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The Governing Body is made up of parents, staff, Local Authority and Community representatives. School governors support the school in ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction. They hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils. The governors oversee the financial performance of the school.  

The Governing Body meets twice per term, additional meetings and any statutory panels are convened as required. They have a delegation planner in place for key tasks and for statutory policy reviews, and conducts an annual review of its effectiveness. The Governing Body is supported and advised by a professional clerk, the clerk minutes all meetings and the minutes are available on request to the school office. 

Governors regularly visit the school and are involved in a range of activities which cover areas such as the school’s finances and staffing, the building and environment, pupil achievement, the curriculum and pupil welfare. Specific governors are linked to particular aspects of school life such as Child Protection and SEND. 

The Governing Board is made up of various types of governor.  Governors serve for a term of office, shown underneath each Governor, except for the Headteacher, who is always a member of the Governing Board.


Please address any correspondence to the Chair of the Governing Board, care of the school office.

Chair of Governors


Kerensa Heffron

Term of office: 08/05/2019-07/05/2023

For most of my career I have worked as a senior manager in the NHS, which includes serving as a director on the management board of two large London acute trusts has given me a solid grounding in the governance and management of public services.   I have lived in Wanstead for over 10 years and have a son at Snaresbrook Primary School. I love the inclusive and positive ethos of the school and look forward to supporting it as it goes from strength to strength.

Vice chair of governors


Daniel Morgan-Thomas

   Term of office: 10/12/2018-09/12/2022

SEN Lead Governor

I am a Councillor for Wanstead Village ward, elected in 2018. Formerly a carer and teaching assistant, I now work in the charity sector with an interest in literacy and special educational needs. I have governance experience as a trustee of a Students’ Union and am trustee of a small charity. I attended the school as a pupil from 1998 to 2005 and have happy memories of the school.



Andrew Forde-Johnston

Term of office: 23/09/2017-22/09/2021

In my role as Governor I try to bring my experience of working in finance at a senior level across the UK public sector in London and further afield over the last 25 years. I have also been Trustee of a street-children’s charity for a number of years, operating in the UK and India. I have two children at the school and we've lived in Wanstead since 2007.



Faheem Razak

Term of office: 07/07/2021 – 06/07/2025

I chose to become a parent governor at Snaresbrook Primary School as I am keen to support the body in delivering and achieving their key objectives.

I have worked in the Banking and Risk profession for over 15 years, including working with the Big 4, Middle Eastern Investment and Challenger Banks and now FinTech.

I moved to Snaresbrook in 2012 and have two children at the school. I have been impressed with the excellent staff and admire their dedication and professionalism in the challenging environment of the school.

As a governor, I look forward to channelling the skills, knowledge, and experiences that I have acquired from the Banking world, to help improve the school’s key priorities.


Jarnail Bal

Term of office: 07/07/2021 – 06/07/2025

Coming soon

Staff Governor


Rose McDermott

Term of office: 30/09/2019-29/09/2023

Before coming to Snaresbrook I taught overseas and in the UK for five years. At Snaresbrook I have taught throughout KS1 and KS2 (including Reception) but more recently I took on the role of UKS2 Instructional Leader. I am also interested in visual arts and am very proud to be the school’s lead on art.



Nicola Hedges 


Before joining Snaresbrook as Deputy Head I was Assistant Head for Inclusion in a neighbouring Redbridge School. I have taught in schools in another London Borough and also in the Midlands. I am committed to Inclusion and am proud to be the Deputy Head of our caring happy school.



Misbah Mann

Term of office: 23.09.21 – 22.09.25

I am currently the Executive Headteacher of three primary schools in South London. Previous to this I have been the Headteacher of  schools in Redbridge and Newham.

I have a strategic overview of the whole school ensuring rigorous and robust systems are in place, to ensure we strive to raise standards and give our children the best learning opportunities and experiences.

I bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to the Governing Body of Snaresbrook as an experienced Headteacher. I also work in close partnership with other schools and represent the primary sector on many groups within the Local Authority.

Governor Attendance

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Governor Register of Peculinary interests

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