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Potten EndChurch of England Primary School

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Governor Biographies

Robert Dale

 

Chair of Governors

Parent Governor

 

I am excited to be joining the Board of Governors as a Parent Governor. I have two boys currently at the school in Year 3 and Year 1, and a daughter who will join the school in a couple of years’ time when she is old enough. This means that I will be involved in the school as a parent for many years, so I have a strong desire to do my part in making our fabulous school the best it can be.

 

Outside of being a parent at the school, I grew up in Hemel Hempstead and after a few years away moved back in 2003. I work in London for a global IT outsourcing and consultancy organisation as an Enterprise Architect. This has given me a wide range of skills and experiences across commercial, financial, technical and managerial functions which I hope to be able to use in my role as a governor.

Emma Harris

 

Vice-Chair of Governors

Foundation Governor

 

I am a Foundation Governor and alongside Rev Joe and Mrs Kennedy support and encourage links between our wonderful school and Holy Trinity Church.  As a faith school I am glad to be able to act as a link between the church and school.

 

I am married to Jay and we have 2 sons, both at the school, one in Year 6 and the other in Year 1, I work as Head of Digital Marketing for a FTSE100 in Buckinghamshire. I have also served on Parochial Church council for last 8 years.

 

In addition to the role of Vice Chair, I sit on Resources Committee & support the school as Data Protection Officer and compliance with GDPR as well as with our website which is a critical tool allowing us to share information, updates and resources with existing school community and also with prospective parents considering the school.

 

I am committed to supporting our fabulous school and community and by in the role of Foundation Governor to supporting both the Head and the staff to continue to embed a love of learning and allow our children to flourish and grow whilst at our school.

Denise Kennedy

 

Head Teacher Governor

 

I am delighted to join the governing body as Head Teacher after having previously been the Principal at a local primary school for 5 years. I have worked on numerous governing bodies throughout the last 15 years, in leadership roles as well as a parent governor. I am really looking forward to working with the children, staff and families within the school community. I enjoy and thrive on the challenge that comes with every aspect of school life and am passionate about high quality education and each and every child reaching their full potential. Nothing but the best is good enough.

Marianne Barker

 

Parent Governor

 

I have been a Governor in the school for over 9 years. I am a mother of two children and a property lawyer. Within the Board of Governors, I sit on the Curriculum Committee and I am the Link Governor to the early year’s provision. As governors, it is our responsibility to consider the general direction of the school and how it should best develop. We work with the Head Teacher and are encouraged to question and challenge key decisions in order to ensure our standards live up to the expectation of the school’s community. I am proud of the school’s achievements and am committed to ensure the school and its children can reach their full potential

Melanie Hall

 

Teaching Staff Governor

 

I have taught Reception at Potten End School since 2013 and currently lead our Early Years Foundation Stage; during my time at Potten End I have been involved in the exciting challenges that have taken us from a First School to a Primary school.

 

I am passionate about education and giving children the best start possible, ensuring they become happy and well rounded members of our school community.

 

I am inspired by the educational ethos of Forest school that focuses on developing children’s personal, social and emotional development through regular outdoor experiences.

Chris Eaton

 

Parent Governor

 

I joined the governing board in September 2018 and have 3 children in the school who have all attended both the preschool in the village and the nursery school. I grew up in Berkhamsted and have been living in the village since 2006.

 

I hold one of the Parent governor positions and Chair the Resources Committee.

 

My background is in I.T. managing large scale change in business computer systems in areas such as logistics and reporting, and for the last 5 years within finance business systems and operational reporting

Ann Hingston

 

Clerk to the Governing Board

 

I became Clerk to the Governing Board in May 2014, and my role involves taking the minutes of the Governor Meetings, maintaining the database and assisting the Governing Board in matters of policy and legislation.

 

I am currently the School Office Manager, and have previously been a Teaching Assistant in Year 6, 5, Nursery and Reception. I have three children, who have all previously loved being at Potten End First School, and I was the Chair of the Friends of the School for three years.

