Governance

Overview

School governors are ordinary people from the local community who wish to make a positive contribution to children’s education. They are the largest volunteer force in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. Governors are not involved in the day-to-day management of the school.

Almost anyone can become a school governor and you can find out more information here. All new governors receive training and support from Ivy Learning Trust and their fellow governors. If you are interested in assisting the School in this way, please contact governance@ivylearningtrust.org.

The Local Governing Body

Governor Profiles

Governor photo – Nicki Jaeggi

Matt Miller – Chair of Governors

Matt is a highly experienced chair of governors having been involved in school governance for over 20 years and since retiring from the Metropolitan Police where he was a senior detective, he has developed a second career as a consultant within the education sector.

His working week is divided between investigating incidents or cases which take place in schools and delivering governance training and support. He was first appointed as a national leader of governance (NLG) in 2012 before taking on wider duties as an NLG advocate across London and large parts of central and south east England.

In this role he has conducted many external reviews of governance across MATs and maintained schools including special schools and faith schools.

He has chaired interim executive boards in often challenging circumstances and is also the chair of Highlands School, a large outstanding secondary school in north London.

Matt is committed to supporting all efforts to level up the educational playing field so that all children, irrespective of backgrounds or academic ability are provided with equal choice and opportunity to succeed.

In 2016 Matt was awarded an MBE for services to education.

Governor photo – Natalie Lorkins

Natalie Lorkins – Headteacher

I am currently Headteacher at Churchfield Primary School and previously worked at Lavender, part of Ivy Learning Trust.

I qualified as a teacher in 1993 and worked as an English teacher in secondary schools across London before becoming a Head of Department. I retrained as a Reading Recovery teacher in 2010 and began my journey in primary education. My English teaching training helped me to develop literacy teaching and a love of reading across the school, I am proud to be a part of such a wonderful school community and I love working with this fantastic team.

Governor photo – Rubina Ali

Rubina Ali – Parent Governor

I am excited about taking on this new role as a parent governor at this amazing school. I am the parent of a year one child who loves being at Churchfield. It is clear that the staff work incredibly hard here in order to provide the best experiences and learning opportunities for our children and I look forward to supporting the school in continuing to be the best and getting the recognition that it deserves.

I am a primary school teacher with 9 years of experience, mainly in schools in north London, where I was born and raised. I am interested in the Early Years and look forward to using my knowledge and experience to support the school in building strong foundations for all the children at Churchfield.

Governor photo – Alison Johnson

Ayshia Ahmed – Parent Governor

It is an absolute honour to be a parent governor for Churchfield.

Both my children started off in the nursery and have transitioned effortlessly through the school as a result of a dedicated, committed and strong staffing group.

At Churchfield it is more than just promoting academic attainment but ensuring that every child has a safe environment to grow and develop. I have seen this first-hand with my own children and as a parent governor, I aim to work alongside the team to ensure this holistic approach continues.

I am a social worker with 11 years of experience. I also have experience supporting children with additional needs and more recently qualified as a Mental Health 1st aider.   I look forward to using my knowledge and experience around safeguarding and child development to ensure Churchfield continues to grow and develop as a school whose primary aim is to help every child reach their full potential.

Governor photo – Alison Johnson

Alison Johnson – Staff Governor

I joined Churchfield as a Newly Qualified Teacher in September 2005 and quickly fell in love with the school. There is something very special about Churchfield and it has held, and continues to hold a very special place in my heart. During my 14 years at Churchfield I have taught in Nursery and Reception, have been the Literacy Lead and an SLE for the Gateway Teaching Alliance where I delivered training and support to other schools in ‘Talk for Writing’ and Phonics. My current roles are Early Years Lead, EAL lead and I am also a member of the Designated Safeguarding Team. I am an Early Years moderator for the Borough and have recently been asked to support other schools in Enfield to develop their Early Years provision.

As the Nursery teacher at Churchfield, I spend quality time building strong relationships with families which continue throughout their child’s schooling. Strong home school links and working with parents is essential to a child’s success at school and a part of my role which I love. As the second longest serving teacher at Churchfield, I have experienced the highs and lows of Churchfield’s journey and throughout it all, have shown an unwavering commitment and loyalty to the school. As a member of the Governing body, I hope to play a key role in Churchfield’s journey to delivering an outstanding Primary school experience for all our pupils.

Governor photo – Ebosa Ozoh

Ebosa Ozoh – Trust Appointed Governor

I am excited at the privilege of being appointed to the role of a Trust Appointed Governor at Churchfield Primary school. I reside within the London Borough of Enfield and I am a father and husband with three children who attend schools within Enfield.

