What is the Governing Body?
All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community.
The Governing Body works in close partnership with the headteacher, staff and the local authority. Whilst the headteacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.
The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The chair and vice-chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year. All staff can make nominations and vote whether vacancy is for a teacher or support staff member. Governors are responsible for the finance and fabric of the school and general policy matters, whether in relation to the educational programme or otherwise, and are ultimately accountable for disciplinary matters relating both to the pupils and teachers. Much of the work of the Governing Body is done by committees. The Committees usually meet at least twice a term.
The committees are;
- Curriculum Committee
- Staffing and Pay Committee
- Admissions and Pupils Committee
- Jewish Studies Committee
- Premises Committee
- Finance Committee
- IT Sub-Committee
The Sinai Governors are…
- Mrs Rosalind Goulden, Chairman of the Governing Body & Foundation Governor -Chair of Curriculum and JS – C/O firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosalind Goulden joined the governing body of Sinai in September 2011as a United Synagogue Foundation Governor, shortly after her retirement as a headteacher of an independent Jewish Primary School.
Having been a Jewish educator for many years, it was a natural move for her to chair the Jewish Studies committee, bringing her accumulated experience and enthusiasm for the Jewish educational provision to the school.
In January 2014 Rosalind took over the chairing of the Curriculum Committee, reviewing the teaching and learning in all curriculum areas.
Now, as Chair of Governors, since December 2017, Rosalind is determined to ensure the children at Sinai have the best we can provide. She takes great pleasure from visiting the school and observing the good behaviour and focussed learning, knowing that this is a result of the broad and stimulating curriculum and dedicated and enthusiastic teaching provided throughout the school.
- Mrs Caroline Laitman – C/O email@example.com
- Mrs Deborah Kester – Chair of Staffing and Pay Committee – C/O firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mr Alan Tibber – Chair of Admissions Committee – C/O email@example.com
- Mrs Deborah Azagury-Slattery – C/O firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mr Daniel Tysman – C/O email@example.com
Caroline Laitman has been a foundation governor at Sinai for over 20 years having started as the parent in charge of security the day her now 30 year old started school! All 3 of her children attended Sinai , her youngest leaving in 2005.
Throughout her time on the Governing Body her responsibilities have included Chair of Premises, Health and Safety and interim Vice Chair.
As a parent at the school she headed up the PSA for 14 years raising over £180,000.
Deborah Kester was appointed Foundation Governor in 2016 where she holds the following roles; Chair of Staffing & Pay Committee and Vice Chair of Admissions & Pupils Committee.
Professionally she has worked at active investment management firm, Man Group plc since 2004 where she is Global Head of Human Resources.
Deborah holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology and a MA in Human Resources Management.
She has 3 children at Sinai School.
Alan Tibber is a former Sinai pupil himself and has 2 daughters currently at the school. He has been a Foundation Governor since March 2016 and chairs the Admissions Committee, and has a particular interest in fundraising for the school.
He is a qualified Solicitor and runs his own law firm in Stanmore. He also writes exams papers for the Scottish Qualifications Authority. He enjoys reading, playing football and spending time with his family.
Deborah Azagury-Slattery was appointed Foundation Governor in December 2017 and is also Co-Chair of the school PSA. She is heading up the new Library Bus Project, working with Metroline to secure the school a bus to renovate and become the new school library.
Professionally Deborah has a background in Event Management and Luxury Event Sales. She is married to Julian has 2 boys at Sinai School and thoroughly enjoys being part of the Sinai family.
Their eldest son, Jack, was diagnosed with autism and ADD and she now works to ensure he has all the support he needs. She volunteers at the National Autistic Society and Blue Sky charity to increase awareness and understanding of autism. She recently launched the ‘Hand in Hand’ project which aims to bring together the Sinai Families with children with a variety of special needs and offer them support and advice through regular meetings.
