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Welcome to our Board of Governors


Welcome to All Saints’ Primary School Governors’ Page.


The school’s Board of Governors is made up of parents, members of staff and members of All Saints’ Church and the wider community. In addition, both the head teacher and the vicar of All Saints’ church sit on the Governing Board.


Broadly speaking, the role of the governors is to act as a “critical friend” to the school and to work with the school’s leaders to make sure it serves the needs of the children in our community as well as possible. It’s very important for governors to act impartially, and with the interests of all at heart, rather than any particular group. Governors should not try to get involved in the day-to-day running of the school. Rather, they have a strategic role focused around three core areas.


These include:

a. Ensuring the school has a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction;

b. Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and

c. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent in the interests of the pupils.


As a Voluntary Aided school, the governors at All Saints are also responsible for setting and administering the school’s admissions policy, acting as the employer of the school’s staff and ensuring the school is run in accordance with the principles of its foundation i.e. to “preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level”.


At its most recent Ofsted inspection in September 2014, the school was graded as ‘good’. Since then, the Board has been working with the head teacher and other school leaders to ensure that academic standards at the school are at least maintained and where possible raised. All Saints’ is well known in the local area for the care and support it provides to children and families. The governors are particularly committed to ensuring that the school continues to provide a warm welcome and inclusive experience for all our pupils, regardless of their history or background.


If you would like to find out more about the work of the governors, or are interested in becoming a governor yourself, please contact the school office or download the following guide to the role of a school Governor.


If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors, you are welcome to do so through the school office.



Meet the Board of Governors!

Register of Governors Business and Professional Interests

Picture 1 Veronica Haidar – Foundation Governor, Chair of Governors. I’ve been a governor at All Saints’ since 2008 and served on the Finance Committee before being elected as Chair of Governors in 2014. My professional experience includes being a journalist at the BBC and an assistant director at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. I’m currently employed by the London Diocesan Board for Schools as a governing body clerk, and work with a number of VA schools in North London. Both my children spent many happy years at All Saints before going on to local secondary schools.
Picture 2 Gregory Platten – Foundation Governor, Vice-chair. I have been Vicar of All Saints' since 2014. Before coming to All Saints, I served as Chaplain to Lincoln College, Oxford. Having briefly worked at Southwark Cathedral, I trained for the priesthood at Cuddesdon College and served my Curacy in St John's Wood. I have moved around lots, living in Portsmouth, Lincoln, Norwich, London and Oxford. I am married to Gillian, also a priest, and have two sons.
Picture 3 Kelly-Jane Botha – Foundation Governor. I am a wife, mother of two gorgeous children and a lawyer. We’ve been a members of the All Saints' Parish Church for the past six years, having joined shortly before our eldest, Erin started at All Saints. My career as a lawyer began as a litigator in private practice, but more recently I moved " in- house " to a motor finance company, where I now enjoy a greater work life balance. I welcome the opportunity to serve on the Board of Governors and see this as a fantastic opportunity to grow the links between our Church and the School, which are both a big part of our lives.
Picture 4 Will Kumar – Foundation Governor. I am 32 years old and work for a property development company although the majority of my career has been spent in Town Planning. I am married with a 15 month old son. I have lived in the parish since 2011 attending All Saints Church during this time. I am a keen on sport with cycling and football my biggest passions. I am also a qualified referee and I officiate at local youth games. I am very interested in making a contribution to civic life and playing a role in the local community and feel I have a lot to offer in terms of my experience of life and work.
Picture 5 Elaine French. (Associate Governor with non-voting rights)- I have nearly twenty years experience of teaching, working in a variety of schools in both inner and outer London. My experience includes classroom teaching, special educational needs and as deputy head-teacher. As an All Saints’ parent I am committed to helping the school continue to progress, ensuring that all children are enabled and encouraged to reach their full potential with opportunities to develop their creative, emotional, social and physical skills as well as academic.
Picture 6 Luke Bridges – Staff Governor, Head teacher. My name is Luke Bridges and I’m the Head teacher of All Saints' Primary School. I’ve been in education for nearly 20 years and have experience of teaching in the early years, key stage 1 and key stage 2 as well as having leadership experience in schools in Barnet and Islington. I believe our school plays a crucial role in placing Christian values at the heart of our community. I’m passionate about education for all and believe that everyone should have an equal opportunity to reach their potential, regardless of their heritage or social background. This is why I became Head teacher and why I feel privileged to work at All Saints’ School.
Picture 7 Jackie Tyler - Foundation Governor, Treasurer - I started my involvement with All Saints’ in 2004 as a parent, and spent 5 years as the Chair of ASSA, running many fundraising and social events to support the school. I also worked part-time in the school office, and was a Staff Governor. I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in 2015 and bring both administrative and finance skills to the Board, along with my school experience. I live near All Saints' and am married with my 2 boys now at Dame Alice Owens School in Potters Bar where I am a Parent Governor. In my spare time I tutor GCSE and A Level Maths!
Picture 8 Richard Jones-Penny – Parent Governor. I am married and a father to three lovely young boys who are all are currently at All Saints’ ‘School. My wife and I decided to set up our family roots in this parish back in 2007. I feel both honored and humbled to be allowed this opportunity to work with the other governors and management team of the School. I travel into town most days where I work in a leadership role for a software company - I am looking forward to hopefully bringing some skills and experiences from the business world with me to this post. Outside of work I have a passion for sports and every weekend I dedicate time to coaching age level rugby at our local Saracens club. I am deeply committed to learning and ensuring that we provide the support to help every single child develop to their fullest.
Picture 9 Charlotte Lea - Robbins - LA Governor. I am 28 years of age and work as a Class Teacher at a three from entry school in Brent. I am now in my 5th year of teaching, I am a Year Group Leader, Literacy Co-ordinator and a member of the Middle and Extended Leadership Team. I enjoy sport and play netball regularly. Up until April I have always lived in East Finchley so am familiar with the Barnet area. I’m passionate about teaching and feel that school should be an enjoyable experience for children as if they are happy at school learning will come naturally to them
Picture 10 I have a son and step-daughter that attended All Saints School in the 1990s and 2000s. Originally qualified as an accountant, I spent 25 years turning around some 75 companies, I have spent the last 9 years in a particular niche of the turnaround industry helping directors who have personally guaranteed company debt. I am also chair of a local scout group executive committee. I guess I bring some small/ medium size business experience to what I consider to be an already very strong Board of Governors. I love cricket, drumming, jazz fusion and funk music, hill walking, skiing, tai chi as a martial art, travelling and cooking.
Picture 11 Ross Broadbent (Associate Governor with non-voting rights)- Both my children were born in Barnet and we have lived here for most of the last six years. Our youngest now attends All Saints and I am passionate about developing lifelong opportunities for children and believe that academic structures and engaging extra-curricular activities lie at the heart of any happy and successful child. I currently lecture in business and Economics and take a particular interest in the future opportunities for young people and addressing educational disadvantage, to ensure that all children have access to an excellent state education, regardless of their abilities, financial status or social circumstances. This is borne out by the contributions I try to make wherever and whenever possible and is demonstrated by my previous and current experience and ‘pro bono’ work (as a volunteer for Barnet’s Youth Offending Service, mentoring, and coaching). I look forward to making a thorough contribution to All Saints and the community as a whole.

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