About the governing body

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

There are up to 14 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.  The Governor’s have their own blog where you can access the latest minutes from Governing Body meetings.  Please see the box at the side.  Parents and carers can sign up to receive the latest blog posts by email.

Please see the side box for a register of Members Business Interests.

Meet the Governors

Shola Salako, (Chair)

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 30 June 2021

Caroline Gray, Vice-Chair

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.

Caroline’s term of office expires 31 August 2021.

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.

Jeremy Baker, Co-opted Governor

I was until recently chair of the Rosendale Governing Body.   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.

Jeremy’s term of office expires 30 June 2021.

Mark Creelman, Parent Governor

I have 3 children at Rosendale with my partner Darren. They are currently in Nursery, Year 1 and Year 2.  I’m a qualified social worker and have worked in the public sector for 25 years. I am Managing Director of an NHS organisation with a turnover of £130m. I believe in the power of strong governance and want the development of the school to be fully inclusive and participative of parents with the child at the centre of all we do.

Mark’s term of office expires 31 August 2023.

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 2021.

Tom Milne, Clerk to the Governing Body

I am clerk to the governors and a Year 4 class teacher at Rosendale.

Rebecca Rae, Parent Governor

With children in Reception and Year 2 at Rosendale, I want every pupil to have a great, well-rounded education. I bring experience of policy research and analysis from the local government and charity sectors, and have often worked with boards, including as a patient representative. I have been part of a scrutiny team, supporting elected Members to hold organisations in London to account. In challenging times for education, I want to represent the voice of parents as we ensure that Rosendale keeps its ethos as an academically successful school but also a warm and caring community.

Rebecca’s term of office expires 31 August 2023.

Emma Roselli, Staff Governor

I am the school’s child protection officer and designated teacher – I support children with emotional and social difficulties, bereaved children and those looked after and adopted.  I am a qualified forest school teacher and I am currently in my second year studying a Masters in Psychotherapy for children, adolescents and families.  I am a counsellor one day a week at another primary school. I have two boys who used to attend Rosendale. I grew up locally, as did my mum and maternal grandparents. My dad is an Italian American.  I was one of the founder directors of The Elmgreen School.

Emma’s term of office expires 31 August 2021.

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 2023.

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 2021.