School governors are drawn from different parts of the community, such as parents, the staff, the local authority (LA), the community and other groups.
Governors are responsible for promoting high standards, setting targets, the school's finances, the curriculum, appointments, reviewing performance and pay and much more.
Types of Governor
Parent Governors - selected by election (or appointment if insufficient people stand for election) and drawn from parents and carers of children at the school.
Staff Governors - selected by election from teaching and support staff paid to work at the school
Co-opted Governors - appointed by the Governing Body to serve the needs of the school
LA Governors - appointed by the Local Authority
Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor, Equalities and Year 5 Link
I have been a Governor at Cubitt Town Primary school for 7 years and Chair of Governors for the past 2 years. I am also part of the Finance Committee and the Teaching and Learning Committee. I am a retired teacher with 37 years teaching, 30 of them in Tower Hamlets. I first came to Cubitt Town Primary in 2002 while working for the Support for Learning Service. I was impressed with the high standard education, care and support given to the pupils here and was thrilled to be ask to become a governor when I retired in 2011. It is so good to see pupils and staff members working together to provide the best education and opportunities for our children. The school is committed to preparing pupils for their future helping each child to achieve their full potential. It is a privilege to be part of the team here.
Vice Chair of Governors, Local Authority Governor, English and Oracy and Year 6 Link
I have been a governor at Cubitt Town since 2016. I currently sit on the Curriculum Committee, and I am Lead Governor for reading and for Year 5. I work for an education charity which trains teachers and school leaders across the UK. The charity works to ensure that every child has the opportunity to thrive, no matter what their background, and I am committed to supporting Cubitt Town to achieve this aim with our children. I became a governor in order to play a closer role in supporting education in my local community, and I am able to contribute significant experience of the UK school system, especially in school performance, assessment and accountability. I am very proud of the improvements that we have delivered at Cubitt Town over the past three years, not only in our examination results but in all areas of the school. The work of our whole staff team in developing a safe and caring environment for our children, as well as in building strong links with the community and providing a fantastic range of extra-curricular activities, create an excellent learning environment which allows our children to flourish. Outside of school and work, I also play for a brass band and enjoy playing tennis and running, including completing the Sierra Leone Marathon in 2018.
I have been a Governor at Cubitt Town Primary School for 7 years. Previously I was a parent governor when my 2 sons attended the school. I am currently on the Finance and General Purpose Committee at the school and I work closely with the Senior Leaders to ensure the children get the best teaching. I work in Canary Wharf at State Street Bank and live in the local community. I came back as a governor to Cubitt Town School, as my 2 sons have both gone onto became successful business men so therefore I wanted to give something back to the school to show my appreciation. Cubitt Town Primary is a great place as it offers a good standard of education and it is a place to broaden your children's horizons and to support them in achieving their very best.
Co-opted Governor, SEN and CP, Online Safety and Year 4 Link
Joined Cubitt Town as a governor in 2017. I am currently the SEN & CP governor at Cubitt Town.
I work in the Energy sector, as an IT professional and volunteer at the BCS, Chartered Institute of IT where I'm the Treasurer for BCS Women and a member of the Council. I was asked to become a governor at Cubitt Town Primary School because I have been volunteering at the school for over 7 years running fun and creative STEAM workshops and mentoring programme. Wanting to give more to the school and community where I work made the decision easy. Every child deserves the very best education we can provide for them and I wanted to play my part in supporting the schools to achieve this for all the children in our community. My passion is to encourage everyone to achieve their true potential and to understand the opportunities available to them through studying STEAM subjects. The inclusion of all pupil is important hence I want to ensure they get provided with the support needed. I think Cubitt Town Primary school is a great school because the staff and the pupils continue to amaze me with their energy and can do attitudes.
I’ve been working at Cubitt Town Primary since 2018 and taught across Key Stage 2. Since joining the school, I have seen and been part of the incredible change of amalgamating two schools, becoming an Oracy school and seeing technology embedded into everyday learning. It's great to be the staff governor and support our change and growth as a school from this perspective. I am a Year Group Lead as well as PSHE and Wellbeing lead and believe strongly in the emotional education for our children. I am also one of the Oracy leads which is a privilege in our incredible oracy school. I'm looking forward to representing the staff in my role as governor.
Co-opted Governor, Health and Safety and Year 3 Link
I've been a co-opted governor for the past two years. I had previously worked on the Isle of Dogs for a number of years, delivering new homes for the local area. Through this work I grew to understand some of the challenges faced by families and young people that prevented them from reaching their potential. When I moved jobs, I wanted to stay connected to the Island and to give something back to this wonderful community.
I find my role as a governor interesting and rewarding. I would like to continue to use my skill set to help the school achieve and inspire the students here.
Parent Governor and Parents Link
I have been educated and lived on the Isle of Dogs my whole life. I know the Island well and I love the community the Island has to offer.
I have a degree in Graphic design. I have experience designing logos and in web designs. I am still doing this in my spare time to build my portfolio and experience. I have worked for HSBC as a customer service advisor and have worked for Travco (hotel wholesaler) as a Primary account clerk in the accounts department.
I would like to give something back to the school and community. I would like to contribute my experience to help improve the school's educational standards so that every child will have a chance to realise their full potential. I look forward to working with existing governors, to use my skills, experiences and enthusiasm to maintain and build on the successes at Cubitt Town Primary School.
Dr Sharpour Hariri
Co-opted Governor and Digital Literacy Link
I became a Governor in Jan 2020, so still quite new to the school. However, in this short time I have been amazed by the vigour and enthusiasm that everybody in the school, drive forward. There is passion, love and great ambition by the children, as well as the staff and you can feel it just walking around the school. My own background is Pharmacy, with a PhD in medical informatics and MBA in healthcare business delivery. I am a great believer in digital technology and its role in education. The change in the digital world is exponential and the challenge for all schools and government is to flexible and keep up with that pace of change, so we can make sure that the education that we are delivering today is fit for purpose for their tomorrows. I am very excited to be involved in a school where digital literacy takes centre stage.
I am also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers, an ancient city institution with a charitable focus on schools. CTJS is one of the company's "flagship" schools and I act as a link between the company and the school. The Company has been privileged to provide financial support to the school and support the school in its various projects and objectives.
Coming from the Infant school side of the amalgamation – where I have been chairs of the Finance & Premises and the Curriculum committees, I have held governor responsibilities at Cubitt Town since 2018. Professionally, I work at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), where I draft law and regulation aimed at protecting the integrity of financial markets and consumers. I am a local resident of 15 years, taking interest in community developments. Benefitting from the education system myself, it is an ambition of mine to see it that as many pupils in the local area as possible avail themselves to the opportunities that an education brings, regardless of background or circumstance. I’m really pleased, and proud, that I have the opportunity to work with and advocate for such a school with the high regard that it has. Elsewhere within the community, I am also a board member of Tower Hamlets Homes, where I serve as the chair of the Finance & Audit Committee.
We have two committees which meet regularly. They are the Curriculum and Standards Committee and Finance and General Purposes Committee.
Curriculum and Standards Committee
Margaret - Chair
Finance and General Purposes Committee
Mark - Chair