Meet the

Governors

EBS Governors

East Barnet, like every other school in the country, has a Governing Body. Its primary aim is to maintain and improve the quality of education and the standards of student achievement.

East Barnet is an Academy Trust Company. It has five Members who ‘own’ the company – a bit like shareholders in a commercial firm. They have a constitutional role in the running of the Academy. They ensure the company follows our constitution and that it performs its functions in accordance with its charitable objectives.

The majority of people on the Governing Body are not educational professionals, but willing volunteers who bring knowledge, skills and perspectives from the wider community. They are there to represent the public in the running of the school. They are not there to tell the Headteacher how to run the school.

Governors are involved in setting curriculum, discipline, admission and similar major policies. They appoint, reward and discipline staff, but do not decide who should be teaching Year 8 for English on a Monday morning!

The Governing Body is responsible for the overall budget distribution, but not how many pencils are bought.

Members of the Academy Trust

The members have a constitutional role in the running of the academy. They ensure the company follows our constitution and that it performs its functions in accordance with its charitable objectives.

Mr Christopher Costigan – Non-trustee Member

Mr Denis Hallam – Non-trustee Member

Mr Jonathan Hewlings – Non-trustee Member

Mr John Ireton – Chair of Governors

Mr Nicholas Mottershead – original signatory

Composition

Our Governing Body has currently 15 Governors.

The  Headteacher and Associate Deputy Headteachers, Business Manager are non-voting members who attend to answer questions and give advice.

Chair of Governors and Vice Chair(s) of Governors are elected annually by the Governing Body from within this group. Chairs and Vice Chairs of Committees are also elected each year.

There are five Members of the East Barnet School Academy Trust Company: one of the original signatories to the Memorandum of Association, the Chair of Governors and three non-trustee Members.

The normal term of office for governors is four years.

Community Governors

Mrs Debbie Brazier
03/10/16 – 02/10/20

Debbie has three children at East Barnet School.

Mrs Debbie Cuthbert
21/10/18 – 02/06/22

Communications link.

Mr Laggi Diamandi
25/04/19 – 24/04/23

Laggi is a results oriented professional with over 20 years of HR management experience working in the retail, media and currently in a well-known architectural practice. His areas of expertise are in learning & development, employee relations, performance management and organisational development.

Accredited with international awards in Equality & Diversity, Laggi is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and a qualified executive coach.

He has two daughters currently studying at EBS.

Mr Stuart Gates
01/04/2018 – 31/03/2022

Stuart has some 35 years’ experience in buying, operational management in prestige department stores. The various roles involved interfacing with team members, customers and producers. Also key managed major projects both in the UK and overseas.

The last 8 years Stuart has had his own consultancy mentoring start up food businesses in all aspects of business from finance, product development and finding distribution routes. In addition project management of major food events.

Chaired several organisations in the speciality food and retail industry and a former non- executive director of Food from Britain.

He is currently Chair of the East Barnet School PTFA, having served as Secretary before that since 2013, and has a son who is a former EBS student.

Mr Scott Harrison
12/06/16 – 11/06/20

Scott was a student at the school from 1960-67.  After studying history at the University of Lancaster, Scott taught in comprehensive schools in Lancashire, Essex and Cheshire. He returned to Barnet in 1986, when he took up a new post as Local Authority adviser.  At that time he was also a Chief Examiner of GCSE history and wrote several school textbooks.

From 1990-2009 he was an HMI with responsibility at Ofsted for history, Citizenship and subject survey inspections. Since retiring from HM Inspectorate in 2009, Scott has been working as an education consultant in England and overseas.

Scott is currently Chair of the Learning Committee.

Mr John Ireton – Chair of Governors and Member of the Academy Trust
06/06/16 – 05/06/20

John has over 25 years as a General Manager/Engineer within a number of organisations at a level to deliver company process improvements that continuously raise customer experience, performance, and profitability. He is currently working for Affinity Water.

John first joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in 2012 and became a member of the Resources Committee, shortly after he undertook the role of Health and Safety Link Governor. Before joining EBS John was a school governor at Chancellors and is currently vice-chair at Danegrove Primary School.

John is currently Chair of the Resources Committee.

