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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

Ms Dariya Glazer                          24/November/2024                                None

Dr Hadassah Ryde                      24/November/2024                                 None

Child protection and Safeguarding

Jacqui Zinkin                                15/July/2023                                               None

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 its 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.

  • the Wellbeing and Community Committee focuses on the areas of safeguarding and pastoral care of the children.
  • the Standards and Attainment Committee oversees the teaching and learning within the school, monitoring the levels of attainment and achievement by the children.
  • the 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.
  • the Staffing Committee oversees the staff structure and performance


Name of Governor 26/11/2018 26/03/2019 16/07/2019 26/11/2019 24/03/2020 14/07/2020 24/11/2020
Jill Summers Present Present Present Present Cancelled  Present Present
Alexander Banks Present Present Present Present due to Present Present
Ruth Charteris Present Present Present Present Covid-19 Present Present
Helen Ruthven Apologies Present Present Present restrictions Present Present
Franklin Dannenberg Apologies Apologies Present Present   Present Present
Sue Kayser Present Present Apologies Present   Present Present
Hadassah Ryde Present Present Apologies Apologies   Present Present
Vanessa Gearson Present Apologies Present Present   Apologies Present
Jasy Loyal N/A N/A N/A Present   Present Present
Dariya Glazer Present Apologies Present Present   Present Present
Jacqui Zinkin N/A N/A Present Present   Present Present
Valerie Crosdale Present Present Present Present   Present  
Gorana Henry Apologies Present Present Present   Present N/A