At Rhyl, the Governing Body takes an integral role in the running of the school. Apart from obligatory duties, governors are heavily involving in staffing, strategic planning, and ensuring the welfare of the children.

There are six places for Parents Governors, who play a very important part in the life of the school. It is often thought that someone must be qualified in order to become a governor, but this is not the case. The criteria are enthusiasm and having children at school. The work knowledge and experience that parents bring is crucial to a successful team such as ours. All we need are enthusiastic people.

All Rhyl parents are urged to consider how their involvement would help the school to maintain its high standards, and how becoming a governor would provide them with a truly rewarding experience.

You can contact Helene, the Chair of Governors, by writing to:

Rhyl Primary School
Rhyl Street
Kentish Town
London
NW5 3HB

Or email us at: admin@rhylprim.camden.sch.uk

Click here for a list of Governors and their roles
Click here for Governors’ attendance at Committee meetings
Click here for the committees’ Terms of Reference
Click here to view the Governor Job Descriptions
Latest Instrument of Government
Code of Conduct for Governors

If you, as a parent or carer, require a hard copy of the information on our website, please contact the school office who will be able to provide copies free of charge.

Helene Reardon Bond OBE
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Helene Reardon Bond OBE

Chair

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Helene Reardon Bond OBE

Chair

Co-Opted Governor: term of office 04.03.15-03.03.23
Governors’ Interests: No relevant business interests
Date of last Full Governing Body Meeting attended: 28 September 2019

I have been the chair of governors at Rhyl Primary School for a number of years and have seen it grow from strength to strength.

All the members of the Rhyl Governing Body are dedicated to improving and building upon the excellent learning and teaching within the school. We do this by supporting and challenging the senior leadership team and staff. The Governing Body meet every term to formulate the strategic planning, budgets and to overview the implementation of school policies. We have a number of committees, each chaired by a governor which report regularly to the full Governing Body. By meeting and talking to the children and staff we are able to monitor progress and to support the staff in maintaining the high standards of excellence the school is achieving.

Many of the governors help in other ways too, such as helping to establish our exciting Raising Aspirations programme for Year 5 to broaden our children’s horizons about the careers they might pursue; improving the buildings and learning environment; working with our parents and carers to support their children’s well being and learning with reading, maths and science. Our on goingbig project is to raise funding for a community kitchen following the visit we hosted for Jamie Oliver in 2016.

Rhyl governors are always impressed with the politeness and good behaviour of the children, their willingness to learn and to help others to learn and also the enthusiasm of our families to support their children to be the very best they can be in life.

Helen Connor
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Helen Connor

Head Teacher

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Helen Connor

Head Teacher

Staff Governor: Term of Office: Ex-officio
Governors’ Interests: Governor of UCL Academy, London
Date of last Full Governing Body Meeting attended: 28 September  2019

I’m Helen and my welcome message can be found on the home page for the website. You can find out about my favourite children’s book by clicking here.

Lynda Jago
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Lynda Jago

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Lynda Jago

Parent Governor: Term of Office 02.10.2017-02.10.2021
Governors’ Interests: Staff member at Highgate Wood School in London Borough of Haringey. Married to a member of staff at Rhyl.
Date of last Full Governing Body Meeting attended: 8 May 2019

As a parent governor, with over 20 years’ experience in working with children and families in a range of settings, I wish to be able to aid Rhyl in a way that is supportive yet challenging. To be part of a school that offers all pupils multiple opportunities in acquiring skills that they both deserve and need, to progress educationally and flourish personally is exciting and rewarding. Being the link governor for Raising Aspirations and Expressive Arts, as well as PE, I can see the growth and huge benefits of teaching and learning holistically, enabling children to become well-rounded citizens in both their own, and the wider community. The school continues to develop, move with the times and progress, and with such a wealth of knowledge between staff, parents and governors, as well as an exceptional cohort of children, it can only continue to do so.

Kemi Atolagbe
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Kemi Atolagbe

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Kemi Atolagbe

Parent Governor: Term of Office 31.10.16-30.10.20
Governors’ Interests: No relevant business interests
Date of last Full Governing Body Meeting attended: 28 September 2019

I joined as a Parent Governor in 2016. My son is in Year 2 and my daughter started Nursery in September 2017. I am looking forward to the journey of playing a role in making sure the school continues to provide excellent teaching and empowering students to achieve their best. I look forward to working with the school, parents and the community in reaching this goal

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Khadra Aden

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Khadra Aden

Parent Governor: Term of Office 30.0417-29.04.21
Governors’ Interests: No relevant business interests
Date of last Full Governing Body Meeting attended: 10 July 2019

Lucy Wild
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Lucy Wild

Deputy Head Teacher

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Lucy Wild

Deputy Head Teacher

Co-Opted Staff Governor: Term of Office 17.10.18-16.10.22
Governors’ Interests: No relevant business interests
Date of last Full Governing Body Meeting attended: 28 September 2019

I’m Lucy, the new Deputy Head and am thrilled to have joined the wonderful team at Rhyl. I have taught in various boroughs in London and have most recently been Deputy Head Teacher at a school in Dubai. I’m passionate about education and ensuring that every pupil has an enjoyable and successful time in school. Rhyl is a school that shares these passions and has its pupils at the heart of all it does and aspires to be. I’m pleased to be on The Governing Body to continue building upon such a successful child-focused learning community and to share ideas for future development. You can find out what my favourite book is by clicking here.

