This page focuses on providing a little introduction to the people that form the school's governing body.
Twin Oaks Primary School is proud to have the governors that we do making decisions and overseeing the running of the school.
I am the Chair of Governors, a member of the Quality of Education committee and the link governor for SEND and safeguarding.
Rania Abdalla: Parent of a child in Year 4
Profession: My main career has been in journalism. I have studied journalism in Sudan and worked in the printed press, radio and television for many years.
Background: I am also an active member of the volunteering community in Sudan. My various interests are backed up by further higher education where I studied Education (BSc) and Disaster Management and refugees (MSc). Most of my work in journalism and charities was with the vulnerable sectors of society which usually included women and children. I have founded a charity in which I produced and presented a television program series which dealt with the issues that face vulnerable families and children.
About: When I joined my husband in the UK with our two daughters, I volunteered with Sir Francis Drake Primary school as a teaching assistant and photographer. I participated in the school’s events by preparing posters and the organisation of different school activities. I have always been driven by the ambition to see my daughters make great achievements, but I’m also a passionate activist with a history of working with children. I hope that by becoming a governor at Twin Oaks Primary, I can continue to be an active member of the community of the hard-working people who strive to secure a bright future for our children.
Councillor with Evelyn ward, Lewisham.
I have volunteered or worked in the charity sector as a community worker and anti-oppression advocate for around a decade now. This has encompassed leading on anti-racism campaigning/advocacy and organisational development, education & schools support, cultural heritage and participatory arts & politics projects.
I am very honoured to be involved with looking after the wonderful community at Twin Oaks. My aim is to help progress TOPS’ equity work, inclusive community building and sustainable development during my time here - through listening to and learning from pupils, staff and families; sharing and applying the work I am engaged on as a Cllr and local activist with others, and being on the Resources Committee.
Profession:Short courses and Outreach Manager at Arts Educational Schools
Background:I have over 7 year experience working in the creative industries, particularly working with young people and underrepresented communities. I am interested in how the arts can be used as a tool of social change and education. I hope to share my expertise and contribute another perspective to the governing team.
Having attended Twin Oaks as a child, I recognise how much of an impact your school experience can have on your future.
In my role on Quality of Education committee and as Pupil Premium link, I will offer support and advice ensuring young people have equal access to learning and families feel supported
Senior Sister/Charge Nurse, Angiography/Cardiac Catheter Laboratories.
I have been an Angiography nurse for 20+ years.
I believe my experience in my career as a nurse lead also comes with valuable skills that will be useful in my role as a parent governor.
My son has attended this school for the past 5 years. During this time, I have nothing but praise for the school. The Ofsted report of “Good” in 2022 is a reflection of the fantastic work that is done!
I want to contribute and give something of value back to the school as I consider Twin Oaks Primary School an integral part of our community.
I bring a strong skill set of event planning and can help with fund raising ideas.
I absolutely love the fact that the Teachers bring out the best in the children and I want to be a part of raising the Ofsted standards to an “Excellent”!
London born, state educated, then moved into financial services spending many years overseas. I have a keen interest in sports, health and wellness, being a qualified rugby coach and recognise the positive impact that physical activity has on the mind.