Kings Avenue Governing Body 2017/18
|Name||Governor||Appointment Date||Expiry /Date||Term of Office||Interest Declared|
Joint Chair of Governors
Chair of Achievement & Curriculum
Chair of PPC
|Co-Opted||11/05/2015||12/05/2019||4 years||Volunteer Reader|
|Matthew Bryant||Co-Opted||10/03/2018||09/03/2022||4 years||None|
|Kit Gunesekera||Co-Opted||01/06/2016||31/05/2020||4 years||None|
|Melissa Robertson||Co-Opted||11/05/2015||10/05/2019||4 years||None|
|Tana Wollen||Co-Opted||10/03/2018||09/03/2022||4 years||Governor Link to KASA|
|Alan Sendorek||Co-Opted||10/03/2018||09/03/2022||4 years||None|
Joint Chair of Governors
Chair of Resources
|Robert Keyte||Co-Opted||22/01/2018||21/01/2022||4 years||None|
|Luke Black||Co-Opted||20/02/2018||19/02/2022||4 years||None|
|Sawsan Beydoun||Support Staff||16/05/2016||15/05/2020||4 years||None|
|Resources||Achievement & Curriculum||Pupil, Parents & Community|
|Julia Carleysmith – Chair
|Jessica Matthews – Chair
|Tanya Jonas – Chair
|Committees for exclusions, staff disciplinary and appeals are to be formed by the chair as and when requested.
Attendance Panel: any non-school governor to be called when required
Kings Avenue Governing Body Committees
Kings Avenue Governing Body Special Responsibilities
|Alison Lodge||Performance Management|
|Alan Sendorek||Pupil Premium & Looked After Children|
|Kit Gunesekera||Extended Schools|
|Tanya Jonas||Reading and English|
|Julia Carleysmith||Early Years|
|Melissa Robertson||Governor Training|
Kings Avenue Governing Body Attendance
September 2016 – October 2017
Support Staff Governor
Sawsan started working as an ICT Technician & Network Manager at Kings Avenue in 2001 and when a position was available in the office in 2007 Sawsan became an Admin Assistant.
Sawsan became a governor at Kings Avenue for the first time in 2006. Then was re-elected in May 2016. Sawsan is very passionate about children’s welfare education and wants to ensure all children have a memorable school life, hoping to make a difference not only to the children but their parents and the school community.
Matthew has lived in the area for twenty years and has been a governor at Kings Avenue School since 2003. During that period he has seen many changes and has been impressed by the way in which the school has faced each new challenge and transformed itself from a failing school.
Matthew is an accountant by profession and works in the NHS. He is a member of the Resources Committee and uses his professional experience to help the school make best use of the budget available to it, especially the Pupil Premium. This has meant some difficult decisions in recent years as the funds available to schools have come under pressure. Matthew is passionate about making sure that each child makes the maximum progress during their years at Kings Avenue.
Julia Carleysmith (Joint Chair of Governors) (Chair of Resources)
Julia started as a governor at Kings Avenue School in early 2014. She has lived in London for 11 years, and locally in Clapham for the last six. Julia works as a business strategy consultant for a large professional services company. As part of the Resources Committee, Julia uses her business and financial background to support Kings Avenue leadership in planning for the future and using its resources in the best way possible for the children that attend the school. Julia loved school herself and is keen that all children are inspired and excited about education during their time at the Kings Avenue.
Kit has been a governor at Kings Avenue Primary since 2012 and is part of the Parents, Pupils and Community Committee. He has lived in Clapham since 2009 and is a vicar of a local Anglican church. He feels privileged to be involved in a caring and vibrant school. Kit feels strongly that every child should from an early stage in their life, have the opportunity to learn about the rich diversity of the wider community and to be a positive presence. As a Governor, Kit also comes and takes assemblies and also welcomes classes to his church when they visit to learn more about Christmas and Easter.
