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Curwen Primary School



North Beckton Primary School has an active governing body. We act as a critical support to the school, providing strategic governance to ensure that all children receive the best possible education. The Governing Body meets twice a term and delegates its business to a range of committees, where appropriate.

What do we do?

The governing body has an important part to play in raising school standards through its three key roles:

  • setting strategic direction
  • ensuring accountability
  • monitoring and evaluating school performance

We have responsibility, together with the leadership team, for agreeing the policies for the general running of the school. Our role is crucial:

  • We fulfil statutory duties to ensure that the school is a safe, healthy and an inclusive environment
  • We ensure the school finances are in order by monitoring the school's budget on a regular basis
  • We provide support and challenge to the leadership team of the school on all issues that affect the learning and welfare of our pupils

The governing body is drawn from the staff of the school, the Local Education Authority, parents and the wider community that the school serves.

Who we are: 

Lisa Spencer 


Jackie Withnall 





I have spent all of my career working in primary education in Newham. My special interests are the creative arts and working in partnership with parents and the community around the school. Now semi retired I share my time between mentoring teacher trainees, baking, treading the boards and volunteering as a trustee for local charities. 

Marion May 

I have spent most of my career helping to protect the interests of children. Since retiring, in addition to supporting North Beckton School, I am involved in community outreach and volunteer at a local foodbank and lunch club and recycle good quality second hand school uniform. I also love to read.

Sherine El- Damanawi Pratt 

I have been working in the education sector for 13 years. I am currently a senior leader in an inner London girls school. I am proud to be part of a cohesive and passionate governing body.

Name Position End Date Appointed by
Alison Helm Acting Head of School   Member
Lisa Spencer Chair; Raising Attainment and Progress (Lead) 12/10/2019 Co-opted Governor
Natalija Girzade   20/09/2021 Staff Governor
Jackie Withnall   17/05/2019 Co-opted Governor
Sherine El-Damanawi Pratt   12/05/2019 Parent Governor
Monika Kotwica   12/05/2019 Parent Governor

Finance, Premises & Staffing Committee


Name Position End Date Appointed by
Jackie Withnall Chair (FPS) 17/05/2019 Co-opted Governor
Lisa Spencer Chair (GB from June'16) 12/10/2019 Co-opted Governor
Paul Harris Advisory Executive Headteacher   Member

North Beckton Governing Board Attendance 2016/17


Governor Name   

No. of Meetings


Ms. Marion May  Resigned 12 of 12 
Mrs. Jackie Withnall    11 of 12
Ms. Monica Kotwica   10 of 12
Mrs. Sherine El-Damanawi   8 of 12 
Ms. Lisa Spencer    8 of 12 
Mr. Paul Harris   2 of 2
Ms. Alison Helm   2 of 2 
Mrs. Manjit Rai Retired 7 of 8
Miss. Anqi Guo Resigned 8 of 10
Mr. Simon Howes Resigned 7 of 8
Mr. Andrew Mutter Resigned 7 of 9
Ms. Antonia Simmonds Resigned 7 of 8
Mr. Sheeraj Laturia Resigned 2 of 5
Mr Andi Smith Resigned 4 of 4 
Mr Mohammad Shakir Resigned 9 of 12