Meet the Governors

Please see below a few words from the members of The Village School governing body:
 
Cllr. Sandra M Kabir (LA and Chair)

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 (Headteacher, The Village School)

I am honoured to be the Headteacher of The Village School 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’.

Nigel Jamieson (Co-opted)

I'm Nigel Jamieson serving as a co-opted Governor. I became involved with working with TVS senior managers, staff and pupils when the school was based at Kingsbury High School. As a Deputy Head at KHS I so enjoyed working on links between the schools that I volunteered to serve as a governor.  Since retiring, I have been able to give more time and support to the school and look forward to continuing the privilege of serving the children, parents and staff of TVS in the coming years.

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.

Dinah Oti (Parent Governor)

My name is Dinah Oti and I am a mother of two sons. My youngest, Nathan, is in his 4th year at TVS. Nathan's positive response to the school's environment inspired me to become a school governor so as to have a more active role in supporting and contributing to the current culture of this pupil-focused school. 

I have been involved in fundraising, supporting school events, and I am continually developing my skills through relevant training provided specifically for school governors.

I am currently the link governor to the School Business Manager and a member of The Finance/Personnel/Premises committee. I am also a member of the Headteacher Performance Review committee. Additionally, I have the responsibility of being SEN governor.

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.

 Leili Vali-Ferdowsi (Forsi) (Co-opted)

My name is Leili Vali-Ferdowsi (Forsi) I have been living in the UK since 1978 and originally from Iran.

I have graduated from Kings College London in Microbiology and my post graduate is in immunology in 1994 from the same college.

I have worked in NHS as Clinical Scientist for over 25 years.

When I retired in 2014, I decided to contribute to the London Brent Borough in which I have lived for most of my life in the UK.

When I saw a small advertisement in the local paper requiring Governors for the local schools, I enthusiastically applied for it. After an interview I was given two choices and one of them was The Village School and I immediately asked to be appointed to TVS.

The main reason for my application was, every day on my way to work I was observing the mini buses full of children with physical and mental disabilities brought to school to learn. The dedication of the transport staff was amazing. Then I saw how the old and crumbling school building was transformed to a beautiful modern building.

I thought to myself maybe I could help in some little way to improve and assist the TVS to achieve what I dreamed of so many years ago by being an effective school Governor.

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 (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 a ASD class in Village 3. 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 (Parent Governor)

My name is Helena Morris. I have been a parent governor at TVS for over 5 years. Previous to becoming a governor at TVS i served as a governor at a mainstream primary school in brent for 4 years. I trained as a Nursery Nurse in 1992. At the peak of my career i managed a day nursery and also worked as a senior Nursery officer in a Brent nursery school set within a primary school.  
 
The range of skills that I have acquired over the years has equipped me to become a challenging governor that has insight and knowledge not only from a early years educator but also being a parent of a child who has additional needs. Striving for excellence, progression  and inclusion in education for our children at TVS. My roles and responsibilities at TVS are:
  • Named safeguarding governor
  • Chair of HR commitee
  • Link governor for key stage 5