Our Governors

About Highshore’s Governing Body

Governing bodies oversee the work of the school and make sure it provides a good quality education for its pupils. More specifically we:

  • Appoint the headteacher, who has day to day responsibility for everything that happens in a school
  • Agree how the school’s money is allocated
  • Agree policies about the way the governing body and the school work
  • Ensure new initiatives and guidelines from the Department for Education and the local authority are put in place

Highshore is a community school. Our governing body is made up of parents, community governors, staff representatives, and local authority appointed governors. The full governing body meets once a term. We also have sub-committees, which also meet once or twice a term to look at things in detail, in the following areas:

  • Curriculum
  • Finance and Premises
  • Personnel

You can contact the governors through the school office. If you are interested in becoming a governor at Highshore, please speak to the Head about upcoming vacancies.

Meet The Governors

Sally Smith – Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor

(Curriculum & Resources Committee)

I used to walk past Highshore regularly before I started as an associate governor in 2006 (attending meetings but not able to vote) to see what a governor did. I really enjoyed it, and so when a local authority vacancy came up, filled out an application form and was appointed. I am currently Chair, and am also on the Curriculum and Resources Committees. I am a civil servant at the Department for Education, working mostly on premises and buildings issues, so I’ve been able to use some of my knowledge in meetings. I’ve also learnt a lot about how a school really works, and how to chair meetings effectively! Being a governor at Highshore is really rewarding, and I’d encourage anyone to consider giving it a go.


Gun AkyuzGün Akyuz – Parent Governor

(Curriculum & Resources Committee)

My son Louis joined Highshore’s sixth form in September 2013 following five very happy years at his previous school. Louis loved his old school, but Highshore was everything we expected and so very much more, including its enlightened approach to the role therapy plays in supporting students, and also its lead in establishing links with local businesses and work experience opportunities for Highshore students. Following his three years in sixth form, Louis has emerged a confident, outgoing young man, ready to take on the next phase of his life, starting with college. Outside of my work as a journalist, I’ve been involved in a number of locally developed parent/carer-driven community initiatives, including a local charity called Down’s South London and Southwark’s Parent Carer Council. As the parent of young person with a disability, I’ve witnessed the enormous changes to our education, disability rights, social care and how they’re funded. Understanding how these changes affect young people and children with additional needs is key to their life-chances and schools play a pivotal role in that process. As a parent governor I’ve also had the privilege to support and witness how and why Highshore makes a difference to its students and the local community it serves, and I’m extremely proud to be associated with such a committed school.


Simon newSimon Aston – Co-opted Governor

(Resources Committee)

I first came to Peckham in January1993; living within a few minutes walk of the School. Three years later began to teach here, and have remained ever since. Formely, I held posts at a leafy public school, and at various maintained schools across London. My academic background is in Psychology and Law. My years at Highshore have been happy ones; and since 2007 it has been my pleasure to serve as a governor. In my spare time, amongst other things, I read widely and cook adventurously.


 dawsonJo Dawson – Vice-Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor

(Resources Committee & Safeguarding Governor)

I have been a Governor at Highshore for seven years, and I am also on the Resources Committee. My son, Luke, attended Highshore where he gained a wonderful secondary education. Luke is my first-born, and he has Down’s Syndrome. I also have a daughter, Luke’s younger sister, who is currently studying for her A Levels. I enjoy my involvement with Highshore enormously and consider it a real privilege to be involved in the school and its future.


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Julia Field – Chair of Curriculum Committee, Co-opted Governor

(Curriculum & Resources Committee)

It has been my pleasure to have been a governor at Highshore for over ten years. It is an enormous privilege to be involved with Highshore. So many wonderful things go on here. I spent twelve years as a primary school teacher, first in Lewisham and then in Southwark, which I very much enjoyed. I generally taught year 6 pupils. I particularly used to enjoy teaching music, games and putting on productions. Since I was a child I have loved singing , both as an amateur and later as a professional, and now I have retired I continue to enjoy performing and listening to music. When I was younger I played a lot of sport, particularly tennis, and nowadays I enjoy watching many sports.


Shane Holland – Chair of Resources Sub Committee, Co-opted Governor

(Curriculum & Resources Committee)

Shane is the Chair of the Resources Sub Committee at Highshore School and outside of this splits his time between the third and private sectors. He is as a management consultant, and assists organisations to reach their potential. Within the third sector he is executive Chairman of Slow Food in the UK, the UK arm of the world’s largest food NGO; Chairman of Plan Zheroes the organization which connects surplus fresh food to charities that need it; Chairman of Eat Club which runs commercial Cooking & Skills lessons and uses the income to provide lessons at no charge for vulnerable young people and adults and is a Trustee of Prisoners Penfriend. He has previously chaired other large NGOs, particularly in the food & Criminal Justice arenas where he has particular interest. Shane champions Highshore’s work experience programme and the independence and skills this brings to the students at the school. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow of the RSA.


