The Governing Body of Valence Primary School

Chair of Governors

Mrs F. Bowman Watson

Dear Parents and carers,

I would like to introduce you to the Governors of Valence Primary School.

My name is Frances Bowman - Watson and I was elected Chair of Governors in September 2014 and remain in post today. My background includes working in pharmaceutical research, pathological investigations at the National Heart Hospital and twenty five years’ service in primary Education, most recently as a Head Teacher of a community Junior School.

There are nine Governors at our school including Mrs Chaplin, the Head Teacher.

Mrs De Hyde holds the post as Vice chair of Governors having also been elected in 2015.Her background is in Additional Needs Education and she is now an Adviser in this field for Barking and Dagenham.

The Link Governor with the local Education Authority is Mr Alok Agrawal whose background is in business in the local area.

Mrs Amanda Fogarty is a governor who is also a member of staff.

Mr Abdus Salaam is the local Authority Governor whose experience includes serving as a local Councillor.

The Elected Parent Governors is Mrs Fatin Gardazi

Miss Sarah Hutton who is responsible for effectiveness in Early Years.

We also have an Observer at our meetings who is also the School Business Officer bringing her financial knowledge to our discussions.

Now that you have been introduced to each of us, I would like to let you know how we work together as part of the Leadership team to improve provision for the children in our community.

Being a Governor involves working strategically: this means discuss and setting policies that affect all areas of school life including Child Protection, Budget setting and monitoring and the Quality of Teaching. Many of these policies are statutory meaning the school is required to set and implement them by law.

Governors have responsibility to hold school staff accountable for the educational provision and attainment of the children at the school.

We also recruit and support the Head teacher in their role as Senior Leader.

In order to carry out our responsibilities we meet regularly throughout the year, usually at least once a term but the Chair meets more regularly with the Head Teacher to keep abreast of current issues within the school.

We also have defined roles such as oversight of Special needs provision. This involves ensuring that all our policies and practices are up to date and that provision for children with additional needs such as autism, ADHT or Learning Delay is of the highest quality.

Each Governor has their own responsibilities that ensure they liaise with school staff and report back to the whole Governing Body. In this way strengths and weaknesses can be identified and the best way to overcome shortcomings can be discussed and then implemented by school staff.

Whilst Governors have involvement in all aspects of strategic leadership we are also invited to celebrate the children's achievements. We often visit special assemblies and productions to congratulate children, staff and parents on the high standards achieved by the children.

Vice Chair of Governors

Miss Deana Hyde

Link Governor for SEND and Safeguarding 

I have worked in Barking and Dagenham for the past 13 years both as a teacher, school leader and advisory teacher.  My area of professional interest and expertise is SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) particularly autism. As vice chair of governors I lead the curriculum and standards committee.  Outside of work I am a keen artist and I also enjoy gardening.

LA Governor

Mr A. Salaam

My name is Abdus Salam living in Barking for the last 16 years. I did my M.SC. in Chemical Technology from the University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. I worked in Research & Development in ICI Paints Slough for 10 years and 20 years in ICI Paints Pakistan as Development & Process Control Manager before my retirement. I am a former member London Borough of Barking & Dagenham (2010-2014) and tried to maintain high standard of conduct expected of me. Apart from being Governor of Valence Primary School I am also executive member of Barking Muslim Social and Cultural Society and Forum for the Elderly. I try to follow the principles of honesty, openness, fairness. I aim to contribute effectively to make Valence Primary School to achieve the best possible results in all the fields.

Parent Governors

Mrs F Gardazi

I have been resident of Dagenham for nearly 10 years. I’m a mother of three kids and my elder son completed his primary education from Valence school and my younger son is attending Valence St. Georges site.

I have completed my bachelor and master degree in architecture and worked for two years in between my study. It is my duty and responsibility as a parent to give my kids a full time commitment. Therefore, I have decided to be a full time mum and concentrate on my kids’ upbringing and education and hoping to resume my career once they are fully independent.

I have been elected a parent governor in 2015. As a parent, it is my pleasure to serve the school that have done a lot for my kids and delivered a high quality learning to them.

I have no previous experience as a governor nor have I worked within the education sector, which is why if I am privileged enough to become elected as parent governor. But as my parental experience, I believe that I can cast an independent eye over the school current work and bring a fresh perspective to the work of the existing governors. I’m hoping to contribute more to the school once I complete my governor-training course.

I believe that parent governors have an exceptional role, and should always try to measure issues and decisions from the point of view of parents and families. This is not the same as representing individual parent’s points of view but it is about making sure that parent perspectives are always considered.

Staff Governors

Mrs A Fogarty - Acting Headteacher

I have been a resident of Barking and Dagenham for over 40 years, attending school in the borough, educating my two children in local schools and having taught in four Dagenham schools. I try hard to keep fit by cycling, taking long walks in the countryside and gardening and, if it’s raining, I’ll always have a book to finish reading! In my lifetime I’ve seen Valence, and indeed Dagenham, grow into a vibrant, multi cultural community full of aspirational families with a passion for learning and feel it a privilege to be part of the journey.

Co-Opted Governors

Mr Agrawal

My name is Alok Agrawal. I have served as a School Governor at Valence since 2002, both as a Local Education Authority appointed Governor and a community Governor. I have been involved in local education as a school governor or a member of the PTA since the early 80’s.

Since 2002, I have served on several school governing bodies in London. I have served variously as Chair and Vice-chair of governing Body, as well as Chair of finance committee and link Governor over the last 13 years. I have chaired the Head Teacher Performance Management Committee for several Head Teachers in several schools.

I was a member of the Head and Chair steering Group for Developing the Strategic Role of Governing Bodies in Barking and Dagenham from 2005 to 2007. I was a local Councillor in London Borough Barking and Dagenham from 2005 to 2010.

At present I am a Governor in two Schools, one in Enfield and one in Dagenham.

I have been running my own business since 1983 and I am currently the Chair of an IT Consultancy. Our sons were educated at Valence School.

In the last 36 years I have held the posts of Chair, Secretary, Board member and Trustee for a number of organisations.  At present I am a trustee of a number of organisations including Enfield Voluntary Action, North London Asian Care and Transport for All.

The Children are the future of our society. As a school governor it is our duty to help the Head Teacher, without interfering in running of school, to provide a safe, secure and enjoyable environment for their well rounded development.      

Miss S Hutton

I taught for 10 years in Barking and Dagenham. I am currently teaching and leading the early years’ department at a school in a neighbouring borough. I have had responsibility for a number of subject areas including art, computing and PE. This experience enables me to contribute effectively to the curriculum and standards committee.  In my spare time I enjoy reading as well as exploring London’s art museums. 

Associate Members

Mrs A Parr

I started my employment at Valence in September 2003 and was a staff governor for 6 years before becoming an associate member. I have watched the school grow during its expansion and my particular interest is the development of entrepreneurial activity in education. My professional background includes working in the HR section for Redbridge Council and then as the Business Manager at Valence Primary School. I am responsible for Finance, HR, Site Health and Safety, IT and Catering.

I have a son in sixth form and another son working on his GCSE’s. I live in a neighbouring borough and regularly enjoy the outdoors. I also enjoy travelling.

Clerk

Ms J Barrett

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