GOVERNORS

Overview

Garden Fields has a committed team of governors who play an important role in the strategic leadership of our school. We are unpaid volunteers (save for our Headteacher who is also a governor) and are either appointed or elected to serve a four-year term of office. Our Governing Body reconstituted on 8 May 2015 under the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012 and comprises:

a. 4 parent governors
b. 4 co-opted governors*
c. Our Headteacher
d. 1 staff governor
e. 1 local authority governor

* co-opted governors are appointed by the governing body, on the basis of our regular skills audits, because they have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

What we do

Our task is to govern the school, providing strategic leadership and focussing on the following core functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Once appointed or elected as governors, we must operate in the best interest of pupils, not as representatives to lobby on behalf of any particular constituency, whether parents, staff or other. We all have equal rights to participate in the work of the governing body and to state our own views, but we work as a team and are bound by the collective decisions of the team.

How we work

We work in partnership with our Headteacher who, in addition to his role as governor, is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school with the support of his senior management team. We are supported in our work by the clerk to the governing body.

How often we meet

We meet as a full governing body at least once each term. There are three committees, dealing with curriculum, resource and pay related issues, which meet regularly and report to the full governing body. We have at least one governors’ day per year when governors attend classes, experience other aspects of a typical school day and meet to discuss strategy and/or other current issues. Governors regularly spend further time in school and participate in small ‘working party’ meetings in order better to understand the issues the school is facing and to inform decisions on policy and strategy.

How to contact us

If you have any concerns about any aspect of school life, please raise them in the first instance with the appropriate member of school staff or with a member of the school’s senior management team. If you feel such a course of action would be inappropriate in the circumstances, you can contact the governors by emailing governors@gardenfields.herts.sch.uk or alternatively by addressing any correspondence in a sealed envelope for the attention of the Chair of governors, Garden Fields JMI School c/o the School Office.

 

Interested in becoming a School Governor? Visit the Herts Direct website, www.hertsdirect.org to read more.

OUR GOVERNORS

Peter Jones

Position Held: Chair of Governors
Governor Category: Co-opted Governor
Appointing Body: Governing Body
Dates: 13 Jul 16 – 12 Jul 20
Committee: Resources, Curriculum & Pay
Attendance 2016/17: 12 out of 14
Attendance 2015/16: 1 out of 1

Register of Interest

None. 

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Peter re-joined the Governing Body in 2016 having previously been a parent governor whilst his now teenage children were at the school. Now retired, he used to be Head of Languages at St Clement Danes School. Prior to that Peter spent 25 years in general management for the Sellotape company both in the UK and on the continent, having graduated with and MA in French and German from Oxford. Music and theatre are a particular pleasure. He has directed a number of local music theatre companies, and has accompanied several productions at the school.  


Stewart Beale

Position Held: Vice-Chair of Resources Committee
Governor Category: Parent Governor
Appointing Body: Parent Election
Dates: 10 Nov 15 – 9 Nov 19
Committee: Resources
Attendance 2016/17: 7 out of 10
Attendance 2015/16: 8 out of 9

Register of Interest

Director of sales operations, Carlsberg UK Ltd. 

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Stewart graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Geography. During his career he has worked for a number of global organisations in a variety of sales, marketing and business development roles. His aim as a parent Governor is to use his skills and experience to assist the school as it develops. He has two sons, one who now attends Verulam and his youngest whom is in Year 5. He tries in vain to keep up with their relentless energy and in the blink and you miss it spare time he has he will be riding his bike, socialising with friends or having a nap.  

 

 

 

 

Ceri Chaudhry

Position Held: Vice-Chair of Curriculum Committee
Governor Category: Parent Governor
Appointing Body: Parent Election
Dates: 1 June 16 – 31 May 20
Committee: Curriculum Attendance 2016/17: 7 out of 10
Attendance 2015/16: 2 out of 2

Register of Interest

Parent of GFS student. Employed by Samuel Ryder Academy.

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Ceri studied Modern Languages at university and, after graduating, worked for a number of years at large media companies in London. Ceri and her husband then relocated to Tokyo, Japan for several years where Ceri worked at an international school before returning to the UK and starting a family. Whilst raising a family, Ceri worked part-time providing marketing and communication support to a best-selling author, but has now returned to her love of languages by completing an MA in Specialised Translation and starting a new career as a freelance translator. Ceri has three boys, two are Garden Fields pupils.

