School Governors



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  1. Governors of Winterbourne Junior Girls’ School

    Governors of Winterbourne Junior Girls’ School

    The Governing Body is constituted by an ‘Instrument of Government’ as defined and required by the Government. The Instrument sets out the categories, numbers and terms of office of governors:

    • Parent governors; at least 2
    • Staff governors; Head Teacher +1
    • Authority governors; 1

    Co-opted governors; as determined by the governing body and no more than 1/3 where they are also eligible to be elected as staff governors when counted with the staff governor and Head Teacher.

    The Governing Body sets the strategic direction, the vision and the ethos of the school.  In doing so it has a number of key responsibilities:

    • monitor and challenge the progress of the school in achieving its priorities
    • recruit and performance manage the Head Teacher
    • exercise employer responsibility
    • ensure the school meets its statutory responsibilities
    • ensure financial probity
    • ensure the premises are well managed
    • report to the school’s stakeholders

    The purpose of maintained school governing bodies is to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school. This is achieved through:

    • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
    • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
    • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

    The governors carry out these functions through its termly full meetings, visits to the school and the work of its two principal working parties:

    • Standards and Curriculum (S&C)
    • Finance and Resources (F&R)

    Other committees are put together to deal with other functions including the Pay Review Appeal committee (PPA), The Way Forward committee (WFC) and the Headteachers Performance and Salary Review committee (HTPSR).

    Governors, along with staff members, who regularly attend meetings of the Governing Body and its working parties must declare any business or personal interest that might influence any decision they may make especially in financial matters. Any governor with such an interest must declare it annually and notify the school of any changes that occur. Where there is a conflict of interest the governor must withdraw from the meeting and take no part in the discussions or vote. The agenda of each meeting requires governors and non-governors present to declare any interest they may have in any of the items to be discussed.

  2. Governors Roles/Appointment Details/Meeting Attendance


    Role Title First name Surname Appointed by Appointed date Term end date Teaching and Learning
    Working Group
    School Business
    Working Group
    Chair Mrs Cara Cinnamon Governing Body 24/02/2016 23/02/2019
    Head Teacher Mrs Mary Berkeley-Agyepong Ex-officio by virtue of office as Head Teacher 01/09/2014 31/08/2099
    Deputy Chair Mr Diego Fernandez Governing Body 16/03/2016 15/03/2019  
    Staff governor Mrs Lucy Durrant Elected by staff 22/03/2017 21/03/2020
    Governor Mrs Jane James-Jones Governing Body 16/09/2015 31/08/2019  
    Governor Mr Stephen Beck Governing Body 08/12/2016 07/12/2019
    Parent governor Mrs Ishma Syed Elected by parents 22/03/2017 21/03/2020    
    Parent governor Mrs Anita Bey Elected by parents 22/03/2017 21/03/2020
    Governor Miss Anisha Patel Governing Body 22/03/2017 21/03/2020  
    Governor Mr Adam Powley Governing Body 22/03/2017 21/03/2020  
    Governor Mr Justin Waite Governing Body 22/03/2017 21/03/2020  


    Name Term of Office Appointing Body/

    Category of Governor

    Position Held including membership of committees Business Interests Governor role

    held elsewhere

    Close relationships with other member of the GB or school staff


    01/09/2014- current Head Teacher S&C, F&R Staff member None None
    Vacant   Chair        


    24/02/2016-23/02/2019 Vice Chair

    (Acting Chair)

    S&C Teach First None None


    20/01/2016-19/01/2019 Parent F&R      


    24/02/2016-23/02/2019 Co-opted S&C      


    16/03/2016-15/03/2019 Co-opted F&R   None None


    01/09/2014-31/08/2017 Co-opted (staff) F&R Staff member None None


    01/05/2014-30/04/2017 Local Authority S&C      

    Governor Meeting Attendance 2016/2017:

    Governor Name Full Governing Body Dates School Business
    Working Group
    Teaching and Learning –
    Working Group
    21 /09/16 08/12/16 22/3/16  28/6/17  10/11/16 22/2/17  24/5/ 17  16/10/16 18/1/17 
    Ian Allison X             X    
    Mary Berkeley-Agyepong Y  Y  Y  Y Y  Y Y  Y  
    Diego Fernandez Y  Y Y  Y      
    Sharon Ferrell X Resigned             X    
    Jane James-Jones Y  Y  Y Y  Y  Y      
    Cara Norman Y       Y  
    Edward Odoi Y resigned      X          
    Vanessa Wilkinson Y Resigned           Y    
    Stephen Beck   Y Y Y         Y  
    Ishma Syed     X X            
    Anita Bey     Y Y            
    Adam Powley     X Y   Y* Y      
    Anisha Patel     Y Y   Y* Y   Y*  
    Justin Waite     Y Y     Y      
    Lucy Durrant     Y Y            


Governor Biographies

Find out more about the members of our governing body via the details below:

Cara Cinnamon – Chair of Governors:

Cara Cinnamon is the chair of Governors at WJGS and the link governor for Literacy and Safeguarding.  She is a qualified English Teacher and spent the majority of her career working for a UK children’s charity which works to promote excellence in education and ensuring that all children can achieve their full potential.   

In her current role, she manages the fundraising, communications and marketing strategy for a social justice charity which works with excluded pupils and those at risk of entering the criminal justice system.  She started her career at Procter & Gamble (a global FMCG business) managing a portfolio of consumer goods brands.  Cara graduated from Queen Mary University of London in 2008 and is originally from Sutton but now lives close to the school, in Streatham. 

