Governors


Stephen Ley (HEAD OF SCHOOL)

Stephen has joined us from Roding. He has a degree in Education and Community studies in addition to a PGCE teaching qualification and a National Professional Qualification in Headship. Stephen is passionate about the importance of extra curricular activities to develop pupils’ self esteem and enjoyment of school. He is also dedicated to ensuring that all children reach their full potential and believes in a fully inclusive education. In his time in education, he has led a range of different subjects and has a key interest in the teaching of Mathematics where he has a lot of experience of leading in schools as well as working in collaboration with the North London Teaching Hub.


Mr Greg Brome (CHAIR)

Greg has worked in various senior managerial positions in areas such as HR, the airline industry, call centres, Pension Plan administration and Health & Safety.

Greg joined the Governing Body of Harold Wood Primary School in the mid 80’s when his daughters were at the school and served until 2000 when he resigned due to the pressures of my job.  In 2010 he retired from work in the airline industry and was invited back on the Governing Body and in 2012 was elected Chairperson, a position he still holds and he was recognised as being instrumental in bringing organisation and focus to that Governing Body. 

In 2015 Greg was elected Chair of Governors at Dame Tipping CoE Primary school having been approached by the Local Authority to establish an effective Governing Body, assisting the newly appointed Headteacher. The 2016 Ofsted report gave the Governors credit for being supportive and playing an active part in the school.


Rev. David Anderton

David has been the vicar of St James’ Collier Row and St John’s Havering-atte-Bower since March 2016.  Prior to his ordination he was a Dietician work in a large NHS teaching hospital and before that worked for Traidcraft plc a Fair Trade company and was responsible for purchasing and production in their food and beverages division.  David is Governor at two primary schools and so brings with him an understanding of the challenges facing schools in maintaining and improving standards.  His passion is to see children reach the fullness of the potential they are born with without prejudice or discrimination.  Greg sees the governor role at Dame Tipping in helping children be the best they can be in all aspects of their life and was instrumental in helping to develop the school’s Christian ethos.


Eve Knightbridge

Eve has been a Governor at Dame Tipping for over 20 years and has served on the finance and curriculum committees. Eve previously worked as a Special Education Needs Support assistant at St Edwards Primary school and is an active member of the church of St James and St John’s Havering-atte-Bower.


Sarah Bimpong

Sarah is a trained Medical Anthropologist with experience working of in education, healthcare, welfare and service delivery settings that promote integration, equality, equity, diversity and inclusion.

As a parent of ethnic minority background in Dame Tipping School, Sarah has worked with the school to promote cultural diversity and witnessed the many positive changes that the school has undergone over the years. Sarah is very passionate about representing and supporting views in a process that is fair, inclusive, transparent, diverse and pupil-centred, ensuring the school reaches its full potential.


Marcia Hagon

Marcia was in security management in the higher education sector including budgetary control and is now a pupil barrister preparing to practice in criminal law. Her daughter attended Dame Tipping from reception through to year 6, leaving in 2020. The nurturing and personal attention she received at Dame Tipping combined with sound education and effective discipline have helped her become confident and focused as she embarks on the next phase of her journey. Marcia is therefore pleased to support the school as it continues to offer other pupils the opportunity to grow within this unique environment. Marcia has a particular interest in the provision for children with special educational needs or vulnerabilities and those from less advantaged backgrounds


Paul Claydon

Paul studied History and Literature at Essex University and completed a PGCE at Anglia Ruskin University.  Paul began teaching English in Essex in 2007.  He has taught in 5 state schools, 2 of which were successful in moving out of Special Measures. In Essex, he was Deputy Head of Sixth Form and Deputy Head of English when the school was graded Outstanding by Ofsted and grained its highest GCSE results to date. He then worked as Head of Faculty at Frances Bardsley, securing the school’s best results at GCSE in English under the new specification to date. 

Paul moved on to take on Leadership roles as Deputy Headteacher, supporting Primary Schools in their leadership and improving quality of teaching across the Academies, ensuring that they were able to secure improvements and Good Ofsted ratings.  Having enjoyed his time at Frances Bardsley, Paul returned to work as Lead Practitioner, co-ordinating and developing support work for schools in English, Maths and Science. Paul has been working with secondary schools in Barking and Dagenham as part of their school improvement offer. As Head of Talent and Development for LIFE, Paul works with large organisations in the corporate sector to deliver behaviour profiling and one to one coaching. He also works closely with the Teaching School Hub in order to deliver the Early Career Framework and the new National Professional Qualifications across three London Boroughs. He is able to offer strategic and practical support having successfully led English Departments and been part of Senior Leadership teams since 2011. As a resident of Havering, Paul is aware of the local context and the importance of a good quality of education for young people. 


Sharon Harris (VICE CHAIR)

Sharon is a trained neuro-physiotherapist but spent the latter years of her working life in bereavement. Having had a long held interest in education she is delighted to be working with Dame Tipping where two of her granddaughters are pupils. Sharon looks forward to assisting the school as it develops the needs and education of all its children so that they can grow to be ‘the best that they can be’.



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