Riverside School

Riverside School

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Governing Board

 

Kirstie Watkins

 

Chair of Governors

Chair, Student

Development Committee

Co-opted Governor

 

 

Kirstie Watkins

I became a governor in January 2015. I have lived in Haringey for the past 35 years and have worked with children and young people with special needs and their families.

With a background in school improvement and special education I am committed to ensuring that all young people have the best possible educational experience. My children both attended schools in the area and I wanted to put my skills to use in supporting a local special school.

I am Chair of the Governing Board and Chair of the Student Development Committee, which covers issues such as progress, achievement, well-being, safeguarding and inclusion.  I have undertaken training in safeguarding and child protection. I take part in staff appointment panels, and I attend school events regularly. I feel that it is very important that, as governors, we listen to students, parents and staff so we can ensure that the school continues to improve.

 

 


 

Mandy Hellawell

 

 Vice-Chair of Governors

Vice-Chair Resources Committee

Co-opted Governor 

Mandy Hellawell

I have been a parent governor at Riverside since it opened 5 years ago and I became a governor  because, having had my son in special school since he was four, I wanted to do something to support my local school and to see how things worked behind the scenes.  I see my role as working with the Governing Board to support the head and fantastic staff to continue the work they are doing with the students at Riverside to deliver to the best education possible for them.

I am Vice-Chair of the Governing Board and a member of the Resources Committee which looks at curriculum, achievement and assessment for students. I am also a  committee member of Haringey Autism and so am in touch with parents which helps inform me when I represent their views in my role as governor.

 

 


 

Martin Doyle

 

Headteacher Governor

Resources Committee

Student Development Committee

 

 

Martin Doyle

Throughout much of my teaching career of 34 years (29 years in special education), I have taken on a governor role in the schools in which I have worked. As Riverside's headteacher, I remain committed to playing a full part as a governor effectively engaging in monitoring and evaluating the school's performance.


The Governing Board is a very effective group of stakeholders who play an active role in the life of the school. They have the best interests of all our students at heart and ensure that their well-being is promoted and that they make good progress in their time at Riverside. I feel very proud to be part of this dynamic group of supportive and engaged people who give generously of their time to help us in our drive to continuously enhance the quality of our wide range of teaching and learning programmes.

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irene Mansfield

 

Student Development Committee

Resources Committee

Local Authority Governor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irene Mansfield

I have lived in Haringey for over 40 years, and my children (now grown-up and parents themselves) went to school there, so I have a great  pride in our borough’s education.  I am a fairly new governor at Riverside, but I have been a governor before, in a local primary school, although the challenges and decisions were different from those at Riverside.

My background is a varied one, with experience after university in the legal work of Human Rights NGOs, a break looking after my family and then a complete change of direction, working with my husband in our business. I was also Chair of the Classes at a Haringey synagogue, and I am  involved in interfaith activities in Haringey. Those paths each gave me an opportunity to acquire the differing skills needed in the organisation of a voluntary body, overseeing family life and running a commercial enterprise.  I was a magistrate for many years, in latter years specialising in the Family Courts, enabling me to gain a knowledge of  problems and challenges faced by children and parents in difficult circumstances.  

As a governor and member of the  Resources Committee I use those skills to contribute to the work of the Governing Body and thus to support our wonderful school and its staff. 

 

 

 

David Harding

 

 

Chair Resources Committee

Co-opted Governor

 

 

 

 

 
David Harding

I joined the Governors Board in early 2017. I have lived in Haringey for the past 12 years.  Along with joining the Governor’s Board, I will also be a member of the Resources Committee.

I hope to use the skills developed throughout my career, as a qualified chartered accountant, in supporting a local special school.  I will draw on my knowledge and experience in delivering strategic insights to support the headteacher, the school and my fellow governors, in delivering effective oversight of finance, staffing, resources and health and safety.

I am delighted to be offered this exciting opportunity to work at Riverside and look forward to working with my fellow governors.

