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 executive headteacher.
The role of the Governors is to
- Set the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school
- Hold the executive headteacher 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 committed to adhere to the Governors' 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 Joint Resources committee, 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.
Our vision for Drayton Park is 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 LA Governor (since February 2012); Chair of Governors since June 2014.
Retired solicitor working as a legal consultant; formerly a local councillor in Highbury East.
Have five children (all, sadly, well past primary school age).
Committee membership: Joint Resources Committee, Curriculum and Achievement and Children, Families & Community Committees.
Eleanor Young - Co-opted Governor (Vice Chair of Governors)
Nikki Ralph – Local Authority Governor
LA Governor since June 2011.
I work in the council’s Strategy and Change Team, having previously spent 12 years in Islington Children’s Services.
have always been very passionate about children’s education. I volunteer as a governor to support Drayton Park in its amazing efforts to provide the very best education for every pupil and to enable every child to have opportunities to learn, develop and realise their potential.
Have two daughters, my eldest started school in September 2014.
Committee membership: Chair of Children, Families & Community Committee.
Andrew Myer - Co-opted Governor
Helen Roberts - Co-opted Governor
Helen has been a Co-opted governor since September 2015. She sits on the Children, Families & Community Committee and the Joint Resources Committee
Helen lives locally
Helen wanted to become a Governor because early years education is so important throughout life.
Helen has worked in corporate communications and PR for a decade. Outside of work she loves cooking and hanging out with her husband and dog
Sujeet Wadke - Parent Governor
Parent Governor since January 2016 and sit on the Joint Resources and Curriculum and Achievement Committee.
Have one child at Drayton Park.
I currently work for a transport organisation in London, managing a team that delivers and supports IT Infrastructure used for the running of London's public transport system.
I am a Mechanical Engineer by qualification and an IT Manager by profession. Became a governor to use my knowledge and skills in the STEM areas and play my part in the local community. I am also proficient in three Indian languages - Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati which I can use to help the community overcome any language barriers.
Stephen Foulger- Parent Governor
Parent Governor since May 2019
I work as consultant developing museums and exhibition projects that aim to achieve both cognitive learning and positive social outcomes. I have a strong background in science and technology but have also worked with many artists, designers, writers and curators. I have developed projects in China, Italy and the Gulf states, accommodating and incorporating local and national content and cultures into exhibitions communicating ideas of universal relevance. I put myself forward as a governor as I felt that my broad cultural experience and knowledge of informal and hands-on learning would complement the skills and knowledge within the school. And because I have a son at Drayton Park.
Damien Parrott - Executive Head Teacher
Head teacher since September 2012. Executive Headteacher of Drayton Park Primary School and Montem Primary School since September 2017. Sit on the Joint Resources Committee.
Annabelle Kapoor- Co-opted Governor
Co-opted Governor since November 2017
Head of School since 2017 and previously Deputy Headteacher. Formerly a class teacher at Drayton Park for several years, teaching a range of age groups, before taking on management and leadership positions. Sit on the Curriculum and Achievement committee and Children, Families and Community committee
2 co-opted Governor vacacncies
Lily Gupta- Parent Governor
Parent Governor since October 2018
Geir Freysson- Parent Governor
Parent governor since October 2018
Director at data analysis company Datasmoothie, which I co-founded in 2015.
I have one daughter that goes to Drayton Park, and a boy who will join soon. I'm originally from Iceland but my wife (also Icelandic) and I have lived in London for more than ten years. I have also been chair of the board of trustees for Highbury Community Nursery since 2016.
Emma MacIntosh- Staff Governor
Staff Governor since June 2018
Currently the Neptune (year 5) Class teacher, but I have worked in years 1,2,3 and 4 through Drayton Park. I trained to be a teacher at Drayton Park and stayed on as a class teacher and have been here since then.
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 email@example.com