The role of the governing board is a strategic one with three key functions:
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
- Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
Governors set the aims and objectives for the school. They set the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend).
Our School Governors are instrumental in the running of our school and are currently in the process of updating their profile for inclusion in this page. I will post each profile, once it has been finalized.
Deb Ludlow – Chair of the Governing Body
‘I have 3 children at the school, currently in years 1, 3 and 4, who fuelled my desire to become a governor of the school. I was appointed in September 2014 and was then elected Chair, the following July.
I have lived in the village for over 10 years now and am committed to helping make our school the best that it can be, for all our children.
I work in Beaconsfield as a recruitment consultant to the pharmaceutical industry and when not in work or school, I am often found on a netball court or rugby pitch.’
Tim Harrop – Vice-Chair
‘I joined the Governing Body in 2013 having been elected as a parent Governor. I have one child at the school in Year 6 and my daughter left in 2015. I act as Vice Chair supporting the Chair in the running of the Governing Body.
I work full time in Watford and have lived in Kings Langley for 16 years. I help in running the finances of one of the under 10’s Kings Langley football teams.
I believe that it is important that parents engage with the school and support the Head in her desire to provide a great education to all children regardless of their ability or any disadvantage.’
Alan Johnson, Local Authority Governor
‘I joined the Governing Body in 2000 having been appointed by Hertfordshire County Council and am currently a Kings Langley Parish Councillor; my 3 children subsequently attended this school. I am a founding trustee of the Kings Langley Primary School Charitable Foundation which has been raising funds for the school since 2004 through the 100+ Club and, more recently, organising the Kings Langley Puffaten.
My wife Ann currently ‘runs’ the 100+ Club and the school’s Garden Club. The Garden Club receives some seedcorn funding from the school budget.
Before I retired I worked for the Metropolitan Police Commissioner of Police and then the Mayor of London in a wide range of roles including finance, premises, health and safety, professional standards and human resources. I am currently Chair of Kings Langley Scout Group, Secretary and Treasurer of the Kings Langley Good Neighbours Association and a trustee of Kings Langley Charities. I am committed to ensuring local children have the best start in life so that they reach their full potential and have fun.’
Hollie Curtis, Co-opted Governor
‘I joined the Governing Body in 2013, and was elected Chair of the Curriculum Committee in 2015. I am the link governor for Music and have had the opportunity to visit the school in order to watch various performances. These have included the KS2 Christmas Carols and the Easter performance. I try to visit the school as often as I can so that I have time to speak to pupils and staff and gain a better understanding of how the curriculum is delivered.
I live locally in Abbots Langley and I work full time as a Class Teacher at a local school. I have really enjoyed being able to share ideas and discuss different aspects of school life. Being a governor has allowed me to gain a wider view of teaching and learning, which I am thankful for.’
Matthew Cooper, Co-opted Governor
‘I have been a community governor at the school since 2006, when I moved to Kings Langley. I am the Link governor for English, Geography and RE.
My role as the minister at the Baptist Church in The Nap gives me the opportunity to visit the school during the day and support various activities. I especially enjoy leading assemblies, watching performances and occasionally joining in with school trips.
My own children both enjoyed attending Kings Langley Secondary School but not Kings Langley Primary as they began their school life near Rugby in Warwickshire; where I was also governor at the local infant school and a trustee of the school nursery.’
Angela Jackman, Staff Governor
‘I am the deputy head of the school, and spend most of my time in the lower school, ensuring that the key skills of Reading, Writing and Number are secure, in order that our children can continue to flourish in the upper years.
I have spent all of my teaching career at Kings Langley Primary School and particularly enjoy the links that we have with the village and the local community.’
Jacqui Walton Jones, Co-opted Governor
‘I have been an active member of the Governing Body since 2013. I am currently the link Governor for SEND and Safeguarding and sit on the Complaints Panel.
Two of my children attended Kings Langley Primary and immensely enjoyed their primary school years. My son left Year 6 last year to join his older sister at her secondary school and I also have a pre-school child.
I have worked in education for the past 20 years, in my current position as Assistant Head of a primary school, in another Borough. I feel I have a good range of experience and expertise to bring to the role of Governor at Kings Langley Primary, to help ensure that all our children access quality first teaching in a setting that allows them to grow and flourish, whatever their starting points.
I live in Hemel Hempstead and with family and community links in Kings Langley, I feel privileged to be part of the local area and play an active role in the life of the school.’
