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 Meetings 2018-19

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

Attendance at Governors Meetings 2017-18

Please click on the link below to view the governor attendance at meetings for year 2016-17:

Attendance at Governors Meetings 2016-17

Greatfields School Governance Structure

Constitution as at 7th February 2019:

7 x Trust Appointed Governors

1 x Elected Staff Governor

2 x Elected Parent Governors

Category of Governor Name Start Date End Date Business & Pecuniary Interests
Trust Appointed Mr Alan Lazell, Chair of the LGB. 10th October 2016 9th October 2020 Alan worked for Barking and Dagenham Council (Children’s Services department) from 2000-2012. He currently a freelance educational consultant specialising in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and a director of ACZL Associates Ltd, working primarily in further and higher education He is also a member of the governing body at Baynards Primary School, Tiptree.
Trust Appointed Mr Nathan Singleton, Vice-Chair of the LGB with responsibility for Safeguarding 10th October 2016 9th October 2020 Nathan is CEO of LifeLine Projects, providing bespoke educational provision for young people of secondary age. Nathan is the brother of Daniel Singleton, who is Chair of Trustees of the Partnership Learning multi-academy trust.
Trust Appointed Ms Angela Hooper, Governor with responsibility for SEND 10th October 2016 9th October 2020 Angela is Director of Development for East Thames Ltd, focused on developing homes in Barking and Dagenham and other local boroughs.
Trust Appointed Mr Roger Carver, Governor with responsibility for Health and Safety 10th October 2016 9th October 2020 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 3rd October 2018 2nd October 2020 Assistant Principal, Health and Science Industries & Adult Skills Academy, Barking & Dagenham College.
Trust Appointed Grace Maryon 3rd October 2018 2nd October 2020 Retired primary school SENCO with previous experience as EAL link adviser for Barking and Dagenham.
Trust Appointed Karen West-Whylie 7th February 2019 6th February 2023 Chief Executive of Barking Enterprise Centre.
Elected Staff Miss Jessica Barry 12th October 2017 9th October 2020 Jessica is Head of Science.
Elected Parent Ms Joy Okoh-Awolaja 10th October 2016 9th October 2020 Works for Transport for London.
Elected Parent Leigh-Anne Elliott 8th February 2018 8th February 2020 Social Worker, London Borough of Newham; Member of HCPC – Health, Care, Professional Council.



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