GOVERNORS
Name & Positions Governor type Appointment date Term of Office Date of step down
(if applicable)
Attendance academic year 2016/17
Mr Jawad Khan
Member of Finance and Premises committee
Link for RE
Parent Governor – elected by parents Re-appoinment date 08/06/2016 End Date 07/06/2020   Attended all FGB meetings
Ms Jan Ward
Member of Curriculum and Staffing committee
Link for SEN & Inclusion
Authority Governor – elected by LA Re-appointment date 24/03/2014 End Date 23/03/2018 10/08/2016 n/a
Cllr Edward Sparrowhawk
Member of Finance and Premises committee
Also a governor at Rokeby school and St Bonaventures school
Co-opted Governor – co-opted by Governing body Re-appointment date 11/3/2015 End Date 10/03/2019   Did not attend FGB meetings on 16/11/16 or 3/5/17
Miss Jo Cull
Member of Curriculum and Staffing committee
Co-opted Governor- co-opted by Governing body Re-appointment date 11/3/2015 End Date 10/03/2019   Attended all FGB meetings
Mrs Marzena Brysiewicz
Member of Finance and Premises committee
Link for SEN & Inclusion and Transition
Co-opted Governor – co-opted by Governing body Re-appointment date 11/3/2015 End Date 10/03/2019   Attended all FGB meetings
Ms Diana Green MBE
Chair of Governors
Chair of Finance and Premises committee
Link for Safeguarding Children
Governors’ Forum rep
Co-opted Governor – co-opted by Governing body Re-appointment date 11/3/2015 End Date 10/03/2019   Attended all FGB meetings
Miss Ade Layole
Vice Chair of Governors
Chair of Curriculum and Staffing committee
Member of Finance and Premises committee
Link for Early Years
Co-opted Governor – co-opted by Governing body Re-appointment date 11/3/2015 End Date 10/03/2019   Attended all FGB meetings
Ms Grace Ajagbe
Member of Curriculum and Staffing committee
Link for Mathematics
Co-opted Governor – co-opted by Governing body Re-appointment date 11/3/2015 End Date 10/03/2019   Attended all FGB meetings
Ms Vicki Butler
Member of Curriculum and Staffing committee
Link for Communication & Marketing
Co-opted Governor – co-opted by Governing body 24/06/2015 End Date 23/06/2019 08/11/2016 Did not attend 28/9/16
Ms Elizabeth Stopps Member of Curriculum and Staffing committee Staff Governor – elected by staff 18/09/2015 End Date 17/09/2019   Attended all FGB meetings
Mrs Fiona Cullen
Head Teacher (Member)
Member of Finance and Premises committee
NPW Authorised representative
Trustee of Newham Music Trust
Head Teacher 28/1/2011 End Date ongoing   Attended all FGB meetings
Mr Kuldeep Golla Parent Governor – elected by parents 05/12/2016 End date 04/12/2020    Attended all FGB meetings since apointment

 

Being a Governor at Nelson Primary School

The Governing Body
  1. The governing body has overall responsibility for the successful running of the school BUT the head teacher is responsible for making this happen.
  2. The governing body uses its member’s skills, knowledge and experience to support and challenge the head teacher and senior staff as they all work together for school improvement.
What skills will I need
  1. Most governors don’t have specific skills or knowledge about school management – they are usually people with an interest in the education of children and young people
  2. Skills and knowledge from bringing up a family or helping out in a local group
  3. Skills from your working life

What do school governors do?

The role of the governing body is to help schools provide the best possible education for their pupils by:

  1. Setting strategic direction. This includes setting the aims and objectives, setting policies and targets and reviewing progress
  2. Monitoring and evaluating progress towards priorities and targets
  3. Acting as a ‘critical friend’ to the headteacher and staff-offering support and constructive advice
  4. Being accountable to all stakeholders for the school’s performance and for the decisions they make

The role of the Governing Body

The role of the governing body is to help schools provide the best possible education for their pupils by:

  1. Setting strategic direction. This includes setting the aims and objectives, setting policies and targets and reviewing progress
  2. Monitoring and evaluating progress towards priorities and targets
  3. Acting as a ‘critical friend’ to the headteacher and staff-offering support and constructive advice
  4. Being accountable to all stakeholders for the school’s performance and for the decisions they make

How much time will being a governor take?

  1. Attend 2 full governing body meetings a term  (6 per year)
  2. Attend Committee meetings - no more than 2 additional meetings per term
  3. Allow time to read papers prior to meetings
  4. Participate in governing body visits into the school during the day – one per term
  5. Attend governor training
  6. Attend, by invite, school performances and other events

About our governors

Diana Green MBE

Diana has been a governor at Nelson Primary School since 2003 and Chair of Governors since 2004.

Diana’s role as Chair of Governors includes giving the governing body a clear lead and direction, making sure that the governors work as an effective team and understand their accountability and the part they play in the strategic leadership of the school and in driving school improvement.

Diana is also the Safeguarding link governor. Diana is a parent of a former Nelson pupil and is committed to making sure that the school continues to improve. She is also a member of Newham’s governor tutor team, delivering training sessions for governors at other Newham schools.

Diana has worked for HM Revenue and Customs since 1984. Her current role as Senior Sustainability Adviser involves analysing and reporting environmental data (energy, waste, travel etc) to ministers and for inclusion in cross-government reports.

Diana received an MBE in the 2012 New Years Honours List for her work at HMRC and for her contribution to the local community as Chair of Governors at Nelson.

In her spare time Diana enjoys cooking, walking, watching sport and listening to and playing music.


