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The Governors are appointed to make strategic decisions about the direction the school will take. They discuss what is taught, agree targets and monitor how well the school and its pupils are doing.

They meet once a term as a full Governing Body. Each governor also belongs to a committee e.g. the finance committee. There are also some individual governors who take on a curriculum responsibility e.g. special educational needs or literacy.

Being a parent governor is one way that you can show your support of the school. Parent governors are elected so that they bring a parent’s view to the Governing Body. Parents are notified of vacancies through a letter and anyone who has a child in the school may stand for election. If you are elected you stand for four years.

Chair of the Governing Body

I would like to introduce myself as the new Chair of Governors of Canon Barnett Primary School.

I have been a governor of the school for over 10 years and I'm now delighted to take on the role of the Chair.  

I am a Chartered Accountant and Director at the Financial Reporting Council, which is the regulator for the accountancy, audit and actuarial professions and is based on London Wall, close to the school.  

I live in Sevenoaks, Kent and I'm married with two children aged 8 and 4 who both attend Sevenoaks Primary School.

Philip Fitzgerald

"Governors know the school well and they contribute effectively to school improvement. They review the work of the school carefully and hold leaders fully to account for all aspects of the school’s work. Governors have helped establish a culture in which attention is given to the academic development of pupils and to their personal development, so that pupils leave the school as well-rounded individuals." Ofsted, March 2018

Governing Body


Role on the GB

Tenure Expiry

Register of interests

Anowar Hussain – Co-opted (V/Chair)

Chair of Sch Imp

Resource Com

Pay Com



Phil Fitz-Gerald – Co-opted


Chair of Governing Body

Member of Resources com

Pay com



Tania Lester - Co-opted

Chair of Resources  Com

Chair of Pay com



Mozahid Ali

School Improvement com



Shamsul Rahman - Parent

Member of Resources Com



Sarah Jane Bellerby - Headteacher




Laurens Pattiasina – Staff

Resources Committee



Peter Dyer - Associate




Cllr Shad Chowdhury - Parent School Improvement com 29/01/2020 28/01/2024


Governors Attendance - May 2019 to Present


Governors Code of Conduct

"Learning activities meet pupils' needs and interests and provides them with appropriate challenge, including for the most able pupils."

- Ofsted, March 2018