OUR Governing Body

What is a Governing Body?

Governor login page

 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, and ultimately to ensure that the school can be as successful as possible.

Our Governing Body works in close partnership with the Executive Headteacher, Head of School, staff and the local authority. Whilst the Executive Headteacher and Head of School are, 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, the Head of School and the Executive 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 Ms Linda Austin who can be contacted via the school office.

Our Committee Structure

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

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.

Core Strategic functions

Governing bodies have a strong focus on three strategic functions.  They are:

Setting strategic direction 

The Governing Body is the key strategic decision making body of our school. It is their role to set the school's strategic framework and to ensure all statutory duties are met.

Our Governing Body ensures that we have a medium and long-term vision for our future - and ensures that there is a robust strategy in place for achieving this vision.

Holding the Headteacher to account

Our Governing Body works to support and strengthen the leadership of the Executive 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 that they have at least one governor with specific skills and experience of financial matters, and by asking questions such as:

DfE Governance Handbook - January 2017 Update

Meet our Governors

Linda Austin - Chair of Full Governing Body


Mays Baki – Parent Governor

My name is Mays Baki, I become a Parent Governor since September 2017 and I am FOBS’ Treasurer for 4 years. I work as a journalist and a filmmaker. My two children, are in Year 4 and Year 1, you might have seen them cycling to school.

Just like every other parent at Bangabandhu Primary School, I want the very best for my children. I want them to be happy, confident and become the very best they can be. Therefore, I believe that Parent Governors have a special role, and should always try to assess issues and decisions from the point of view of parents/carers and families. And, to contribute to the continued success of our school.

It is a privilege to serve as a Parent Governor, I’m always happy to have a chat if you see me around and want to ask me anything.


Rakhee – Co-opted Governor

Rakhee has been a Co-opted Governor at Bangabandhu since March 2016, and currently chairs the Standards Committee as well as being Vice-Chair of the full Governing Body.

She qualified as a primary teacher through Teach First and led on Modern Language provision, international activity and global citizenship across her school, before moving into the charity sector. She is passionate about education and became a governor to remain closely connected to the primary education environment in her borough. She is excited by Bangabandhu's determination to achieve excellence for all children and has enjoyed being a part of the school's success since she became a governor.

Previously, Rakhee was part of the central team at a national academy network, where she led on enrichment provision. She is currently a Programme Manager at a charity which works to close the access gap between private and state school students progressing to Higher Education.

Rakhee has a degree in French and Spanish and a Master's in Leadership from the Institute of Education.

Most recently, Rakhee was a member of the University and Careers Team at a national academy network. There, she led on enrichment, working with schools to think more strategically in this area and improve their internal provision.

Steffan Kennett – Parent Governor. Vice Chair of Governing Body. Chair of Curriculum and Standards Committee.

I am the (usually) enthusiastic dad to two Bangabandhu children, with my oldest first joining the school in 2010.

I have been a Co-opted Governor of the school since 2nd October 2017. I have a special interest in Science and ICT education at our school. I am a scientist in the fields of Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology and am a lecturer at the University of Essex. After family, science and teaching, I also love sport. I am a keen runner and take part in the London Marathon most years.

As a governor, and a parent, I am keen to see Bangabandhu succeed and to play my part in helping that happen. Its staff work hard to give our kids an excellent education, in an inclusive environment. In all schools, this is a team effort. So, staff need the support of its governors and parents to achieve this. 


Sitti Abdou - Parent Governor


Julia Thompson - Parent Governor


Anne Appelbaum - Co-Opted Governor


Rupia Khan - Parent Governor

 My name is Rupia Khan and I joined the Bangabandhu Governing Body as a Parent Governor in July 2018. I was absolutely delighted to have received the highest number of votes from the parents of Bangabandhu!

My child is currently a pupil of Bangabandhu school and I am also an ex pupil of Bangabandhu. 

 I currently work in a respite care home for children with disabilities as a Care Coordinator which is based in Tower Hamlets. The respite services are funded by the Local Authority so I have extensive experience of working in partnership with the Local Authority in terms in meeting targets. Through my current job I have experience of being inspected by Ofsted and Local Authority Commissioning Officers. 

 My passion for working with children with disabilities rose from my own experiences of having health issues and overcoming every obstacle to be where I am today.

 As a Parent Governor I hope to work in partnership with the Governing Body of the school to ensure that all our pupils continue to achieve the best!

David Loughran  - Chairof Human Resources Commmittee


Kabir Miah - Vice Chair of Human Resources Committee



Salim Ullah - Co-Opted Governor


James Mack - Co-Opted Governor


Martin Tune - Co-Opted 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

Linda Austin NO NONE NONE
Steffan Kennett NO NONE NONE
Mays Bakizada NO NONE NONE
Sitti Abdou NO NONE NONE
Nazma Begum NO NONE NONE
David Loughran NO NONE NONE
Julia Thompson NO NONE NONE
Rakhee Radia NO NONE NONE
Salim Ullah NO NONE NONE
Martin Tune Woolmore Primary School NONE NONE

Governing Body - Term of Office

Name Category of Governor Term of office start date

Term of office end date

Linda Austin Co-Opted 12th  February 2015 11th February 2019
Steffan Kennett Co-Opted 2nd October 2017 1st October 2021
Mays Bakizada Parent 15th September 2017 14th September 2021
Sitti Abdou Parent 26th July 2016 25th July 2020
Nazma Begum Staff 25th May 2017 24th May 2021
Rupia Khan Parent 5th July 2018 4th July 2022
David Loughran Co-Opted 30th March 2017 29th March 2021
Julia Thompson Parent 26th July 2016 25th July 2020
Kabir Miah Local authority 24th July 2018 23rd July 2022
Rakhee Radia C0-Opted 14th March 2016 13th March 2020
Salim Ullah Co-Opted 12th February 2015 11th February 2019
James Mack Co-Opted 24th September 2018 23rd September 2022
Martin Tune Co-Opted 19th November 2018 18th November 2022

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. 

Chair of Governors Letter to Parents July 2018

Please click this link to view Governor Attendance at meetings 2017/2018