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The Governing Body


The Role of Governors

Governors are the strategic leaders of our school and have a vital role to play in ensuring every child gets the best possible education. Governing bodies have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


Setting Strategic Direction

Governing bodies are the key strategic decision making body of every school. It is their role to set the schools strategic framework and to ensure all statutory duties are met.

The governing body should ensure that the school has a medium and long-term vision for its future. The governing body should also ensure that there is a robust strategy in place for achieving its vision. This strategy should address the fundamental questions of where we are now, where do we want to be and how we are going to get there.

The governing body should set and safeguard a school ethos of high expectations of everyone in the school community. This includes high expectations for the behaviour, progress and attainment of all pupils in the school and for the conduct and professionalism of both staff and governors.


Holding the Head Teacher to Account

Governing bodies should work to support and strengthen the leadership of the head teacher and hold them to account for the day to day running of the school, including the performance management of teachers. Governing bodies should play a strategic role and avoid routine involvement in operational matters. It should focus strongly on holding the head teacher to account for exercising her professional judgement in these matters and of all other duties.


Effective governing bodies hold their head teacher and other senior leaders to account for improving school performance by asking the right questions. This might include asking:

  • Which groups of pupils are the highest and lowest performing and why?
  • How do you plan to address gaps between groups of children to ensure all groups are making good or rapid progress?
  • What is the quality of teaching across the school? How do you support teachers to improve their skills and knowledge so that standards continue to rise?
  • Is this a happy school with a positive learning culture? How do you know?

It is through our standards committee meetings that we provide governors with a wide range of data and other evidence to enable them to fully explore and question how we are performing as a school.


Overseeing the Financial Performance of the School

Governing bodies are responsible for making sure their schools' money is well spent. They should do this by making sure they have at least one governor with specific skills and experience of financial matters, and by asking questions such as:

  • Are we allocating our resources in line with our strategic priorities?
  • Are we making full use of all our assets and efficient use of all our financial resources?
  • How do we compare with similar schools?
  • How can we get better value for money from our budget?


School governors are members of their school's governing body, which is known as a 'corporate body'. A corporate body has a legal identity that is separate from its members and as a result, individual governors are generally protected from personal liability as a result of the governing body's decisions and actions provided they act honestly, reasonably and in good faith.

Individual governors have no power or right to act on behalf of the governing body except where the whole governing body has delegated a specific function to that individual or where regulations specify a function is to be exercised in a particular way.

School governors are drawn from different parts of the community and can be parents and staff or from the LA, the community and other groups. This helps ensure the governing body has sufficient diversity of views and experience but does not mean governors of a particular category represent that group on the governing body. For example, parent governors are not delegated by the parents at the school and do not report back to them.


Composition of the Governing Body

Mr. Mike Tyler MBE

Chair of Governors

Co-Opted Governor

A Chartered Accountant, I spent 28 years with IBM in a range of consultancy, sales and management roles followed by a full time MBA at Imperial College. Then for 17 years I ran a charity in Tower Hamlets recruiting businesses and their staff to help young people in the borough develop their employability skills. I have now retired. I have been Chair of Governors at Osmani Primary School since 1996, a Governor of St Paul’s Way Trust School since 2008 and a Governor of Christchurch Primary School since 2014.  I believe a good education for Tower Hamlets young people is essential to help them achieve their personal goals and aspirations.

Mrs. Husna Khatun

Co-Opted Governor

For over 20 years I have been very active in many forms of community work within Tower Hamlets. Throughout my roles as a Health Promotion Officer and fitness instructor I helped raise awareness of Healthy living through many projects based on healthy eating and exercise; particularly amongst the Bangladeshi community where issues such as diabetes and cholesterol are very prevalent. As a Sports Recreational Officer, I helped the empowerment of women in relation to sports; encouraging women to get active through sports. I achieved this by helping to create women only sessions and an atmosphere where women can freely enjoy sports without having to worry about social and religious obstacles. I recently qualified as a Health advocate, helping those from disadvantaged background to empower themselves to achieve their rights and entitlements. I enjoy voluntary work and currently I am the Secretary of Stepney Green Residents’ Committee.  We host workshops and programmes towards Community Cohesion helping residents to live together in harmony as a community regardless of their backgrounds.  

