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Governor Information

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Head Teacher - Ex Officio -Mr Baines 











  Parent - Mrs B Conkova


As a devoted parent of children at the school, I am committed to ensuring a positive experience for all students and improving the school environment. I actively volunteer for various charities and in the school's parent association. My professional and volunteer roles have involved organising events, participating in school fundraisers, and collaborating with diverse groups, honing my communication and teamwork skills. These experiences have motivated me to seek a role on the School Advisory Committee to contribute to the betterment of our educational community.


I am eager to work with committee members, school staff, and parents to address challenges, identify opportunities for improvement, and contribute to the school's strategic planning. Additionally, I am a second-year student in health and social care, reflecting my passion for making a positive impact on people's lives.


Father Gareth Bowen


My name is Father Gareth Bowen, I am the Vicar of Saint Martin’s Church of England Church in Erith Road, Barnehurst.

I am married to Julie, who is also a Vicar, but in Bromley, she is also the Chaplain to Saint Olave’s School, in Orpington. Julie and I have two sons, Joshua who is a teacher in Greenwich and Gwynfor who is a doctor in Cheltenham. 


You might see me walking with a stick, this is because I broke my back in a parachuting accident in 1989. Before I was ordained, I was in business from the age of 22, importing and exporting Coffee, and Coffee Machines.I am also a Governor of Saint Augustine’s Primary School, in Belvedere. 

If you see me around Pelham School, please just call me Father Gareth and you can always talk with me. I believe that part of my role as a Governor here is to be present to support the School, All Staff, Pupils, and Parents. 




Staff - Mrs L Appiah 



Driven by a passion for social justice and the well-being of staff and pupils, I chose to become a school governor to make a real difference. As a mother, senior leader and teacher with a background in Psychology, I am deeply committed to fostering an inclusive and equitable educational environment. Enthusiastically embracing Illuminate Minds Trust's mission to achieve "Excellence Every Day," I am eager to contribute to its success.


Inspired by my love for travelling, I have gained a rich understanding of diverse cultures and perspectives, reinforcing my dedication to establishing a more representative curriculum where every child can see themselves. I am passionate about providing opportunities for all children and firmly believe in the power of pupil voice and leadership. Encouraging students to express themselves and take on leadership roles is essential for their growth and empowerment.


As a mother, I share the hopes and concerns parents have for their children's education and well-being. In my role as a school governor, I am committed to supporting and challenging our schools to innovate and continuously improve, ensuring that every child feels valued, heard, and empowered to reach their full potential. This exciting role offers me the chance to make a meaningful impact, contributing to the success of Illuminate Minds Trust and the flourishing of all its students.

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Pelham Primary School, Pelham Road,

Bexleyheath, Kent, DA7 4HL

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