Eldon Primary School

Aspiration, Determination, Success


The role of the school governor and governing bodies

School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school's aims and policies.


Key roles of governors:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent


They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Determining how the school's budget is spent
  • The appointing and dismissing of staff
  • Hearing appeals and grievances
  • Forming policy on the school's curriculum and collective worship
  • Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • Setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies

Governing Body Strategic Priorities 2018-2019

Governing Organisational Arrangements

Governing Body Register of Business Interests



Governing Body Attendance Register

Governing Body Attendance Register 1 Governor Attendance register 2017 - 2018

Annual Statement of issues faced and addressed by Eldon Primary School Governing Body



Governor Profiles


Mr Daniel Donaghy



I have always wanted to get involved with the governing body of the school and I was able to become a parent governor in 2014. I hope to use the experiences I have gained in the private sector to the benefit of Eldon Primary School.



Mr Sam Japal



I have worked in schools for over thirty one years in a variety of posts and I have spent the past 21 years working at Eldon Primary School as Site Manager. I have always worked in the community and was part of Edmonton's Sure Start committee, helping to gain funding from the government for the beginning of Sure Start in Edmonton. My children were also pupils at the school.



Mrs Gill Newbury



I have worked at Eldon for over 20 years as a nursery nurse in the nursery for 12 years, I then became Parent Support Advisor and then in September 2009 I became Children Centre Manager. I am currently on the Resources Committee.



Mrs Carolyn Bathija



"I am a staff governor and Deputy Headteacher in the Infant School. I joined Eldon in September 2004 as a Year 1 teacher. I became a staff governor in 2007 and I am currently attached to the Achievement Committee."



Mrs Judith Abuwa



"I am a parent governor and a nursery teaching assistant at the Eldon Federation. I became a parent governor in 2009. With my 3 children now attending the school, I am happy to give some time to help support the school in maintaining an excellent standard of education and in providing the best quality learning environment for all the children at Eldon. I was a link governor in the past and I am currently a member of the achievement committee. I am absolutely proud to be a representative of parents. talking and listening to parents is something I really enjoy!"



Ms Judy Ellerby


I have been a local authority governor at Eldon for 15 years. I think that Eldon Primary is an amazing school and I am really proud to be associated with the pupils and staff who work there. The school and Children’s Centre are constantly striving to be even better in everything they do – in my current work role as the Senior Policy Officer for Equality and SEN at the National Union of teachers I am always telling people about the fantastic achievements of the Eldon School community. 

I started on the infant GB in 2000 whilst I was a primary school teacher in Haringey. I have served as the Chair of the infant GB as well as Chair of the Eldon Federation. I have two children aged 7 and 10 and I also am a parent governor at their school in Enfield.  


Shelley Khalid



I am a husband, a father, a humanitarian, a trustee, a coach and therapist and not bad in translating strategy in to operations and deliverables, by bringing out the best in people. 

I do not think I can do everything, nor do I think I know it all. Therefore, I wholeheartedly believe in the African proverb, “it takes a village to raise a child”, and so l am all about working collaboratively with parents, schools, community, businesses and government to realise the full potential of our children. 

In order to find the solutions that will help improve social mobility, tackle inequality, improve how we integrate with diversity, and equip our children and young people with the right work readiness capabilities, for the jobs that have yet to be invented, I feel the education system needs to be dragged out of the Victorian era and in to the 21st century,  

Whilst welcoming advancements in technology and the digital era, I have significant concerns about the negative impact this is having on our children’s self-esteem, social skills, emotional intelligence and mental/physical health. I feel that this is the responsibility of the parents, government and tech firms and we need to get a handle on this, before it escalates out of control. 

Ghandi’s, “Be the change you want to see”, resonates with me and I believe that if everyone, in the social care and education sector, role-modelled the change and delivered what they said they would, we would all serve our children better.


John Manix


I worked as a supply teacher at Eldon a few years ago. The staff and students impressed me a great deal. They worked so very well together.

My experience is in the primary and secondary stages. I now hope to be able to ‘give back’ as a volunteer to the running of this school.

My interests are across several areas; finance, curriculum and the arts.


Caroline Jackson


I Joined the Board of Governors in September 2017 and am enjoying the opportunity to use my professional and personal experience to support Eldon’s continuing development. I strongly believe in the positive effect a good primary school has on children’s lives and opportunities.

I recently retired after more than 40 years working at Middlesex and London Metropolitan Universities in a variety of administrative and management roles, finishing as Director of Estates. I also volunteer in Enfield libraries and at athletics events



Aaron Collingwood-Williams

As someone with a background in education, I was delighted to join Eldon primary school as a co-opted governor. I am also the Assistant Headteacher in charge of teaching, learning and assessment at Bishop Stopford School in Enfield. Prior to this appointment, I was the Assistant Vice Principal at Mulberry Academy Shoreditch, leading on KS4 outcomes and behaviour across the academy.

I plan to use my experiences to challenge and support the senior leadership in its journey and ambition to improve further.

Nicki Quarterman 


(SEND Governor)