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Meet the Governors

 

The Governing Body works in partnership with the headteacher, teaching staff, all other members of the school community, families and the wider community. Our role as Governors is to challenge and support our committed team of staff, both teaching and ‘non-teaching’, to provide a nurturing environment where all pupils can reach the highest standards they can.

 

School Governors draw expertise and experience from a wide range of professions working in the worlds of education, business, and community organisations. The governing body consists of:

 

  • Community governors
  • Local authority governors 
  • Parent Governors elected by other parents at the school 
  • Teacher Governors elected by their colleagues 
  • Staff governors elected by support staff 
  • Headteacher
  • Co-opted Governors 

Governor

Role (s)

Committees

Type

Prof. Gary Beauchamp

Chair

Standards

Comm

Derek Walker

Vice Chair

Standards

LA

Helen Borley

Head Teacher

Resources

Standards

 

Lynne Berriman

Deputy Headteacher

Resources

Standards

DHT (observer)

Shubnam Aziz

Teacher

Resources

Standards

Teacher

Cerys Williams

Teacher

Resources

Teacher

Les Young

Support Staff

Resources

STF

Saeed Ebrahim

 

Resources

Standards

LA

Hayley Smith

 

Resources

Standards

Comm

Ruth Williams

 

Resources

LA

Ivor Gittens

 

Resources

LA

Helen Edgeworth

 

Resources

Comm

Ahmed Hassan

 

Standards

Parent

Chantelle Haughton

 

Standards

Comm

Sarah Bowen

 

Standards

Parent

Sadia Abdi

 

Standards

Parent

Sharifah Abdul Rahman

 

Standards

Parent

Abdulrahman Yusuf

 

Tbd

Parent

Elaine Ellis

Clerk

 

Clerk

Professor Gary Beauchamp – Chair of Governors

 

I am Professor of Education in the Cardiff School of Education at Cardiff Metropolitan University, where I am also in charge of educational research. I began my career as a primary teacher before moving into higher education at Swansea University, with a short secondment to the inspectorate with Estyn, before moving to Cardiff Met. In this time I have visited many primary schools in the UK and beyond and I try to use this experience to contribute new ideas about how our school can continue to grow and flourish.

 

I have been a governor in primary schools in different capacities for more than 15 years, including as chair of governors at Llandaff CW primary school and now at Mount Stuart, where I have been a governor for six years. My role as chair means that, as well as chairing meetings, I have to ensure that the governing body works as a team, making good use of the skills and expertise of all members. In addition, I work very closely with the headteacher to ensure that all members of the school community share a vision for the school and know how that vision is to be achieved, to continue to raise the standards reached by all pupils.

  Ivor Gittens - Vice chair of Governors
 

Helen Borley - Headteacher

 

I joined Mount Stuart as Headteacher in January 2017, prior to this my teaching career has been in London, Southampton, Berkshire and Hampshire. This is my second headship and I am proud and excited to be leading such an amazingly diverse, creative learning community. At the heart of my philosophy for education is that children should be at the centre of all we do; children's learning, welfare and wellbeing is paramount and our key priority. 

Lynne Berriman - Deputy Headteacher

Shubnam Aziz - TLR Standards

 

 

I have worked at Mount Stuart since 2002 in various roles across the primary age and I can't ever imagine working anywhere else! I love working in an environment which is as diverse as it is exciting.

 

I have Teaching and Learning Responsibility (TLR) for KS2 Standards and I am also the School’s Pioneer Curriculum Strategic Lead, this involves playing a key role in designing, developing, leading and embedding realisation of the new curriculum framework both locally and nationally.   

 

As a teacher and governor I work hard to ensure that all children leave Mount Stuart with an excellent education and the confidence to strive to be the best they can possibly be in their future lives. 

Cerys Williams - Teacher

 

I have been a qualified primary school teacher for five years, and have worked in schools in a range of catchment areas in Newport, Cwmbran and Cardiff. This is my second year at Mount Stuart and I currently teach a year four class. I am responsible for leading 'pupil voice' throughout the school and I'm currently delivering a 'UFA Young Researcher' project which provides pupils with the opportunity to research and improve an aspect of our school improvement plan. I relish the opportunity of being a teacher governor as I am committed to achieving great success for Mount Stuart. 

