School governors are drawn from different parts of the community, such as parents, the staff, the local authority (LA), the community and other groups.

Governors are responsible for promoting high standards, setting targets, the school's finances, the curriculum, appointments, reviewing performance and pay and much more.

Attendance and Register of Business and Pecuniary Interests 2016-17

Types of Governor

Parent Governors - selected by election (or appointment if insufficient people stand for election) and drawn from parents and carers of children at the school.

Staff Governors - selected by election from teaching and support staff paid to work at the school

Co-opted Governors - appointed by the Governing Body to serve the needs of the school

LA Governors - appointed by the Local Authority

Our Governors

Margaret Davies

Co-opted Governor and Chair, English, Equalities and Year 3 link governor

I have been a Governor at Cubitt Town Junior school for 7 years and Chair of Governors for the past 2 years. I am also part of the Finance Committee and the Teaching and Learning Committee. I am a retired teacher with 37 years teaching, 30 of them in Tower Hamlets. I first came to Cubitt Town Juniors in 2002 while working for the Support for Learning Service. I was impressed with the high standard education, care and support given to the pupils here and was thrilled to be ask to become a governor when I retired in 2011. It is so good to see pupils and staff members working together to provide the best education and opportunities for our children. The school is committed to preparing pupils for their future helping each child to achieve their full potential. It is a privilege to be part of the team here.

Mark Butcher

Local Authority Governor and Vice Chair, Literacy and Year 6 link governor

I have been a governor at Cubitt Town since 2016. I currently sit on the Curriculum Committee, and I am Lead Governor for reading and for Year 5. I work for an education charity which trains teachers and school leaders across the UK. The charity works to ensure that every child has the opportunity to thrive, no matter what their background, and I am committed to supporting Cubitt Town to achieve this aim with our children. I became a governor in order to play a closer role in supporting education in my local community, and I am able to contribute significant experience of the UK school system, especially in school performance, assessment and accountability. I am very proud of the improvements that we have delivered at Cubitt Town over the past three years, not only in our examination results but in all areas of the school. The work of our whole staff team in developing a safe and caring environment for our children, as well as in building strong links with the community and providing a fantastic range of extra-curricular activities, create an excellent learning environment which allows our children to flourish. Outside of school and work, I also play for a brass band and enjoy playing tennis and running, including completing the Sierra Leone Marathon in 2018. 

Jackie Bettis

Co-opted Governor, Children, families and community

I have been a Governor at Cubitt Town Junior School for 7 years. Previously I was a parent governor when my 2 sons attended the school. I am currently on the Finance and General Purpose Committee at the school and I work closely with the Senior Leaders to ensure the children get the best teaching. I work in Canary Wharf at State Street Bank and live in the local community. I came back as a governor to Cubitt Town School, as my 2 sons have both gone onto became successful business men so therefore I wanted to give something back to the school to show my appreciation. Cubitt Town Juniors is a great place as it offers a good standard of education and it is a place to broaden your children’s horizons and to support them in achieving their very best.

Andrea Palmer

Co-opted Governor, SEN and CP and year 4 link governor

Joined Cubitt Town as a governor in 2017. I am currently the SEN & CP governor at Cubitt Town.

I work in the Energy sector, as an IT professional and volunteer at the BCS, Chartered Institute of IT where I’m the Treasurer for BCS Women and a member of the Council. I was asked to become a governor at Cubitt Town Junior School because I have been volunteering at the school for over 7 years running fun and creative STEAM workshops and mentoring programme. Wanting to give more to the school and community where I work made the decision easy. Every child deserves the very best education we can provide for them and I wanted to play my part in supporting the schools to achieve this for all the children in our community. My passion is to encourage everyone to achieve their true potential and to understand the opportunities available to them through studying STEAM subjects. The inclusion of all pupil is important hence I want to ensure they get provided with the support needed. I think Cubitt Town Junior school is a great school because the staff and the pupils continue to amaze me with their energy and can do attitudes.

