Globe Primary School

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Our Governing Body

What is a Governing Body?

All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to ensure that the school can be as successful as it can be.

Our Governing Body works in close partnership with the headteacher, staff and the local authority. Whilst the headteacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.

The structure of our Governing Body is:

1 Staff Governor, 6 Co-opted Governors, 1 Local Authority Governor, 5 Parent Governors and the Headteacher.

The standard term of office for a Governor is four years. The Chair and Vice-Chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year.

The Chair of Governors is Mr John Edwards, who can be contacted via the school office.

Much of the work of the Governing Body is done by committees. At Globe, we have the following committees:

  • Pay and Personnel Committee - Chaired by Cathy Philips
  • Curriculum and Standards Committee - Chaired by John Edwards
  • Finance and Premises Committee - Chaired by John Edwards
  • Governor Evaluation Team - Chaired by John Edwards

Click here for an up to date list of Governor responsibilities and which committee each Governor sits on.

What is a Governor's Role?

Our Governors are the strategic leaders of our school and have a vital role to play in ensuring every child gets the best possible education. Governing bodies have a strong focus on 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
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Setting Strategic Direction 

The governing body is the key strategic decision making body of our school. It is their role to set the schools strategic framework and to ensure all statutory duties are met.
Our governing body should ensures that that we have a medium and long-term vision for our future. The governing body ensures that there is a robust strategy in place for achieving its vision.

Holding the Head Teacher to Account
Our Governing body works to support and strengthen the leadership of the head teacher and hold her to account for the day to day running of the school, including the performance management of teachers. Governing bodies should play a strategic role and avoid routine involvement in operational matters. It should focus strongly on holding the head teacher to account for exercising her professional judgement in these matters and of all other duties.

Overseeing the Financial Performance of the School
Our governing body is responsible for making sure the school's money is well spent. They  do this by making sure they have at least one governor with specific skills and experience of financial matters, and by asking questions such as: Are we allocating our resources in line with our strategic priorities?
Are we making full use of all our assets and efficient use of all our financial resources?
How do we compare with similar schools?
How can we get better value for money from our budget?

DFE Governance Handbook - January 2017 Update

Meet our Governors

John Edwards – Chair of  Globe Governing Body

Chair of Finance and Premises Committee

Chair of Curriculum and Standards Committee

Link Governor for Attendance and Punctuality.

I became a governor at Globe School in 2000 and have been Chair of Governors since 2001. 

I was born in Maidstone, Kent and came to London in 1984 to study Politics at City Poly (now London Met). I went on to stand in student elections and became Vice President and President of the Students' Union. I also studied at LSE and obtained a Masters in Housing. 

Many years ago, I decided I was keen to do something for the local community. I have always been interested in Politics and in particular Education and so I decided to apply to be a school governor. Becoming a governor at Globe was one of the best decisions I ever made.
Away from Globe, I am a Manager working for a charitable Housing Association called Cass and Claredale which has 2 buildings - one in Hackney and another in Bethnal Green which I manage. We house University students who are studying degrees in London. The building I run houses 246 students.
Besides being passionate about primary school education, I also have lots of other interests. I love football and am a big Chelsea fan, having supported them since 1970! I have a season ticket at Stamford Bridge and go to all the home matches. I also love going to comedy shows, the theatre, art exhibitions and gigs. I play the drums and sing and have played in a band for many years that have had their songs played on BBC Radio and the band also once toured France.
Apart from being obsessed with music and Chelsea FC and I also think laughter is a really important part of life and I always try to ensure that I laugh as much as I can, even if Chelsea lose!


Pelin Roberts – Parent Governor

Vice Chair of Governing Body

Link Governor for Pupil Premium Funding

My name is Pelin Roberts. I am your parent governor. I have 2 children at Globe school, one currently in year 2 and the other in Reception.

The reason I became a parent governor is that since my children started at Globe school I was so impressed by their progress, by our school ethos and with the friendly, dedicated staff. I am pleased to be a contributor in this happy learning environment that is provided to our school children.

I am also an active member and the Treasurer of our school PTA, called FOGS (Friends of Globe School). You may see me at school on Saturdays helping running the Saturday Club, setting up/cleaning up the halls for events and mostly running around with a bag of change and charging parents for entry!

As well as being a governor, treasurer and a mother, I have a full-time job in Accounting. The skills and experiences I have gained through my job are useful with my roles as a governor and treasurer at the school.


 Fathimathuz Rofe – Local Authority Governor

I am a Local Authority Governor. I am married and have two beautiful daughters. Also I’m a part time P.A. I currently sit on the Curriculum Committee and Pay and Personnel Committee.

In my spare time I enjoy swimming, travelling, reading, IT, cooking, going to zumba classes and spending time with my family. Many of you will have seen me in the playground at school. 


