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Paxton Academy - Governing Body Information


Barry Gooden - Chair of Governors

Val Atsu

Dr Ruth Burtonshaw

Afua Basoah

Anthony Thompson

Address: 159 Brigstock Road, CR7 7JP
Chair Email: goodenthegoodone@aol.com


Members appoint the directors and may or may not be directors themselves. Directors will assist the Principal in forming the strategic vision and direction of the school and will hold the Principal into account for pupil standards, achieving good value for money and other outcomes. Their role will primarily be to act as a critical friend to the Principal offering support, guidance and an appropriate level of challenge.

The above members are also directors of the academy. In addition, there are nine further directors:

Johnette Barrett - Ex-officio (Principal)
Matthew Waitt- Parent Governor
Afua Basoah- Co-opted Governor (Science)
Patrick Reid-Director of PJ's Community Services
Nareh Gharabian Saki- Teacher Governor
Cheryl Bucknall- Parent Governor
Barbara Wright - Co-opted Governor



Diane Osagie - Registered SIP/Ofsted Inspector. Consultant to the Directors

Michael Roulston - Dulwich Preparatory School
The Wandle Teaching Alliance (Wandsworth)

King's College School - Wimbledon


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Michael Roulston (Educational Consultant)

Michael Roulston has international school experience, has worked extensively in this country in both State and Independent schools.


Dr Afua Basoah (School Governor)

 Following the completion of her DPhil in Neurosciences at the University of Oxford, Afua has worked within the medical communications industry for over a decade supporting pharmaceutical clients engage multi-stakeholders through educational and commercially-driven domestic, pan-European and global medical communication programmes. She has provided strategic, scientific and creative counsel across programmes delivered. With a passion for transforming scientific data into compelling scientific stories that inspire action, Afua has recently lead a multi-million pound publically-listed global medical communications organisation.

She has a wide range of therapy area experience including public health (nutrition, tuberculosis and HIV), rare diseases (venous occlusive disease, hyperammonaemia, porphyria and haemophilia) oncology (chronic myeloid leukaemia, breast and colorectal cancer), urology (nocturia, bed-wetting and erectile dysfunction), neurology (Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, neuropathic pain and tinnitus), immunology (autoimmune disorders, childhood allergies, renal transplantation)

Having worked with a number of NGOs, including the World Health Organization, the Bill and Melina Gates Foundation and the World Economic Forum, she also has a wide range of emerging market public health policy and corporate responsibility experience.


Mr Barrington Gooden (School Governor)

A dedicated and experienced project manager/director for Cambridge Education/ Mott MacDonald and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets for over 25 years, managing and developing education projects both in the primary and secondary sector. In recent years, I have led a University Technical College and 15 academies and free school projects. Project directed the first Free school in the country i.e. (The Norwich Free School) and chaired the project board for the Diocese of Sailby acadamisation programme.

My managerial experience spans over 27 years, of which 15 were in the public sector, and 12 years working with blue chip companies setting-up academy and free schools across the country.

In addition to the above, I am the director of an unregistered charity “Access ICT” providing refurbish ICT equipment to schools in the Caribbean and Africa. A very rewarding voluntary activity.


Nareh Gharibian-Saki (Teacher Governor)

 I am currently the Year 1 teacher, SENCO, Reading Leader, Early Years Leader and Assistant Principal at Paxton Academy Sports and Science. I completed my NQT year at Vauxhall Primary School in 2013. I studied BA in Education in Early Years Teaching at London Metropolitan University. I am currently studying for my National Award in Special Needs Coordination with Canterbury Christ Church University, which will finish later this March. Being the SENCO at Paxton Academy has enabled me to work towards this aim. During the first year at Paxton Academy, I was very keen to learn more about the school that is such a big part of my life, hence why I felt that becoming a governor would allow me to use my passion for the school to aid its continuing progression.



Matthew Waitt  (Parent Governor)

Matthew Waitt is father to Georgina who started at Paxton Academy in 2014. He is the Academy safeguarding link governor and serves on the premises subcommittee. Having obtained a good degree in engineering he has worked in electronic design and manufacturing for the last 20 years. Collaborating with material scientists globally to produce data for new materials used in the design of critical systems eg jet engines, airframes, electrical generation power plant equipment, and PV solar panels.

He is a part time Phd research student at UCL. With in his professional career he has developed and delivered innovative complex systems on time and within budget. Matthew has been involved from time to time in helping to run various church based youth work since the early 90s when the child protection legislation was first implemented. During the infancy of school computer networks and the internet Matthew helped implement these within the local school environment.


Barbara Wright (School Governor)

Barbara Wright is a corporate member of the Royal Town Planning institute with extensive regeneration and building project management experience managing teams and working with residents on community and housing projects. She has managed revenue and capital budgets and has experience of the school system locally as a parent at primary and secondary school.