Our Federation Governing Body have the following aims:

  • To ensure the school is a safe environment for all.
  • To ensure we are aiming for the highest standards of academic progress and results.  This includes encouraging all pupils to achieve their best.
  • To create an environment which is friendly, open, supportive and respectful of all.

We meet regularly with the school’s leadership team and also try to visit the school to spend time with pupils, staff and parents.

Although your first point of contact is your class teacher and the leadership team at the school, we are always open to hearing from parents and anyone connected with the school, including anyone interested in becoming a school governor.

Here is the full list of current governors:

Jessica HodgsonCo-opted Governor – Vice Chair
Sarah ChandlerCo-opted Governor
Samantha FrenchCo-opted Governor
Winston YapCo-opted Governor – Chair of Resources Committee
Lara Stacey Local Authority Governor – Interim Co-Chair
Andrew BakerCo-opted Governor
Katie GarmanCo-opted Governor – Chair of Governors
Adam Backhouse Co-opted Governor
Jason WilliamsCo-opted Governor – Chair of Curriculum Committee
Amy WilsonCo-opted Governor
Craig NellisStaff Governor (Tower Bridge)
Tom Edge Staff Governor (Snowsfields)
Tom VerweijStaff Governor (Robert Browning)
William HoungboParent Governor (Tower Bridge)
Matthew ParsonsParent Governor (Snowsfields)
VacancyParent Governor (Robert Browning)
Katherine WooderExecutive Headteacher
Sarah ManleyHead Teacher (Robert Browning)
Michelle OwensAssociate
Laura NeuvegliseAssociate
Zohra BenotmaneAssociate
Helen Viggiani Associate

A message from our Co-Chairs of Governors

Welcome to this year’s Annual Report, which is a celebration of the past year at the Bridges Federation in what has been an unprecedented year for our Federation and for the world. It is a time to reflect on our achievements and successes and an opportunity to look to the future.

On behalf of all of the Governors, we want to thank all of the amazing teaching and support staff, children and parents for showing such team work and resilience during the ongoing pandemic.  We appreciate all of the staff who have worked tirelessly to keep the school open during lockdown (including during the Easter holidays) and to all of the parents and children who have really engaged with home learning.  We have enjoyed seeing all of your fantastic work that you have shared on Twitter.  We also want to take this opportunity to extend our condolences to those who have been personally affected by this terrible illness.

As we look back on the year, we remember the great school trips we have had to the Unicorn Theatre, TATE Britain and the Science Museum.  A particular highlight was when our year 3 children were photographed by Steve McQueen as part of his Tate photo project!  We were also pleased to welcome so many parents into our schools for our workshops on everything from early writing to e-safety.

Tower Bridge had their Ofsted Inspection in October 2019.  The Inspectors were extremely impressed with our school and we were delighted to remain recognised as a “Good” school and hear all of the great feedback.  A tremendous amount of work goes into an inspection and is a real team effort so thank you to everyone for playing your part.  You can all be proud of yourselves.

Snowsfields was honoured by the Mayor of London in its ‘School for Success’ scheme for its work to reduce educational inequality and for achieving exceptional results for children who were previously behind in their learning.

In November 2019, we were happy to formally welcome Robert Browning Primary School into the federation.  We are extremely proud of our federation and we are looking forward to continuing to share knowledge, resources and learning across the three schools in the future.

In December 2019, we loved watching the nativity plays and talent shows that the children and staff put such effort into.   In March 2020, we had a visit from the Mayor of London who visited Tower Bridge to launch his “Water Only” Schools campaign.  The Mayor met with the School Council and sports leaders, who all did a great job of making the Mayor feel welcome and updating him on important things the schools have been doing.

At the time of writing this, we are not sure whether the schools were able to reopen before the end of term.  We hope they did as we always like to say goodbye to our wonderful Year 6 children in person as we will miss them very much.  We wish each and every one of you luck with your exciting new chapter at secondary school in September and know you will all go on to achieve wonderful things.  Please keep in touch!

On behalf of the Governing body, we wish you all a healthy, safe and happy summer break.  Thank you for everything you have done throughout the last year to support the Federation and most importantly your children.

Lara Stacey & Izabela Szmidt

Co-Chairs of the Governors