Jacqueline Frost – Local Authority Governor

I joined the governing body as a parent governor when my daughter was 5 years old. She is now 25 years old so this must say something about Globe school and the value and enjoyment I get out of being a governor. During my time at Globe I have been the Deputy Chair and Chair of Governors, SEN Governor and Chair of the Pay and Personnel Committee. I have seen the school through several changes over the years and feel that the school is in a stronger position now than it ever has been.  I work in public housing for another London borough as a team manager so I feel I can bring these skills to Globe in terms of the governors monitoring role and being a support to the Head and teaching staff at Globe. I take particular pride in the Language Unit at Globe which I believe adds a special quality to the school and the pupils in it. Our pupil’s attitudes and behaviour is always mentioned in Ofsted reports as regards inclusion because our pupils really understand what it means. It is this that makes me proud to be a governor at Globe. 


Cathy Philips – Co-opted Governor

Chair of Pay and Personnel Committee 

Link Governor for Safeguarding. 

I have been a community governor at Globe School since 2009 when I retired. I came to Tower Hamlets 41 years ago as a primary school teacher. I have been a deputy head and a headteacher in the area and wanted to continue having some involvement in education in Tower Hamlets.

I got to know Globe School when I became temporary headteacher for half a term in 2004. I was impressed with the children and their attitude to the school. I was keen to support the school as I have watched it go from strength to strength in recent years.

I have a particular interest in special educational needs, the safeguarding of children and the arts. 


 Giles Newell – Co-opted Governor

I have been a community governor at Globe since May 2012. I am a criminal barrister at Garden Court Chambers. Upon leaving University in 1998, I pursued a career in acting for several years before proceeding to work for a wide variety of organisations including The Refugee Legal Centre, The Refugee Council, Liberty, FT.Com and

I am a keen AFC Wimbledon fan, poor 7-aside footballer and music obsessive.

Both of my children attend Globe.


Colin Wadsworth - Parent Governor

I became a parent Governor in late 2017.  I grew up in Glasgow and moved to London in 1999 to work in the music industry as an audio technician and driver.  I later worked as an engineer with the BBC and I’m now a freelance video editor -  a job where I get to combine my interest in technology with my creativity.  After work and my family, my main interest is in performing, composing and listening to music. My wife and I moved to Bethnal Green in 2004 and we have been parents at Globe since 2011.  We have two children, Ruben in Year 6 and Freddy in Year 3.   I instigated and help to run the Saturday Club at Globe on Saturday mornings. I was Co-Chair of Friends of Globe School for a short time and now help out with FOGS when time allows (usually making badges at the summer fair!).   I am very community-minded and love the sense of community Globe gives me and my family.  I want to see all the children at Globe fulfil their potential in all areas so they can live productive, happy and fulfilling lives. I’m very pleased to serve as a Parent Governor at Globe and hope to do my bit to make this great school even better.  I would encourage any parent with any ideas about how the school can improve to come and speak to me and I will do my best to help.


Ali Osman  – Parent Governor

Hi, I am Ali Osman.  I think most of you know me as the Premises Assistant and father of three, two sons and one daughter. Anisa has left Globe and is at Morpeth now and my sons are Hamza and Mohammed both of whom are at Globe.

I have been a Security Officer in the past and have been a parent at Globe since 2007.  I now work as a Premises Assistant at Globe and I'm an active member of FOGS (Friends of Globe School).

I'm very enthusiastic and I want to be involved in anything to do with Globe.  I am delighted to be a Parent Governor and working alongside other Governors.  I talk a lot with other Parents and Carers in the playground, sharing our thoughts and opinions on our children's education and development.

In my spare time I enjoy playing football with my children and cycling.

Thank you to everyone for electing me as Parent Governor.  Believe me when I say that my community and our school's interests are at the heart of what I do.  I will do my best and I will represent the interests of you all and bring anything I can to the table,


 Rafia Khatun - Parent Governor. 

 My name is Rafia Khatun, I have two boys who attend Globe.

I am a full-time mum and I try to take any opportunity to be involved with my children's learning and participate in activities or events that I can.
Professionally I was a primary school teacher. I hope to go back to work.
Teaching is an exciting and challenging profession and my passion is to work with children with Special Educational Needs.

Lubna Fariduddin - Parent Governor

I am your Parent Governor. I am married and a very proud mother of my son Abrar. Abrar attended Globe from Nursery to Year 6 and is currently in Year 7 in a Secondary School.

My involvement started with Globe during my son’s Nursery placement in 2008. Since then I have been involved in various activities and parent events. I was a very active member of the Parent Association which is now known as ‘Friends of Globe School’ (FOGS). All these avenues of activity finally culminated in me being elected to Globe School Governing Body in 2015. I am part of Finance and Curriculum Sub-Committees.

I live locally and worked in a local primary school. My experience includes working with SEN children in Key Stage 1 & 2. I am a very passionate gardener, and love to grow flowers and vegetable from seeds. My regular cultivation of vegetables enhanced the profile of Globe Community Garden. I also organised numerous adult courses on behalf of ‘Workers Educational Association’ (WEA), managing the Branch Secretary post for the last 6 years. The WEA works very closely with Globe Primary School, our Exercise and Crafts classes are very popular among Globe mums!

