The governing body has important powers and duties, but limited time and resources. So it focuses on where it can add most value – that is, in helping to decide the school’s strategy for improvement so that its pupils learn most effectively and achieve the highest standards.

The governing body helps to set, and keep under review, the broad framework within which the head teacher and staff run the school. In all its work, the governing body focuses on the key issues of raising standards of achievement, establishing high expectations and promoting effective teaching and learning.

"This letter is to update you on the work of the governors and to highlight areas of progress in the school."

- Letter from Robert Scott, Chair of Governors

Members of the Governing Body

Mr Robert Scott

Our three children have been through the School and are now at secondary schools. All were well-taught at Stepney Greencoat and have benefited enormously from the atmosphere and ethos here. I wanted to become a governor to help this kind of experience continue for other children.

Previously I worked for the Government's Charity Commission and the World Health Organisation, but now I work for a church. We have lived in East London since 1995, although during 2011-13 we lived in Sylhet. All of this has helped me to understand something of the different people and cultures present at Stepney Greencoat. It also helps me to Chair the governing body and to support the staff to ensure that the school is a safe and secure environment where children from different backgrounds learn together to live in God’s world. No school is perfect, but I hope that we can all work together to help our school to be a kind, forgiving and inclusive place which prepares our children well for life.

Ms Emily Wright

My name is Emily and I am the Headteacher here at Stepney Greencoat. I live in Tower Hamlets and have taught in schools in the borough for many years. I have held many roles in these schools including; Interim Headteacher, Acting Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher. I am passionate about small, Church of England schools which serve a diverse community of families such as our school. I am the mother of two children who both attend this school and love being pupils here! As Headteacher I attend all Governing Body meetings and all committee meetings. I am both supported and challenged by the Governors who all give freely of their own time to shape our school to be the very best that it can be.


Ms Ceri Durham

I live and work in Tower Hamlets and have been a Governor since 2013. I currently have two children at the School. As Chair of the Standards Committee, I have a real passion for the school to be the very best it can be in supporting children to thrive and reach their full potential. I currently work for a local health inequalities and community development charity which works across East London.

Ms Tara Wilson

I have been a governor at Stepney Greencoat since 2015 and am the chair of the school’s resources committee. The job of the resources committee is to provide input and oversight in connection with the school budget, staffing issues and the maintenance of the school premises. Stepney Greencoat is a wonderfully warm, welcoming and caring school with clear ambitions for the children who make up the school community. I believe that access to a good education in a supportive setting is critically important for children, irrespective of ability or background, and so it is my privilege to support our headteacher, Emily Wright, and the school staff as we work towards achieving the best possible outcome for our pupils in all areas of school life. When I am not at Stepney Greencoat, I am the parent of two small children and live and work as a Banking lawyer in the Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Rev'd Richard Bray

I have been a governor of Stepney Greencoat since 2010 and Rector of the parish church, St Anne’s, since 2014. It has been exciting to be part of Stepney Greencoat’s growth in its clear ethos and in academic performance. Two of my four children attend the school; the older two have now moved on to secondary school. As a Christian minister I have a spiritual concern for the whole community, and I have particular involvement at the school with RE and collective worship. I am vice chair of governors and I take school assemblies or services twice a term. I am also a trustee or committee member for a number of other bodies including ‘GrowTH’, the Tower Hamlets churches’ night shelter for homeless people.

Rev'd Trevor Critchlow

As Rector of St Dunstan’s Church, Stepney, I am an ex officio Governor of the School. Our School was originally located in St Dunstan’s parish, but after World War 2 it moved to its current site and is now shared with St Anne’s Limehouse. I have been a Governor for 7 years, as well as being a Governor of Sir John Cass Secondary School. I have two children at the School. I passionately believe that a rounded education should be much more than just good academic results, at Stepney Greencoat we're equipping children for lifelong learning and active citizenship, our hope is that every child will be inspired to play a full and active part in their community.