Tanya has been a governor at Kings Avenue Primary since 2015 and chairs the Parents, Pupils and Community Committee. She has lived in the area since 2008 and wanted to become more involved in the local community. She has been a volunteer reader at Kings Avenue since 2011 and feels very lucky to be involved in such a happy school. She is a huge believer that every child deserves the best education, in order to reach their full potential, while in a safe and happy environment. Tanya has a background in finance and has worked in both London and New York.
Alison Lodge - (Joint Chair of Governors)
Alison became a governor of Kings Avenue in 2007 and became vice chairman of the governors in 2009. She is an HR professional working for the Southbank Centre, a large arts centre on the river Thames in Lambeth. Alison is passionate about arts education and ensuring that all children have access to the arts by visiting organisations like the one she works in but also other local organisations such as theatres, libraries and dance studios. As chair of the resources committee, she works with the Headteachers to ensure that the school allocates its finances appropriately and that the children have the best possible access to new technologies and other resources as possible.
Alan became a governor in 2008 as a local resident who was interested in education, partly because his mum was a teacher. He used to work for the government doing media relations but is now employed by QPR to help them to build a new stadium. Alan sits on the Achievement Committee, which looks at how to make sure each child gets the best results that they are capable of. During his time on the governing body he has enjoyed seeing the transformation of Kings Avenue from a failing school ten years ago to one where there is good behaviour and high standards, led by a motivated and talented teaching staff.
Melissa Smith Robertson
Melissa Smith: I became a governor at Kings Avenue in 2015. As a local resident, I was keen to become more involved in the local community and to learn about the school. I am really passionate about education and helping children to achieve their potential, and I work in the charity sector. My background is school-based education programmes which aim to close the achievement gap. My current role is head of the Born to Read programme at Save the Children UK. Born to Read trains and places volunteers in local primary schools to help children with their reading. I am also a keen volunteer and love working with children and young people. Becoming a governor is a learning experience for me, and one which helps me to feel close to the school and community.
Tana has lived in the local area since 1994 and has been a governor at Kings Avenue since 2012. She sits on the school’s Achievement Committee which monitors the standards of teaching, and the children’s progress and learning. She started her professional life as a secondary school teacher in other parts of London and went on to work in lots of different organisations – in broadcasting, a picture library and a national charity to name but a few. She now earns her living as a freelance PA, writer and editor. She firmly believes that good education is essential to our healthy development – as individuals, as a society and as citizens of the world. The excellent team work and the dedication of all the staff at Kings Avenue never cease to impress her. She feels proud and privileged to be associated with the school.
Jessica was a parent governor and has one child at the school. She became a governor in 2011 because she wanted to understand what made the school tick. She is keen that all children develop a love of learning and have a stimulating, invigorating and enjoyable time at school and is pleased to report that has been her own children’s experience at Kings Avenue. Jessica chairs the Achievement Committee. This Committee looks at how much progress Kings Avenue children are making academically, what overall standards they achieve and what could be done to help the children get even further. Jessica is also a senior civil servant at the Department for Transport.
Robert started as a governor at Kings Avenue School at the end of 2017. Robert is a finance professional with banking and advisory experience who is now working for a start-up focused on UK SME lending. As part of the Resources Committee, Robert uses his business and financial experience to support the school in planning for the future and ensuring that that budget is allocated in the best way possible for the children. Robert strongly believes that all children should have access to a good education and be afforded the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Luke became a governor at Kings Avenue in early 2018 after moving to Lambeth the previous year. Luke works as a technology consulting analyst for a large global professional services company but began his career in the public sector. Luke worked in the Houses of Parliament as a speech writer for a backbench MP before eventually completing the Teach First as an ‘Outstanding’ French teacher in an all-through school. Luke was promoted to SENCo in his second year, sharing best practise for SEN teaching and introducing teaching assistant training, regular feedback cycles for teaching assistants and a new SALT team. Luke believes that learning can change lives and that all students have a right to an outstanding education, whatever their background or ability.