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At Ambler we have a mix of different types of governor with a wide range of interests, experiences and skills.

Victoria Smith
I’m a parent of two boys at the school – in years 5 and 6.  I’ve been a governor for 3 years and am currently the link governor for: Pupil Premium, EYFS and maths.

As governors, we’re all committed to supporting the school to make the small improvements needed to make it even better than it already is.

For example, the school’s maths lead thought that Mathletics would help all children improve their numeracy skills and I helped support him to buy Mathletics for all children in KS2.  Parent governors also provide crucial first hand input, and we all feed back information, where appropriate, to the governing body, to ensure that necessary questions are raised and changes made.

Pascal Auberson
I’m a software developer building Virtual Reality games and applications. Previously I’ve built many websites, so continually encourage the school to improve theirs and communication with parents and the wider community.

I’ve been a parent governor since April 2015. I’m now chair of the Safety, Services & Communications committee and link governor for Safeguarding, Health & Safety and Computing.

Clare Potter
I have 2 children at Ambler and have been a parent governor since April 2015. I have two link governor roles; parent voice and inclusion. I aim to support the school in ensuring every child is able to achieve their potential; and to encourage an inclusive climate where all parents can contribute and feel part/ enjoy a sense of ownership in relation to the school.

My work and study experience includes; Residential Social Work, Social Policy, Carpentry, Construction training, Employment Support, Site Management and Sustainable Buildings. I am a local ward Councillor in Brownswood (Hackney) from where many children attend Ambler.

Manuel Vazquez
I am a parent of two girls at school, one in year 2 and the other in Toddlers’ at the nursery in the children centre. I have been a governor since December 2016. I am currently link governor for Creative Curriculum and EYFS.

I am a freelance photographer working for publications in the UK and overseas. I am trained in visual sociology and economics. I would like to help achieve the best possible schooling experience for our children.

Roulin Khondoker
I’ve been a governor since July 2017 and sit on the Development and Learning Committee. I’m a local authority governor, which means I was appointed by the governing body following nomination from Islington Council.

Having grown up and lived in Islington for most of my life, I’m very interested to get involved with and contribute to the local community. As a school governor I’m keen to get involved with development & learning to encourage a balanced and open mind of education, for children of all capabilities. This impacts me quite personally as I’ve experienced the benefits SEN can give to children and their family and friends. I wish to work towards giving and getting the best for children’s education so their prospects in life are limitless.

I am a Doctor in environmental sciences. I have been in academia, and the private and public sector as an environmental advisor and consultant for a total of 9 years. I currently work for the government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the Air Quality team where I manage projects and their budgets. I previously worked for Imperial College London as a researcher on projects to understand the atmosphere and its implications on our global climate.

I love to travel, I have worked and volunteered in countries including Kazakhstan, Namibia and Brazil, and I like to keep fit by cycling, sports and dancing. For me, I believe life-long education, discipline and determination have made these opportunities possible.

Rose Fraser
I’m a parent of two girls at Ambler, one in Year 3 and one in the Toddler Room in the Children’s Centre. I’ve just been welcomed on board this year, in November 2017, as a parent governor. I’m looking forward to playing an active role in helping the school to serve the needs of the local community, in all its diversity, to the best of its ability, by listening to the views of the parents.

I’m currently training and working as an Early Years Practitioner (Nursery Nurse) in schools in the local area. I hope to bring some of this experience into my new role in Ambler, as well as expand my knowledge of the primary education sector through the eyes of a parent governor.

I’m fortunate to come from a background where a good education was hard to come by, out of the reach of many and therefore highly prized. And so I want to make sure that all children at Ambler, my own included, whatever their background, come to appreciate, value and make the most of this opportunity to get a great start in life, by making it the best we can for each an every one of them.

Types of governor

Parent governors – elected by the parents of children attending Ambler from Nursery to Year 6

Co-opted governors – appointed by the governing body. Applicants are not required to have a child in attendance at Ambler but are required to have skills that will assist the governing body in being effective in delivering its core responsibilities or being wiling to undertake training to develop these (e.g. Finance, HR, marketing, leadership). Co–opted Governors are selected following a skills audit used to identify our needs.

Staff governors – working at Ambler as either a teacher or a member of the school support staff and elected by all staff at Ambler.

Local Authority governors – appointed by the governing body following a nomination from the local authority often from amongst the members and supporters of local political parties but can also be from the wider community and again must have appropriate skills to support the governing body in delivering its core responsibilities

Associate Members of Committees – appointed by the governing body from a wide group including school staff and others able to contribute on issues related to their own experience and the area of responsibility of the committee to which they are appointed.

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