The governing body has important powers and duties, but limited time and resources. So it focuses on where it can add most value – that is, in helping to decide the school’s strategy for improvement so that its pupils learn most effectively and achieve the highest standards.
The governing body helps to set, and keep under review, the broad framework within which the head teacher and staff run the school. In all its work, the governing body focuses on the key issues of raising standards of achievement, establishing high expectations and promoting effective teaching and learning.
"This letter is to update you on the work of the governors and to highlight areas of progress in the school."
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Members of the Governing Body
Ms Emily Wright, My name is Emily and I am the Headteacher here at Stepney Greencoat. I live in Tower Hamlets and have taught in schools in the borough for many years. I have held many roles in these schools including; Interim Headteacher, Acting Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher. I am passionate about small, Church of England schools which serve a diverse community of families such as our school. I am the mother of two children and my daughter attends this school – she loves being a pupil here! As Headteacher I attend all Governing Body meetings and all committee meetings. I am both supported and challenged by the Governors who all give freely of their own time to shape our school to be the very best that it can be.
Ms Ann Hill, I joined the governing body of Stepney Greencoat as the Sponsor Governor for The Worshipful Company of Vintners, a City of London Livery Company who have a long association with the school as its founder Benjamin Kenton was Master of the Vintners Company in 1776. When this type of governor was disbanded I rejoined as a Foundation Governor. As an educator and a parent I appreciate the transformative power of inclusive, aspirational teaching in helping the next generation achieve personal goals and I am ambitious to ensure Stepney Greencoat serves the needs of its community to this effect. Alongside my governing role I am involved with many of the City of London civic organisations and am the Chair of a London based Charitable Foundation.
Ms Anne Bishop, My name is Emily and I am the Headteacher here at Stepney Greencoat. I live in Tower Hamlets and have taught in schools in the borough for many years. I have held many roles in these schools including; Interim Headteacher, Acting Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher. I am passionate about small, Church of England schools which serve a diverse community of families such as our school. I am the mother of two children and my daughter attends this school – she loves being a pupil here! As Headteacher I attend all Governing Body meetings and all committee meetings. I am both supported and challenged by the Governors who all give freely of their own time to shape our school to be the very best that it can be.
Ms Eno Chance, I have been a Staff Governor since 2015, having been a class teacher here since 2005. I have taught in Reception, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and am an Assistant Headteacher. I think that School atmosphere should be exciting, enabling and creative, so that all children make progress and every level of their School life.
Rev'r Richard Bray, I have been a governor of Stepney Greencoat since 2010 and Rector of the parish church, St Anne’s, since 2014. It has been exciting to be part of Stepney Greencoat’s growth in its clear ethos and in academic performance. Three of my four children currently attend the school. As a Christian minister I have a spiritual concern for the whole community, and I have particular involvement at the school with RE and collective worship. I am vice chair of governors and I take school assemblies or services twice a term. I am also a trustee or committee member for a number of other bodies including ‘GrowTH’, the Tower Hamlets churches’ night shelter for homeless people.
Mr Robert Scott,
I have been a parent at the School since January 2008 when our eldest daughter joined Reception. She is now in Year 10. Both she and our Year-8-daughter were well-taught at Stepney Greencoat and have benefited enormously from the atmosphere and ethos there, and so has our son currently in Year 5. I wanted to become a governor to help this kind of experience continue for other children.
Previously I worked for the Government’s Charity Commission and the World Health Organisation, but now I work for a church. We have lived in East London since 1995, although for 2011-13 we lived in Sylhet. All of this has helped me to be able to understand something of the different people and cultures present at Stepney Greencoat. It also helps me to Chair the governing body and to support the staff to ensure that the school is a safe and secure environment where children from different backgrounds learn together to live in God’s world. No school is perfect, but I hope that we can all work together to help our school to be a kind, forgiving and inclusive place which prepares our children well for life.
Ms Tara Wilson, I have been a governor at Stepney Greencoat since 2015 and am the chair of the school’s resources committee. The job of the resources committee is to provide input and oversight in connection with the school budget, staffing issues and the maintenance of the school premises. Stepney Greencoat is a wonderfully warm, welcoming and caring school with clear ambitions for the children who make up the school community. I believe that access to a good education in a supportive setting is critically important for children, irrespective of ability or background, and so it is my privilege to support our headteacher, Emily Wright, and the school staff as we work towards achieving the best possible outcome for our pupils in all areas of school life. When I am not at Stepney Greencoat, I am the parent of two small children and live and work as a Banking lawyer in the Borough of Tower Hamlets.
Rev'd Trevor Critchlow, As Rector of St Dunstan’s Church, Stepney, I am an ex officio Governor of the School. Our School was originally located in St Dunstan’s parish, but after World War 2 it moved to its current site and is now shared with St Anne’s Limehouse. I have been a Governor for 7 years, as well as being a Governor of Sir John Cass Secondary School. I have two children at the School. I passionately believe that a rounded education should be much more than just good academic results, at Stepney Greencoat we're equipping children for lifelong learning and active citizenship, our hope is that every child will be inspired to play a full and active part in their community.
Ms Rahima Choudhury,
I was elected as Parent Governor in March 2016. As a parent of two children, I am committed to taking an active role in my children’s education and development. When the opportunity arose I put myself forward with the hope that I can make a positive contribution to Stepney Greencoat so that it can continue to provide the best possible education for its students as well bring some diversity to the governing body.
My background is in Insurance and Risk Management, working in the Higher Education sector. Similar to many organisations, in my job we are always stretching resources which is often a challenge and making strategic decisions. With my knowledge and experience in the education sector I provide my full support to the governing body.
I am the linked governor to Attendance and have been actively attending both informal and formal meeting with families at the school. It is vital that all students attend school and on time, and I am pleased to assist the school with these termly meetings.
Mr Michael Harris, I have just started as a Governor this year, having been appointed by the London Diocesan Board of Schools. I work in the local area as a COO in the Financial Services sector. I am keen to be able utilise my skills to support the local community, not least to see the School continuing to provide good quality education in these financially-tight-times. My wife and I have three children and we live in south London.
The Resources Committee particularly looks at how the School is using its money and making the most of its staff. At the Resources Committee, Debbie Boyle as the School’s Administrative Officer plus David Waller from School Accounting and Finance Services Limited are there to advise us. They have no voting rights nor other business interests related to the School.
The Standards Committee particularly looks at curriculum issues, what children are achieving and how they are making progress. At Standards Committee meetings we always have members of staff reporting on different aspects of the curriculum.
Register of Interests
Richard Bray is is the honorary chaplain for the University of Cumbria (Poplar campus).
Trevor Critchlow is the Chair of Governors at Sir John Cass Church of England Secondary School.
No other governors have interests relevant to the governing of the School, beyond those who have already been described as Staff or Head Teacher Governors.
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