Drayton Park currently has 13 governors. Seven are co-opted community governors, one is appointed by the local authority, three are elected by parents as governors, one is elected by staff and finally, the governing body also includes the headteacher.
The role of the Governors is to
- Set the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school
- Hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of pupils and the performance of staff
- Oversee the school’s financial performance and ensure its money is well spent
Each Governor has signed a code of conduct and a copy of this can be found lower down this page.
The full governing body meets once every term but most of its work is devolved to three committees Finance & Resources, Curriculum & Achievement and Children, Families & Community. These usually meet twice a term. In addition, individual governors take on specific responsibility as “link governors” for areas of the curriculum and aspects of the school’s life. Details of Governors’ committee membership and link governor responsibilities are given in their individual profiles below.
Last year we restated our vision for Drayton Park; that the school should be a happy, vibrant and creative school that encourages positive attitudes to learning and where staff, pupils and the wider community come together to provide the highest standards of education. The school pursues this vision through the "Drayton Park Way", which promotes the values of Resilience, Independence, Effort, Ambition and Team-work.
Initially a LEA Governor (since February 2012); Chair of Governors since June 2014.
Work as a solicitor; formerly a local councillor in Highbury East.
Have five children (all, sadly, well past primary school age).
Sit on Finance & Resources, Curriculum and Achievement and Children, Families & Community Committees.
Link governor for Behaviour, Safeguarding (jointly with Nikki Ralph), Design & Technology and Religious Education.
Eleanor Young - Co-opted Governor (Vice Chair of Governors)
Initially a Parent Governor from Autumn 2011; Community Governor since October 2014,
Work at Ealing Council on a contract to manage a major regeneration and development programme in Southall.
Have two children at Drayton park. Former Chair and active member of the PTA.
Chair of Curriculum and Achievement Committee and sit on Children, Families and Community Committee.
Link governor for Computing (jointly with Ahmed Osman), Maths, Phonics and for Early Years Foundation Stage.
Nikki Ralph – Local Authority Governor
LEA Governor since June 2011.
Work in Islington Children’s Services.
Have two daughters, my eldest started school in September 2014.
Chair of Children, Families & Community Committee.
Link governor for Safeguarding (jointly with John Gilbert).
Marina Harden – Co-opted Governor
Initially a Parent Governor from December 2011; Community Governor since October 2014.
Work for Transport for London.
Have two sons, one is at Drayton Park, the other at Highbury Grove.
Sit on the Curriculum & Achievement and Finance & Resources committees.
Link governor for English, Healthy Schools and Inclusion.
Claire Louise Berlioz – Co-opted Governor
Initially a Community Governor from May 2014.
Have two young children aged six and 10.
Work as an investment banking running my own business, sit on the Board of the Quoted Companies Alliance as a non-executive Director, am a mentor at Manchester University, am actively involved in a number of groups and government initiatives to empower women in the workforce and on boards, and sit on the board of a technology start up.
Sit on the Finance & Resources Committee.
Link governor for Humanities
Andrew Myer - Co-opted Governor
Initially a Parent Governor from 2006 then Community Governor from October 2010;
Have one daughter, at St Mary Magdalene's; currently she volunteers at Drayton Park as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.
Formerly an architect but now work in energy and environmental management
Became a governor because I wanted to help the school - not just as a parent but because I Iive locally and a good school is a vital part of the local neighbourhood. I stayed on to help get the new Community Art Building built and fully operational.
Sit on the Finance & Resources and Children, Families & Community committees
Link governor for Sustainability/Sustainable Schools and Extended Schools.
Hannah Weaver - Parent Governor
Parent Governor since June 2014.
Have two children at Drayton Park
Formerly worked in film and television as a drama script editor and producer but currently I am full-time mother
Became a governor in order to get a better understanding of the school and to contribute to the school in the some way. Link governor for Art, Music and for Parental Engagement.
Ahmed Osman - Parent Governor
Parent Governor since June 2014.
Link governor for Computing (jointly with Eleanor Young).
Helen Roberts - Co-opted Governor
Co-opted governor since September 2015
Became a Governor because early years education is so important throughout life.
Lives locally and works in corporate communication and PR. Outside of work loves dancing and regularly attends commercial street dance classes.
Sit on the Children, Families & Communities committee
Link governor for Science, PHSE and Community Engagement.
Sujeet Wadke - Parent Governor
Parent Governor since January 2016
Have one child at Drayton Park.
Have a Degree in Mechanical Engineering and am an IT Manager by profession.
I currently work for a transport organisation in London, managing the delivery and support of IT Infrastructure.
Became a governor to use my knowledge and skills in the STEM areas and play my part in the community. I am also proficient in three Indian languages - Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati to help the community overcome any language barriers.
Laura Graham-Matheson - Staff Governor
Teacher Governor since since June 2015
Teacher at Drayton Park since 2013, first in Nursery, then in Sun Class (Reception).
Now the EYFS Phase Leader and subject leader for RE and DT.
Became a Governor to develop an better understanding of the bigger picture of how the school works.
Sit on the Curriculum and Achievement Committee.
Damien Parrott - Head Teacher
Head teacher since September 2012.
Contacting the governors
If you are interested in becoming a governor or wish to learn more about the Governing Body please do not hesitate to contact the office.
Queries about the management of Drayton Park Primary School and the progress of any individual child should be directed in the first instance to the school itself.
The Chair of Governors John Gilbert, or other governors will be happy to answer any more general questions, particularly in relation to the role of the governing body. Letters directed to us should be sent to the school for our attention or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org