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Clore Shalom School

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Welcome to our Governors' section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.

Clore Shalom School Governing Body


The purpose of the Clore Shalom School Governing Body is to:


  • set the strategic direction of the school
  • hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school
  • ensure financial health, probity and value for money


This is achieved through:


  • help the school to set high standards by planning for the school’s future and setting targets for school improvement
  • keep focussed on excelling in school improvement
  • be a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice
  • help the school respond to the needs of parents and the community
  • make the school accountable to the public for what it does
  • work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping the school under review
  • exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the Headteacher and staff
  • not intervene in the day-to-day management of the school unless there are weaknesses in the school, when it then has a duty to take action.


The Governing Body consists of:

  • The Headteacher
  • One staff governor – elected by the staff
  • Two parent governors – who are elected by parents
  • One local authority governor – appointed by the County Council
  • One co-opted governor – appointed by the governing body
  • Eight foundation governors - appointed by the school's trustees


Governors are generally appointed for a two year term, this includes the Staff Governor.  The Chairs and Vice Chair are appointed at the beginning of each academic year.  The Full Governing Body meets five times per academic year as do the Resources Committee and the Curriculum Committee.


Co-opted Governors are appointed by the Governing Body, on the basis of a regular skills audit, because they have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.



Purpose of the Finance Committee


The purpose of the Finance Committee is to:

  • oversee, challenge and support the school in respect of its Financial, Personnel and Premises obligations and activities.
  • to work with the Senior Leadership Team to ensure full accountability for the financial wellbeing of the school, the development of staff, the safety of children and achievement of the school’s medium term plan.



 Purpose of the Curriculum Committee


The purpose of the Curriculum and Safeguarding Committee is to:


  • advise the Governing Body on the school’s curriculum policy and its statutory obligations regarding the curriculum
  • with the assistance of staff, to monitor and evaluate the delivery of the curriculum, specifically the impact of actions taken to implement the SDP.
  • to review, approve and monitor the implementation of policies for curriculum areas, special educational needs, collective worship, race equality and pupil behaviour/discipline.  
  • to ensure that the needs of pupils with special educational needs are met.
  • in conjunction with the Head Teacher, to agree statutory targets for pupil attainment.
  • at least annually, to receive a report from the Headteacher on the quality of teaching and the standards of pupil achievement, and to identify any necessary governing body actions.
  • after consultation with the Headteacher and staff, to identify priorities for the School Development/Improvement Plan and to consider the draft plan for discussion and approval by the governing body.
  • to monitor, at least once a term, progress in implementing the School Development/Improvement Plan.
  • Governors are required to question and monitor matters of pupil safety and safeguarding procedures within the school.

Katie Adams

Foundation Governor

Katie has been a Governor at Clore Shalom School since January 2011, initially as a Parent Governor and now serve as a Foundation Governor.

She sits on the Curriculum and Safeguarding Committee.  Katie is also the named Safeguarding Governor, which involves ensuring all policies and procedures around safeguarding are current and she carries out termly audits with the member of staff responsible for safeguarding to ensure that this very important area meets all statutory requirements.  In addition to the above, she is also the Safer Recruitment governor so ensure that the recruitment process is fair and safe at all times.

Katie has been a Probation Officer and now as a Community Outreach Worker for the local community enables her to be well equipped to govern.  She attends regular governor training sessions to ensure that my practice is up-to-date and relevant.  Katie is also an ex-parent of the school - her 3 children were at Clore Shalom from 2004 until 2016.


Classification: Foundation Governor

Term of office: 6 January 2018 to 5 January 2022

Areas of interest: Safeguarding Governor, Member of the Curriculum and Safeguarding Committee

Pecuniary interests: None

Simon Barr

Foundation Governor

Simon has been teaching for 27 years and is currently Deputy Headteacher at a large four-form entry primary school in Wembley.  During his time in education, he has held a variety of senior roles (including Acting Head on three occasions) and has lectured in Education at the University of Hertfordshire. 

Simon has 10 years’ experience of sitting on governing bodies and various committees (including personnel and curriculum) which has given him an in-depth understanding of the vital role the governing body plays in the running of schools.

Simon is enjoys being a Governor at Clore Shalom, and being able to make a vital contribution to the school.


Classification: Foundation Governor

Term of office: 22 March 2018 to 21 March 2020

Areas of interest: Chair of the Curriculum and Safeguarding Committee

Member of the Curriculum and Safeguarding Committee

Pecuniary interests: Deputy Headteacher of Wembley Primary School

Karen Cohen


Karen Cohen is an experienced leader and educator, with over twenty years of experience in the classroom, and as a consultant advising schools on improvement strategies.  She has held a variety of leadership positions in different schools and has been the Headteacher of Clore Shalom since January 2017.

Karen has had considerable impact during her time at Clore Shalom, she is proud to be the Headteacher of such a special school.


