Meet the Governors
I have lived and worked abroad for several decades and I am of English-Bangladeshi heritage. My 3 adult children and 3 grandchildren give me much joy. My professional interests are women's rights and empowerment. I have been a Brent Councillor for ten years and a Governor with Grove Park/The Village School since 2007. I am determined that our school continues to maintain the highest standards where all pupils attain their fullest potential.
Kay Charles (Executive Headteacher)
I am honoured to hold the position of Executive Headteacher and the role includes being a member of The Governing Body. I have been the Headteacher of three special schools over a period of 15 years and being a part of the development of The Village School has been greatest achievement of my professional career. I am always learning from the inspirational Village School community. I contribute years of leadership experience and educational expertise.
I am currently the Chair of The Brent Schools Partnership with over 70 Brent schools who are members and I am also a member of the Brent Local Safeguarding Children Board. This means that I maintain an overview of what is happening in the wider community and what some of the issues are that we need to keep at the forefront of our practice. The Village School name came from a suggestion by a class of pupils and my experience of our governing body confirms my long held belief in our philosophy that, ‘it takes a village to raise a child’.
Rajesh Khurana (Parent Governor)
I was elected as a Parent Governor in October 2015. I applied to become a governor to provide strong support and offer alternate viewpoints to the board. This is to ensure that vocational learning with an emphasis on ‘Life Skills’ continues to the core of TVS to deliver effective education to develop individuals to achieve their maximum potential (whatever that may be).
I am a Chartered engineer with over 25 years in the rail signalling industry. I have two children of school age, one of whom has Special Educational Needs and attends TVS; this mean I have experience of special needs education from a parent’s perspective.
Richard Akomeah (Co-opted)
The interesting thing about The Village School is that it is a great community and has a diverse ethnic background. Being an ethnic minority myself I desire to play my part in providing future generations with the platforms needed to succeed in life, to be part of and to ensure the organisation continues to provide great opportunities to a wide range of disadvantaged young people.
With skills and experiences gained through a career in corporate and financial institutions I bring to the senior leadership team and governing body extensive leadership, analysis, organisational change and governance experience that adds real value and supports The Village School to achieve its vision, its mission and strategic goals.
Jenny Cooper (Staff Governor)
I was elected to the position of staff governor and as such have a particular interest in all matters of concern to staff including that of staff pay and conditions. I have been an elected staff governor since the opening of The Village School and I am a member of the Standards committee (which I currently chair) as well as the HR committee.
My role in the school is as an Assistant Head responsible for the Expressive Arts. I am passionate about my job and the school and feel strongly that we must all work towards the common goals of progress, inclusion and entitlement for all our children.
Oscar Ayyadi (Co-Opted Staff Governor)
I joined the Village School in 2014.
I was elected to the position of support staff governor and as such have a particular interest in all matters of concern to staff. I wanted to be a governor, because the role excited me and I think what most appealed to me was to be part of the great engine that keep the Village School running.
I work as a 3B Teaching Assistant within the school and work in an MLD class at the Kingsbury Village Site. I have previous experience working in Pupil Referral Units and Mainstream school. I hope to bring to the role my passion and experience plus I hope be the voice of the support staff and a means of communication between the governing body and the support staff.
Helena Morris (Co-Opted Governor)
- Named safeguarding governor
- Chair of HR commitee
- Link governor for key stage 5