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Message from the Chair of Governors

The Simon Marks community rests on four pillars – the children, the parents, the teachers and the group I lead: the governors. There are currently eleven of us, all committed to ensuring the school we love continues to flourish. Many of us, including me, are parents of Simon Marks pupils, whether current or former. Some are teachers and some are friends of the school from the wider Jewish community. But what we all have in common is the ambition to make Simon Marks Jewish Primary the very best school it can be.

Our role is that of any good friend – both to provide support and encouragement, celebrating the school’s strengths and achievements, and to give advice and counsel, identifying those areas where the school needs to do more. That work is done in regular meetings of the full Governing Board, but also by specific working groups or committees that closely monitor specific aspects of school life – whether that’s finances and personnel or Simon Marks’ core mission, teaching and learning. And the work is also done in day-to-day dialogue with our Headteacher, offering advice and support when it’s needed.

A word about composition of the Governing Board membership: two are Parent Governors, elected for four-year terms by all current parents at the school. The staff elect a Governor too. And, as a voluntary-aided faith school, we currently have six Foundation Governors, appointed for three years each by the Simon Marks Jewish Primary School Trust.

If you have any queries at all, you should always feel free to have a word. Either by catching one of your elected Parent Governors in the playground or, better still, dropping a line to me. My email is

With warmest best wishes,

Howard Pallis
Chair of Governors

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