Gravel Hill Primary School Local Governing Board. We are pleased to list below members of the Gravel Hill local Governing Board for 2019 – 2020 together with a brief statement about each of us.
We are still to appoint another parent Governor and a staff governor You can contact the governors by leaving a message or letter at the school office. The office staff will make sure we get it.
Questions, compliments, concerns and complaints should go to the school before coming to the governing board.
Local Governing Board Members 2019 – 2020
Mrs H Teale is our Chairman and is a Trust appointed Co-opted Governor She is a member of the Finance and Resources Committee, the Curriculum and Standards Committee. She is part of the link governor team for phase 1 (EYSF and Y1). She is also a member of the Premises and health and Safety Team. Term of Office 1/11/17 to 31/10/21.
Mrs D Oliver is one of our Vice Chairs and is a Trust Appointed Co-opted Governor. She is chair of the Finance and Resources Committee and a member of the Curriculum and Standards Committee She is the named governor for SEND and lead the link team. She is part of the link governor team phase 2 (Yrs 2, 3,and 4). She is also a member of the Premises and Health and Safety team. Term of Office 1/11/17 to 31/10/21.
Miss M Doku is a Trust appointed co-opted Governor. She is a member of the Curriculum and Standards committee. She is part of the link governor team Phase 3 (Yrs 5 and 6). She is also a member of the SEND team and the Ark team Term of office 1/9/18 to 31/08/22.
Ms H Copper is a parent Governor. She is a member of the Curriculum and Standards committee. She is part of the link governor team for Phase 1. Term of Office 31/01/19 to 30/01/23.
Ms L Mpenzi - is a Trust appointed co-opted Governor Term of Office 24 /9 /19 - 23/9/23. She is a member of the Finance and Resources team. She is part of the link governor team Phase 3 (Ys 5 and 6).
Mr L Allen - is a Trust appointed co-opted Governor Term of Office 24 /9 /19 - 23/9/23. He is a member of the Curriculum and Standards committee. He is part of the link governor team for phase 1 (EYSF and Y1) and the safeguarding team.
Ms E Neale is a Trust appointed co-opted Governor - Term of office 14/4/20 – 13/4/2024. She is a member of the Curriculum and Standards committee and the finance committee She is part of the link governor team for phase 1 (EYSF and Y1).
Mr A Zaccheus is a Trust appointed co-opted Governor – Term of Office 15/05/2020 – 15/05/2024. He is a member of the finance committee.
Miss M Neale is automatically a member of the Governing body as Head teacher.
Personal statements from our Governors
Mrs H Teale I worked in the Education sector for about 30 years. On my retirement I volunteered to become a governor as I felt my knowledge and experience would be useful skills to bring to the role of Governor. In the past I have been a governor at another Bexley Primary school, a Bexley Secondary school and a sixth form college, experience that gives me a wider perspective on the roles and responsibilities of being a governor. I have also worked closely in the past with the Youth Service, the FE sector and Adult education.
Mrs D Oliver I worked in the education sector for many years. My experience is specialising in SEN. I am a local resident and after I retired felt that becoming a Governor of a local school would give me a chance to apply skills from my working and community life to help young people get the most out of their education I enjoy going into school and talking with the children. Their confidence is high and children in every class like to talk about the excitement of being in Gravel Hill.'
Miss M Doku I am currently working as a Paralegal within my firm’s education law, public law and community care departments. I have had the amazing opportunity to work with children and young people in my previous roles as a Youth Advocate and a Youth Mentor within the charity sector. I have also had the opportunity to work with pupils with SEN at both mainstream and SEN schools as a teaching assistant. My knowledge and experience has taught me that children and young people have to deal with a number of challenges, yet for most, school has provided some sort of stability in their lives. Through my work I have gained a level of insight to the work and responsibilities of governing bodies and realised their impact on pupils learning and development. I would like the opportunity to take active steps in my local community through the education system in order to make a difference in children’s lives.
Ms H Copper I have worked in corporate offices for retail organisations for the past 23 Years and have a broad set of skills within delivery, facilitating strategy, marketing and HR. I am creative in my approach and hope that my commercial experience will add value.
Ms L Mpezeni I want to become a governor to make a difference in order to fulfil my passion for education. I am keen to learn and widen my understanding of the education system and what takes place behind the scenes in order for schools to run effectively and efficiently. I am a banker. In addition to this, my corporate skills of management, analysis and finance would be key skills that I can use in a school governing role.
Mr L Allen I am a local man, growing up within the borough and being educated here throughout. I have been a police officer for 6 years, with expertise in community and response policing, including safeguarding domestic matters and have the ability to communicate with all areas of society including hard to reach demographics, I am able to build and maintain personal and professional relationships and possess skills able to deal with extreme conflict management. I wish to make a difference to young people. My experience in schools means that I have a good understanding of the positive impact that governing bodies can have on outcomes for children. Although I am no longer a teacher, I would very much like to continue to have contact with schools and work with others for the benefit of children and young people.
Mrs E Neale I am interested in supporting the school to be one of the best it can be for all of our children. Delivering a fun, safe, engaging environment where children of all abilities can excel. I have worked in a Learning and development environment for over 15 years. I am a qualified coach and mentor. I have extensive knowledge of learning environments and designing and delivering learning to a wide variety of audiences. I am used to working with strategic business partners, directors and board members, to create development strategies and manage training budgets.
Mr A Zaccheus I am an experienced Chartered Accountant with over 30 years in both public and private sectors. I have also sat on the board of trustees of Charities in the past. I presently run with my wife our own Accounting Firm with varied clientele in numerous sectors of the economy and we also help train students from school in the London Borough of Bexley for Work Experience. My desire to give back to my immediate community spurs my joining up to become a governor and hope to contribute my own quota to the upliftment of the school.