As governors, we help the school to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life. Our Governing Body is ultimately responsible for the good running of the school. Our responsibility is primarily strategic, meaning that we are concerned with the bigger picture rather than the day-to-day operational detail (which is the responsibility of the Headteacher). In essence, our role is to support the Headteacher and the staff – the phrase often used to describe this role is to act as ‘a critical friend’.
Our legal duties include:-
* setting strategic direction, ethos, policies and objectives;
* approving the school budget;
* reviewing progress against the school's budget and objectives;
* ensuring that the school is compliant with English law; and
* appointing, challenging and supporting the Headteacher
The two key documents used for this are the School Development Plan (SDP) and the Self Evaluation Form (SEF). The SDP sets out a three year strategic plan for the school, with targets that everyone works towards and the SEF sets out how well the school is doing and where we aim to make improvements.
The full Governing Body meets twice every term (i.e. 6 times a year). In addition to the full Governing Body meetings, governors attend meetings of the various subcommittees, which meet at least once a term. The subcommittees include the Teaching and Learning Committee, Site and Safeguarding Committee, and Premises, Finance and Personnel Committee.
David Vaughan - Chair of Governors
David was brought up and educated in Belgium and is fluent in 5 languages. He is a qualified solicitor with a Masters in European Legal Studies from the University of Leeds and specialises in construction and property litigation. David has a daughter at the school.
Julia worked for many years as a corporate lawyer and is now a Managing Director of Huron, a management consultancy. In parallel to her legal career she has held several key positions in the educational and charitable sector. She is a former governor of Naima JPS and is a former trustee of JCoss secondary school. Julia is currently Vice Chair of Norwood.
Rachel is the elected Staff Governor. She is the Inclusion Leader at Rimon, supporting children with additional needs in the school. Rachel has been associated with the school since it's inception and was part of the original steering group. She has a Masters in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and has been working in education for ten years. She has three children, two of whom currently attend Rimon.
Joshua graduated in 2001 with a degree in Engineering, Economics and Management from Oxford University. Joshua is currently Head of Corporate Finance at Westfield Europe Limited, where he has been for 10 years. He has a wide range of financial management responsibilities including group budgeting and forecasting, investment appraisal, stock market reporting, joint venture relations and property valuations. During his time at Westfield he has worked in a number of operational and financial roles.
Prior to joining in 2006, Joshua qualified as a Chartered Accountant at BDO Stoy Hayward (now BDO LLP), where he worked in tax and auditing.
He was previously treasurer of the Saatchi Shul for about 4 years until early 2015, during which time he implemented a new accounting system and robust procedures for budgeting, collection of donations, subscriptions and claiming Gift Aid.
Ben Levy - Vice-Chair of Governors
Ben is an Educational Psychologist and qualified teacher who works with pupils with special educational needs, as well as with their parents and teachers. He currently works with a number of schools in Hillingdon, West London. Ben volunteers for a not-for-profit organisation called Embrace, which promotes community volunteering. He also supports JAMI (Jewish Association of Mentally Ill) and Camp Simcha (a charity helping Jewish children with serious illnesses) whenever he can. Ben loves reading about psychology and collects watches and performs magic tricks!
After graduating with a Triple First in Natural Sciences (MA) from Cambridge University, and obtaining an MBA (Distinction) from the London Business School, Sarah Fromson has spent the last 30 years analysing, managing and heading investment trusts and funds. Since 2008, Sarah has assumed the role of Head of Investment Risk at the Wellcome Trust. Sarah sits on the Trust’s investment committee and is responsible for the measurement, analysis and recommendations to manage investment risk and operational risks across £19bn net endowment assets. She reports to both internal and external auditors.
She is also currently a director of JP Morgan Emerging Markets Income Trust, where she has contributed effectively to the Board, given practical knowledge of manager section/monitoring plus governance and oversight experience.
Sarah was previously a governor at North West Jewish Primary School and served on its curriculum committee for 4 years. She has also assumed roles on the investment committees of Girton College, Cambridge, WIZO, Norrice Lea Charitable Settlements, and the Wellcome Trust Pension Fund.
Veronica has have lived in Childs Hill since 1984. She spent the majority of her career at NM Rothschild where she developed their Corporate Social Responsibility Programme which involved partnering with a number of schools in Tower Hamlets and Camden.
Veronica serves as Chair of Governors of a primary school in East London, Old Palace Primary School. The school was judged by OFSTED as an outstanding school. She visits the school weekly taking part in a reading programme and often speaking to pupils about Judaism.
She is currently a member of the Tower Hamlets Schools Forum which is a statutory body whose purpose is to advise on matters relating to the authority's schools budget. Since 2014 she has been working part time for UJIA and spending time in Tower Hamlets both at Old Palace and volunteering in a woman's adult literacy programme at City Gateway.
Richard Leigh - Finance Governor
Richard grew up and was educated in London. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has held management and director roles for utility and customer service companies. He is currently involved in the renewable energy and micro-generation sector. Richard is a prospective parent at the school.
Rachel was brought up and educated in Manchester. She is a medical negligence lawyer with over 10 years' experience and is currently on a career break. Rachel has a daughter at Rimon. Rachel is passionate about Rimon, and spends most of her spare time running the PTA Committee and attending to her responsibilities as a Parent Governor.