Governors and Governance
Chloe Mawson, Co-Chair of Governors, Parent Governor (SEND, Safeguarding and Attendance)
Chloe has lived in Hammersmith for 15 years. She is a mother of three young children and her middle daughter is a pupil at the West London Free School Primary.
Chloe has worked in parliament for the past 15 years and has held a variety of posts in the House of Lords and the Cabinet Office. Her current position is Clerk of the Journals in the House of Lords where her responsibilities include advising Members on parliamentary procedure, running two select committees, managing various offices that support the work of the Chamber of the Lords and representing the House of Lords on projects aimed at enabling better use of technology across both Houses of Parliament.
Chloe was honoured to have been elected as the first WLFSP parent governor and is looking forward to doing what she can to build on the success of the school's first year. Chloe was subsequently made an Appointed Governor in September 2016.
Term of office, three years. Elected September 2016.
Alex Conabeare, Co-Chair of Governors, Parent Governor (Health & Safety, eSafety and Equalities). Link Governor for Maths.
Alex grew up in London, attending an independent school centrally which gave him a broad and varied education. He studied Physiology and Pharmacology at university in Bristol before returning to London and developing a career in Marketing and Digital within Financial Services and Professional Services. A father of two, he is proud that his daughter is a founding pupil at the Earl’s Court Free School and believes that the principles set out for the school are very important for the well rounded and confident development of our children. He is an active member of the PTA committee and also supports the school with his professional skills and hobbies wherever possible.
The role of governor for the schools has given him the opportunity to apply his skills in support of the schools' vision and development and he is proud to hold the position.
Term of office, three years. Elected April 2015.
Emma Madden, Parent Governor
Emma is currently Head of School at Fox Primary School and has a daughter and a son at the West London Free School Primary. She has lived in West London all her life. Emma studied English Literature at Cambridge University, before completing her PGCE and Masters of Teaching at the Institute of Education. She has been the Head of School at Fox Primary, Notting Hill, for 2 years, and Deputy Head for 7 years before that. Fox has been the highest performing primary school nationally for 3 years running and is Ofsted rated Outstanding (2009). In her role, Emma delivers extensive training to qualified teachers around London and works in an advisory capacity to many schools, coordinating school-to-school support. She has particular strengths in use of school data, curriculum design, monitoring teaching and learning and staff development. She has served as Governor and Associate Governor on her own governing body for the past 10 years.
Term of office three years. Emma was elected as a parent governor in May 2016.
Lilli Landau, Staff Governor
Lilli was born and brought up in West London. She was educated at local state schools in the areas of Notting Hill and Camden. She went on to read Sociology at university before returning to London. Lilli then started a career in property management and lettings before embarking on her PGCE in London.
Lilli is the Maths Lead and Year 4 Lead at WLFSP and ECFSP. She is also a Teaching for Mastery Specialist with the National Centre of Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM), which has involved being part of the Shanghai Maths Teacher Exchange Project, where she has recently travelled. Through this project, she has begun working with other schools to develop their teaching for mastery practice. Lilli has particular interests in curriculum design, teacher and staff development, school data and school improvement.
Term of office three years. Elected September 2017.
Abbe Martineau , Parent Governor
Abbe was born in London and grew up in West Sussex. She was educated at her local state primary and secondary schools before going to Birmingham University to study French and History of Art.
As part of her degree, Abbe studied in Strasbourg and volunteered to work for a British MEP during the plenary sessions at the European Parliament. Her first job was as a researcher for an MP in the House of Commons before re-training to become a lawyer. She qualified in 2005 and worked for city law firms Jones Day and Freshfields for more than 10 years. She now works as an in-house lawyer for an insurance company.
Abbe is married to Rupert and they have two children at WLFPS – in Reception and Year 2. Over the last couple of years, Abbe has been a class rep and an active supporter of the PTA. She is very proud to hold the position of parent governor for WLFPS and is looking forward to using her skills to help support and uphold the vision of the school.
