Governing Body

Our Governing Body plays an active role in the life of our school. They receive termly updates via the Principal (Data Dashboard) on student progress against targets agreed at the beginning of the school year. They are fully aware when targets are not being met and provide scrutiny of effectiveness of staff and interventions and help identify and inform additional support.


Ali Ashid

Ashid Ali

Department: Principal

Employment: Education – Leadership and Management
Biography: I was privileged to lead a group of talented professionals on our successful bid to open the free school. I was appointed Principal since January 2014 and prior to that I have worked as Assistant Head teacher at Forest gate Community School for six years, bringing considerable leadership skills to the group. I have also served as a governor in two secondary schools and have worked closely with governors in my most recent place of work. Previously, I have been directly involved in improving two schools out of Special Measures in Tower Hamlets; Stepney Green School (2002-2005) and Bethnal Green Academy (2005-2007). I have 16 years teaching experience. I have been involved in a number of voluntary organisations working with young people in inner city areas. I have a passion for education and a sincere belief that every child can transform their lives through education.

Peter Mann

Peter Mann

Department: Staff Governor

Declaration of Interest/directorship: Education – Inclusion
Biography: I am an experienced SENDCO and a former Head Teacher of an ESBD school in East London as well as some years as a Borough Special Educational Needs Officer. I have extensive experience of leading teams of staff to ensure the needs of all students are met. I have delivered whole-school CPD to ensure that teachers and support staff are aware of their responsibility to include all students in the planned learning activities. I am a passionate about education and I bring a wealth of expertise to the Governing Body. I have raised the awareness of the teaching team in terms of the skills involved in differentiating lessons and educational visits for those students with barriers to learning. I have worked closely with governors and have been a school governor before. It’s a privilege for me to be able to see the school grow from being just a plan to delivering high standard of education for local children.

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Joanna Scott

Department: Governor

Employment: Chair – Curriculum and Standards
Biography: I am Head of Biology at St Albans School in Hertfordshire. After graduating from Oxford University with a BA in Biological Sciences, I worked for the scientific journal Nature for eight years, developing online products and science communication tools. During this time, I spent three years living and working in San Francisco and returned to the UK in 2012 to complete a PGCE in Science at the Institute of Education (University of London). Since then, I have worked at Latymer Upper School and St Alban. I am now very pleased to be a part of the Governing Body at LEA and contribute to the continuing development of the school.


Mr Shah Muhmud

Department: Safeguarding Governor/ Curriculum

Shah is a Manager at London Borough of Newham and a Visiting Lecturer and Tutor at Goldsmith University. He has a BA in Social Science and Community Development as well as Level 5 Qualified Youth Worker. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies.
Professional training at Institute of Leadership and Management
15 year experience in youth and community development
10 year experience of managing Public Health contract for early intervention
Worked for Tower Hamlets, City of London and Newham
Freelance trainer for national programme (AQA, ASDAN, Sport England and Arts Award)
Qualified NVQ/Vocational Assessor
Certified to teach in Life Long Learning sector (PTLLS, CTLLS). He has also been a governor at a Tower Hamlets Primary School. He maintains a keen interest in all aspects of safeguarding in Education


James Monk

Department: Governor

Employment: Professional Services
Biography: I have worked at PwC since graduating in 2007. I work in the Banking and Capital Markets team where our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems for our financial services clients. In doing this for 10+ years, I've learnt a lot which I hope to use to help LEA. I've always enjoyed teaching while working at PwC as well as the opportunity to partner with local schools where I've run skills workshops, and done one-to-one mentoring. Having lived and worked in Tower Hamlets I'm keen to continue to support the area which has given me so much.


Hafiz Hussain

Department: Parent Governor

Employment: Imam of East London Mosque
Biography: I’m currently also a Parent Governor at Mulberry School for Girls. My previous experience includes being a National Advisor for Children’s Islamic Education, a chairperson for the Association of Islamic Teachers UK, a Community Governor at other schools in Tower Hamlets, and working with Improvement of School Attendance in Partnership with London Borough of Tower Hamlets.


Andrew Dowsett

Department: External Governor

Employment: Mazars LLP (External Audit) – Large and Listed
Declaration of Interest/directorship: Director, Ginger Flame Limited; Treasurer, Kings College London; Chair, Rockingham Estate TRA
Biography: As an auditor at Mazars I lead teams whose role is to provide assurance to Shareholders that our clients present a true and fair view of their affairs. I hope to bring the same level of scrutiny to my position within the LEA. Prior to this I served as an auditor at Ernst and Young. During this time, I spent time working in Toronto and Melbourne returning to the UK taking up my role as KCLA Treasurer (2015 - onwards). I have worked on a number of FTSE 250, NYSE, SEHK and CAC 40 listed clients in financial services, oil and gas, and construction sectors. I have board level experience from serving as a trustee of the Kings College London Students Union (2012-2014), sitting on their Audit, Risk and Compliance committee and chairing their public facing subsidiary company. I look forward to using my skills to help the LEA achieve its goals and contribute to the academic development of its pupils as education empowers individuals and strengthens its communities.


Sam Bower

Department: Governor

Employment: Management Consultant
Biography: I have always been passionate about educations ability to change lives. Since completing Teach First's Leadership Development Programme I have worked in the City as a Management Consultant, and see being a school governor as the ideal way for me to stay connected with education and continuing to make a difference. By working with LEA to help ensure that it is delivering an excellent education for its pupils, I can give back to the local community.


Emma Singh

Department: Governor

Employment: Asset Management, Private Markets
Biography: I have been actively involved in volunteering, as this is something that has been prominent throughout my life.
To date, the volunteering I have taken part in has been heavily focussed on schools through individual tutoring whilst I was in senior school, and career guidance and skills in my local community. I have now lived in Tower Hamlets for nearly 10 years and would enjoy the new challenge and utilisation of any skills to help ensure this experience is promoted within the local area.

Governor's declaration 2019-20
Funding Agreement Articles
SEND Report
Value for Money Statement 2018
Governors' Term Dates
Governors' Declaration of Interests 2017-18
Sub-committee Membership 2017
Governors' Attendance 2016-17
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