School governors are ordinary people from the local community who wish to make a positive contribution to children’s education. They are the largest volunteer force in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. Governors are not involved in the day-to-day management of the school.
Almost anyone can become a school governor and you can find out more information here. All new governors receive training and support from Ivy Learning Trust and their fellow governors. If you are interested in assisting the School in this way, please contact email@example.com.
The Local Governing Body is made up of talented individuals, bringing a variety of complementary skills. We have high expectations for Walker. We seek evidence that the school is improving as a result of the strategic decisions we make. We do this through by reviewing the evaluations made by the Headteacher and her team and agreeing the priorities for the school. We regularly visit the school and talk to children and staff. We value feedback from all stakeholders.
Mike Dowuona Chair of Governors
Mike was elected as a Parent Governor in October 2019. He has two children. The oldest joined Walker in September 2019. Having grown up and studied in Enfield, Mike graduated with honours from the University of Hull’s Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics master’s program. Whilst there, he was elected Union President and sat on various committees including the Hull City Image urban regeneration project. Following a career working in marketing and leadership roles for major record labels such as Virgin Records and Sony/RCA, Mike founded a brand marketing agency which he still runs today. Mike is keen to participate and add value wherever needed, putting his experiences of creative and collaborative problem-solving in the world of business leadership to work towards the fast-evolving needs of the children, school and connected Walker community.
Raakhee has been a Senior Leader in schools for 12 years. She joined Walker as Deputy in 2015 and was appointed Headteacher in 2022.
Raakhee has successfully completed a MA in Education and the NPQH and now facilitates NPQ cohorts supporting senior leaders.
Raakhee has a passion for nurturing a learning culture in schools, where children and staff have a thirst for learning, a passion for enquiry and a drive for excellence.
As Headteacher, Raakhee is part of the Local Governing Board and reports to local governors progress and achievement, curriculum and resources.
Rachel was elected as Staff governor in June 2022, having worked at Walker since 2017. Rachel has taught Key Stage 2, Key Stage 1 and Early Years in Islington and Haringey before teaching in Enfield which she also calls home.
Rachel has a passion for teaching children and nurturing a love of learning that goes beyond the classroom. Rachel is part of the wider leadership at Walker and is curriculum lead for Art and Design, a role that enables her to diversify the curriculum and expose children to a wider learning experience.
Rachel brings experience of working for Merchant Banks, an International News Agency as well as working and teaching abroad.
Saima was elected as Parent Governor in October 2019, and works part time as an NHS GP. She has 3 children at Walker and has been actively involved in school life. She has had leadership roles within the workplace, BMA and royal medical colleges, and welcomes a supportive team approach. She will support Walker and our families to have high expectations for the children with a strong emphasis on responsibility and respect for each other.
Stelios was elected as a Parent-Governor in December 2015. He has two children and is a former pupil of this school. He has lived in Southgate since 1976. Stelios was elected Chair of the Governors in September 2019. He is an active member of the Friends of Walker.
Lisa Maria Cardinalli, Trust Appointed
Lisa has worked as a HR Manager in schools for a number of years in both the independent and academy sectors (including advising on employment matters during the pre-opening stages of a new Sixth Form academy). She completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management and gained Chartered status of the CIPD whilst working at The Crown Estate.
With two children in Walker and having lived in Southgate for most of her life, Lisa feels a strong connection to the local community and is relishing the opportunity to support the ambitions of our school.
Sweta Sarangi, Trust Appointed
Sweta has a career spanning IT, HR management and consulting, and aims to bring related skills to the role. A recent foray into the education sector, through academic support roles, has given Sweta a perspective into curriculum delivery at primary schools in Enfield. Sweta has been associated with Walker since 2011 as both her children attended this school and has been a part of the changes that Walker has gone though in the last decade. The needs of the school, the best interests and the aspirations of the school community will always be at the heart of her approach.
Dale Christmas, Trust Appointed
Dale is a secondary school music teacher with a broad interest in how young people progress
through their education, and how they perceive their experiences in school. He completed a
master’s degree in education at the University of Cambridge, graduating with distinction in 2020. He
also has degrees in music from the Universities of York and Hull.
Dale has worked in Southgate since 2018 and is delighted to have been appointed to the Governing
body at Walker Primary School as he shares the school’s vision of inspiring a love of learning through
a supportive community. He is also a staff governor at the school where he teaches, and where
many Walker students progress to for their secondary education. He hopes this understanding of
where our students are going next helps him to bring a holistic perspective and contribute
meaningfully to the Walker community.
In addition to his work as an educator, Dale is an active musician and is Assistant Conductor of the
Southgate Symphony Orchestra.
Jo Hawkins, Deputy Headteacher - Non Governor attends meetings
Jo joined Walker in 2002 as a newly qualified teacher and has worked here ever since. She has been a class teacher throughout Key Stage 2 and has been part of the senior leadership team for the past ten years. She has also been a staff governor. She has a passion for supporting all pupils to achieve their best academically whilst ensuring they are happy, valued and respected. She is looking forward to the role of interim deputy head teacher and helping Raakhee to lead the staff and pupils to improve the school even further.
|Name||Title||Date of Appointment||Term of Office||Appointed by:||Declaration of Interest||Date Interest Declared|
|Mike Dowuona||Chair of Local Governors|
08/10/2019 (Parent Governor)
|4 Years||Elected Parent||none||NA|
|Rachel Barnes||Staff Governor||01/06/2022||4 Years||Elected Staff||none||NA|
|Saima Butt||Parent Governor||08/10/2019||4 Years||Elected Parent||Specialist Member of the First-Tier Tribunal for SEND||November 2022|
|Vacancy||Parent Governor||4 Years||Elected Parent|
|Sweta Sarangi||Trust Appointed Governor||09/12/2021||4 Years||Ivy Learning Trust||none||NA|
|Lisa Maria Cardinali||Trust Appointed Governor||09/12/2021||4 Years||Ivy Learning Trust||Employed at Generations Educational Trust||November 2022|
|Stelios Eliades||Trust Appointed Governor|
|4 Years||Ivy Learning Trust||none||NA|
|Dale Christmas||Trust Appointed Governor||06/01/2023||4 Years||Ivy Learning Trust||Staff Governor, Ashmole Academy||January 2023|
|Name||Title||Date of Appointment||Term of Office||Date Stepped Down||Appointed By||Declaration of Interest||Date Declared|
|Christina Scordellis||Trust Appointed Governor||14/07/2015 Reappointed 2029||4 Years||13/07/2023||Ivy Learning Trust||None||NA|
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