Our Governors are representatives of the local community, parents, school staff and the Local Education Authority. They bring a range of interests, knowledge and skills to the school and they all work in a voluntary capacity. They have responsibility for overseeing the strategic framework of the school including setting policies, approving the curriculum and overseeing the school budget.
The Governors support the Headteacher and give feedback, recognising and celebrating achievement, identifying where the school is not achieving as well as it could, and providing support and encouragement when exploring ideas for improvement. The Governing Body works as a team with shared responsibilities - Governors never make decisions on their own, nor do they act as individuals.
The Full Governing Body Minutes are available to view on request. Please contact the Clerk to the Governors via the school to arrange this.
Sarah has been a parent governor since 2016 and became Chair of Governors in January 2019. She has a daughter in Sydenham, now at SFH6. Sarah has many years' experience in education and training and now works as a Learning and Training Manager, running training programmes for charities that work in international development.
Sarah lives in Sydenham and is involved in the local Labour party and several community activities in Penge and Sydenham. Sarah grew up in South London but has also lived and worked for several years in both Namibia and Spain.
I have been in leading positions for many years in community and charitable organisations in London. I am a trustee and lay preacher at Hinde Street Methodist Church, London.
I attended primary and secondary school in Freetown, Sierra Leone and obtained academic qualifications in London.
I spent more than 20 years researching, collecting, preserving and disseminating the history of Black (African) people in Britain. Employed as Coordinator and later as Director of Black Cultural Archives, I have given talks and lectures to schools and universities on the history on Black (African) people in Britain; developed educational materials for primary school children, collaborated with museums and archives in collecting documentary evidence of the Black (African) presence in Britain, sat on various panels to discuss, assemble and collate primary source materials for disseminating Black British history including exhibitions. I was the Secretary of the Reparations Movement under the leadership of the late Bernie Grant MP. I have written published articles on the British African diaspora including on Cultural Diversity, published by Leicester University.
I have organised training programmes for community organisations on good governance principles and formulated policies for such organisations based on standards established by the Charity Commission and National Council for Voluntary Organisations, (NCVO).
Now retired, I devote much of my time to reading. I am currently researching the role of Black (African) people in British society from 1960 – 2000.
I have been a Co-opted Governor at Sydenham since October 2019. I have also been a Governor at a primary school in Deptford. My daughter is a pupil at Sydenham and I am delighted to be able to give something back.
l work closely with the governing body to provide the best for the school and pupils. We are supported well by a proactive and innovative leadership team. I am a link Governor to the Children, Family and Communities Committee.
As a governor I keep up to date with governor training. I have experience of working in an advisory capacity within HR Personnel settings, which included handling recruitment and selection of best diverse talent of educators and support staff to the school community. I am able contribute my transferable skills to my governor role. I am passionate about education and believe that all children flourish when they feel secure and confident in their environment.
Philippa has lived in Forest Hill for nearly 14 years and has two daughters at Sydenham School. Having worked in public affairs and data analytics, Philippa has worked as a project and programme manager for the last 10 years, and is currently working at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.
As a parent Governor she has particular responsibility for SEND issues and is also interested in women entering STEM careers.
My name is Maya Haiman-Eilon and I am a parent governor here at Sydenham. I am a mother of three: My eldest daughter is currently in year 10, my son is 13 and attends Forest Hill school and my youngest daughter is 7. Originally from Israel, I have been living in the UK for 24 years out of which 17 years in the borough of Lewisham, most recently Catford. I love this part of London for its diversity, sense of community and creativity.
I studied graphic design at Middlesex university for my BA, and communication design at Central St. Martin's college for my MA. This path led me to a creative career, which included graphic and web design as well as fashion design for my own children’s fashion label. 8 years ago, I co-founded my business Yoopod.com which is a streaming platform for Pilates and Yoga and most recently have also been running, together with my partner, a craft coffee roastery. I am very passionate about business and entrepreneurship, especially as a way for women to achieve independence, equality, and a better life balance. I am also passionate about technology and the opportunities it can offer women as a career path and creative outlet.
Alongside my career I have volunteered throughout the years in a variety of settings, which included being qualified as a NCT postnatal facilitator and running postnatal support groups for women in the area; supporting elderly people with the use of technology to enrich their lives and empower them in modern society; and most recently as a Governor at Sydenham. I really enjoy supporting our wonderful community school and find this journey exciting, thought provoking and enriching.
Outside my professional life I love dogs, walking, playing the piano and cooking Israeli food that reminds me of home and family.
Volker has worked in the Banking industry in Europe, Asia and the UK for well over 30 years. He has two teenage boys who sparked his interest in education and before joining Sydenham School he has been a governor at another school in London.
Given his professional background, Volker joined the Finance & Resources Committee which he now co-chairs. His main interest is to support the development of the link between the curriculum and the finance capabilities of the school and the development of additional revenue streams.
His personal interests include outdoor activities and sports, primarily football and cricket.
Sarah has been a Parent Governor at Sydenham since February 2019 and has a daughter at Sydenham. She also has two sons. Sarah is active in the Sydenham Schools PTA and was previously active in the PTA at her children’s primary school in East Dulwich.
Sarah is an HR Manager for TSSA, a Transport Trade Union. Previously Sarah was a Trade Union Organiser and Negotiator. Sarah has skills in personnel management, health and safety and organisational management and is currently utilising these skills as Co-Chair of the Governing Boards Finance and Resources Committee. Sarah has a strong belief in the importance of non-selective education embedded within local communities that will benefit all children to succeed in life.