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Longfield

Primary School

learning together, achieving forever

Governors' Information

Headteacher

Pam Virdee

I have been Headteacher of Longfield Primary School since it amalgamated in September 2011.  I am extremely proud to hold this role and am passionate about ensuring that every child leaves Longfield equipped with the skills and values needed to succeed in their journey through life.  I believe that Longfield should provide every child with memorable experiences that will remain with them to inspire and motivate them to be the best that they can be.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, Zumba, running and spending quality time with my family.

 

Chair of Governors / Co-Opted Governor
Elizabeth Whitcombe

I have been part of the governing body since July 2007 and even though my children are now at high school, I still really enjoy being part of the school community. I have a passion for ensuring that children are given every opportunity to achieve to their highest potential and it is a pleasure and privilege to see the school and the pupils go from strength to strength. 

I have worked for Barclays bank for over 25 years and also do some voluntary work in the local community. I am a member of Elmfield church and part of their children and youth team. In my spare time I enjoy shoe shopping and eating chocolate. 

 

Vice Chair / Co-Opted Governor
Stephen Pidgeon

I have one children at Longfield Primary School, with two older children who are former pupils.

I first became a governor in 2008 and am currently Chair of the Finance and Personnel committee. I originally volunteered as I was keen to ensure that the school was supported and challenged (where appropriate) to ensure that educational standards were the best that could be provided. This will no doubt become more challenging due to expected budget cuts over the next few years.  I previously worked for the Met Police for over 30 years and now have a bit more time to work on reducing my golf handicap as well as running my children to a variety of sports and social functions

 

Clerk to the Governing Body

Sue Doel

My first contact with Longfield was as a parent volunteer and PFL supporter during the time my children attended Longfield First & Middle schools, whilst continuing to work as an administrator for a well-known retail company. I was recruited as a teaching assistant in 2004, and later was given the opportunity through continuing professional development to successfully train as a Learning Mentor. I joined the office team in 2010 whilst continuing to support children's learning in the classroom. At the time of amalgamation, I took the decision to move to full-time administrative work and since September 2012 hold the roles of PA to the Headteacher, Office Supervisor and Clerk to the Governing Body. I am very happy at Longfield and passionately embrace our goal of "working together achieving forever" to ensure the best learning outcome for every child.

In my spare time, I confess to being a Zumba addict, and enjoy teaching and participating in classes in both Pinner and Northwood.

 

Parent Governor  

Mrs R Khimasia

 
 

Parent Governor

Mr Vikas Valand

 

Deputy Headteacher / Co-Opted Governor

Suzy Cantlay

I have been teaching since 1995, during which time I have taught across the primary age range. I am lucky to be doing a job that I love and consider myself privileged to be involved in helping children to learn and achieve success. Every day brings new challenges for both teachers and pupils but at Longfield Primary School there is a wonderful partnership between staff, pupils, parents and the wider community. I am always so proud when I walk around school and see happy, motivated, kind and enthusiastic children engaged in the business of learning.  I have been a member of the Longfield Governing Body since September 2008.

In my spare time I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and two children and can often be found at the local stables with our lovely horses Oliver and Ziggy.

 

Co-Opted Governor

Neil Enright

I have been involved with Longfield Primary School since the autumn of 2009 when I was elected to the Governing Body of what was then the Middle School as Local Authority nominated Governor. As a teacher myself, I take a particular interest in matters concerning teaching, learning and pupil progress.

Since 2011, I have been the Headmaster of Queen Elizabeth's School, a selective state maintained school for boys aged between 11 and 18, in High Barnet.

 

Co-Opted Governor

Alex Rusby 

I am an Economics Teacher at Harrow School since 2017.  I am passionate about pedagogy and take a particular interest in SEN teaching techniques and management strategies.

I am actively involved in the charitable arm of Harrow School and have worked with other Primary Schools in the local community. I believe it is also important to instil a love for the Environment to my pupils and I run an Elective Program on Environmental Economics. I am always looking to make improvements around the School to reduce our carbon footprint and make pupils aware of the World around them and how it is changing.

This is my first Governor post and I am ready to learn and use my educational background to help Longfield Primary School in any way I can.

In my free time I like to read, travel, watch Netflix, exercise, socialise, travel, try new things and, most importantly, have fun.

 

Co-Opted Governor
Dipak Umeria

I have been a governor of Longfield Primary School since 2002, currently the longest serving member on the governing body.  I have lived in Harrow since 1986. Both of my children attended the school. I serve on the governing body as a co-opted governor. Previously I was the chair of Longfield Middle School for four years.  

I believe my extensive experience of business is invaluable in ensuring the school is well run. I am particularly keen to help the school use its inevitably limited resources efficiently and to ensure it is effective in offering the best possible opportunity for pupils of all backgrounds and abilities to fully realise their own potential.

I have over 30 years experience of working in the public sector, with qualifications in housing, management & marketing.  I am also a qualified cricket coach and coach under 11's locally in my spare time.          

 

Deputy Headteacher / Co-Opted Governor

Emma Watkinson

I have been a staff governor at Longfield Primary School since September 2007 when I became a Deputy Head Teacher.

I have been a qualified teacher since September 2000, having graduated from Edge Hill University with a second class Honours Degree in Fine Art with Qualified Teaching Status. I moved to London in July 2000 and have taught in the boroughs of Harrow, Ealing and Hillingdon.  I have led the subjects of Art, ICT, Science, Literacy and Numeracy and have taught in Early Years and Key stages 1-3. It is in support of the school and my passion for education that I am a staff governor.

 

Co-opted Governor

Dareen Zakaria

I have been increasingly involved with Longfield Primary School since my eldest son joined reception in 2014.  A member of PFL, a volunteer and now a co-opted governor since September 2015, I have a profound interest in the development and well being of the children at the school.

I qualified as a chartered accountant with a big four Accounting Firm in 2004.  After having children, I decided to work part time as a finance manager for a commercial real estate firm based Baker Street.

I have also been able to pursue other interests locally in Harrow and am glad to be part of the governing body of the school where I hope to make use of my financial knowledge, experience and business acumen.

My hobbies include attending dance classes, cooking and travelling.

 

Co-Opted Governor Vacancy

1 Vacancy - please contact Mrs Whitcombe via the School Office if you are interested in applying for this Co-opted Governor position on the Longfield Primary School Governing Body.

 

Local Authority Governor
Purav Rathod

I have worked in the Banking and Finance sector for the last 12 years. I believe in giving to the community; it is a privilege to be in a position to support the school with the required skills and experience which ultimately gives a sense of satisfaction to pupils and parents to be in safe hands. 

I have my child in Longfield Primary School and I am also a governor with another school. I joined Longfield Primary School Governing Body in March 2019.

 

Staff Governor

Saamia Mohammed

I have been a teacher at Longfield Primary since September 2019 and have been part of the Governing Body since December 2019.

I originally graduated with an Economics degree before completing my PGCE at the Institute of Education.  Currently, I am in my 6th year of teacher and worked across the primary age range, also leading Computing as a subject in two schools.  I am passionate about my job and take pride in developing children's lifelong skills as a learner.  As governor, I hope to help the school in its vision of equipping children with the self-esteem and ambition to progress.

In my spare time, I enjoy baking, spending time with my friends and family and reading.

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