Classification: Headteacher

Term of office: From January 2017

Areas of interest: Headteacher

Pecuniary interests: Hertfordshire Improvement Partner, Local Authority Governor at Shephalbury Park Primary School 

Partner in an educational and leadership consultancy business

Ben Conway

Foundation Governor

Ben is an experienced primary school leader, having worked in various schools across Enfield and Hertfordshire. He is currently a Headteacher of another Hertfordshire primary school, and has previously held the positions of Deputy Headteacher, Maths Leader and Achievement Year Group Leader to name a few. In addition to his permanent roles, he has always supported, and continues to support, a range of schools in different contexts, as a consultant senior leader, acting and interim headteacher and through leading staff development.

He is proud to have contributed to the development to Clore Shalom in the recent past, as Deputy Headteacher, and is committed to support the school on its onward journey. 

Prior to working in education, he attained an honours degree in sports therapy and spent time working with professional and semi-professional football teams.

Ben lives in Broxbourne with his young family, and enjoys participating in a wide range of sporting activities, cooking and socialising in his spare time.


Classification: Foundation Governor

Term of office: September 2020 to September 2024

Areas of interest: Member of the Finance & Resources Committee

Pecuniary interests: Headteacher Shephalbury Park Primary school

Partner in an educational and leadership consultancy business

Ben Konopinski

Foundation Governor

Ben Konopinski has worked in the IT Industry for over 18 years during which he has run a company and then started his own business in 2012.  Ben is able to bring his skills of managing budgets, business management and health & safety to the Governing Body.  Ben is also active in fundraising and utilising contacts made throughout his personal and business life.

Ben lives locally and has two children at Clore Shalom so has a very keen interest to make sure the future of the school is one to be proud of.

Ben is currently the vice-chair of the governing board and chair of finances committee. 


Classification: Foundation Governor

Term of office: 8 January 2020 to 7 January 2022

Areas of interest: Chair of the Finance Committee

Pecuniary interests: none

Carly Lax

Foundation Governor

Carly Lax has been a teacher since 2003 and has worked at Clore Shalom since 2011.  Prior to working at Clore Shalom, she has worked in different settings including spending many years working in an inner London Catholic School and a private school, gaining a wealth of experience. 

Since working at Clore Shalom, she has undertaken many roles including Class Teacher, Senco, Curriculum Leader, Phase Leader and now Assistant Head for  Pastoral and behaviour.  

She has a young family, who she enjoys spending time with and enjoys going to the gym, baking and reading in her spare time.  


Classification: Staff Governor 

Term of office: 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2021 

Areas of interest: Member of the Curriculum and Safeguarding Committee 

Pecuniary interests: None

Sara Levan

Chair of Governors

Sara Levan is the Director of Jewish Life and a member of the Senior Leadership Team at JCoSS.  She has taught in the UK, Japan and Israel as well as working in youth and community development across the Jewish community.  She holds an MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy and also volunteers as a parenting mentor and coach. 


Classification: Foundation Governor 

Term of office: 18 December 2020 to 17 December 2022 

Areas of interest: Member of the Curriculum and Safeguarding Committee, Finance and Resources Committee, Admissions Committee.

Pecuniary interests: None

Geraldine Louch

Co-Opted Governor

I worked in primary education in Hertfordshire for 47 years.  I have been a class teacher, deputy headteacher, headteacher, acting headteacher and latterly was a County Adviser, working with schools in difficult circumstances.  My experience of working in many different schools, in differing circumstances has given me a real insight into primary education.  I have served as a governor at Clore Shalom for three years and have watched the school move forward under good management. I am also on the board of a multi academy trust in Stevenage.  I still enjoy working with schools, sharing my experience and expertise.


Classification: Co-Opted Governor

Term of office: 24 January 2021 to 23 January 2025

Areas of interest: Member of the Curriculum and Safeguarding Committee

Pecuniary interests: Governing Body Improvements & Independent Consultant for Herts for Learning

Hannah Morris

Local Authority Governor

Hannah is an independent educational psychologist, helping families and schools to understand the learning strengths and needs of children in relation to all aspects of child development, behaviour and the psychology of teaching and learning.  Hannah has previously worked with children in care, co-ordinated a Local Authority Anti-Bullying Strategy and taught reception at a Hertfordshire primary school.

On a voluntary basis, Hannah has been a youth leader, Childline telephone counsellor and a trustee for the NSPCC.  She is actively involved in the Masorti community, with particular focus on leading activities for under 5s.  She enjoys dance, theatre and spending time with her family.

Hannah is committed to supporting the school in ensuring all children learn and succeed through quality first teaching, in an environment that is safe and nurturing.


Classification: Local Education Authority Governor

Term of office: 22 May 2020 to 21 May 2024

Areas of interest: Member of the Curriculum and Safeguarding Committee

Pecuniary interests: None

Neil Rosen

Foundation Governor

Neil has recently changed roles to concentrate on his property business which enables

him to spend more time with his family and his voluntary activities.

He is also the inventor of a new patent pending product which he is bringing to market.

The above experience, along with over 20 years in business will help support the school with all aspects of cost savings and efficiency.

Neil also takes an active role in the safety and security of the school.

Neil lives in Borehamwood and has been a parent of the school for the last 8 years with his eldest daughter just left to go to Yavneh and the youngest daughter in Year 4.


Classification: Parent Governor

Term of office: 14 February 2020 to 13 February 2022

Areas of interest: Member of the Finance Committee

Pecuniary interests: none