Former governor calls for more black representation

Outgoing school governor calls for more representation

Friday, 8th October 2021 — By Helen Chapman

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Councillor Valerie Bossman-Quarshie

A NEW councillor has called for more representation among school governors as she leaves her role on a school board in Archway.

Bunhill Cllr Valerie Bossman-Quarshie served as school governor at City of London Academy, Highgate Hill for six years.

She was the only black woman on the board of governors when she first started.

She said: “There needs to be representation. At one point, I was the one voice who spoke up for that community. “There needs to be an understanding of what the children are going through. Whoever puts themselves forward I want them to embody that. They have to be concerned to what the individual is going through. “

They need to be able to ask questions. What about funding? Why are our boys underachieving?”

“The school has been on a journey,” she said. “I was there when it was going through refurbishments. There have been three headteachers in my time there. I am sad to be leaving – I have a lot of love for this school. They really nurture kids. They don’t want to exclude kids.”

The school, formerly known as Mount Carmel, became an academy in 2017.

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