Letter from the Chair of Governors

For many years our school has provided a rich, creative curriculum, with excellent teaching supporting outstanding academic results. We want to carry on doing this, not only at our physically-enlarged school but also by continuing to work with other Southwark schools. We also want to become a leader in pastoral support for our children, bringing in the very latest expert thinking on mental health and on how to create a happy learning environment. And above everything, we value our diverse school community and the way parents and teachers work together to create caring and responsible global citizens.

If you would like to contact me, please email the school office or leave a note at school marked ‘for the attention of the Chair of Governors’.

Rebecca Kaloo

What do the Governors do?

Each school in The Charter Schools Educational Trust has a local governing body (LGB) composed of a group of volunteers drawn from the community, each bringing a range of skills, expertise and professional experience. Our Governors provide essential links between the school, parents/carers, the local community and the Trust Board, which is ultimately responsible to the Department of Education for the performance of all its schools.

More information about The Charter Schools Educational Trust can be found by following the link to the right or visiting

Local governors work with staff and parents to provide the best possible framework for educating our students. They are involved in all aspects of school life and meet regularly with the school’s leadership teams.

Governors fulfil their responsibilities by:

  • Holding the school’s leaders to account for the educational and financial performance of the school. Governors create robust accountability for the schools leadership team through rigorous analysis of performance data and financial information.
  • Setting the school’s vision and the strategy for achieving this vision. The school’s vision centres on pupil progress and achievement. Working with senior leaders, the governors agree key priorities and key performance indicators against which progress towards achieving the vision can be measured.
  • Ensure the school’s financial success and probity. The governing board must ensure that the budget that the school receives is managed effectively, and with regard to value for money.

Governors are appointed by the Trustees except for parent governors, who are elected by parents and carers, and staff governors, who are elected by all school staff.

Who are our governors?

Rebecca Kaloo (Appointed Governor (Chair))

Rebecca Kaloo

Appointed Governor (Chair)

Start Date: 1st July 2020

End Date: 22nd November 2021

Rebecca is a learning and development specialist with a focus on designing and delivering business and finance learning solutions. Having qualified as a chartered accountant, she has spent the last 18 years working with multinationals to develop organisational and individual skills to improve business performance.

Rebecca has been a Charles Dickens parent for many years and an active member of both the PTA and Parent Forum. She is keen to support the school as it expands to include more local children.

Linda Taylor (Elected Staff Governor)

Linda Taylor

Elected Staff Governor

Start Date: 1st July 2020

End Date: 27th February 2022

Linda has been a Staff Support Governor for 5 years with commitments to health and safety within the school.

Matthew Harris (Appointed Governor)

Matthew Harris

Appointed Governor

Start Date: 1st July 2020

End Date: 7th December 2022

Matthew was invited to join the Governing Body in 2012 as he brings a wealth of legal expertise. Matthew is a solicitor at Waterfront Solicitors ( a local firm) where he specialises in Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution.

Jemima Rhys-Evans (LGB Adviser)

Jemima Rhys-Evans

LGB Adviser

Start Date: 1st July 2020

End Date:

Head of Primary Curriculum and Standards for The Charter Schools Educational Trust, Director of the Charles Dickens Research School.

Michael Eggleton (Ex-offico (Headteacher))

Michael Eggleton

Ex-offico (Headteacher)

Start Date: 1st July 2020

End Date:

Michael is the Head of School and is responsible for the day to day running of Charles Dickens Primary School. Michael has been teaching for over 13 years in London and Surrey schools and has held governor, trustee and leadership positions. In his time at Charles Dickens Primary School he has introduced and championed mental health support for all children, which gives them the strategies to name and regulate their emotions. Michael is married and has two children.

Ran Holst (Elected Parent Governor)

Ran Holst

Elected Parent Governor

Start Date: 14th July 2017

End Date: 13th July 2021

A governor since 2017 and a parent of two children at the school. She is exceptionally grateful for our diverse and brilliant school, its powerful ethos and everything it achieves for its children and the wider community and is a big supporter of the important RULER work that has been implemented throughout the school. She aims to promote and support this work and further a shared language and openness about how to handle and understand feelings.

Daniel Efunnuga (Appointed Governor)

Daniel Efunnuga

Appointed Governor

Start Date: 1st July 2020

End Date: 27th February 2021

I’m pleased to be able to contribute as a parent governor within Charles Dickens where the children benefit from a vibrant academic and social experience. I will bring my experience within Further Education and the Awarding Body sectors. Given today’s pace of change within the Department for Education, I hope to be able to offer the operational support that will help the school to thrive through this rapid change.

Paola Wilson (Parent Governor)

Paola Wilson

Parent Governor

Start Date: 3rd December 2019

End Date: 3rd December 2023

Paola Wilson campaigned for the successful opening of Haberdashers’ Aske’s Borough Academy. From 1995 to 2010 she worked as a barrister, specialising principally in criminal and human rights public law. She liaises on a voluntary basis with parents and carers on local issues pertaining to community and youth projects.

She has a son at Charles Dickens.

Louise Worley (Elected Staff Governor)

Louise Worley

Elected Staff Governor

Start Date: 25th September 2020

End Date: 24th September 2024

Louise has worked at Charles Dickens Primary School since 2003. She is passionate about Charles Dickens and has lived and worked in SE1 her whole life.

Ritika Singh (Governor)

Ritika Singh


Start Date: 3rd February 2021

End Date: 2nd February 2025

Ritika joined the governing body for Charles Dickens primary school as a volunteer in 2021. She works for the UK civil service building expertise in organisational reform and effective programme delivery. Notably, Ritika has worked with institutions specialising in promoting open and distant learning and hopes to bring this expertise to Charles Dickens to help navigate the uncertainty that COVID-19 brings.

Sasha Gay-Smith (Governor)

Sasha Gay-Smith


Start Date: 3rd February 2021

End Date: 2nd February 2025

Sasha’s experience in the charity sector spans 13 years supporting those most in need, to help with the building of stronger diverse communities. Sasha is the founder of a community interest company supporting disadvantaged young people to develop in character and self sufficiency, to drive the building of social, educational and economic development. It is with these skills and experiences that she aims to contribute to the excellent building of Charles Dickens local governing body. Sasha is a parent to a teenage son.

Deborah Lipszyc (Governor)

Deborah Lipszyc


Start Date: 3rd February 2021

End Date: 2nd February 2025

The following governors have been in post in the last 12 months.

  • Ashe Misra (Partnership Governor) – 11/03/19 – 26/03/20
  • Emma Gleadhill (Appointed Governor) – 1st July 2020 – 3rd July 2020
  • Amir Eden (Local Authority Governor) – 11th March 2019 – July 2020
  • Simon Gleadhill (Appointed Governor) – 1st July 2020 – 8th September 2020
  • Claire Maughm (Appointed Governor (Co-Chair)) – 1st July 2020 – April 2021
  • Cassie Buchanan (Executive Headteacher) – 1st July 2020 – July 2021

Raising a concern with the school:

If you have any matters that you wish to raise with the school our Complaints Policy details how to do this.

You can also write to the Chair of Governors at:

Charles Dickens Primary School, Toulmin St, London SE1 1AF