Daniel Tysman is a Foundation Governor and has been a member of the governing body at Sinai School since 2013. He is currently chair of the Curriculum Committee with additional responsibilities for ICT (Information Computer Technology), a member of the Jewish Studies and Premises Committees and the school’s SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) and Pupil Premium Governor.
Professionally Daniel works as Head of Education Department of World ORT, an international NGO working with Jewish schools and colleges, providing professional development for teachers and school leadership, promoting the STEM curriculum and developing new learning experiences for students. Daniel was one of the first students to join Sinai School when it opened in 1981.
- Mr M Maurice – C/O firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Maurice has been a local authority governor since 2012.
He is a local Conservative Councillor for Kenton Ward, London Borough of Brent.
He is an electronics engineer by profession and runs his own business servicing vintage hi fi and audio systems.
He has been married to Alison for 28 years and both children attended Sinai.
- Mrs J Lipshaw – email@example.com
Juliette Lipshaw is a past Sinai pupil herself and has served as a Governor since her own children also attended the school. Prior to working at Sinai she Chaired the Curriculum Committee.
Juliette is passionate about education and strives for academic excellence. She has previously taught at multicultural schools across Hillingdon and Harrow and worked as an Assistant Head in two Primary Schools before becoming Deputy Head at Sinai in 2014.
She took up the post as Headteacher in January 2017 and was awarded the National Professional Qualification for Headship in June 2017.
Sarah Wagman has been an invitee to the Curriculum Committee since October 2015 and was elected as a parent governor in January 2018. She has 2 children at Sinai. Following her career as an experienced secondary school teacher with additional leadership responsibilities she brings a sound knowledge to the team. She is currently working as the secondary training programme leader at the London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS)
Darren Simons has been a Parent Governor since January 2016. He currently chairs the Premises and Finance committees, whose roles are to help ensure resources are in place to provide the best possible education to Sinai children. His role also covers School Data, helping to challenge the school in terms of its attainment and progress metrics.
Professionally, Darren works in sales / business development for financial markets technology, and always welcomes the chance to go back his techie roots. He is also a part-time photographer. He is married to Melissa and has two daughters in the school.
- Mrs Claire Gough – firstname.lastname@example.org
Claire Gough graduated from Reading University in 2000 with a BA Ed with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and joined Sinai in 2005. She was appointed Deputy Headteacher in 2018 but her previous responsibilities include EYFS Leader, Maths Leader and Assistant Headteacher. She was also awarded Teacher of the Year in 2009.
One of her main roles is Assessment Leader, ensuring that all the children are tracked and making progress.
She enjoys travelling, cooking, reading and spending time with her 2 young children.
- Rabbi Nicolas Goldmeier – email@example.com
Rabbi Goldmeier is Sinai’s Director of Jewish Studies and Assistant Head. He trained as a teacher at the University of Hertfordshire and started his career as a Primary Secular Class teacher. He moved to Sinai as a Jewish Studies teacher and took over as the head of Jewish Studies in 2000.
In 2008 he was awarded a Masters in Business Administration in education through Hull University and in 2010 he was given the NPQH qualification. He was given Semichah by Dayan Gershon Lopian z”l in 2014.
As the Director of JS, Rabbi Goldmeier is responsible for the Jewish Education in the school, including providing each child with a love of their Jewish heritage and traditions, a love of Israel, the ability to say key Tefillot and Birkat Hamazon proficiently and the skills, knowledge and understanding for learning Chumash, Navi, Modern Jewish History, Hebrew reading and writing and topic work including Brachot, Kashrut, Shabbat and famous Jewish personalities in History. He also works with SEED in encouraging children and parents to work and learn together.
Rabbi Goldmeier is passionate about ensuring the continuity of Orthodox Anglo-Jewry, through instilling a knowledge and love of Judaism, together with a sense of pride and responsibility as British citizens.
Mrs Rosalind Goulden – Governor responsible for Safeguarding
Mr Daniel Tysman – Governor responsible for SEND