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 link to the Schools Financial Benchmarking website:

https://schools-financial-benchmarking.service.gov.uk/

Here is the full list of current governors:

Jessica HodgsonCo-opted Governor – Vice Chair
Charlie DiasCo-opted Governor
Samantha FrenchCo-opted Governor
Winston YapCo-opted Governor – Chair of Resources Committee
Lara Stacey Local Authority Governor
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 (Snowsfields)
Kate Romain Staff Governor (Tower Bridge)
Tom VerweijStaff Governor (Robert Browning)
William HoungboParent Governor (Tower Bridge)
vacancyParent Governor (Snowsfields)
Sarah MurrayParent Governor (Robert Browning)
Katherine WooderExecutive Headteacher
Sarah ManleyHead Teacher (Robert Browning)
Michelle OwensAssociate (Federation Business Manager)
Laura NeuvegliseAssociate (Co Head of School Tower Bridge)
Zohra BenotmaneAssociate (Co Head of School Snowsfields)
Helen Viggiani Associate (Co Head of School Tower Bridge)
Jo CranmerAssociate (Co Head of School Snowsfields)

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.

Thank you to all staff, parents and children for the incredible resilience and positivity you have shown throughout this academic year. As our daily lives continue to be impacted by the coronavirus, you should each feel proud of the determination, adaptability and optimism you have shown. I would like to share my sincere condolences to those who have been affected personally by this awful illness.

I take great pleasure from reading the ‘shout outs’ in the weekly Federation newsletter. I am so inspired by our fantastic children, who show kindness, courage, ambition, intelligence and creativity on a daily basis.
The pandemic has taught us all the importance of our physical and mental health. In October, I was very impressed with our children participating in the Mini London Marathon in October alongside over 150,000 children across the country, running a remarkable 37 laps around the school playground. What an achievement! We are committed to helping our children become independent, resilient and active learners, and we work with each children to build their resilience and emotional well-being to support them within and outside of school life. We place significant emphasis on ensuring our children feel comfortable to express themselves and we help each child build the skills they need to recognise and deal with their emotions. We are so proud of our happy and healthy children!

The schools within our Federation are special, and are learning environments where each child is unique and respected for who they are. We enjoyed learning about Black Lives Matter in International Week, and it was fantastic to see our children coming to school dressed in their traditional/cultural outfits! In December, our children demonstrated all of their amazing talents at the annual Talent Show. From dancing groups and actors to music bands and budding artists, we are lucky to have such incredibly gifted children within the Federation. Our children also inspired us with their creativity on World Book Day 2021, where they dressed up to the theme of ‘escapism’!

We are so grateful to all parents who have invested so much time and energy into supporting our children achieve their potential over the last year. Supporting our children learning remotely whilst balancing work and family commitments has been extremely challenging, and we are thankful for the dedication and efforts all parents have shown. From supporting home learning and sharing photos of great learning via Twitter, to helping with homework projects and adapting to the ever changing circumstances, thank you. An incredible number of children featured in the Federation’s Hall of Fame for sharing their home learning activities on Twitter – well done to you all! We are so looking forward to welcoming parents back into school next year for parent workshops and school events.

I would like to wish our fantastic Year 6 children the very best of luck as you embark on the next stage of your school journey. I hope that, in the future, you look back on your years at Tower Bridge Primary School as times of happiness, great friendships and fun. I also hope that you will remember your amazing teachers, who have worked hard each day to inspire you to be your very best. A positive mind-set in the years ahead will enable you to fulfil your dreams and aspirations! You can achieve anything as long as you believe in yourself. We know you each have a very bright future ahead of you, and please do keep in touch. You will always be a part of the Bridges Federation family and I know you will all be excellent role models for your school.

Tragically, our wonderful colleague Lisa passed away shortly before the end of term. Lisa was a very special part of the Tower Bridge family. She spread positivity and is very much missed. Lisa was supportive of all children and colleagues, worked hard and most importantly was kind. I had the pleasure of working with Lisa during her time as a governor, and know how proud she was of all children at the Federation.

I joined as a governor in 2014, and continue to be so proud of everyone involved in making our 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 hope that you are able to enjoy a restful, happy and healthy summer break spending much deserved time with your loved ones. Thank you for everything you have done over the last year to support our Federation and most importantly, your fantastic children. For our children who will return in September, I hope that you feel excited about your year ahead which will be filled with fun experiences, fantastic learning and (hopefully!) lots of school trips!