken McHugh, Parent Governor: I have been a parent governor since 2016 and my son is in year 2 at Childs Hill School. My background is in the Music and Restaurant industries. As a parent governor I attend many meetings and take a keen interest in the running of the school.

Alex

Alex Scott, Co-opted Governor

Alex Scott, Co-opted Governor: I am a co-opted member of the Childs Hill School Governing body. Both Of my daughters attended Childs Hill School and both were very happy students at Childs Hill School. I have a specific interest, in my role as a governor, in how parents, teachers and the school can work together and communicate helpfully to support student learning. The rest of my time, I am a Premises Manager which is a very interesting role that gets be involved within all areas of the school.

Neil

Neil Smith,
Staff Governor

 

Neil Smith, Staff Governor:  I have been staff governor since October 2017. Having worked at Childs Hill School for nearly five years I believe I have a good understanding of how the school works particularly as I have privilege to work across the entire school from Foundation Stage to Upper Key Stage two. Working across this wide range allows me to interact with all the children plus staff and to have contact with many of the parents. Previous to being at Childs Hill School I was employed at Oakthorpe Primary School in Palmers Green for over 10 years in a variety of different positions.


Nigel Taylor
LA Governor

Nigel Taylor, Co-Opted Governor: I have been a school governor since 2007 and joined the Childs Hill governing body in 2016 becoming chair of the finance & premises committee. I have a finance background having qualified as an accountant with KPMG in 1975 and am keen to use my financial expertise to help Childs Hill to manage its resources effectively and to the benefit of the children.

 

What do we do?

We are all volunteers, and we give our time because we care about the school and the community. We have a wide range of skills, backgrounds, and interests. We make decisions that help the school to provide the best possible education, in its widest sense, for all the children in our school and nursery.

Childs Hill School has had a strong governing body for a long time. We are all interested in knowing as much as possible about the school - its strengths, weaknesses, its history and current context - so that we can make very informed decisions about its future. This means appointing the best possible staff, supporting them in their work, and constantly asking questions aimed at improving the school. Many of us come in to school regularly to hear children read or help them with maths, for example, and we attend events and performances at school. Sometimes we have to choose between a number of possible ways of doing things, or decide about how money is spent. There are also some things that the law dictates, and we have to make sure the school is doing what it is supposed to do.

How are we organised?

We have four committees. Most Governors will be on two or three committees, and each committee meets once a term.

  • Welfare Committee looks after the health and safety of the children, and is concerned with things like attendance, inclusion and exclusion, child protection, behaviour and relationships policies, and SEN. This committee also reviews the worklife balance, working conditions and wellbeing of staff, including the monitoring of absence
  • Curriculum & Standards Committee is concerned with data, (progress, achievement and attainment) teaching and learning, and major curriculum initiatives (for example, Write Inspire).
  • School Development Strategy Committe looks at the bigger picture of the school dealing with legislative changes that may impact on the school.  This committee also looks at the way the school is structured, including the staffing structure, recruitment and retention and the appraisal process for all staff.  
  • Finance and Premises Committee looks after the school’s budget, and sets priorities for improvements to our buildings and playgrounds.

Also, all of us meet towards the end of each term as a full Governing Body, in a formal meeting that is clerked by an official from Barnet.

We are currently in the process of reviewing many policies, and these will be downloadable from this site.

Committee Membership

Welfare (Pupils & Staff) School Development Strategy Curriculum & Standards Finance & Premises
Emma Casey Emma Casey Emma Casey (Joint Chair) Emma Casey
Dan Hawkins Dan Hawkins Dan Hawkins Dan Hawkins
Paul Hoskins Paul Hoskins (Chair) Paul Hoskins Ken McHugh
Iman Muddathir Iman Muddathir Iman Muddathir (Joint Chair) Iman Muddathir
Alex Scott (Chair) Nigel Taylor Martin Skillett (Observer) Alex Scott
Nigel Taylor   Nigel Taylor Nigel Taylor (Chair)