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, Co-opted 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.
Mrs Jill Gallagher (Co-Opted Governor)
I am delighted to join the board of governors and this is my first term. I have been working in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham for nine years, initially as a children’s centre manager, now I am responsible for children’s centres and libraries in Dagenham, and my main focus will be on partnerships and community. I am passionate about helping sustain an environment where families thrive, and I look forward to working alongside my fellow governors to support the continued success and improvement to the school.
Miss Margo Gaughran (Staff Governor)
I have been a member of the Becontree team for the past 8 years and have experience in both years 5 and 6. In that time, I have not only worked as a class teacher but also took on various co-ordinating roles within the school. I am currently working as the QTLA lead for year 6 with responsibility for reading and writing in KS2.
Becoming a staff governor has added a new dimension to my role and created further opportunities for me to make a difference. I enjoy and thrive on challenge and am passionate about improving the quality of education for our students in particular supporting them to continue aiming high.
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 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.
Miss Loren Feeley (Parent Governor)
I have been working within Human Resources for 18 years and carried out many different types of roles from Administrator, HR Officer, HR Advertising Officer, HR Advisor. Within these roles, I have regularly advised head teachers and Senior managers on internal HR policies such as disciplinaries, grievance, capabilities and many other policies that link to employment law.
I started my career within The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham were I supported and advised many schools within this borough, so I am familiar with this Local Authority. I also attended Becontree Primary School as a pupil and I love having the opportunity to give something back to the school and its community.
Mrs Jane Tripp (Co-Opted Governor)
This is my fourth year as Deputy Head at Southwood Primary School, Dagenham. My key role is to lead on Teaching and Learning and Assessment, overseeing the Teaching and Learning Team and ensuring that standards are high. I also work closely with curriculum leaders to review and develop the curriculum further. I have been an associate governor at Southwood for the past four years and have enjoyed working with governors on our journey to being a great school. I am dedicated to working to improve outcomes for pupils at Southwood and am now looking forward to supporting Becontree Primary School as part of the Governing Body.
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.