Prae Wood Primary School

Everyone Valued, Everyone Learning

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Prae Wood Governing Body

About the Governing Body: We are a team of Governors, volunteers with different backgrounds, experience and skills who support the staff and children at Prae Wood in their educational journey. We play an important role in the strategic management of the school and are accountable for many aspects of the school processes. At Prae Wood we work closely with the Headteacher in a supportive yet challenging role. Our key purpose is to ensure that the vision, management and development of the school enable children to achieve their potential during their time at Prae Wood. The day-to-day running of the school is left to the Headteacher and her team of excellent staff.

We are organised into sub-committees and working parties that address key issues that face the school. The Finance and Resources Committee ensures that finance and resources are managed effectively to maximise the learning opportunities for the children at Prae Wood. The Learning Committee is responsible for monitoring the standards and progress of children’s learning from Nursery through to Year 6. These committees meet regularly to focus on their defined remit. They professionally challenge the school to ensure opportunities at Prae Wood maximise the learning of all pupils. 

We also have two meetings a term as a full Governing Body. One of these is a business meeting and the other has a development focus. The minutes from all these meetings are available from the school office and any correspondence for the Governing Body should be sent to the Governors c/o the school office. If you are interested in volunteering as a Governor, please contact the Headteacher or the Chair of Governors.

For further details regarding the Governing Body, including name, term of office, date of appointment and retirement from office, and the body who appointed them, please click here

For further details regarding the attendance of Governors at meetings for the academic year 2017/18, please click here

Correspondence for the Governing Body can either be sent directly to a Governor or addressed to the school for forwarding: c/o Emma Lad, Clerk to Governors, Prae Wood Primary School Office, King Harry Lane, St Albans AL3 4HZ. Tel:  01727 751930, email: admin@praewood.herts.sch.uk.

Current Vacancies

We currently have one vacancy for a Co-Opted governors and one vacancy for a Local Authority appointed governor.

A co-opted governor is a person appointed by the governing body and who, in the opinion of the governing body, has the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. Please note that these are not Parent Governor roles.

For further information about the roles, or to apply, please contact Jenny Sheppard, Tony Fitzpatrick or Fiona Gow via admin@praewood.herts.sch.uk

Who's Who in the Governing Body?

Tony Fitzpatrick (Chair of Governing Body and Parent Governor) I was elected as a parent governor to Prae Wood School in May 2017. I currently have daughters at the school, they love going to school and feel very much part of a cohesive school community for which I am very grateful. As a parent I am pleased to be able to give my time to the school. I have been a Secondary School Headteacher in Hertfordshire for a number of years, and have worked in Hertfordshire schools for 20 years. I also work closely with the local authority sitting on a number of committees. I aim to assist the school with my knowledge and skills to support the education of all pupils at Prae Wood. I am an experienced governor, I am currently chair for another governing body.

Declaration of Business Interest: Chair of Governors at Stevenage ESC, Headteacher, Barnwell School

 

Fiona Gow (Co-opted Community Governor and Co-Chair Teaching and Learning): I joined Prae Wood as a co-opted Governor in June 2009 and have been a Governor ever since. I have two sons who attend Prae Wood.  Prior to having my children I worked as an international & employment tax consultant and I aim to bring my financial expertise to the Finance & Resources committee. I also co-chair the Teaching and Learning committee.  I have lived in this area of St Albans for much of my life and the opportunities available to our local children are very important to me.  I am committed to offering all my support in assisting the school meet its goals of providing excellent education and care to the children.

Declaration of Business Interest: Clerk to Governing Body, Wheatfields School

Jenny Sheppard (Headteacher)

Declaration of Business Interest: None

Joyce Field (Non-Teaching Staff Governor): I became a Governor in 2000. I work as a Teaching Assistant in the school, l am very keen on extra sporting opportunities for the children and giving them the opportunity to represent their school.

Declaration of Business Interest: None

Efa Schmidt (Parent Governor and Safeguarding) I was a community governor at the school before I had my children, now pupils at Prae Wood and a local Secondary School, and therefore I’m fully aware of the importance of the role, as well as the commitment needed to be an effective governor.  Having qualified as a barrister, I am now a practising solicitor with expertise in representing, negotiating and resolving controversial issues whilst responding effectively to sensitive matters.  I am committed to achieving the best for our children, school and community.

Declaration of Business Interest: None

Duncan Hale (Parent Governor) I am a parent of two children at Prae Wood. I work in finance, where I manage money on behalf of pension funds, investing into infrastructure and real estate.  As someone that manages not only money for others but also a team, my role is focused on ensuring transparency and accountability. I believe I bring expertise and energy to the role; I am passionate about our children’s education.

Declaration of Business Interest: None

Ronald Mycock (Community Governor): I have lived on the Verulam estate for 30 years. I am now retired, but spent the whole of my working life in education. I began as a teacher, then became a teacher trainer before joining Her Majesty's Inspectorate. I have served on two other governing bodies, including as chairman of a school in special measures at the request of the LEA. I hope my experience will prove useful to the Governing Body of Prae Wood School.

Declaration of Business Interest: None

Mary Willatt (Co-opted Governor)

Declaration of Business Interest: Pending

Linda Walton (Teacher Governor): I am a Teacher Governor and part of the Teaching and Learning Committee. 

Declaration of Business Interest: None

Tracey Lockwood (Associate Member of Governing Body): Deputy Headteacher 

Declaration of Business Interest: None

Lauren Rogers (Associate Member of Governing Body): Teacher, Head of KS2, DPO Officer

Declaration of Business Interest: None

Sharon Calverley (Associate Member of Governing Body): School Business Manager

Declaration of Business Interest: None

King Harry Lane, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4HZ

admin@praewood.herts.sch.uk

01727 751930