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The Governing Body

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Mary Arnold (Chair of Governors)

"Every child deserves the best chances in life and this means enjoying a sound, stimulating and rewarding education as an entitlement. As a former teacher, mother and grandmother of three, I am acutely aware of children and young people's varying school experiences. I am committed to promoting the highest standards and supporting the best teaching practice in our local schools so all children love learning and achieve."

Mary was a local councillor for the Kilburn ward for many years and served as Lead Member for Children, Schools and Families. From 2014 -16, she was the independent chair for the Kilburn Children Centres Advisory Board, where she gained further insight into health, early learning and parenting in the Kilburn locality. She is currently a South Kilburn Trust Board member and is very involved in   providing much needed community facilities, especially access to employment and enterprise, improving health for all and supporting young people and their positive activities.

Liz Curran (Chair of Curriculum & Standards Committee)

Liz has lived in Queen's Park for over thirty years. She brings a wealth of experience to the governing body having been a serving headteacher both locally and in East London. As chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee she uses her experience of leading schools to support and challenge Kilburn Park School to achieve high standards in everything that it does.

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Tomos Davies

In 2006 Tomos became a Science teacher in Brent and since then he has continued to work in the education sector both locally and internationally.  His deep belief in educational equity for all children has kept him working with schools and young people across London.  Tomos lives in Kilburn and is Teach First’s London Director.


Cheryl Benjamin (Associate Governor)

Cheryl has worked with children for many years as a play leader, a support worker in children's homes and supporting young adults in hostels. She is also a respite carer for the 'Children with Disabilities' team. This has allowed her to see the importance of children's education and the role it can play in shaping adulthood. She lives locally to the school and wants to ensure the success of children in the area.

Henrietta Warner (Associate Governor)

Henrietta decided to become a governor of the school, having been part of the Beanstalk Volunteer Reading Scheme at Kilburn Park for a number of years. She has witnessed the improvements that the school has made and wants to contribute more to ensure its future success. Henrietta has three children of her own and also runs a morning playgroup in the Kilburn area.

Marina Shah (Staff Governor)

Marina represents the interest of staff on the governing body. Marina has been at Kilburn park for over four years and is currently on the senior leadership team with responsibility for mathematics and assessment. Marina recently undertook the first part of the Ofsted Inspection Skills training which has allowed her to monitor pupil achievement and standards of teaching and learning across the school.

Laurence Keel (Headteacher)

As the headteacher, Laurence attends all meetings of the governing body and advises them when required. Laurence has been headteacher in four London schools. He has been the headteacher of Kilburn Park School for the past eight years.

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Mr Isam Elbousserghini (Parent Governor)

Isam we elected to the Board of Governors in 2015. Mr Elbousserghini has a particular interest in championing interactive learning and promoting the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) throughout the curriculum.