Our Governors

The GGLV Federation Governing Body is made up of parents, staff and community members and we represent various walks of life and come from differing backgrounds. The thing we all have in common is a passion that our children should have an outstanding education.

Our Governors

Co-opted Governers

  • Martha Stokes
    Martha Stokes
    Co-opted Governor
  • William Cutler
    William Cutler
    Co-opted Governor
  • Cath Bennett
    Cath Bennett
    Co-opted Governor
  • Joyce Greene
    Joyce Greene
    Co-opted Governor
  • Barbara Smith
    Barbara Smith
    Chair of Governors
  • Brian Lymbery
    Brian Lymbery
    Co-opted Governor

Parent Governors

  • Sekinat Okunade
    Sekinat Okunade
    Parent Governor
  • Sharifa Marshall
    Sharifa Marshall
    Parent Governor

Staff Governors

  • Jeanette Brumby
    Jeanette Brumby
    Executive Head Teacher
  • Cardella Bryce
    Cardella Bryce
    Year 4 Teacher

To view the Governors details and attendance for the 16/17 academic year, please click below.

To view the register of interests of our Federation Governing Body, please click below.

What do we do?

We have formal commitments like attending meetings and visiting the school but we also work to support the school in other ways. For example we might build a relationship with a particular set of children by visiting their class or accompanying them on school trips. If we have a particular expertise the school staff might ask us to support them – for example acting as an extra check during a health and safety audit if this is a task you undertake in your own place of work.

Overall our objective is to both support the schools – remembering to say well done and thank you for all the hard work that goes on, and to challenge the schools to maintain the very high standards that they have already.

We all really enjoy the work and are extremely proud to be part of the Grinling Gibbons and Lucas Vale Federation.
If you would like to know more then please click here to visit the Lewisham Education website.

New Governor Induction

When you become a governor at the GGLV Federation the Chair of Governors will contact you.

The Chair will invite you to meet at the schools and two children will give you and the Chair a guided tour of the schools. As this often involves walking between the two sites it is an opportunity for you to ask questions and follow up anything you are unsure about.

We will ask you to attend the next Full Governing Body meeting and you will then be asked to join at least one of the two committees – Resources (covering finance, premises and personnel) or Teaching and Learning. If you are not sure where your interest is likely to be you can attend both as an observer before being appointed to one of them. You can be on both if you would like to be.

You will also be asked to become a link governor; usually this is linking to a year group or a specific curriculum subject such as Maths or English. It is expected that you will then visit the schools once a term in your capacity as a link governor. Typically if you are a subject link you will meet with a member of staff, maybe have a tour of the school or observe a lesson related to your area. If you are a year group link governor you will meet a member of staff and the appropriate classes. We then ask you to write a short report so that all governors can be informed. (We can work through this with you if you like!)

To help with these visits there is a protocol and sets of questions available.

It may be that you have done something like this before and are used to the way that committees work but it can be a bit daunting so don’t expect to understand everything all at once. We try to keep our business to essentials only and really focus on what is important to our two schools. If you would like someone to guide you through the processes a more experienced governor will be asked to become your ‘buddy’ and work with you.

Browse through this website and especially take a look at

  • Key Federation policies (open one of the school websites and click on key information)
  • KS2 results, dashboard and Ofsted report (open the relevant school page, about us, Ofsted report, KS2 results)
Here are some additional useful links

Government Establishment Details

Lewisham Education’s governor pages

DfE Governor’s handbook

The DfE school leadership website – governor’s section

Latest Governor Meeting Minutes

Wed 9 Nov 2016

Children digging in the school garden
Boy watering the newly planted seeds in the school garden

Latest Lunch Menu

You can see what's on the Grinling Gibbons School menu plus all allergens by downloading a copy to print and keep safe at home. This will help with your family meal planning.

Paper Copies

If you would like a printed copy of any of the school’s polices or any other information please contact the school and we will be happy to provide it.

Grinling Vision

Aspirations, Responsibility, Respect, Tolerance, Resilience and Equality are the anchors of our life at Grinling Gibbons Primary School
Martha Stokes
Co-opted Governor

I am very pleased to have joined the governing body this year. I am a lawyer by profession, working in the financial services industry. I have experience working in an international private practice law firm as well as in the public sector. I currently manage a team of other lawyers and accountants and my work involves strategy, policy, project planning and resourcing, as well as practising some law. I live in Lewisham with my husband and two young children.