Nic van Cole
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Nic van Cole

Assistant Head Teacher and SENDCo

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Nic van Cole

Assistant Head Teacher and SENDCo

Co-Opted Staff Governor: Term of Office 04.03.15-03.03.23
Governors’ Interests: No relevant business interests
Date of last Full Governing Body Meeting attended: 28 September 2019

Hello, my name is Nicola Cole and I am a Staff Governor at Rhyl. I was interested in becoming a Governor to find out more about the role the Governing Body plays within a school. I am an Assistant Head Teacher and have responsibility for Special Needs and Inclusion. I am proud to work at Rhyl and strive for the very best for our children. Click here to find out about my favourite children’s book!

Harriet Carter
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Harriet Carter

Assistant Head Teacher

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Harriet Carter

Assistant Head Teacher

Elected Staff Governor: Term of Office 27.03.19-27.03.23
Governors’ Interests: No relevant business interests
Date of last Full Governing Body Meeting attended: 10 July 2019

Denise Folwell
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Denise Folwell

Learning Mentor

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Denise Folwell

Learning Mentor

Co-Opted Staff Governor: Term of Office 07.05.19-08.05.23
Governor’s Interests: No relevant business interests
Date of last Full Governing Body attended: 28 September  2019

Merle Mahon
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Merle Mahon

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Merle Mahon

Co-Opted Governor: Term of Office 04.03.15-03.03.23
Governors’ Interests: No relevant business interests
Date of last Full Governing Body Meeting attended: 28 September 2019

I have been a governor at Rhyl Primary School since September 2002, and I continue to love working for the school! In my day job I am a senior lecturer and researcher at University College London, in the Language and Cognition Research Department, Faculty of Brain Sciences.

Hussein Nasser
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Hussein Nasser

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Hussein Nasser

Co-Opted Governor: Term of Office 30.11.15-29.11.19
Governors’ Interests: No relevant business interests
Date of last Full Governing Body Meeting attended: 8 May 2019

I’m Hussein and since 2000, I have worked in the City at a variety of financial institutions. Currently I work at a small investment firm based in Mayfair. My primary reason for joining Rhyl as a governor is to be part of an institution that stimulates, teaches and prepares youngsters for life. I also hope to help Rhyl maintain its high standards and even raise them. You can find out my favourite children’s book by clicking here.

Duncan Parrish
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Duncan Parrish

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Duncan Parrish

Local Authority Governor: Term of Office 04.03.15-03.03.23
Governors’ Interests: No relevant business interests
Date of last Full Governing Body Meeting attended: 28 September 2019

I’m Duncan and I’ve been a governor at Rhyl since the start of 2013. I live locally and it has been a fascinating experience seeing how a well-run governing body contributes to so many aspects of school and community life. I run a software company and help at Rhyl by teaching maths to gifted pupils.

Yve Posner
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Yve Posner

Co-Opted Governor: Term of Office 31.05.15-30.05.23
Governors’ Interests: No relevant business interests
Date of last Full Governing Body Meeting attended: 28 September 2019

I was thrilled to be accepted as a community governor at Rhyl Primary School in June 2015. I have in the past lived and worked in Camden and am very familiar with the borough and its community. With over 20 years’ experience of teacher education I feel I can make a valuable contribution to the management and ongoing success of this wonderful school.

Lorraine Kinnear
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Lorraine Kinnear

Co-Opted Governor: Term of Office 27.03.19-27.03.23
Governors’ Interests: None to Declare
Date of last Full Governing Body Meeting attended: 28 September 2019

Working in the community as a The Salvation Army minister and also having two children at Rhyl meant that becoming a governor at Rhyl was a natural part of me living and working in the local community. For me it’s important to be a part of my children’s education but also to be a part of the school community. In my work I have experience in many different areas and hope to be able to bring this to my time as a school governor.

Matt Sanders
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Matt Sanders

Cop-Opted Governor: Term of Office: 27.03.19-27.03.23
Governors’ Interest: None to declare
Date of last Full Governing Body Meeting attended: 28 September 2019

I have lived in Camden for over 15 years, and I have always believed that it is important to support your local community. I used to be the local councillor for the area, but now I am no longer on the council, being a governor is another way to give something back. I am passionate about education, having advised governments here and abroad on schools’ policy. I am particularly interested in how we help all children to achieve, whatever their background. Rhyl serves an incredibly diverse community – and I am proud of our high aspirations for every child.

Patricia Langton
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Patricia Langton

Co-Opted Governor: Term of Office 01.07.18-01.07.22
Governors’ Interests: Employed by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust as an advisory social worker (Safeguarding) working in Gloucester House, Tavistock Childrens’ Day Unit.
Date of last Full Governing Body Meeting attended: 28 September 2019

Hi, I’m Patricia. I live locally and love being an active grandparent. I also work part-time for the NHS with children and families, as a child psychotherapist and a social worker. I hope that my diverse experiences inform me as a governor. I have been volunteering with the school garden project for the past couple of years and have come to realise just how special Rhyl School is. I am happy and proud to play an active role as a governor, in helping to support and develop the school community: children, parents, carers and staff.