Governance

Walthamstow Primary Academy is a part of United Learning whose Trustees hold the ultimate responsibility for the governance of each United Learning school.

The Department for Education’s governance handbook identifies the essentials of effective governance as follows:

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

United Learning’s Trustees delegate certain key roles and responsibilities to the school’s Local Governing Body (LGB) and these are set out clearly in Appendix 4 to the United Learning LGB Members Handbook, which can be seen on the United Learning website.

Local Governing Body (LGB) Members

Details of Walthamstow Primary Academy LGB members' appointment and business interests can be viewed here. Our Chair of Governors, Anna McShane, is available at chair@walthamstowprimary.org.uk. Our LGB Code of Conduct can be found here.

Anna McShane (Chair of Governors and Pupil Outcomes)

Anna is Head of Strategic Projects at United Learning. Prior to that she was Assistant Head at Hackney New School, a free school, where she was part of the core team that set it up. Anna also has educational research and policy experience from before she became a teacher. ​


Gill Burbridge (Safeguarding)

Gill is Vice Principal at Leyton Sixth Form College, where she has specific responsibility for Teaching, Learning and Student Achievement. She has taught in the post-16 sector for 20 years and has worked as a senior examiner for a national awarding body on a number of specifications. This is her first role as a school governor and she is delighted to be a part of Walthamstow Primary’s development and is looking forward to contributing to the school’s future success.


Gurdip Theara (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities including Pupil Premium)

Gurdip works as an Educational Psychologist for the Triborough Educational Psychology Consultation Service, where she supports children and families across a range of schools and early years settings in west London. Gurdip is a Walthamstow resident and is very keen to use her knowledge and skills to support her local community school, helping it to be inclusive for all children.

Simon Maine

Simon is a communications consultant for the Brunswick Group, specialising in alternative energy. He has previously held roles in politics and private equity, and is a Trustee of the Taylor Bennett Foundation. He believes passionately that access to high quality education leads to happier lives and better outcomes for pupils. He is a Walthamstow resident, new dad and lifelong Arsenal fan.

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