Co-opted Governors

Kim Politzer : Chair of Governors

Kim Politzer

Chair of Governors

  • Governor since 2006, first as a parent governor and then as a co-opted governor
  • Chair of the Governing Body since 2011
  • Committees: All
  • Link year group: 5
  • Link subjects: Health & Safety and SEN

Attendance at Meetings 2015-16: 93%

"My name is Kim Politzer and I am the Chair of Governors. I have two daughters, Eleanor and Hannah (now at University and Sixth Form), who both attended Moss Hall all the way through from the Nursery to Y6. They both enjoyed their time at Moss Hall and it has been a privilege to be involved in the governing body, supporting the Head and the Senior Management Team in making sure that all our children get the best possible start in their education.

I have served on the Governing Body since 2007, originally as a parent governor, and now as a co-opted governor, which means I have been elected by the Governing Body. As well as being the chair of governors I sit on all the governing body’s committees.

Most governors also have specific links, both to year groups and subjects. We come into School termly to speak to the relevant Co-ordinator and sit in on a class, as an observer, to find out what the children are learning. In the past, I have had responsibility for literacy, and now have responsibility for SEN.

Away from school, I am a research director in the real estate division of a fund management company, and as a researcher, I love to explore and learn new things all the time. My hope is that children at Moss Hall gain a love of learning that will be with them for their whole lifetime.

I am sure that I speak for the Governing Body as a whole when I say that we want to do everything in our power to make sure that the children at Moss Hall Junior School have a positive experience, receive the very best education and are well prepared for their lifelong learning journey."

Robert Weiner : Chair of Personnel & Pay

Robert Weiner

Chair of Personnel & Pay

  • Involved for over 20 years
  • First a parent governor and then a co-opted governor
  • Committee: Personnel and Pay
  • Link year group: 4
  • Link subject: Safeguarding and Looked After Children

Attendance at Meetings 2015-16: 71%

"Both my children attended Moss Hall Schools from Reception year through year 6. I have enjoyed being involved in both Moss Hall Infant and Junior Schools for nearly twenty years - initially helping the MHSA and then joining the Governing body as a Parent Governor and latterly as a Co-opted Governor.

I have taken on a number of roles over the years and currently Chair the Personnel and Pay Committee - dealing with all staff welfare and performance management and ensuring everyone within the school know what they need to do to help our children achieve and why.

It is a privilege to help such fantastic local community school deliver outstanding education and care to each and every one of the children at our school."

Karen Hand : Chair of Teaching, Learning & Pupil Welfare

Karen Hand

Chair of Teaching, Learning & Pupil Welfare

  • Co-opted governor since 2015
  • Deputy Headteacher and a Science teacher at The Compton School
  • Committee: Teaching, Learning and Pupil Welfare and Personnel & Pay
  • Link year group: 5
  • Link subject: Science

Attendance at Meetings 2015-16: 70%

"Hello everyone, my name is Karen Hand and I am delighted to be a member of the Moss Hall Junior School Governing Body.

I have been teaching at The Compton School for the last 10 years and whilst I am a very keen scientist and love sharing my passion for Chemistry with students, I have also held a number of pastoral roles.

One highlight of my role has involved overseeing the transition of Year 6 students to our school. This involves visiting primary schools to meet the students and gather information from class teachers.

With the ever-increasing number of Moss Hall students choosing to come to The Compton School, joining the governing body to further develop the strong links between our schools seemed like an excellent opportunity. I am looking forward to working with your all."

Kevin Bernbaum :

Kevin Bernbaum

  • Governor for over 10 years
  • Committee: Finance, Resources and Premises
  • Link year group: 3
  • Link subject: Maths

Attendance at Meetings 2015-16: 63%

"I am a Co-opted Governor and I have worked with Moss Hall Junior School for over 10 years. I am also a Governor of the Infants School, so it helps to share ideas and best practice across both schools.

I work in Finance so I am very keen to ensure that the School runs effectively and makes the best use of its financial resources. I am particularly excited by the School Expansion which will undoubtedly bring change but also a great opportunity for all concerned with the school community both now and those attending the school in future years.

I very much see my role as being a critical friend to the Leadership Team and to share my business and commercial experiences to assist with the continuous development of the School and its teaching. I really admire the professional commitment shown by the teaching and administrative staff at the School. It is a very rewarding experience to see Moss Hall being such a successful and popular school.

Outside of my Governor and work commitments I have 3 children of my own who are at secondary school and beyond. I enjoy most sports, particularly football where I manage a youth team."

Saul Gerrard :

Saul Gerrard

  • Co-opted governor since 2013
  • Chartered Surveyor and local resident
  • Committee: Finance, Resources and Premises
  • Link year group: 5
  • Link subject: PE and swimming

Attendance at Meetings 2015-16: 75%

Adam McDonnell :

Adam McDonnell


  • Co-opted governor since September 2018
  • SENDCo at The Compton School - teacher of maths and English
  • Committee: Teaching and learning
  • Link subject: SEND
    Hello everyone, my name is Adam McDonnell and I am pleased to be a member of the Moss Hall Governing body and look forward to working as part of the team.
    I have worked at The Compton school for the last 7 years both in the role as SEND teacher, teaching both English and maths and have been the SENDCo for the last 4 years. In addition to this, I have recently been made a Specialist Leader in Education and advise other schools across the borough of Barnet in how to successfully support students with SEND and ensure they achieve positive outcomes.
    I am heavily involved in the transition of primary school students into The Compton School, working closely with the families of those students with SEND. With a large proportion of students from Moss Hall attending The Compton School, becoming part of the governing body to build links between both schools was central to my decision and I look forward to working with everyone at the school.