Governing Body

 

The Foundation Body for Rosh Pinah is the Scopus Jewish Educational Trust.

As set out in The School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances) (England) Regulations 2013, the functions of the Governing Body include the following core functions:

(a) ensuring that the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school are clearly defined;

(b) ensuring that the Head Teacher performs his or her responsibilities for the educational performance of the school; 

(c) ensuring the sound, proper and effective use of the school's financial resources.  

 

The responsibility of the Governing Body is for overall policy. The day-to-day business of organising children's learning and of managing time, space, staff and resources is for the professional team led by the Head Teacher.

 

The full Governing Body meets termly and these meetings are clerked. There are also sub-committees which usually meet termly and they currently include (i) Admissions, (ii) Education, Ethos & Welfare, (iii) Business, Premises & Finance, (iv) Staffing & Performance, and (v) Strategic Planning. An individual Governor has been delegated responsibility for Special Educational Needs, welfare and safeguarding matters and small working groups of Governors have been established to oversee matters of governance, security, Jewish studies and finance.

The Governing Body may be contacted via the school office or by email at governors@rpps.org.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Clerk to the Governing Body is:
Saru Balakrishnan - Haringey Governance Services


 

Alice Aharon (Parent Governor)

Alice Aharon has two children at Rosh Pinah in Nursery and Year 2 and is currently an Executive Headteacher of two schools in Hertfordshire.   Alice has always been passionate about working with children and making sure not only that they achieve well, that they are happy and enthusiastic learners too.  Alice brings her knowledge of current education policy, quality first teaching and her rich experience in safeguarding to the governing body and is excited to support the positive journey that the school is on.  

 

Elected by the Parent Body

Current term of office ends: 8 November 2021

Committees and Subcommittees: Education , Ethos & Welfare

Register of Business Interests

Caroline Farleigh (Parent Governor)

Caroline has 3 children- 6 years, 3 years and 18 months old. 2 are currently very happy at Rosh Pinah (Year 1 and Nursery). Caroline is a Deputy Director in the Home Office and has been a Civil Servant for more than 10 years. Her experience in Government spans Immigration, Security, Media, Policy, Operations and Strategy and she is currently working on EU Exit Delivery. Caroline lives in Mill Hill is an active volunteer and member of Mil Hill United Synagogue.

Elected by the Parent Body

Current term of office ends: 8 March 2022

Committees and Subcommittees: Finance & Operations

Register of Business Interests

Adam Foreman (Foundation Governor)

Adam joined the Governing Body as a Foundation Governor in 2017.  Ensuring that Jewish children have the opportunity to obtain a Jewish education is something the he feels strongly about and as such he aims to play a role in ensuring that Rosh Pinah and its pupils meet their potential. Two of his children already attend Rosh Pinah and the third will start at the nursery in September 2017. Adam is an engineer by profession and has worked in management consulting and most recently in the Digital eCommerce and Content space.

Appointed by Scopus Jewish Educational Trust

Current term of office ends: 19 March 2020

Committees and Subcommittees: Finance & Operations

Register of Business Interests

Councilor Brian Gordon (Local Authority Governor)

Brian is a solicitor by profession. He has been a member of Barnet Council since 1998, previously representing Hale Ward and, since 2014, Edgware Ward. He is currently Chairman of the Hendon Area Environment Committee and Vice Chairman of the Area Planning Committee. Brian is a former member of the United Synagogue Council and Jewish Board of Deputies, he currently sits on the executive of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations. He has a keen interest in Jewish education, having spent many years teaching in the local Cheder.

 

Appointed by the London Borough of Barnet
Current term of office ends: 12 October 2022
Committees and Subcommittees: Finance & Operations


Register of Business Interests

Elizabeth Harris (Foundation Governor)

I have recently retired as a full time teacher after 37 years. For the last 14 years of my teaching career I was Director of Music at an independent preparatory school. I also  do some work for the Independent Schools Inspectorate as an Inspector, where we look at all aspects of a school, including compliance with regulations and policies, and making judgements about educational quality including pupils' achievements and personal development.

 

I now work privately from home as a piano, singing and music theory teacher as well as involving myself as a volunteer in various educational and welfare projects at my local synagogue. I am married with 3 adult daughters.

