To contact our governing body please telephone the school office on 020 7435 9797 or write to Chair of Governors c/o Fitzjohn's Primary School, 86a Fitzjohn's Ave., London NW3 6NP.
This morning class 1 shared their learning on various topics. The children learnt about the continents and the oceans and focussed on the traditions and lifestyles in two different climates: a hot one, Kenya, and cold one, the Arctic! The children talked vividly about how shopping is carried on people's heads in Kenya, and how inuits live in igloos! They also shared their learning on Christopher Columbus and his travels with a little play and a wonderful song! Well done to Class 1!
Year 6 put on a courtroom drama to share their learning on Crime and Punishment. The children wrote the script for their play by themselves and it was based on a true case of online bullying which made it to court. There were legal teams for prosecutiojn and defence, each bringing in 3 witnesses, as well as a judge, a clerk and the jury members. As the case progressed, (just like in the best TV dramas!) momentary explanations about the different roles and proceedings were given to the audience. It was a complex case, and the audience were asked at the end to close their eyes and vote whether to acquit or charge the defendant. It was interesting to see that the school was really divided about 50-50. This was a great illustration how justice can be fluid, with people interpreting the world differently, from within the context of their own experiences.
Acting was superb, with the children presenting the case so clearly, with very long speeches at times. I was totally engrossed in the story and it's development. What a great achievement Class 6!
- Ruth (Parent Governor)
In November 2014, Ofsted wrote this about our Governing Body:
The governance of the school:
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LA Governor and Vice Chair
I live in Hampstead and in May 2014 I was elected Councillor for Frognal and Fitzjohns ward. I am young(ish), energetic and also work full time as a family law solicitor.
As a councillor, I am actively involved with the community surrounding Fitzjohn’s Primary school, holding regular surgeries and street stalls, attending local meetings and talking with residents to hear about their concerns. Many of the school's parents and children are my ward residents and if they have not met me yet, I have no doubt they will do so during the four year term.
My work also includes sitting on committees and working with groups which look at cross-borough issues. I am a member of the Children Schools and Families Scrutiny panel for Camden Council assessing all issues that arise for children in our borough. The panel has a strong focus on safeguarding children and education, particularly following the recent changes that all schools are facing. I naturally became keen to spend more time with an individual school as I believe my experience will be valuable and therefore sought a governor position with Fitzjohn’s.
It is also an honour to work with a governing body that has such a broad range of skills and experience. I am currently Vice Chair of the Governing Body.
As Head I am also a member of the governing body. It is my role to advise the governing body of current academic standards and challenges we might face.
The Head of each school is ex officio a staff governor, but he or she can decline to take up the position. Should they decide not to become a member of the governing body, their place is left vacant.
It is up to the governing body as a whole whether the Headteacher has voting rights.
My first contact with Fitzjohn’s School was in the early summer of 1980 when I was looking at alternative nursing jobs to fit in with 2 school age children. I became the school nurse for Fitzjohn’s and 4 other local schools. During those five years I was seconded by the then Hampstead Health Authority to West London College to do the ‘School Nurse Course’ gaining a certificate in Educational Nursing.
I maintained contact with Fitzjohn’s after becoming school nurse team leader in Westminster and was co-opted onto the governing body in 1991. Rob is the 3rd head I have worked with and they have all continued in the tradition of adding value to the school.
I am a parent governor. I have one child at Fitzjohn's School in Year 2.
I joined Fitzjohn's as Clerk to the Governing Body in May 2013 having worked for Local and National Organisations for many years in the Governance field as a Chartered Secretary. I currently hold a number of positions as Clerk to Governing Body/Company Secretary to Academy Trusts/ Free School Trusts and enjoy working with all the different schools across all phases. Each school is very different but some of the practice at Fitzjohn's is outstanding as evidenced in the last Ofsted report
I am also a specialist youth magistrate and currently sit on two children services board .You could say the courtroom and the classroom are important places for me.
I really enjoy working for Fitzjohn's; it is a lovely school with dedicated staff and very supportive and committed governors.
Co-opted Governor and Chair
I initially became a parent governor at Fitzjohn's because I wanted to be more involved with the school that my son was attending. I wanted to find out how decisions were made and why, and to offer any help I could to make the school as good as it could be. I firmly believe that with education you can change the world! Years later, I’m still here, and have just become the Chair of Governors. My background is in Physics and Maths – I did my degree as a mature student and single mother. Before that I worked in a casino - although I initially trained as a ballet dancer. I'm currently working as a software developer for Legal & General Investment Management. I'm a member of Amnesty International, and take an interest in environment issues.
I am the Deputy Head and Inclusion Manager at Fitzjohn’s. I’ve been working alongside Rob in this role since January 2008, and have always attended all governing body meetings as an associate governor. Since our re-constitution in January 2015, I have become a governor which has given me voting rights for the first time.
It is my responsibility to make the governing body aware of how we maintain and develop our inclusive practices, through development sessions, meeting with the SEN governor and information in the head’s report.
It is a pleasure to be on the governing body, particularly now that we have developed a more streamlined structure to meetings, that allows us more time to focus on our main purpose – helping the school to move forward and improve so that it is a place where ‘everyone can succeed.’
Christina Pappas Kohle
Ruth Schocken Katz
I am a parent governor and have two daughters at the school, in Year 1 and Year 4. I became a governor as it was important for me to support the school, which I love, in whichever way I can. Additionally, I wanted to be a role model for my daughters.
I run my own film production company which helps individuals and small companies or organisations tell their stories through film. We collaborate with our clients to tell their stories, so that the experience is empowering and creative for all of us. The meaningful connections I make with both clients and team members are what I thrive on. Joining the governing body, allows me to work as a team member in another capacity which has an impact both on my family and my community.
I have an MA in Filmmaking from the London Film School and a BA in English Literature and Drama from Queen Mary, University of London.
I have lived locally since 1974.
I have been on the governing body at Fitzjohn's since my own children attended the school in the 1980's.
I have worked in local government, supporting the voluntary sector and as an organiser of a community centre in Camden.
Between 1997and 2013 I worked in Kensington and Chelsea within the Language Development Service as a teacher and an Active Teacher Consultant, providing strategic support for ethnic minority pupils, including those developing English as an Additional Language.
I was one of the first parent governors when I was elected to the governing body in 1986. Prior to that parents had not been represented on the GB. One of my reasons for becoming a governor was because I believe that children benefit from the involvement of their parents in their school. I have three daughters, who are now adults, and they have all done well following their education at Fitzjohn’s. Together with another parent governor, I was a founder member of the Fitzjohn’s after school clubs. I was vice-chair of governors for a number of years and chair for four years.
My career was in university administration and I have considerable experience in the governance of educational institutions. I was involved in the drafting of instruments of government (Bills in Parliament, Royal Charters and Statutes) for the Colleges and Institutions of the University of London and for obtaining the approval of Parliament and/or the Privy Council. I have also acted as secretary/clerk to university statutory bodies, including the academic governing body, the Senate.
During the last dozen years of my working life I was Head of Academic Policy in the Medical Faculty which was responsible for the education and training of doctors, dentists, vets and pharmacists and the university’s interface with the NHS. I have also done editorial work and job evaluation. I am on the committee of my local residents’ association.
I chair the Governors Curriculum and Standards Committee.