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Wessex Gardens Primary & Nursery School

Wessex Gardens Primary & Nursery School


School Governing Body

The Governing Body are the strategic leaders of our school and have a vital role to play in making sure that every child gets the best possible education. The Governing Body has a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

In doing so, the Governing Body undertake the following key activities:

  • Understand our school
  • Set our school’s strategic direction
  • Commission action
  • Performance manage our school leaders
  • Check if we are fit for purpose

The Governing Body reconstituted in 2016 and there are now fourteen voting governors and two non voting associate governors:

  • Two staff governors comprising the headteacher and one governor elected by the staff.
  • Two parent governors elected by the parents.
  • One local authority governor proposed by the local authority and appointed by the Governing Body.
  • Nine co-opted governors who are appointed by the other governors based on their experience and contribution
  • Two associate (non voting) governors
Wessex Gardens Primary School Governing Body
LA GOVERNOR                         Re - elect date                                       Business Interest/s
Mrs Jill Summers                        24/November/2024                                 None

STAFF GOVERNORS                         
Mr Alexander Banks
Ms Ruth Charteris                        24/March/2023                                        Declared
CO-OPTED GOVERNORS                     
Mr Franklin Dannenberg           14/July/2024                                             None
Vice Chairman

Ms Jasy Loyal                                 25/November 2023                                 None            
Dr V Gearson                                 24/November/2024                                None
Vacancy x 2

Ms Dariya Glazer                          24/November/2024                                None

Dr Hadassah Ryde                      24/November/2024                                 None

Child protection and Safeguarding

Jacqui Zinkin                                15/July/2023                                               Declared

Tina Harris                                     30/March/2025                                          None

PARENT GOVERNORS                             

Tatyana Arbuzov                          30/March/2025                                          None

There is currently one parent governor vacancy


Gorana Henry                               16/July/2022                                              None

Saru Balakrishnan
Governance Services
Haringey Council
River Park House, 3rd Floor
London N22 8HQ
Telephone:     020 8489 5030

The formal business of the governors, such as approving budgets and agreeing polices, takes place at the termly full Governing Body meeting, but most of the work of the governing body is done through day-to-day interaction with the school, and in its four committees:

  • Wellbeing and Community Committee focuses on the areas of safeguarding and pastoral care of the children.
  • Standards and Attainment Committee oversees the teaching and learning within the school, monitoring the levels of attainment and achievement by the children.
  • Finance and Premises Committee ensures that the school's funds are being properly used, and that the building and grounds are attractive and well maintained.
  • Staffing Committee oversees the staff structure and performance