HEADTEACHER – Mary Berkeley-Agyepong:

I have been the headteacher at Winterbourne Junior Girls’ School since September 2014. It is a pleasure to work in partnership with the governing body who provide challenge and support to ensure high expectations and outcomes for all.

I have had 26 years of experience in education as a teacher, an advanced skills teacher, a deputy headteacher and now as headteacher. I have been fortunate to have worked in schools that believe that education is about developing the whole person: socially, emotionally, spiritually as well as academically. These are the beliefs that I bring to Winterbourne Junior Girls’ School.

By working together as a governing body we ensure that our girls enjoy their time at Winterbourne Junior Girls, make rapid progress and leave school equipped with the skills for lifelong learning.

As headteacher I report to and attend all governor meetings.

Lucy Durrant – Staff Governor:

I have been in Education for 15 years during which I have enjoyed a variety of roles. I have had the pleasure of teaching children across Early Years, Key Stage One and Key Stage 2 and have worked in a number of differing schools. My main focus has been in Key Stage 2, where I am currently based.

Since joining Winterbourne Junior Girls School, I have been on the senior leadership team and helped led curriculum developments as well as developed my specialist skills in Maths and Computing; this has included radically changing the maths curriculum and the teaching approach and enhancing technology throughout school in all curriculum areas. I also champion a programme that focuses on raising achievement for PPG pupils.

I am passionate about the education here at Winterbourne and developing the whole child to achieve their very best both academically, socially and emotionally. I am fully committed to all my roles here at Winterbourne Girls’ and am proud to be part of such a great school and community.

Anita Bey – Parent Governor:

Anita Bey is a Parent Governor at WJGS and the link governor for special educational needs & disabilities, English as an additional language and gifted and talented. She has a background of over 22 years working in Early Years provisions and learning and development.

She currently works in the area of education law and equalities, providing information and advice for parents of children with special educational needs. She has one daughter currently attending Winterbourne Junior Girls School and lives in the local area.

Jane James Jones – Parent Governor:

My first contact with Winterbourne Junior Girls was as a parent governor when my daughter attended the school nearly 23 years ago. My employment background was as a Social Worker working for the London Borough of Lambeth with people who had a learning disability and their families. Previous to that I was a Deputy Manager at the Weir Intensive Support Unit for people with profound and complex needs including challenging behaviour.

At this time I was also part of the management committee of Lambeth Mencap overseeing a budget of nearly £2 million. I have worked at Winterbourne Junior Girls’ for over 20 years.  This is the second time that I have been a staff member of the governing body.  I remain enthusiastic about the future of the school and am absolutely committed to ensuring that each child has a happy and productive experience at this critical stage of their education.  I believe that it is vitally important that our pupils – the young women of tomorrow are able to have a positive and confident outlook.

Stephen Beck – Link Governor:

Stephen Beck joined the Governing Body of Winterbourne last year. He is the link Governor for Mathematics, Computing and Pupil Premium. He lives in Thornton Heath and is married with four grown up children. He qualified as a primary teacher in 1971, and gained a BA from the Open University and an MSc in Educational Management from the University of East Anglia.

His teaching career has spanned over 45 years, starting in Harrow and progressing via, Essex, Northamptonshire and South London. Stephen has been the Headteacher of two very successful schools seeing them through a total of five Ofsted inspections, with his most recent being designated as a Teaching School  and rated as Outstanding. He is a National Leader in Education. He retired from his most recent headship after 27 years and now undertakes a range of consultancy and voluntary work. Stephen is a registered Section 48 School Inspector. He is Chair of Governors of a large south London Secondary School and Chair of Governors of a 3 to 16 Independent School.

Adam Powley – Link Governor:

Adam Powley is the link governor for Governors’ Training, Policies and Science.  He trained as a lawyer and has spent his career in a combination of legal, financial, advisory and regulatory roles. In his current role, he advises one of the largest banks in the world on internal corporate governance related issues, including setting their global policy and procedures framework.

Adam graduated from Sussex University with an 2:1 undergraduate degree in Law with Management Studies, before completing his Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School. He was born in Camberwell, has lived in South London for most of his life and currently lives in nearby Streatham.

Anisha Patel – Link Governor:

Anisha Patel is a new governor, joining the governing board in March 2017. She is also the link governor for Year Groups 3-6. Anisha graduated from Queen Mary University of London having studied Law but has spent her career in Product Management and Marketing.

On graduating she spent 4 years working for a Telecoms start-up, and now works in financial services at a global healthcare company, where she manages their B2B private medical insurance products and commercial product strategy. She lives in Earlsfied, SW London.

Justin Waite – Link Governor:

Justin Waite is a new governor who joined the board in March 2017 as Local Authority Governor and link governor for Facilities Management.  He has been married for 5 years and has two step children who have been/ are going through schools in the Croydon area. It was due to his experience, as a parent, with these schools that he chose to be a governor so that he could understand the factors that affected the performance of schools and contribute to improving a school.

He has trained as a building surveyor and has spent the majority of his career working in local authorities but has also worked in for English Heritage and The Royal Parks. In his current role he is working for a housing association in North London managing two large projects and multiple small schemes including the removal of asbestos within homes.  He has spent a number of years surveying for disrepair cases and so is customer focused and endeavours to find practical solutions to problems.

Justin graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a 2:1 in Building Surveying before taking a postgraduate degree in Historic Conservation at Oxford Brookes University.