The school has an engaged and proactive governing body who oversee the strategic direction of the school. The Governing Body is made up of parents, local authority, staff and co-opted governors.
There are two committees:
- Curriculum Committee
- Resources Committee
The governors access a range of training and development opportunities provided by the local authority, as well as training to meet specific needs provided by externally sourced consultants.
The job of the Governing Body is to support and challenge the senior staff of the school in their job of driving rapid improvements in teaching and learning so that your children get the very best start to their education.
Heather De Silva (Chair)
I am a school improvement officer for the London Borough of Haringey working specifically in the CPD – professional development sector. I have worked in an around education for most of my career including at the Institute of Education. I aim to use my experience to help develop Teaching and Learning and the Learning environment at Earlham Primary to the very highest level with high expectations for all.
Mark Porter (Vice Chair)
Having spent most of my career in banking, I thought it was time to do something useful! I have a lot of experience in governance having sat on boards in business for many years, and so I hope I can make a small contribution to Earlham as a new governor. I also decided later in life to do a degree (I am just finishing one in Forensic Psychology), and this has sparked renewed interest in education, particularly for young people. If only someone had really explained how important it is when I was younger!
I am an architect and recently moved to Wood Green to settle down with my family. As father of two young daughters I have a personal interest in learning and achievement. As a Governor, my role is to challenge and support the school’s senior leaders. I’m also naturally keen to positively transform the physical environment for children and staff alike.
I am a proud father to four beautiful girls, and have lived in Wood Green for the past 22 years. By profession I am in finance. My main reason for accepting the role on the Governing Body is to help transform Earlham to be the local ‘school of choice’, and bring pride to parents sending their children here. I believe in transparent and good communication from the school to the parents, and will make sure this is supported and challenged as needed.
I currently run Bett, a global series of exhibitions and conferences that focus on the importance of Education Technology and the way that tech can improve learning outcomes for students, teaching experiences for educators and can transform the running of a school, college or university. I’ve always been involved in education, having previously done a stint teaching English at a university in Mexico City, and then spending six years working as an Editor in educational publishing. I live in the local area and wanted to put my experience in education and business to good use, helping to support an amazing school with great potential and opportunities ahead.
I have a great interest in reading, writing and spoken language, following a career in Higher Education where my work included teaching phonetics to trainee speech and language therapists. As a keen singer, I am also eager to support musical activities at Earlham. I have lived in Haringey for nearly 40 years, and my children went to school in the Borough. I look forward to using my skills and experience to help Earlham to flourish.
Message from the Governing Body
The Governing Body works with the Headteacher, the Senior Leadership Team and all the dedicated staff of the school who are clearly committed to supporting your children to aim high, to believe in themselves and to work hard to achieve their goals. We are committed to using our wide range of skills and experience to both support and challenge the team to achieve their dedicated commitment to improving your children’s learning, standards and most importantly, pleasure in learning.