Since April 2008, TreeHouse School has been a Non Maintained Special School. This is a type of special school run by a charity rather than a local authority, which can receive certain types of Government funding. The Governing Body is separate from, but over-lapping with, the Board of Trustees in that two Governors are also Trustees and the Trustees receive reports from the Governing Body. By law we do everything that a Governing Body does in a local authority school except manage the budget and the premises.
The Governing Body meets six times in the year but Governors are also actively involved in many aspects of school life. They are completely committed to the success of the school and to ensuring the best possible provision for our pupils.
Here is the Governing Body Code of Conduct.
Philippa Stobbs – Chair of School Governing Body
(as of 08.10.14)
Philippa Stobbs has a professional background in teaching and school inspection work. She has led a number of national developments in the education of disabled children and children with special educational needs (SEN). She has led policy work for the Special Educational Consortium since 1992, the development of national support to parent partnership services, the development of guidance on the Disability Discrimination Act and the Equality Act in schools and early years settings. She is Assistant Director at the Council for Disabled Children and Policy Vice-chair of the Special Educational Consortium.
Beverley Brewer – Parent Governor
(as of 13.11.14)
Beverley joined the Governing Body in October 2014. Two of Beverley’s sons are pupils at TreeHouse School. Beverley has been involved in the ABA community for eight years. She has previously served as a Governor in a primary school. She has also led and supported many campaigns in her area opposing cuts to services for children with special educational needs and been involved in local parent support groups. Beverley works for the Care Quality Commission.
Trevor Cox – Parent Governor
(as of 08.10.14)
Trevor joined the Governing Body in October 2014. Trevor is a father of two and his youngest son has been at TreeHouse School since 2009. Trevor has worked in IT industry for over twenty years. He is a qualified Rugby Football Union coach, as well as an Adapted Sports Coach. Trevor is hugely passionate about the role that education plays in our pupil’s lives. Trevor plans to put the facilitation, analysis and project management skills he has acquired over the years to good use as a Parent Governor, as well as using his understanding as a parent in his role as Parent Governor.
Kerry Sternstein – Headteacher
Kerry Sternstein has been appointed as the new Head Teacher of TreeHouse School. She will take up her role at the start of the new academic year in September 2016. Kerry has over thirty years of experience of working with children, young people and adults in a range of settings. Kerry has taught for the last twenty years at Shaftesbury School, an ‘outstanding’ special school in Harrow, where she was Head of School.
Prior to this, Kerry worked as a SENCO and English and Drama teacher in mainstream high schools. She is a qualified teacher, PGCE tutor, mentor and coach and has been granted two national awards for services to special needs and outstanding training. She also holds the NPQH – the national qualification for Head teachers.
Jolanta Lasota - Chief Executive of Ambitious about Autism
(as of 01.10.14)
Jolanta is passionate about enabling children, young people and families affected by disability to live the life they choose. She previously worked for a number of leading voluntary sector organisations including Turn2us, Shelter, I CAN and the Governance Hub. She is Chair of the Autism Education Trust and SEND Consortium which runs the service SENDirect.
Ann Waters – Local Authority Governor
(as of 08.10.14)
Ann Waters is a Labour councillor in the London Borough of Haringey. She was a career civil servant and has also helped to manage a community centre in Muswell Hill where she has lived for more than 30 years. She has two grown up children.
Marjolein de Vries, Community Governor
(as of 29.04.15)
Marjolein joined the governing body in April 2015 as a Community Governor. After working in Community Theatre and Theatre in Education, Marjolein taught geography in secondary schools before focusing on work in the learning disability field within the voluntary sector from 1992 onwards. Since 2001 she has been Director of Kith & Kids, a North London based charity supporting families with children and adults who have autism and/or learning disabilities through volunteer-supported projects and activities
Martyn Craddock, Associate Governor
(as of 13.12.17)
Martyn will formally join the governing body in December 2017 as a Associate Governor. Martyn Craddock is the father of twin boys, one of whom has attended TreeHouse School since 2009. As a parent, he has an understanding of the demands and joys of being a dad of a child with autism, and the impact it has on his family's life. After an early background in catering, Martyn then moved into the charity sector, firstly working for one of the City of London livery companies, and then Finance Director and CEO of St Luke's Trust in Islington. In 2015 he became CEO of United St Saviour's Charity, a large grant-making trust and sheltered housing provider in Southwark. Martyn is also a Ward Beadle in the City of London, a keen cyclist and cook.
Paul Williams, Associate Governor
(as of 13.12.17)
Paul will formally join the governing body in December 2017 as a Associate Governor.