Prae Wood Primary School

Prae Wood Primary School

Everyone Valued, Everyone Learning

´╗┐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

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.

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 a daughter at the school, she loves going to school and feels 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, spouse of staff member, Prae Wood 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, one of whom 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; member of admin staff, Prae Wood Primary School

Jenny Sheppard (Headteacher)

Declaration of Business Interest: None

Krupa Bhalsod (Parent Governor)

I was delighted to join the governing body in January 2022. I have two daughters, currently at Prae Wood, who absolutely love the school and are thriving in the environment. I enjoy supporting their learning and development at home in fun and innovative ways, and I hope to apply some of these skills to my new governor role. I aim to work with the governing body team to continue to ensure Prae Wood remains a fantastic learning environment and am pleased to bring my experience to the team. As an Acute Medical doctor in a busy London trust, I am committed to service and quality improvement. I thoroughly enjoy teaching medical students and junior doctors and enjoy being able to see teaching from a different perspective. I am committed to supporting Prae Wood in remaining an excellent nurturing environment for children to grow and learn. 

Declaration of Business Interest: None

Richard Boyce (Co-opted Governor) 

I am Head of Year 7 and a classroom teacher of Design and Technology at Parmiter’s School in Watford. I have collaborated closely with the teachers at Prae Wood to successfully enhance the secondary transfer experience for children at the end of KS2. Working with Prae Wood teachers, I understand and recognise their dedication and enthusiasm for developing and delivering the rich and varied curriculum allowing all pupils to reach their potential. I support the whole school community in its vision and ethos and bring my experience of teaching, learning and governance to Prae Wood school.

Declaration of Business Interest: Governor at Malvern Way school. Head of Year 7, Parmiter’s School.

Michelle Charsley (Teaching Staff Governor) 

I joined the governing body to understand more about, and to take part in, the operation of Prae Wood School outside of the classroom. I aim to bring an 'on the ground' perspective so that staff are represented, as well as to provide a viewpoint,  independent of leadership, on how decisions might impact teaching and learning. I have three children who have all passed through St Albans schools and are now studying at tertiary level. 

Declaration of Business Interest: None

Charles Clarke (Co-opted Governor)

I joined the governing body in October 2020 as a co-opted governor.  As a solicitor at a public sector organisation in London I bring particular expertise in governance but also in projects and property.  I am also Vice Chair of the Compulsory Purchase Association, a large professional membership organisation.  I have a child of primary school age and am committed to ensuring the best outcomes for the children and the school community.

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

Maria Morris (Parent Governor) 

I was delighted to be elected to the role of parent governor in October 2021. I currently have one son at Prae Wood Primary School who loves going to school and has flourished in all areas since joining. I feel lucky to be able to support teaching and learning and our school community by continuing to drive the school’s values and ethos and maximising the high standards already in place. Since joining the teaching profession through Teach First Programme, I have held the roles of Head of English, staff governor and Assistant Principal in charge of teaching and learning in London schools. My passion lies with raising literacy levels and helping students reach their true potential, irrespective of starting point and background. I have worked across primary and secondary schools and with local authorities to support primary to secondary transition. 

Declaration of Business Interest: Magic Link Handwriting Teacher in St Albans and Harpenden

Mary Willatt (Co-opted Governor, Safeguarding)

I joined the Governing Body as a co-opted Governor in September 2019. Having studied music and geography while gaining my teaching qualifications, my entire teaching career was then spent in Hertfordshire schools. I retired after 23 years as Headteacher of a Church of England Primary School in the north of the county in 2014. Prior to that I was Deputy at Prae Wood. I am very pleased to be involved again with this school and to be able to support the vision of the Headteacher and staff as they develop a positive and exciting learning environment for the pupils. In my spare time I am a volunteer in Girlguiding, running a Guide unit in Potters Bar where I live, and I am learning to play the euphonium.

Declaration of Business Interest: Governor at Mandeville School in St Albans

Governor Meeting Attendance

Governors attend a number of meetings over the course of each academic year including Full Governing Body meetings as well as Finance and Resources and Teaching and Learning Committee meetings. For a summary of attendance, please click below:

2021-22*

2020-21

 

*details are updated regularly as the meetings take place- last updated 18/1/22