 

Nicola Dale

Position Held: Child Protection & CLA Governor
Governor Category: LA Governor
Appointing Body: LA
Dates: 27 Sept 16 – 26 Sept 20
Committee: Curriculum
Attendance 2016/17: 8 out of 10

Register of Interest

Self employed consultant. Parent of child at GFS.

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Nicola has two teenage children who were at GFS and are now at STAGS and a younger child in year 1 at GFS. She has been a police officer for 29 years serving in many operational roles and more recently has held roles including Strategic Lead for Youth, Head of Training School and Head of Professional Standards. In 2009 she was made MBE for Services to Policing.  She is currently a Chief Superintendent working at the College of Policing with a national remit for talent management as well as still undertaking operational duties. In her spare time she is a netball umpire and a regular at the St Albans Park Run and occasionally dabbles in muddy races to stay fit.

 

 

 

 

Claudine Dicks

Position Held: Clerk to Governors

 

 

 

Register of Interest

 Communications Manager at GFS School.

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Claudine has worked at Garden Fields for 13 years having first worked in the classroom as a Learning Support Assistant. Over the years she has worked in a number of roles and now works full time in the front office. When she’s not working she loves spending time with her family, reading, pilates, baking and meeting with friends.

 

 

 

 

Andrew Farrugia

Position Held: Headteacher
Governor Category: Staff Governor
Appointing Body: N/A
Dates: Ex Officio
Committee: Resources & Curriculum
Attendance 2016/17: 8 out of 8
Register of Interest: Headteacher of GFS school.

Register of Interest

Headteacher of GFS School.

 

Sunny Grewal

Position Held:
Governor Category: Co-opted Governor
Appointing Body: Governing Body
Dates: 22 Nov 2016 – 21 Nov 2020
Committee: Resources
Attendance 2016/17: 3 out of 7

Register of Interest

Proprietor of Jasi Investments LLP, Loyalty Assets Limited and Lye Green Development Ltd. Parent of a GFS child.

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Sunny gained his Bsc and Msc in Accountancy at the University of Liverpool.. He qualifies as a Chartered Accountant (ACCA) in 2011, and has worked mainly in the Sports and Entertainment sector with the likes of David Beckham and currently with the England Footballers Pool. He is currently studying his Wealth Management qualification and focusing on property and investments. Sunny moved to St Albans in 2009 from South London, and has 2 children, the oldest of whom started Reception in 2016. When he finds time away from his family he enjoys ‘playing’ golf and then drinking to forget about the golf. His aim as a governor is to try and help the school with any skill-set deemed valuable and to give back to a community in which his kids will hopefully flourish.

 

 

 

 

Sam Grix

Position Held:
Governor Category:  Co-opted Governor
Appointing Body: Governing Body
Dates: 2 Nov 2016 – 1 Nov 2020
Committee: Resources
Attendance 2016/17: 6 out of 8

Register of Interest

Employed by Devonshires Solicitors LLP.

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Samantha joined the Governing Body in November 2016. She qualified as a barrister in 2008 and subsequently cross-qualified as a solicitor in 2010. Samantha works as a civil litigator and specialises in housing law working predominantly for Local Authorities and social housing providers. Samantha has lived in St. Albans for 6 years. In her spare time she enjoys baking and travelling and volunteers as the Chairman of the Hertfordshire Blue Cross fundraising committee.

 

 

 

 

Debbie Huntley

Position Held:
Governor Category: Staff Governor
Appointing Body: Staff Election
Dates: 18 Oct 17 – 17 Oct 21
Committee: Curriculum
Attendance 2016/17: N/A

Register of Interest

Teacher at GFS School.

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Debbie first joined Garden Fields as a Teaching Assistant in 2013. In 2015 she decided to train as a teacher via the Wroxham School Direct primary teacher training programme. Prior to becoming a teacher, she gained a BA Hons in English with French and then worked in consumer insight within the advertising and media industry for over 12 years. Debbie is currently teaching in Year 4, which she loves. When she’s not working she loves spending time with her family (she has two daughters), talking her dog out for long walks and catching up with her friends.