Ms Susie McDonald
23/11/17 – 22/11/21

Susie McDonald is the Director of the charity Tender Education & Arts. Tender is a pioneering education and arts organisation that works with children and young people to prevent domestic and sexual violence. Susie originally set up the education programme and then in 2010 became the Director. Both roles have enabled Susie to work with teachers in schools across London and to develop arts based education programmes that fit within busy timetables and curriculum restrictions.

Prior to this Susie spent 10 years working in prisons and young offender institutions teaching drama to build confidence and communication skills. She has a degree in Drama and a Masters Degree in Applied Theatre. She has an OCN trainer accreditation.

Susie has three daughters at EBS.

Mr Nick Mottershead – Vice-Chair of Governors and Member of the Academy Trust
09/10/18  – 08/10/22

Nick is a Video Producer-Director and has his own Production Company, 2STEP media. He worked for many years in BBC post-production as a dubbing mixer and has won several awards for his work. His wife is a Barnet Primary School Headteacher and they have two sons who both went to East Barnet School.

Nick has also been an EBS PTA member since 1998 and was Chair and Treasurer for many years; he is treasurer for Danegrove School PTA; and is co-opted onto the Church Hill School Association Committee. Nick is a founding Member of the Trust of East Barnet School. He was elected as a Parent Governor in 2002 and served as Chair of Governors for four years. He is currently a Community Governor and Vice-Chair of Governors.

Mrs. Joanna Tambourides
03/06/17 – 02/06/21

Joanna Tambourides was a Conservative Councillor for East Barnet Ward between February 2007 and May 2014. She is married to another former councillor, has two grown-up sons, and two grandchildren. Having lived near Oak Hill Park for over 30 years, she knows the East Barnet area well and has also been a governor on two other local schools.

Ms Claire Thomas
03/10/16 – 02/10/20

Claire has one daughter at East Barnet School.

Parent Governors

Ms Colette Turner 
05/04/2019 – 04/04/2023

Mr Beech Williamson
31/01/2018 – 30/01/2022

Ms Ingrid Zanchetta
24/01/2018 – 23/01/2022

Staff Governors

Mrs Maria De Maria (Office Manager)
14/03/19 – 13/03/23

Mrs Caroline Roncarati (Technology Teacher)
28/11/16 – 27/11/20

Ms Mariam Zaman (Mathematics Teacher)
22/07/17 – 21/07/21

Main Responsibilities

  • Set admissions criteria
  • Set the budget
  • Determine curriculum policy
  • Select Head, Deputy Heads and other senior members of staff
  • Ensure the additional educational needs of pupils are met
  • Set sex education policy
  • Make sure religious education is provided according to the law
  • Deal with formal disciplinary matters
  • Decide to reinstate permanently excluded pupils or not
  • Produce an action plan following an Ofsted inspection
  • Pass on any information to which parents or members of the public are legally entitled

Pupil Discipline

The Pupil Discipline Committee meets to make final decisions on permanent pupil exclusions. They will also listen to appeals from parents. They also issue “Governors’ Contracts” as a final sanction prior to permanent exclusions.

AEN Link - Including Gifted & Talented

Takes responsibility for liaising with the school’s Additional Educational Needs and Gifted and Talented coordinators. Keeps up to date with developments and progress in these areas and reports back to the Governing Body.

Communication Link

Monitors and advises on communications from the school to parents and the wider community, as well as assisting with press and ‘media’ issues relating to important events at the school. Is consulted on school publicity and advertising.

Educational Visits Link

Monitors the school’s policy for educational, recreational and sporting visits outside the school premises. Monitors Risk Assessments and reports back to the Governing Body.

Equal Opportunity Link

Takes responsibility for liaising with the school’s Equal Opportunity Co-ordinator. Ensures legal requirements are being met and reports back to the Governing body.

Health & Safety Link

Takes responsibility for liaising with the school’s Health & Safety Co-ordinator. Ensures legal requirements are being met and reports back to the Governing Body.

PTFA Link

Acts as a liaison between the Governing Body and the PTA to ensure a collaborative work can be done for the school.

Safeguarding Governor

Is the nominated governor responsible for child protection issues and policy.

Training Link Governor

Organises and monitors training for other members of the Governing body and liaises with link governors from other schools within the LA.

