The Governing Body
Chair Of Governors – Keith Carrano
I am privileged to be the Chair of Governors at Houndsfield Primary School, preparing our young children for the challenges and opportunities of modern day society. I have been involved in school governance for 17 years starting at Highlands Secondary school in 2000. I am Chair of Governors for Garfield Primary school a position I have held for 4 years and Vice Chair of Highlands school for the last 13 years.
I was also very honoured to be awarded the title of Enfield Governor of the Year for 2015. As a Local Leaders of Governance Advocate, I am involved in supporting governing bodies across the borough and this gives me an invaluable insight into what works well elsewhere.
My message has always been the same – “It takes all of us to make a school successful” so a big thank you to everybody who plays a part in making Houndsfield the wonderful school it is especially our pupils, parents and carers and of course, all of our staff.
Kate Holland – Headteacher
I have great pride in my role as Headteacher of Houndsfield Primary School and am delighted to serve on the Governing Body. We are lucky to serve a diverse, vibrant and supportive community with children who are well-mannered, respectful and committed to their learning. Houndsfield continues to go from strength-to-strength with a dedicated team of staff and parents who promote a rights-based education, which ensures our children have the skills to prepare them for achievement in and beyond primary education.
As a former SENCo, I am committed to inclusion and this area of education is a particular passion of mine. I enjoy nurturing and fostering the many talents children have; academically, creatively and socially and strive to ensure opportunities within school to enable children to experience success in all of these areas.
I began my career at Churchfield Primary School in 2005 until 2013, when I took up my post as Deputy Headteacher at Houndsfield. I have enjoyed my Headship at Houndsfield so far and am extremely excited about leading the school into the future. I live locally and enjoy being part of the community, which I serve.
Dr Robert Wells – Staff Governor
As music teacher at Houndsfield I have a first-hand understanding of the context of the school, and am committed to its ongoing improvement. I believe that it is every child’s right, regardless of background or talents, to receive the best possible, and most rounded, primary education.
I have a wealth of experience in education. I have taught in prisons, FE, as well as in the non-formal sector. For 7 years I was professor and programme leader at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where I led their education and outreach programmes. I remain active within higher education, and maintain professional connections across the arts and education.
Mrs Osawe Okaili – Parent Governor
I am an early years practitioner and a parent. I understand that children’s education is very important as they are the leaders of tomorrow.
I am happy to serve Houndsfield Primary School as a parent governor, representing all parents regardless of race, culture, gender, religion, ability or disability.
I endeavour to do my best to give my time and support to represent parents in the capacity of a parent Governor and to work with the team, with the aim of achieving success and outstanding recognition.
Mary Nagle – Co-Opted Governor
I am delighted to be serving as a governor of this School.
I have been a primary school teacher since 1983 and have taught children in all age groups from Years 1 to 6. My first teaching post was in fact just half a mile from the School! I am now semi-retired but still have a passion for teaching and believe that all children deserve the right to a great education. I also believe that this should take place in a school where every child feels valued, happy and secure.
I have held many roles of responsibility within schools, and now look forward to the new challenge of being a governor and supporting Houndsfield as it continues to develop and move forward.
Jenny Tosh – Vice Chair-Co-Opted Governor
I am really pleased to be a governor at Houndsfield. I have been involved in education as a teacher and then an Advisor for over 40 years and remain passionate about the work that schools do for children and their families. My last role in Enfield Council gave me the opportunity to get to know the schools in the borough and appreciate the difference that a supportive governor body can make. in addition to schools and education, music and the theatre are very important to me and are a big part of my life. I have recently retired and as well as becoming a grandparent I now have more time to give to being a governor and a part of the Houndsfield community. I look forward to working with you all.
Saima Amin – Parent Governor
It is a great pleasure for me to serve as a Parent Governor at Houndsfield Primary School.
I have a Masters degree in Business Administration and have previously worked as a banker. Later, my interests developed in EYFS and I gained CACHE qualification from Barnet College. I believe that in the early years, every child is like a bud and has the right to be valued, appreciated and express their feelings. They need extra attention and care to eventually blossom.
I intend for KS2 children to bring out their hidden talents for their future intentions at this initial stage.
I hope that with the help of the fellow governors, parents, carers and staff we can successfully find these talents and help our diverse school community.
As children are our future builders, with the Houndsfield platform we have to develop in every child the thinking that: “To never fall down is not perfection! Perfection is fall down, get up and continue.”
Michael Obichere – Co-Opted Governor
I am pleased to be able to support the leadership of Houndsfield School as a Governor. I have prior experience of Governance and firmly believe that in order to secure the best outcomes for pupils, partnership working and collaboration between all stakeholders is paramount. This is particularly important to me as my foundations are in Edmonton. This positions me well to draw on both personal and professional experiences to support in ensuring positive steps for improvement in the education of children at Houndsfield.
I am a business and system architect for a London-based organisation and have previously assisted to improve the strategic direction of organisations within the private, charity and public sectors. I am particularly interested in the systems for safeguarding children and removing barriers to learning. I believe that all children, no matter their background are entitled to the best education alongside adults who harness their aspirations in order to prepare them for life in and beyond the primary school. ‘Education in life matters’.
|Name||Title||Category||Date of Appointment/Termination||Appointed by:|
|Mr Keith Carrano||Chair of Governors||LA Governor||April 1st 2017||Local Authority|
|Ms Mary Nagle||Co-Opted||April 1st 2017|
|Miss Kate Holland||Headteacher of Houndsfield||Headteacher||April 1st 2017|
|Mr Michael Obichere||Co-Opted||January 26th 2018|
|Ms Jenny Tosh||Vice Chair Governors||Co-Opted||January 25th 2018|
|Mrs Osawe Okaili||Parent Governor||April 1st 2017|
|Mr Robert Wells||Music Teacher||Staff Governor||April 1st 2017|
|Ms Saima Amin||Parent Governor||January 26th 2018|
Register of Pecuniary Interests
The Term of Office for each category is 4 years unless otherwise indicated below:
|Name of Governor||Interests/Inc Governorships of other schools||Relationship|
|Mr Keith Carrano||Chair of Governors, Garfield and Vice Chair of Governors at Highlands School||None|
|Ms Mary Nagle||Governor at St. Augustines Catholic School, Herts||Auntie to Laura Hewitt, Teacher and therefore known to Daniel Hewitt, Deputy Head, Laura's husband.|
|Miss Kate Holland||None|
Penial Place Music
|Friend to Michael Obichere
Friend to Gareth Fuller
|Michael Obichere||None||Friend to Kate Holland|
|Mrs Osawe Okaili||None||None|
|Mr Robert Wells||None||None|
|Ms Saima Amin||None||None|