Governing body

Governors at Judith Kerr Primary School have a vital role connecting the school, the local community and CfBT Schools Trust (“CST”), who manage the school on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education. The governing body is also the board that holds the headteacher to account for the school’s educational and financial performance and acts as a ‘critical friend’ of the management team.

Formally, the governors comprise a Local Governing Body (“LGB”) appointed by CfBT Schools Trust. The LGB meets once every half term. Whilst it has no committees, it forms ad hoc working groups to move ahead with some business areas and report back to the full LGB.

Governors are selected based on their skills and capacity to contribute to the school. Nevertheless, the school and the Trust are committed to encouraging a broad representation on the LGB and in particular, welcome governors who are current or prospective parents at the school. All governors are appointed for a term of 4 years, which can be renewed.

The current members of the LGB are set out below, with a summary table at the foot of this page.

Jonathan Bashforth – Vice-chair

Jonathan BashforthJonathan is the father of two boys at JKPS and lives in Herne Hill.  He has been working as a lawyer in London following university in Birmingham and school in Devon and is currently in-house counsel and company secretary for a Canadian bank. Jonathan has a keen interest in languages having studied and worked in France many years ago and is enthusiastic about the opportunity the school offers for providing his and other children a bilingual education. Jonathan is also a big fan of sports and (if you’re unlucky..) may be seen cycling, swimming and running (slowly) in Brockwell Park, Herne Hill Velodrome and the vicinity (please excuse the Arsenal gear..).

Kristine von Bebenburg

Kristine von Bebenburg, Community GovernorKristine holds a master degree in economics and gained her NVQ3 degree in education, childcare, development and learning in 2008 in England.

Before she started to work in childcare Kristine was working in large companies in Germany where she worked as business assistant to the CEO. She was responsible for all board meetings, supervisory board meetings and internal communications.

In 2008 she left her business carrier to establish the German Kindergarten in Herne Hill where she served as Director for 5 years. In February 2013 she started the bilingual German/English Kindergarten Forest Hill as Manager and Director.

She very much enjoys working with children, parents and a wonderful team. At the Kindergarten she covers the areas around maths, science and more generally about understanding the world, and as governor of JKPS she focuses especially on the Early Years curriculum. Kristine’s son has been at JKPS since it opened.

Amira Idris Town 

Amira Idris Town portraitAmira lives and works in Southwark and was elected a parent governor in the first term after the school opened in 2013. She has been educated at grammar schools in Germany and subsequently studied architecture in London.

Amira now works as a RIBA chartered architect in London and in 2003 founded award winning practices, IPT Architects together with its sister company Ecospace Studios. She has two lovely children – her son is currently in JKPS and hopes that his little sister will follow soon. Amira passionately believes that the physical environment where our children are taught is just as important as the school curriculum itself, and hopes that the consideration of both should ultimately create an inspiring school for the development of all our children.

Amira’s favourite activity is road trips with her family and exploring the richness in culture Europe has to offer.

Peter Johnson – Chair of Governors

Peter Johnson, founder group GovernorPeter is a long-term resident of Southwark. He started the project to form Judith Kerr Primary School in late 2010 and chaired the founder group through to opening. In his early years, Peter was brought up bilingually in English and German, and has always found learning new languages easy and fun. He regrets not having had an opportunity to capitalise on his bilingual start at school, and wanted to make this possible for children today, including his own.

Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant, Peter worked for 9 years as finance director of insurance businesses in the City, and then founded and was CFO / COO of an online international insurance distribution venture. He has remained active in the early-stage technology sector, and currently works part-time for a number of businesses in this area. Peter is also active in the charity and social enterprise sphere, where he has carried out consulting assignments and acted as trustee. He is finance director of openDemocracy, an online publisher of articles on international politics and related themes, to which he has also contributed as editor and author.

Peter is involved in a number of other educational activities: as governor of St John the Divine Primary School in Lambeth; assisting a start-up multi-academy trust; and engaged as a consultant to a project to form a number of new Alternative Provision schools. He has seen the diversity, potential, and aspirations of children and their families from all kinds of backgrounds at first hand, and believes passionately that good choices should be available to everyone.

Luke Kennedy

Luke_KennedyLuke has lived across Southwark for 15 years, settling in Herne Hill with his young family in 2010, primarily to be nearer the Lido. Luke has no connection with Germany, but makes an annual pilgrimage to the Bavarian Alps for cross country skiing.

