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 (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’.

Russell Davey (Head of School)

I am extremely privileged to be Head of The Village School, a school that has the pupils' progress, inclusion and entitlement at its heart.

At The Village School the welfare, independence and preparation for when our pupils are older are key to the successful outcomes for every pupil.

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.

Link governor for key stage two.

Richard Akomeah (Co-opted Governor)

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.

Link governor for Expressive Arts.

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 Level 3 Teaching Assistant within the school and work in a Lanes pathway 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)

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 stages 4 and 5 
Paolina Webber (Co-opted Governor)
 
I am a retired teacher with 37 years’ experience in Brent secondary schools. Alongside teaching French, I was a senior leader with specific responsibility for pastoral care and child protection, and most recently I held the position of Head of Department for Languages and Humanities.

As a Co-opted Governor, I am excited to be able to contribute to TVS by applying my knowledge of the Brent education system, specifically regarding assessment and standards. I am very much looking forward to working with a highly dedicated staff and governing body at TVS that are both clearly making a positive impact on the community and children they serve.
 
Link governor for EYFS and Key Stage One.
 
Ayala Lerner (Parent Governor)
 
My name is Ayala Lerner and I was asked to become a governor in Nov 2018.

I am blessed with two children (now teenagers!). My twelve old daughter attends The Village School and the move from mainstream to the school has been a really positive experience and a great success. She has made excellent progress in her two and a half years of being at TVS. 

My background is in teaching. I have worked in a SEN school for fifteen years. I loved working with my special pupils and gained a tremendous amount from them. They have taught me to be more patient, accepting of others, appreciative, to celebrate even the smallest achievements, warmth and genuine and pure love. 

I am also part of my local steering group called Barnet Parent Carer Forum which is a voice for parents with SEN children and young adults. I attend regular meetings with my local authority on all SEN issues. 

I am a big believer in giving back to society and through my work as a governor of the school and my other roles in the community I hope I can show my appreciation and make a difference.
 
Link governor for Key Stage Three.
 
Erica Gbajumo (Co-opted Governor)
 
My name is Erica Gbajumo and I was co-opted on to the governing body during November 2018. I have lived in the local area for nearly my entire life and have had the privilege of seeing the school undergo such a beautiful transformation.

My professional background is in the legal field, with a particular emphasis in child care law. As such, I have gained a vast amount of knowledge and experience in working towards protecting vulnerable children at risk from abuse. I also have a background in helping young students to study towards their exams as well as being an advocate for young adults.

I am committed to ensuring that our school continues to provide all students with a platform to encourage them to be the best that they can be. 

Cynthia Osei-Owusu

As member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD) and Awarding Winning Human Resources profession who hosts a show on a DAB radio station. I would relish the opportunity to be part of the governing board because I have a deep passion for supporting and working with The Village School as a governor in achieving goals, taking opportunities and overcoming challenges. 

In my previous role as Head of HR I have developed organisational strategies by identifying and researching human resources issues, as well as given recommendations to the organisational strategic thinking and direction. In addition, with more than a decade worth of Human Resources and Media expertise. I have managed human resources operations by recruiting, selecting, training, coaching, counselling and disciplining staff. 

I use excellent communication skills to elicit listeners on my radio show and have developed strong relationships with key stakeholders in both radio and Human Resources to bring about enhancement in the organisations reputation. I accomplish special project results by identifying and clarifying issues and priorities; this has also demonstrated my strong problem solving capabilities used to mitigate risks and issues, allowing projects to meet deadlines, budgets and objective.

 
Susan Mohammed (Parent Governor)
 
Link governor for Finance.