I have been a proud Osmani parent for the last decade. I previously served as a Parent Governor, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I am an active parent of the school; a friendly and approachable face helping bring parents together to host charity events. I have been co-opted back to the team to help the school carry on the wonderful achievements and provide support to ensure the children get the best possible education. 

Dr. Roger Courtenay

Co-Opted Governor

An economist and fund manager, I obtained a first class degree in economics from Cambridge University, and a masters and PhD in finance, before moving to London to work as an economist at the Bank of England. From there I moved into fund management. I was in the first batch of Osmani business reading partners in 1998, and became a governor in 1999. I have been chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee since 2002. I am committed to helping set Osmani pupils on the path to realising their full potential, for the benefit of both themselves and the wider community. Originally from Cornwall, I am an elected member of the Cornish Language Board.

Ms Theresa Holland

Co-Opted Governor

Following a 35 year career in the Finance and Investment Industry, latterly as a Director of BlackRock, a large Investment Management organisation, I took early retirement in 2011. I then returned to BlackRock for a 2 year period on a part time basis in order to restructure and reinforce  their existing Philanthropy programme, which included a partnership with Osmani Primary School. Having already been involved with the school as a Reading Partner for many years I became a Governor in 2011 and was appointed Vice Chair in 2013. I was born in Tower Hamlets and have lived in East London for most of my life and as such have a particular interest in local  schools and the standards of education in the area.  As a Governor for Osmani I believe my role is to ensure that pupils have every opportunity to  achieve their full potential through teaching methods that can accommodate individual needs  in a safe and structured environment.

Mrs. Fatima Begum

Parent Governor

I am currently working as a Lead Skills Coach and Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) at Richmond & Wandsworth Borough Council. I have completed a BA Hons in Health Studies and then went on to study community services at Postgraduate level. I have begun a career in assessing and lecturing NVQs since 2006. I have also completed my adult teaching qualifications. I have  done  a lot of voluntary work in care such as advocating for families involved with Social services, the Royal London Hospital and Age Concern. In my current role, I work with young people providing Information, advice and guidance to help them to get in to work based learning, as well as helping individuals already in the working environment to gain an Apprenticeship qualification including Maths and English in social care and Business administration.

I have joined Osmani Primary School as a Parent Governor in July 2014. The reason why I have decided to become a governor was to help the parents of the children at Osmani to voice their opinions and make their experiences at Osmani a remarkable one. My profession also helps me to gain a good understanding of the way in which the different aspects of the school is monitored.

Mr. Peter Holmes

Co-Opted Governor

After obtaining a joint honours degree in environmental science and computer science, I have pursued a career in the finance sector, performing a number of senior operational and program management roles at major institutions. Prior to my joining the Osmani governing board and alongside my career, I worked for the Prince's Trust as a small business mentor helping guide a charity through its first 5 years. The charity supports under privileged children by providing safe access to sports coaching. It’s now a thriving charity supporting over 100 children. I have been a Governor at Osmani for over 13 years and for much of that time I have chaired the operations and finance committee. My focus has been to support the Head Teacher and the Business Manager in efficiently and effectively managing the school finances and all operational matters, thereby ensuring the school is a safe and welcoming environment for all pupils. My career has taught me the need for a good education but also an appreciation for the diverse world in which we live. I believe Osmani provides a strong foundation for both.

Ms Raeesa Docrat

Co-Opted Governor

I am currently engaged as the North American Regional Leader for Construction and Infrastructure at Marsh. I am a graduate of the University of Waterloo where I obtained a BA in International Studies and a certification in Risk Management from the University of Toronto in Canada. Professionally, I began my career in the financial services industry in the UAE, following which I was based in Canada for 10 years before transferring to the UK in 2017.  I am passionate about the social impact having been involved with refugees and at-risk youth programs on a voluntary basis both in Canada and the UK. I have joined Osmani Primary School as a Governor committed to contributing to the community of Tower Hamlets where I reside and to support the school to ensure all pupils have the opportunity to fulfil their aspirations and enjoy a successful future.  I believe education is the most powerful tool to build tolerance, equal opportunities and success for the children of today and leaders of tomorrow.

