Joan Sallis, who is an expert on school governors, wrote: "All important decisions about the school are made by or in consultation with the Governors." And she's right. So the Governors at Little Ilford take the big decisions about the school - like appointing the Head Teacher - and are involved in so many more.

Governors have to approve the school budget, approve the curriculum and ensure the school is meeting its legal obligations on issues such as equality and discipline. Mind you, we don't have to do it on our own, there is a lot of support from the council and training is available. Governors are also involved in disciplinary issues - such as exclusions, or very rarely staff discipline - but more happily are there to celebrate the school's successes, academically, artistically or in the many other areas at the school where success is found.

At Little Ilford, Governors have traditionally played a big role in helping to develop new policies and ways of working, such as the soft federation link-up we have with a number of local primary schools. Governors play a crucial role in the success and direction of the school through supporting and questioning the senior management.

Governors are drawn from all sections of the Little Ilford family - parents, members of the local community, council appointments, the Head, teachers and other members of the school staff. If you are interested in becoming a Governor at the school, or would like more information about what being a Governor entails, please write to the Chair, Simon Mares, at the school via email


Governors Information


Name & Positions

Governor Type

Mr Simon Mares
Chair, NPW Delegated Attendee (reserve), English, RSHE, Gifted and Talented
Co-opted Governor
Ms Rebecca Hemming
Vice-Chair; Governors' Training Link/CPD; PPG; Music; Library; Curriculum
Co-opted Governor
Ms Peg Probett
Govs Forum Representative; Inclusion and SEND; D&T
Co-opted Governor
Mr Andrew Finn
Head Teacher (Member) 
Head Teacher
Mr Ian Powell
NPW Authorised representative; Drama
Authority Governor
Mr Misbahul Hoque
Humanities (Citizenship, RE, History, Geography, Sociology)
Co-opted Governor
Mr Naresh Bhudia
IT; Health and Safety
Co-opted Governor
Miss Jessica Ugulini Co-opted Governor
Ms Joyce Pascal Staff Governor
Mr Sukhminder Chawla
Co-opted Governor
Miss Natalie Jones Staff Governor
Ms Flavia Tang
Careers and Aspiration; Maths
Co-opted Governor

Mr Shaka Daanwi
PE; Safety, well-being and mental health

Parent Governor

Mrs Frazana Patel
Looked After Children; Safeguarding; Safety, wellbeing and mental health

Parent Governor
Mrs Rahima Begum
Parent Governor
Mr Iqbal Hussain Parent Governor
Ms Shamim Patel
NPW Authorised Representative; Science
Parent Governor

Governors Allowances Policy


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