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Governor’s Statement

The governing body of Trafalgar Junior School is a board of 19 people drawn from the local community. 

The Trafalgar Schools’ Federation governing body has a variety of duties and responsibilities set out by law.

We are not responsible for the day-to-day running of the school, this is the job of the Executive Head teacher and the senior leadership team, but we do set policies, make plans and monitor results and we work in a close partnership with them. Governors are volunteers therefore are unpaid.

The areas of work that we are involved with include education development plans, target setting, complaint handling, performance reviews, appointment of staff and budget spending. We work to provide an environment which will give the best possible education for all the pupils in the school.

The Trafalgar Schools’ Federation Governing Body, is a team of individuals drawn from different sections of our community – Executive Headteacher, staff and parents from the two Trafalgar schools and local community members & staff from London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames.

Governors are the strategic leaders of the school and have overall responsibility for the way a school is run. We have to promote the highest standards for all the pupils, help to set the overall aims and objectives and monitor the school’s progress towards achieving them. Governors support and challenge the Head Teacher by asking difficult questions, seeking information and providing constructive criticism.

The Role of the Governing Body

Overall the three key roles for Governors are – setting strategic direction, ensuring accountability, and monitoring and evaluating school performance.

We meet as a full governing body at least four times each year, but most of our work is carried out through our committees.

Each of these deals with a specific area of the schools’ organisation, planning and management.

  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment (TL&A): In partnership with the Executive Headteacher, this committee monitors and evaluates the school’s progress, ensuring that the school is providing every learner with the full statutory curriculum and monitors the outcome of targets set. You can view the terms of reference for this committee.
  • Resources: This committee is tasked with effective management of resources, ensuring that the school provides a safe environment for learning and abides by the school’s Health and Safety policy. You can view the terms of reference for this committee.
  • Finance: This committee is tasked with the effective management of the financial budget and financial resources in accordance with its statutory duties. You can view the terms of reference for this committee.
  • Pay Committee: meets in the Autumn term, and then as needed, after the Finance & Resources committees, to apply the School Pay Policy. You can view the terms of reference for this committee.
  • Pupils, Parents & Community (PPC): This committee ensures safeguarding of pupils. It monitors the schools’ engagement with pupils, parents and carers and the wider community. You can view the terms of reference for this committee.

If you would like to contact the Governors please email the school or the Governing Body direct at governors@trafalgarfederation.org.uk.

TJS Governing Body

Jamie Allen - Head of School

Jamie Allen was appointed by the governing body on 26/09/2017 for a term of 4 years. Jamie serves on Teaching Learning & Assessment (TL&A) Committee.

Cllr Piers Allen - Local Authority Governor

Nominated by the LA and appointed by the Governing Body on 26/09/2017 for a term of 4 years. Piers serves on Resources and Pay Committees.

Simon Bradley - Co-opted Governor

Appointed by the governing body on 26/09/2017 for a term of 4 years. Simon serves Teaching Learning & Assessment (TL&A) and Finance Committees. Simon is also Chair of the governing body.

I am Simon Bradley and I am a Co-Opted Governor and Chair of the Trafalgar Schools’ Federation Governing Body. I became a Parent Governor when my son was in Year 1, and although he has now moved on to secondary school I am still very proud to be actively involved in the Trafalgar Schools’ community.

My professional background is in IT support and management, with a little software development and electrical engineering along the way, and I am currently leading a team responsible for the IT needs of 500 users on 3 continents. I spent 20 years volunteering in Hospital Broadcasting, including production, presentation and studio engineering, and for a short time worked with a US broadcaster to produce a medical talk radio program from major European medical conferences. I may also be found helping out and compering at the larger PTA events, as well as the annual Village of Twickenham Green Fete.

When not supporting England and Surrey Cricket (mainly from afar) I spend much of my time working out if I am ever going to watch all the things I have recorded on my Sky+ box.

Buki Braithwaite - Co-opted Governor

Appointed by the Governing Body on 26/09/2017 for a term of 4 years. Buki serves on Pupils, Parents & Community (PPC), Finance and Pay Committees.

My name is Olubukola Braithwaite but everyone calls me Buki for short.

I am married to Disun and we have 3 beautiful teenage daughters. I was born in London, bred in Lagos and matured in Isleworth. The Isleworth Whitton Croft area has been home for over 23 years and we are lucky to be part of a great community and neighbourhood.

I am a chartered management accountant by profession and work in the oil and gas industry. I feel that my extensive financial and analytical skills will enable me to add value to the strategic direction and outstanding performance of Trafalgar Infant school and Trafalgar Junior School.

I enjoy reading, cooking, fine dining and spending time with friends and family.

My aim is to meet as many children, parents and staff throughout my term at Trafalgar.

Jane Burton - Co-Opted Governor

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Richard Castle - Co-Opted Governor

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Francois Cote - Co-Opted Governor

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Jo Dyson - Co-Opted Governor

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Tom Lalonde - Parent Governor

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Caroline Jenkins - Staff Governor

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Ciaran Jones - Co-Opted Governor

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Param Kundi - Parent Governor

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Fiona Optholt - Ex-Officio as Executive Headteacher

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Barbara Taylor - Clerk on Contract

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Harry Owen - Co-Opted Governor

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Kevin Chung - Co-Opted Governor

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Nina Ghosh - Associate Member

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Nandita Hume - Associate Member

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Laura Sands - Associate Member

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Debbie Staynes - Associate Member

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