The purpose of governance is to:

… provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.

The 3 core functions of the governing board are:


  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent


The 3 core functions of the governing board are:


  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent


To read the full Code of Conduct for the Governing Body,

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To view our Governors’ Declaration of Interest,

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The Governing body can be contacted by sending a letter to the school for the attention of the Chair of the Governing body, Miss Sevim Ekmekci or by email to  marked for the attention of the ‘Chair of the Governing body’.

If you would like to speak to a governor, please come in (or call) the school office to leave your contact details.  We will then pass these on to Miss Sevim Ekmekci, the Chair of Governors.

Sevim is a former Beam pupil who is now a Strategy Advisor at the Department for Education.  She leads on apprenticeships in schools and has also worked in Social Mobility in the Department. Sevim’s previous experience includes international policy at the Department of Health, strategy at the London Borough of Camden and graduate recruitment at TeachFirst. She also worked at the Social Mobility Foundation after completing her Philosophy and History degree at the University of Southampton.

I am Donna Lumsden, I am a foster carer who specialises in looking after challenging behavioural children.  Some of the children that I foster may be: autistic; have mental health issues; complex needs; subject to substance abuse; have special needs or  a disability.  My current foster child is a very challenging child who I have  to  teach to live a very good fulfilled lifestyle.

My current foster child is a very challenging autistic child who I have been supporting and nurturing to live a fulfilling  lifestyle by giving him holistic care.

My current job as a foster carer was inspired while working as a support worker with Tower Hamlet authority working with mental health and substance abuse patients and Newham authority working with disabled, autistic, special needs and complex children, where my manager told me I have a good heart and am passionate about my job.

I was encouraged and recommended  by the Councillors of River Ward to become a School Governor to a prestigious school like Beam County School. This has been a real honour and pleasure for me. The Executive Head, Head of School and all the teachers are a fantastic team to work with.

My hobbies are: Cake decorating, flower making, reading and gardening.

Vision: Beam County School to be the first to achieve London level grade.

Councillor Philip Waker

I have been on the Governing Body for about 25 years and Chair of Governors for about 10 years.

I am also a Governor of Leys Primary and Eastbrook. I recently became Chair of Eastbrook School and believe in striving to get the children of Barking and Dagenham the best education possible.

I am particularly grateful to all the Governors of Beam School and the efforts they make to encourage, support and challenge the school to continue its amazing record of improvement.

Beam County Primary School was always good, but thanks to the efforts of all staff and the school leadership team I have seen it become even better each year that goes by. Some of its results are consistently among the best primary results in the country, but it also has a wide cultural and sporting focus that helps to create a well rounded school experience for all those that come to the school.

As a Village Ward Councillor for around 14 years I have had a particular interest in Housing and when responsible for Housing for the borough fought to change the national financing structure of council housing. We led and won that battle and were then able to start building council housing for the first time in well over 20 years as well as improving our current stock. I believe that decent housing is fundamentally important for the education of our children and am particularly concerned about the lack of decent housing and the high costs of housing, particularly in London and the South East.

As a Councillor I am currently the Chair of the Living and Working Select committee that scrutinises housing, environmental issues in the Council as well transport and employment issues in general. I am also a member of the Council’s Development Control Board and Personnel Board.

I was a Post Office/Royal Mail employee for many years and was a Communication Workers Union representative for much of that time. I was on the National Executive of the Communication Workers Union for about 10 years.

The staff of Beam School have always been willing to assist the improvement of other schools and I am proud of my association with the school through the Governing Body.

I am a Contracts Administration Manager responsible for a team of Contract Managers for a well known Electricity provider. I have been in the industry since school, so am well versed with the industry. I am a married man with 2 great children, both having previously attended Beam County school.

I am affiliated with Beam as a Parent Governor and am in my 2nd consecutive term of office. Prior to becoming a Parent Governor and my first child attending Beam, I was fairly familiar with the school and its teachers since both a nephew and niece also passed through Beam County schooling. Be it school plays, quiz nights or any of the other activities the school organised… back then, they were all great experiences, which made-up mine and my wife’s mind that if and when we ever had children we would love them to attend Beam school.

Beam County School, in my eyes, has progressed immensely over the last 10-15 years, adapting to the change in demography by ensuring that the teachers are equipped to deal with the diverse mix of children from many different walks of life. The school has been extended to house the ever increasing population and of course the number of teachers has increased too. Beam County school has become infamous for its excellent teaching methodology, facilities, well behaved students and all of this is underpinned by a dynamic Leadership team, second to none.

