North Harringay


Election of Parent Governor - November 2020

Thank you to our two excellent candidates for Parent Governor for putting themselves forward. Thank you also to all those parents who voted and returned their ballot papers. 

The result is:

Hannah Opstad 124 votes

Lucy Dumas 60 votes

Hannah Opstad is therefore elected as a Parent Governor.




 Our Governing Body:

The Governing Body are representatives of the local authority, parents, staff and members of the local community. Members of the Governing Body work closely with the school and meet regularly with the Head Teacher. The Governing Body meets at least once a term to oversee the organisation and general running of the school including staffing, curriculum and the school budget. Governors can be contacted through the school office.

Message from our Chair:

I am very happy to welcome you, on behalf of the governors, to North Harringay Primary School. It is a great privilege to be Chair of Governors at such a fantastic school. 
I joined a great team of governors here in 2017, who do a brilliant job of bringing their many and varied skills to the role of governor.
We are very lucky to work alongside such a talented staff team who put the positive experiences of all the children at the centre of everything they do.
The school provides more than just education; it provides a nurturing and supportive environment for the children to grow. I am fortunate that 2 of my children already attend NHPS and I know that they and all children who attend our school both benefit from the environment and enjoy it hugely; welcome!
(March 2019).

 Helen Kuczerska
Chair of Governing Body

Meet our Governors

Helen Kuczerska - Co-Chair and Resources Committee
I grew up in Haringey and moved back several years ago with my family. Currently three of my children are at NHP across KS2, KS1 and Nursery. I joined the governing body in 2017 as a co-opted governor and became chair in 2018 and since 2019 have been co-chairing the board with Beth Hinde. My background is in finance, operational management and HR and I bring this experience to the resources committee. I really enjoy being able to add value to the board and love the opportunity to be involved in my
children's school.


 Beth Hinde - Co-Chair and Teaching & Learning Committee

I joined the Governing Body at NHP in October 2017 and became Co-Chair
in September 2019. I sit on the Teaching and Learning Committee and
I’m the Governor responsible for Safeguarding. I have lived in the borough for
7 years and have two children at the school and wanted to use my background
in policy development and lobbying to support and champion NHP and the
local community.  I’m very proud to be a representative of an amazing school
that delivers education in a vibrant and diverse environment.



 Tracy Goldblatt – Teaching & Learning Committee 
Chair of Headteacher Performance Management
I became a Community Governor at NHP in 2009 I have lived in Haringey for 25 years and my 2 sons went to local Primary and Secondary schools. I believe passionately a good primary education set children up for life! During my time as governor I have played an active part in helping North Harringay become a “good school with outstanding leadership”. My 30 years experience working in primary education has been invaluable for this role. From a primary teacher to Ofsted inspector and now a teaching and learning consultant for Camden have given me the skills to support and challenge the school. I thoroughly enjoy being a governor at North Harringay, and being part of a thriving and enthusiastic school community.


Colin Peacock – Chair of Resources Committee 
I have been a governor for over ten years. Today, I chair the Resources Committee and sit on the Head Teacher Performance Management panel. I am very proud to be a governor, and for the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing success of the school, a school that gave all three of my children a fantastic start to education,
and I hope also yours. Outside of school, I work in the consumer goods sector, acting as a research director for industry associations in Europe and USA. Prior to these roles, I worked at the Procter & Gamble Company, for over 30 years in multiple roles in sales, marketing and supply chain. Finally, I am a big supporter of the Arsenal Football Club.  


 Ian Mathew - Resources Committee  
I became a parent governor in May 2015 and sit on the Resources Committee. I have previously been the link governor for pupil premium and extended school services, but am now the link governor for the Green Lanes Cooperative Learning Trust - the body that holds the school buildings and land on trust for the school. I'm a solicitor in my day job so I try to use my skills and experience for the benefit of the governing body and wider school. I have two kids at NHP and want to help the school continue to be an inspiring and successful learning community.  




 Celia Goddard – Teaching & Learning Committee
I became a co-opted governor in 2015. I sit on the Resources Committee and am the link governor for Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Wellbeing. My background is in social regeneration, community development and the third sector, so I am keen to support NHP to build strong partnerships with parents and the wider community to provide the best opportunities for pupils and the local community. My two children attend the school, and I try to be involved in the school as much as possible.


 Emma Tibbets - Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee
I have lived on the Haringey Ladder for the last three years and I’ve been keen to become more involved in NHPS since my children started attending the school. I became a        co-opted governor this year and my background is in managing television channels and data analysis. I’ve previously volunteered as a school reader and I’m passionate about the role that NHPS plays in creating a strong foundation for all our children to reach their potential. I’m also particularly enthusiastic about supporting the school in creating even stronger connections with parents and am now link governor for this.


Valerie Mortimer – Resources Committee
I was born and brought up in Lancashire and have lived on the Haringey Ladder since 2001. 
I have two children at this school, one in year 6 and one in year 1.  Wanting to become more involved with the school I became a parent governor at the end of last year.  I have previously volunteered in the school library and I am now a reading volunteer.   Before I became a mum
I practised as a solicitor, at different times covering both litigation and conveyancing.  I also do some voluntary work at a children’s centre helping new mums adjust to breastfeeding. 
As a governor I sit on the Resources Committee.



Hannah Opstad  

I’ve lived on the Harringay ladder for 10 years and two of my three children currently attend NHPS. I’m a paediatrician with an interest in public health, having worked with the Haringey Public Health team. I’ve worked in the NHS for the past 12 years and am very proud of the organisation and all it represents. I’m passionate about improving child health, both physically and mentally, and I firmly believe that happy, healthy children are best placed to learn and develop to reach their full potential. I have been elected as a parent governor this year and look forward to working with the school and the other members of the governing body.


Luis Barbeiro – Teaching & Learning Committee


Staff Governor

Jeremy Nathan
I was chosen by the teaching staff to represent them on the governing body in July 2014. I have been a member of the teaching staff at NHP since September 2011 and am currently a Year 6 teacher and also leader of the computing curriculum.



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