Frith Manor Governors
Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the school’s governors, and the work that we do.
Our main role is to support the school – the phrase often used to describe this role is ‘a critical friend’. We help the school to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life. The key document used for this is the School Improvement Plan (SIP) The SIP sets out a strategic plan that is reviewed and discussed on a regular basis.
Our legal duties include:-
- setting strategic direction, policies and objectives;
- approving the school budget;
- reviewing progress against the school's budget and objectives; and
- appointing, being a critical friend and supporting the Head Teacher.
The Full Governing Body meets twice a term. In addition to this, we also sit on at least one sub-committee per half term. These include:
- Staffing & Safeguarding
- Finance & Premises
- Pay & Policies
There are several categories of governor, appointed by different groups that have an interest in the school. These are Community governors, the Local Authority (“LA”), Parents, and Staff. All governors have equal status, however they are appointed.
We are committed to providing an excellent environment for all pupils to enjoy during their time at our school.
Our Governing Body meetings are usually held in the evening. We attend training sessions and seminars to help us keep up to date with changes in schools and education and to help us do our job effectively. We also go into school to meet with the Head Teacher, other members of staff and pupils to help us find out how the school is progressing towards its targets.
We also take part in things like the Summer Fair, trips, assemblies and lots more.
Copies of the non-confidential minutes from the Governors Meetings are available on request. Please email the chair of governors to access copies: email@example.com
A complete list of our governors and their roles is set out below:
Member of Finance & Premises and Staffing & Safeguarding Sub-Committees
Leigh Carmichael has been associated with Frith Manor for over 15 years: class teacher, Deputy Head and became Headteacher in 2012. She is a true advocate for pupil voice whilst ensuring that British Values of respect and tolerance permeate throughout the school community. She is proud to be leading Frith Manor on a journey from ‘Good’ to ‘Outstanding.’ Out of school she loves to travel and would love to spend all her time following Test Match cricket around the world!
Mrs Nazlee Sinclair
Deputy Head Teacher
Nazlee Sinclair is the deputy head teacher at Frith Manor. She has had the privilege of gaining experience of working in every year group from Reception to Year 6, over the course of her 20-year career. She has the enviable experience working in four London boroughs; Waltham Forest, Enfield, Brent and Barnet. Her previous post was also a deputy headship. Her previous role of Consultant Leading Teacher of Maths, has meant that she is able to ensure that all pupils can reach their full potential, with high aspirations and expectations. Nazlee also has two children of her own, who are in Year 1 and Year 5. She is committed to raising attainment and achievement for all pupils and is dedicated to raising standards at Frith Manor. In her spare time, Nazlee enjoys keeping fit and recently took part in a 10K run for Sports relief!
KS2 Phase Leader
Member of Finance & Premises and Curriculum Sub-Committees
Eileen has worked at Frith Manor for nineteen years, in the capacity of class teacher, Upper Key Stage Two Coordinator, and is currently the Phase Leader for the whole of KS2. She also oversees the English curriculum in KS2 and is the editor of F.M. News. For the past twelve years, Eileen has run the Year Six residential school journeys, which she is passionate about, as it encourages the children to collaborate together and prepares them for the next stage in their academic journey – transition to secondary school.
Outside of school, Eileen is a very keen baker; often testing out her new recipes on the staff! She also is a keen creative writer, has attended many Guardian Media Writers’ courses, and runs an after school creative writing club which brings in money for the school.
Chair of Governors
Member of Finance & Premises, Staffing & Safeguarding and Pay Sub-Committees
Wendy Kravetz was originally from the Midlands, she has lived in North London for 15 years. She is a parent governor with two daughters at the school. Wendy currently runs her own HR & Social Media business, and helps manage the family comic business too. In Wendy’s personal life she has been 'Zumba' ing for three years and she loves to swim and read. Recently her family has embraced cycling.
HR Business partner / owner @ Mega City Comics. Director of Wendy K HR Social Media.
Chair of Chair of Staffing & Safeguarding Sub-Committee. Member of Pay Committee
Oliver Jones has been a parent governor since January 2014. He is on the Staffing & Safeguarding Sub-Committee and is the governors’ safeguarding link. Oliver is a Family Law barrister specialising in child protection work. He has two daughters in the school. His other interests include rugby, football and music.
Barrister in Chambers of Alex Verden QC
Chair of Finance & Premises Sub-Committee. Member of Curriculum and Pay Sub-Committees
Tania Tchedaeva has been appointed parent governor in October 2015. She has three children, two currently at Frith Manor. She has over ten years of corporate governance experience, implementing and supervising the best corporate governance practices in a FTSE250 company. She has first-hand board experience and recently completed Non-Executive Director training. Tania is interested in child psychology, education and is a member of several parent groups. She studied in the UK, Russia and Finland and knows well different education systems with their strengths and weaknesses.
Company Secretary for Polymetal International PLC
Trisha Gudka is a parent governor with two children at the school. She worked as a lawyer for a number of years before starting her own children’s food business. She also worked with the NSPCC local branch. She studied in UK, USA and HK. Trisha enjoys dancing, music and reading in her spare time.
Nicola has lived close to the school for most of her life and is an ex-pupil of Frith Manor. She has two children at the school. She works in Local Government as an Environmental Health Officer, and in her spare time enjoys walking and training her dog.
Member of Finance & Premises Sub-Committee
Martin Rowell was a Parent Governor in 2013-2017 and became associate member in May 2017 for a term of one year. He is a member of the Finance & Premises Sub-Committee (previously Chair). He is a former pupil at Frith Manor and now has two children who attend the school. Martin previously spent 5 years in the role of Governor and Chair of Governors in another school in the local area.
Employed by Royal Bank of Scotland
Chair of Curriculum Sub-Committee
Pauline Warden was a teacher at Frith Manor for 40 years and since retiring has become co-opted governor with the role of chair of the Curriculum Sub-Committee and being the link governor for English, EYFS and assessment. She has a particular interest in pupil progress and assessment and developing G&T pupils. She runs the tuition groups in school for pupils preparing for selective school entrance exams. In her spare time she enjoys quality time with her grandchildren, attends concerts and theatre and does some part time work invigilating examinations and trialling and administering tests for NFER. She has a long-standing ongoing commitment to the children and staff at Frith Manor and earlier this year ran the school journey for Years 4 and 5.
Ms Sarah Pearson
Sarah Pearson went to school in North Finchley (St. Michael's) and still lives in the area. She currently works for a charity that helps groups who want to set up new schools and wanted to get involved in a local school. She held previous roles in a communications consultancy as well as the Pre-school Learning Alliance and London Business School. She is also a leader for a small Youth Hostel Association youth programme that sees her taking groups of young people walking and cycling all over the UK.
Employed by New School Network. Volunteers for Postellers YHA Group
Local Authority Governors:
Member of Staffing & Safeguarding Sub-Committee. Member of Pay Committee
Richard Logue lives in Mill Hill, and is the chair of the Mill Hill Residents' Association. Richard works as a consultant in the railway industry and is married with two teenage children. Richard is a board member of Co-operation Ireland, the peace and reconciliation charity of Ireland.
Business Consultant Richard Logue Consultancy Ltd. Chair of Mill Hill Residents' Association. Vice Chair of Mill Hill Neighbourhood Forum.
Catherine Holmes lives in Barnet and wanted to be involved with a local school. She has been a governor in two previous schools in Suffolk, working closely with them on their communications and information for parents and children. Catherine was a member of Girl Guiding for many years both as a leader and a trainer. She works in the NHS as a capital project manager.
Clerk to the Governing Body