Hermitage Governors

 Our Governing body works very closely with the Headteacher and the whole school community to make sure that the school is always improving.

They can be contacted via the school office.

 The Governing body meets twice a term.

The governing body is responsible in law for the school, but it has a strategic role and doesn’t get involved in operational matters like teaching or timetabling – these are the responsibility of the headteacher. The governing body holds the headteacher to account for her decisions by providing support and challenge, ensuring that all statutory duties are met and holding the headteacher to account for the impact of the school’s work on improving outcomes for all pupils.

 

Governing bodies have three main roles:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos & strategic direction
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school & its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

The governing body welcomes suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents/carers. If you are interested in becoming a governor, or would like to contact governors, you can write to the Chair of Governors, Polly Jones, via the School Office or by email:

pjones113.211@lgflmail.org

 

Please click on the links below for further information:

Work of the governing body

Becoming a school governor

         

Headteacher

Name:

Zoe Howe

Type of Governor:

Headteacher

Governor responsibility:

Time on the GB:

Since 2009

What you do for a job and briefly what it involves:

Leading and managing Hermitage Primary School with 60 staff and 292 children to get the best outcomes for all our children.

What you like to do in your spare time:

Enjoys long walks with her dog, and tending to her garden. Loves being inspired by the art, music and theatre in London and enjoys a good book, when she gets the chance!

 

 

Chair of Governing Body

Name:

Polly Jones

Type of Governor:

Parent Governor

Governor responsibility:

Chair of governors.
Member of Resources, Teaching and Learning Committees.
Link governor for Inclusion and SEND

Time on the GB:

Since November 2014

What you do for a job and briefly what it involves:

Director of Brick Lane Bookshop, bookseller with focus on children’s books. Freelance event organiser and consultant for overseas charity organisation.

What you like to do in your spare time:

Enjoys spending time with family, cooking, reading, swimming, walking, cultural activities. Participant on the Governor Leadership Programme; Active interest in overseas charities.

  

Chair of Resources Committee

Name:

Richard Tyndall

Type of Governor:

Local authority Governor

Governor responsibility:

Chair of Resources
Link governor for Finance, and Premises health and safety

Time on the GB:

Since November 2017

What you do for a job and briefly what it involves:

Freelance Consultant in local government sector

What you like to do in your spare time:

Enjoys going to the theatre, the opera, cycling, and France

 

 

Vice Chair of Resources Committee

Name:

Yasemin Lamy

Type of Governor:

Parent Governor

Governor responsibility:

Member of Resources, Teaching and Learning Committees.
Link governor for Early Years and Maths

Time on the GB:

Since March 2016

What you do for a job and briefly what it involves:

Advisor for global impact investors across sectors and regions. Now working on strategy, research and innovation for Omidyar Network. Also experienced in fund structuring, corporate venturing and transactional advisory.

What you like to do in your spare time:

Enjoys black and white photography, writing children’s stories and exploring the natural world with her children.

 

 

Name:

Amanda Owen

Type of Governor:

Co-opted Governor

Governor responsibility:

Member of Teaching and Learning Committee
Link governor for Attendance and Sports Premium

Time on the GB:

Since 1989

What you do for a job and briefly what it involves:

Chair of Tower Hamlets British Medical Association, Retired NHS psychiatrist.

What you like to do in your spare time:

Plays the cello in a baroque orchestra, enjoys worldwide travel, going to the opera, swimming, health and wellbeing.

 

 

 

 

 

Name:

Patric Sherwin

 

Type of Governor:

Staff Governor

Governor responsibility:

 

Time on the GB:

Since November 2018

What you do for a job and briefly what it involves:

 Premises Manager at Hermitage Primary School

What you like to do in your spare time:

 

 Vice Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee

Name:

Maartje Geussens

Type of Governor:

Co-opted Governor

Governor responsibility:

Member of Teaching and Learning Committee
Link governor for Modern Foreign Languages and humanities

Time on the GB:

Since November 2017

What you do for a job and briefly what it involves:

Teacher at Francis Holland independent girls school. Second in English Department and Head of Extended Project Qualification.

What you like to do in your spare time:

Enjoys playing the guitar, creative writing and finding new places to eat.

 

 

Name:

Amjed Hossain

Type of Governor:

Parent Governor

Governor responsibility:

Member of Teaching and Learning Committee
Link governor for ICT

Time on the GB:

Since November 2017

What you do for a job and briefly what it involves:

Consultant Psychiatrist at NHS

What you like to do in your spare time:

 Chair of Teaching and Learning

Name:                                                                             

Martine Hall

Type of Governor:                                                                                             Parent Governor
Governor responsibility: Chair of Teaching & Learning
Time on the GB: Since April 2018
What you do for a job and briefly what it involves:                                          

Project Manager for a software company, working on projects in the financial sector.

What you like to do in your spare time:                                                                                                                    Making the most of living in our wonderful city, travel, TaeKwonDo and spending time with family and friends.