Appointed by Scopus Jewish Educational Trust

Current term of office ends: 18 September 2020

Committees and Subcommittees: Education, Ethos & Welfare

Register of Business Interests

Barbara Hotz (Foundation Governor)

Barbara started her involvement with the school a number of years ago as a parent helper. She is a qualified solicitor in two jurisdictions. She currently serves as a foundation governor and a trustee of the Rosh Pinah Jewish Primary School Trust. Her particular area of interest is the regeneration of the school. This programme has been ongoing for the last six years and we are delighted with the various projects that have been undertaken and completed. It is very important to Barbara that the children have a purpose-built and modern facility which enhances their educational experience.

 

Appointed by Scopus Jewish Educational Trust
Current term of office ends: 15 April 2021
Committees and Sub-committees: Finance & Operations


Register of Business Interests

Nick Kramer (Foundation Governor)

Nick and his family has had a proud connection with the school since it first opened down in Mowbray Road, where he too was a pupil of the school. All his children have passed through the school and still have many happy memories and great friends. He can also just about remember wearing the blue uniform quite a few years ago himself. Nick is a chartered accountant, with past careers in audit, investment banking, commodities trading, property and financial service. He hopes to help being a part of Rosh Pinah’s continuing development into a premier education and learning environment.

 

Appointed by Scopus Jewish Educational Trust
Current term of office ends: 30 April 2021
Committees and Sub-committees: Finance & Operations


Register of Business Interests

Ruth Mellish (Staff Governor)

Ruth Mellish has been a class teacher at Rosh Pinah since 2008. She is currently teaching Year 6, a post which she notes is extremely challenging but highly rewarding. Ruth is also a Rosh Pinah parent with sons in Year 1 and Year 5. She is fully committed to all aspects of school life and helps run sports tournaments and also leads the Key Stage 2 School Council. Becoming a governor is important to Ruth as it allows her to have a greater say in the vision and future of the school – a role which she is looking forward to fulfilling.

Appointed by the Staff Body

Current term of office ends: 2 July 2021

Committees and Subcommittees: Education, Ethos & Welfare

Register of Business Interests

Andrew Rotenberg (Foundation Governor) Chair of Governors

Andrew joined the Governing Body as a Foundation Governor in May 2012 and has been Chair of Governors since September 2013. He works as a solicitor in the City, specialising in finance and business restructurings. Andrew’s hope is to be able to use his professional experience to the benefit of the school. He is committed to making Rosh Pinah the premier school in the community which is known for its outstanding teaching, an excellent integrated secular and modern orthodox Jewish Zionist curriculum, top academic results and outstanding pastoral care.

 

Appointed by Scopus Jewish Educational Trust
Current term of office ends: 31 August 2021
Committees and Sub-committees: TBC


Register of Business Interests

Darcie Richman (Foundation Governor)

Darcie grew up in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and was privileged to have received a Jewish Education having attended a Jewish day school from Nursery through to completing high school. As a result, Darcie always knew that she wanted the same education for her children. She is an optician by profession, working part time in a practice that specializes in children’s vision in Hampstead. In the past she has served on various charity and shul committees. Darcie and her husband, Geoff have one daughter who is a past pupil of the school who now attends Yavneh College. Whilst her daughter was still at the school, Darcie was a “mummy helper” at school reading with infants over the years. Her special interest is in both formal and informal Jewish education. Darcie is also involved in arranging the school’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations for 2016.

 

Appointed by Scopus Jewish Educational Trust
Current term of office ends: 11 November 2019
Committees and Sub-committees: Education , Ethos & Welfare and Jewish Studies


Register of Business Interests

Adam Simble (Foundation Governor) Vice Chair of Governors

Adam Simble joined the governing body as a Foundation Governor.  Adam is a CST badge holder and has held the portfolio of security officer for the school. He has been responsible for ensuring all class trips are risk and security assessed prior to going ahead. In fact he is often part of the security team helping on the actual trip too. Adam has been involved in the Building Project, which has recently completed the new Early Years Centre and he together with his team continue to work on the next phase of building work.

Appointed by Scopus Jewish Educational Trust
Current term of office ends: 31 December 2021
Committees and Sub-committees: Finance & Operations


Register of Business Interests

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Others that sit on the governing body:

Head Teacher: Jill Howson
Deputy Head: Mrs Mordecai - non-voting observer
Assistant Head: Rabbi Howard Hirsch - non-voting observer
Honorary Principal: Rabbi Lister - non-voting observer

Email address for the governing body: governors@rpps.org.uk

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