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Ray Lodge Primary School

Striving for Excellence

Part of Strive4 Academy Trust

Part of Strive4 Academy Trust

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Who's who in the LGB

Neil TobiasNeil Tobias - 4 year term of office

Chair of the LGB (Parent Governor)


An Assistant Head Teacher in a state secondary school, Neil oversees Key Stages 4 and 5, planning interventions, reviewing data and planning the curriculum. He also has pastoral responsibilities for both Key Stages, giving him an in depth knowledge of a wide range of issues that schools face. He is passionate to support his local primary school and the school that his two children attend. His passion lies in education and using it as a way to improve the lives of children and the community. His specialism is computing.



Owne WoodwardsOwen Woodwards

With 15 years experience working as a town planner, both in the public and private sectors,  Owen has developed strong team working, analytical, communication, and budgeting skills.  He is a Treasurer Trustee of the Woodford Pre-School Playgroup, a pre-school for 2 – 5 year olds in South Woodford. He is passionate that governors provide an invaluable role in providing outside expertise, bridging the gap between the day-to-day running of the school and more strategic decision making, and in assisting the senior staff. He is excited by the opportunity to build upon these foundations to further contribute to the education of children in his local area. He is always looking to learn and to improve on a personal level, and believes that being a governor of an Academy would provide the opportunity to develop his skills and improve my knowledge, and thereby help him to develop as a person as well. He is keen to give something back to the local community.



Jenny RichardsonJennifer Richardson

LGB Co-opted Trust Governor


Jenny has 17 years of teaching experience across the primary age range and she has been a Director of Learning for the last 7 years overseeing the progress and outcomes of children in Key stage 1. She has had whole school responsibility for English for the last 10 years and also leads on Pupil Premium, CPD, Educational visits and Induction for Early Career teachers. Through her role as a local authority moderator, Jenny has supported local schools in ensuring end of key stage judgements in Reading and Writing are accurate.



Agnes Marfo-JacksonAgnes Marfo-Jackson

Self-employed trainer designing and delivering wellbeing programmes for businesses and organisations. During the pandemic, she partnered with an NHS Primary Care Network to deliver a programme for staff and patients impacted by Covid 19. She has worked as a Lecturer/Tutor in further, and adult education and has held support roles in primary schools. Her experience includes supporting adults and children with Special Educational Needs. She champions early intervention strategies and the social and emotional development of children.




Figen Doganay

Staff Governor

Currently working as a class teacher and MFL lead at Ray Lodge with a wide range of experience in the education sector. Figen has had experience of being a Governor in a number of school communities for over 20 years.  Figen has worked closely with parents and outside agencies, as well school leadership, ensuring that children are at the heart of decision making and their life chances are improved.  Prior to joining the education sector, Figen worked as a Managing Director in a family business.  Figen works effectively in teams and has excellent communication skills. Figen is reliant and dedicated to maintain high quality standards in teaching. Figen brings an honest and hard-working approach to her work -both with the school and in the LGB.


Nick Miller 

Head of School

Nick has been teaching and leading in primary schools for more than 17 years.  He has taught across all ages from Nursery to year 6, led a variety of subjects, served as a phase leader, Assistant Head Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher, Head Teacher and now proudly holds the role of Head of School at Ray Lodge Primary School.  Nick has served on several governing bodies previously as a Senior Leader as well as in the capacity of a parent governor.  He is a lifelong learner and values all stakeholders within the learning community.  Nick’s burning ambition is to empower every learner to strive for their just cause.












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