Oliver Hart

Staff Governor

I am now entering my second year as a governor here at Cubitt Town and I act as the voice of the staff at the meetings making sure that we have a perspective from the ‘trenches’. I am entering my sixth year as a teacher here at CTJS, and my ninth overall so I feel I have a good idea about not just how a school should run but also on how to ensure the children have exceptional learning opportunities. I hold several other positions within the school including being: head of year 5, science coordinator, DT coordinator, P4C (philosophy) coordinator and NEU union rep. - so there is not much I don’t have an opinion on! I joined the governors because I wanted to be a bigger part of the drive for excellence that we have in the school. I truly believe in our school motto, ‘Only the best is good enough’, and I aim to embody that in all facets of my work here at CTJS and in still it within the children.

Siddiqa Islam

Co-opted Governor, Children, families and community

I’ve been a co-opted governor for the past two years. I had previously worked on the Isle of Dogs for a number of years, delivering new homes for the local area. Through this work I grew to understand some of the challenges faced by families and young people that prevented them from reaching their potential. When I moved jobs, I wanted to stay connected to the Island and to give something back to this wonderful community.

I find my role as a governor interesting and rewarding. I would like to continue to use my skill set to help the school achieve and inspire the students here.

Andrew Walton

Co-opted Governor, Chair of the Finance and General Purposes committee, Health and Safety

I have been involved with Cubitt Town since 2012 when I led the BP & Business Class programme, a rolling 3 year partnership to deliver business skills and support to students, teachers & parents, and a wider involvement with the Isle of Dogs Schools Business Cluster. I become a Co-opted Governor in 2014. I am currently chair of the Finance & General Purpose committee, the Link Governor for Health & Safety, GDPR and a member of the Curriculum & Standards Committee. I work within the Business Travel industry, as a Director, Service Transition, being responsible for defining and managing the processes to safely deliver IT Applications and IT Infrastructure improvements to a worldwide business of around 18,000 staff in 150 countries. That’s enough people to fill 260 Boeing 787 planes each day. I firmly believe every child at Cubitt Town Junior School has the chance to work in the large, multinational companies we see in Canary Wharf if they want to. When I first moved to the Isle of Dogs, I often overheard conversations stating that it was never an option and I know this is wrong. I want to ensure we keep the school improving our children’s general education and desire for continued learning, whilst ensuring our teaching staff are performing to their best, and keeping the building and environment safe for all. Your Governors can be relied upon to ensure that Cubitt Town Junior School beat their challenges and continue to produce wonderful, well-rounded students, a dedicated and improving teaching staff and a great school that is well regarded on the Isle of Dogs.

Faisal Khan

Co-opted Governor

I joined as a co-opted governor at Cubitt Town in June 2018 with the aim of furthering the high expectations of everyone in the school and building on it's current successes. I currently work in the higher education sector, and have done so for over five years, predominately leading on Digital strategy and student recruitment. I also mentor students with IntoUniversity and sit on various Equity, Diversity and Inclusion boards, championing equality and tolerance at all levels. I'm also actively involved in the start-up world, having consulted for several fledging businesses whilst also continuing to work on launching initiatives of my own. I became a governor first at Cubitt Town Junior School because I saw it as an exciting challenge that would have numerous benefits to my career. It's also my way of playing an active role in shaping the next generation and giving something back. I think Cubitt Town Junior school is a great school because there's high expections for every child and diversity and inclusion is really at the heart of all they do. It's also a warm and welcoming school, committed, not only to it's students but also to building stronger links within the Isle of Dogs community.

Giash Uddin

Phan Sin


We have two committees which meet regularly. They are the Curriculum and Standards Committee and Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Curriculum and Standards Committee

Jackie Bettis
Andrew Walton
Mark Butcher

Terms of Reference 2017-18

Finance and General Purposes Committee

Robyn Bruce
Emine Cigdem
Margaret Davies

Terms of Reference 2017-18