The governing body is responsible for the strategic direction of the school. They support and challenge the school to achieve the very best they can in every area. Our full governing body meets at least 3 times per year. We also have two committees which meet regularly and several ad hoc groups. The Curriculum Pupils Affairs and Achievement Committee and the Finance, Staffing and General Purposes Committee.
Mr Matthew Piper (Chair of Governors)
Matt Piper was appointed to the Governing Body in September 2015 by the Parochial Church Council of St Botolph without Aldgate, where he is church treasurer. Matt lives locally and runs his own business, marketing artists from Cornwall and selling their work at events around the country. He has a background in finance and a particular interest in Early Years provision.
Matt is also chair of the Spitalfields Community Group. Matt has two daughters, both at the school.
Matt is contactable on e mail via: email@example.com
The Revd Laura Jørgensen (Foundation Governor)
Laura Jørgensen has been an ex-officio member of the governing body since her arrival as Rector of St Botolph without Aldgate in 2009, serving as Chair from 2014-2017. As Rector of St Botolph's, Laura is deeply involved with the many layers of the local community - residents, business and civic. As governor, Laura has been involved in the strategic development of the school, but is also keen to ensure that all pupils reach their full potential both in their academic lives and as well-rounded individuals. Laura has two sons at the school.
Miss Alexandra Allan (Headteacher)
Alex has been Headteacher at The Aldgate School since September 2018, having previously worked as a Deputy Head of a two form entry school in North West London and an Acting Principal in Hong Kong. Prior to these roles, Alex held subject leader and class teacher roles. She holds a history degree and studied her PGCE at Newcastle University followed by a Postgraduate diploma in Special Educational Needs at the Institute of Education in London. Alex has completed her NPQH and CofEPQH.
Alex has led professional development activities for teachers locally and in Hong Kong. She has an interest in curriculum content and design. Alex is passionate about ensuring we deliver a truly excellent education at The Aldgate School - making the most of our traditions but ensuring children are fully prepared for the next phases of their education.
Mrs Beverley Ryan (Deanery Governor and Vice Chair of Governors)
Beverley was appointed governor in 2018, and has worked in Education management for many years, initially in a primary school and since the early 2000s in Higher Education. She holds a degree in music and a graduate diploma in theology and philosophy, and is delighted that music is an integral part of the curriculum and extra curriculum activities at the school.
As governor, Beverley is a lead for English, has served on working groups and is very happy when administrative processes create time for more creative and interesting activities.
Robert Moye (The Portal Trust Governor)
Rob was appointed as a governor by the trustees of the Portal Trust in April 2022. He has spent most of the last twenty years living and working in east London. He was Deputy Director of the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green and is currently a trustee of the Ragged School Museum in Mile End, two institutions which have a long history of providing high-quality educational experiences to primary schools. Rob currently works at Four Corners, a centre for film and photography in Roman Road, where he specialises in fundraising.
Zarina Lawley (Parent Governor)
Zarina Lawley joined the Governors Board in May 2018 when she was elected onto the Board as a parent governor. Zarina’s son joined the School (nursery) in September 2016. Zarina grew up in Pakistan and moved to the UK when she was 14, so she understands some of the experiences multi-cultural families can encounter. She went to Leeds University to study Computer Science and moved to London straight after, where she has been ever since. She works as a Sales Manager for an Insurance Broker in the City, her role and experience is in managing teams, implementing strategy, monitoring budgets and mentoring teams to achieve their goals.
Zarina is very keen to become an advocate for fund raising for the school, delivering additional funds to help enhance our children’s learning experiences and environments. She is very keen to promote links between the school and businesses in the square mile, particularly via her contacts in the insurance industry to help raise funds for the school, as part of their Corporate Social Responsibilities. She is passionate about equality and ensuring that children from all walks of life get the same care, attention and opportunity and they are inspired to be the best they can be.
