Albion Primary School

Our Governors

The governing body provides strategic leadership and accountability in schools.

Governors

Jacqui Lawrence (Chair)

Karl Bardouille (Headteacher)

Isabella Longwill

Kath Whittam

Simon Treacy

Emilie Mendy

Maria Andreous

Dionne Amoo

Jen Thornton

Sarah Teng

Paolo Taticchi

It has three key functions:

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

Key Information

Governor Information 2023-2024Committee Membership 2023-2024Governing Body Meeting Attendance 2022-2023

 

Key Information (Pre 2023)

Governor Information 2022-2023Committee Membership 2022-2023Link Governors 2022-2023Governing Body Meeting Attendance 2020-2021

Key Information (Pre 2022)

Governor Information 2021-2022Committee Membership 2021-2022Link Governors 2021-2022Governing Body Meeting Attendance 2020-2021

Key Information (Pre 2021)

Governor Information 2020-2021Committee Membership 2020-2021Link Governors 2020-2021Governor Attendance 2019-2020

About our governors:

Jacqui Lawrence (Chair)
Jacqui has been a Southwark school governor since 2006, joining Albion as a parent governor in 2010 when her daughter was in the school. She is now a Local Authority Governor, and is vice-chair governor. Jacqui is a member of the resources committee, parent and community and strategic planning committees. She is also one of the Safeguarding governors.

Jacqui is a social work manager within children and families and has a special interest in connecting social care and education as well as considering the well being of staff and pupils.

Jacqui is an active member of her community and undertakes voluntary work as well as working at The Felix Project. She enjoys contributing to making a difference.
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Karl Bardouille (Headteacher)
Karl joined Albion Primary School in September 2018 as the Headteacher. He has previously been a governor for 4 years in an Outstanding school in East London. His educational philosophy is based on his uncompromising belief that all pupils can learn, given a positive learning environment, strong and knowledgeable leadership, a committed and focused educational team, an encouraging community and a supportive family. His vision is to create memorable experiences for children where they are able to harness their emotions with the skills learnt to ultimately have a positive impact on their future in this ever evolving world.
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Kath Whittam
Past Mayor of Southwark Cllr Kath Whittam has a long record as a community activist. From serving as Chair of her Safer Neighbourhood Ward Panel, private residents’ representative on the Canada Water Campaign Forum, and Chair of the Rotherhithe Under 5’s Group at Time and Talents as her earlier involvement in the community she has lived in since 1987. Her lifelong interest in the natural environment saw her become a Friend of Lavender Pond and Russia Dock Woodland, and she was the manager of Surrey docks farm. She has also been a very active member of The Amicable Society working with other members on the conservation of the two historic statues standing proud above the old Free School in Rotherhithe to restore their paintwork and brighten their traditional ‘bluecoats’. Meanwhile her commitment to education after teaching science for 16 years, has continued in her role as School Governor first at Redriff School, Bacons College as parent governor and now Albion Primary School.  Since 2014 she has been an elected councillor for Rotherhithe Ward.
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Isabella Longwill
Isabella was elected as a parent governor in 2019, and has now been co-opted to the board. She chairs the Parent, Pupil and Community committee, and is a member of the Curriculum and Achievement committee, where she is the link governor for Science and Creative and Performing Arts.

Isabella is involved in the Albion Parents and Carers Community (APCC), which has organised school wide events, such as the the Summer and Winter fairs to raise money to improve the school facilities, as well as strengthening parent and community involvement with the school. She has also helped to establish class WhatsApp groups.

Isabella has three children, who are currently in Year 5 and Year 3 at Albion. The youngest will join the school nursery in a year. She previously worked as a teacher at a local secondary school, where she was Head of Science and Head of Year.
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Simon Treacy
Simon has been an Albion governor since September 2021. He is the father of 2 boys. He works as a lawyer in the finance sector and hopes to use his legal skills to help Albion manage legal risks and contribute to oversight and governance.

Simon also has experience of working in different aspects of education. He has volunteered for the charity IPSEA as a Tribunal Support Worker, where he helped parents of children with SEN access the support their children need. He have previous experience of teaching English as a foreign language.

He is looking forward to working with Albion to make sure all the children at the school achieve their full potential.
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Dionne Amoo
Dionne is passionate about education, mental health and wellbeing, and helping all children reach their fullest potential.

Dionne is currently the Head of Business Development at a top 10 Accounting and Business Advisory firm. Her role involves strategic development, team management, process development, budget management, amongst other things. Dionne is also a Trustee of the firm’s Community Foundation.

She also volunteers her time with a charity called Counter-Col Network, working with the Trustees and other Committee members to decide the organisation's strategic direction and supporting the implementation of agreed plans.

Dionne's award nominated blog 'Words from a Black Woman' shares her thoughts and experiences as a black woman and offers support through strong calls to action. She aims to unite and educate those on the same journey to creating a conscious and equal society as well as encouraging healthy habits.

Dionne leverages her skills to help Albion strengthen its position as an exceptional provider of education.
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Jen Thornton
Jen is a communications and policy professional, working in the head office of a trade union. She has previously worked in the arts, charity and political sectors including as Head of Office to a Member of Parliament. As a campaigner she is active in the local community, using her skills to support neighbours on her estate and taking part in wider community campaigns alongside local elected representatives. Jen has been a community governor at Albion since 2020, sits on the Pupils, Parents & Community committee and is Link Governor for behaviour and attitudes.
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Sarah Teng
Sarah has been an Albion Governor since September 2023. She has two daughters, the eldest of whom is a pupil at the school. Sarah works in banking, where she is Director of Communications, advising executive teams on their internal and external communications. Sarah also sits on the Advisory Board of ‘Let Me Know’ - a charity focused on educating young people about healthy relationships. Sarah has lived and worked in a number of countries, and is looking forward to putting her varied experiences to use for the benefit of Albion Primary School and its pupils.
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