Governor Vision Statement

Governors at Plaistow Primary School fully support the school’s aims, vision and ethos.

By being a challenging and critical friend, governors assist the school in maintaining an environment where:

  • All are respected
  • Pupils are supported and stimulated to realise their full potential
  • Staff are valued and feel motivated
  • The school continues to achieve high standards


Name Appointee Link Governor Role Committees
Term of Office
Pecuniary Interests
Ms June Thomas (Chair) Co-opted Governor SEND & EYFS Curriculum Committee, Pupil Standards Committee Start Date 24/11/2015
End Date 23/11/2019
None declared

Ms Susan Giddens (Vice Chair)

Co-opted Governor

The World, Science, Maths & Technology - WSMT


Finance Committee, Curriculum Committee, Pupil Standards Committee Start Date 24/11/2015
End Date 23/11/2019
None declared
Mrs Fay Flack Co-opted Governor PMSH & Well-Being Finance Committee, Curriculum Committee Start Date 22/09/2016
End Date 21/09/2020
None declared
Mr Henry Cooper Co-opted Governor The World, Science, Maths & Technology - WSMT      
Mrs Nicoletta Drilea Co-opted Governor Safeguarding / LAC Curriculum Committee Start Date 13/07/2017
End Date 12/07/2021
None declared
Mr Iain Hale LEA Governor Safeguarding / LAC Finance Committee Start Date 31/08/2003
End Date 30/08/2019
None declared
Ms Rachel Dzumbria Co-opted Governor Safeguarding & SEND Pupil Standards    
Mrs Johura Nasrin Parent Governor EYFS Curriculum Committee Start Date 29/03/2017
End Date 
None declared
Mr Muhammad Azam Parent Governor        
Miss Hazia Begum Staff Governor     Start Date 20/02/2018
End Date 19/02/2022
Ms Donna Occleshaw Staff Governor   Curriculum Committee, Pupil Standards Committee Start date 01/09/2015
End of Term 20/10/2019
None declared
Ms Janine St. Pierre Head Teacher / Staff Governor     Start Date 01/01/2010
End Date

HT performance management panel:
Fay Flack, Susan Giddens, Iain Hale

Governors Forum Representative:
Iain Hale

Governor Biographies

Miss Hazira Begum

I am a teaching assistant at Plaistow Primary School and have been working at the school for just over 2 years and have enjoyed my experience at the school, working alongside friendly children and staff.

I am currently studying for a master’s degree in Human Resource Management. This degree allows me to understand the needs of individuals and what is required developmentally of them from a young age.

My degree has helped me be successful in my job role as it helps me to encourage and motivate the children to work hard in order to achieve their goals.

I have taken the position of being a governor, as I have a high interest in how young children develop and learn in the education system. It is important for me that every child receives a good education, that meets their needs and enables every child to succeed in life after leaving school. I also want to ensure that children receive a happy start to their education, building a strong foundation to a happy and healthy life of success. I hope that with my knowledge and skills in Human Resource Management I will be able to effectively support the governing body in its strategic decisions in this area of school management.

Outside of work I have a strong interest in photography and organisational behaviours.

Mrs Nicoleta Drilea

I am the mother of two children and live in the local community. I have completed a diploma in Specialist Teaching & Learning in Schools and am currently working in the education sector as a teaching assistant.

I believe that the first years of a child’s education are crucial to their later academic achievements and to the development of their social skills and other life skills. I am aware of the importance, both as a parent as an educator, of being up to date with all the changes in education.

I have a strong interest in Safeguarding of children and how schools creatively implement the National Curriculum.

Mrs Fay Flack

I am a retired accountant having spent most of my career working for a steel trading company in the UK and overseas. I am a parent of three adult children and have always had an interest in the education of children.

After I retired I wanted an opportunity to keep my mind active and to try and help future generations, as today’s children will be the decision makers and work force of the future, so becoming a governor was an obvious option for me to consider.

From my professional background, I obviously have a strong interest in financial management and can use these skills to effectively support the governing body in this increasingly important aspect of school management.

I firmly believe that school not only provide a good knowledge base for future development, but also ensure that well rounded, inquisitive young adults are enabled to take their place in the world.

Ms Susan Giddens (Vice Chair)

I am passionate in the belief that all children should be helped to reach their full potential in order to ensure success and happiness in their future lives.  This belief is reinforced both from my being a mother of 4 children and over 20 years teaching in Newham. I was, for many years, a class teacher and then became an Acting Deputy Headteacher and Assistant Headteacher. Since I am now retired I have the time to devote to being an active school governor and believe that the many years I worked as a class teacher give me a good insight into the needs of children.  My leadership roles also give me a good understanding of wider school management.  I will fully support the school in whatever way I can in achieving the very best outcomes for its children.

Mrs Johura Nasrin

I am a parent governor and have two children in year 1 at Plaistow School. I am the link governor of EYFS and I am on the curriculum committee.

I graduated from university in Bangladesh with a degree in Social Science and Certificate in Education. Before coming to the UK  I was government school teacher for five years in Bangladesh.

I became a governor because I want to play a part in helping Plaistow continue its success story. I offer a full commitment to the role and do all that I can to ensure Plaistow continues to be an outstanding school.

Ms June Thomas

My name is June Thomas and I have been a Governor at Plaistow for the past two years. I spent my whole working life in Primary Education, first as a Teacher and then as a Head. When I retired nine years ago I was keen to continue my links with schools and so became a Governor. I am very aware of how important it is to keep up to date with all the many changes in Education and to this end I am prepared to give time by undertaking training and making visits to the school. I am keen to support the school in achieving its aims and in providing a high standard of education for all pupils.



Mrs Donna Occleshaw

I am the staff governor for Plaistow Primary school. I have worked at the school since 2012 and have been a teacher for 16 years. I am currently an assistant headteacher with responsibilities for the EYFS, phonics and curriculum across the school. I became a staff governor to enable a strong link between the school staff and the governors and I firmly believe in joined up thinking and a team approach to whole school management. I am passionate about making a difference to the lives of the young people in the diverse community that we serve as a school. I am currently the chairperson for the curriculum committee and I also sit on the progress and standards committee.