Term of office three years. Elected September 2017.
Nick Plowright, Parent Governor
Nick was born in Leeds and grew up in Cheshire. He was educated in the state system at his local grammar school, Kings Macclesfield. Whilst there he was a keen sportsman, playing rugby and cricket for the school and county. He went on to study Geography at Leeds University before pursuing his career as a television documentary maker. He has over 30 years experience making films around the world for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, covering a range of topics from current affairs, war and adventure, to the arts, anthropology and education. In 2009/10 he filmed a documentary about the founding of the West London Free School, and in 2013/14 a BBC series called Tough Young Teachers.
Nick is an experienced parent with two grown-up sons and a daughter in Year 1 at ECFSP. Nick hopes his broad life experience and organisational skills will help in his parent governor role to support the school in their efforts to retain the very best teachers and support staff. He is passionate about supporting an environment where children learn to be curious and confident in undertaking new experiences.
Term of office three years. Elected September 2017.
The West London Free School Primary’s local governing body is responsible for the quality of education at the school. The governing body is shared with that of the Earl's Court Free School Primary. While the two schools share the same site under the leadership of our Executive Headteacher, Laura Lund, this is the most effective method of providing governance for the two schools. The arrangement will be reviewed in 2019 and eventually, by the time the school moves to Earl's Court, a separate governing body will be created. The combined governing body is led by two Co-Chairs who partner and share the duties of the chair, bringing a combination of their time and skills to benefit the schools.
Governors focus on ensuring the school has a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction. We hold our headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school, and we oversee the financial performance of the school including ensuring that its budget is well spent.
We have eight governor positions on the team including parent governors from each of the two schools and a staff governor. We've recruited a governance team to bring the skills and experience that we need to perform the functions described above. As such, we have governors with experience of working in education, finance, the Local Authority and business.
Our governing body will evolve as the school grows. However, in line with both Lord Nash and Sir Michael Wilshaw’s recent comments about the excessive size of governing bodies, we intend to keep our team small to ensure it is effective.
Governors exercise their responsibilities and powers in partnership with the headteacher and staff. We do not make day to day decisions on the operational running of the school unless there are weaknesses in the school, when governors then have a duty to investigate and take action. Instead, governors focus on longer-term strategic issues and on checking that the daily operations are taking place in line with the school’s vision, aims and strategic plan.
The Co-Chairs of Governors can be contacted directly at email@example.com
Governors keep parents and staff informed of the work they do via an end of term newsletter.
Parent Governor Forums
We invite current parents of the school to join us at parent / governor forums. Our first forum of 2017/18 was held on Tue 3rd Oct 2017 and the presentation is available here
We will diarise a further forum next term should there be the need to, but otherwise and questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Knowledge Schools Trust
Knowledge Schools Trust (formerly the West London Free School Academy Trust) is the legal entity accountable for all schools within the group, currently the West London Free School, the West London Free School Primary, the Earl's Court Free School Primary and Kensington Primary Academy. As such, the Trust is responsible for operating all schools within the group and holds the Master Funding Agreement with the Secretary of State.
The Trust's directors have specific responsibilities for defined aspects of governance across all the schools in the group, namely, Strategic Management, Curriculum and some co-ordinated administrative functions. They set the ethos and vision for the Trust, hold the title to the land the schools are on, employ the staff and are the contracting party for services that serve more than one school in the group (catering, ICT, etc). The Trust's directors have appointed a Chief Executive Officer, who is the Accounting Officer for the Trust, a Finance Director, and a Chief Operations Officer. HR and Legal services are outsourced to an external provider.
The directors have delegated certain functions for each school to a local governing body. The Chairs of the local governing bodies are also directors of the MAT.
You can see an organogram showing how the Trust relates to the local governing bodies here and read the Terms of Reference, which set out the relationship between the Trust, the local governing bodies and the head teachers, here.