About the governing body

The Governing Body works with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education.

Download the structure of the Governing Body and Committees

There are 16 governors who make up the Governing Body.  Governors are elected for a term of four years.  They meet five times a year and can be contacted at governingbody@rosendale.cc.  A register of Members Business Interests can be found below.

Meet the Governors

Jeremy Baker (Chair), Local Authority Governor

I am a retired solicitor who specialised in Town & Country Planning law.  I also ran children’s camps for very many years, sailed to the Pacific in 1978 and was a local councillor 2002-6 (and Chair of the Education Scrutiny Committee and later Deputy cabinet member for schools).

I have been a governor of Rosendale School since 1995 and The Elmgreen School since before it started.  I am chair of the Lambeth Governors’ Forum and am co-opted onto various Council committees.  I also clerk six other governing bodies and chair a charity responsible for a youth club.

Jeremy’s term of office expires 31 August 2017.

Sam van Elk, (Vice-Chair), Co-opted Governor

I work as a project/change manager at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, within the Strategy Directorate.  My overriding brief is quality improvement – and I try to be a voice which, in the context of substantial financial and organisational challenges, keeps patients and their priorities at the centre of everything I am involved in.

I am keen to become more involved with the community I live in.  Having visited Rosendale School I was struck by the feel of the place – the liveliness and the excitement.

Sam’s term of office expires 31 August 2018.

Kate Atkins, Headteacher

I am the Headteacher at Rosendale.   I graduated from Hull University with a degree in English Literature and Drama.  Having spent several years working and travelling I attended South Bank University, obtaining a PGCE in Education (Early Years) in 1993 and I have been teaching in Lambeth ever since.  I joined Rosendale in 2003 as Assistant Headteacher.

Dr Adam Baker, Parent Governor

I am a working parent of two children in the school.  I have a strong interest in helping our children appreciate the widest range of topics early in life, particularly in the undervalued science, maths, languages and interdisciplinary areas.  I teach in the higher education sector, specifically space science and engineering at Kingston University London, a highly practical and multicultural local institution.  I firmly believe in strong encouragement and equal opportunities for girls and boys in every subject.

Adam’s term of office expires 31 August 2019.

Sonia Castro-Brown, Parent Governor

I’ve known Rosendale since 2007, with 2 children here currently and another 2 that have moved through the ranks.  After a 12-year career in Advertising, I’m now a stay at home Mum and over the past 10 years have been lucky to be able to invest time in school life as a class contact and PTA member.  I believe I have a good grasp of Rosendale’s ethos, and am passionate about maintaining its strong academic success as well as the genuine focus on turning out well rounded, confident children.  As a parent governor my aim is support the school continue on this path as it moves towards Academy status, representing the views of the parent community to the best of my ability.

Sonia’s term of office expires 31 August 2020.

Michele Chung, Staff Governor

I became a staff governor in 2013.  I am a specialist Special Educational Needs (SEN) teacher split between Rosendale and Christ Church CE Primary School, our former federation school in Brixton.

Michele’s term of office expires 31 August 2017.

Dharshini David, Parent Governor

I’m the mum of two girls in Rosendale, and grew up locally.   I’m a news presenter and former economist, so I know the importance of scrutinising information and am familiar with financial governance.  I’m also a schools speaker for “Inspiring the Future” campaign.

Dharshini’s term of office expires 31 August 2019.

Caroline Gray, Co-opted Governor

I currently work in a General Practice in Vauxhall and for a Mental Health project for the Clinical Commissioning Group.  Whilst my background is not in education I do have a real understanding of life in Lambeth having lived and worked here for the last 16 years and I hope that skills I bring coupled with my enthusiasm and commitment will allow me to make a real contribution to the school and its community.

Stephanie Maltman, Co-opted Governor

I am a former teacher having taught first at Kingsdale Comprehensive, then at Sydenham High and finally at Kelsey Park in Beckenham. I have two grown up children who attended Rosendale
Rosendale Junior School, and I did some supply teaching at Rosendale when my second son was in the infants.

I left teaching in 1997 and have since run a small charity that remembers firemen and fire women killed in London in the Second World War by the locating of commemorative
plaques in places where they died.

I have recently co-written a book about Jews in the Fire Service in World War II and am working on a book of my own, also about the Fire Service in London during the war.

I am a member of All Saints Church and I teach the senior group there in Junior Church. Becoming a governor at Rosendale School is a chance for me to contribute something to local community, education and the welfare of young people.

Tom Milne, Clerk to the Governing Body

I am clerk to the governors and a Year 6 class teacher at Rosendale.

 Geraldine Pusey, Staff Governor

I am the School Business Manager and PA to the Headteacher.  I have worked in the school for over 15 years.  I am responsible for ensuring that the school provides a safe, happy and welcoming environment for children, staff, governors, parents/carers and visitors.  I look after the schools human resources, health and safety, premises and procurement.

Geraldine’s term of office expires 31 August 2018.

 Shola Salako, C0-opted Governor

I became interested in education when I was co-opted onto a parent staff committee at my daughter’s school. She has since left school and as I wanted to continue my involvement I applied to be a local authority governor.  I was accepted and have been a governor at Rosendale for over five years.

The role remains interesting and absorbing.  I hope to be given the opportunity to continue to be of service to Rosendale and provide a valuable contribution.

Shola’s term of office expires 31 August 2018.

Rosie Unwin, Staff Governor

I am a Year 6 teacher; I am in my third year of teaching and enjoying every moment of it.

In my spare time I enjoy debating and this Christmas was the Best Speaker of the World Universities Masters Championship.  This is a hobby that I am very keen to spread in school and have set up a debate club for Year 5 and 6 pupils, last year we won the National Championships.  I also have extra responsibility for our House Teams within the school.

Rosie’s term of office expires 31 August 2018.

Biba Stanton, Parent Governor

I have two boys at Rosendale, as well as a toddler who already enjoys being part of the school community.   As an NHS doctor, I have an understanding of governance and have experience of chairing a national committee.  I am passionate about the importance of gender equality in schools, and about using positive strategies to combat bullying.

Biba’s term of office expires 31 August 2019.

Download the register of Members Business Interests.