The Governing Body is committed to improving the lives of children and families at Laycock. It does this by challenging and supporting the senior leaders of the school, by sitting on committees and by visiting the school. Staff, parents and community members give liberally of their time, experience and expertise to be governors. All Laycock Governors are appointed by the Chair and the existing governors.
Meet the Laycock Governors
Chair of Governors / Co-opted Governor
Appointed: November 2018
I live in Islington with my partner, Matthew, and our dog, Peggy. I have been a government lawyer for over 20 years, and currently work in the Department for Levelling Up. I have a strong belief in public service and want all children to have access to an excellent education in the fullest sense of the word. I feel immensely proud and privileged to be part of Laycock and to be supporting the life and work of the school and its community.
Vice Chair Of Governors
Appointed: September 2022
I am currently working as a specialist computing teacher, having previously worked in Islington as a class teacher for 7 years. My passion is teaching, sharing my love for learning and also using education as a vehicle for social mobility.
Appointed: November 2020
I was a parent governor for 4 years before being co-opted. I am now Chair of the Learning & Standards Committee. My son spent his whole primary school education at Laycock, which provided him a great platform into Secondary education. I work in social adult care in Islington.
I am a parent governor who joined the governing board in November 2021. I am Chair of the SEND & Inclusion Committee and Link governor for SEND. I have a daughter with special needs at Laycock. I am passionate about every single child, regardless of background, needs or disabilities, having the very best experience and opportunities early on in their education.
Appointed: March 2019
My career has been in teaching, latterly as Headteacher of Highbury Fields School. My commitment to education in Islington has lasted over 30 years. Since my retirement I have been a governor at Laycock School and a trustee of a number of charities.
Appointed: November 2018
Having lived in Hackney for some years, I feel part of the local community and joined the governing body of Laycock School, to help oversee the strategic direction as well as the financial performance of the school. With parents who’ve both had careers in universities, I’m passionate about education as a route to success, and specifically want to improve educational outcomes for local young people. As governor and chair of the Finance Committee, I try to offer private sector expertise to help improve outcomes for the school and its students.
Appointed: September 2022
I am a co-opted governor with a background in both teaching and finance. Equal access to education is of utmost importance and I am dedicated to supporting Laycock in ensuring that the school’s strategy serves its pupils and families as best it can.
My name is Robyn Ali. I have been a co-opted Govenor since September 2022. I attended Laycock Primary as a child and am also a parent of two children currently attending so am invested in the school.
I feel I am the link for both the Deaf provision and mainstream children of Laycock as I have a hearing impairment myself and understand the barriers and how to overcome them.
I currently work in a Sign Language Interpreting Team and am training to be a fully qualified interpreter.
Zibiah Alfred Loakthar
Appointed: February 2021
I sit on the school Special Educational Needs Disability and Inclusion Committee, with a special interest in Play and creative inclusive ways for people from across our school community to come together. I work within the education and charity sector and volunteer with a local frontline refugee charity, with North London Deaf Children's Society and with the British Schools Museum.
I am a year 6 class teacher and on the STEM team at Laycock Primary School. I have been at Laycock for 3 years and have enjoyed working here having moved from a school in Haringey.
I am thoroughly enjoying being on the middle leadership team, working together with my colleagues to develop our curriculum to best meet the needs of our learners.
Since qualifying as a Teacher of the Deaf in 1989, I have worked in a special school for deaf children; run education-industry links programmes for hearing- and visually-impaired students; worked as an Education Officer with RNID and as an Education Consultant with the Ewing Foundation. These positions have given me a broad perspective on the range of educational provision made for deaf learners.
Since 2007, I have been a Tutor on the Hearing Impairment course, University of Birmingham, supporting students training to gain the mandatory qualification to teach deaf learners. I also supervise teaching placements for the HI courses run by Birmingham and Manchester universities, visiting students as far afield as Devon and Glasgow. I established the BTEC Level 3 course for Audiology Technicians in Educational Settings with Mary Hare Courses, which ran 2011-2019. In 2015, myself and a colleague set up the Greater London Affiliation for Deaf Education (GLADE), a networking group for resource provision staff in Greater London. These activities have given me access to a range of settings and professionals, enabling me to become familiar with the issues they face.
I was a member of the Association of Deaf Education Professionals and Trainers (ADEPT, formerly NATED) for nearly 30 years and joined the British Association of Teachers of the Deaf (BATOD) more than 20 years ago, becoming Secretary and then Chair of BATOD South for several years. I have been a regular contributor of articles and reviews to the BATOD magazine and was Reviews Editor for Deafness & Education International for many years. I was a founding member of the Consortium for Research Into Deaf Education (CRIDE) and am currently its Chair.
Terms of Office
|Co-opted Governors||Term of Office||To|
|Stephen Deutz Chair||13 Nov 2018||12 Nov 2026|
|Sarah Amissah Vice Chair||15 Sept 2020||14 Sept 2024|
|Ann Mullins||24 Mar 2015||22 Mar 2023|
|Callum Sims||13 Nov 2018||12 Nov 2026|
|8 Nov 2016||7 Nov 2020|
|Robyn Ali||21 Sep 2026|
|India White-Spunner||21 Sep 2026|
|Stevie Mayhook||7 Dec 2026|
|Parent Governors||Term of Office||To|
|Zibiah Loakthar||31 Jan 2025|
|Lauren Fenton||8 Nov 2025|
|Headteacher||Term of Office||To|
|Fred Hall||1 Sept 2023|
|Staff Governor||Term of Office||To|
|Samara Payne||15 Sept 2020||14 Sept 2024|
|Local Authority Governor||Term of Office||To|