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    GOVERNORS

    Governors at Fairway School & Children’s Centre come from many different backgrounds and have a range of skills and expertise. They both challenge and support the school to ensure that every child is given the opportunity to reach their full potential. 

    The Governing Body is made up of staff, parent, co-opted and local authority Governors.

    The Governing Board has three core functions:

    • Making sure the school has a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction;
    • Holding the headteacher to account for the performance of the school and its pupils; and
    • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

    To make sure the Governors achieve these aims, they work in partnership with the headteacher and staff, supporting activities and help the school respond to the needs of pupils, parents and the community. Governors do not intervene in the day-to-day management of the school.

    The Chair of Governors has a close working relationship with the headteacher and they meet regularly.

    The Governing Board has three committees that meet once a term and these committees report to the Full Governing Board.

    The role of the committees includes:

    The Finance, Resources and Staffing Committee

    • has an oversight of expenditure, income and budget monitoring;
    • ensures ‘best value’ is maintained when making financial decisions;
    • links the school priorities identified in the school improvement plan to the budget; 
    • ensures that staffing is in line with educational standards, meets the needs of the school and considers affordability;
    • supports the recruitment of new staff;
    • plans ahead to identify potential pressures on the budget.

     

    The Curriculum. Standards & Welfare Committee

    • ensures that the teaching is adapted to meet the needs of Fairway pupils;
    • ensures that the school's curriculum is broad and balanced;
    • ensure that the teaching standards are monitored and supported by senior leadership team;
    • ensures that pupils' attainment and progress is being monitored; including those in receipt of pupil premium and those working at greater depth;   
    • ensures the SENDs provision supports children with additional needs;
    • ensures that curriculum policies are reviewed and reflect practice;
    • ensures that the pupils, staff and wider communities emotional wellbeing is being met and support is available if required.      
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    The Joint Premises and IT Committee 

    • works alongside Northway School who share the site;
    • monitors building maintenance ensuring the learning environment is fit for purpose;
    • reviews and scrutinises building risk assessments, including the monitoring of accidents and incidents;  
    • provides support and advice when prioritising planned work;
    • reviews building/site maintenance contracts;     
    • ensures health & safety requirements are met;
    • ensures annual inspections are undertaken;
    • supports planned IT upgrades;
    • develops new ways of working utilising technology.  

    In addition to the above-mentioned committee meetings, The Chairs of Committees meet termly to discuss items that are shared priorities.

    Fairway has named Governors with additional responsibilities including; Safeguarding, Health & Safety, Subject Leads, Inclusion, Children’s Centre and the Induction of New Governors.   

    All Governors meet once a term at the Full Governing Board meeting. A list of the Governing Board meeting dates for this academic year can be found here on our website.

    Governors receive regular training and will often visit the school as part of their role.

    All Governors are required to read and sign the Governors Code of Conduct, declare any pecuniary interests and complete a skills matrix.

    If you have any queries regarding governance, please do not hesitate to contact Andy Whiting, Chair of Governors, through the school office.

    Key Governance Documents 2021-2022

    Our Governors:

  • Andy Whiting - Chair of Governors

    Chair of Governors

    Responsibilities

    Chair, Induction Governor.

    Governance roles in other schools

    None

    Relevant Business, Financial &Pecuniary Interests

    None
    Any Relationships with School Staff None

    My relationship with Fairway School & Children's Centre started in 1997. I have had the privilege of experiencing the wonderful day to day life of the school in various roles. With over 24 years of experience, I have a great affinity and passion for the school.

    I currently work for the Local Authority in the capacity of Early Years & Primary Service Manager - Barnet Early Help service.

    As Chair of Governors I am committed to supporting the Headteacher, staff and the wider community. Together we will prioritise the love of learning and strive to provide children with the best start in life.

     

  • Simon Lister

    Governor

    Responsibilities

    Chair of Curriculum, Standards & Welfare, Inclusion & Safeguarding.

    Governance roles in other schools Associate Governor at MMK
    Relevant Business, Financial & Pecuniary Interests None
    Any Relationships with School Staff None

    A secondary school history teacher of 20 years experience. I have worked as a special educational needs coordinator. It is a huge responsibility and also a privledge to work every day helping young people overcome their learning needs as well as supporting their families.

    I have served on 2 other governing boards. It is our responsibility as governors to ensure that our students are safe and will achieve and succeed. I have developed the skills and expertise to make a difference to Fairway and I look forward to working hard to support the journey that will quickly make our school a truly outstanding one. 

  • Ann Zinkin

    Governor

    Responsibilities

    Finance, Resources & Staffing Committee.

    Governance roles in other schools None
    Relevant Business, Financial & Pecuniary Interests None
    Any Relationships with School Staff None

    I am Chair of Governors currently for Barnet and Southgate College of Further Education. I have served as a Councillor for the London Borough of Enfield for 12 years. I was cabinet member for Communications and Media. 

