Our Governing Body is responsible for ensuring that our School conforms with the legal guidelines laid down by Parliament and the Local Education Authority (LEA).

Together with the professionals in school we share responsibility for:

  • The school’s standards
  • Its value for money
  • Its proper management
  • Its fairness in dealing with its staff and pupils
  • Its communication with parents and the public
  • Our responsibility is for overall policy. The day-to-day business of organising children’s learning and of managing time, space, staff and resources is for the professional team led by the headteacher.

Individual governors have no power; the authority we have comes from working together as a governing body. With the professional staff at our school we try to provide the best possible education for all the children.

The governing body must ensure that in delivering its responsibilities, it promotes and safeguards the welfare of children.

Our School Governing Body consists of:

Our Head Teacher
One Teacher Governor – elected by their colleagues
Parent Governors – elected by parental ballot
One LA Governor – appointed by the LA, nominated by the main political parties
Three Community (Co-opted) Governors – elected by the Governors listed above, from the local community

The Governors act through a series of committees. Minutes of their meetings are available for all to read. Please ask in the school office. Additionally the Governors produce an Annual Report for Parents, which is presented for discussion at a meeting to which all Parents are warmly invited.


Our Governors




Jonathan Spalter, FCA, LLB

I have been a Governor at Courtland since 2007, initially as a Parent Governor but now as a Community Governor. I have lived in Mill Hill most of my life and serving as a Governor gives me an excellent way of involving myself in the local community and in education in particular.

Professionally, I am a Chartered Accountant specialising in tax, mostly working within businesses to support compliance, minimise risk and enhance value for a range of stakeholders. I use this commercial experience within Courtland by serving on the General Purpose sub-committee which reviews budgets and financial processes.

I enjoy running, squash and tennis



Robin Clark – Chair of Governors

I have been a parent governor since November 2013 and now have two children at the school.  It has been a great experience and I have learnt a lot about what it takes to run such a successful school.

I am a retailer by profession, working in blue chip organisations in their buying and selling divisions.  I use this experience to help think about the school budget and how we can use our scarce resources to their best effect.  I also have experience in managing large teams of people and am keen that we create a great working environment at Courtland.


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Lia Pottinger

I have 2 daughters who attended the school many more years ago than I care to remember. The elder began in 1987!!

Initially I was a secretary and then treasurer of the PTA throughout their stay at the school and then became a local authority governor. I am now a community governor. Currently I have various roles on the committee including Vice Chair and chair of the staffing sub-committee.

I am a civil servant and think that the experience gained in finance and as a manager in my day job has helped me with my activities as a governor. The converse is also true. The school has changed dramatically since my daughters were pupils and as a governor I have been privileged to see many of the changes at first hand. Initially there were many challenges in learning about the roles and responsibilities of a governor – especially the many acronyms used. This has become easier but there are always new challenges to be met to ensure that we achieve the best solutions to promote the education of the pupils of the school. I was already a governor when the current mission statement was introduced. Every child can be somebody surely encapsulates everything that the staff and the governors want for every pupil.

Keith Dyall

I have been a governor of Courtland School for 35 years initially as a parent Governor having two sons at the school and subsequently as a local authority governor until the reconstitution of the governing body in 2015 when I changed to becoming a co-opted governor. During this period I was for a time vice Chair of governors. I have also been on the governing bodies of various other local primary Schools including being Chairman of some. I am currently on the Staffing and discipline committee and also advise on the building maintenance of the school.

Until retirement I was in construction management running both Building and Civil Engineering works. I am now involved a number of voluntary organisations. I am Chairman of trustees of Moat Mount outdoor centre, a trustee of the local Almshouses. I am Chairman of one of the boroughs Town Twinning Societies, Chairman and joint outings organiser of the Mill Hill Historical Society, a member of the Barnet Branch of the leukaemia research fund. Lastly I am regional chairman of Railfuture the national rail pressure group. In my spare time I am keen on Photography.

Parag Vaghjiani – Vice Chair of Governors

Parag Vaghjiani is a UK Civil Servant, currently working on the free schools programme in the Department for Education. He joined the Courtland Primary School Governing Body as a parent governor in Spring 2016. He has had over 10 years of experience of working in central government, mainly in education, but he has also worked at No10 Downing Street and the Department for Work and Pensions. He is a maths graduate from Imperial College. He has a number of interests outside of work, including sport and travel. He is married with two young children, and his eldest child attends Courtland Primary.

Dudley Howell