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The role of the school governor is demanding but very rewarding. The Governing Body has three main roles: to provide strategic direction for the school; to act as a critical friend to the headteacher and to work with the headteacher and staff to ensure that the school delivers a good quality education.

At Russet House School we have a very able and committed Governing Body who give their time and expertise in assisting the headteacher and staff in the running of our school.

Anyone interested in being a governor would not need to have any particular academic qualifications, but they would need an interest in education and the issues affecting our children. You would also need to be able to give up some of your time to dedicate to duties which would include issues involving premises, staffing, finance, parents meetings and pupils. Governors are very important to the school and they would be expected to ask questions and support the Headteacher and other governors in the running of the school. The LA provides training through the Governor Training Service, which is paid for by the school, for anyone accepted as a governor. This training would be held in the evening so there would be no bar to those working full time.

Members of the governing body are:

Dee Kushlick-Williams LA Governor Chair / Resources / Pay Committees
Julie Foster Headteacher Resources / Pay Committees 
Ann Goldstein Co-opted Governor Chair of Standards, Targets and Assessment (STAC) Committee, Pay Committee
Tracy Jenkins Co-opted Governor Resources Committee
Graham Bolding Staff Governor Resources Committee
Lorraine White Staff Governor STAC Committee
Michael Walling Parent Governor Resources Committee
Seema Islam Parent Governor STAC Committee

 Dee Kushlick-Williams

Dee Kushlick-Williams has been Chair of the Governing Body since 2010 and is also on the Resources and Pay Committees.  Dee has extensive experience of working in education and has been a special school headteacher, a school inspector, and Mencap Trustee.  Dee is also Chair of the Executive Committee for the Markfield Centre in Haringey, a charity which works directly with disabled people and their families.

Ann Goldstein

Ann has been a Community Governor since 2003 and is the Chair of the Standards, Targets and Assessment Committee (STAC)  and is also on the Pay Committee. She is a Speech and Language Therapist in Haringey and has a particular interest  in autism and working in schools with children who have communication needs.

Tracy Jenkins

Tracy has recently joined the Governing Body taking on the role of Safeguarding Governor and is on the STAC Committee.  Tracy worked for Enfield Council for 5 years, with a particular focus on  planning and delivery of statutory partnership arrangements of the Children’s Trust and responsible for the initial Implementation of the Troubled Families Programme.  Tracy also has over eighteen years front line play and youth work experience including 8 years  working with the Huddleston Centre in Hackney Special Needs Youth Organisation.

Graham Bolding

Graham has been a teacher at the school since 2010 and has been a Staff Governor since 2013. Graham is on the Resources Committee and is on the Middle Leadership Team with responsibility for the older pupils.  He is particularly interested in pupil progress and assessment, and is also the school's Assessment Coordinator.

Lorraine White

Lorraine White has been a Teaching Assistant in the school since  2009 and a Staff Governor since 2014.  Lorraine is on the STAC Committee and is also on the Committee of the Friends of Russet House School.    Lorraine is very involved in the school community and has a particular interest in creating imaginative displays of the children's work around school. She also enjoys developing active games to play with the pupils in break times.   

Michael Walling

Michael Walling has been a Parent Governor since 2010 and is on the Resources Committee. Michael is the founding Artistic Director of Border Crossings, a charitable company that works globally to create intercultural multi-media theatre.  He is also visiting Professor at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance.

Seema Islam

Seema Islam has been a Parent Governor since 2012 and is on the Standards, Targets and Assessment Committee (STAC)  and is also on the Pay Committee. Seema is on the committees of both ENAS (Enfield National Autistic Society) and Our Voice (Enfield parent forum for children with disabilities and their families). She is also currently studying for a M.Ed. Special Education: Autism (Children) at Birmingham University

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