Our Governors

The Phoenix Federation Governing Body is made up of parents, staff and community members and we represent various walks of life and come from differing backgrounds. The thing we all have in common is a passion that our children should have an outstanding education.

Our Governors

Co-opted Governors

  • Sue McTague
    Sue McTague
    Chair of Governors
  • Rachel Onikosi
    Rachel Onikosi
    Co-opted Governor
  • William Cooper
    William Cooper
    Co-opted Governing Body
  • Jack Lavery
    Jack Lavery
    Co-opted Governors
  • Annalisa Ewan
    Annalisa Ewan
    Parent Governor
  • Tahmeena Siddique
    Tahmeena Siddique
    Parent Governor

Staff Governors

  • Mickey Kelly
    Mickey Kelly
    Executive Head Teacher
  • Kay-Ann Williamson-Smith
    Kay-Ann Williamson-Smith
    Assistant Head, Year 6 Teacher

What do we do?

We have formal commitments like attending meetings and visiting the school but we also work to support the school in other ways. For example we might build a relationship with a particular set of children by visiting their class or accompanying them on school trips. If we have a particular expertise the school staff might ask us to support them – for example acting as an extra check during a health and safety audit if this is a task you undertake in your own place of work.

Overall our objective is to both support the schools – remembering to say well done and thank you for all the hard work that goes on, and to challenge the schools to maintain the very high standards that they have already.

We all really enjoy the work and are extremely proud to be part of the Phoenix Federation. If you would like to know more then please click here to visit the Lewisham Education website.

If you would like to contact our Chair of Governors, Sue McTague, for more information please email sue.mctague@phoenix439.org

New Governor Induction

When you become a governor at the Phoenix Federation the Chair of Governors will contact you.

The Chair will invite you to meet at the schools and two children will give you and the Chair a guided tour of the schools. As this often involves walking between the two sites it is an opportunity for you to ask questions and follow up anything you are unsure about.

We will ask you to attend the next Full Governing Body meeting and you will then be asked to join at least one of the two committees – Resources (covering finance, premises and personnel) or Teaching and Learning. If you are not sure where your interest is likely to be you can attend both as an observer before being appointed to one of them. You can be on both if you would like to be.

You will also be asked to become a link governor; usually this is linking to a year group or a specific curriculum subject such as Maths or English. It is expected that you will then visit the schools once a term in your capacity as a link governor. Typically if you are a subject link you will meet with a member of staff, maybe have a tour of the school or observe a lesson related to your area. If you are a year group link governor you will meet a member of staff and the appropriate classes. We then ask you to write a short report so that all governors can be informed. (We can work through this with you if you like!)

To help with these visits there is a protocol and sets of questions available.

It may be that you have done something like this before and are used to the way that committees work but it can be a bit daunting so don’t expect to understand everything all at once. We try to keep our business to essentials only and really focus on what is important to our two schools. If you would like someone to guide you through the processes a more experienced governor will be asked to become your ‘buddy’ and work with you.

Browse through this website and especially take a look at

  • Key Federation policies (open one of the school websites and click on key information)
  • KS2 results, dashboard and Ofsted report (open the relevant school page, about us, Ofsted report, KS2 results).

Latest Lunch Menu

You can see what's on the Grinling Gibbons School menu plus all allergens by downloading a copy to print and keep safe at home. This will help with your family meal planning.

Paper Copies

If you would like a printed copy of any of the school’s polices or any other information please contact the school and we will be happy to provide it.

Grinling Vision

Aspirational, Brave, Compassionate, Determined and Enlightened are the anchors of our life at Grinling Gibbons Primary School

Sue McTague
Chair of Governors
Rachel Onikosi
Co-opted Governor

 

 

William Cooper
Co-opted Governing Body
Jack Lavery
Co-opted Governors
Annalisa Ewan
Parent Governor
Tahmeena Siddique
Parent Governor
Mickey Kelly
Executive Head Teacher

Mickey Kelly – Executive Headteacher – Phoenix Federation

My name is Mickey Kelly and I am Executive Headteacher of the Phoenix Federation.

I was born in Belfast but came to University in Lancaster, where I met my wife Rhiannon, over forty years ago. When I came to London in the 1980s, I worked with the Irish community in Lewisham and Greenwich. As part of the programme, I did some educational work in Grinling Gibbons. This inspired me to become a teacher.

After qualifying at Goldsmiths, I taught in an Infant school in Plumstead, later in a school off the Old Kent Road in Bermondsey. Over time I worked my way to becoming Acting Headteacher. It was at this time our two children Eoin and Maeve were born.

In 2000, I left to become Headteacher at Redriff School in Rotherhithe which was in Special measures. After a lot of work with many colleagues, we became Outstanding. In the process, I undertook school improvement in many schools, becoming a National Leader of Education. Amongst other things we became an Academy, formed a Multi Academy Trust sponsored by The City of London and founded a Free School, Galleywall, which was also judged to be Outstanding.

Last year I was asked to lead our Federation, now called the Phoenix Federation, taking up my post at Christmas – just when we went into full lockdown! It is such a pleasure to work with the children and staff of the Federation and to contribute to the dynamic growth and development of our schools. We are unique schools in a unique place, and we aim to become not just truly great schools, but to serve our children and our community.

This year I was honoured to be awarded an MBE for services to education and to the community.

Kay-Ann Williamson-Smith
Assistant Head, Year 6 Teacher

I recently joined the Grinling Gibbons family in September 2017 and I am excited for the years ahead. Whilst at University, I had visited Grinling Gibbons on a two week placement and knew immediately that this was the school for me. The enthusiasm of the Head teacher, teachers, staff, as well as the passion that the children have for their learning has been infectious, heightening my drive to work in this remarkable and nurturing environment.

I am proud to work in such a culturally diverse community where parents are supportive and value their children’s education. I look forward to working in partnership with you in developing the future generation and in creating opportunities to further stretch them as they develop into lifelong learners.