What Do Our Governors Do?
Governors are there to help the school run effectively. We are not involved in the day to day running of the school (termed operational matters) but are involved in helping the school to choose what direction it wants (termed strategic matters). Governors are involved in planning the strategic direction of the school, overseeing the financial performance of the school and ensuring that money is well spent and holding the head teacher and school leadership to account.
The Foulds Governing Body is made up of staff, parents, local authority members and community members. There are two committees, the Curriculum & Welfare Committee and the Resources Committee. Each committee meets once a term and the Full Governing Body (FGB) meets once a term also. The Resources Committee oversees, amongst other things, the school premises, the school budget, staffing and health and safety. The Curriculum & Welfare Committee oversees, amongst other things, pupil attainment and progress, children with special educational needs, safeguarding and pupil behaviour. Governors go into school at regular intervals to understand how the curriculum is delivered and talk to the children about their learning and provide feedback to their relevant committee. The chair of each committee then provides a report at the FGB meeting.
THE FOULDS GOVERNING BODY
Our Governors (ID 1042)
Kavita BandChair of Governors, Parent Governor
Kavita is a parent to two children aged fourteen and nine years old, one of whom is at Foulds. She has been a governor at Foulds for over 10 years. During that time she has held the roles of Safeguarding and Health and Safety Governor and chaired the Resources Committee. She has also held the roles of Vice Chair and Co-Chair and took on the role of Chair in July 2021. Kavita is also an independent member of AdoptLondonNorth and sits on their adoption panel. She has had a career spanning over 25 years in investment and retail banking and currently works in life insurance focusing on quantitative risk management. She is the proud owner of two English bulldogs and a lover of music especially George Michael.
Sara StarrVice-Chair of Governors, Parent Governor
Sara is the Vice-Chair of governors and the SEN/Pupil Premium Lead Governor and has been a governor since 2020. She has 3 children, all of whom have been or are at Foulds, and as a result is now well versed in how to have a growth mindset. Sara is a solicitor working in the area of child protection and so has a particular interest in ensuring that the more vulnerable children at the school are protected and thrive. Outside of work and governor duties Sara enjoys being a chauffeur to her children and keeping the cat in line.
Madeleine LustigmanChair of Resources Committee, Parent Governor
Madeleine has three children at Foulds and has been a parent governor since 2019. She is currently chairing the Resources Committee, which sits well with her experience of charitable governance and organisational development. She is regularly blown away by the responsibilities involved in running a school - all the work that goes on behind the scenes - for compliance, but also to create the best possible learning environment. Madeleine, having never run before, took part in the Foulds 5K and now runs once a week! She loves a PTA event and the Foulds community.
Tom KnottChair of Curriculum and Welfare Committee, Co-Opted Governor
Tom is Chair of the Curriculum and Welfare Committee and has been a co-opted governor since 2019 (though he hopes to become a parent governor when his young children reach Foulds age). He is Vice Principal at The Totteridge Academy, leading on Curriculum and Outcomes, and enjoys supporting many Foulds students as they continue their education into secondary school. In his spare time, Tom used to be a keen sportsman, playing anything from football to golf, but now has a two- and four-year-old so spends his spare time being screamed at by tiny people.
Kim SanettHeadteacher, Staff Governor
Kim Sanett has been the Headteacher of Foulds for almost four years. Prior to joining Foulds, she was Deputy Head in schools in Hackney and Barnet and has taught in all year groups. Kim is passionate about ensuring all pupils get the very best education possible, have many different opportunities and understand about community as well as how to give back.
In her spare time, Kim enjoys running, watching Chelsea and walking the family dog (which she tried to claim as her own!).,
Malini DhawanCo-Opted Governor
Malini was appointed as a co-opted governor in November 20221 and is keen to learn about and apply the various aspects of good school governance . She brings 20+ years of finance experience to contribute towards the effective oversight of the school's financial management and strategy. Malini has mentored school children for a number of years and in her spare time likes to go walking, play golf and sing as part of a local choir.
David LongstaffLA Governor
Local High Barnet Councillor, David Longstaff, has been a Local Authority appointed governor at Foulds since 2010. He sits on the Resources Committee and provides general assistance when any dealings with the local authority are seemingly lost in the ether. At Barnet Council, David is the Deputy Leader and the Lead Member for Children, Education and Safeguarding. His day job is as an actor and roleplayer.
Saniya ShafiStaff Governor
Saniya is a class teacher currently working in Year 3/4 and has been at Foulds since 2019. She has two children, one of whom started Reception this academic year and she now takes pleasure in immersing herself in multiple roles as a staff member, a parent and a staff governor. Saniya is also the History Leader and enjoys exploring various experiences to help engage children and staff to have memorable days, such as; Roman Day and International Day. In her spare time (when there is any!) Saniya enjoys cooking, painting and eating Sushi!
Colin ShawParent Governor
Colin is currently working as the Head of Region at The National Citizen Service Trust, which is the Government's flagship voluntary personal and social development programme for 15-17 yr olds.
Colin is passionate about coaching, and is an active member of the 'Inspiring the Future' volunteer network. Having been elected as a parent governor this year (2022), he will be taking on the Safeguarding lead role within the Curriculum and Welfare Committee.
He lives with his Wife Lucy, and two children (one of which is now in Year 1 at Foulds). In his spare time he enjoys watching/playing sport, travelling, and going to music gigs.
Paul SouthernParent Governor
Paul is a parent governor with two children in Foulds School. He currently sits on the Curriculum and Welfare Committee. Paul is a medical scientist developing new cancer therapies and teaches at UCL. In his spare time, he enjoys building things in his workshop, playing padel tennis and baking.
Sue WarringtonCo-Opted Governor
Sue is a co-opted governor whose two sons attended Foulds in the 1990s.
Sue retired in 2016 after teaching for 40 years and has happily taken up
Granny duties which now include dropping off and picking up two of her
grandchildren who attend Foulds.
Sue occasionally does some gardening but prefers instead to read, listen to
'The Archers'! or attempt to play tennis enthusiastically at Ravenscroft LTC
where she is Welfare Officer. As a governor Sue is proud to be able to
serve the Foulds community.
Francesca CastagnoParent Governor