I hope to use my experience to support the GGLV Federation at a strategic level and help enable staff and students to flourish.

William Cutler
Co-opted Governor

I joined the Governing body in July 2017 and look forward to serving the schools and their communities.

I am a Civil Servant working in the Department for Education, where I specialise in the use of technology to improve teaching and learning. I’ve spent nearly 10 years in the Civil Service, and prior to that 5 years in the private sector.

I hope to bring my experience and genuine enthusiasm to the Governing board, and help make sure we can can give our students the best possible start in life.

Cath Bennett
Co-opted Governor
Joyce Greene
Co-opted Governor
Barbara Smith
Chair of Governors

My name is Barbara Smith and I have been the Chair of Governors of the federation for five years and am a governor at Addey and Stanhope as well.

I am retired now but previously worked in schools in Southwark and Lewisham for 40 years. The oldest person I ever taught was 82 (in an adult literacy class) and the youngest was three (in a nursery class). I have also worked at leadership and Local Authority level.

My three children all went to a Lewisham Primary school and then a Greenwich secondary school and I now have two grandchildren in a Lewisham Primary – so I have real vested interest in making London schools a really good place to be.

Brian Lymbery
Co-opted Governor
Sekinat Okunade
Parent Governor

My name is Sekinat Okunade and I am a Parent Governor. I have a daughter who attends Lucas Vale. I felt it was important for me to play an active role with her educational journey by getting involved, as well as giving back to the Community of Pupils & their Parents. I am a Business Management Graduate from University of Plymouth. I am currently working as a Customer Service Assistant whilst studying a Diploma in Education and Training with the aim of Qualifying as an Early Years Practitioner.

My aim is to utilise my experience and knowledge to help move the school forward and keep up to date with any changes that may occur. Since the admission of my daughter, I have witnessed the school’s commitment to Improve and assist the learners to achieve their best.

Sharifa Marshall
Parent Governor

My name is Sharifa Marshall and I am a parent governor, with a son at Grinling Gibbons in year 5B.

I work as an Event Manager and I run a sponsorship development agency and part time performing arts school within Lewisham. I am very passionate about our children’s development within education but also as a whole person.

I have many years of experience working as a performer and working with children between the ages of 5-18 as a performance coach. I am acutely aware of the challenges our children face but also the opportunities and great potential our children have that can be nourished with a strong vision and support network to facilitate such development. It is for this reason I am very honoured to be a part of our children’s future here at GGLV.

Jeanette Brumby
Executive Head Teacher

I am very proud to be the Executive Headteacher at the GGLV federation. We have two very special schools that we all enjoy working in. I joined the Federation in September 2016 and I have loved every minute of it. The children at Grinling Gibbons and Lucas Vale are kind, caring and so very friendly. They are fantastic learners. Our parents really contribute to the success of the schools and take pride in being part of the School Community. All our staff are here for one reason only- the Children! They all work hard to ensure our children get the best possible education. We believe everyone can succeed.

We also work in partnership with my other federation: Fairlawn and Haseltine primary schools and our teaching school, ETAL.

If you are a prospective parent, please come on one of our fortnightly tours and see our schools in action. The Heads will show you around and you will see the learners and their books. If there is something you need and you can’t find it on our website, please do call us and we will do our best to answer any questions.

Cardella Bryce
Year 4 Teacher

Additional Responsibilities

 

I have been working at Grinling Gibbons Primary School since 2012 and have loved every minute of it. I enjoy leading Modern Foreign Languages and Design and Technology as this allows me to become more involved with all children’s learning within the school.

Nothing beats ‘hands on’ experience when working with children. The more you work with children, the more you can appreciate their individuality – and this is something that continues to develop year after year. There is never a dull moment in the classroom, as each child’s personality shines through whatever they are learning.

I love working with children which is what inspired me to become a teacher, and I especially love how proud I become of each class at the end of the year, knowing how much they have developed and matured, and that I have contributed to their growth.