Introduction to Hollickwood School

Hollickwood School is a place where all children can succeed. It is a caring, inclusive community where adults have high expectations of all learners and respect and creativity are nurtured.


Hugh Vivian - Headteacher
Skeve Constantinou –  Deputy Headteacher (Maternity Leave)

Foundation Stage

Stephanie Williams  – Nursery Teacher

Ruth Kevin – Nursery Nurse

Stephanie Turner-Proud - Reception Teacher / Early Years Lead

Tina Kasamias – Reception Teacher

Anil Singh – Nursery Nurse

Emma Spiers – Nursery Nurse

Helen Green – Nursery Nurse (Maternity Leave)

Key Stage 1

Year 1

Tilly O'Brien – Class Teacher

Year 2

Nancy Stone – Class Teacher / KS1 Lead / acting Deputy Head

Key Stage 2

Year 3

Gabriella Hinc - Class Teacher

Year 4

Shilipa Sharma – Class Teacher

Tracy Rutherford - Class Teacher / SENCo

Year 5

Gillian Preston – Class Teacher

Year 6

Sarah Johnston – Class Teacher / KS2 Lead


Jacqueline Boulton - EMA Co-ordinator

Virginia Oliver - Spanish Teacher

Deenah McElhinney - PPA teacher

Lisa Staff – P.E. Teacher

Teaching Assistants

Kimberley Atkinson - Teaching Assistant

Rachel Bindon – Teaching Assistant

Reem El-Bashary - Teaching Assistant / MTS / Afterschool Club Play Leader

Silke Filby - Teaching Assistant

Zana Hoxha – Teaching Assistant

Bernadette Moore - Teaching Assistant

Lilly Oestreicher – Teaching Assistant

Darren Smith - Teaching Assistant

Habeeba Ajaz - Better Reading Partner

Susan Alexander - Better Reading Partner

Maryam Najand - Better Reading Partner


Support Staff

Lenka Jenks - School Business Manager                                      

Emma Wilkinson - School Administrator

Zaineb Shah - Learning Mentor

Angela Defoe - Computing Support

Phyllis Ramage - School Librarian

Andrew Dunham - Caretaker

Kay Dear - Meal Time Supervisor

Melihate Leka - Meal Time Supervisor

Francis Moore - Meal Time Supervisor

Kelly Reynolds - Meal Time Supervisor

Lindsey Wallace - Meal Time Supervisor

Chantelle Playfair - Breakfast Club

Loretta Opoku-Abebreseh - After School Club

Hollickwood Primary School GB minutes of meeting held on 11 December 2017 - Pt I minutes

Hollickwood Primary School GB minutes of meeting held on 25 September 2017 - Pt I minutes

Hollickwood Primary School GB minutes of meeting held on 17 July 2017 - Pt I minutes

Hollickwood Primary School GB minutes of meeting held on 27 March 2017 - Pt I minutes

Hollickwood Primary School GB minutes of meeting held on 23 January 2017 - Pt I minutes

Hollickwood Primary School GB minutes of meeting held on 12 December 2016 - Pt I minutes

Hollickwood Primary School GB minutes of meeting held on 19 September 2016 - Pt I minutes

Hollickwood Primary School GB minutes of meeting held on 18 July 2016 - Pt I minutes

Hollickwood Primary School GB minutes of meeting held on 23 May 2016 - Pt I minutes

Hollickwood Primary School GB minutes of meeting held on 14 March 2016 - Pt I minutes

Hollickwood Primary School GB minutes of meeting held on 14 December 2015 - Pt I minutes

Standing Orders for the Governor Body

Register of Governor Attendance at Governing Body Meetings

Governing Body Register of Interests – March 2017


We have a committed and hardworking Governing Body at Hollickwood School. Our job is to work with the school leadership team to secure the best possible outcomes for all the children who attend here.

Below you can read about the members of the Governing Body. Governors can be contacted through the School Office and further information, such as Terms of reference and meeting minutes, are available on request.



Elect date: 05/10/2015

Re-elect date: 05/10/2019

I have worked in the voluntary sector for over 20 years and I have been a Chief Executive in the charity sector for over ten years, so I know a lot about running non-profit institutions, but I am having to learn very fast about education!  I joined Hollickwood’s governing body in 2014 and became a Governor because I have twins going through the school and I want to do a voluntary role in the community, having lived in Muswell Hill for more than ten years.  I was asked to become Chair in 2016 and I hope to see it become an excellent school before I hand over the role to someone else.


Kirstie Stroud,   CO-OPTED GOVERNOR

I am a co-opted governor at Hollickwood and a parent; both my children attend Hollickwood. I am the Vice Chair and the Inclusion link governor for Hollickwood. This includes Special Educational Needs, Looked After Children, Safeguarding, English as an Additional Language, able/talented pupils, Pupil Premium and behaviour management.

I have worked in a primary school all of my career; as a teacher since 2001 and, in more recent years, as an Assistant Head teacher at Duncombe School in Islington and Associate Governor. I am passionate about education and am excited to be a governor at Hollickwood. The skills and experience I have gained from working in a diverse, inner city primary school mean I am well equipped to support Hollickwood to become an increasingly successful school which achieves the highest of standards.

As well as giving children the best start in life, I believe that a good local school can benefit its community immensely. I particularly like the supportive, close-knit community and friendly environment offered to the families of Hollickwood.



Like most parents, I want the best for my children.  And while I have high academic expectations of my children and the school they attend, I also want them, and their peers, to be well-rounded and happy.  Success is measured in lots of ways.  I am an English solicitor and a U.S. attorney and work regularly as a commercial mediator.  Like my children, I was educated in both the U.S. and in the UK.  Before law, I was a contract social worker in London with children, young people, and refugees and asylum seekers.  I am a parent governor (and staffing link governor) to support and invest in the school, the community, and my two children who attend Hollickwood.



I have been a local Councillor for Coppetts for 17 years and for most of this time been a Governor at Hollickwood School as well as the Compton School. For 15 years I managed the Old Barn Community Centre in East Finchley which run an after-school club, holiday play schemes and youth clubs. My present job is safeguarding children on behalf of Community Barnet; that involves working on child protection in the voluntary and faith sector.



Elect date: December 2016

I am a lawyer who has worked in central government for several years and I have a longstanding interest in education. I’ve been a governor at a special secondary school in Southwark for children with autism since 2008 and also previously worked as a volunteer with the National Autistic Society advising parents on education law.  I joined Hollickwood’s governing body at the end of  2016 and I’m really pleased to be involved with a local primary school (I have lived in North London for most of my life) and to be working with the other governors, staff and parents to help make Hollickwood the best school that it can be.




I have been a journalist for over 20 years, and am currently a senior manager at the Guardian. My son is in the nursery at Hollickwood, and loves it there.  

I was fortunate enough to go to a small, community primary school myself. It gave me a very solid start in life and I passionately believe that everyone should have a brilliant school in their neighbourhood. 
I hope to use my communications and leadership expertise to support Hollickwood in doing what it does well, and to provide challenge where needed to make it even better. 



I have been working in Finance for the hospitality sector for nearly 10 years. I am a fully qualified accountant and Head of Finance in my current role.
Having been brought up in Muswell Hill and wanting to give something back to the community, becoming a Governor was the perfect way to help me do this. I am hoping to bring my Financial expertise to help govern the school.