Les Young - 

 

I have worked in Mount Stuart Primary School since 2004 and joined the governing body in 2014. Among my responsibilities are school security, carrying out repairs, liaising with contractors and health and safety issues.

 

I also organise the training of staff for minibus driving assessment. I became a governor because I am interested in the decisions made at the meetings in the interest of the school.

Ruth Williams - LA Governor

 

I was appointed as an LA Governor in September 2015. I currently work at Cardiff University's School of Medicine as a Team Leader and I’m passionate about Equality & Diversity. I became a Governor because I believes strongly in equal access to education for all and want to become more involved in helping my local community.

                         

 

Helen Edgeworth 

 

I have worked for Communities First since 2009 and am presently the Community Education Officer covering Butetown, Riverside and Grangetown.  I also work part-time teaching English for speakers of other languages (ESOL), Citizenship and Life in the U.K. training. I run projects with pupils in primaries and also work closely with Fitzalan High School assisting healthy transition into year 7. Furthermore I support the many extra-curricular homework clubs running in the BRG cluster.

I have lived in the area for 26 years and have two sons, the eldest studying MSc Chemistry in UCL and the youngest a second year undergraduate studying Social Studies in Cardiff University.

Lastly I co-run Tiger Bay Youth football teams with two other residents in the vicinity.

Derek Walker - LA Governor

 

I live locally in Butetown. I work as Chief Executive of the Wales Co-operative Centre, which is an agency providing support to social enterprises and co-operatives. Prior to this I worked at the Big Lottery Fund and the TUC.

  Hayley Smith - Parent Governor

Ahmed Hassan - Parent Governor

 

I am a parent of a child who studies in Mount Stuart Primary School. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to be a part of Mountstuart primary school as a pupil and now as a member of staff. Being a school governor means a lot to me, as I am an active member of the community and I feel I can represent the best interest of the school, children and the parents. I am the chairman of a grassroots organisation called Tiger Bay Youth Development. We run football, tuition and mentoring sessions for local children outside of the school setting and it has been working miracles in their day to day lives. We use football as a tool to enhance our young people’s education.

Sadia - Parent Governor

 

I am a mother of six and four of my kids are currently students at Mount Stuart Primary. I am one of the founders of Friends of Mount Stuart which is the schools PTA group. As part of this group we work on activities to help bolster school funds through organizing events such as family fun day, movie night, school disco and coffee morning. I am very passionate about supporting our school so that our children can both have a strong a educational foundation and also thrive to reach their full potentials. My goals as Parent Governor include working with our kids to instill school pride and an excitement for learning. One of the ways I hope how to work towards this is to help develop after school programming such homework assistance and arts activities to help them explore their personal interests as they develop as learners.

Saeed Ebrahim - Parent Governor

 

I have lived and worked in the vicinity for many years and have children attending Mount Stuart from nursery through to Year 5. I formerly ran the Butetown Youth Pavilion and have 15 years of experience with Cardiff Council as a Community Education Officer for Cardiff Youth Services. A former pupil of Willows High School and Whitchurch High School Sixth Form, I went on to study for my undergraduate degree at Cardiff Metropolitan. A keen rugby supporter, I having formerly played for Cardiff Schools and Youth. I am presently setting up a rugby team for the local area and am involved in a steering group to open a boxing club for Butetown.

 

I am community focused and work closely with Cardiff University and with Helen Edgeworth (another Community Governor) at BRG Communities First to produce innovative and bespoke projects for young people in schools and college to excel in education and improve their employability.

 

  Elaine Ellis - Clerk

Chantelle Haughton 

 

I am a senior lecturer in Education and Early Childhood Studies at Cardiff Metropolitan University. I also co-ordinate the Outdoor Learning Centre at the university and a range of community engagement projects involving local schools and organisations. I attended Mount Stuart Primary as a pupil.

 

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