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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:

Michael Walling Parent Governor Chair / Resources / Pay Committees
Sharina Klaasens Headteacher Resources / Pay Committees 
Ann Goldstein Co-opted Governor Chair of Standards, Targets and Assessment (STAC) Committee, Pay Committee
Tracy Jenkins

Vice Chair

co-opted Governor

STAC Committe
Ruth Kavanagh Staff Governor Resources Committee
Lorraine White Staff Governor STAC Committee
Dee Kuslick Williams LA Governor STAC Committee
Seema Islam Parent Governor STAC Committee

 Dee Kushlick-Williams

Dee Kushlick-Williams has stepped down from Chair of the Governing Body, she will be retiring in December 2017.  Dee was Chair of the Governing Body at Russet House since 2010.  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.

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.  Michael is involved in cultural policy consultations for the European Union and holds a Visiting Professorship at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance.  He is married to Nisha and both their children Hari and Amba both attended Russet House School.

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

Ruth Kavanagh

Ruth has been a teacher at Russet House School since 2004. She has worked in several roles across the school and currently works as Lunchtime co-ordinator and PE co-ordinator. Ruth enjoys trying new ways to get the children and staff more active on a daily basis and developing play skills at lunchtimes. Ruth is committed to ensuring all children reach their full potential.

Governor Attendance Table