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.
Dr Muzzammil Hussain
Department: Chair of Governor
Employment: Doctor – NHS
Biography: I am a Doctor serving in the NHS. I have first-hand experience of education in a Tower Hamlets School, College and University. I will act as a positive role model for local children. I am academically focused and frequently make contributions to medical journals. I have first-hand experience of working in a pressurised environment (NHS Hospitals) and bring many transferable skills to the organisation. I have been part of the governing body since the pre-opening stage. As chair of governors, it is an honour and privilege to work with such a talented and dynamic team of governors. I make regular visits to the school, motivating students to aim high and follow their dreams whilst meeting the principal to discuss school priorities.
Department: Vice Chair & Chair – Finance, Audit & Resources
Biography: I work as Internal Audit Manager for the International charity Malaria Consortium. This involves travelling abroad frequently to less developed countries and reviewing the offices and projects to ensure they are operating effectively and managing their risks. I previously worked for Oxfam, Barnardo’s and Oxfordshire County Council. In the latter I was responsible for undertaking school internal audits and became very knowledgeable in expected school practices. I am a qualified accountant (CIPFA) and Internal Auditor (PIA) and graduated from Durham University with a BSc in Mathematics. In my spare time I am involved in a lot of fundraising activities and pursuing my passion for travelling. I have seen this Academy grow from strength to strength despite the challenges it has faced and am very proud of everything the staff, pupils and parents have achieved.
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.
Department: Parent Governor
Employment: Experienced governor – extensive community links
Biography: I sent my son to this school because I am keen for him to succeed academically. I am passionate about my children’s education overall. I am also a Governor at another Tower Hamlets secondary School and have previously been a Governor at a Primary School in Stepney. I also received a Community Civic Award from Tower Hamlets Council for my service to the community. I am also a member of the Executive Committee at Stifford Community Centre, and member of a number of community charities. I support the vision AF gauge so the school and can make a valuable contribution to its continuing success.
Department: Parent Governor
Employment: Full time mother – links with primary schools
Biography: I am a mother of 3 and have two daughters attending LEA. Like most parents I have high hopes for my children and wish for them to do well academically, socially and hope for them to have the best start in life. There is no doubt that school equips children for this. As children spend more than or nearly half of their childhood at school, it inevitably plays a vital part in shaping their future. In order for the school to have a good influence on children and help children become confident and intelligent individuals, the school itself must be of the highest standards. This is why I have joined the governing body. As a parent governor I ensure that the voice of the other parents are heard by the whole governing body. I voice their opinions, concerns, suggestions and worries in their absence so that together we can be involved in shaping the future of the school and ensure that the school provides outstanding education, excellent code of conduct and instills good moral values into our children.
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: Local Authority
Declaration of Interest/directorship: Local Authority – Youth service/lecturer
Biography: I am a Manager at LBTH Youth Service and a Visiting Lecturer and Tutor at Goldsmith University. I have a BA in Social Science and Community Development as well as Level 5 Qualified Youth Worker. I have 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. I have 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). I have also been a governor at a Tower Hamlets Primary School and I am pleased to serve as a Local Authority governor at LEA.
Employment: Controller of Finance – Accountant
Biography: I am the Controller of Finance at Chanel UK, which involves reviewing the financial and operational performance of the business. Prior to this, I was Head of Management Accounts at Conde Nast Publications, responsible for monthly financial reporting and budgeting. After graduating from Oxford University with a BA in Mathematics & MSc in Mathematical Modelling & Scientific Computing, I qualified as a Management Accountant (CIMA) in 2009. I am the Vice Chair of the Finance, Resource & Audit Committee. In my free time I am an active member of Inspiring the Future campaign and a mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.
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.