Childs Hill & Claremont Federation

Community Council

Governance of our school:  The Elliot Foundation Academies Trust is the governance body responsible for the school as a whole with the Board of Trustees accountable for decisions made. For more information on the Trust and how our governance structure works, please visit (Trust Governance and Community Council documents) noting in particular the Scheme of Delegation and Accountability and Representation documents. The Trust Legal and Governance Director can also be emailed on 

Welcome and Introduction to our Community Council

The Trust governance model recognises that Community Councils are, whilst a full and formal part of the governance structure in line with the Trust’s Articles of Association, wholly advisory bodies who focus on;

  • The ethos and values of the school
  • The ambition, appropriateness and effectiveness of the school's curriculum for its children
  • The wellbeing of pupils, families and staff

Community councillors are a much valued group of volunteers that play a crucial role in our school offering challenging but positive and proactive support to the Principal and Senior Leadership team on behalf of the children and community that the school serves. They know and celebrate the strengths of the community that the school serves alongside holding the highest aspirations and expectations for our pupils. 

Community councillors are appointed from current parents, staff and pupils alongside committed individuals from the wider community. Councillors have an interest in the education and wider opportunities offered by the school to all pupils and have some free time to give to supporting the school vision and aim for every child to develop and enjoy their time at school, learning and progressing with the three bubbles that make up our curriculum, ABC.  

Our Priorities for 2023-2024

The Communiuty Council consists of smaller groups who all have a different focus. The groups, which include pupils, parents, volenteers and staff, have priorities they have chosen to work on within their area of interest. The groups are...

  • Junior Travel Ambassadors 
  • Eco Warriors 
  • House Captains 
  • Wellbeing Buddies 
  • Digital Leaders

If you would like to see the Community Council Action Plan for 2023/24, please click the link below

Community Council Action Plan 2023-2024

If you are interested in finding out more about the Childs Hill Community Council, please contact Dan

The community council is scheduled to meet four times in each school year, and their activities will include visiting during the school day and linking closely with the pupils and parent champions.   

2023-2024 Community Council

Name Role                         Profile
Daniel Hawkins Executive Headteacher I am proud to be the Executive Headteacher of this federation.  We are a thriving, inclusive, creative federation made up of two fantastic schools in NW2.  Our federation is a member of the Elliot Foundation Academies Trust, a child centre positive thinking organisation with whom we share common visions and values.  Namely that all children deserve a good education and that education should be of the whole child.  We have high aspirations academically, developmentally and creatively for all pupils in our diverse community and working together in partnership we can achieve our goals. 
Martin Skillett Head of School I think I have the best job in the world. Our school is a vibrant and exciting place of learning where we strive to make memories... and I am so proud to be Head of School here. We are a busy community where so much happens. My role in the Community Council working with the Eco-Council is just another exciting part of what I get to do. Our team of environmentally minded members is determined to make a difference in how our school contributes to the planet's efforts for a sustainable future. Go Green Team!
Emma Casey Community Councillor (Chair)           

I began as a parent governor in 2015. Since then my roles have included Chair of Governors, link governor for safeguarding, teaching & learning and SEND.

I have been an active member of the school community for many years and all of my children attended Childs Hill. I have volunteered in school and assisted on many school trips and I have been a familiar face at school events of the years.

As Community Councillors we are ambitious for all children to thrive.  Their emotional and educational wellbeing is a priority.  Feeling safe, ready to learn and taking pride in themselves as part of the Childs Hill and Claremont Federation.  I look forward to working with staff, pupils and parents to enable the best possible outcomes for all pupils.  

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

Kim Carn Deputy Head of School

I am excited to take on the role of learning champion as I believe wholeheartedly in providing a fun and inspiring education for all children.

I began teaching back in 2008 and have had the privilege of teaching all age groups across our federation whilst also being part of the team who develop our curriculum.

Our ABC curriculum ensures children leave CHS well rounded, confident learners having experienced many different topics and progressed in the fundamental areas of learning.

I feel our job as learning champions will be to work alongside the children to ensure their voice and ideas around school and the curriculum are heard. Their opinions and ideas will be invaluable in shaping and developing what is taught to reflect our communities needs and interests!

Concetta Preller Deputy Head of School I'm delighted to be working with the Wellbeing Buddies this year! Ever since I went into teaching back in 1993, I have always passionately believed that relationships are key to a school's success. Giving the children this opportunity to feel that their voice is heard and that they can make a real difference to the wellbeing, behaviour and learning of others is an empowering experience. The work of the Wellbeing Buddies and the Community Council will help develop the inclusive ethos of our school even further, promoting home, school and community partnerships in an exciting and dynamic way. 
Robert Kazandjian Learning Mentor I've worked with children and young people for fifteen years and have been the Learning Mentor at Child's Hill since 2019. My work has always been focused on inclusion, and ensuring every child gets the most out of their time in education. With our house captains at CHS this has meant thinking about different ways children can shine.
Nigel Taylor Community Councillor

I have been a school governor since 2007 and joined the governing board at Childs Hill in 2016.  I became a school governor to us my knowledge and experience to assist in the oversight of the education of our children to give them the best possible start in life.  I am now retired following a career in finance as a chartered accountant.

Damaris Leckey Community Councillor Our son has been attending CHS for the last 4 1/2 years where he has benefited greatly from the time and effort of the teaching staff. We are excited about contributing to the further success of the school with many other active members. Our backgrounds are in early years education and finance.
Daniel Leckey Community Councillor Our son has been attending CHS for the last 4 1/2 years where he has benefited greatly from the time and effort of the teaching staff. We are excited about contributing to the further success of the school with many other active members. Our backgrounds are in early years education and finance.
Natasha Gwynette Community Councillor My daughter attends Child’s Hill. I am passionate about positive changes in the community and what better place to use that passion than my daughter’s school. I used to work in a school for a few years. I hope I can help to make a difference and support the school in any way I can. 
Noelia Rivas Community Councillor

I am delighted to be a Learning Champion at Childs Hill. I am originally from Madrid, I have lived in the USA for 3 years and I have been in the UK for the past 13 years. My great love is French and I work part-time in a primary school delivering lessons across the whole school.

I have spoken at conferences and seminars on the subject of cross-curricular teaching, I was selected Primary Languages Teacher of the Year by the Association of Language Learning.

My weakness is stationery. I cannot resist beautifully illustrated children's books which I enjoy sharing with my son. In my spare time I pursue my love for rock and roll music.

Anastasiia Savka Community Councillor My son attends Childs Hill and is making a great progress, which makes me happy as a mother. We moved from Ukraine two years ago and are adapting to life in a new environment. In Ukraine, I was actively involved in community activities, and now I am pleased to contribute to the organization of various events at our school. By profession, I am a graphic designer with 12 years of experience, and I am happy to pass on some knowledge to the new generation.