Declaration of Business Interests & Connected Parties

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Contact the Governors

John Ireton, Chair of Governors
East Barnet School, Chestnut Grove, East Barnet EN4 8PU

EBS Governor Committees

The Learning Committee

The Learning Committee reviews and evaluates teaching and learning; student achievement and standards; and the implementation of ‘Every Child Matters’.

It monitors and reviews academic and pastoral arrangements to ensure the school delivers a broad and balanced curriculum in keeping with the ethos of the school and the requirements of the National Curriculum, ‘Every Child Matters’ and other statutory commitments, including: Religious Education, Collective Worship and Sex Education, then reports outcomes to the Full Governing Body.

Curriculum provision and delivery is regularly monitored by means of faculty presentations during Committee meetings; and from outcomes of internal monitoring, evaluation and reviews. Curriculum related policies and procedures are monitored and reviewed and their effectiveness questioned, at regular and appropriate intervals.

The Learning Committee ensures that, as far as possible, East Barnet School is a place of positive experience and enjoyment for students and that the Rewards system reflects this.

The Resources Committee

The Resources Committee develops a long-term building and accommodation strategy for the school, in conjunction with the School Development Plan; assists the school management on specific building issues; maintains and develops the accommodation of the school in line with the School Development Plan; ensures its efficient use within the budget; and monitors observance and implementation of the Financial Responsibilities of the Governing Body.

The Committee advises the Governing Body on financial strategy and policy within the resources available and reports all major decisions and matters concerning the finances of the school. It monitors the timely submission of any grant applications and financial returns to the DfE, Companies House, Academy Trustees and others. It ensures expenditure remains within the budget limits agreed by the Governing Body and that the school is not exposed to any unnecessary financial risk.

The Resources Committee ensures that the financial practices of the school comply with all audit requirements and that the school operates within the Financial Regulations of the Academies Financial Handbook. It ensures that the school’s annual accounts are properly signed and presented; and ensures records relating to the accounts are maintained.

The People Committee

The People Committee promotes the health and well-being of all staff and students. It ensures the school manages its employees effectively and efficiently and within employment law; that the school delivers the best possible student welfare service and that the school’s pastoral support strategy meets the welfare needs of all students.

The People Committee ensures the effective management of employees, teaching and learning throughout the school by working with the Headteacher and the Senior Leadership Team to secure and maintain quality teaching and support services. It does this by recruiting staff of the highest quality, with equality of opportunity for all; deploying and developing all staff effectively; and ensuring that professional duties are fulfilled, as specified in the terms and conditions of service of teachers including those for the Headteacher.

The People Committee monitors and reviews staffing and student welfare related policies and procedures, including their effectiveness, at regular and appropriate intervals.

Governing Body Statutory Information

Statutory information on Governors who have served at the East Barnet School Governing Body during the last 12 months:

Debbie Brazier

Date of appointment: 03/10/2016

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed by (in accordance with the Trust’s Articles): Members of the Academy Trust

% Attendance record at Governing Body meetings over Academic Year 2018/2019: 100

% Attendance record at Committee Meetings over Academic Year 2018/2019: 100

Relationships with other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): N/A

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None

Relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests): N/A

Debbie Jane Cuthbert

Date of appointment: 03/06/2018

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed by (in accordance with the Trust’s Articles): Members of the Academy Trust

% Attendance record at Governing Body meetings over Academic Year 2018/2019: 25

% Attendance record at Committee Meetings over Academic Year 2018/2019: 40

Relationships with other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None

Relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests):

  • DJC Educational Consultancy Ltd

Mary Margaret De Maria

Date of appointment: 14/03/2019

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed by (in accordance with the Trust’s Articles): Members of the Academy Trust

% Attendance record at Governing Body meetings over Academic Year 2018/2019: N/A

% Attendance record at Committee Meetings over Academic Year 2018/2019: N/A

Relationships with other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None

Relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests):

Employed by the Academy Trust as Office Manager

Theodoulos Lakis Diamandis

Date of appointment: 25/04/2015

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed by (in accordance with the Trust’s Articles): Parents (elected Parent Governor)

% Attendance record at Governing Body meetings over Academic Year 2018/2019: 75

% Attendance record at Committee Meetings over Academic Year 2018/2019: 80

Relationships with other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None

Relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests):

