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
Izabela SzmidtCo-opted Governor – Interim Co-Chair
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)
Sarah MagnayParent Governor (Robert Browning)
Katherine WooderExecutive Headteacher
Sarah ManleyHead Teacher (Robert Browning)
Michelle OwensAssociate
Laura NeuvegliseAssociate
Zohra BenotmaneAssociate
Helen Viggiani Associate

Message from Katie Garman – Chair of Governors

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

In October, Tower Bridge and Snowsfields were congratulated by the Mayor of London to celebrate our achievements in supporting pupils needing extra help to fulfil their potential. This external recognition of the Federation’s excellence demonstrates what a special place the Federation is for our children to learn and develop.

Tower Bridge received the NACE award, recognising the fantastic opportunities available to enable our more able and talented children to reach and exceed their potential. We are proud to now have this award at both Snowsfields and Tower Bridge.

We continue to place an unrelenting focus on each child’s progress in maths, reading and writing. Tower Bridge is now in the top 1% of primary schools in England for reading, which is a brilliant achievement. We have seen many exciting developments in the teaching of foundation subjects over the last year. Children have enjoyed participating in philosophical debates in their philosophy lessons, and we were awarded the Philosophy 4 Children Silver Award for our excellent practice.

To help our children develop their aspirations and ambitions for the future, children have enjoyed learning about well known role models from a diverse range of backgrounds. Our children celebrated Disability Awareness Day in September and International Women’s Day in March. Throughout the year, they have also enjoyed a number of exciting school trips including to the Science Museum and the Transport Museum.

We recently installed a green screen along the boundary with Tower Bridge Road to improve the quality of air our children breathe to enhance their health and well-being by protecting the playground from emissions. We are proud of our children in their desire to lead fulfilling and healthy lives, and to become responsible citizens of our community and our planet.

We have been delighted to welcome so many parents to this year’s Parent Workshops, covering topics from E-Safety to Children’s Friendships and Relationships, and we welcome all parents to join these workshops.

In the summer of 2018, we successfully entered into a soft federation with Robert Browning Primary School, which will continue into the forthcoming academic year. Governors and staff are looking forward to continuing to work across our three schools to share best practice and to ensure each child has access to the very best opportunities to learn and progress.

It’s the time of the year where we say goodbye and good luck to our brilliant Year 6 children who will be starting secondary school in September. We are so proud of everything our Year 6 children have achieved, and most recently the determination and resilience each child has shown in their SATs tests. We know each of our Year 6 children will go on to achieve great things.

I joined as a governor in 2014, and continue to be immensely proud of everyone involved in making the Federation so successful. Thank you to all children, parents, volunteers, staff and the leadership team for working hard together to provide the teaching and opportunities our children deserve.

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