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Governors

The Governors are appointed by the Dunraven Educational Trust, the charitable company and Multi Academy Trust which runs the school (as a converter academy). The governing body has a wide range of responsibilities - clearly defined by the scheme of delegation and by law. Governors aim to support the staff team to ensure that the standards of student achievement remain high and help to steer the school's future direction. Governors are also accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community.

The Dunraven Local Board consists of 2 parent governors, 1 staff governor, 3 community governors and the Heads of School in both the Primary and Secondary phases. The Trust may also appoint an associate governor who brings additional skill and expertise the Board.

Governors have 4 full meetings each academic year.  Governors need to be able to prioritise their diaries to attend these meetings as well as one sub group which meets 4 times per year and our Strategic Planning Day held on a Saturday in the summer term.  Governors also need to support the school at other meetings and activities often held during school hours in term time.

Governors have to complete an enhanced DBS check before appointment and annually sign up to our Code of Conduct.  Governors will be evaluated each year on their support and contribution which could affect their place on the Governing Board.  The Board works in partnership with the Trust Board under a Scheme of Delegation which is reviewed each year.

The Trust Board meets six times per year and the Annual General Meeting of the Dunraven Educational Trust is held in the Autumn Term.

Community Governors

Paul Thomas - VICE Chair

Dunraven governors 7701Paul worked at a large specialist Housing Association for 26 years where he was a director for the last 15 years. He now runs a land management and forestry company. Paul has been a governor at Dunraven Educational Trust for five years where he is currently Chair of Governors.

Term of Office – May 2015 to April 2019

 


Mel Nieuwenhuys - Chair

Dunraven governors 7709Following a successful career as a film and television editor, Mel moved into education; first as a film tutor at a drama college and currently as a Learning Support Assistant at a local primary school. Committed to child-centred comprehensive education that serves the whole local community, she considers it a privilege to be the link governor for Inclusion and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Mel has been a governor at DET since 2011.

Term of OfficeMay 2015 to April 2019

Angela Clark

 

Term of Office - Jan 2019 to December 2022

Parent Governors

Alison Berryman

Alison is a senior commercial solicitor.  She works at a central London law firm, where she has been a partner since 2008, and heads up a team specialising in IT and data protection law.  Alison is also the chair of Friends of Dunraven, the school's PTFA, which became a registered charity in 2017.  With 2 children currently in the primary phase, Alison has a keen interest in the the school's progress and direction and is delighted to have been elected as a governor in 2018.

Term of Office - October 2018 to September 2022

Kirsty Pearce

Kirsty is a Qualified Accountant who spent most of her employed career in the banking sector: in Regulation, Capital and Risk (traded and credit). More recently she has been working with local small business and charities as a sole practitioner. She is an experienced school governor having been a governor of a local primary school for 8 years where she was the vice-chair of governors and chaired the attainment sub-committee. She is the treasurer and trustee of a local charity, The Woodfield Project and the treasurer of a local children’s football team. She was voted in as a parent governor for Dunraven in 2018 where she has two children in the secondary school with a further child to join in a few years’ time.

Term of Office - October 2018 to September 2022

Staff Governor

Nicholas Hargreaves

As a Governor, Nicholas brings an important perspective as a teacher and employee to the decisions made by the Governing Board.  He is committed to the role of Governor and to the development of the school as it grows and brings an excellent understanding of the students and staff at Dunraven. In addition to teaching, Nicholas is the Chairperson of CISV Great Britain the British branch of an international charity organising non-formal educational programmes for youth and adults. Nicholas' work with CISV has given him direct experience of strategic planning, financial overview, risk management and the evaluation of impact.

Term of Office – August 2016 to July 2020

Associate Governors

Pat MacMahon

Dunraven governors 7699Pat taught art for many years in both secondary and all-through establishments, and then followed this by running a successful antiques business for 25 years. Pat is an active local community participant and in that role has sat on various local police and community health boards over many years.

 

 

 


 

Clerk to Governors and Company Secretary

Elsa Wright

Elsa started her career in the Civil Service Fast Stream at the Employment Department and then the Department for Education.  She worked on schools, FE and HE policy as well as internal HR and pay policies before becoming Private Secretary to David Blunkett supporting the passage of the Schools Standards and Framework Act through parliament and the implementation of the Dearing Review into Higher Education.  She worked at the European Commission and in international finance policy at the Financial Services Authority. Elsa has been Clerk at Dunraven for 9 years and has also provided clerking support to a local special primary school. She was one of the first cohort to complete the NCTL's National Clerks’ Development Programme.

The Dunraven Educational Trust – Founding Members

David Bryan

Member of the National Council for Arts Council England and the chair of Working with Men, David has previously been a successful small business owner, director of Brixton Village Community Arts Centre, board member of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and director of Community Foundation Network. He has worked with several charitable trusts such as Comic Relief, Barings Foundation, the City Bridge Trust and Trust for London in a variety of roles including grant panel member and grant assessor. At Camelot Foundation he was vice-chair of the board.  David designed and delivered the Arts Council England's training on Equality and Diversity for many years and has also held a number of lecturing posts at Birkbeck College, London South Bank University, Goldsmiths College and City Lit Institute.


Cathy Harvey 

Untitled 4879Formerly a technical sales specialist with IBM and then a local political organiser, Cathy is now a Citizens Advice adviser. She has been a school governor for 19 years, during which time she has been secretary of Lambeth Governors’ Forum, chair of governors at an outstanding local primary school as well as chair of Dunraven Educational Trust, where she is part of the team that steered the school through academy conversion.

Term of Office – December 2016 to November 2020

 

 


Pat MacMahon

Dunraven governors 7699Pat taught art for many years in both secondary and all-through establishments, and then followed this by running a successful antiques business for 25 years. Pat is an active local community participant and in that role has sat on various local police and community health boards over many years.

Trust Board

The Dunraven Educational Trust is a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT).  The Trust has 3 schools: Dunraven School - an all though academy in Streatham; Van Gogh Primary in Stockwell; and Goldfinch Primary in Streatham Vale. The Trust was founded in 2011 when Dunraven School converted to become an academy and it became a MAT in 2018.

The Trust Board meets 6 times per year and a separate Audit and Resources Committee meets 3 times per year.  

The Chair of Trustees is Helen George and the Vice Chair is Cathy Harvey.

Further information can be found on the Trust's website - coming soon.

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