Clare Macdonald, Parent Governor
‘I was elected a parent Governor in 2013, and Chair of the Safeguarding Committee in 2014. I have two children at school in Years 5 and 2.
I come from an educational background, having been a primary school class teacher and SENCO for some years, before working in my current position, as an Advisor, for a neighbouring local authority. My professional skills form an integral part of my role as Governor.
I have always believed in the adage ‘It takes a village to raise a child’; hence wanting to play a part in our local community by ensuring the best outcomes for all children that attend Kings Langley Primary School.’
Who sits on the committees?
|Name||Date of appointment||Committee member with full voting rights|
|01.09.14||Chair of the governing body and sits on the Curriculum and Safeguarding sub committees|
|17.09.13||Vice-chair of the Governing Body and sits on the Premises/Finance and Personnel sub committees|
|01.11.12||Chair of the Premises/Finance sub committee chair of the Personnel sub committee|
|01.09.14||Chair of the Curriculum sub committee|
|17.09.13||Chair of the Safeguarding sub committee|
|01.09.14||Sits on the Safeguarding and Personnel sub committees|
|01.09.14||Sits on the Safeguarding and Curriculum sub committees|
|01.09.14||Sits on the Personnel sub committee|
|01.04.08||Sits on all sub committees|
|28.09.13||Sits on the Premises/Finance, the Curriculum and the Personnel sub committees|
|01.09.14||Sits on the Premises/Finance sub committee|
|01.09.14||Sits on the Premises/Finance sub committee|
|Meeting date||Meeting type||Members present|
|30.09.15||Full Governing Body||Deb Ludlow, Hollie Curtis, Alison Nash, Sacha Relf, Matthew Cooper, Alan Johnson, Tim Harrop, Angela Jackman, Paula Harris|
|12.11.15||Personnel sub committee||Paula Harris, Angela Jackman, Alan Johnson|
|16.11.15||Full Governing Body||Hollie Curtis, Sacha Relf, Deb Ludlow, Alan Johnson, Tim Harrop, Clare Macdonald, Jacqui Walton-Jones, Angela Jackman, Paula Harris|
|23.11.15||Curriculum sub committee||Paula Harris, Angela Jackman, Deb Ludlow, Hollie Curtis, Jacquie Walton-Jones|
|04.12.15||Safeguarding sub committee||Paula Harris, Jacqui Walton-Jones, Clare Macdonald|
|07.12.15||Premises/Finance sub committee||Paula Harris, Angela Jackman, Sacha Relf, Tim Harrop, Alan Johnson|
|05.02.16||Safeguarding sub committee||Paula Harris, Matthew Cooper, Deb Ludlow, Jacqui Walton-Jones, Clare Macdonald|
|08.02.16||Premises/Finance sub committee||Paula Harris, Sacha Relf, Tim Harrop, Alan Johnson|
|25.02.16||Full Governing Body||Deb Ludlow, Hollie Curtis, Alison Nash, Sacha Relf, Matthew Cooper, Tim Harrop, Clare Macdonald, Angela Jackman, Paula Harris|
|03.03.16||Personnel sub committee||Paula Harris, Angela Jackman, Matthew Cooper, Alan Johnson|
|14.03.16||Curriculum sub committee||Paula Harris, Angela Jackman, Deb Ludlow, Hollie Curtis|
|13.05.16||Safeguarding sub committee||Paula Harris, Matthew Cooper, Deb Ludlow, Jacqui Walton-Jones, Clare Macdonald|
|16.05.16||Premises/Finance sub committee||Paula Harris, Angela Jackman, Sacha Relf, Tim Harrop, Alan Johnson, Alison Nash|
|24.05.16||Full Governing Body||Deb Ludlow, Alison Nash, Sacha Relf, Matthew Cooper, Alan Johnson, Tim Harrop, Clare Macdonald, Angela Jackman, Paula Harris|
|20.06.16||Curriculum sub committee||Paula Harris, Angela Jackman, Deb Ludlow, Hollie Curtis|
|20.07.16||Personnel sub committee||Paula Harris, Angela Jackman, Matthew Cooper, Alan Johnson|
|21.07.16||Full Governing Body||Sacha Relf, Matthew Cooper, Hollie Curtis, Jacqui Walton-Jones, Alan Johnson, Tim Harrop, Clare Macdonald, Angela Jackman, Paula Harris|