  • Learning and Development Manager at Foster & Partners Architecture

Stuart Gates

Date of appointment: 01/04/2018

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed by (in accordance with the Trust’s Articles): Members of the Academy Trust

% Attendance record at Governing Body meetings over Academic Year 2018/2019: 100

% Attendance record at Committee Meetings over Academic Year 2018/2019: 100

Relationships with other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None

Relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests): None

Scott Michael Harrison

Date of appointment: 12/06/2016

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed by (in accordance with the Trust’s Articles): Members of the Academy Trust

% Attendance record at Governing Body meetings over Academic Year 2018/2019: 75

% Attendance record at Committee Meetings over Academic Year 2018/2019: 88

Relationships with other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None

Relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests):

  • Chair of Trustees for the Association for Citizenship Teaching
  • Consultant at Scott Harrison Education Consultant

Angela Marie Hind

Date of appointment: 04/04/2018

Term of office: 4 years

Term of office ended on: 24/02/2019

Appointed by (in accordance with the Trust’s Articles): Members of the Academy Trust

% Attendance record at Governing Body meetings over Academic Year 2018/2019: 75

% Attendance record at Committee Meetings over Academic Year 2018/2019: 78

Relationships with other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None

Relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests): None

Colette Howard

Date of appointment: 05/04/2019

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed by (in accordance with the Trust’s Articles): Parents (elected Parent Governor)

% Attendance record at Governing Body meetings over Academic Year 2018/2019: 100

% Attendance record at Committee Meetings over Academic Year 2018/2019: N/A

Relationships with other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): N/A

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None

Relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests):

Major John Bernard Ireton

Date of appointment: 06/06/2016

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed by (in accordance with the Trust’s Articles): Members of the Academy Trust

Attendance record at Governing Body meetings over Academic Year 2018/2019: 100

Attendance record at Committee Meetings over Academic Year 2018/2019: 82

Relationships with other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None

Relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests):

  • Operational Senior Manager at Affinity Water. Water supply to school billed biannually.
  • Chair of Directors at Ridgeway Alleyways Association

Susan Patricia McDonald

Date of appointment: 23/11/2017

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed by (in accordance with the Trust’s Articles): Members of the Academy Trust

% Attendance record at Governing Body meetings over Academic Year 2018/2019: 50

% Attendance record at Committee Meetings over Academic Year 2018/2019: 80

Relationships with other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None

Relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests):

  • Chief Executive at Tender Education & Arts. Teacher Training sessions.

Nicholas John Mottershead

Date of appointment: 09/10/2014

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed by (in accordance with the Trust’s Articles): Members of the Academy Trust

% Attendance record at Governing Body meetings over Academic Year 2018/2019: 100

% Attendance record at Committee Meetings over Academic Year 2018/2019: 88

Relationships with other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None

Relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests):

  • Director at Busyperson Ltd
  • Director at 2Step Media Ltd (trading name for Busyperson)
  • Related party –  Headteacher at Churchill Primary School. Professional association and feeder primary school.

Caroline Roncarati

Date of appointment: 28/11/2016

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed by (in accordance with the Trust’s Articles): Members of the Academy Trust

% Attendance record at Governing Body meetings over Academic Year 2018/2019: 50

% Attendance record at Committee Meetings over Academic Year 2018/2019: 86

Relationships with other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None

Relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests):

  • Employed by the Academy Trust as Teacher.
  • Related parties are directors at RPM Engineering. Service and repair of school minibuses.

Helen Margaret Smith

Date of appointment: 23/11/2017

Term of office ended on 27/09/2018.

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed by (in accordance with the Trust’s Articles): Governing Body (Community Governor)

% Attendance record at Governing Body meetings over Academic Year 2018/2019: N/A

% Attendance record at Committee Meetings over Academic Year 2018/2019: 75

Relationships with other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): Wife of the School Data Manager.