Ms Jacqueline Greenlees (Foundation Governor- The Portal Trust)
Jacqueline Greenlees is a qualified educator and mediator who has strategic management, contract and grant-aid experience. She was appointed as a Governor by the trustees of the Portal Trust in 2017. She is committed to ensuring that every child has access to a first-class inclusive education, to provide them with the opportunity to achieve their potential. Particularly, she is interested in wellbeing, music and languages. As a teacher, she has taught in the primary, secondary and higher education sector as well as being Year Director. As a manager, she worked at the national and international level advising Governing Bodies on Governance, funding and other sport related issues. Currently, she is completing her NPQH whilst working at the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation. She is a trustee of the New Era Foundation. She has an MBA and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.
Mrs Farah Lavin (Staff Governor)
Farah Lavin is a qualified and experienced teacher who has been at The Aldgate School for many years. Farah has taught across the Early Years, Key Stage one and Lower Key stage 2.
Farah has a particular interest in children's language acquisition and supports children across the school at varying stages of EAL development as well as those with some speech and language needs. Farah has also supported the emphasis in the curriculum on explicit teaching of vocabulary and is currently supporting the staff with further building the oracy skills and opportunities for our pupils.
Farah has two children who both attended The Aldgate School.
Mr Jonathan Webb (Co opted governor)
Jonathan Webb was co-opted to join the Governor’s Board in December 2019.
Jonathan is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and
Wales working in the local vicinity of the school for Hyperion Insurance Group. He contacted the Chair to apply to join the Board when the Board were looking for a finance professional to join the Board as a subject matter expert. Jonathan attended a state school in Hampshire before studying Natural Sciences at Cambridge University.
Mr David Williams (Foundation Governor - The Portal Trust)
David was appointed as a governor of The Aldgate School by the trustees of the Portal Trust from 8th September 2017 and again in September 2021.
He hopes to bring to the school his experience in corporate fund-raising, and contacts gained through many years as a corporate sponsorship manager at 2 leading museums. He also hopes to use some of his many contacts to support special school projects. Financially he hopes to use his experience as a justice of the peace over 27 years to guide and advise staff- and indeed pupils if needed. David has spent the last twenty two years – working at firstly the National Maritime museum and secondly the Royal Armoury at H.M. Tower of London.
Mr Jason Pritchard (Local Authority Governor)
Jason Pritchard is a City of London Common Councillor for Portsoken Ward and joined as our Local Authority Governor in September 2022. He currently serves on the following council committees: Community & Children's Services, Licensing and Port Health & Environmental Services. He has a background in Education having worked for CityLit, Southwark College, Eurocentres and International House London. He currently works as a Parliamentary Assistant in the House of Commons. Jason was born in Tower Hamlets and still lives locally. Both of his daughters attended The Aldgate School. Prior to becoming a governor at the school, Jason started successful campaigns which have helped to greatly enhance the school's IT provision and to purchase additional storybooks, giving the school a huge boost in reaching its goals and helping more kids to engage and access the curriculum fully, through improving reading skills and building vocabulary. He has helped the school to build strong relationships with various livery companies which have resulted in support for a number of school projects.
Mr Anwar Akhtar (Foundation Governor - The Portal Trust)
Anwar Akhtar is Founder and Director of The Samosa Media a UK arts and journalism charity, that works to embed diversity in the arts and humanities curriculum in schools, colleges and universities. Produces media that explores cultural and social issues. Anwar produced and presented the film is “Pakistan’s Best Kept Secret – Lahore Museum” and was producer of the play “Dara,” working with Ajoka Theatre Pakistan and National Theatre UK. Dara was the first South Asian history play at the UK’s National Theatre. Anwar also led the Royal Society of Arts’ Pakistan Calling project www.pkcalling.com which produced more than 60 films looking at identity, education, equality, culture, religion, women’s and minority rights in Britain and Pakistan. Anwar was previously project director of the Rich Mix Cultural Foundation, where he led the capital and business development of a new £26 million arts centre in East London.
Mohibur Rahman (Parent Governor)
Mohibur Rahman (Mo) joined the Governors Board in 2022 as a parent Governor. He has 3 children at the school. He has over 10 years experience working the private education sector, during which he completed an MEd in pedagogy and Identify formation. Currently, Mohibur works in central government as a policy professional. He is a local resident and former pupil of the school.