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.
Employment: Curriculum and Standards
Declaration of Interest/directorship: Secondary Education
Biography: I began my career in education in 2010 and have since worked in a range of secondary schools in Birmingham, Hertfordshire and London. I am particularly interested in curriculum design as well as continued professional development for teachers. I have gained a Master’s in Education this academic year, which focused on teaching and learning strategies in the classroom. Having joined the academy in 2014 as a local governor, I am now excited to join the teaching staff as I assume the role of Head of History from Easter 2016.
Emily De Grove
Department: Staff Governor
Employment: Education –T&L and staff development
Biography: I was part of the founding team and have been working as an Assistant Principal at LEA since opening in September 2014. I am now the Vice Principal. Prior to this, I have been an Assistant Headteacher and an Advanced Skilled Teacher for Science. I bring extensive experience of school leadership and teaching and learning. I also have experience of ofsted inspections in school. I have overseen whole school Teacher training and mentoring. As an advanced skills teacher I use up to date research to improve classroom practice.
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.
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.
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.
Employment: Health & Safety
Declaration of Interest/directorship: Lawyer
Biography: I work as a solicitor at a leading law firm. My job involves rationally exploring and reviewing arguments in a measured and even-handed way. I have a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Oxford) and a Master’s degree in law (College of Law and BPP). As a resident of Tower Hamlets, I have seen and understand the challenges faced by the schools in the local area. I feel that I will be able to contribute towards finding ways to combat the difficulties faced and ensure that the school strives to provide a level of excellence to its pupils. I enjoy working with people from range of backgrounds, both professionally and culturally. I like to use my social and creative skills to benefit others by being an active and engaging member of the community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Department: Parent Governor
Biography: Living locally in Tower Hamlets near LEA, and with a child at LEA in Year 10, I am proud to be a parent governor for this school.
I would like to use my skills to help the school to continue to build on its success as the school of choice for children and teachers- attracting top talent to work at the school, bringing ever-evolving ideas on how to educate our children to prepare them for life after LEA. I would like the opportunity to review with key leaders what skills are needed by the business community, information technology, and what we can teach and learn at school to make LEA pupils the best equipped for the workplace.