Caroline Tyson, Headteacher

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Since coming to London Fields, I have seen it progress from being placed in special measures in 2007 to a thriving and successful school. With my staff, I am committed to continuing that never ending journey. We all strive to provide the very best education for all our children by continuously reflecting on and developing our own practice and setting our aspirations and expectations high. I feel our governing body plays a key role in ensuring that we are supported and challenged in this goal.

Katherine Gillard, Staff Governor

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Having trained as a teacher in Nottingham, I have worked in various settings both in England and abroad in Ghana. I have also had experience of working across all primary key stages. I came to London Fields, initially as a Year 5 class teacher, in 2008 as part of the new team that moved the school rapidly out of special measures. I know the dramatic impact that an effective school can have on a child’s life chances and self esteem. As deputy head I remain determined to make London Fields the best school it can be. I see my role as staff governor as key in providing a vital bridge between the staff and the rest of the governing body to ensure that initiatives and developments are communicated clearly and effectively.

Penny Smith


I grew up in Hackney and attended both Primary and Secondary School within the borough. I remain a Hackney resident and I am wholly committed to creating opportunities through highly effective and inclusive education.  I am in tune to the complexities of the borough and believe strongly that Hackney is now in a strong position to meet the needs of a diverse community and strive for excellence. On a personal level, I would like to commit myself as a governor to London Fields Primary School, as I know first-hand the difference an inclusive local school makes to the community and the pupils’ life chances. London Fields has undertaken a remarkable school improvement journey, I would like to commit to a Governing Body that will secure a positive future and build upon this strong foundation.

I have worked in Hackney Schools for 10 years in a variety of roles: class teacher, EYFS leader, Literacy lead, Safeguarding lead, mentor and Deputy Head. In February 2011, I became Head at Whitmore Primary School.  At the time the school was placed on the Governments list of 200 least preforming schools and had been judged by Ofsted as making inadequate progress. By 2013 all areas of the school had been transformed and judged to be outstanding (Ofsted May 2013). I have a high level of expertise in school improvement and determination to continuously move organisations forward. The Governing Body has a critical role in offering both support and challenge. As a Governor at London Fields I would bring both in equal measures; a critical eye that is supportive whilst challenging and ultimately securing the very best outcomes for the children and families.

Ophelia Carter


I currently hold the post of Head of Schools Finance at Hackney Learning Trust and have done so since 2007. I am responsible for the distribution of the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) which is essentially the funding allocated to individual local authorities to provide education services. My team, of 6 Business Managers, provide financial support, through a traded service, to all schools in the Borough of Hackney.  This includes activities such as assistance with setting school budgets, year-end closure, implementation of audit recommendations, training on SIMS (Finance Package),  and attendance of  Governing Body meetings where required.I have recently been involved in the restructure of Governors Services in my capacity as Interim Head of Governors Services.  I share the role with another senior manager, and my duties focus heavily on the operational/administrative side of the service. I have been a governor at Princess May School for 15 years and have found this to be a gratifying experience,  in particular, being a member of a team of people who were involved in the transformation of what was deemed an  ‘inadequate’ school  to one that was judged  ‘good’ after the last OfSted inspection. I am happy to serve on the governing body of London Fields Schools as I am eager to continue developing and strengthening existing skills.  I am happy to positively contribute to the next generation and enjoy interacting with a wide range of people from a variety of social, cultural and religious backgrounds.

Thomas Kibling, Chair of Governors

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As a barrister I fully understand the complex legal challenges facing the school and can help with meeting those challenges, provide independent advice and to ensure that the school, our children and teachers secure the best resources and services available.  I have an absolute commitment to do what is best for the children attending the school and to ensure proper support to the teaching and other staff. I have lived in Hackney for 32 years and on London Fields for the last 24 years.


Justine Sanders 

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I’m one of two parent governors.  I have three children; two have been through London Fields from start to finish and are happily settled in a Hackney secondary school; my youngest is still here.  We joined in 2009 when the school was emerging from special measures.  On our show around we got the positive vibe that every member of staff was committed to the same task of ensuring all of the children had the right to a good education, and were keen to create the right environment for that to happen. I happily got involved where I could from the start & was one of the founding members of Folf (Friends of London Fields). The school has progressed rapidly & is going from strength to strength.  Every year I feel that the boundaries are being pushed with what is being built onto the curriculum to enrich our children’s lives and prepare them for the future.

I am proud to be a governor of London Fields primary school.   I look forward to my visits, observing lessons, looking at the children’s books & talking to them about their work. It’s clear the school is committed to the common goal of providing all of our children with the very best education they can, instilling them with confidence thereby standing them in good stead for the next stage of their education when they depart London Fields

Masha Guyard

I came to Hackney over 25 years ago and I am a mother of three boys.

I went on to study childcare after my first son was born  and when he started at London Fields, I volunteered at the school. All my children went to London Fields and I saw first-hand all the changes the school went through in the last 18 years. I became a parent governor and I am now a community link governor.

I live locally and have worked as a Community Development Worker in early years around London Fields; I still work for Hackney Children’s Centre within a primary school which means I have gained a good knowledge of the needs and opportunities for families and young children in Hackney. I am passionate about raising aspiration and building stronger communities through education.