Since April 2008, TreeHouse School has been a Non Maintained Special School. This is a type of special school run by a charity rather than a local authority, which can receive certain types of Government funding. The Governing Body is separate from, but over-lapping with, the Board of Trustees in that two Governors are also Trustees and the Trustees receive reports from the Governing Body. By law we do everything that a Governing Body does in a local authority school except manage the budget and the premises.
The Governing Body meets six times in the year but Governors are also actively involved in many aspects of school life. They are completely committed to the success of the school and to ensuring the best possible provision for our pupils.
Here is the Governing Body Code of Conduct.
Philippa Stobbs – Chair of School Governing Body
(as of 08.10.14)
Philippa Stobbs has a professional background in teaching and school inspection work. She has led a number of national developments in the education of disabled children and children with special educational needs (SEN). She has led policy work for the Special Educational Consortium since 1992, the development of national support to parent partnership services, the development of guidance on the Disability Discrimination Act and the Equality Act in schools and early years settings. She is Assistant Director at the Council for Disabled Children and Policy Vice-chair of the Special Educational Consortium.
Tracey Capstick - Head of TreeHouse School
Tracey started at TreeHouse in January 2018 as Interim Deputy Head, becoming a permanent member of staff in April 2018. In June 2019, Tracey became interim Head of School following the announcement that the current Head Teacher would be leaving Tree House at the end of the term. Tracey has developed a new leadership structure for the school and is looking forward to working with her new but experienced, team to embed the Ambitious Approach and continue drive TreeHouse forward to ensure it continues to offer outstanding education to pupils.
Jolanta Lasota - Chief Executive of Ambitious about Autism
(as of 01.10.14)
Jolanta is passionate about enabling children, young people and families affected by disability to live the life they choose. She previously worked for a number of leading voluntary sector organisations including Turn2us, Shelter, I CAN and the Governance Hub. She is Chair of the Autism Education Trust and SEND Consortium which runs the service SENDirect.
Marjolein de Vries - Community Governor
(as of 29.04.15)
Marjolein joined the governing body in April 2015 as a Community Governor. After working in Community Theatre and Theatre in Education, Marjolein taught geography in secondary schools before focusing on work in the learning disability field within the voluntary sector from 1992 onwards. Since 2001 she has been Director of Kith & Kids, a North London based charity supporting families with children and adults who have autism and/or learning disabilities through volunteer-supported projects and activities.
Martyn Craddock - Parent Governor
(as of 13.12.17)
Martyn will formally join the governing body in December 2017 as a Associate Governor. Martyn Craddock is the father of twin boys, one of whom has attended TreeHouse School since 2009. As a parent, he has an understanding of the demands and joys of being a dad of a child with autism, and the impact it has on his family's life. After an early background in catering, Martyn then moved into the charity sector, firstly working for one of the City of London livery companies, and then Finance Director and CEO of St Luke's Trust in Islington. In 2015 he became CEO of United St Saviour's Charity, a large grant-making trust and sheltered housing provider in Southwark. Martyn is also a Ward Beadle in the City of London, a keen cyclist and cook.
Angela Hobsbaum - Community Governor
(as of 12.12.18)
Angela Hobsbaum worked at the Institute of Education in London (now UCL Institute of Education) in a number of roles, including PGCE tutor, MA course leader, and National Coordinator for Reading Recovery, an early literacy intervention for young children. She has also co-authored two books on guided reading at Key Stage 2. Now retired, she campaigns for safer cycling routes in Haringey and is learning how to grow vegetables.
Liza Tidwell - Parent Governor
(as of March 2019)
Liza is a TreeHouse School parent and joined the Governing Body in March 2019. Liza’s eldest daughter is a pupil at TreeHouse School. Liza has a passion for autism advocacy, building parent communities and applied behaviour analysis as an effective means of teaching children with autism. Liza’s background is in financial management and is further pursuing a credential in behaviour analysis.
Chris Mount- Staff Governor
(as of September 2019)
Chris joined TreeHouse as our Operations Manager in January 2019. He is responsible for supporting the IT, Facilities, HR & Finance relationships between the Charity and TreeHouse while overseeing Staffing and the day to day non-curriculum operation of the school. Chris has over 20 years management experience in an array of private and public sectors, the last 4 of which have been in the Mainstream Education sector for Primaries and Multi Academy Trusts”.
Exec Principal for the Education Services within Ambitious about Autism. With 26 years experience and a national profile, specialising in working with people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, I bring a depth of knowledge to successfully support organisations achieve their aims.
I am motivated by social justice, social inclusion and equality and always work from this value base. I have a ‘can do’, entrepreneurial approach to my work which motivates and inspires others around me. My background in disability issues ensures that I pay close attention to equality of opportunity, including treating others with dignity and respect.
In past incarnations I have been a Basic Skills Volunteer, a sessional tutor working with young people with learning difficulties, a manager of the provision for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities in a large FE college, a BSL programme manager, a manager of a local authority provision for people with learning difficulties and a Visiting Lecturer for De Montfort University and Cambridge University.