Cllr Phil Waker
Councillor Philip Waker
Chair Of Governors
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 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.
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
Welcome to my governor statement; I am Colin Hennessy, I am currently a parent governor at Beam County Primary School and have been for just over 4 years.
Both of my children attended Beam from nursery to year 6 and have now moved onto secondary school.
As a governor at the school I have a few roles of responsibility they are the Link (formerly training and Liaison), cultural and the most recently added role of science governor.
When Beam County applied for the Arts Council England, Artsmark Gold I was happy to be involved and very pleased with the awarding of this status to the school, it was a very hard earned reward for all he staff who put so much effort, and continue to, into the arts at Beam County.
During my time at Beam I have been involved with ICT the ECO garden and interviewing new teaching staff as well as having attended a number of the Parent’s Council Meetings.
I have worked for a neighbouring local authority for 28 years and have spent most of that time in what is now the HR department. In my role I deal with school based staffing issues on a daily basis.
For the last 11 ½ years my wife and I have worked part time so our children always have a parent at home, this is something I would not change as it has been wonderful being there for our children, watching them grow, learn, giving them support when needed and being involved at the primary school they attended. Spending time with them during the holidays has been great too, taking them out to various farms, zoos, historical locations, museums and galleries not to mention the trips to the cinema, theatre and bowling, they also have the option to join me in my second job as a badminton coach should they feel the need to exert themselves of a Saturday afternoon.
Eddie Oko - Jaja
I have two reasons to be a Governor at Beam. My daughter Ihesinachi (ChiChi) was a pupil at the school and benefitted immensely from all the qualities of this top school. I was motivated to be part of a good institution.
Both my wife and myself, throughout her time in the school were involved in many activities. Due to my background, interests and knowhow I decided to put myself forward for election and fortunately I got through.
An unfortunate automobile accident resulted in a spinal injury. I came to the UK in 1995 for further medical rehabilitation, which has turned out to be a medical sabbatical. Settling in the UK encouraged me to contribute to my new community. Eventually, I came to live in this borough in 2000.
In Nigeria, my original country, I worked as a Research Officer in Planning, Research and Statistics department as management staff.
My previous experiences are:
- Federal Civil Service in Nigeria.
- Teaching at a girls’ secondary school for 5 years, teaching English language, literature in English and history mostly senior GCSE classes in particular.
- I achieved a National Certificate in Education majoring in English and History from University of Lagos. Later obtaining a first and master’s degrees in education.
- Briefly a freelance journalist for two leading national newspapers. This led to a post graduate degree in journalism.
- I worked closely with the Ministerial Board.
Working voluntarily for charitable organisations such as:
- Centre for Independent Transport Research in London,
- Hackney Partnership Board
- Finsbury Park Action Group as Director and Management Committee Member
- I also got involved with Age Concern in Hackney as Information and Advice Officer, Citizens Advice Bureau in Finchley as a Trainee Advisor,
- Disability Hackney
- Undertaking a law degree at Guildhall University in London (now the Metropolitan University)
- I also trained at the Inns of Court School of Law for two years part time
- I moved on to take paid positions at senior level as Chief Executive Officer of several voluntary charities in London
- For the past 8 years I have focused in leading Community Advice and Support Scheme.
- Current affairs, from year 1, I got involved in debating and that continued until I left secondary school as a leading debater and a member of the literary as well as the geographical societies. I held the post of prefect ship and games captain and so on.
While studying Journalism I was elected speaker of the student parliament.
- Travelling both locally and abroad.
- I enjoy watching documentaries.
- I like to get in involved in research projects.
- I like to attend work based or related training, seminars or conferences.
My name is Lynn Dyerson, I am an Avon Representative. My hobbies include; reading, upcycling/revamping furniture etc., cake making and all things historical.
I have been a school governor for 15 years, when I began I had four children at the school, and had previously been on the Friends of Beam for eight years – it seemed a natural progression.
My children were receiving a great education, but they were also happy – in fact my youngest daughter said that when she left school she would become a teacher, get a job at Beam, then she would never have to leave! (She will qualify as a teacher next summer.)
Quite simply, I like this school, and in common with my daughter, I want to stay connected with it!
Miss L Culyer
Miss T Whittington
Growing up in Dagenham, I attended Richard Alibon and Sacred Heart RC for Girls. Teaching was a calling from a very young age and I was adamant that I would teach in Dagenham!
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.
Mrs. S Mason
I was born and grew up on the Rylands, estate where I attended Beam Infant school and then went on to Beam Junior School. I have never left the area and once married with children of my own they also attended Beam Primary School. I became a parent helper at Beam in 1997 where I helped in the nursery and also the reception classes. I was fortunate enough to become part of the Beam Team in 1999 when I became a teaching assistant in Year 5. I became a non teaching governor a few years later.
Whilst working at Beam I have attended college and have obtained an NVQ 2 and 3 in supporting Teaching and Learning. I studied for a GCSE in maths and successfully passed.
In 2005 I left Beam to broaden my knowledge and experience with children who have social,emotional and behavioural needs. Whilst there I acquired my HLTA status.
I returned to Beam in 2006 and have never looked back. I now run various intervention groups working with lower ability children and also those who have English as an additional language.
I am also The Friends of Beam residential D.J. I support and help them with all their great fund raising events.
I have spent many happy years at Beam and hopefully will continue to do so.
Mrs. C Cook
I grew up in the West Country living in a small family with my father being the local Rector. The village I lived in was a very close knit community and the local primary school I attended had a role of 98 children!
I moved to Barking and Dagenham in 2006 after training at University in Swansea and joined Beam in 2004 as ICT Co-ordinator. Currently, I am Assistant Headteacher and the lead teacher in Excelling Learners.
My daughter also attends the school and enjoys the variety of activities available to our children here as well as her passion to learn more.