The Coopers Lane Governing Body
Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and the role of the Governing Body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school.
As governors at Coopers Lane Primary our job is to:
- hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, as well as the performance management of staff
- work together with the head teacher to create a vision, and strategic direction for the school
- ensure that the school environment is safe for all
- oversee the financial performance of the school and ensure the budget is well spent
We also deal with complaints and grievances, assist in appointing and dismissing staff, make sure the buildings are safe and welcoming and help formulate all school policies.
In order to fulfil these obligations we hold three full Governing Body meetings a year as well as termly meetings for our resources committee and curriculum committee.
Each governor has a ‘link’ role covering an area of the curriculum and/or policy. This involves liaising with their corresponding link member of staff and making school visits as appropriate in order to support the school in its development. To see a full list of governor link roles click here.
We hope that all staff, parents and carers and most importantly, children, feel free to approach us about any matters of concern.
Our Board of Governors
James Green – Chair of Governors
Francine Brody – Vice Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor
Felicity Hilditch – Local Authority Governor
Charlie Fulton- Langley – Parent Governor
Nick Metcalfe – Co-opted Governor
Diana Monkhouse – Co-opted Governor
Tonia Pancucci – Staff Governor
Janet Morris – Co-opted Governor
Colin Ngan – Parent Governor
Meet the governors
James Green, Chair
I have been a resident of the area for most of my life, being born in Lewisham hospital, as were my children Oliver and Abigail, who both currently attend Coopers Lane.
I have always loved creative and constructive fields, and worked initially within the visual-effects industry creating models, miniatures and props, and then within the games industry as a digital artist and project leader. Since having children I have returned to working for smaller teams and individually from home, where this flexibility has given me the wonderful opportunity to spend a great amount of time with my children and be instrumental in their development.
I strongly believe all children should be given equal opportunities to progress to the best of their abilities, within a fun, creative, challenging and safe environment, which will encourage them to become lifelong learners.
I have been involved with Coopers Lane from the start, actively helping at events, and volunteer projects, regularly reading with children in class; joining the “Dads Matter” group soon encouraged me to become a governor where I could better help the school. At the end of 2014 I was elected by the Governing Body to take the role of Chair, where I now hope to work with the great team we have to help further Coopers Lane as a truly great school.
Francine Brody Vice-Chair
I moved to the area three years ago in search of a good school, and was immediately drawn to Coopers Lane. My son is now in Year Three at the school, and I have been a governor for almost as long as he has been there. I am also actively involved in the PTA.
I studied English, Italian, French and Drama at University, then came to the UK to attend the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. I am also a qualified TEFL teacher and play the cello. I have worked as an actress, a teacher and a tutor and was a managing editor in a major publishing company. I currently freelance as a book editor as well as an actress and photographer.
I wanted to be as involved as possible in the school, as I am a passionate believer that a good education is a vital tool for everyone, and that it should be available to all children. Being a freelancer gives me the flexibility to be able to attend meetings and school events during the day, which I am always thrilled to do. There have been some wonderfully positive changes since I joined the Governing Body, and I am very excited about the future of the school.
I have lived in Lee and Hither Green for the past twelve years. I was appointed as a parent governor in 2013 and I was immediately drawn to the inclusive nature of Coopers Lane. As a governor I am keen to work with the school community to ensure that we provide a diverse and vibrant learning community that develops happy, well-rounded and confident children.
I currently run my own business, but prior to this I spent 12 years working in Higher Education, managing a masters degree programme. Prior to this I worked in the theatre as a Stage Manager. I hold degrees in Stage Management and Technical Theatre and English Literature. I have two children, Eva who is in Year 4, and Thea who is in reception.
I originally trained as a primary teacher and taught primary aged pupils in Luton, Dunstable and Bedford. During my time teaching in school I had the opportunity to develop my curriculum interests in the humanities and was seconded for a year to teach intending primary teachers at what is now the University of Bedfordshire. A career move into advisory work followed before I pursued my academic career teaching in the primary education department at Nottingham Trent University.
After fourteen successful years, including a seven-month secondment to an American University as a visiting scholar, I moved to the University of Greenwich as Head of Department for Primary Education in 2004. Here, I am accountable for all aspects of the Department’s work and am proud that many ex-students, including the past and current Head Teacher of Coopers Lane, have gone on to successful careers in primary education.
Aged in my mid-forties, I live locally in Guibal Road and have spent all my life in Lewisham or in neighbouring Greenwich. I am married to Claire and we have two children, both of whom attend Coopers Lane. My son Harry is now in the Juniors, whilst my daughter Amy is in the Infants.
In addition to enjoying time with my family, my main hobby is football and I am a season ticket holder at Millwall FC. I also like listening to music, reading and more recently, camping.
I became a school governor in 2013 and am a member of the school’s Dads Matter group and a helper with its PTA. In addition to this I am also a member of the Reading Dream Team, spending regular time with the children helping to improve their reading skills. I have also been involved in the ‘Bring Your Dad to School’ week and love to attend the various school trips which my children go on.
Away from Coopers Lane, I work for Barclays, having joined them straight from school over thirty years ago. Having previously worked across various local branches, I am now based at the bank’s head office in Canary Wharf. Whilst enjoying my role, maintaining a suitable work/life balance is extremely important to me.
Born in Kent, I have lived and worked in London as an interior designer for over twenty-seven years and am a senior associate of an international architectural firm. I have lived in Grove Park for over fifteen years, very close to the school, where my partner and I have brought up our two children Matthew and Jessica, both of whom attend/attended Coopers Lane.
I have a passion to be a good neighbour and value the importance of being an active member of my community, attending St. Augustine’s church and neighborhood forums, being a first aider at Old Colfeians rugby club and working with the school PTA as chair for 4 years.
I was elected as a governor in the spring term of 2014 with the intent of giving my professional experience and knowledge to the school as it assessed its environmental needs in response to the growth to 3FE and as an opportunity to really influence and become a parental voice in the governance of the school.
The governing body I work with is of like-minded people, all with a desire to ensure that whilst statutory demands are always met, we also make sure we retain the core values of Coopers Lane.
Coopers Lane is a great school community with a strong ethos of care, understanding and respect for all and a school I am proud to be a governor of.
I have recently joined the governing body as a co-opted member. I work at the University of Greenwich in teacher education and am responsible for the early years provision on our degree and postgraduate programmes with QTS.
Prior to joining the university I was a teacher in EYFS (both nursery and reception) at the nearby John Ball School. I did this for eleven years and for the final four years was the early years leader. Before that I worked in the NHS and was the clinical dietetic service manager for Lewisham Hospital for five years.
I also live locally in Lee Green and have two grown up children. I wanted to become a governor to contribute further to my local community but also to continue to be involved with local children and provision for their education. My interests are around curriculum and early years, particularly early language development, and I am the link governor for EYFS.
I have resided with my family in Grove Park for some years, with both my children attending Coopers Lane. Life revolves around my children, so the diary is filled with their activities. As such, I maintain a good work/life balance: in order to enjoy time with the family; support the children’s learning, both at home and volunteering as a parent helper; as well as the school itself, be it with the PTA or as a governor.
My background has been in legal practice as a lawyer, and management consultancy as a programme manager. I currently work in financial services overseeing regulatory compliance and conduct risk. The combination of all this encouraged me to become a governor, whereby I can support Coopers Lane through demanding conditions set by government and local authorities. I want to assist the school in collaboratively achieving high targets in cost-effective ways, with educational impact – stretching towards real attainable goals. Whatever the challenges, I firmly believe in ‘doing the right thing’ for the children and ensuring an inclusive and diverse environment.