Message from Sarah Ward-Lilley, Chair of Governors, 11 September 2017


Both EGA and Copenhagen re-opened their gates last week for the new school year with much energy and excitement evident at both schools, and with the new term underway, we are also resuming our work as governors.

As often happens over the summer holidays, several of our governors have decided to move on. Col Elliott-Kelly is moving to a new job in New York so has had to stand down as Vice Chair and as Chair of the Copenhagen Committee. Balbir Chatrik, Maggie Price and Eva Sorensen, all of whom have chaired governor committees, have decided to leave the governing body as they no longer have children at either school. Saliha Saleem has stepped down in order to focus on her new leadership responsibilities at EGA. We are very grateful to them to them all for the time, commitment and expertise they all gave to the governing body and to staff and pupils at both schools.

As a result of these changes, one of our first tasks of this term will be to fill these gaps on the governing body and to review the composition of some of the committees. We have had already some very interesting expressions of interest from potential new governors and I would love to hear from parents and others who would be interested in finding out more about being a governor. We will update the governor and committee details on both school websites after the next meeting of the governing body.

Both EGA and Copenhagen had wonderful exam results this year. At EGA, the girls achieved the best ever GCSE results for the school, despite all the changes in the grading system etc. 29% achieved 3 or more A/A* grades and 14% gained at least one level 9, well above the government’s 2% target.

At Copenhagen, the percentage of pupils reaching the expected level was 75%, up 30 % from 2016. These results reinforce the school’s new reputation as a Good school after its OFSTED inspection, and the children, staff and parents were able to celebrate this success (and publicise the school noisily and joyfully) at the Copenhagen Carnival in July.

I am looking forward to continuing to visit both EGA and Copenhagen regularly this year. All the governors are committed to spending time at the schools to talk to staff, students and parents. There are many different challenges and opportunities ahead for both schools in 2017/2018 and I will use this part of the website to provide updates on the work of the governing body.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. You can do this via either of the schools.

Thank you



Sarah Ward-Lilley

Chair of Governors, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson & Copenhagen Primary Schools