Our governors perform vital, legal functions and also do a lot more to help and support our school.
The governing body is made up of parents, staff and representatives of the church, diocese and local authority. They make decisions about how the school is run in consultation with the headteacher; they have legal duties, powers and responsibilities which include appointing staff and deciding how the school budget is spent.
Governors meet as a full group twice a term and the minutes of these meetings are displayed outside the school office. Parent governors can contribute the views and ideas of other parents to the governing body but they are not there to act as a channel for complaints or to address any issue affecting an individual child or parent. There are clear policies and procedures for such situations and parents are encouraged to select the more formal route or perhaps use the Parent Council for more general topics, as appropriate.
Governors are elected or appointed for four years and serve on one or more committees to carry out their various duties.
Please find below the details of our school governors currently in post:
Term of office
|Rev’d David Munchin (Chair)||Ex Officio – Rector||N/A||Personnel|
|Mrs Mary Westley||Ex Officio – Head||N/A||Admissions, Finance, Fabric, P and D, Personnel|
|Mrs Jane Bacon (Safeguarding)||Foundation (St Mary’s PCC)||10.07.19 – 09.07.23||Personnel|
|Prof. Paul Castle||Parent||13.03.19 – 12.03.23||Fabric, Finance|
|Mrs Mary Gregory||Foundation (St Mary’s PCC)||19.09.16 – 18.09.20||Admissions|
|Mrs Emma Harrison||Staff||29.08.19 – 28.08.23||P and D, Personnel|
|Mr Adrian Lofty||Local Authority||13.07.19 – 12.07.23||Fabric|
|Mr Chris Lund||Foundation (St Mary’s PCC)||20.03.19 – 19.03.23||Admissions, P and D|
|Mrs Irene Mackie
|Foundation (St Albans DBE)||09.11.17 – 08.11.21||Admissions,
Finance, P and D,
|Mr Bill Morris||Foundation (St Albans DBE)||09.09.16 – 08.09.20||Fabric, P and D, Personnel|
|Mrs Elizabeth Venkatesham||Parent||02.05.18 – 01.05.22||Fabric, Finance|
|Mrs Evelyne Welch||Foundation (St Mary’s PCC)||17.09.18 – 01.05.22|
|Mr Robin Whitten||Foundation (St Mary’s PCC)||1.11.18 – 31.10.22||Finance|
|Mrs Sheila Anstey||Co-opted, Staff||07.11.19 – 06.11.23||P and D, and Personnel|
|Mrs Annie Ragless (Clerk)||Governing Body||N/A||Finance (Assoc.)|
Please find below the details of our school governors whose terms expired during the last 12 months:
|Ms Sheila Anstey||Co-opted (Staff, Teaching)||29.08.15 – 28.08.19||P and D, Personnel
|Mr Ben Ashman||Staff||10.10.18 – 09.10.19||P and D, Fabric
|Mrs Debbie Coupland (Vice-chair)||Foundation (St Mary’s PCC)||29.03.17 – 09.07.19||Admissions (chair), Personnel
|Dr Julie Long||Foundation (St Mary’s PCC)||19.09.16 – 19.03.19||Finance
|Mr Terrence Miller||Parent||14.03.15 – 13.03.19||Fabric (chair),
|Mr Will Westwick||Local Authority||13.07.15 – 12.07.19||Fabric
|Mrs Diane Reason||Staff||N/A||P and D (Assoc.)|
All members of the Senior Leadership team are members of the Performance and Development committee, and are invited to attend full governing body meetings as associate members. During the last 12 months, associate members have been:
Sheila Anstey, Ben Ashman, Sam Branch, Emma Harrison, Natasha Lewis, Emma Phillips, Diane Reason, Helen Southall.
In addition, Cheryl Sivell (Office Manager) is an associate member of the admissions committee.
Annie Ragless (Finance Officer) is an associate member of the finance committee.
Phil Stockton (Site Manager) is an associate member of the fabric committee.
No associate members have voting rights.
- In compliance with the government direction, the School’s Instrument of Government provides for one staff governor. The governing body consider that their collective skill set is enhanced by the inclusion of a further member of staff and have agreed that such a person should be co-opted to the governing body. The member of staff holding the staff governor vacancy will be appointed via an election of all staff; should that person be a member of the teaching staff, then the co-opted person will be a member of the non-teaching staff (and vice versa) also appointed by an election by all staff.
Register of interests
In accordance with legislation, the following table records the register of interests of governors (covering relevant business interests, details of any other educational establishments they govern and any relationships between governors and members of the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives), which may conflict with the individual’s duties and authority
|Paul Castle||None||None||None||Children at school||None|
|William Morris||None||Is carrying out installation work for the school – CCTV, security doors. Lock-down siren. To be invoiced on completion||Welwyn Parish Councillor
|Rev David Munchin||None||None||None||None||Governor at St Michael’s JMI School Woolmer Green|
|Elizabeth Venkatesham||None||None||None||Parent of children at school||Governor at Tenterfield Children’s Centre|
|Mary Westley||None||None||None||Daughter runs Hertford Gymnastics (lunchtime club)||None|
|Annie Ragless (Clerk)||None||None||None||Parent of children at school||None|
Governors’ attendance record
|Name||Attendance at GB meetings during term of office in last 12 months|
|Rev’d David Munchin (Chair)||4/6 (sabbatical during Autumn term)|
|Mrs Mary Westley||6/6|
|Ms Sheila Anstey||5/6|
|Mr Ben Ashman||4/6|
|Mrs Jane Bacon||2/2|
|Prof. Paul Castle||2/3|
|Mrs Debbie Coupland (Vice-chair)||4/6|
|Mrs Mary Gregory||5/6|
|Mrs Emma Harrison||1/0 (attended as associate)|
|Mr Adrian Lofty||1/0 (attended as guest just prior to start of term)|
|Dr Julie Long||0/4|
|Mr Chris Lund||2/2|
|Mrs Irene Mackie||5/6|
|Mr Terrence Miller||3/4|
|Mr Bill Morris||6/6|
|Mrs Elizabeth Venkatesham||6/6|
|Mrs Evelyne Welch||4/6|
|Mr Will Westwick||1/6|
|Mr Robin Whitten||5/6|
|Mrs Annie Ragless (Clerk)||6/6|