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.

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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

Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor, Equalities and Year 5 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

Vice Chair of Governors, Local Authority Governor, English and Oracy 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

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, Online Safety 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, Health and Safety and year 3 link governor

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.

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.

Ash Uddin

Parent governor

I am the father of 3 who all attend Cubbit Town Juniors & Infants. I am a very approachable individual & possess the skills to listen & resolve problems. I enjoy spending time with my children and am very much involved with their academic life at home and at school.

I am currently a school governor for the Cubbit Town Infants School and am very excited to get involved with the Juniors too, in order to help the school achieve their objectives and contribute my skills and knowledge for the betterment of the pupils and the school as a whole.

I work at Transport for London (TfL) as a compliance officer and previous to this I was a compliance officer for Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs (HMRC). I also, run a Sports Nutrition & Supplements business which has stores across London and Essex.

Building a bridge of trust and transparency would be my ultimate goal for the role as parent governor and I very much look forward to representing you on the governing body.

Phan Sin

Parent governor and Parents

I have been educated and lived on the Isle of Dogs my whole life. I know the Island well and I love the community the Island has to offer.

I have a degree in Graphic design. I have experience designing logos and in web designs. I am still doing this in my spare time to build my portfolio and experience. I have worked for HSBC as a customer service advisor and have worked for Travco (hotel wholesaler) as a Junior account clerk in the accounts department.

I would like to give something back to the school and community. I would like to contribute my experience to help improve the school's educational standards so that every child will have a chance to realise their full potential. I look forward to working with existing governors, to use my skills, experiences and enthusiasm to maintain and build on the successes at Cubitt Town Junior School.

Max Nuttall

Co-opted Governor and STEM

I work in Canary Wharf and have for many years wanted to do my bit to ensure that the City plays a positive role in the communities that surround it.  To this end, I was glad to be asked to join the Cubitt Town Governors in late 2017. I've recently taken on the role of Maths and STEM Link Governor - and hope to use this role to help support the school in this vital area of education. Though still very much in learning mode, I've been struck by the energy and creativity of the staff and the commitment of Governors to making Cubitt Town Juniors a role model for educational excellence in the Borough.

Dr Sharpour Hariri

Co-opted Governor and Digital Literacy

I became a Governor in Jan 2020, so still quite new to the school. However, in this short time I have been amazed by the vigour and enthusiasm that everybody in the school, drive forward. There is passion, love and great ambition by the children, as well as the staff and you can feel it just walking around the school. My own background is Pharmacy, with a PhD in medical informatics and MBA in healthcare business delivery. I am a great believer in digital technology and its role in education. The change in the digital world is exponential and the challenge for all schools and government is to flexible and keep up with that pace of change, so we can make sure that the education that we are delivering today is fit for purpose for their tomorrows. I am very excited to be involved in a school where digital literacy takes centre stage.

I am also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers, an ancient city institution with a charitable focus on schools. CTJS is one of the company's "flagship" schools and I act as a link between the company and the school. The Company has been privileged to provide financial support to the school and support the school in its various projects and objectives.    


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

Curriculum and Standards Committee

Margaret - Chair

Finance and General Purposes Committee

Mark - Chair

Terms of Reference 2020-21