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 

Paul Hooper – Head Teacher

James Green – Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor

Francine Brody – Vice Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor

Dawn Burton – Co-opted Governor

Donna Ford – Parent Governor

James Mole – Deputy Head, Staff Governor

Diana Monkhouse – Co-opted Governor

Emma Moore – Co-opted Governor

Janet Morris – Local Authority Governor

Colin Ngan – Parent Governor

Governance Structure

Governors’ Details

2019 register of interests

Governors Meeting Attendance

Stakeholder Engagement Roadmap

Meet the governors

James Green

I have been a resident of the area for most of my life, being born in Lewisham hospital, as were my children Abigail and Oliver, who both attend/attended 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

I moved to the area five years ago in search of a good school, and was immediately drawn to Coopers Lane. My son is now in Year Five 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.

Dawn Burton

Originally from Lancashire, I have been teaching for 30 years and have just been to co-opted to join the governing body at Coopers Lane. I am also a governor appointed by the Academy Trust at a Bexley secondary school. Previously, I have been a parent governor at my children’s primary school, and a staff governor at another school.

I joined the teaching staff at Coopers Lane in 2015 and I am a Year 6 class teacher – with responsibility for reading throughout the school.

I am delighted to have joined the Governing Body and hope that this role will help me to continue to do the best I can for our school community. Coopers Lane is a great school, which has a caring ethos and strong understanding and respect for all, and I thoroughly enjoy working here. 









Donna Ford

Having worked in arts education for years, I’ve always been interested in how both teaching and learning can happen successfully and am passionate about the changing landscape of education as well as the challenges that schools have to reconcile their heart-led approach with the restraints of the National curriculum.

 I have a varied background in creative industries and before becoming a parent to my two boys I worked in schools across London for ten years delivering dance and drama workshops as a way to inspire young minds and nurture wellbeing. I also helped set up and run a community project at the Royal Academy of Dance (Step into Dance) and worked as a community artist with Trinity Laban as well as countless other organisations including Lewisham Council and Age UK. I truly believe the arts are powerful in building confidence, self-esteem and a connection to ourselves and others and love that Coopers Lane embraces this holistic approach to education. I now work as a photographer and love exploring the creative process.

 I am excited to join the governing body to monitor and maintain the wellbeing of all pupils, help strategise how to navigate the unexpected challenge of the pandemic, explore how performance gaps can be minimised as well as challenge and support the school values in everyday school life while keeping the pupils at the heart of all decisions and helping the school community to continue to flourish.

James Mole

Coopers Lane has been part of my life for the last twelve years. I first joined the school as a PGCE student and it has felt like home ever since. I love working here and always strive to do everything I can for our children and families.

I’m delighted to have joined the Governing Body and hope that this role will help me to continue to do the best I can for our school community. I also love biscuits!





Diana Monkhouse

Born in Kent, I have lived and worked in London as an interior designer for nearly thirty years and have worked for international architectural firms both in the UK and abroad. I have lived in Grove Park for twenty years, very close to the school, where my partner and I have brought up our two children Matthew and Jessica, both of whom 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 neighbourhood forums, being a first aider at Old Colfeians rugby club and working with the school PTA in the past, 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.

Emma Moore

I recently joined the Governing body as a Co-opted Governor. I have lived in the area for twelve years and grew up in Bromley.

For the last twenty years I have worked in education in various roles, all of them with a focus on removing barriers to learning and ensuring children and families are able to access learning opportunities. I am currently Pastoral Manager and Safeguarding Lead at a special needs school in Lewisham.

When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my two children and partner – not forgetting the dog, two guinea pigs and the rabbit!

I strongly believe that a positive experience at school can be life-changing for children and their families. A strong school community offers children a sense of identity to help them grow into confident adults.


Janet Morris

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 staff wellbeing.

Colin Ngan

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.

Contacting the School

Coopers Lane Primary School is situated in Grove Park in the borough of Lewisham. The entrance to the school is in Pragnell Road, SE12 0LF

School Times

School Day
Mon-Thu 8:45am to 3:15pm,
Fri 8:45am-2:15pm
Breakfast Club 7:30am to 8:45am
EYFS/KS1 Lunchtime 12:00pm to 1:00pm
KS2 Lunchtime 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Afterschool clubs 3.30pm to 4.30pm
After school Tea Club 3:15pm to 6:00pm

School Office

Telephone: 0208 857 7680

Office Email


Ayse Mehmet – SBM (School Business Manager)

Rachel McCulloch – Senior Admin Assistant

Karen Hill – Admin Assistant/Attendance Officer

Kerry Michael – Admin Assistant

Claire Huckle – Admin Assistant