Governing Body

Welcome to the Highbury Fields School Governing Body

Governors are volunteers and give their time to support the school. The governing body is made up of parents, school staff, representatives of Islington local authority and the broader community.

The role of the governing body is to:

  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.

  • Hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.

  • Oversee the financial performance of the school, making sure its money is well spent.


Highbury Fields School's governing body is structured into three committees. These are the Academic Standards Committee, the Children Wellbeing and Community Committee and the Resources Committee.

Governors do not get involved in the day to day running of the school. In the first instance, any problems or queries relating to your child’s education or experience at the school should be referred using the normal school systems, starting with the class teacher or form tutor and ending up with the headteacher.

Each governor serves for a term of 4 years (which can renewed if that governor seeks to be re-elected or reappointed). Parent governor elections are held periodically when a serving parent governor is reaching the end of their term of office. Similarly, staff governors are elected by the staff within the school. Community governors are co-opted by the governing body.

The Co-Chairs of the Full Governing Body

Maria Cunningham
Angelo Weekes

Governing Body

Maria Cunningham

Co-opted Governor

Angelo Weekes

Co-opted Governor

Richard Hadley

Co-opted Governor

Italla Warburton

Co-opted Governor

Lynn Yap
Co-opted Governor

Lizzi Watson

Parent Governor

Jacopo Arpesani

Parent Governor

Louise Russell

Parent Governor

Tim Fox


Ann Mullins

Associate Member

Nikki Worcester

Staff Governor

Academic Standards Committee

This committee oversees pupil achievement, ensuring the school provides a high quality learning experience and delivers a broad and balanced curriculum in keeping with the school's aims, all pupil needs and legal requirements.

The Chair of this Committee is: Angelo Weekes

Children, Wellbeing and Community Committee

This committee oversees pupils’ social and emotional well-being and extra-curricular activities, ensuring the school offers a safe and supportive environment within which to learn. It also oversees the involvement of parents and engagement of the broader community.

The Chair of this Committee is: Maria Cunningham

Resources Committee

This committee oversees the school finances, ensuring that the school operates within all applicable financial regulations and is achieving value for money. It oversees the maintenance and development of the school site and premises to secure an environment which is both safe and conducive to learning. It is also responsible for the adoption and implementation of staffing policies and procedures, ensuring that all principles of good and fair employment practice are adhered to.

The Chair of this Committee is: Richard Hadley

Associate Members and Observers

Denise Joseph

Deputy Headteacher: Inclusion and Child Protection – no voting rights

Kavita Vishnuram

Deputy Headteacher – no voting rights

Laura Tobia

Assistant Headteacher & Director of Sixth Form – no voting rights

Jessica Gavin

School Business Manager – no voting rights

Ben Farmer

Assistant Headteacher – no voting rights

Ann Mullins

Associate Member with voting rights for Ann Mullins on the Resources Committee

Please click on the following link to access the attendance to Governors meetings 2022-2023:

Governor Attendance Meetings 22-23