Woodlands Governors have an important part to play in raising school standards through their key roles of setting strategic direction, ensuring accountability and monitoring and evaluating school performance. Governors act as a “critical friend”, challenging and supporting the management team. They are also accountable for monitoring the school’s progress towards development aims, ensuring strong financial control against the budget and that statutory requirements are met. They are not involved with the day-to-day running of the school, which is the responsibility of the Head and the school leadership team.
The Full Governing Body meets monthly and delegates some responsibilities to committees and working groups. Currently at Woodlands there are two main committees: Premises and Resources.
There are four categories of Governor:
- Parent Governors (voted in by the parents and carers)
- Co-opted Governors (co-opted for their expertise)
- Staff Governors (voted in by members of the school staff)
- LEA Governors (appointed by Ealing Education Authority).
All governors are unpaid volunteers, who give their time and enthusiasm freely, and at Woodlands, many have children at the school. Should a parent wish to contact the Chair of Governors, please do so in writing, care of the school.
Shirley Kenworthy-Wright – Chair of Governors & Safe Guarding Governor
Local Authority Governor: 02/07/2014 to 01/07/2018. Vice Chair of the Full Governing Body, Chair of the Resources Committee and a member of the Pay Committee.
I have been a Community Governor at North Ealing Primary School for over 20 years. As a retired M&S store manager my expertise is in personnel and finance. In my capacity as Chair of Governors I have worked closely with the school leadership team and the GB to expand the school from 2 to 3 form entry with the associated consultations, building projects and staff restructures to ensure that we remain an inclusive school which meets the needs of the local community and continues to provide a rounded education which enables all our pupils to reach their potential socially and academically. I have very high expectations and believe that all pupils should have the opportunity to reach their potential in their social and academic education.
I have led the appointments panel for 2 Headteachers, the performance management of the Headteacher and chaired the appeals panel for a staff dismissal. I have chaired the finance committee and attended the strategic finance course and have an in depth understanding of budget planning and monitoring.
I have recently undertaken the NCL Chair of Governors Development Course and want to use my knowledge and experience within the team that will bring Hathaway out of special measures.
I have a clear understanding of what makes a good school and what systems and processes are needed to ensure that the Governing Body monitors effectively and holds the school to account. I enjoy working in a team and as I am retired I am available to attend all Governing Body Meetings and visit the school.
I have lived in Ealing for over 25 years with my husband, Chris and our 2 sons. They both attended Montpelier Primary School and Drayton Manor High School. Charley graduated with a BA Hons in History from Newcastle University and George is currently studying Mechanical Engineering at Sheffield University.
Harinder Rana – Head of School
Member of the Full Governing Body, plus the Pay, Premises and Resources committees.
Co-opted Governor 12/05/2015 to 11/05/2019: Member of the Full Governing Body and the Resources Committee.
I became a Governor at Hathaway Primary School earlier this year.
In the short time that I have been a governor I have been thrilled to hear some of the positive feedback that has been received by those who come into contact with our children. It is testament to the hard work of the children and the staff that when visitors to the school speak of their interaction with the children they do so in such glowing terms.
The school governing body and the staff meet very regularly with the sole purpose of trying to provide the best education possible for all children that attend the school.
Difficult and complex decisions have to be taken in order to try and assist the school in improving. In my short time as governor I have witnessed the care and attention that is given to such decisions. Not all decisions are popular or are easy to make, however they are all done with the children’s best interests at heart.
I am hopeful that over the next academic year the school will continue to follow the course set over the past 12 months, and in doing so will continue with the significant progress made thus far.
Parent Governor 25/11/2015 to 24/11/2019: Member of the Full Governing Body.
Why did I want to become a Governor
My daughter has just started Reception after completing 5 terms in the Nursery. She enjoys school and our experience of Hathaway has only been positive. The quality of teaching and learning she has been exposed to in EYFS, from a parental perspective, has been very good. I’d like to be involved in raising the school’s profile within the local community and making it the first choice for local families.