Luke has been interested and active in education for many years. This includes time teaching in China, running integration projects for children of refugees in London, and developing early years and school policy for Government.

Luke is a government policy consultant, advising many of the country’s leading education providers, from early years through to Universities. Luke is founding director of political consultancy GK Strategy, and digital consultancy onefourzerogroup.

Luke has just started to learn the piano, but is a more accomplished surfer and practitioner of Tai Chi.

Jean Ploetscher

Jean Ploetscher, founder group GovernorJean is a Beckenham-based mother raising two bilingual children with her German husband. She has been involved with JKPS since 2011.

Jean currently works in a policy role at the Bank of England. Before that she spent 7 years in private practice as a transactional lawyer in New York and London. While living in New York, Jean qualified as an Emergency Medical Technician, volunteered as a medic with a local ambulance service, and co-founded a Queens, New York based emergency rescue service.

Jean was lucky enough to have received an outstanding state school education, and would like to ensure that JKPS provides similar opportunities for others. She is the lead governor on Admissions and also the link governor for Inclusion and Special Educational Needs.

Jean’s current side interests are maintaining a daily Mindfulness practice and the relentless pursuit of becoming a more patient / better listening / more chilled out parent. She hopes the first interest will support the second…

Frederik Rissom

Frederik RissomHaving enjoyed growing up in France as a native German speaker, Frederik is passionate about bilingualism and the opportunities it brings – not just the enhanced mutual understanding of cultures but also the personal learning benefit it entails in other subject matters. He is raising his children bilingually as a consequence and he was very happy to have been appointed to the governing body in 2016.
Frederik trained as an architect in Germany and the UK before moving to New York, working for a pioneering design and construction company. He moved back to London in 2002 and in 2009 established an independent local architecture studio, R2 Studio Architects, focusing primarily on low energy projects in the residential, education and community sectors.
Frederik moved to Herne Hill in 2008 with his family, living almost directly next to the school. His son has been attending Judith Kerr Primary School since 2014.
Over the years, you might have seen Frederik supporting various musical school events on his double bass or guitar.

Amy Teichman

Amy TeichmanAmy lives in Beckenham with her husband and daughter, who attends JKPS. She is originally from America where she grew up studying German beginning at an early age and through University. She is raising her daughter bilingually in German and English and hopes this will instil a love of language and other cultures in her.

Amy has a degree in Chemistry, but after working in the field for a few years, she decided to try something a bit more flavourful. She took a Culinary Arts degree and Masters of Nutrition simultaneously and is now also a licensed Dietician. After a spell as Executive Chef of Bellavitae, a small restaurant in New York City, Amy became Development Chef for a new healthy fast food chain, which is now in 10 locations in NYC. In 2009 she moved to London and married her English husband. She is currently the Quality and Nutrition Manager for Alliance in Partnership, a caterer who specialises in education catering. Amy writes menus and recipes for schools and helps make sure that all children have a healthy and satisfying school dinner. She was the second chef in the country and the first in London to win the Gold Food For Life Award for her menus. She currently works together with the Soil Association, local farmers and butchers to highlight the quality of British Farmers and Tradesmen. She hopes to complete her PhD in Public Health in the next few years.

Amy has taken on the role of Safeguarding Governor.

Dawn Garrigan – Staff Governor

A bilingual German / English speaker, Dawn has been a member of the school’s teaching team since 2014. Her son also attends the school, currently in year 4.




Governor Meeting Attendance Record in the 2015/16 school year

Positions of
in 15/16
Jonathan Bashforth31/8/2013Vice-chair, Parent Council liaisonNone6/6
Kristine von Bebenburg21/5/2014Teaching and learningNone6/6
Marta CorreiaEx officio from 1/9/2016Head of SchoolNonen/a
Dawn Garrigan1/3/2017Staff Governorn/a
Amira Idris-Town31/8/2013Parent Council liaisonNone5/6
Peter Johnson31/8/2013Chair, FinanceGovernor of St John
The Divine CE Primary
School (Lambeth)
Luke Kennedy13/1/2016Pupil premium; Staff liaisonNone4/4
Jean Ploetscher31/8/2013SEND; AdmissionsNone5/6
Frederik Rissom13/1/2016School environmentNone4/4
Amy Teichman31/8/2013SafeguardingNone6/6
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