Key Information ragarding our governing body
In all schools, governing bodies have three core strategic functions: Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent. It is largely a thinking and questioning role and Governors are not there to manage the school or do the jobs of school staff. Governors fulfil their role by regularly attending Governing Body meetings, providing strategic guidance and by asking probing and challenging questions of leaders within the school. There are a number of different types of governors, but all governors have the same roles and responsibilities once part of the governing body.
Community/co-opted governors are recruited from the community around the school and can bring a community perspective or interest to the governing body.
Foundation governors are appointed by the school’s founding body, named in the school’s instrument of government.
Parents are appointed to represent the parents within the school. Elections are held via the school.
Staff are represented on the governing body. Elections are held via the school. You may contact the governors by email to the school office.
Durand Governing Body: structure and responsibilities
In addition to regular meetings of the full Governing Body, Durand Academy has the following Committees who meet on a regular basis. Each committee has a minimum of three members and they report directly to the Governing Body: Finance Committee, HR Committee, Boarding Committee and the Mediation Governance. The Governing Body also works with specialist consultants where appropriate, particularly with regards to financial expertise.
Meet Our Governors
Angel Lue-Taim - Foundation Governor Appointed by foundation/Sponsors from 13/08/2010 - 28/06/2018
Angel joined the Governing Body as a parent governor and then became a foundation governor. Both of Angel’s children attended Durand Academy. One of Angel’s children has special educational needs, which means she has a strong understanding of the vital support children require at school to fulfil their potential. Angel has volunteered in the local church and over the years has made contacts within the community. Angel used to be a civil servant at the Ministry of Justice and was also a representative of the Public and Commercial Services Union. The professional skills Angel has acquired are readily transferable to her role as a governor. Angel is privileged and honoured to be a governor at Durand Academy and to have seen the school change. She believes that the creation of the first free boarding school in the country could not have been achieved without a strong Governing Body and staff at the school.
Rohit Subramanian - Co Opted Governor - Appointed by Governing Body from 15/02/2018 - 28/06/2018
Rohit joined the Governing Body as a Co-Opted Governor in February 2018 bringing experience in financial management and strategic planning. Rohit currently works for CDC Group, the UK’s development finance institution, where he invests in companies across Africa and South Asia that deliver development impact and have commercially sustainable business models. He previously worked at Lazard advising on mergers, acquisitions and restructuring situations of financial institutions.
Rohit has a First Class degree in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford and a certificate in Corporate Finance from the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. He speaks English and Tamil.
Rebecca Pickard - Acting Head Teacher ML
Harriet Russell - Staff Governor Appointed by school staff from 07/09/2017-28/06/2018
Harriet has recently joined the governing body as a staff governor. Starting as a Newly Qualified Teacher in 2012, she was soon asked to take on more responsibility as a Head of Year in her second year at Durand. Harriet has been a team leader in year 5 and year 2 giving her an extensive knowledge of both Key Stages and both school sites. Harriet has been instrumental in the progress of the school having been a lead in implementing the new curriculum, with a focus on teaching and learning, and assessment across the school amongst other things. She has worked closely with the school’s Inclusions Leader and SENCOs over her time at Durand giving her an in-depth understanding of what children need to overcome barriers to learning and succeed in their education. Harriet has recently been appointed as Assistant Head Teacher and is excited about the future of the school and working alongside the governing body to ensure we continue to maintain our fantastic standards of education and care for the pupils of Durand.
Aaron Hadley-Staff Governor Appointed by Ex-Officio by virtue of office as headteacher from 30/10/2017-28/06/2018
Aaron joined the Governing body on 30th October 2017 as an ex officio after being appointed as one of the Co-Head teachers. Starting as a Newly Qualified Teacher in September 2011 he quickly gained experience across both Infant and Junior School settings. He became Team Leader in year 1 in 2014 and year 3 the year after that. He then moved across to the junior site to be a Team Leader in year 4 and develop his overall knowledge of both Key Stages.
During his time at Durand, Aaron has supported and developed the change in the curriculum for Durand. Supporting coordinators in the school, Aaron has helped create a consistent approach to the teaching of maths and literacy. Through building positive relationships with pupils across the school, Aaron has supported inclusion for all and helped build the confidence of many children. By implementing a new reward system, Aaron has helped to build a positive environment around Durand Academy.
Aaron is really excited about the prospect of working with the governing body to support the parents, staff and most importantly, the pupils of Durand. He looks forward to the future and maintaining the high standards Durand has set for its pupils over previous years.
Victoria Robinson-Parent Governor Appointed by parents from 08/01/2018-28/06/2018
I am a parent to a child currently attending Durand in year 5. I have previous governance experience at Durand for over a 5 year period so have good knowledge of the school and its operations. My background is working within the public sector providing services to vulnerable groups. I have experience working with parents at Durand through the involvement of setting up a parent group as well as working in an official capacity as a parent liaison for the school. I have a great interest in education and schools and I am currently working towards providing pastoral care services in schools. I have worked as an inspector for the housing sector so I understand the importance of being able to scrutinise and look at new ways to improve a position in the best interest of all stakeholders. I believe I will bring new ideas, parental insight and perspective to the board of governors and help assist in the processes to support the governance and the leadership of the school to continue to be successful. I have also sat on a board of directors for a housing association and have acquired the knowledge and understanding of the process of being on a board and the expectation that is required as a board member that oversees the governance of an organisation.
Victoria has a long history with Durand Academy. She was nominated Parent Governor back in 2009 when her son was a student at the school. She also worked as a Parent Liason Coordinator for the Junior School in 2015. She is been re-elected Parent Governor in January 2018 and her wish is that every child, teacher and parent has a voice and can work together as a team to ensure the continued success of the Academy.
Lorna Bell-Parent Governor Appointed by parents from 03/01/2017-28/06/2018
I have a child at present at Durand Academy and one child that had previously attended. I also have a long-standing relationship with Durand Academy with three generations of my family attending. I have over 10 years of experience working in the Executive team of Lambeth Council with experiences working in the department of education and at present for the NHS as an Executive Assistant.
In my role I work closely with Executive Directors, Directors and Stakeholders taking the minutes of meetings. I am very familiar with good Governance. I believe that my past and present knowledge with Durand will allow me to support and challenge key decisions. I would like to contribute positively to ensure that Durand Academy delivers high standards of education for all of its students. I would also like to provide a platform for there to be more transparency and an open dialogue for parents to have a voice.
Angel Leue Taim
Durand Academy Governing Body
0207 735 8348