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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 best value is achieved in all budget areas

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
  • Take measures to prevent a deficit budget

The Governing Body reconstituted in 2016 and there are now fourteen voting governors and up to 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
24/11/2024 None
STAFF GOVERNORS                           
Mr Alexander Banks                     None
Mrs Sayeh Roshanakfar    
CO-OPTED GOVERNORS                     
Mr Franklin Dannenberg     
Vice Chairman
14/07/2024 None

Ellie Archer

Ms Ruth Charteris 01/03/2024 Declared:  Director Bury Farms Residents' Association 
Ms Dinah Okolie                                   18/07/2027 None
Mrs Antonia Alexandrou                                 20/07/2026 None

Ms Dariya Glazer                             

24/11/2024  None

Mrs Jacqui Zinkin    

Child protection and Safeguarding                                                                


Declared:  Trustee Rimon Charitable Trust and United Synagogue

There are currently three co-opted governor vacancies  
PARENT GOVERNORS                               
Tatyana Arbuzov 30/03/2025  None
Blesiloa Sala    None
There is currently one parent governor vacancy  
Leila Sharif None
Sam Hale 18/07/2027 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 (termly meeting)
  • Standards and Attainment Committee oversees the teaching and learning within the school, monitoring the levels of attainment and achievement by the children (termly meeting)
  • 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 (half-termly meeting)
  • Staffing Committee oversees the staff structure and performance (termly meeting)

None of the governors are related to members of the school staff.