Welcome to our Governors’ section.
The role of the governing board is a strategic one; its key functions are to:
Structure of the Governing Board
At East Acton Primary the Governing Board meets each half term as a full group rather than following a separate committee structure. In this way, school issues relating to areas such as finance, premises, curriculum and standards are shared across all members of the governing board. This allows all governors to maintain a thorough understanding of these aspects and how they are interrelated. Separate pay or appraisal committees meet at different times of the year, as well as other working groups as required.
School Improvement Priorities 2019-20:
1. To embed a systematic whole school “Mastery Approach” to the teaching of mathematics.
2. Ensure most able pupils, including most able disadvantaged pupils, exceed expected standards in mathematics by providing them with the opportunities to deepen their learning.
3. To provide an inclusive, broad, balanced and exciting curriculum offering enrichment and opportunities for all learners.
4. To embed high quality teaching of reading comprehension and improve reading attainment and progress across the school.
5. Improve attainment and progress in writing through the effective use of teacher modelling of the writing process.
Meet the Governors
Below is some information about the individual members of our school governing body. If you have time available and are interested in becoming a governor, please contact the school.
Andrew Hackett - Co-opted Governor and Chair of Governors - Inclusion Link Governor
I am the Chair of Governors, having taken the role on in December 2016, and have been a co-opted governor since September 2013. I am also the Inclusion Governor and the Child Protection Governor. I have a strong interest in education and see supporting our schools as one of the best ways of helping the community. I am a civil servant at the Department for Education. I am a keen football player and fan, an avid reader and have a particular interest in history. If you would like to get in contact with me about any aspect of the school, please contact me via the school on 0208 762 0540 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will return your call or email. Alternatively you can write to me via the school address:
FAO The Chair of Governors
c/o East Acton Primary School, East Acton Lane, London W3 7HA.
Jenny Clark - Vice Chair of Governors - Local Authority Governor - Science Link Governor
Stephen Pearce - Headteacher Governor
I have been the Headteacher of East Acton Primary School since September 2015. I attend all meetings of the governing body. I joined East Acton Primary in January 2009 as an Assistant Head then later became one of the Deputy Headteachers before taking on my current role. Previously I worked in two large primary schools in Brent and before that I taught in Australia in Brisbane and in Coolum on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. I was born in the UK but grew up in Australia - I have lived in the UK since 1995.
As Headteacher, I work alongside the Governing Body and the rest of the Leadership Team to ensure the children at East Acton make strong progress from their starting points and achieve well, with access to a broad and balanced curriculum. As a leadership team we promote and maintain the positive and supportive ethos of East Acton Primary whilst striving to move the school from good to outstanding in all areas.
Adina El Masry - Co-Opted Governor - Health & Safety Link Governor
My name is Adina El Masry and I am a co-opted governor having previously been a staff governor. Previously I was a parent governor for 21 years.
My 5 children attended East Acton Primary and I used to volunteer when work permitted. When a parent governor vacancy became available I wanted to contribute something back to the school and become more involved. In fact this led me to become a teacher when I changed careers. When I came to East Acton as a teacher I became a staff governor when a vacancy became available. I was previously the nursery teacher at East Acton Primary but have since retired. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, visiting museums and art galleries, reading and listening to music. My hobbies are cake decorating, making jewellery and painting water colours.
Naomi Oliver - Staff Governor
I have been a member of the Governing Body for 11 years. I became a Governor because I had 2 children at East Acton Primary from 1991 to 2003 and wanted to contribute to the school and the local community. As well as being a Governor, I am a Higher Level Teaching Assistant at East Acton Primary. I have been working at the school for 13 years and currently work in year 6. I am a life-long learner as I have just completed a Foundation Degree in Primary Teaching and Learning.
Wendy Sharpe - Co-opted Governor and Equalities Link Governor
Since becoming a parent, my children have attended nine different schools and nurseries in three different countries. I have experienced a variety of educational models and been part of several school communities. I have had three children attend East Acton Primary. My studies at university were in science and then scientific communications and I now work as an editor at a medical journal that specialises in global health. I also work occasionally as a recipe writer for a television programme in Australia and I have co-authored two cookbooks. I am a co-opted governor and began my role at East Acton Primary in 2015. I believe wholeheartedly in the school’s vision to help every child achieve their highest potential and I feel lucky to serve the children of East Acton Primary as a governor.
Mahad Ahmed - Parent Governor
I am a parent governor with two children at East Acton Primary School. We have been coming to the School since September 2013. I am committed to helping all the children to receive a lasting interest in education, to enjoy their time at the school and to become well rounded, independent and resilient learners. As well as being a parent governor I help clients to understand and manage information security risks, gain competitive advantage, operate safely and securely and to continuously improve their business. I gained 15 years' experience in governance, risk and compliance (GRC) and operational management experience in both medium and large companies and hold a Chartered Membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH).
Suzie Ahferom - Parent Governor
I am a parent governor with a daughter at East Acton Primary School. I joined the Governing Body in January 2019. I decided to become a parent governor in order to have a better understanding of the educational system and to contribute to the strategic plans of the School.
My previous background includes working in digital marketing for media agencies and within the retain sector. I am excited to bring the perspective of the parents to the Governing Board and to support the hard working staff to ensure the school meets its goals. But most importantly that we assist in laying the foundations for the pupils to succeed.
Ammara Sadiq - Co-opted Governor
Lucy Cohen - Co-opted Governor
I joined the Governing Board at East Acton Primary School in December 2019 after working in primary education for over 20 years as a teacher, Deputy Head and Head teacher. In my professional life, I now work as a child counsellor in various schools, supporting children to express their emotions using a range of art materials. My main interests outside work include spending time with my friends and family, cooking, reading and completing mosaics. I also enjoy teaching mosaic making to children which I do every summer at a holiday camp. I'm delighted to be part of the Governing Board at East Acton and look forward to using my experience in the education sector to support the School.
Clerk to the Governing Body