Roles and Responsibilities
A Governing Body in a faith school such as ours consists of several different types of Governors – Foundation Governors, Staff Governors, Parent Governors, Local Education Authority representative and Non-voting observers.
All Governors have the same collective responsibility and are required to work on one or more committees to support the school. These include: Admissions; Communications; Curriculum; Finance; Limudei Kodesh; Premises; and Staffing.
The committees meet at various times during the year and then report back to the full Governing Body. Examples of what might be discussed at the termly meetings include ongoing building projects within the school, academic performance and behaviour, as well as addressing any issues arising from recent inspections by Ofsted or Pikuach.
Overall the role of the Governors is to be a ‘critical friend’ to the school. You can download the latest information about Governors and attendance here.
We always seek to ensure that a quorum is present for each meeting of the full Governing Body and its committees. Where members are unable to attend, they send apologies and ensure that they are fully briefed on any outcomes and action points.
If you wish to contact any of the Governors – you can always leave a message with the school office… we welcome your input.
Meet the Governors
I joined the Governing Body as a Foundation Governor in October 2015 and became Chair of Governors in November 2016. Together with my wife Michelle, we have four children, three of whom are currently in Hasmonean Primary. I am involved in most aspect of the school, working closely with Mrs Gross and the Senior Leadership Team on the strategic planning. I sit on the Curriculum and Finance committees and chair the Limmudei Kodesh committee. I am a strategic communications consultant and previously worked with the Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt”l between 2011-20, and then for The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust until early 2022. I am currently a Director at Milltown Partners, a strategic communications consultancy.
Joel Sager (Foundation Governor)
I have worked in primary schools for almost 28 years and have been a Headteacher for the last 15 years. I have a Masters degree in education, am a qualified Headteacher, an Ashdown Fellow, a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and I am also an Ofsted inspector. My wife is a primary school Kodesh teacher and my 3 children were all pupils at the school, as was I, as a pupil in the late 1970s and early 1980s, under the formidable Headships of Mr Cohen and Mrs Ungar. With all that history behind me with HPS, with my passion for education and my family’s hakoras hatov to the school, I am delighted to continue my connection with the school as a foundation governor, offering my educational experience and leadership experience to support the school, the Headteacher and governing body.
Richard Goldstein (Foundation Governor & Admissions)
I became a Foundation Governor in the summer of 2014. In my professional career, I am a partner in a City law firm specialising in advising pension funds, with a focus on governance, which plays an increasingly important part in ensuring a well-administered pension scheme. I also help with the management of my department, including mentoring junior lawyers and running appraisals. I believe that both my interest in governance and my management skills are important for my Foundation Governor role. I have taken on responsibility for evaluating the School’s performance data.
Liz Zneimer (Staff Governor)
I became a Staff Governor in 2022 having been a teacher here for sixteen years. Previously I taught Kodesh subjects including Jewish History in
Hasmonean High School and also spent six years in Wolfson Hillel organising educational events for parents and families. I am excited to be part of the Governing body as the school enters the next phase of its development.
Harvey Freeman (Foundation Governor & Finance)
I was elected a Governor in October 2015, having previously served on the Board at Woodhouse Sixth Form College and as a Non-voting observer at Mathilda Marks-Kennedy (MMK) Jewish Primary School. A Chartered Accountant, I am Chair of the Finance Committee, in which capacity I work closely with Mrs Gross and Mrs Pearlman. I also serve on the Curriculum Committee, where I am Link Governor for Numeracy, and on the Kodesh Committee. My wife Miriam, who was until recently Chair of the PTA, and I are active members of Hendon United Synagogue (Raleigh Close), where we are particularly involved in a number of Chesed activities. We have two children: our son Nathan finished his HPS career in July 2022, moving on to JFS, and our daughter Abigail has been at the school since joining Pre-Nursery in 2016. As well as being a word-game fanatic since my childhood, I enjoy playing tennis and following cricket.
