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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: 

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 the school, I'm 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.

Name Position End Date Appointed by No. of meetings attended during 15-16
Lisa Spencer Chair;Raising Attainment and Progress (Lead) 12/10/2019 Co-opted Governor 4/6
Jacqueline Withnall   17/05/2019 Co-opted Governor 5/6
Sherine El-Damanawi Pratt   12/05/2019 Parent Governor 5/6
Monika Kotwica   12/05/2019 Parent Governor 5/6
Mohammad Shakir   24/04/2017 Parent Governor 5/6
Sarah Issop   24/04/2020 Parent Governor 2/2

Finance, Premises & Staffing Committee


Name Position End Date Appointed by No of meetings attended 15-16
Jackie Withnall Chair (FPS) 17/05/2019 Co-opted Governor 7/7
Lisa Spencer Chair (GB from June'16) 12/10/2019 Co-opted Governor 7/7
Sarah Issop Vice Chair (GB) 24/04/2020 Parent Governor



North Beckton Governing Board Attendance 2016/17


Governor Name   

No. of Meetings


Ms. Marion May    12 of 12 
Mrs. Jackie Withnall    11 of 12
Ms. Monica Kotwica   10 of 12
Mrs. Sherine Ek0 Damanawi   8 of 12 
Mr. Mohammad Shakir    9 of 12
Ms. Lisa Spencer    8 of 12 
Ms. Sarah Issop    9 of 10
Mr. Paul Harris   6 of 7
Ms. Alison Helm   5 of 5
Mrs. Natalija Girzade   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