I have a wealth of experience in information technology through designing and implementing information technology management systems over the past 20 years. I am also an Electrical/Electronics engineer by profession.

I am keen to volunteer my experience to the staff and management team at Churchfield Primary School in support of the potential career needs of children interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and management related careers.

I am looking forward to opportunities to utilise my experience/skills as a Trust Appointed Governor to support the school in its journey of delivering the best educational learning experience for children within the London Borough of Enfield.

Governor photo – Robert Plumb

Ashley Atuahene – Trust Appointed Governor

Through my lived experience growing up in Tottenham as well as my Secondary School and Sixth Form education in north London, and now as an experienced CAMHS Mental Health Practitioner with an MSc in Mental Health Nursing and BSc in Psychology, poor mental health and its detrimental impact on young people, especially those from BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) backgrounds, has intrigued me in wanting to know more and to research this area.  As a result, I seek to promote positive mental health and increase access to SEND and mental health services for young people, especially within the BME community. I am in favour of inclusive education and pride myself on advocating for young people. I am hopeful that I can share my expertise and experience to an already special and talented school.

Governor photo – Robert Plumb

Mark Allinson – Trust Appointed Governor

I am new to being a school governor but have worked in education for over 30 years, starting with younger children but working in higher education for the last 28 years as lecturer and then in leadership roles in various universities. My son has recently left primary school in a neighbouring Northeast London borough, and I want to give back to the state system that has so well served his needs. My professional expertise is in learning, teaching and assessment and in distributed models of leadership and collaboration. I am also experienced in the recruitment, training, and development of educators having designed and led a PGCHE programme. Aside from my role in HE I also work part time as a counsellor and so have a keen interest in mental health and wellbeing.

Churchfield School Governors

Name

Title

Date of Appointment

Term of Office

Appointed by:

Declaration of Interest:

Date Interest Declared:

Matt Miller

Chair of Local Governors

23/05/2023

1 Year

Ivy Learning Trust

1. National Leader of Governance

2. Governance trainer Enfield LA

3. Consultant Director of Governance - Enfield Learning Trust

4. Governor Training and Consultant - Ivy Learning Trust

5. Matt Miller Consultancy Ltd

6. Chair of Governors, Highlands Secondary School

7. Chair of Governors, Chesterfield Primary school

8. Chair of Governors, Hopewell Special School


9. Chair of Governors, Delta Primary school


10. Chair of Governors, Brimsdown Primary school

23/05/2023

Natalie Lorkins

Headteacher

01/12/2019

Ex-officio

Ex-officio

None

NA

Alison Johnson

Staff Governor

14/02/2019  reappointed 14/02/2023

4 Years

Elected Staff

Partner employed at Churchfield Primary School

October 2021

Ayshia Ahmed

Parent Governor

21/02/2022

ex-officio

Elected Parent

None

NA

Rubina Ali

Parent Governor

23/06/2021

4 Years

Elected Parent

None

16/09/2019

Ebosa Ozoh

Trust Appointed Governor

01/05/2021

4 Years

Ivy Learning Trust

None

NA

Ashley Atuahene

Trust Appointed Governor

27/01/2023

4 Years

Ivy Learning Trust

None

NA

Mark Allinson

Trust Appointed Governor

08/09/2023

4 Years

Ivy Learning Trust

None

NA

All governors are voting members of the Local Governing Board. Panels and working groups are established as needed, but there are no ongoing committees.

Declarations of Interests for Ivy Learning Trust Members and Trustees

View a PDF version of the declarations of interest below or download here: Ivy Learning Trust Declaration of Interests.pdf

Attendance Record

Attendance 2022-2023

Scheme of Delegation

View a PDF version of the Scheme of Delegation below or download here: Ivy Learning Trust Scheme of Delegation.pdf

Local Governors who have stepped down in the last 12 months

Name

Title

Date of Appointment

Date Stepped Down

Appointed by:

Declaration of Interest

Date Declared

Robert Plumb

Trust Appointed Governor

15/07/2021

09/11/2023

Ivy Learning Trust

None

NA

Nicki Jaeggi

Interim Executive Headteacher

1/7/2018

01/09/2023

Ex-officio

1. Trustee, Edmonton Community Partnership.
2. Interim Executive Head for Watchlytes Primary School

1. 12/01/2022
2. 17/01/2022

Louise Ray

Chair of Local Governors

15/9/2017
Reappointed 15/9/2021

31/03/2023

Ivy Learning Trust

Governance documents which need to be available for public inspection can be requested by emailing the governance professional at governance@ivylearningtrust.org.