Welcome to the Governing Body section of the website. My name is Rosie Condon and I am the Chair of Governors at Colvestone.
Our governors represent our wider school community and include elected parents and a staff governor, one Local Authority nominee and co-opted members from the wider community. They have a mix of skills, experiences and backgrounds to help provide the best possible support to the School. We are actively recruiting new members.
School governors have a responsibility for supporting the schools, while also holding them to account. At each school, Governors are actively involved in all aspects of school life and contribute time and energy to ensure the school continually improves. Governors share the school’s aims and values, and are keen to enhance the environment, provide the right resources and to see that every child receives the best possible education.
The purpose of the Governing Body is to help the school to provide the best possible education for its pupils. They work closely with the Executive Head Teacher and the Senior Leadership Teams to set the school’s strategic aims and policies and actively work to monitor, support and improve the quality of teaching and learning for all pupils. The role of the Governing Body is one of strategic oversight; governors are not involved in the day-to-day running of the school. That is the responsibility of the Head of School.
The Governing Body meets formally once a term.
Sub-committees also meet once or twice a term to focus on particular areas in more detail. The two main sub-committees are:
- Finance & Resources (F&R), and
- Teaching & Learning (T&L).
As the school is in a partnership with the Blossom Federation, a separate additional Local School Committee has been established with Governors from Colvestone and the Blossom Federation meeting termly.
Other committees, panels and project teams meet when needed. It is also important for Governors to see the school in action, and they make regular visits to classrooms, to speak with teachers and to join in school events and celebrations. Governors take very seriously the role they play and the contribution they can make. Governors are expected to sign up to a code of practice agreeing to act with honesty and integrity, to keep up to date with training and to respect confidentiality at all times.
Who We Are
Executive Head Teacher
Chair of Governors, Local Authority Governor
Rosie has worked in Education for over 20 years. She started teaching in a 1 form entry school in the heart of London which is where the sense of the school being part of the community for all has driven her belief in an inclusive, caring, supportive and creative education for all children. She moved to work in Hackney in 2005 and had many roles from class teacher, to co-ordinator of subject areas, Deputy Head and Head of school for 2 years when the school was in partnership. During this time she completed her NPQH. Rosie’s current role is working for Hackney Education in school improvement and this has given her many opportunities to support schools in Hackney and across the UK. Her passion for reading can been seen by the ever growing pile of books to read! By joining the Colvestone governing body in September 2021 Rosie wanted to support a school in a borough that she has been a part of. Rosie took on the role of Chair of Governors in September 2022.
Julien de Rosee
Vice Chair of Governors, Parent Governor
I have been a teacher for 10 years and teaching at Colvestone School for 7 years now. I grew up in London in nearby Islington and have lived in Hackney also. The local community and all that it has to offer holds a special place in my heart and I am proud to be part of the amazing Colvestone community.
Finance & Resources Committee Chair, Co-Opted Governor
I grew up in India and moved to London in 2017. I have worked all my career in Finance and Strategy. I worked as an Investment Banker for 5 years and have recently moved to a FinTech. I enjoy contributing to bettering children's education experience and outcomes.
I have been serving on the Colvestone board since 2019.
Tara has two children, a daughter at Colvestone and an older son in Year 11. She is the Director of Programmes at Pembroke House, a settlement house in Southwark. Before joining the staff at Pembroke House, Tara worked for five years as the Head of Programmes at Campaign Bootcamp, a London-based organisation that trained people in campaigning and activism. She was actively involved in the parent-led campaign to stop school budget cuts in 2017. Tara is originally from the US, where she was the founding Director of the Education for Liberation Network, a national network that brings together educators, activists and youth who are interested in how to teach issues of social justice. In her spare time, Tara enjoys singing in an amateur classical choir.
Punam is a London based corporate lawyer and writer. She has 10+ years’ experience of working in City law firms and large multinational companies. She is a generalist with experience of complex multi-party litigation, commercial, data protection and Fintech matters. Punam is passionate about education and improving social mobility for young people.
Jemma is a primary school teacher and Hackney resident. After training at the UCL Institute of Education, she worked at a community school in Camden for 8 years and now works in Islington. As well as her work as a class teacher, she has held a number of leadership roles within school and is a trustee of an educational charity. Having grown up in Camden, Jemma has enjoyed living in Hackney since 2018. She is passionate about the role schools play in their local community.
Partnership Group Committee
We have a special Partnership Group Committee made up of three members of the Blossom Federation Governing Body and three members of the Colvestone Primary School Governing Body.
Blossom: Will Emms, Sam Ingleby and Katie Lewis
Colvestone: Rosie Condon, Julien de Rosee and Tara Mack
Governing Body Membership and Declarations