Meet the Governors

Dr Rowena Shaw


Type of governor: I am a co-opted governor.

Date appointed: September 2016. Appointed by the Board of Governors. 

Term of office: September 2020

Areas of responsibility: Class link for Year 5, safeguarding, curriculum link for Modern Foreign Languages, Music and RE and responsible for assessment and achievement.

Committee membership: I am serving on the Standards and Business committees. I am Chair of the Business Committee.

Record of meeting attendance: 15 meetings out of a possible 18 meetings attended in the academic year 2016/2017

Declaration of business and financial interests + governance roles at other schools: I am a part time education consultant (sole trader) and do freelance work as a specialist adviser for the New Schools Network. On a voluntary basis I am the Chair of the Education Panel of the Prince’s Trust. I am a very experienced governor and have been Chair of Governors at 2 schools. I am a company director and trustee for Patchwork. 

Professional experience and interests: I  worked in 5 inner- city secondary schools including as headteacher in two large schools in Tower Hamlets and Bradford going on to be Deputy General Secretary at the NAHT.  I was subsequently the first CEO of NASS, the national association for all non-maintained and independent special schools, successfully building the association from scratch to be the main national voice for special schools.  I have been a governor at maintained, non-maintained and independent primary and special schools for over 12 years and until December 2011 was chair of governors/ Trustee at TreeHouse, a Non Maintained Special School for children and young people with profound autism and remains an expert advisor to Ambitious about Autism. I was also until April 2014 a Trustee at Beyond Autism and chair of governors at their school, Rainbow School.   I am an experienced leadership coach and facilitator and have carried out five governance reviews for education and Arts charities.

Why have you chosen to become a Governor and what would you like to achieve in this post? I have been a school governor for nearly 14 years to Primary and Special Schools, including twice as Chair of Governors. I have also been a Chair of the Finance Committee and an elected member of the Schools Forum in Tower Hamlets. I have wide experience and wisdom to offer. I enjoy being in school and seeing the children grow and progress.

How do you support Chesterton Primary School as a Governor? I will support the school by offering expertise, advice and appropriate challenge. I shall be available for interviews etc. I have Safer Recruitment training and Prevent training as well as training for Ofsted.

Please describe Chesterton Primary School in one word: Inspiring