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 Governors

  • Laura Cunningham
    Laura Cunningham
    Chair of Governors
  • Aboubakar Nabe
    Aboubakar Nabe
    Parent Governor
  • Annalisa Ewan
    Annalisa Ewan
    Parent Governor
  • Elizabeth Smith
    Elizabeth Smith
    Co-opted Governing Body
  • Martha Stokes
    Martha Stokes
    Co-opted Governing Body
  • Stephanie Ahemor
    Stephanie Ahemor
    Clerk
  • Sue McTague
    Sue McTague
    Co-opted Governing Body
  • Victoria Widdows
    Victoria Widdows
    Co-opted Governing Body
  • Rachel Onikosi
    Rachel Onikosi
    Co-opted Governor
  • William Cooper
    William Cooper
    Co-opted Governing Body
  • Jack Lavery
    Jack Lavery
    Co-opted Governors

Staff Governors

  • Lesley Jones
    Lesley Jones
    Executive Head Teacher
  • Cardella Bryce
    Cardella Bryce
    Staff Governor
  • Justin Fakouri
    Justin Fakouri
    Justin Fakouri
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

Tuesday 26 Feb 2019

Please view Grinling Gibbons SEND Policy below
Children digging 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
Laura Cunningham
Chair of Governors
Aboubakar Nabe
Parent Governor
Annalisa Ewan
Parent Governor
Elizabeth Smith
Co-opted Governing Body
Martha Stokes
Co-opted Governing Body

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.

Stephanie Ahemor
Clerk
Sue McTague
Co-opted Governing Body
Victoria Widdows
Co-opted Governing Body
Rachel Onikosi
Co-opted Governor

 

 

William Cooper
Co-opted Governing Body
Jack Lavery
Co-opted Governors
Lesley Jones
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 2019 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
Staff Governor

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.

Justin Fakouri
Justin Fakouri