14/09/17 As we received one nomination in the parent election we would like to welcome Reshma Chambers as the new parent governor.
The Monksmead Primary School Governing Body is made up of representatives of the Local Authority, Parents, Staff and members of the Local Business Community. The Governors are responsible for the general direction of the school. They take decisions concerning staffing, curriculum, premises, student safeguarding, and finance. The Governors meet as a whole group at least once each term to discuss the needs and achievements of the school.
Term of office 10/02/17-09/02/21
Term of office 01/01/13-31/12/17
Rev Tim Ward
Term of office 15/03/17- 14/03/21
Term of office 02/09/15-01/09/19
Alastair Cox (VC)
Term of office 02/11/16- 02/11/20
Term of office 06/01/16-05/01/20
Term of office 25/01/17- 24/01/21
Term of office 14/09/17 - 13/09/21
Term of office 10/02/17-09/02/21
Clerk: Louise Rose
CH – Chair of Governors
VC – Vice chair of Governors
To see Governor Attendance 2016/17 please click here.
Who are the Governors?
Judith Williams – Parent Governor (Chair of Governors)
I have served on the Governing Body for the past three years, having first been elected as a parent governor in 2013, and subsequently appointed Chair of Governors in January 2016.
I have worked in local government for over 20 years. My subjects of responsibility are mathematics and modern foreign languages, as well as responsibility for Pupil Premium Grant spend. I have one child in Year 3 as my eldest recently moved to secondary education. Being Chair is a particularly privileged position, and a role I strive to carry out to the best of my ability.
Cathy Elsley – Headteacher
I have been Head of the school from January 2013 but have been involved in education for over 20 years. Having worked in a number of counties throughout the UK I finally settled in Hertfordshire. I am very proud to be the Head of the school and have an amazing staff team to work with, ensuring the best possible outcomes for our children.
Suzanne Curtis – Staff Governor
I am Assistant Headteacher at Monksmead School. I was appointed as a staff Governor in September 2010, seven years ago now and was reappointed to remain as a staff Governor in June 2016.
I am the subject co-ordinator of mathematics and also lead on Personal development, behaviour and welfare.
I feel privileged to work and be a governor of Monksmead School.
Alastair Cox– Parent Governor (VC)
I was appointed parent governor in October 2016 and look forward to working with the school during my term.
I have worked in IT and information security for 18 years and have taken responsibility for computing as well as Science and RE.
I have a daughter in year two.
Reshma Chambers- Parent Governor
I was appointed Parent Governor in September 2017 and feel honoured to be given the opportunity to take on this role. Monksmead is a well-respected school and I am passionate about contributing to the effectiveness of the school and improving outcomes for all children.
I have worked in both the private and public sectors as a management consultant helping businesses implement change programmes that drive out improvements across their back office operations.
Joe Roukin - Parent Governor
Now the general manager of an ambitions landscape gardening company, for over 14 years I was a senior manager at a sixth-form college, focusing on the students' pastoral needs whilst also teaching art and design. My daughter started in Reception this year and this, combined with my background in education, makes me passionate about providing the best learning opportunities for the school.
Anni Hardwick – Co-opted Governor
I am the Deputy Headteacher at Monksmead School. I have been a member of the governing body for a long time as a Staff governor but in the reconstitutions become a co-opted Governor in June 2016.
I am the SEND lead and also closely monitor all outcomes for children in my senior leadership position.
Alison Geddes – Co-opted Governor
I was appointed as a co-opted governor in September 2016. I feel privileged to be working in this role and I am keen to make a positive contribution to the school and our children’s education.
I have worked, for the past 12 years, as a Procurement Manager for a local water utility.
I currently have a son in Year 3 at the school and my younger son will be joining in September 2018
Jodie Sorene - Co-opted Governor ( currently on Maternity)
I am the newest member of the Governing Body. In March I was appointed as Co-opted Governor in March 2016.
I am a premises management solicitor and shall be bring a wide range of skills and enthusiasm to Monksmead Governing Body.
Governors' Vision Statement
As Governors, we will work with parents and staff to help children enjoy learning and reach their full potential in all aspects of school life.
We will do this by:
- ensuring that a broad and balanced curriculum is taught but with an emphasis on literacy and numeracy as vital parts of primary education;
- supporting staff and allowing them to teach to the best of their ability by encouraging good discipline in a calm, safe and happy atmosphere;
- making it clear that parents are key members of the school partnership, who are welcome in school and must be kept fully informed of policies and procedures;
- providing the best possible surroundings and equipment with available finances so that children learn in a clean, comfortable and attractive environment;
- encouraging the children to take pride in themselves and the school, which should be seen as a respected part of the local community;
- being prepared to regularly review our work as Governors, recognise where there are shortcomings and plan positively for the future.
Roles & Responsibilities:
Governing bodies work in partnership with the Headteacher, local authority and community of the school to provide the best possible education for their pupils. Governors have three key roles:
Defining the schools values, vision and aims, to discuss and agree plans and policies. To have an input into the school development plans which must cover the immediate future of the school and show the longer term progress the school will make over a period of 3 to 5 years.
Acting as a Critical Friend:
Supporting the Headteacher and staff, as well as constructively challenging and building on their expectations to ensure that the best possible outcomes for children are achieved.
Governors answer for their decisions and the schools performance to key stakeholders – parents, carers, teachers and staff. To do so they must receive information from the Headteacher that helps them decide what is working well and where further improvement is necessary.
As Governors we work with parents and staff to help our children to enjoy learning and to reach their full potential. We do this by:
Ensuring a broad and balanced curriculum is taught with an emphasis on literacy and numeracy.
Supporting staff teaching to the best of their ability and by encouraging good discipline in the school.
Making clear that parents and carers are key members of the school, that we continue to work in partnership with them and that they are kept fully informed.
That we provide the best surroundings and equipment within the available budget.
That we encourage our children to take pride in themselves and their school.
We regularly review our work as Governors that we recognise our shortcomings and plan appropriately for the future.
The Governors frequently visit the school for any special events including open days or specified parent / Teacher evenings. The GB welcome questions or comments; parent governors are often in the playground at the school pick up / drop off times.
Any parents who wish to ask a question or are interested in becoming a governor may email the Chair of Governors at firstname.lastname@example.org