Michael Faraday School is supported by a governing body of fourteen people. We come from all walks of life and bring many different skills and experiences to the job. What unites us is a desire to see the best for the school of which we are all very proud.
Our main responsibility is overseeing school improvement. This means ensuring that we maintain high pupil achievement and standards – but also, just as importantly, the personal development and well-being of all our children.
Who makes up the governing body?
Parent governors: Any parent of a child registered at Michael Faraday School may run for election, make nominations and vote.
In addition, all members of staff (teaching and support) have the same opportunity to stand for / nominate and vote for staff governors.
Other members are either from the Local Authority (LEA governors) or are Community governors – members of the local community who have an interest in the school.
Angus has been an LEA governor since 1998 and has served on most of the committees. He has recently being appointed Chair. He hails from Sunderland but has lived and worked in London for many years and is Chief Executive of a new Wave Energy company.
“Having come from a working class background with very little education, I have a passion to see children get on in life. I believe in being recognised for your achievements, encouraged for your efforts, and having respect for yourself as well as others around you. We can and have done so much at Michael Faraday to make our children really feel that there are no limits and they ALL have far to go.”
Bernard is Deputy Chair of the governing body. He is also chair of the finance sub-committee, and sits on the premises sub-committee. He was an engineer in the aerospace industry for some years, then retrained for the Christian ministry in the early 1990s, leading a small church in Peckham from 1992-2009. He has worked for charities helping people to find work, and is now an independent business consultant.
“I’ve always been concerned for social justice, and I’m particularly proud of the way Michael Faraday School empowers its pupils to follow their dreams, despite the disadvantages of the neighbourhood.”
Meriam is a parent governor with one son in the KS@ and another coming up the ranks. She is a radio producer and has worked for many years at the BBC World Service. It’s a stimulating, cosmopolitan environment – and was founded to inform, educate and entertain: aims not a million miles from those of Michael Faraday School. Meriam sits on the Curriculum committee and is link governor for Literacy.
“I did really well out of the State school system, growing up in Inner London through the 70’s and 80’s. Now, it’s my turn to give something back.”
Rebecca Lury is a Local Authority Governor, having joined the Governing Body in March 2012. Rebecca has a degree in History and Politics, and is particularly interested in ensuring that children have the chance to experience these subjects in a creative and innovative way. She has lived locally in Southwark for the past two years, and works in the communications industry in central London.
“I want to help give tomorrow’s future the best start in education. A great school environment, like that provided by Michael Faraday, is the way to help set them on the path to achieving their ambitions.”
John is a composer who became a parent governor in 2012. He works a great deal in education, running projects in schools for a variety of organisations (for instance, Wigmore Hall, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Academy of Music, Spitalfields Music) and has been able to bring various projects into Michael Faraday school over the last few years – most notably working in collaboration with the Blue Elephant Theatre.
“I believe that creative work with children is really important as it helps to develop their self-confidence and imagination.”
Nasrin Begum is a parent governor and the proud mother of two boys, one in nursery the other in Year 1. Her relationship with Michael Faraday School goes back over 20 years – her brothers attended the school and as a child she used to join the summer play schemes. She has watched the school go from strength to strength and become one of the leading pioneering schools in Southwark. Nasrin graduated with a BA Hons Degree in Law and Sociology, having been educated locally. Nasrin sits on the curriculum committee.
“I have a good understanding of the British education system: having worked as a community outreach worker for Southwark and also as a TA and SEN worker for local schools. I have always had a passion for getting involved and I have the commitment and desire to bring the best of education and opportunities to our children.”
Sophie is a Parent Governor, sitting on the Curriculum and Standards Committee. She is also link governor for English. Sophie’s first degree was an MA (Hons) from Edinburgh University.
For many years, she worked in the creative industries as, variously, Head of Development and Acquisitions for a British film production company, a Literary Agent and a Film Agent.
Once her children were of school age (both Michael Faraday Primary School pupils), she studied for the PGCE at the Institute of Education and retrained as a primary school teacher; she has been teaching at an Ofsted-rated ‘outstanding’ school in Bermondsey since 2011.
“I was so impressed by the children and the teachers at Michael Faraday, I retrained to become a teacher. As a parent, I have seen first-hand the way that Michael Faraday supports children to develop as self-reliant, knowledge-loving and confident members of their community.
The staff and Governing Body have high expectations for their students and now more than ever we need to support our school to continue to be that safe place to learn and achieve.”