Governors Introductions

Please see below a few words from the members of Phoenix Arch School governing body:


Valerie Springer

Vice Chair of the Governing Body

My name is Valerie Springer. I have been a Governor at Phoenix Arch for four years. A Vice Chair and Vice Curriculum Governor for a year.

I love being Governor as it is a privilege to be engaged with this school's day to day educational processes, which is the role of the Curriculum Governor.

I am a Senior School Travel Planning Officer, in this position I have an acute awareness of various different types of schools. This knowledge I feel, aids my governorship.


Fr. Patrick Mc Loughlin,

I am the parish priest of St Patrick’s Catholic Church right next door to the School and have been on the board of Governors for the past ten years and chair of the Finance Committee for the past three years. The parish and the school work in close collaboration, enabling practical support for parents, teachers and staff who use the church car park. Some of our parishioners volunteer their support within the school.

My Academic background is in Theology, with an MA, from London University; Philosophy, a BD. from London University; and Psychology, a MBTI, from Oxford Psychological Press. These underpin and inform my Pastoral work in the parish, particularly working within a diverse ethnic church of about 500 parishioners.  Over the past ten years the school has developed in leaps and bounds to become a holistic learning community, with excellent academic achievements. It is a privilege to be part of this and to contribute, in some small way, to the continuing development of this outstanding school. Ad Multos Annos!


Anna Grey

Hello, I'm Anna, aand I’ve been a parent governor at Phoenix Arch for the past four years. I’m standing again as a parent governor as I care deeply about the school.

As well as being a parent of a child who had attended  Phoenix Arch I used to be a teacher, and I also used to run a parent support group for parents with children on the autistic spectrum. In my day job I listen to and support others. I think that what I bring to my role as governor is a good understanding of how schools work, an excitement about how good quality learning can encourage independence, and an ability to look at issues from different points of view.

Over the past four years I have developed my knowledge and experience around what being a school governor involves, especially as safeguarding governor. As part of this I recently met with Ofsted, along with other governors, to answer their questions. I am very happy that the school has received such a positive report, reflecting the hard work of staff, governors, and the wonderful children and parents who make up the school.

I’d like to see where the school can go next: it’s already been a very exciting four years!


Charlene White

My name is Charlene White. I am a parent governor at Phoenix Arch School. Being a parent here, means that I have a stake in the school and I am passionate about children’s rights to an education. I believe that this should be a meaningful experience for our children, as well as challenging too. I work with the curriculum committee to ensure that the schools staff are providing a balanced approach to achieving good outcomes for our children.


Marion Joseph

I am Marion, Deputy Head at Phoenix Arch. I have been a Governor since 2011 and many of you know me for the work I do to support children and their families.

I still have a teaching timetable which allows me to work with every child in the school over each academic year. This means that I get to know your children very well.

I enjoy working at Phoenix Arch and being part of the creative, happy and vibrant community that it is.


Amit Jaiswal

I am a parent of a student girl at the school, who joined reception in September 2020. I started the role as a Co-opted Governor in September 2021.

In 2020/2021 we have encountered challenging times and the School, teachers and staff have risen to the challenge and continue to do so in testing and trying times.  I want to contribute and give back to the School as a token of the appreciation of the level and care and education that the School gives our children.

Whilst being a Governor is a thankless task, it is important that we take a role in society, if we want to shape our society, by taking on the role as a Co-opted Governor, I get the chance to contribute in a small but meaningful way.

Away from my role as a Co-opted Governor, I am a lawyer, if you want to find more details regarding this, please find me on linked in LinkedIn