Greatfields School is a partner school within the multi-academy educational trust – Partnership Learning.

Roger Leighton, Chief Executive,

Partnership Learning, c/o The Sydney Russell School,

Parsloes Avenue,

Dagenham, Essex,


Tel:  020 3909 2333

Please click on the link below to view a list of the governing body’s connected parties:


Please click on the link below to view the governor attendance at meetings for this academic year:

Attendance at Governors Meeting 2023-24

Please click on the link below to view the governor attendance at meetings for the last academic year:

Attendance at Governors Meeting 2022-23

Please click on the link below to view the governor attendance at meetings for previous academic years:

Attendance at Governors Meetings 2021-22

Attendance at Governors Meetings 2020-21

Attendance at Governors Meetings 2019-20

Attendance at Governors Meetings 2018-19

Attendance at Governors Meetings 2017-18

Attendance at Governors Meetings 2016-17

Greatfields School Governance Structure

Constitution as at 7th September 2020:

7 x Trust Appointed Governors

1 x Elected Staff Governor

2 x Elected Parent Governors

Category of Governor


Start Date

End Date

Business & Pecuniary Interests

Trust Appointed

Mr Alan Lazell, Chair of the LGB with responsibility for Safeguarding

10th October 2016

9th October 2024

Alan worked for Barking and Dagenham Council (Children’s Services department) from 2000-2012. He is a Trustee of Partnership Learning multi academy trust, a member of the governing body of Thurstable School, Tiptree and a Trustee of the Youth Enquiry Service in Colchester.

Trust Appointed

Jack Webb

7th May 2024

7th May 2028

Entrepreneur in the Third Sector

Trust Appointed

Noman Hameed

21st March 2024

21st March 2028

Noman is Head of Student Services / finance

Trust Appointed

Karen West-Whylie

1st September 2023

1st September 2027

CEO Barking Enterprise Centre

Trust Appointed

Mr Roger Carver; governor with responsibility for Health and Safety

10th October 2016

9th October 2024

Roger is retired, with a background in further education teaching and training, and in Barking and Dagenham Council – Children’s Services department.

Trust Appointed

Ann McDaniel-Crabb, responsibility for Pupil Premium

1st September 2022

1st September 2026

Assistant Principal, Health and Science Industries & Adult Skills Academy, Barking & Dagenham College.

Trust Appointed

Grace Maryon; governor with responsibility for SEND

1st October 2018

1st October 2026

Retired primary school SENCO with previous experience as EAL link adviser for Barking and Dagenham.

Trust Appointed

Deborah Caleb

6th October 2022

6th October 2026

Medical Student Admissions and Visiting Electives Manager, UCL Medical School

Trust Appointed

Ashaka Heyward-Marshall 

7th October 2021 

7th October 2025

HR Advisor

Human Resources


Trust Appointed

Elizabeth Kangethe 

7th October 2021 

7th October 2025

Cabinet Member & Champion for Disabled People | Parsloes Ward Councillor |

Trust Appointed

Jane Catherine Hadlow, responsibility for Safeguarding

1st March 2023

 1st March 2027

Jane is an experiences head teacher, and is currently Executive Headteacher of a large school in Northampton

Elected Staff

Anne Wright

26th September 2023

31st August 2027

Anne is a Wellbeing and Safeguarding Leader


Governors of the School as a Local Governing Board (LGB), meet at least once a term. Their remit is to:

  • Ensure clarity of educational vision for the school; to promote the best possible ethos for learning, and to set the strategic direction of the school as it grows
  • Hold the Head of School to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Oversee the financial performance of the school, making sure that money is well spent

The LGB is supported through the work of 2 sub-committees, who again meet at least once a term and advise and make recommendations to the main Local Governing Board:

1. Standards and Curriculum Sub-committee

  • Analyses data about attainment and progress made by all pupils in the school
  • Reviews the quality of teaching and learning in classrooms
  • Ensures that the curriculum is sufficiently broad and balanced for all pupils; promotes their spiritual, moral, social and spiritual development, and maximises their employability potential
  • Monitors pupils’ rates of attendance, their behaviour to learning, and to others in the school
  • Assesses levels of satisfaction with the school by pupils and their parents
  • Considers how effectively the school works in partnership with the local community, business and other agencies, locally and regionally

2.Finance, Personnel and Resources Sub-committee

  • Reviews and considers the annual budget for the School, regularly monitoring actual expenditure and income against allocated budgets
  • Considers and approves changes in staffing structures for the School, and makes pay recommendations for staff
  • Ensures the school is complaint with all financial, internal audit, legal and statutory requirements relating to the sound financial management of the School, taking action as needed
  • Keeps under review, and make recommendations concerning all aspects of the physical assets of the School

The LGB has governors who have volunteered to undertake specific responsibilities within the School:

Governors with specific areas of responsibility

The LGB has governors who have volunteered to undertake specific responsibilities within the School:


These responsibilities include ensuring the school:

  • Has an effective safeguarding children policy in place and follows local procedures
  • Recruits staff and volunteers in line with safer recruitment processes
  • Has procedures for dealing with allegations of abuse made against staff and volunteers
  • Has a designated senior member of staff for dealing with safeguarding children issues
  • Accesses appropriate safeguarding children training for all staff
  • Makes suitable provision for Looked After Children

Health and Safety

These responsibilities include ensuring that:

  • The School has a written Health and Safety Policy, that all staff are aware of it, and that it is reviewed regularly
  • The School takes all appropriate actions (through a named member of staff) for out of school visits
  • All health and safety information is properly displayed e.g. location of first aid boxes, and that all staff are aware of this
  • All potential risks in the school to staff and pupil are suitably assessed, and resulting actions recorded, and monitored

Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is additional funding received by the School from the Department for Education to improve the achievement of children from disadvantaged backgrounds. These responsibilities include ensuring that the School:

  • Has an up to date pupil premium strategy on its website
  • Is clear about the barriers to educational achievement faced by disadvantaged pupils in the School, individually and in groups
  • Has robust evidence to demonstrate the impact (effect) of Pupil Premium funding on the educational attainment of disadvantaged pupils

SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability)

These responsibilities include ensuring:

  • The progress of pupils with SEND are closely monitored through reviewing and understanding internal and external data
  • An understanding of how the SEND budget is used, and its impact
  • Contributing to the annual SEND information report published on the School’s website

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