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, 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:
- Human Resources Committee
- Curriculum and Standards Committee
- Finance and Premises Committee
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:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
- Holding the Executive Headteacher 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 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:
- 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?
Meet our Governors
Linda Austin OBE - Chair of Full Governing Body
I joined the Governing Body of Bangabandhu School in September 2014 when I became the link governor for special educational needs and Vice Chair of Governors. I was elected to be Chair of Governors when our previous Chair, Professor Jeryl Whitelock retired from the role in May 2017.
I have been passionate about the education of children in Tower Hamlets, both as a secondary Headteacher 1992-2010 and as a governor in a different primary school from 2014-16. I was also an Ofsted Inspector from 2010-2015.
I particularly chose to be a governor at Bangabandhu School as I had heard so many great things about the school and having worked in the area, felt extremely committed to the particular diverse community the school serves.
I feel privileged to be able to use my skills to perform a role which helps the children of our school to achieve superb results, in such a happy, caring environment.
On a personal note, I enjoy walking, travel, visiting the gym, reading and benefitting from all the cultural opportunities available in our great city.
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
I have been your parent governor since July 2016 and have one child at Bangabandhu Primary School. I am a secondary teacher and A-level examiner for psychology and sociology.
I love the school’s fantastic outdoor spaces, friendly, relaxed atmosphere and inclusion of children with special needs, but became a parent governor because I wanted to help improve standards at the school. I have taught in an outstanding secondary school for many years and helped move the school from Good to Outstanding in OFSTED ratings. I want to use my expertise to help Bangabandhu School make similar progress and was delighted to see our students achieve the school’s best ever set of results over the last two years.
You may have seen me running or cycling to school as I strongly believe in the principle ‘healthy body, healthy mind’. I want our children to be healthy and happy at school and for their education here to give them the best possible opportunities in life.
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 - Chair of Human Resources Commmittee
I first worked with Bangabandhu Primary School through the Bank of England's community program, where I was and still am a chess teacher on Tuesday lunchtimes at the school.
There was an opening for a co-opted governor in 2016, and having already been introduced to the school and impressed with its facilities, I was keen to help the school in any way I could. Initially serving on the Finance Committee I am now Chair of the Human Resources Committee.
On a personal level I enjoy running, cooking, and of course, playing chess.
Kabir Miah - Vice Chair of Human Resources Committee
A Deputy Headteacher in a Tower Hamlets Secondary School, I have over 20 years' experience in working in education, the last ten of which have been in our borough.
As an English graduate, teacher and parent, I realise the key power that literacy, alongside numeracy has in improving the life chances of our young people.
Consequently, when the opportunity came along to serve as a Local Authority appointed governor at a forward-looking school such as Bangabandhu, I was delighted to join the school community.
Salim Ullah - Co-Opted Governor
James Mack - Co-Opted Governor
“I have been a co-opted governor at Bangabandhu Primary School since July 2018. I work as a lawyer in Stratford and live nearby with my husband and dog. Outside of work I enjoy going to the gym, reading and catching up with friends.
I first got to know the school through Bangabanhdu’s lunchtime chess club, which was organised by my previous workplace and a local charity. I was really impressed by the enthusiasm of the children and teachers and the vibrant learning environment. Although I’ve since moved jobs, I’m pleased to be able to stay involved with the school as a governor.
Over the last few years I’ve been privileged to witness at first hand the commitment of all the staff and parents to Bangabandhu flourishing as a great school for the local community. I aim to do what I can as a governor to see that happen. Please say hello if you see my around the school!”
Martin Tune CBE - Co-Opted Governor
I currently work as an Education Consultant in Tower Hamlets, Haringey and Cambridge. I previously worked in Tower Hamlets as a Primary School Headteacher for 23 years.
Whilst working as a Headteacher I worked in several national initiatives including the national strategies for English and Maths and worked as a local and national leader of education.
I am pleased to support Bangabandhu as a governor and I am especially please to work with the school at this exciting stage of its development.
Governing Body Register of Business Interests
|Name of Governor||
Governor in another
Declaration of any
relevant business interests
Declaration of any
relationships between Governor and
|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.