    As a Councillor, I served as a Governor on both Junior and Secondary Schools.

  • Deirdre Lewis

    Governor

    Responsibilities

    Children's Centre / Safeguarding.

    Curriculum, Standards & Welfare Committee.

    Governance roles in other schools Yes
    Relevant Business, Financial & Pecuniary Interests None
    Any Relationships with School Staff None

    I am a qualified Social Worker with long experience in Special Educational Needs, working with families, children and drama therapy. I am now retired and do freelance Social Work for various local authorities. I am a Governor of both Northway and Fairway Schools and sit on Education Tribunals. I am the proud grandmother of 9 grandchildren and they keep me busy too!

  • Laithe Jajeh

    Governor

    Responsibilities Chair of Joint Premises & IT Committee, H&S 
    Governance roles in other schools None
    Relevant Business, Financial & Pecuniary Interests None
    Any Relationships with School Staff None

    I am a Barnet Cllr, legal consultant (construction) and LA Governor at the Fairway school. My council position, skills and legal expertise allows me to challenge the school in continuously making improvements. I live in the Borough with my wife and son and this means I understand the needs of the school children and parents. 

  • Ian Stewart

     Governor

    Responsibilities

    Vice-Chair of Governing Board & Chair of Finance, Resources & Staffing Committee.

    Sports & Pupil Premium.

    Governance roles in other schools None
    Relevant Business, Financial & Pecuniary Interests None
    Any Relationships with School Staff None

     

    I am a qualified accountant and currently a Chief Operating Officer of a Charity. I have previously been a Head of Finance and Premises in a Secondary Academy within the Borough of Barnet.

  • Michael Reilly

     Staff Governor

    Responsibilities Joint Premises / IT Committee & Curriculum, Standards & Welfare Committee.
    Governance roles in other schools None
    Relevant Business, Financial & Pecuniary Interests None
    Any Relationships with School Staff Yes

     

    I have worked at Fairway Primary School since 2017 and am currently the Y6 Class Teacher. My additional responsibilities include KS2 Phase Leader, English & IT/Computing Lead.

    I have a keen interest in technology and using it to enhance teaching and learning. I am very proud to be a member of the Fairway community and am looking forward to working as part of the governing board as the staff governor.

     

  • Amina Abukar

     Parent Governor

    Responsibilities Finance, Resources & Staffing Committee.
    Governance roles in other schools None
    Relevant Business, Financial & Pecuniary Interests None
    Any Relationships with School Staff None

     

    I am a Registered Nurse currently working as a paediatric nurse in the City and have lived in Barnet for 4 years. I have always enjoyed working with children in the health sector and look forward to contributing to the ongoing success of Fairway as a parent governor.

    I am passionate about equality and will be a strong advocate for each child at Fairway to ensure all our children reach their full potential.

  • Andrew-John Patterson

     Governor

    Responsibilities Curriculum, Standards & Welfare Committee.
    Governance roles in other schools None
    Relevant Business, Financial & Pecuniary Interests Yes
    Any Relationships with School Staff None

     

    Having been a headteacher in the private sector and a teacher in the public sector, I’ve worked in both primary and secondary education for 30 years.
    I currently run catch-up tuition services in North London and am motivated by every child experiencing an education where they feel safe and successful, and will develop a love for learning.

  • Rebecca Summer

     Governor

    Responsibilities Joint Premises / IT Committee
    Governance roles in other schools None
    Relevant Business, Financial & Pecuniary Interests Yes
    Any Relationships with School Staff None

    I am a former primary school teacher having taught in a variety of primary schools in Barnet. I now work as an Educational Consultant for a company called 2Simple who produce software and resources for teachers and children.  I have also worked in the IT industry as a computer programmer. My work brings me into regular professional contact with teachers from a variety of schools nationally and internationally to support them in what they are doing in their schools. I have a particular interest in the use of technology in school, in well-being including good mental health for children and teachers and in using best practice and innovation to support every child as an individual reach their potential. I am a parent of three children who attend schools in Barnet and Brent. I am excited to use my professional and personal knowledge and experience to support Fairway school and the community in its aims and ambitions.

  • Joseph Piper

     Governor

    Responsibilities Finance, Resources & Staffing Committee.
    Governance roles in other schools None
    Relevant Business, Financial & Pecuniary Interests None
    Any Relationships with School Staff None

     

    Joseph Piper (Joe) is a parent governor at Fairway School and joined Fairway Governors board in November 2021. He has 2 children at Fairway and works as a paediatric doctor, both clinically and also on research based at Queen Mary University of London. He researches child malnutrition in Zimbabwe and previously lived there for a year. He is part of the finance sub-committee.

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