Greeting from the Chair of Governors

On behalf of the Governing Board, allow me to offer you a very warm welcome to Leopold Primary School. As Chair of Governors, I have a responsibility to the children, parents and staff of Leopold to ensure that the school works to its full potential and harnesses the talents and abilities present in all parts of the school community.

What we do as Governors is support the Headteacher’s vision and give the senior leadership team an outside eye on the way the school is run. We also contribute our experience from other industries and walks of life to the school. The Governing Board and I are very proud of the achievements of Mrs Kendall, the senior leadership team and all the staff here at Leopold School.

Leopold is a school in the heart of a thriving multicultural community, situated in one of the most successful and diverse capital cities in the world. And what’s thrilling about Leopold is the way in which it reflects the culturally rich and complex world around it. If we can make education work for all in a diverse and integrated school like Leopold, we can make it work anywhere.

Communication is central to the Leopold ethos. We have many children in our family who have English as another language. Yet even in instances where children have arrived at school speaking only their native tongue, within weeks they are happily being taught and chatting to their classmates in English.

Both my children attended Leopold from Nursery to Graduation, and throughout their time here, Mrs Kendall and the staff promoted the idea of children as leaders. The Leopold philosophy is that no matter where our children find themselves in life, if they are educated, play to their strengths and do their best, then they can live as champions.

We, the Board, support the school in this continuing work. And when the Governing Board and the senior leadership team strive for Leopold’s success, we aren’t just doing it for the school. We’re working to support local education and help our children strive for the best lives they can experience.

Leopold School has a brand new motto for this year, and that is “Inspiring today’s learners to become tomorrow’s outstanding leaders”. With the support of all parents, staff, children and Governors, I have faith that we can live up to that motto.

I wish you all a happy and successful year.

Malcolm Boyle

CHAIR OF GOVERNORS

Mr Malcolm Boyle

Mr Malcolm Boyle

BA English

Malcolm is a senior producer, actor and musician with experience in organizations ranging from the BBC to the Royal Court Theatre. Malcolm and his wife (author and critic Lucy O’Brien) moved to Harlesden in 2001. Since then they have seen their children Erran and Maya progress through Leopold from Nursery to Year 6 and on to secondary school. Malcolm’s increasing involvement in Leopold nurtured a desire to help build its future. He combines experience as a media manager and creative with many years parental involvement at the school. Malcolm was elected Chair of Governors in Summer 2015 and is looking forward to the challenge of expanding Leopold School.

HEADTEACHER

Mrs Audrey Kendall

Mrs Audrey Kendall

Audrey Kendall has been the headteacher at Leopold Primary School for many years. She has dedicated her working life to ensuring that all children reach their potential. It was a privilege for Audrey Kendall to be offered the opportunity to run a second Leopold Primary School site – which has since thrived into the Gwenneth Rickus site. Her inspiration comes from former Leopold pupils and their parents/carers who realise the importance of a solid foundation in education and return to inform her of their achievements. She continues to work tirelessly for the school community.

VICE-CHAIR OF GOVERNORS

Mr Kofi Baah

Mr Kofi Baah

Chartered MCSI, FCCA, MBA, BA Economics

Kofi has three children who all attended Leopold Primary School between 2006 and 2014. He joined the Governing Board in 2009 as a Parent Governor and a member of the finance committee until 2013, and has since been appointed as Co-opted Governor. He is currently the vice-chair of the governing board and the chair of the Finance Committee.

Kofi has worked with a finance company (FCE Bank PLC) for over 15 years and brings a wealth of financial experience to the governing board. He is very enthusiastic, with a passion for ensuring every child at Leopold is granted the best opportunities in life.

LOCAL AUTHORITY GOVERNOR

Vacant

STAFF GOVERNOR

Ms Neela Devraj

Ms Neela Devraj

CO-OPTED GOVERNORS

Mrs Barbara Cheltenham

Mrs Barbara Cheltenham

Ms Shavonne Rajaratnam

Ms Shavonne Rajaratnam

Mrs Anjna Chadha

Mrs Anjna Chadha

Rev. Paul Akinola

Rev. Paul Akinola

Mr David Anti

Mr David Anti

Mrs Shirin Sherali

Mrs Shirin Sherali

PARENT GOVERNORS

Mr Robert Read

Mr Robert Read

BA Fine Art & Painting, BTEC National Diploma in Art & Design

Robert currently works for DACS, the UK’s leading visual rights management organisation, as Chief Operating Officer. He has overall responsiblity for Legal, HR, Corporate Governance, Finance, Facilities and IT. Since 2012, he has been executive chair and curator of the Free Painters and Sculptors artist group and a Parent Governor of Leopold Primary School. Robert is married to Ibolya Nemeth and they have two children, Ruby and Lucas, who both attend Leopold School.

Mariam Gbaja

Mariam Gbaja

Sabine Storp

Sabine Storp

Hiba Hassan

Hiba Hassan

Asher Williams

Asher Williams

Vacant

Vacant

CLERK TO THE GOVERNING BODY

All governors serve four-year terms unless stated otherwise.