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Picture 1 Co-Chair - Miss Blackwell - Co-opted Governor
Picture 2 Co-Chair - Mrs Clancy - Parent Governor
Picture 3 Headteacher - Mrs Ziane - Staff Governor
Picture 4 Teacher - Mr Farquhar - Staff Governor
Picture 5 Mrs Beckett - Co-opted Governor
Picture 6 Ms Goss - Co-opted Governor
Picture 7 Miss Sanusi - Co-opted Governor
Picture 8 Sekinat Adima - Co-opted Governor
Picture 9 Ms Shorter - Co-opted Governor
Picture 10 Mr Uddin - Co-opted Governor
Picture 11 Cllr. Mrs Jones - Local Authority Governor
Picture 12 Mrs Thorpe - Associate Governor

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Mrs Marie Ziane (Headteacher Governor)

As headteacher at the school, I am passionate about ensuring the children at Becontree Primary School are safe and are provided with the highest quality teaching and learning experiences. Working together with governors is key to our success. Governors are here to support us in areas for improvement, but also to challenge me and the school team about the decisions and actions we take.

We are very fortunate at Becontree to have a committed and hard working governing body who really do care about your children and their learning.



Mrs Julie Clancy (Co-Chair, Parent Governor)

My name is Julie Clancy and I am a parent governor. I have 2 girls at the school, in years 3 and 6, and also an older son who has been all the way through the education system! I am an Assistant Headteacher at a primary school in a neighbouring borough and my job allows me to ask questions, as a governor, with an insight into the strategic running of Becontree.

As well as attending termly governors meetings and regular meetings with Mrs Ziane I also make visits to the school. It is these visits that I really love - seeing the school in full flow, with welcoming staff and the happiest, politest pupils you will find in Barking and Dagenham.



Miss Katy Blackwell (Co-Chair, Co-Opted Governor)

I have been a governor at Becontree for 7 years now. I have been on all of the committees at one point or another and I am dedicated to making Becontree a successful, safe and fun place for our students to learn. I have faced many challenges whilst being on the governing body, but particularly enjoyed being part of the new Headteacher selection panel and believe that we made a great decision in finding the perfect leader for our school. I have also been part of the BSA which is a voluntary fund raising group. Creating fun events for our children so that their long lasting school memories are something that they cherish.



Miss Wura Sanusi (Co-Opted Governor)

I currently work in advertising regulation, investigating misleading/harmful advertising in the U.K. In my spare time, I enjoy going to the gym and I'm also a youth leader in my local church. As a school governor, I enjoy contributing positively to the local community and seeing the impact of decisions at Becontree Primary School on children’s learning.



Mr Graeme Farquhar (Staff Governor)

I am a senior teacher at Becontree and have been here since 2011. I am football mad and love technology. I became a Staff Governor to be a link between our excellent staff and supportive and committed Governing Body as Becontree continues its journey forwards.



Mrs Tracey Beckett (Co-opted Governor)

I am the longest serving governor at Becontree Primary School, having joined when my son was in year 5 (now he's 28) when I was asked if I would like to be a parent governor. I originally wanted to become a governor because the school was in Special Measures way back then and I wanted to support the school and to try to have some input into my children's education.

The school has come a long way since then and my governor role has changed 3 times! I am currently a co-opted governor since the reconstitution of the governing body in 2014 and before that I was a staff governor and a parent governor.

Even though my children are all grown up, I still want the same things for all the children of Becontree - to continue to have the high quality education, while nurturing them into our future.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and pottering about in my garden.



Councillor Mrs Jane Jones (LA Governor)

As well as being a Local Ward Councillor I work part time on the patient transport desk at King George Hospital. I am married with two grown up sons who have both benefitted from an excellent education within Barking and Dagenham. When I expressed this view in a Council meeting I was asked to volunteer as a Local Authority Governor at Becontree Primary.

At the time I didn't realise that being a governor would be such a pleasure. The atmosphere at the school radiates warmth and happiness and I am confident that with parents, pupils, staff and governors continuing to work together, our school family will go on to achieve great things in the future.



Mr Asim Uddin (Co-Opted Governor)

My name is Asim Uddin. I am a Business Management Graduate and I am currently employed by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in the Safer Communities Department. I have been a governor at Becontree Primary School for one year. I become a governor here as I wanted to give something back to my local community where I studied and worked. I am committed to bringing knowledge and skills I have learned during the span of my working life in order to support the school.



Ms Catherine Goss (Co-Opted Governor)

My name is Catherine Goss. I am a co-opted governor and have 2 children at Becontree. The reason why I wanted to become a governor at Becontree was to give something back after all the hard work and support that was given to my teenage daughter when she attended the school.

I love being a governor - the children are at the heart of everything. Everyone gives their full support and commitment to the children, and the most important outcome is the happiness and wellbeing of the children at Becontree. I am proud to be a part of that.



Ms Sekinat Adima (Parent Governor)

My Name is Sekinat Adima. Above all, I am a mum of 2, who always has her hands full with sisterly squables, tantrums, sleepless nights and all the additional perks that comes with being a parent! I am a trained Intergrative counsellor who specialises in relational counselling. In my spare time I love travelling and reading.

I love being a governor because I want to be involved in every aspect of my children’s lives. I want fairness and equality for all children and I believe I can make a difference through actively partaking in this role.



Mrs Carolyn Thorpe (Associate Governor)

I have worked at Becontree Primary for approximately 25 years and in that time have been the literacy co-ordinator, SENCo, PSHE Co-ordinator, Safeguarding Lead, and Deputy Headteacher, among other things.

Through my varied roles throughout the years as a member of the school staff as well as a governor I am able to bring knowledge about the curriculum and other issues connected to the school to the Governing Body. As the Assessment Co-ordinator I help to unpick the complexities of the assessment data so there is a shared understanding among the governors of the attainment of the children, drawing attention to successes and areas for development. This then leads to a shared understanding of the school’s priorities, which feeds into aspects of the SDP.

I have been a governor at Becontree Primary for the last 20 years, and am committed to working to improve outcomes for our children, and making Becontree a school the community is proud of.