To close I would say that “I am very proud to be a part of a fantastic school, with fantastic teachers and finally fantastic kids.

Pearl Kowlessar (RN, RM, MSc Quality & Safety in Health)

Parent Governor

I am a mother of 3 children, 1 on which still attends Beam County Primary School. I joined the Board of Governors as a Parent Governor in 2017.

I am very enthusiastic about being able to offer my support and professional skills to this wonderful school and team, whose values and ethos I share.

I have over 20 years’ experience of Governance and Senior Management within the NHS. With my experience of senior leadership, governance and risk management I am keen to back the development and progress of the school by providing support and being a critical friend to the Leadership of the School. I hope that I will be able to offer some of those skills in useful ways as a Governor, as well as providing more general strategic and practical support to the school.

Whilst I have worked in the Health Sector (UK and Trinidad) for more than 25 years, I have always been very interested in education and the development and welfare of children. I am pleased to give back to my community as I have seen from my 2 older kids, the positive impact this school have had on them and have nurtured them into strong, respectful and focused young adults.

I have taken on responsibility as governor for Health and Wellbeing, support the school with the Safeguarding agenda and I am also a member of the School Improvement Sub-Committee. I am really enjoying the role of Governor and look forward to continuing working with the teams.

Growing up in Dagenham, I attended Richard Alibon Primary School and Sacred Heart RC for Girls, Dagenham. Throughout my education, sport has always been an essential ingredient. Attributes such as teamwork, striving, and resilience have helped in my own life.

Sport supports our ethos by helping pupils develop vital skills for life such as commitment, resilience, team-building, confidence, leadership, sportsmanship and learning how to win and lose. We strive, therefore, to provide as many opportunities as possible for our pupils to enjoy a competitive sporting environment at whatever playing level they can achieve.

Teaching was a calling from a very young age (I loved school), and I was adamant that I would teach in Dagenham! At its core, Dagenham has a strong sense of community.

I am proud to say that all three of my children have attended Beam, as I am a passionate believer that education and lifelong learning should be of the highest quality for all children.

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I moved to the UK over 8 years ago and since then I have worked in various schools across London. I then trained as a teacher and stayed within the borough. I love the diversity of Barking and Dagenham and I have decided to enrol my daughter in Beam Primary as I felt that the school ethos and values match with what I believe in – “create a lifelong love of learning”. Having been giving the chance to apply and become a parent governor was a great honour and I am looking forward to being able to play my part in this wonderful community school in a more proactive way.

I am delighted to join the Beam Governing Body as a Parent Governor from 2021. My child is currently in Year 1 and seeing how the school delivered online learning during the pandemic was exceptional and it feels good to be joining a great team. My past experiences include working in various Public Sector organisations, which include the NHS, Local Charities and now working for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham in Community Solutions.

In the past I have also worked as a voluntary youth worker and have been involved in setting up various community projects which included summer schemes and poetry writing projects for the local youth. I have also been involved in mentoring schemes as I was a peer mentor in my secondary school for Year 7 children and also part of the National Mentoring consortium at University of Greenwich. My previous role in the NHS as a Deputy Costing Accountant showed me how important financial decisions are, as they have an impact on the organisations service delivery. I hope my past experiences and knowledge would have a positive contribution to the decisions made by the governing body.

I am of Caribbean heritage, where I started my career as a Mathematics and Sciences teacher. While I thoroughly enjoyed being a teacher, and the satisfaction of seeing my students’ progress with successful achievements in examinations, I had a deeper passion for e-Commerce and Digital technologies; hence I migrated to the UK to pursue postgraduate studies in this area. Since then, my career in the UK has evolved within the discipline of E-Commerce and Digital Marketing.

When I initially moved to Dagenham, I was a bit unsure as I had no family or friends in the local area. However, I’ve come to love and thrive here, and my son now attends Beam Primary School. I’m very pleased with his progress so far, his love of school, and the excitement in his voice when he talks about what he’s learned, or the day’s activities with his friends and teachers.

I am honoured to be selected as Parent Governor and look forward to taking on and growing in this role. I’m very enthusiastic, excited, and committed to working with the other Governors to help shape and positively influence the direction of the school, to continue the great progress and attainments the school has achieved over the years.

Governors’ Roles

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Attendance register of Governors Meetings


Beam County Primary – List of Meetings Attended 2022-23