The Governing Body

The governing body is the school’s accountable body.  It is responsible for the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards.  The governing body aims to ensure that children are attending a successful school which provides them with a good education and supports their well-being

Sets the strategic direction of the school by:

  • Setting the values, aims and objectives for the school
  • Agreeing the policy framework for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Setting targets
  • Agreeing the school improvement strategy which includes approving the budget and agreeing the staffing structure

Challenges and supports the school by monitoring, reviewing and evaluating:

  • The implementation and effectiveness of the policy framework
  • Progress towards targets
  • The implementation and effectiveness of the school improvement strategy
  • The budget and the staffing structure

Ensures accountability by:

  • Signing off the school’s own self-evaluation report
  • Responding to Ofsted reports when necessary
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the performance of the school
  • Ensuring parents and pupils are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate
  • Making available information to the community
  • Appoints and performance manages the headteacher who will deliver the aims (through the day to day management of the school, implementation of the agreed policy framework and school improvement strategy, and delivery of the curriculum) and report appropriately to the governing body.

For governing bodies to carry out their role effectively, governors must be:

  • Prepared and equipped to take their responsibilities seriously;
  • Acknowledged as the accountable body by the lead professionals;
  • Supported by the appropriate authorities in that task; and
  • Willing and able to monitor and review their own performance.

The Role of the Governor

In law the governing body is a corporate body, which means:

  • No governor can act on her/his own without proper authority from the full governing body;
  • All governors carry equal responsibility for decisions made, and
  • Although appointed through different routes (i.e. parents, staff, Local Authority community, foundation), the overriding concern of all governors has to be the welfare of the school as a whole.

Governors are elected for 3 a year term.

There are two sub-committees: the management working party (MWP) and the curriculum working party (CWP).  Representatives from these two committees update the Governing Body in the Full Governing Body meeting.

Name Category Date elected
Maria Kokotsis Headteacher Governor 5/9/14  (re-elected)
Serkan Yumakci (Chair) Parent Governor 28/9/20 (re-elected)
Jenny Craigen LA Governor 26/9/16  (re-elected)
Daud Osman Co-opted Governor  25/2/18
Cllr Elin Weston Co-opted Governor 05/07/21
Sarah Potts-McConnellogue Staff Governor 18/9/19
Helen Saunders Co-opted Governor 29/3/21
Dilyana Shtereva Parent Governor 29/3/21

Governor Profiles

Serkan Yumakci (Chair of Governors)

I am Serkan Yumakci, the Chair of Governors at Lea Valley Primary School. I am a born and bred Londoner. My  father came to England in the late 1960s. I was born in East London, raised in North London. I took on the role as the Chair of Governors when I was invited back to join in 2009. I am able to identify with many of the families at Lea Valley Primary School who come from a similar background and upbringing as myself. I hope that my insight helps me serve and understand the children better. I have four children who have all studied at Lea Valley, one of which who has just graduated from University at Bristol.

Jenny Craigen

I work as a research scientist doing cancer research, and I like to get involved with science careers and education through my job. I’ve lived in Harringey for more than 20 years, and am generally interested in making sure that local children receive the best chances during their school years.

Daud Osman

I joined the governing body in 2018, and have the privilege of a dual role both as a parent and a Co-opted governor. I have three children in years 4,2 and reception. I am passionate about Lea Valley, the schools demographic represents my own personal background. The school’s and more importantly the tudsents success is something very dear to me.

I am current chair of the management working party, I am an investment banker by trade who currently heads up the Compliance division in a leading development bank. As a member of the BAME community I am also the link Governor for BAME and closely monitor the progress of minority groups.

Cllr Elin Weston

I grew up in the South Wales Valleys and made Haringey my home after moving to London for university. I know the value of an excellent education and its power to transform lives and expand horizons. I am now a Lecturer in Law at King’s College London, and a Councillor on Haringey Council. I got to know Lea Valley Primary through my role on the Council and have always been so impressed by the supportive and nurturing environment at Lea Valley, and the ambition that everyone has for every pupil at the school. I’m delighted to have joined the governing body!

Sarah Potts-McConnellogue

I am originally from Wiltshire and moved to London “for a year or two” 11 years ago and started my teaching career here at Lea Valley. I have been a staff governor for 2 years now, and am currently one of the Acting Deputy Heads.  I have a passion for helping pupils achieve their dreams by supporting them to remove any barriers they may have and encouraging them to always be both kind and determined.

When I’m not at Lea Valley you will find me enjoying time with my family and friends and, occasionally, trying to jog!

Helen Saunders

I work at North Mid hospital, the local hospital for Lea Valley Primary School which is how I got to know the school. I also live in Haringey and am committed to improving the wellbeing of young people locally. I believe that health, wellbeing and success at school is a key part of this. I joined the Governing Body in 2021 and hope to make a contribution to its development over the coming years!

Dilyana Shtereva

I have experience as a manager for a few years now in the hospitality field, I am a certified aromatherapist and have a background in administration in the port and fleet export sector. I applied for parent governor as I am a parent and would like to know how the school is functioning and what is done for the children, families and staff and to bring some more ideas when needed .


Business Interests Declared: None

Other Governorships Declared: None

Relationships with Staff or Relatives Declared: None

For more detailed information regarding the Governing Body please see:

Governing Body Code of Conduct