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Who are the Governors?


Isleworth Town Primary School

Who are the Governors?

Below is a list of all our current members of the Governing Body. In many cases you'll find a short introduction in the Governors' own words.

Eileen Sheedy


I have worked at Isleworth Town School for the last 12 years, 4 years as Deputy and 8 years a Headteacher. I previously taught for 12 years before coming out of the classroom. As a Governor I welcome the opportunity to work with a dedicated group of people who represent both the parents and wider school community. As a group of Governors we are ambitious for the school and are dedicated to continual whole school improvement.


Dennis Sargent

Co-opted Governor, Chair

I applied to become a governor at Isleworth Town School because of my belief that nourishing the capability and development of our youngest children is of critical importance for them and us. My own educational profile is a product of its time: happy days at a junior school in a less than privileged suburb of Birmingham, followed by grammar school, Oxford and subsequent research. Most of my professional life has also been in education: as a teacher or lecturer in secondary and tertiary provision, consultant or Head of Richmond Sixth Form and Deputy Principal at Richmond upon Thames College. Now that I am retired, I hope that I can employ whatever skill and judgement this experience has given me in working with other governors to support pupils, parents, staff and the Head teacher in making Isleworth Town an outstanding school; not only in the opinion of those obligated to do so professionally, but also in the estimation of the school community, those who learn, work, send their children or reside nearby.


Jocelyn Bassett

Deputy Headteacher

Co-opted Governor

I have worked at Isleworth Town Primary School since 2005, teaching initially in KS2 for four years before teaching in Year 1 and Year 2. I have led KS1 as Team Leader before becoming Assistant Head and now I have taken on the role of Deputy Headteacher in 2016. I initially became a Governor during my first years in the school and found it an invaluable experience. I now reprise my role as a co-opted Governor and it is a pleasure to work alongside others who are dedicated to supporting our school to ensure we continue to develop a community where everyone is valued and children are confident and become successful learners.


Claire Islam

Associate Member

I have lived in Isleworth for 10 years and I have 2 daughters at Isleworth Town. We visited other schools before Isleworth Town but were instantly attracted to the positive energy, the happy children and the professional staff we encountered on our introduction to the school. I have been lucky to be involved at the school by reading in classes, going on class trips, taking part in science week and as a FIT representative. When the opportunity arose to apply to be a parent governor I was very keen to apply to try to help to support the staff, pupils and parents of Isleworth Town to enable the school to grow not only in size but in the development of pupils to their fullest potential.


Nicola Bedford

Parent Governor

My daughter started Reception in 2017 and I am amazed by both her academic progress and personal development. I have been lucky to be able to help out in both Reception and Year 2 classes and love the energy, the sense of community and joy I've seen while being around school.  Therefore I was thrilled and honoured to be appointed parent governor. Before becoming a parent I had my own business specialising in IT training and travelled around Europe managing and delivering large scale training programmes. Since becoming a parent I have completed a degree in Criminology and Psychology and am hoping to continue my own education by pursuing a master's degree.  I am passionate about education and equality, particularly inspiring curiosity and a love of learning. 


Sarah Howard-Jones

Parent Governor

I joined the Governing Body in summer 2014 and we have two children at the school. We moved into the area in 2014 and were struck immediately by the energy, sense of purpose, and happiness within the school. It was an obvious choice! I aim to bring some of my professional skills to bear on governing body work, having worked for some years now as a lawyer in central government. The educational landscape is always changing and Isleworth Town aims to deliver the very best outcomes for its children. It's a pleasure to work alongside committed staff and colleagues to help enable this to happen.


Esther Berryman

Co-opted Governor

I live in Isleworth and my son attended Isleworth Town School from nursery to Year 6. We were pleased our son attended this local community school as he could learn and play with children near to his home. During that time I was a Parent Governor. I am pleased to continue now as a Co-opted Governor. I have been a primary school teacher for many years and I am senior leader in a primary school in Brent. My knowledge includes Special Educational Needs and inclusive teaching. I have also been a subject leader for science, history, RE and geography. As a Governor I will support the school so that staff and pupils are safe and thrive in their development.


Corinna Smart

Local Authority Governor - Vice Chair

I have lived in Isleworth for over 20 years and have worked as a secondary school teacher and youth worker for over 30 years.

I was first elected as a Councillor in 1998 and have been a member in the Hounslow Heath Ward since 2010. I served as a cabinet member for environment and transport from 2010-12 and as Mayor from 2014-15.

I am passionate about wildlife especially bird watching. I love sport, particularly cricket, football and rugby union. I enjoy the theatre and art and am also very interested in our heritage and history.


Sarah Hopper

Co-opted Governor

I have lived in Isleworth since 2012 and have two daughters aged 6 and 3. My oldest is in year 1. I decided to become a Governor because I am passionate about my children’s education and about the school. Since my daughter started Isleworth Town I have been bowled over by the vibrancy of the school, the teaching standard and the overwhelming sense of community. I hope to be able to contribute to this. My day job consists of managing business continuity and resilience at the BBC where I have worked in various roles for .


Anna Budzynska

Co-opted Governor

I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to become a Governor at Isleworth Town Primary school. Having moved to the area almost a year ago, I am keen to give something back to my local community. In the past, I have been a secondary school teacher and am now working in an education role outside of schools. I hope to be able to use my skills and experience to support the Head and teachers in continuing the school's development.


Keith Johnson

Co-opted Governor

I'm a parent of three small children who will soon all be at Isleworth Town. I was lucky to attend good primary schools followed by grammar school, and went on to study science at Oxford University. I then worked at the BBC for 6 years in various diverse roles and currently work as a freelance technical director for Sky News. I also taught part-time for 3 years on the post-graduate journalism course at City University. I have many other interests, especially information technology and music. I work as a semi-professional musician, playing mainly jazz and latin music, and co-teach a salsa music workshop in Kew. Music led me to Cuba in 2002 where I met my wife, spending a total of 4 years there and becoming fluent in Spanish. All the opportunities I've had come from the great all-round education I had. I believe the arts and physical activities are just as important as academic grades, and Isleworth Town embraces this. Music is particularly important, as research shows it improves performance in all other subjects. I think a good headteacher and a dedicated team of governors can make a great school and I look forward to being part of this.


Andy James

Parent Governor

I am the father to two boys who attend Isleworth Town in years 1 and 5. Whilst they are attending their classes each day I am a director at a media company in central London where I organise national events, awards ceremonies, publish magazines and run websites for the UK retail industry.  As my sons benefit from the staff and facilities at the school I want to offer any knowledge and experience I have garnered from my career and also as a parent within the role or governor.


Dr Mohamed (Soly) Ismail

Co-opted Governor

I am a Scientist at the Francis Crick Institute London, working on cancer drug discovery. My passion for science grew from an early age when I was introduced to it through structured learning, experimentation and, as importantly, fun. As a result of this I have been a scientist for more than 18 years and have had the opportunity to work in different countries around the world. I am proud to be a Co-Opted Governor in Isleworth Town Primary School and very glad to have the opportunity to inspire children through science so that they can then maybe become future scientists.


Karen Henry

Staff Governor

Information pending



Ellie Greenwood

Parent Governor

We have lived in the area for more than a decade and were instantly impressed by the warmth and energy of the school when we first visited as prospective parents in 2014. With two sons now happily settled in the school, I am pleased to support it by being a school governor, having been appointed in summer 2017.

Professionally, my career has been spent in various policy roles in the public sector, most recently within local government.