Fiona Cullen

Fiona has been associated with Nelson Primary School since April 1998 when she was the special Needs Co-ordinator. She went on to become Assistant Head Teacher leading on Inclusion followed by becoming the deputy Head Teacher in 2006. Fiona has been the substantive Head Teacher of Nelson Primary School since January 2011 and acting Head Teacher for 12 months before that.

School Improvement is Fiona’s primary role in the school. She led the school out of the Ofsted “Special Measures” and “Notice to Improve” categories and firmly believes that the school will move towards outstanding in the next few years. The results across the school are showing an upward trend.

The fact that the school needs to be good enough for her own three children is her benchmark for the successes.

Fiona is particularly interested in music and was delighted at the school’s achievements in this field; the Artsmark Gold and the Platinum Sing-Up status are a great source of pride. In her spare time Fiona enjoys singing in a choir.


Ade Layole

Ade has been a governor at Nelson Primary School since June 2011. She is a member of the Finance committee. Ade has worked in the Financial industry for over 22 years. Ade’s spare time activities are based around her 2 daughters and this involves going to the cinema often and Dance (Ballet, Tap & Jazz) and Theatre. Ade volunteered as a Games Maker in the London Summer Olympics.


Marzena Brysiewicz
Marzena has been a governor since 2010, at first as a Parent Governor and now as a Community Governor. Her roles on the Governing Body included being a link governor for Communication and now she is associated with Inclusion. Marzena has volunteered at the school, helping with reading to younger children and as a volunteer Education Assistant. Marzena also works for Tesco Plc. and is studying for a Fnd. in Psychology for Education Professionals at Birkbeck University. Since joining the Governing Body at Nelson Primary School Marzena has developed her understanding of the school's practice and is keen to help with further improvement of the school.

She greatly enjoys all of the school's annual performances and visits and appreciates the training provided by the school and governor services.

In her spare time she likes riding a bicycle, taking walks in parks and sightseeing.


Grace Ajagbe
Grace joined as a Community Governor in December 2013. She has worked in the Civil Service since 2000 and believes that with her experiences she can contribute to the improvement of children's education in schools in her local community. She is the head of media and technical function in her local church and in her spare time she makes jewellery.

Jo Cull
Jo has been a teacher at Nelson Primary since 2002. She has taught classes in years four, five and six. She started at the school as the music co-ordinator and then became the phase leader for years five and six. In 2007 she qualified as an advanced skills teacher in music where she not only worked at Nelson, but supported teachers throughout the borough in the teaching of music. In 2011 she became an assistant head teacher at Nelson, with responsibility for years five and six and the arts. In 2014 she became the deputy head teacher. She currently runs the infant and senior choirs and the maths challengers club in 4. Music is also her hobby and as well as attending concerts, she enjoys performing with 2 choirs and playing the violin in an orchestra.

Elizabeth Stopps

Elizabeth has been a teacher at Nelson Primary School since 2009. She has taught classes in years 3, 4, 5 and 6. Elizabeth has been a Year Group Leader since 2013. She has a particular interest in improvements in the teaching of reading and is one of Newham’s ‘Reading Champions’. This is also the focus of her NPQSL assignment. Elizabeth has mentored students doing both the PGCE and Schools Direct programmes and has also been a mentor to a newly qualified teacher. She has also been the lead teacher on the Scholars Programme.

Elizabeth is a qualified Solicitor and was a Partner in a firm of Solicitors in East Ham. It was as her own four children started to enter the education system that she felt inspired to retrain as a teacher.
In her spare time she enjoys reading, film, theatre and creative writing.

Nicole Abbott

Nicole Abbott became a Community Governor in 2017 and she is a member of the Curriculum Committee. Nicole went to school in Newham and enjoyed being part of the debate club and the football team. Now she is a solicitor and wanted to become a school governor to contribute to her local community. Nicole enjoys doing yoga and watching West Ham play in her spare time.


Kuldeep Golla

Kuldeep has been Parent Governor since December 2016 and has three daughters at Nelson. He has always been interested in education and believes that Nelson school pupils should not only be encouraged to achieve academically but be responsible individuals with good morals, ready to embrace future opportunities and challenges.

Kuldeep works as an IT Consultant with experience of working on high profile IT Projects at WPP, Transport for London, Barclays Plc, Network Rail and MFI. He is interested in the strategic development of IT at Nelson Primary School.
Kuldeep is active in several volunteer roles and has worked with Newham Volunteers at Newham community events. In his native country India, he has adopted a village close to his hometown. He is involved in a program to improve living standards.

Kuldeep enjoys spending time with family and friends and he is interested in football and cricket.


Jawad Khan

Jawad has been a parent governor for some time. He has also worked as a Sub Post Master for number of local post offices. Jawad have been working as a Director of Studies for an Alternative Provider College since 2002, the college is Ofsted accredited and annually reviewed by QAA.

Jawad wanted to volunteer as a parent governor because he recognised the importance of education and its effects on the successful development of children.

As all of his children have studied at Nelson Primary, he has seen the quality of education they have received, and the effect this has had on their development.

Through seeing the excellent efforts of the staff at the school to maximise the quality of the school experience for our children, he feels as a parent that he owes a debt to the school and its staff.  For this reason he has volunteered his time and skills as a parent governor.


Tom Deasy

Tom became a Community Governor in 2017 and is also a member of Nelson's Curriculum Committee. A Teach First ambassador, Tom previously taught English at Lister Community School in Newham whilst also overseeing the school's High Attainers programme.

Currently Tom works for the information services company AlphaSights in London and in his spare time enjoys playing cricket and golf and attending concerts.