Prior Weston has a strong Governing Body made up of teachers, parents, LA (Local Authority) representatives and members of the local community.
Helen is a co-opted Governor and has been Chair since autumn 2018. Her interests have always been and are still in the health, wellbeing and education of children beginning her professional life as a Childrens' Nurse progressing over time to become Chief Executive in the NHS.
Helen says “it’s a privilege to support children and families at Prior Weston helping all children to achieve all they can”.
Helen is also a JP in Central London and a Common Councillor for Aldersgate Ward in the City of London.
I am a parent of three children, all of whom attend or have attended Prior Weston; as a family, we have been involved with the school since 2012. I have been an active member of the PTA for several years and I value enormously the role the school plays within the wider community.
By profession, I am a chartered accountant specialising in public sector finance and so can support and challenge financial governance, which is a very useful and important skill for the school’s governing body. I have worked in school business management in Islington for four years and so understand the wider opportunities and challenges for primary schools in our area.
Emma Booty is a parent governor, with two daughters at Prior Weston, in years 2 and 5. Previously, they were both at the Children's Centre so the campus has been a huge part of the family's life for the past eight years. Emma's professional life is as a designer and creative director.
I have been a parent of a child attending Prior Weston since 2017 and a governor since 2018. During the past year, I have seen the school going through several changes, it is steadily improving thanks to the new and vibrant leadership.
My professional life is split between researching in forestry and climate change and teaching yoga and mindfulness.
I believe in schools that value diversity and creativity as well as academic achievement, and provide a joyful and efficient learning environment combined with enriching extra-curricular programmes. I look forward to contributing to the success of Prior Weston as an inclusive, happy and creative place for all the kids to thrive.
I have had the chance to be a parent of Prior Weston since 2008 and a governor since 2018.
My eldest boys transitioned to local state secondary schools very well prepared (Central Foundation Boys School, and then Camden School for Girls for A-level).
I have been working full time in the financial industry and volunteered in the school many events throughout the years. Like my children, I have met some of my closest friends through Prior Weston and I am keen to nurture this vibrant community.
I care as much about our children academic progress, as about their social, artistic and physical development. Above all, I wish all kids to become curious, independent learners, critical thinkers and to have the happiest time at Prior Weston.
Tom Bishai became a governor of Prior Weston in 2018 and sits on the Finance and Community Engagement committees.
Tom is a solicitor and works for Heathrow Airport as Senior Finance Counsel. Prior to joining Heathrow, Tom was a senior associate with CMS Cameron McKenna specialising in infrastructure and spent 9 years working at their offices in the City of London and in Romania.
Tom values the importance of a good and rounded education in positive life outcomes for children.
Fiona became a co-opted governor of Prior Weston in 2019. She lives locally and is an employment lawyer by profession. Her passion is music: she plays piano, flute and accordion, sings with a couple of choirs, and organises annual carol-singing locally in aid of Barnardo’s.
Laura is a community governor who has worked near the school for a number of years, first by the Barbican and now on Bishopsgate where she holds a communications role at NatWest Group. She lives near Columbia Road in Bethnal Green with her partner Dave and cat Mackintosh.
William Pimlott is a PhD Student at UCL studying Immigration and British Jewish History - he has recently returned from study semesters at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and at Yale University in the US. He had the honour and delight of attending Prior Weston from 1997-2003, and is excited to give back now in his role as a co-opted member (William represents the ward of Cripplegate as a Labour Common Councilman in the City of London - this is where he grew up).
William wants to work to help a school that gave him an unparalleled education by focussing on the elements of Prior Weston that have always made it special: its unique traditions such as "the Happening" and its focus on pupils' creative and social development, as well as their academic achievement.
The Governors Composition List includes details of our Governors terms of office, the committees they sit on and type of Governors that they are.
Parent governors are elected by parents, Co-opted Governors, elected by the board members and LA Governor are appointed by the LA.
Full Governing Body Minutes
We publish the full governing body minutes to keep everyone up to date.