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Curwen Primary School

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Local Advisory Board

Curwen Primary School has an active governing body. We act as “a critical friend” to the school, providing strategic governance to ensure that all children receive the best possible education. The governing body meets as a whole group each term and delegates its business to a range of committees, where appropriate.

The Trust will make available for public inspection copies of agendas, minutes and reports for our meetings including the Trust Board and any of the LAB committees.  Please contact the Trust’s Company Secretary at info@ttlt.academy.

What do we do

The governing body has an important part to play in raising school standards through its three key roles:

  • setting strategic direction
  • ensuring accountability
  • monitoring and evaluating school performance

We have responsibility together with the leadership team for agreeing the policies for the general running of the school. Our role is crucial:

  • We fulfil statutory duties to ensure that the school is a safe, healthy and an inclusive environment
  • We provide support and challenge to the leadership team of the school on all issues that affect the learning and welfare of our pupils

The governing body is drawn from the staff of the school, the Local Education Authority, parents and the wider community that our school serves. The usual term of office is four years but many governors stand for re-election and serve more than one term.

Who are we 

Mr Paul Harris 

TTLT Cheif Executive Officer- He is currently the Executive Head Teacher of four schools, of which he led to outstanding with Ofsted, as well as one nursery and children’s centre, all within the London Borough of Newham. 

Paul is passionate about ensuring that all children are given the very best life chances and has a proven track record of tackling key contextual issues to lead schools rapidly and sustainably to being outstanding in all categories.

Named Head Teacher of the Year in 2015, Paul is also a National Leader in Education (NLE) and school improvement advisor working with schools in challenging circumstances. Paul is a regular speaker at educational events, particularly after his involvement as a member of the DfE’s Rochford Review.

Pecuniary Interest 

 

 

Mr Nazre Ahmad 

Chair of Governors - Nazre Ahmad is a finance professional with extensive experience in large global organisations who has lived in London with his family for many years.  When not  working, he is a keen Aston Villa fan and is learning to cook.  Nazre says that he is proud to be associated with such a great school and looks forward to continuing to provide advice, assurance and control around the school's expenditure to ensure that we are getting the best for our children.

Pecuniary Interest 

 

Ms Joan Spencer

Joan was previously Parent Governor at Curwen School and has worked with children and young people for over 25 years in a variety of settings, currently working in a  local secondary School as a Behaviour & Inclusion Support Officer providing support for students who are facing barriers to learning, such as behaviour, attendance and SEN in order to identify appropriate interventions which will assist them to reach their full potential. Previous to this, Joan worked in the Borough of Newham as an Education Welfare Officer for 7 years working in partnership with a caseload of primary and secondary schools including looked after child protection.  Joan is passionate about the role of parents in supporting their child’s education and strives to promote this to parents as the child’s primary educator.

Pecuniary Interest


 

Mrs Kate Mansfield

Head of School - Kate has worked at Curwen Primary School since doing her initial teacher training here more than ten years ago. She has enjoyed the journey at Curwen as the school has grown from a 2-form to a 4-form entry and gone from strength-to-strength.

Pecuniary Interest

 


 

Miss Carly Tully

Since starting at Curwen 6 years ago as a support assistant in class, Carly has worked as a PE assistant. For the last few years she has been the Extended Schools Lead and is now the current PE Lead and a TeamUp Ambassador. Outside of school, she currently manages the U14 girls at Dagenham and Redbridge FC. Due to the dropout in girls sports across the country, it is now Carly's main focus to engage as many girls as possible to participate in sport and has become a prime goal of hers to achieve.

Pecuniary Interest


 

Ms Swasthi Mahabeer

Swasthi  came to Curwen Primary School as an Overseas Trained Teacher from South Africa and has served as a Staff Governor for over 10 years as well as being the Safeguarding Link Governor.  She is also the PPA Leader, teaching across the school from Nursery to Year 6 as well as the school’s Health & Safety Manager and  has seen the school grow both in size and academically, and saying no two years or terms have been the same. Outside of school, Swasti’s interests include music concerts, visiting galleries and museums and also reading.

Pecuniary Interest

 


 

Mr Shaba Ali 

I've lived in Plaistow for over 30 years, attended Curwen in the 90s and still have very fond memories of my time there. Now my daughter, family and friends attend the school.