Ms Lorraine Crowe

I have been a staff governor at Stepney Greencoat since July 2019. My primary role in the school is as the SEND and Safeguarding TA; I’m also an anti-bullying lead, a member of the attendance team and manage the school’s medical administration. I have worked here for over twenty years and my three children attended the school, so I can empathise with parents as well as staff. Joining the governors is a natural progression for me in nurturing our school community.

I care deeply about our children and am committed to providing a safe and happy space for everyone in the Stepney Greencoat family. I take a holistic view of the children’s wellbeing, as their physical, emotional and mental health all contribute equally to their learning experience. I feel I can provide the governing body with an insight into the children’s perspective. My aim is to be a voice for the children.

Ms Rahima Choudhury

I was elected as Parent Governor in March 2016.  As a parent of two children, I am committed to taking an active role in my children’s education and development.  When the opportunity arose I put myself forward with the hope that I can make a positive contribution to Stepney Greencoat so that it can continue to provide the best possible education for its students as well bring some diversity to the governing body.

My background is in Insurance and Risk Management, working in the Higher Education sector.  Similar to many organisations, in my job we are always stretching resources which is often a challenge and making strategic decisions.  With my knowledge and experience in the education sector I provide my full support to the governing body.

I am the linked governor to Attendance and have been actively attending both informal and formal meeting with families at the school.  It is vital that all students attend school and on time, and I am pleased to assist the school with these termly meetings. 

Mr Michael Harris

I have just started as a Governor this year, having been appointed by the London Diocesan Board of Schools. I work in the local area as a COO in the Financial Services sector. I am keen to be able utilise my skills to support the local community, not least to see the School continuing to provide good quality education in these financially-tight-times. My wife and I have three children and we live in south London.

Roger Watkins is a retired management consultant. He lives in Tunbridge Wells and is married with two adult children. He worked in manufacturing industry early in his career primarily in Human Resources and later in Industrial Engineering. He has a BA in Business Studies from Brighton Polytechnic and an MBA from Cranfield Institute of Technology. He has worked in the UK and extensively overseas in Africa, the Caribbean and the Middle East. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CFCIPM). He is a Member of The Vintners’ Company and is a Freeman of the City of London.

Sarah Ducker-Harkins

I was voted in as a parent governor in February 2019. I appreciate the opportunity to be involved in my childs’ education and by taking a proactive role in the school governing body, my aim is to add a positive & constructive contribution to the school & its community.

I have over 20 years’ experience of working in the design industry, developing professional and creative skills which I now also use in the FE & higher educational arena. I teach foundation 3DDA specialism at UAL Central St Martins and foundation and final year of the Interior Design BA at Regents University. I also work in interior Design and have my own design firm, Another Designer, maintaining a balance between being a working designer and a part-time lecturer, which are mutually complementary to each other.

Susie Horner

I am Managing Director of a successful furnishing company and a property sales and lettings business that was originally established in Docklands in the early 2000s.

I am active member of St Anne's Limehouse and have a particular interest in church outreach work for the homeless, having been a founder member of an East London night shelter.

I have three children and five grandchildren.


The Resources Committee particularly looks at how the School is using its money and making the most of its staff. At the Resources Committee, Debbie Boyle as the School’s Administrative Officer plus David Waller from School Accounting and Finance Services Limited are there to advise us. They have no voting rights nor other business interests related to the School.

The Standards Committee particularly looks at curriculum issues, what children are achieving and how they are making progress. At Standards Committee meetings we always have members of staff reporting on different aspects of the curriculum.

Register of Interests

Richard Bray is is the honorary chaplain for the University of Cumbria (Poplar campus).

Trevor Critchlow is the Chair of Governors at Sir John Cass Church of England Secondary School.

No other governors have interests relevant to the governing of the School, beyond those who have already been described as Staff or Head Teacher Governors.

Membership and Attendance

Terms of Office

Meeting Attendance Report 2018 - 2019