 

 

 

 

Despina Moutafis

 

Resources Committee
Co-opted Governor

  

 Despina Moutafis 

I was delighted to be invited to join the Governing board. I manage Team Spirit, the after-school and holiday club provision for Riverside School. I joined the school 10 years ago and have learnt so much throughout the years.

I have had wonderful opportunities as a lead, or by being part of many projects within Haringey that support our young people in a variety of settings. This has given me great insight to what matters to our students and their families.   I find myself in a very privileged position to be able to be part of this body to help support the great work we do here at Riverside.  We have the unique opportunity to see our students grow to the best of their abilities in all aspects of their school lives.

I am enjoying being an integral part of this school, and seeing it grow to its full potential.

 

 


 

Francis Parker-Allotey

 

Parent Governor

 

 

 

Francis Parker-Allotey

I joined the Governorning Body in January 2018 as a parent governor. I have two autistic children one who attended Riverside and finished ten years ago and another

currently in Year Eleven.

I have a wide range of experience as an Engineer, a Company Owner and a NGO Founder. I have completed a Masters degree in Project Management and couple of short courses in Finance, Management and Dyxlesia . I am a former community Champion award winner and was given a grant by the Scarman Trust to organise empowerment sessions for Young Persons in the N18 area.

So I believe that I bring a wealth of experience and a different perspective to help in the attainment of both the learning outcomes and safeguarding of students in line with objectives and mission of the school.

 


 

Rachel Daley

 

 Staff Governor

 

 

 

Rachel Daley

I have enjoyed working at Riverside since 2013 as a Teaching Assistant.  I have supported students from all four teams with a variety of special needs including ASD and PMLD students so that they are able to access the curriculum

I am pleased to become a governor in order to bring a staff perspective to the Riverside Governing Board. 

I have a background of working with children, having previously worked at a local authority nursery and the Vale School.  Being a mother of five children also gives me a good understanding of the needs of young people.

 

 

 


 

Danny Kuperberg

 

Parent Governor

 

 

 

Danny Kuperberg

I have always been surrounded by the world of special needs. I have a 13-year-old son, Joshua, who attends Riverside and has autism. In addition, my brother has mild learning difficulties, so I feel I have empathy, understanding and respect for all people with special needs. I was a senior volunteer at Unity, a Jewish youth group. In addition, I teach music at Mapledown special school once a week helping students with PMLD (profound and multiple learning disabilities) to form their own orchestra. This unique project culminates in a concert at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in 2020.

I am a career musician playing and teaching piano and clarinet. I have also worked extensively in recording studios and helped found a successful off-West End theatre in my twenties. I ran a Music Technology department at Woodhouse College for eleven years and still work for the Borough of Barnet’s music service, now as its Head of Fundraising, as well as teaching piano at three Barnet schools.

 


 

Lucy Wood

Co-opted Governor 

 

Lucy Wood

I’m really pleased to be taking on a role on the Governing Board at Riverside. Having moved to Haringey quite recently, I’m really looking forward to getting involved with a local school and working with my fellow governors to support the school’s vision going forward.

My background lies in accountancy and finance, and I hope that I will be able to offer my skills to support the school’s commitment to ensuring that the students of Riverside have the best possible experience of education.

 

 

 


 

Dave Worley

Co-opted Governor 

 

 

 

Dave Worley

I'm absolutely thrilled to have joined the board at Riverside. I'm originally from the Midlands but I've lived in Haringey since 2012 with my partner Kate and our two cats Doodle and Trixie.

I've been looking to offer my time and skills to the local community for some time and this is a great opportunity to do that. I have two younger brothers on the autistic spectrum so have some understanding of young people with special educational needs, and I've also had experience of mental health provision in the local area.

I've been a civil servant for almost 7 years, specialising in digital and technology. As time has progressed I've migrated from technical to strategic roles, and it's this combination of experience that I'm looking forward to bringing to the governing body.