At Whittingham Primary Academy we are proud to have a Governing Body with a diverse background and where every member is able to contribute to the school with unique skills and experience.
All governors have confirmed that they have no pecuniary interests to declare.
We are delighted to say that we have recruited two new Parent Governors, who are energetic, talented and committed. The governing body is going from strength to strength, and we hope to have two Community Governors soon.
Mr Chris Miller
Mrs Helen Smith
Mrs Chris Rayner
I am a mum of two, and a Design and Conservation Team Leader in the Planning Department at Southwark Council.
My work has taught me to listen very carefully to a variety of viewpoints and to understand what different people want and need. I have also learnt to communicate clearly and to stand my ground when necessary. I have lots of experience of negotiation and how and when to compromise. I have also developed the skills necessary to create and realise long term plans and visions.
It is a privilege for me to represent other parents, and to work with the Trust to both support the great work they are already doing and to challenge them to keep on improving.
I am a solicitor and a mum of two. I am passionate about quality education and there seemed no better way than as part of the school as a governor. At Whittingham, we found a strong academic focus alongside a warm nurturing environment and one that was keen to foster the children's imaginations. These are all the things that I hope I will be able to support and encourage within the school.
I am a good listener, and I hope, approachable. I will be an advocate for parental concerns and liaise with the school and the Trust.
We have a diverse and culturally rich community which offers so much opportunity for to the children to learn from, this should be encouraged and fostered. Our family has two mums and I will champion the joyful inclusion of LGBTQ+ children, parents and staff within the school.
Chris's teaching career has spread over 17 years. He started his career as a secondary P.E teacher and transferred to the Primary setting 6 years ago, where his passion lies.
He has been a staff Governor at Whittingham Primary Academy for two years. He stood for this position to ensure that staff views are represented and vocalised in the best possible way.
During his time as a staff Governor he feels that he has improved staff experiences and morale, which is very important to him.
Helen Smith is Deputy Headteacher at Whittingham Primary Academy and has been working SBA schools for four years. Helen thinks it is important to be a staff governor because it helps to build and consolidate relationships and communication with all stakeholders involved in the school. She is looking forward to strengthening links with parents and working alongside parent governors to celebrate all of the hard work and wonderful achievements that the staff and pupils have been working towards.
Chris has worked in various schools in several London boroughs for over 20 years.
She is passionate about early years education and children reaching their full potential.
During her years working in the early years settings she has gained a lot of experience and feels she is able to make a valuable contribution in her role as a governor, especially as she is a teacher at another Silver Birch school.
Ms Sarah Parsons
Chair of Governors/Parent Governor
Ms Maeve Cantwell
Whittingham Primary Academy Part of the Silver Birch Academy Trust