Riverside School

Riverside School

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Governing Board

 

Kirstie Watkins

 

Chair of Governors

Chair, Student

Development Committee

Co-opted Governor

 

Kirstie Watkins

I became a governor in January 2015. I have lived in Haringey for the past 35 years and have worked with children and young people with special needs and their families.

With a background in school improvement and special education I am committed to ensuring that all young people have the best possible educational experience. My children both attended schools in the area and I wanted to put my skills to use in supporting a local special school.

I am Chair of the Governing Board and Chair of the Student Development Committee, which covers issues such as progress, achievement, well-being, safeguarding and inclusion.  I have undertaken training in safeguarding and child protection. I take part in staff appointment panels, and I attend school events regularly. I feel that it is very important that, as governors, we listen to students, parents and staff so we can ensure that the school continues to improve.

 

 


 

Mandy Hellawell

 

 Vice-Chair of Governors

Vice-Chair Resources Committee

Co-opted Governor 

 

 

Mandy Hellawell

I have been a parent governor at Riverside since it opened 5 years ago and I became a governor  because, having had my son in special school since he was four, I wanted to do something to support my local school and to see how things worked behind the scenes.  I see my role as working with the Governing Board to support the head and fantastic staff to continue the work they are doing with the students at Riverside to deliver to the best education possible for them.

I am Vice-Chair of the Governing Board and a member of the Resources Committee which looks at curriculum, achievement and assessment for students. I am also a  committee member of Haringey Autism and so am in touch with parents which helps inform me when I represent their views in my role as governor.

 

 


 

Martin Doyle

 

Headteacher Governor

Resources Committee

Student Development Committee

 

Martin Doyle

Throughout much of my teaching career of 34 years (29 years in special education), I have taken on a governor role in the schools in which I have worked. As Riverside's headteacher, I remain committed to playing a full part as a governor effectively engaging in monitoring and evaluating the school's performance.


The Governing Board is a very effective group of stakeholders who play an active role in the life of the school. They have the best interests of all our students at heart and ensure that their well-being is promoted and that they make good progress in their time at Riverside. I feel very proud to be part of this dynamic group of supportive and engaged people who give generously of their time to help us in our drive to continuously enhance the quality of our wide range of teaching and learning programmes.

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irene Mansfield

 

Student Development Committe

Resources Committee

Local Authority Governor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irene Mansfield

I have lived in Haringey for over 40 years, and my children (now grown-up and parents themselves) went to school there, so I have a great  pride in our borough’s education.  I am a fairly new governor at Riverside, but I have been a governor before, in a local primary school, although the challenges and decisions were different from those at Riverside.

My background is a varied one, with experience after university in the legal work of Human Rights NGOs, a break looking after my family and then a complete change of direction, working with my husband in our business. I was also Chair of the Classes at a Haringey synagogue, and I am  involved in interfaith activities in Haringey. Those paths each gave me an opportunity to acquire the differing skills needed in the organisation of a voluntary body, overseeing family life and running a commercial enterprise.  I was a magistrate for many years, in latter years specialising in the Family Courts, enabling me to gain a knowledge of  problems and challenges faced by children and parents in difficult circumstances.  

As a governor and member of the  Resources Committee I use those skills to contribute to the work of the Governing Body and thus to support our wonderful school and its staff. 

 


 

 Philip Graham

 

Vice-chair

Student Development Committee

Safeguarding Governor

Co-opted Governor

 

Philip Graham

I am a co-opted Governor. As a retired child and adolescent psychiatrist I have always had a strong interest in the education of children with special educational needs. I served on the Temporary Governing Body when Moselle and William C. Harvey were transformed into primary and secondary schools and was then appointed to be a governor of Riverside.

I am a governor of Woodside Academy, Riverside's co-located secondary school, and part of my role is to link between the two governing bodies. I am also the Safeguarding Governor at Riverside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 James Foster 

 

Student Development

Committee

Staff Governor

 

James Foster

Before joining Riverside School I worked at the Markfield project in Haringey while training to be a teacher where I gained a great deal of experience working with service users with a wide range of special needs. I am currently in my 5th year of teaching at Riverside school alongside leading the school on support for personal development and challenging behaviour.

I started my governance 3 years ago and have found the experience very beneficial to my own professional development. In addition, being part of the Governing Board has allowed me to share the views and opinions of the staff team and gain a greater insight into how a school is effectively run.

Over my time at Riverside I have thoroughly enjoyed working with a large staff team who have a real passion for working with students with special needs.

 

 

Dara De Burca

 

Chair Resources Committee

Parent Governor

 

 

 

 

 

Dara De Burca


I became a governor at Riverside Secondary School because I had a son who attended there and I believe passionately that young people with learning disabilities have the right to high quality educational and learning opportunities and experiences that ensures they can meet and exceed their potential. I believe strongly that sharing skills, constructive challenge and good governance can positively add to the leadership of an organization and really can make a real difference to learning achievements for individual pupils.   

I bring to the role my experience as a parent of a child with a learning disability but also many years experience as a senior manager and leader in local authorities, and more recently at a children and young people’s cancer charity. This includes running support services, developing strategy, managing people, finances and resources and developing policy. I am member of the Full Governing Board and Finance and Resources Committee where I pro-actively try to apply my professional experience and knowledge to the benefit of the school but importantly by also representing my views as a parent, which is really important.

 

 

 


 

Jamie Horton

 

 Resources Committee

Co-opted Governor

 

 

 
Jamie Horton
 
I have been a co-opted governor at Riverside since autumn 2015. As well as being a member of the full Governing Board, I am also a member of the Resources Committee which deals with matters including  budgeting, finance, staffing, resources and health and safety.
 
I was delighted to have been appointed as a governor at Riverside after meeting students and seeing first-hand the creative, fulfilling and enjoyable learning environment that the school provides. 
 
I have a background in public policy and my full-time career is in the civil service.
 
I am currently a senior policy manager within the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Previously, I have carried out similar roles in the Home Office and the Department for International Development, working on areas of national, European and international policy.

 

 

 

David Harding

 

 

Resources Committee

Co-opted Governor

 

 
David Harding

I joined the Governors Board in early 2017. I have lived in Haringey for the past 12 years.  Along with joining the Governor’s Board, I will also be a member of the Resources Committee.

I hope to use the skills developed throughout my career, as a qualified chartered accountant, in supporting a local special school.  I will draw on my knowledge and experience in delivering strategic insights to support the headteacher, the school and my fellow governors, in delivering effective oversight of finance, staffing, resources and health and safety.

I am delighted to be offered this exciting opportunity to work at Riverside and look forward to working with my fellow governors.

 

 

 

Despina Moutafis

 

Resources Committee

Co-opted Governor

 

 
Despina Moutafis 

I was delighted to be invited to join the Governing board. I manage Team Spirit, the after-school and holiday club provision for Riverside School. I joined the school 10 years ago and have learnt so much throughout the years.

I have had wonderful opportunities as a lead, or by being part of many projects within Haringey that support our young people in a variety of settings. This has given me great insight to what matters to our students and their families.   I find myself in a very privileged position to be able to be part of this body to help support the great work we do here at Riverside.  We have the unique opportunity to see our students grow to the best of their abilities in all aspects of their school lives.

I am enjoying being an integral part of this school, and seeing it grow to its full potential.