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.

I am also the Lead Governor for Safeguarding .

Kay Charles (Chief Executive Officer, Compass Learning Partnership)

I am honoured to hold the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Compass Learning Partnership Trust. I have been the Headteacher of three special schools over a period of 15 years and being a part of the developLead ment 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 (Headteacher)

I am extremely privileged to be Headteacher at 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.

Hermann Farrington (Deputy Headteacher and associate governor)

 I am an experienced educational leader with knowledge of diverse learning contexts. I am very proud to be a member of the Village School and the Compass Learning Partnership Trust . I have worked with young people for 23 years and joined The Village School in 2014. I am a committed team member and my interests lie in developing skills, effectiveness and making transformational educational experiences accessible to all.

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 means I have experience of special needs education from a parent’s perspective.

I am also the Link Governor for Key Stage Two.

Nicola Henry (Staff Governor)

I have worked in the education sector for over 25 years, firstly as a teacher of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), in the secondary sector, as well as a head of department and acting head of year. Working in mainstream schools in London has given me a wealth of experience, and has given me the skills to work not only with the students but also with all the stakeholders, including the Senior Leadership team.

After 15 years of teaching MFL, I was given the opportunity to work in the Special Needs sector, which I have enjoyed immensely. Working with students, parents and all those that support the students has been challenging and rewarding.

As a staff governor, I am looking forward to be given the opportunity to be a representative member of The Village School on the Governing Board. It is a role that I will undertake to the best of my ability, supporting the school and the Compass Learning Partnership in achieving its aims and objectives.

Tracy Lynch (Staff Governor)

I have been with The Village School for over fourteen years.  I was a Teaching Assistant for ten years, an Acting Class Teacher/3b at the College of Northwest London for three years and I am now based at The Hope Village Site working with Early Years students.  So, I have worked across all key stages and Villages!!

I am honored to be given the opportunity to represent support staff on the Governing Board and am looking forward to being involved in the challenges and changes that arise as the school moves into its new phase of becoming a MAT.

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.
I am also the Link Governor for EYFS and Key Stage One.
Ayala Lerner (Parent Governor)
I became a parent governor in Nov 2018. I am blessed with two children (now teenagers!). My 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 time 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.
I am also the Link Governor for Key Stage Three.

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 Mohamed (Parent Governor)
I’ve been a parent governor since Nov 2018. I’m an Architect, I have three children. My oldest son attends The Village School. I started attending courses regarding SEN education in order to help my son.

I believe that parents should have a say in matters affecting their children’s education, therefore I would like to guide parents regarding appropriate lines of action and procedures and present a balanced view of issues, representing different sections of the community.

I am also the Link Governor for Finance.