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None

Relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests):

  • Employee at Royal Bank of Scotland

Joanna Ray Tambourides

Date of appointment: 03/06/2017

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed by (in accordance with the Trust’s Articles): Members of the Academy Trust

% Attendance record at Governing Body meetings over Academic Year 2018/2019: 100

% Attendance record at Committee Meetings over Academic Year 2018/2019: 86

Relationships with other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

Governance roles in other educational institutions: Ashmole Academy, Osidge and Monkfrith Schools

Relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests):

  • Member of the management team at Friends in Need Charity and Hasluck Trust Charity.
  • Trustee at Mind in Barnet Charity

Claire Elizabeth Thomas

Date of appointment: 03/10/2016

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed by (in accordance with the Trust’s Articles): Members of the Academy Trust

% Attendance record at Governing Body meetings over Academic Year 2018/2019: 75

% Attendance record at Committee Meetings over Academic Year 2018/2019: 100

Relationships with other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): N/A

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None

Relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests):

  • Related party – employed by AirFrance

Timothy Beech Williamson

Date of appointment: 31/01/2018

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed by (in accordance with the Trust’s Articles): Parents (elected Parent Governor)

% Attendance record at Governing Body meetings over Academic Year 2018/2019: 100

% Attendance record at Committee Meetings over Academic Year 2018/2019: 100

Relationships with other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None

Relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests): None

Mariam Zaman

Date of appointment: 22/07/2017

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed by (in accordance with the Trust’s Articles): Members of the Academy Trust

% Attendance record at Governing Body meetings over Academic Year 2018/2019: 100

% Attendance record at Committee Meetings over Academic Year 2018/2019: 75

Relationships with other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None

Relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests):

  • Employed by the Academy Trust as Teacher

Ingrid Zanchetta

Date of appointment: 24/01/2018

Term of office: 4 years

Appointed by (in accordance with the Trust’s Articles): Parents (elected Parent Governor)

% Attendance record at Governing Body meetings over Academic Year 2018/2019: 75

% Attendance record at Committee Meetings over Academic Year 2018/2019: 0

Relationships with other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None

Relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests): None

If You Have a Problem

Voicing Concerns

When parents have a problem or complaint about school it is often difficult to know where to turn. Usually, the best place to start is with your child’s Form Tutor, or Head of Year. For more serious problems speak to the Headteacher.

If your problem still has not been resolved, please contact Mr Ireton, the Chair of Governors, c/o the school. Please remember that it is best to have an appointment to see anyone at the school. Although every effort will be made to help you, don’t simply turn up and expect to be seen straight away. Please also remember that all members of the school community have a right to be treated in a polite and courteous manner. Aggressive and rude behaviour from anyone is unacceptable and less likely to see grievances dealt with any more quickly or successfully.

Taking Matters Further

Up to date information can be obtained from the Advisory Centre for Education. Their website also has sections covering bullying, applying for a school, racism, exclusions, how to complain etc. They are a charity and some information and advice may be charged. A shortened version of their complaints procedure is copied below, with their kind permission. At the bottom of this page are contact details you might find useful.

Clerk to the Governors Information

Coming soon!

Useful Contacts

Mr John Ireton – Chair of Governors
East Barnet School, Chestnut Grove, East Barnet EN4 8PU
020 8440 4162
enquiries@eastbarnetschool.com

London Borough of Barnet Children’s Service
North London Business Park, Oakleigh Road South, London N11 1NP
020 8359 2000
first.contact@barnet.gov.uk
http://www.barnet.gov.uk/index/education-learning.htm

London Borough of Barnet
North London Business Park , Oakleigh Road South, London N11 1NP
020 8359 2000
first.contact@barnet.gov.uk
http://www.barnet.gov.uk/contact-us/councillors-democratic-rights.htm

Theresa Villiers MP
House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA
theresa@theresavilliers.co.uk

The Secretary of State for Education
DfE, Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BT
0870 000 2288
info@dfe.gsi.gov.uk
http://www.dfe.gov.uk/index.htm

The Local Government Ombudsman 
PO Box 4771, Coventry CV4 0EH
0845 602 1983
http://www.lgo.org.uk/

Equality and Human Rights Commission
3 More London, Riverside Tooley Street, London SE1 2RG
020 3117 0235  (non-helpline calls only)
info@equalityhumanrights.com
http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/Pages/default.aspx

The Legal Services Commission
0845 345 4345
http://www.legalservices.gov.uk/

The Education Law Association
33 College Road, Reading RG6 1QE
0118 966 9866
secretary@educationlasassociation.org.uk
http://www.educationlawassociation.org.uk/

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