I am very passionate about learning and very happy to be part of the Governing Body.


Bill Osment - Co-opted Governor

I feel fortunate to be invited back to Globe School as a Co-opted Governor. My daughter attended the school for seven years and I was a Parent Governor and vice-chair for four of them. I found the experience stimulating and very worthwhile as this school is a terrific place for learning and she was very happy here.

 I work as a Painter and Decorator and manage larger building projects locally and in the West End, but for nearly thirty years I was a freelance photographer working for design agencies and many well known lifestyle and interior magazines. I’m a member of SPACE, an arts charity, and have a studio in Hackney, which I use as a base to photograph, write and walk as part of my art practise. I sing in a band am a member of a local choir and regularly volunteer at St. Joseph’s Hospice.


Linda Bryan - Co-opted Governor

Link Governor for Special Educational Needs and Children in Public Care

I joined the Governing Body as a Co-opted Governor in May 2017.  I had been wanting to support the school since I started bringing my grand children to school on a regular basis, and being a governor felt like the perfect role.  I have been very impressed with the organisation, the emphasis on teaching and learning, and the happy children at Globe and I am very happy to be part of it.

I bring over 20 years experience in education as a class teacher, inclusion manager, deputy head and headteacher to the role, along with a real understanding of the East End, having been born and brought up in Stepney.

I am now retired and so have time to fill, which I do by, among other things, spending time with my grand children and now being a Governor.



Governing Body Register of Business Interests

Name of Governor

Governor in another

educational establishment

Declaration of any

relevant business interests

Declaration of any

relationships between Governor and

school staff

John Edwards  No None  None 
Pelin Roberts  No None  None 
Cathy Philips  No None  None
Jacqueline Frost  No None  None 
Fathimathuz Rofe  No None  None 
Ali Osman No None  None
Colin Wadsworth   No None  None 
Giles Newell  No None  None
Rafia Khatun  No None  None
Linda Bryan  No  None None 
Lubna Fariduddin   No  None None 
Bill Osment  Yes  - Haggerston Secondary, Hackney  None  None
Gill Ruskin No None None

Governing Body - Term of Office

Category of Governor
Term of office start date
Term of office end date
Ms Jackie Frost
Mr Giles Newell
Mr Bill Osment
Ms Cathy Phillips
Mrs Fathimathuz Rofe
Mrs Marie Maxwell
Head Teacher
Mr John Edwards
Local Authority
Ms Lubna Fariduddin
Ms Rafia Khatun
Mr Ali Osman
Mr Colin Wadsworth
Ms Pelin Roberts
Linda Bryan
Ms Gill Ruskin

Governing Body Meetings, Minutes and Visits

The full Governing Body meets six times each year and each committee meets 3 to 4 times per year.  Agendas are prepared in advance and minutes of each meeting are taken.  Minutes are not published on the school website due to confidential items contained therein.  Copies of minutes can be requested through the school office.

Governors visit the school on a regular basis in order that they can see school improvement actions at first hand.  This is one of the methods they use to evaluate the impact of our school development plan.  A report is written following each Governor visit. 

Governors solicit the views of parents through their annual parent questionnaire.   Outcomes from these questionnaires are found on the ‘Parent View ‘page of this website.

Each July the Governing Body holds an Annual General Meeting for Parents where they report on the progress of the school.  Please click the links below for the Chair’s annual letter to parents. 

Governor Attendance at Meetings 2015/2016


Full Governing Body

(6 meetings)

Finances &

Premises Committee

(4 meetings)

Curriculum & Standards Committee 

(3 meetings)

 Pay & Personnel Committee

(3 meetings)

 Governor Evaluation Team

(2 meetings)

John Edwards  5/6  3/3 3/3   2/3 2/2   
Pelin Roberts 6/6   3/3  3/3  3/3 2/2   
Cathy Philips  5/6  -  -  3/3  2/2  
Jacqueline Frost  5/6  2/3  -  1/3  -  
Fathimathuz Rofe  6/6  2/3  3/3  3/3  2/2  
Michelle Randell  5/6  -  -  -  
Giles Newell  5/6  -  -  -  1/2  
Helen Young  3/6    2/3  -  -  



1/6 (maternity leave)   maternity leave maternity leave   maternity leave  maternity leave  

Lubna Fariduddin

 2/4  -  -  -  

Bill Osment

 3/3  1/1  -  1/1  1/1  

 Ali Osman

1/1  -  -  

 Marie Maxwell

6/6 3/3 3/3   3/3 2/2   

Chair's Letter to Parents 2017

Chair's Letter to Parents 2016

Chair's Letter to Parents 2015

Chair’s Letter to Parents 2014

Chair’s Letter to Parents 2013

Chair’s Letter to Parents 2012