I've worked for 10 years as a charity fundraiser, now a carer for the elderly.

Moreover, I plan outcomes of council funding of 25K with the community neighbourhood's team and Councillor Joy Laguda. I work closely with Mayor Rokshana on various projects and sit on the council resident's boards and forums.

I am passionate about the wellbeing of our community, I regularly hold BBQs, litter picks and street parties and also volunteer to feed the homeless. 

Pecuniary Interest


 

Ms Justyna Tosun

Justyna is a finance professional with extensive experience in data analytics and business management. 

She believes that all children deserve an opportunity to achieve their full potential and she feels very privileged to be a School Governor at Curwen.

In her free time Justyna is a passionate fundraiser and devoted baker. 

Pecuniary Interest 

 

 

 


 

Mrs Juliana Olayinka

Juliana Olayinka is a broadcast journalist and communications consultant with over 15 years of industry experience. She is a graduate from the University of Arts and holds a postgraduate degree in Global Diplomacy from SOAS, University of London. 

She has contributed to output in the world’s leading newsrooms including Bloomberg, BBC, Thomson Reuters and ITN.  

Juliana is passionate about the learning outcomes of children. As somebody who was born, raised, and educated in Newham she is familiar with the difficulties that some young people may face from less privileged backgrounds. Juliana will use her communication skills to achieve the desired outcomes of the school. 

Pecuniary Interest


 

Ms Paula Jeffers 

Paula recently retired after 37 years from a senior position in the financial services industry, namely Deloitte LLP in London.

In addition to her finance and business development experience, Paula also has a great understanding of mentoring and coaching, leadership, strategy and training.

As a Trustee at TTLT, Paula aims to contribute energy, enthusiasm, a ‘get involved’ approach and time to devote in getting to know all the schools within the trust and its communities.

Pecuniary Interest 


 

Ms Helen Lam

Co-Op member Helen became a Governor of Curwen in September 2021. She is a business professional, with experience in both the public and private sectors. She brings strong communication, project management and team working skills to the role of governor, as well as a commitment to serving her community. Helen also is Chair of Governors for Rebecca Cheetham, and a company board member of another trust in East London.  Professionally, she works as Head of Social Impact for Marsh Ltd (insurance and risk management sector)

Pecuniary Interest 

 

Name

Type

Start Date

End Date

Pecuniary Interest

Declared Business and Financial Interest

Ms Carly Tully 

Staff Governor 

24/01/2018

23/01/2022

Held- Click here

Carly is now the current PE Lead and a TeamUp Ambassador. Outside of school, she currently manages the U14 girls at Dagenham and Redbridge FC. Carly's main focus to engage as many girls as possible to participate in sport.

 

 

Ms Joan Spencer

 

 

Co-opted Governor

 

 

11/02/2016

 

 

10/02/2020

 

 

Held - Click here

 

 

No business or financial interest declared

Mrs Kate Mansfield

 

Head of School

 

11/07/2018

 

 

Held - Click here

 

Married to the Director of the TTLT Training Hub. No other business or financial interest declared.

Ms Swasthi Mahabeer

Co-opted Governor

21/09/2021

 

20/09/2025

 

Held - Click here

 

No business or financial interest declared

 

 

Mr Nazre Ahmad

Chair of Governors

29/06/2019

28/06/2023

Held - Click here

 

Finance professional. No business or financial interest declared.

Mr Paul Harris

Executive Head Teacher

 

 

Held - Click here

Please see below for the Accounting Officer Register of Interests 

Married to Senco at Kensington Primary School. Executive Head Teacher at Rebecca Cheetham Nursery and Children’s Centre, Ofsted inspector, National Leader of Education.

Mr Shaba Ali Parent Governor  28/09/2020 27/09/2024 Held- Click here  
Ms Justyna Tosun Co-opted Governor 06/10/2020 05/10/2024 Held- Click here  
Ms Helen Lam  Co-opted Governor 05/10/2021 04/10/2025 Held- Click here  Awaiting information 
Ms Paula Jeffers Co-opted Governor 16/11/2021 15/11/2025 Held- Click here Awaiting information 
Mrs Juliana Olayinka Co-opted Governor 13/12/2021 12/12/2025 Held- Click here No business or financial interest declared