IbunoIto Ibuno – Parent Governor

(Curriculum Committee)

It is a great pleasure to be a parent-Governor at Highshore. I am married with four children. My daughter Jada, who attends Highshore has a diagnosis of being on the Autistic Spectrum with moderate learning difficulties. Jada is the third out of our four children. She has two brothers and a sister. I work part-time as an IT Technician/Consultant for a primary school located in Catford and a full-time Mum to my four children which keeps me very busy. I have been involved with a number of parent groups for families with special needs children and used to run a group called “Our Voice in Action”, for black African/Caribbean Mums with special needs children were we networked, shared ideas, our stories and uplifting one another. I look forward to being involved with an outstanding school like Highshore, I have always enjoyed working in an educational setting. I would like to use my skills and personality to play a positive part as a Governor at Highshore. I enjoy listening to music, travelling and meeting people.


VLUU L210 / Samsung L210Ali Naqvi – Staff Governor

(Resources Committee)

Having worked at Highshore for over five years, my knowledge, affection and regard for the school, its pupils and staff, has steadily grown to the point where I now feel in some way intrinsically linked. It is therefore an added privilege to be elected staff governor and be given the opportunity to contribute to the continued success of the school. I am fascinated by all areas of Education in general and recently completed a BA in Education, with Honours. Outside of my life in Education I have many creative pursuits, and have previously worked as an illustrator and graphic designer.


eileenEileen Ollieuz – Headteacher Governor

(Curriculum & Resources Committee)

I became Headteacher of Highshore in September 2010. Prior to this I was Deputy Head of three very different special schools – a secondary hospital school with forensic mental Health unit, an all age autism school using applied behaviour analysis and an autism secondary 11-19 school in Southwark. I began my career in mainstream secondary schools in the North of England spending twelve years teaching a range of subjects including Religious Education, English and ASDAN. During that time I ran a number of out of school activities and led many school journeys in England and in France. As Headteacher I am appointed a Governor and I prepare a report for every meeting of the full Governing body which is usually once a term. Outside of school I enjoy watching football, improving my piano playing and baking.


oppongHerty Oppong – Co-Opted Governor

(Curriculum Committee)

I have been a Parent Governor at Highshore School for four years and am also on the Curriculum Committee. My elderest son Andre aged 16 transferred to Highshore in year 9. He has an Autistic Spectrum Disorder. His youngest brother aged 8 attends a mainstream primary school. I work part time with a Pharmaceutical Company and am also a voluntary member of the Southwark Parent Carers’ Council. In addition, I network with a handful of parents with children on the spectrum sharing ideas, techniques and generally supporting each other. I thoroughly enjoy my involvement with Highshore and consider it a real pleasure to be involved with the school and its future as well.


Don BurfordDr Don Burford – Co-Opted Governor

(Curriculum Committee)

My son Shomari joined Highshore’s Sixth form in September 2014 from Sacred Hearts RC School. The reason for the transfer was to provide a more extended curriculum for him in key functional areas as well as continuing his academic progress. His first year at Highshore has been extremely successful and has already enhanced his development in many key areas. I have a background in pharmaceutical sciences with a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry at Loughborough university and have worked in the pharmaceutical industry in R & D and Regulatory Affairs for many years. I have been on parents committees and support groups at my children’s schools over many years including part of the Lewisham Portage pre-school group for Children with Special Needs. I have also been involved in many youth group activities including cubs, scouts and martial arts and am chairperson of my daughters netball parents committee. I see the opportunity of being a governor as a very exciting and rewarding experience and a contribution to an inspirational school.


Cilla Effah – Local Authority Governor

Having successfully completed my law degree at Sheffield University I had a strong desire to further my legal studies by progressing onto law school to complete the BAR and become a Barrister.

During this further education training I was diagnosed as dyslexic. At which point I wanted to give up on my aspirations.

Despite this, I completed the course with a distinction and was called to the Bar as a barrister in 2014. However, I felt let down by the education system because of my late diagnoses and because of this, I wanted to offer my time to help young people within education and in particular those with learning difficulties. My aim was to encourage them to pursue their dreams and aspirations although faced with various difficulties and challenges.

As a result, I voluntarily joined IPSEA in March 2015 and attend SEND tribunal to represent parents who have children with a range of learning difficulties. Later on in the year, I applied to become a school governor as I wanted to use my legal and decision making skills to directly impact schools in a positive way. I was absolutely delighted when the opportunity came up at Highshore as they represent everything I believe young people should be empowered with. Good Communication skills, effective self-help skills and independence in society.

I enjoy being a school governor at Highshore and hope I am able to contribute to the success of this phenomenal school.


matthew-chilesDr Matthew Chiles – Co-Opted Governor

Dr Matthew Chiles is a stakeholder relations and communications professional, with 20 years’ experience in education and skills, having held a number of research, policy engagement and communications roles for government, agencies, charities and the private sector.

He specialises in curating and creating high-quality communications content and materials, and developing partnerships between education and business.  He’s currently Educational Development Manager for BSI – the UK’s National Standards Body.  In this role he builds relationships and partnerships with universities, trade associations and professional bodies, to raise awareness of the role of standards, and to encourage and increase the participation of postgraduates and young professionals in standards-making.

Matthew is also a longstanding Bromptoneer, a cycling ‘weekend warrior’ wannabe, a sub-3 hour marathon dreamer, and sometime personal trainer. And you will always find him in the kitchen at parties.


 

Documents

Register of Business Interests Nov 2016

Governors Attendance – Ordinary

Governors Attendance – Committee