Governing Body

Our governors are formed from parents, staff, the local community and the Education Authority.

Our Governors

Montbelle Primary School Board of Governors  
Irene Morley
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Chair of Governors

Chair of Governors, (Governor since March 2016).
No pecuniary interests. Trustee – Inspire Partnership Academy Trust School. Clerk to Governing Body at two schools in Bromley. No staff or governor relationship
I have been a governor at various Greenwich schools at both primary and secondary level since 2000. I worked in Human Resources at Greenwich Council for many years until my retirement in 2013 and until recently lived in Mottingham. I am a Trustee at Inspire Partnership Academy Trust. I first became a governor as I have lived and worked in Greenwich all my life and I wanted to give something back to the community. I believe that all children deserve the best possible education and the chance to achieve their full potential. It is an exciting time to be a governor at Montbelle and I am looking forward to working the new head and being part of the school’s continuing journey towards excellence.
Mrs. Sharon Woodrow shazParent Governor (Governor since May 2015) No Pecuniary Interests No Staff or governor relationshipMy name is Sharon Woodrow and we have two children here at Montbelle in year 3 and 5. I also have a son at secondary school. I am Australian and have been living here for 13 years. I am a full time mum and run a Toddler group in our church. Children's learning and development is a passion of mine and I want to support the school in their endeavours to make Montbelle an exciting and challenging place to learn and grow. I have worked with children, parents and staff in many different roles throughout the years and embrace this challenge as Parent governor.
Marie Smith
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Parent Governor (Governor since November 2016).
No pecurinary interests.
No staff or governor relationships.
I have worked in education for over 15 years as a teaching assistant and then class teacher in a primary school in Chelsea. Teaching in years 1&2 as well as the Foundation stage has given me a passion for early years education. As well as a class teacher, I was also head of English and a member of the senior leadership team. During this time I also completed a BA in modern Theatre studies at Brunel University.
I am now taking a break from teaching to bring up my two children. I love cooking, the arts and where ever possible enjoy adventuring around the country.
I look forward to using my skills to become an active member of the governing body and to support the pupils, staff and parents in the continued development of Montbelle Primary school, as a place of inspiration and achievement.
Janice MacleodAssociate Governor
(Governor since September 2017)
Governor at Wingfield Primary/ Compass Trustee Imperium Partnership
I am a retired Headteacher and have taught in Greenwich for 39 years. I am an associate governor at Montbelle. I am also Chair of Governors at another Greenwich school, a trustee of a multi academy trust and a governor at two other schools.

I am passionate about children receiving the best possible education and chose to become a governor so that I may continue to use the considerable skills developed during my career to contribute to outstanding provision and outcomes for children.
Sue Watts
I have lived in new Eltham for over 40 years and I know the area well. I have two grown up children and four grandchildren who I enjoy spending time with. I believe that every child deserves the best education possible and look forward to using my skills to support the children and staff at Montbelle to achieve this.
Mari BorgGovernor since 2017I joined the Montbelle governing body in 2017 academic year and currently work as a business and technical change management consultant.

Keen to contribute and provide support to Montbelle primary school in its goals for children to be happy at school, to be resilient, to be able to persevere and to appreciate their own place in the world. I look forward to working with the Mrs Geden and the team of Montbelle primary school.
Leanda Mark-Iham
Governor
(Governor since September 2018)
I joined the Montbelle governing body for the commencement of the 2018 academic year and currently work in Compliance in the banking industry.

As the mother of a six-year-old, I care deeply about the education of primary school children. As a resident of Greenwich, I am keen to get involved with a local school to volunteer time and work with Mrs Geden and the rest of the governing body towards the vision to continue improve the outcomes for all the children of Montbelle primary school and ensure a safe and nurturing environment.

I look forward to leveraging off my skills and supporting the team, community and children of Montbelle primary school.
Mrs Elspeth GedenHeadteacherMy name is Elspeth Geden and I am very proud to be the Headteacher of Montbelle Primary School. I have lived in the local area throughout my life and am committed to ensuring our children have the best possible start to their education. Alongside supporting their academic success, I want the opportunities they have at Montbelle to embed their learning behaviours, secure their understanding of the role of respect and tolerance, and be motivated to learn for life. When I'm not busy at school, I enjoy spending time out and about with my five children, who range in age from nine to twenty-seven, and my young grandaughter or losing myself in a good book!
Mrs Kayleigh Woodland
Staff Governor
(Governor since 2017)
No pecuniary interests.
Hello, I am a staff governor for the Governing Body; I currently teach in Year 4. After teaching in Bexley Borough, I moved to Montbelle and have thoroughly enjoyed being a member of the school and having the opportunity to work with such wonderful students and staff for the past 6 years. I have been lucky to have had the experience of teaching in Upper Key Stage 2, Lower Key Stage 2 and Key Stage One during my career so far. Recently, joining the Senior Leadership Team here at Montbelle has allowed me to work with other leaders on school improvement priorities to ensure that every child at our school receives the first-class education they deserve. In my spare time I love to travel and visit exciting places with my new husband; in the summer holidays we conquered the Inca Trail in Peru!
Mrs. Narzif Ustusoy narCo-opted Support Staff Governor. (Governor since July 2014). No pecuniary interests. Link Governor for Year 6. 100% Full Governors Meeting attendance 14/15. Committees & 14/15 attendance: Resources (100%), Teaching & Learning (100%). I am a Co-opted Support Staff Governor for Montbelle Primary School. As a Governor I serve as a part of the Learning & Achievement and Finance committee and I am also one of the adopted Governors for Year 6. I have been with Montbelle for fourteen years within the Foundation Stage as a qualified Nursery-Nurse. One of my roles is to support children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. I enjoy reading, gardening, baking and spending time with my family as I am a very happy mother of five children and a grandmother!
Julie ScottClerk to the Governing Body

2017-18 Annual Governance Statement

Governor Attendance Grid 2016-2017

2015-16 Annual Governance Statement

Governor Attendance Grid

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