I was educated at Hasmonean High School and being the son of a Holocaust survivor who was brought to England after the war by Rabbi Dr Solomon Schonfeld, I was honoured and privileged to become a Trustee of the Jewish Secondary School Movement in March 2014. The purpose of the JSSM is to primarily oversee and govern ethos issues and ensure these are in line with guidelines and vision laid down by Dr Schonfeld. It was therefore a natural progression to join the Hasmonean Primary governing body to oversee ethos and general governance matters. In my spare time, I head a family business which specialises in the export of FMCG to the African continent.
I currently have 2 boys in the school and I run my own plumbing & heating company. My wife Nikki & I have been active members of the PTA and we work hard to support the school. Although I had no previous experience as a governor, I felt I could bring a fresh perspective to the work of the existing governors. I’m passionate about helping to modernise and improve all the school. Since becoming a governor, I have been involved in many of the building projects trying to enhance the school building and security systems. I am committed to do all that I can do to engage with the parent body and work with the governors and head teacher to enhance our children’s school experience.
Born and raised within minutes’ walk from Hasmonean Primary School, I joined the governing body in 2021. My wife Tamsin and I have three daughters in the school. I am actively involved in communal life and have run community building projects and hold various volunteer positions within our community. My professional background is in design and property and I run my own estate agency, JT Homes, specialising in residential sales, developments and investments in the local area. I feel passionately about children enjoying their primary school experience and look forward to supporting the school in enabling all pupils to thrive and flourish.
Dr Veronique Berman (Foundation Governor, Safeguarding)
I joined the governing body in 2019 with responsibility for safeguarding . I became active in the PTA when my first son joined the Nursery in 2011 and we as a family became part of the Hasmonean Primary School family. I subsequently chaired the PTA for several years where I worked with some fantastic parents to raise some tens of thousands of pounds to add extra activities and facilities to enhance school life for our dear children. My youngest has now left Hasmonean Primary School but i remain committed to our lovely school and now have the opportunity to give something back. I work closely with Mrs Gross Headteacher and Safeguarding Lead. As a professional scientist with many years of research and teaching in the NHS and medical schools I am now part of the senior management team as Scientific Advisor to Chana, the community fertility charity where I chair the Medical Panel. Passionate about science I also teach GCSE and A-Levels sciences one to one.
As a past pupil of the school I was delighted to be asked to become a local authority governor in 2022. I have been a Councillor for the Hendon Ward and currently am Deputy Chair Political of the Finchley & Golders Green Conservatives. On a personal level I have a particular interest in sports and wellbeing and and look forward to assisting and supporting the school in any way I can.
Rabbi Ginsbury (School Principal)
I have been senior Rabbi at Hendon United Synagogue (Raleigh Close) since February 1999. My wife Judy and I both have a strong connection with the Hasmonean ‘family’, having respectively been pupils, during the 1970s, at what were then the Boys and Girls Grammar Schools (Judy also spent time as a pupil at our very own Primary School). I was honoured to be invited to join the School as Principal in 2003, having had much previous involvement with various communal projects and educational institutions, especially during my years in Manchester. I value the opportunity my role affords me to relate meaningfully to children and staff at a level appropriate to each of them. I am frequently on-site for meetings or class visits or to address an assembly. I attend Governing Body meetings in an ‘observer’ capacity and also thereby contribute to the strategic and practical development of our School.
Mrs Beverley Perin (Curriculum)
Between 1998 and 2008, Beverley was headteacher of Hasmonean Girls’ School. She worked across the boys’ and girls’ schools on special educational needs and a number of policy matters. Beverley led on safeguarding training for all staff, and held joint meetings with local Rabbonim on matters relating to safeguarding and child protection. Beverley led education based training for kodesh and chol staff, working closely on integrating all staff. She was instrumental in ensuring that kodesh was at the heart of the school and collaborated with all members of these departments throughout her time in the school. Working together with pupils, parents and governors, Beverley loved her time at the school and was respected by everyone. She left Hasmonean to work more widely in the country – endeavouring always to replicate the ethos and commitment of pupils and staff at Hasmonean.