Agenda and minutes

Venue: The Village School, Grove Park, Kingsbury, NW9 0JY

Contact: Nikolay Manov, Governance Officer; Email:; Tel: 0208 937 1348 

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Brent Schools Forum


Minutes of the 55th Schools Forum held on

Wednesday 18th September 2013 at the Village School



Attended by:


Members of the Forum




Mike Heiser - Chair (MH)

Martin Beard (MB)

Janice Alexander (JA)

Titilola McDowell (TMcD)

Umesh Raichada (UR)

Alan Carter (AC


Head Teachers

Sylvie Libson – Vice Chair (SL)

Kay Johnson (KJ)

Lesley Benson (LB)

Matthew Lantos (ML)

Andy Prindiville (AP)

Rose Ashton (RA)



Narinder Nathan (NN)


PVI Sector


Lesley Gouldbourne (LG

Trade Unions


Lesley Gouldbourne (LG)




Sue Knowler (SK)



Sara Williams (SW)

Elizabeth Jones (EJ)

Norwena Thomas (NT)

Devbai Patel (DP)

Emily Ashton (EA)

Anis Robinson (AR)

Paula Buckley (PB)

Ceridwen John (CD)










MH opened the meeting at 6.05pm.  He informed the Forum members that Mustafa Salih has left the Council and thanked him for his service over the past 5 years.   SW updated everyone on staffing changes.  SW informed the Forum members that EJ is currently the Assistant Director of Finance for Adults, Social and Children and Families, NT is the Interim Schools Finance Manager and DP continues in the same post.  MH thanked Mustafa Salih for his service to schools over the past 5 years.  MH asked everyone to introduce themselves. 








Terry Molloy (TM)

Herman Martyn (HM)

Rabbi Yitzchak Freeman (YF)

Cllr Helga Gladbaum (Cllr HG)

Sabina Netty (SN)

John Voytal (JV)




MH said YF and HM sent their apologies to this Forum due to start of the Jewish festival of Sukkos on the same evening.  MH asked that in future religious days are considered and to avoid arranging Forums on these days.  DP said that it was not brought to her attention at the time of arranging Forums in February and was not aware that the festivals commence at sunset the day before although she was aware that it started on 19th September.  This will be noted in the future.




Minutes of the meeting held on 19th June 2013 and Matters Arising








Paragraph 4.2 should say ‘opportunity’ not ‘inopportunity’. 




The above amendment was noted and the minutes were approved as accurate record




Matters Arising




Schools Forum Membership – It was requested at the last forum that a new model be created based on 9 primary, 1 academy primary and 8 secondary schools.  DP said that the model is not updated.  This is because out of the three academies that were due to convert only 1 has converted and does not change the membership between phases, maintained and academies.  It will be recalculated once these one or two schools convert.  DP also thought it would be ideal to update at the start of the year in June as there is a likelihood of more schools converting.  MH asked if the calculation will be separated between converting and sponsored academies to which DP said this can be done.  ML said this would not make any difference.  GB said the only time it  ...  view the full minutes text for item 1.