I’ve been very impressed with the positive impact the new team of governors have had on the school, since it went into Special Measures. There appears to be a focused, no nonsense strategy for moving out of the category, which I’d like to contribute to.
What do I think that I can bring to Hathaway
Enthusiastic, positive, ‘can do’ attitude – I want Hathaway Primary to succeed.
- Knowledge and successful implementation of:
- Assessment for Learning;
- VAK learning styles;
- Lesson planning;
- Intervention strategies;
- Monitoring & assessment;
- Positive behaviour management.
- Understanding of the pressures of teachers’ workload, target setting; OFSTED
What are my interests in Education
- Raising Aspirations
- Able, Gifted & Talented
Brief history of my career, skills, life and background
I am a secondary trained English teacher with thirteen years experience. During my career, I have had responsibility for KS3 within English, Able, Gifted & Talented students across the school and have been involved in whole school literacy initiatives.
The reason I entered teaching and became a parent governor is because I believe that education provides young people with choice.
I am currently volunteering within the school teaching literacy.
Co-opted Governor 25/07/2014 to 24/07/2018: Member of the Full Governing Body and the Premises Committee.
I am a professional musician, instrumental tutor, creative seamstress and Arts Award advisor. I live in Hanwell, am a mum and have many years experience of working in a variety of schools. I have a particular interest in extra-curricular subjects and know the important difference these make to children’s development.
Through funding from the Ealing Autumn Festival and Hanwell Big Local I was able to run some music workshops at Hathaway in 2014 and continue with Arts Award this year, I am also now teaching recorders at school.
There are some fantastic parents and carers that are already involved in organising and supporting events through ‘Hathaway Friends’ or by volunteering in school. I’d like to encourage more to do so, to realise their opinions are important and that they have a voice that can make a difference, to give children at Hathaway the opportunities they deserve and should be able to enjoy.
Local Authority Governor 02/07/2014 to 01/07/2018: Member of the Full Governing Body, Chair of the Premises Committee, Vice Chair of the Resources Committee and member of the Pay Committee.
As a local councillor, I represented Cleveland Ward on Ealing Council from May 2002 until May 2014. Cleveland Ward includes Gurnell Grove and Copley Close. During my time on the council I was the opposition spokesman for housing and was involved in the planning of the redevelopment of the Copley Close estate which is now getting under way.
Over the years I have served on a number of governing bodies of both primary and secondary schools. I am currently also a Governor of Gifford Primary School in Northolt and North Ealing Primary School. When I joined Gifford in 2009, it was judged by Ofsted to be about to go into special measurers. Just 4 years later, in July 2013, Ofsted judged it to be Outstanding. There are a number of similarities between Hathaway and Gifford. The main catchment area of Gifford is an estate (Rectory Park) which is being redeveloped.
I am retired and spent much of my working life at BT delivering large IT developments to the telecommunications industry.
I joined the Hathaway governing body because I wanted to help the school achieve its potential and become a really great school which sets up our children on the road to success.
Staff Governor 06/10/2015 to 05/10/2019: Member of the Full Governing Body and the Resources Committee.
Co-opted Governor 11/11/2015 to 10/11/2019: Member of the Full Governing Body and the Resources Committee.
I am an advertising, branding, marketing and sales professional working with India’s larget media conglomerate for the past 24 years. I am a post graduate in marketing management. I am planning to continue my studies starting 2016.
I have been living in Ealing since I came to the UK in 2004.
This is my first time as a school Governor.
I believe that potential in students should be enhanced by offering better opportunities, conducive enviroment and of course exeptional teaching and guidance.
I enjoy travelling and my work takes me to new and exciting places. In my spare time, I am fond of reading, cooking and performing arts.
Teaching and Learning
Responsibility for all aspects of Teaching and Learning are controlled by the Full Governing Body.