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
- Finance & Resources Committee
- IT Sub-Committee
The Sinai Governors are…
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 protected]
- Mrs Deborah Kester – Chair of Staffing and Pay Committee – C/O [email protected]
- Mr Alan Tibber – Chair of Admissions Committee & Joint Vice Chair of Governors – C/O [email protected]
- Mrs Deborah Azagury-Slattery – C/O [email protected]
- Mr Daniel Tysman – Chair of Curriculum & Standards – C/O [email protected]
- Mr Mark Jacobs – C/O [email protected]
- Rabbi Yaacov Finn – C/O [email protected]
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 1 daughter 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 & Standards Committee with additional responsibilities for ICT (Information Computer Technology), a member of the Jewish Studies and Premises Committees 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, he has three children at the school.
Mark Jacobs is a Foundation Governor at Sinai and has been a member of the governing body since May 2018. Mark has one daughter currently at Sinai. He is a qualified solicitor and has been working as an in-house lawyer at an investment bank since 2014. Between 2007 and 2014 Mark worked as a solicitor at an international law firm based in the City of London. Mark previously served on the Board of Governors at a further education college and chaired its audit committee.
Rabbi Yaacov Finn BSc went to Sinai Jewish Primary School and then Immanuel College. He has a degree in Psychology from UCL and a Masters in Health Psychology from UCL & Kings. He is an experienced educator, having run 2 large chadarim for over 10 years, and been a JS teacher at HJPS. He also has a background in marketing, community development and strategic management. He is part of the Rabbinic team in Borehamwood & Elstree United Synagogue. He is currently the Interim Chief Executive of the LSJS, the only accredited teacher training provider in the Jewish community.
- Mr M Maurice – C/O [email protected]
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 protected]
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-Elected Governor in January 2018, she is the Chair of Jewish Studies. 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 (Joint Vice Chair of Governors) has been a Parent-Elected Governor since January 2016. He currently chairs the Finances & Resources committee, 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 – [email protected]
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.
Brian Markeson – C/O [email protected]
Sarah Wagman – Governor responsible for Child Protection / Safeguarding
Caroline Laitman – Governor responsible for SEND
Deborah Azagury-Slattery – Governor responsible for Health & Safety
Michael Maurice – Governor responsible for Equalities
Daniel Tysman – Governor responsible for Pupil Premium
Rosalind Goulden – Governor responsible for Safer Recruitment
Alan Tibber – Governor responsible for PE & Sports Link
Darren Simons – Governor responsible for Data
Deborah Kester & Mark Jacobs – Governors responsible for GDPR