Ms Shelagh Taylor

Local Authority Governor

Qualified as a Solicitor, I spent many years in private practice with a number of different firms. I then switched to Knowledge Management and did a part time MSc in Information Science at City University.  I now work for an American law firm in London as their Knowledge Strategy Manager which includes organising the lawyers’ training, making relevant information easily accessible and dealing with regulatory compliance.  I manage a small team in order to do so. I am currently a trustee of two charities.  I am a governor because I believe that everyone has the right to a good education and that this is nowhere more important than in a borough such as Tower Hamlets.

Mr. Hasnath Khalisadar

Parent Governor

Having studied Business Management at the University of East London, I started my own luxury transport firm in 2004. 

I have been a Tower Hamlets resident my whole life, and I have always been community-minded. Wanting to contribute to community cohesion and foster positive relations between the  Police and the local community, in 2015 I decided to take a step back from my business to join the Metropolitan Police. 

I have been a parent at Osmani since 2012, and I've always been proud of the education my children have received. 

I look forward to my time as a parent governor and hope to be of some help in shaping the future through our young people. 

Mr David Sayers

Co-Opted Governor

I have worked in the finance industry for nearly 30 years and am very aware of the opportunities and skills this has given me. I started visiting Osmani School as a language volunteer 10 years ago and throughly enjoyed the experience. During a sabbatical from my company I worked for a charity where I wrote a paper encouraging employees from all levels of a corporation to volunteer to help other benefit from their experience and skills. On return to work I joined the governing body of Osmani where I have responsibility for the art/culture activities within the school

Ms Remi Atoyebi

The Headteacher

I have worked in Tower Hamlets since 1997 as a teacher, Deputy headteacher and  Headteacher. I have been the Headteacher of Osmani Primary School since 2006.

I am committed to the children and families in Tower Hamlets and know from experience that children only have one chance at receiving the best primary education, hence my unwavering commitment to ensuring that all children in our school experience the best teaching and curriculum opportunities.

Ms. Runa Begum

Co-Opted Governor

Runa Begum, School Business Manager at Osmani Primary School since 2014. I studied MSc Management at Birkbeck University. I am currently studying for the Association of Accounting Technicians qualification.

I have a passion for finance and began my career in banking becoming a branch manager before moving into the world of education. I am enjoying looking at how the education system is influenced by the world of money. I enjoy working with the leadership team, the strategic planning involved in running of the school and how that helps the children to grow and develop their knowledge and skills.

I am committed to providing a high standard of support to the children, the staff and the governors of the School and ensuring we make the best use of all our resources.

Ms. Penny Seymour

Staff Governor

I am the Deputyhead and Inclusion Co-ordinator at Osmani School and have taught in Tower Hamlets since 1997.

I have worked at Osmani School since 2000 and have witnessed the support and commitment of our parents to their children’s education.

I am committed to being part of a school that gives children an excellent education; with opportunities to develop their academic, social, emotional, physical, cultural and creative potential, and prepare them for the next steps in their education and working life.

Co-opted Governors (7)

Co-opted governors are appointed by the governing body. They are people who in the opinion of the governing body have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

Local Authority Governor (1)

Local authority governors are nominated by the local authority but appointed by the governing body. The local authority can nominate any eligible person as a local authority governor, but it is for the governing body to decide whether their nominee has the skills to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school and meets any other eligibility criteria they have set.

Parent Governors (3)

Parent governors are elected by other parents at the school. Any parent, or carer, of a registered pupil at the school at the time of election is eligible to stand for election as a parent governor. Although voted to the governing body by parents, they are a representative and not a delegate of parents. Parent governors may continue to hold office until the end of their term of office even if their child leaves the school.

Staff Governor (1)

Teaching and support staff who, at the time of election, are employed by either the governing body or the local authority to work at the school under a contract of employment, are eligible to be staff governors.

The Headteacher

The headteacher is a member of the governing body by virtue of their office.


Governance Statement

2022-2023 Statement

Governance Details and Register of Interests

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Governing Body Information Booklet

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Governing Body Meeting Dates 

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Instrument of Government

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Guidance for Parent Governors

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