Gary Kellett

Position Held: Chair of Resources Committee, co-Vice Chair of Governors
Governor Category: Parent Governor
Appointing Body: Parent Election
Dates: 1 June 16 – 31 May 20
Committee: Resources & Pay
Attendance 2016/17: 9 out of 10
Attendance 2015/16: 1 out of 1

Register of Interest

Parent of GFS students. Employed by AECOM Limited. Governor and Member of Beaumont School since 5 February 2013. 

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Gary has lived in Hertfordshire since 1996. Gary has two sons at Garden Fields  Gary went to school in Colchester and completed a MEng in Civil Engineering at Surrey University. He is currently a Chartered Civil Engineer and works in St Albans. His outside interests are participating in and watching a range of sports.  His main sporting focus is now competing in triathlons from sprint distance up to ironman distance.

Rebecca Veitch

Position Held:
Governor Category: Parent Governor
Appointing Body: Parent Election
Dates: 16 Nov 2016 – 15 Nov 2020
Committee: Curriculum
Attendance 2016/17: 7 out of 8

Register of Interest

Parent of 2 children at GFS. Employed by The Royal Society as a Senior Policy Advisor. Trustee of Home-Start, Westminster.

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Rebecca joined the governors in November 2016 as a parent governor. Professionally she works in social and education policy, currently at the Royal Society with a remit to cover mathematics, computing and data skills education policy. Rebecca is also a trustee at Home-Start Westminster, a family support charity. Rebecca has an interest in stakeholder engagement, policy and project evaluation, and volunteering.

 

 

 

 

Sarah Warren

Position Held: Chair of Curriculum Committee, co-Vice Chair of Governors
Governor Category: Co-opted Governor
Appointing Body: Governing Body
Dates: 20 Mar 13 – 19 Mar 21
Committee: Curriculum & Pay
Attendance 2016/17: 9 out of 10
Attendance 2015/16: 8 out of 9
Attendance 2014/15: 11 out of 14

Register of Interest

Parent of GFS student. Company Secretary and Director of Triductive Ltd and Business Consultant (sole trader), Managing Director of Windyridge Holdings Ltd. Employed by Hertwood Ltd.

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Sarah has a degree in Information Systems for Business and after graduating trained as a System Engineer within the IT industry. She spent 8 years working in IT in a variety of technical and functional roles working with a number of organisations implementing Customer Relationship Management systems. In 2004 Sarah re-trained as a secondary school teacher completing a PGCE in Secondary Education in ICT at Middlesex University. Since then Sarah has taught ICT at Key Stages 3-5. Sarah is currently company secretary for her husband’s company where she is responsible for preparing financial accounts. Sarah and her husband Tim have three children. Sarah enjoys reading, going to the cinema and theatre and family activities such as swimming and cycling.

Governors (no longer in appointment) who have served in the last 12 months

Talla Lee

Position Held:
Governor Category: Staff Governor
Appointing Body: Staff Election
Dates: 18 Oct 13 – 17 Oct 17
Committee: Curriculum
Attendance 2016/17: 6 out of 10
Attendance 2015/16: 7 out of 9
Attendance 2014/15: 6 out of 9 (previous office)

Register of Interest

Teacher at GFS School.

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Talla has been working at Garden Fields since September 2002. She joined the governing body to represent the teacher staff. Previous to being a teacher she earned a BA Hons in Fashion and Textiles and then worked in London for a number at Design and Media companies before retraining as a teacher. She has taught in all Key Stage 2 Year groups and now has taken on the challenge of Year 6. Talla enjoys attending art/design exhibitions, film and theatre and watching her son play for Harvesters.

Helen Buck

Position Held:
Governor Category: Associate Governor
Appointing Body:
Dates: 13 October 2016 – 18 Jan 17
Committee: Pay Appeal
Attendance 2015/16: N/A
Register of Interest: Proprietor of ClinPsy Limited.

Chris Jukes

Position Held:
Governor Category: Staff Governor
Appointing Body: N/A
Dates: Ex Officio – left GFS 31 December 2016
Committee: Resources & Curriculum
Attendance 2015/16: 14 out of 15
Attendance 2014/15: 14 out of 14
Register of Interest: Headteacher of GFS school. Non-Executive Director of HCL

 

 

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