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The Governing Body works as a team supporting the school and Head Teacher to set the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction. It ensures accountability, through acting as a ‘critical friend’ in monitoring and evaluating how the school is progressing.

The role includes:

  • Ensuring the school has clear aims and values that are supported by the whole school community

  • Ensuring evidence of this in the day-to-day running of the school

  • Focus on raising standards of achievement, establishing high expectations and promoting effective teaching and learning so that every pupil achieves his/her full potential

  • Deciding with the Head Teacher, staff, pupils and parents the direction of the school development planning progress

  • Ensure that the resources that the school receives are directed to the school’s priorities as determined in the Learning Improvement Plan (LIP)

  • Help to set and review the policies that provide a broad framework within which the Head Teacher and staff should run the school

  • Ensure that there are systems in place to monitor progress toward targets and gather evidence accordingly

  • Use the evidence to review progress against targets to see whether policies and practices are effective. Check on the school’s achievements and progress over time and in comparison with similar schools

  • Take advice on this from the Head Teacher before making their decisions

  • The governing body is a key player in the school improvement planning process. Governors are involved in the review of the LIP and in drawing up of all future school plans

Queensbridge Primary Governing Body is made up of 10 governors: 2 parent governors, 3 co-opted governors/ community, 1 Local Authority governor, 2 associated governors, and the Head Teacher.

The governors are enthusiastic, pro-active and committed to maintaining and improving excellence in all aspects of school life.

The Governors meet once a term at Full Governing Body (FGB) meetings, and other times if opting to be on one or more of the Committees and/or Link topic focuses. Selected governors are appointed for a period of between one and four years and can be re-appointed at the end of their term.

Queensbridge Primary has 2 main committees and 3 sub committees. We also have other link focuses that fulfil specific agendas:

Resources Committee

  • Setting and monitoring the school’s annual budget

  • Ensuring best use of available resources

  • Overseeing staffing affairs

Curriculum Committee

  • Writing and reviewing all curriculum-related policies

  • Monitoring key focus areas in the School Development Plan

  • Monitoring teaching and assessment strategies

Communications Working Group (Helen/ Fran/ SB with Dana)

  • Overseeing improvements to home/school support (remote offer during covid)

  • Maintaining an overview of publicity materials

  • Conducting annual surveys for pupils and parents

  • Steering and overseeing Governor skills audit and CPD

  • Website, APP, comms

Safeguarding, SEND Committee 


   A Working Party Group on 11 October 2022 for SEND and Safeguarding (and Behaviour/ Pastoral) decided to propose a NEW sub committee to the Full Governing Body meeting. This was agreed at the Full Governing Body on 20 October 2022. This comprises of:

  • Head Teacher

  • Deputy Head

  • Inclusion Manager

  • Business Manager

  • SEND Link Governor: Naomi Ter-Berg

  • SAFEGUARDING Link Governor: Colin Samuels

  • Data/ exclusions/ attendance Link Governor: Noelia Rufete-Gil

  • CHAIR/ VICE CHAIR Link Governor Rep: Helen Jerrold



 Health & Safety Working Group (alongside resources committee) (Colin/ TC/SB)

  • Overseeing care and maintenance of school premises

  • Monitoring all aspects of safety within the school

  • Overseeing how to maintain and improve healthy lifestyles

Link Focuses

  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) /Data Protection Officer : Colin

  • Inclusion and Diversity: Naomi Ter-Berg

  • Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME): Colin/ Zahid

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing: Colin

  • Safeguarding and Child Protection: Colin

  • Early Years Foundation Stage : Helen

  • Arts: Alban/ Lizzie

Working Parties

Working Parties are formed on the occasion of dealing with specific issues, contextual changes and school community population needs. A working party may include governors, staff, parents and/or other experts.  For the academic year 2022-2023 we have the following working parties:

  • BAME/Black Curriculum (initiated 2020 and an ongoing plan) to include hard to reach parents/ carers- a new strategy in 2023

  • Climate Emergency ongoingGreening our playground continues from 2022 to date

  • Research Retrieval Practice ongoing (support and set up Hackney Education Assessment Forum for 2022-2023)

  • DFE/ National Support School work (working parties). We were the school who trialled the DFE Mark Less, Mark Better pilot 2020- bill boards 2021, reducing teacher workload and disseminating our practice to other local authorities


We actively encourage communication with and from parents. Governors are present during Parents’ Evenings and welcome your suggestions and feedback. You can also contact the Governor Co-chairs directly by emailing 


 Our Governors 

MEMBERSHIP November 2022

Governors Register  Overview 20/21

Governor Attendance Register- Full Governing Body Meetings 2020-2021

Register of Business Interests- Pecuniary Interests 2021-2022 Governing Body

Final Audit Report Queensbridge 2021

Meet Our Governors

Sarah Bailey OBE

Head Teacher

Tracy Cullen

Business manager

Fran Hatton

Parent Governor

Maths/ Computing

Parent Governor

Reading/ Writing

Children’s Centre

Helen Jerrold

Local Education Authority Governor

History MFL RE

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Co Opted Governor


Alban Webb
Alban Webb

Co Opted Governor

Arts/ Music

Sarah Nicholson
Elizabeth Johnson
Naomi Ter-Berg
Naomi Ter-Berg

Community Governor


Zahid Hasnai
Zahid Hasnain

Co Opted Governor

Pastoral/ Wider Curriculum

Noelia Rufete-Gil

Co Opted Governor

Jim Vizzini
Jim Vizzini

Co Opted Governor

Pupil Premium/Computing/Spanish

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