Joan Sallis, who is an expert on school governors, wrote "All important decisions about the school are made by or in consultation with the governors." And she's right. So the governors at Little Ilford take the big decisions about the school - like appointing the Head Teacher - and are involved in so many more.

Governors have to approve the school budget, approve the curriculum and ensure the school is meeting its legal obligations on issues such as equality and discipline. Mind you we don't have to do it on our own, there is a lot of support from the council and training is available. Governors are also involved in disciplinary issues - such as exclusions, or very rarely staff discipline - but more happily are there to celebrate the school's successes, academically, artistically or in the many other areas at the school where success is found.

At Little Ilford governors have traditionally played a big role in helping to develop new policies and ways of working, such as the soft federation link-up we have with a number of local primary schools. Governors play a crucial role in the success and direction of the school through supporting and questioning the senior management.

Governors are drawn from all sections of the Little Ilford family - parents, members of the local community, council appointments, the Head, teachers and other members of the school staff. If you are interested in becoming a governor at the school, or would like more information about what being a governor entails, please write to the chair, Simon Mares, at the school via email 

Name & Positions

Governor Type

Mr Ian Powell

NPW Authorised representative;Drama;

Authority Governor

Ms Rebecca Hemming

Governors' Training Link;Design & Technology;Library;CPD Mark;Vice Chair;

Co-opted Governor

Mr Simon Mares

NPW Delegated Attendee;Physical Education;ICT;Gifted & Talented;Chair;

Co-opted Governor

Cllr Farah Nazeer

Geography;Religious Education;Sociology;

Co-opted Governor

Ms Peg Probett

Govs Forum Representative;Inclusion;Citizenship/NFL;

Co-opted Governor

Mr Derek Weist


Co-opted Governor

Ms Caroline Selman

Safeguarding Children;Art;Career;Looked After Children;

Co-opted Governor

Mr Tom Middlehurst

Pupil Premium,English;Science

Co-opted Governor

Mr Ian Wilson

Head Teacher (Member);

Head Teacher
Mr Tahir Mirza Parent Governor

Mr Misbahul Hoque

Geography;Religious Education;

Parent Governor
Mrs Manal Elgak Parent Governor

Mr Naresh Bhudia

Health & Safety;

Parent Governor
Mr Fakhir Ullah Khan Parent Governor
Ms Kate Chadwick Staff Governor
Ms Shamim Patel Parent Governor

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