 

If you have any questions or queries for the Governors, then please email me at governors@pottenend.herts.sch.uk and I will gladly forward them on.

Revd Joe Roberts

 

Foundation Ex-Officio Governor

 

Hi, my name is Joe and I am on the governing board because I am the vicar of Holy Trinity Church right across the road from the school! I am very keen in not just developing links between the school and the church but also in encouraging everyone in their flourishing in life. I also feel called to make faith ‘real’ for people and for the church and school in Potten End to be the beating heart of love and learning in the community. I am a strong advocate of virtue and character development and my MA dissertation was on a Christian virtue approach to video gaming.

 

I am married to Jaime and I have two children, who are at the school. I’ve had various jobs before ordination, from being a cathedral verger, parish administrator, security guard, cleaner and publican.

 

The school is in a really exciting place, with much to celebrate, give thanks for and look forward to. It is great to be joining, journeying and encouraging the school at this thrilling juncture.

Jamie Lam

 

Parent Governor

 

Hi I’m Jamie. My wife and I have a son that’s just started at the school and another that will hopefully join in a few years. I’ve lived in Hertfordshire all of my life and spent my formative years in Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted. I’ve held several IT roles at the same company since completing my undergraduate studies in 2006.

 

I believe passionately in the importance of early years education and how developing curiosity and a love of learning at a young age can have a positive impact throughout life. As a parent governor I hope to use my time and experience to serve the educators and support staff, to enable them to maintain the school ethos and continually improve for the benefit of the pupils and community.

Mandy King

 

LEA Governor

 

I have thirty years’ experience in education as a primary school teacher, senior leader and education consultant.  I currently work as an independent consultant specialising in the learning and teaching of English in primary schools.  I also work as a moderator for Oxfordshire, visiting schools to support and verify assessment judgments at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2.  Having moved to Potten End with my extended family in 2013, I enjoy being part of such a warm and welcoming local community.  I believe passionately in the importance of raising and maintaining high standards in primary education and am delighted to join the Governing Body to support Potten End CE Primary School.

Geraldine Salt

 

Co-Opted Governor

 

I watched my children spend six happy years in the school , and I was proud to also spend those six years helping in various voluntary roles within the school on a regular basis. I spent time helping in the classroom across all years, heard readers, was involved with Friends of the School and also took part in school trips. I was struck by the sense of community within the school and by the links forged between the school and the village community and came to appreciate the positive impact that local volunteers can have on a school. As a resident of the village I feel strongly about making a contribution to our community and apart from time spent at the school I have also volunteered at various village events, Messy Church, Little Lambs and Trinity Kids. I have a proven longstanding interest in education having volunteered in various schools at different points in my life starting at the age of 16, as well as having worked as a Teaching Assistant in London.

Jon Slupek

 

Parent Governor

 

I am delighted to have become a Parent Governor at Potten End CE Primary School. My son is currently in year 1 and his younger brother will follow in the next couple of years.

We have lived in the village for five years and it is wonderful that the school is such an important part of the community. I am a chartered accountant and currently work in private equity backed finance for a tech company.

I have worked in various finance roles for the last 15 years and hope that I can use this experience to benefit the school.

David Bowker

 

Co-Opted Governor

 

I am a teacher with 30 years’ experience in primary and secondary schools in both the maintained and independent sectors. I have first-hand insight into the demands of the teacher’s role, and fully support the school’s aim of achieving a work-life balance for the staff.

I have guided departments through both OFSTED and ISI inspections, so can offer my experience to ensure Potten End fulfils all the necessary prerequisites.

My current teaching position gives me some flexibility during the week, enabling me to lend support to the school in whatever way I can. In addition I have been responsible for leading collective worship in a number of schools, which would be invaluable in maximising church links, and indeed leading assemblies at the school.

 

 

 

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