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St Albert The Great Catholic Primary School
August 15 2016



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Mrs Debra Gee (CHAIR OF GOVERNORS):  Debra is a Parent Governor with two children at the school.  She is a school counsellor, working as part of HertfordshireCounty Council’s SafeSpace Service. Debra is the Chair of Governors, Link Governor for Year 2, Safeguarding and serves on both sub-committees.

Mrs Alison Spice (VICE CHAIR):  Alison is a Foundation Governor and has two children at the school.  She has a background in Marketing, Corporate Events and Promotions.  For the last 9 years she has run her own Swim School business but is now taking a break to spend more time with her children.  Alison is the Vice Chair of Governors and is the Link Governor for Year 5, Pupil Premium and SEND.

Mr Martin Durrant:  Martin is a Parent Governor. Martin currently has one child at the school in Years 5. He is a Director of Elite Selection, a sales specialist recruitment agency which has been in business for 9 years. Martin is Chair of the Resources Committee and is Link Governor for Sports/ PE.

Mrs Wendy Mander:  Wendy is a Foundation Governor with two girls in the school.  Wendy has worked in Education for the last 10 years and is currently the Head of Mathematics at Astley Cooper Secondary School.  She is passionate about teaching and learning – especially in mathematics and volunteers once a week in our Year 6 class.  She is Chair of the Learning & Achievement Committee and Link Governor for FS1 and Admissions.

Mrs Frances Stickley:  Frances is an Associate Governor with voting rights.   She has recently retired after spending 36 years at Kodak Ltd in Research, Development and Facilities Management. She is Chair of Governors at Kings Langley School.  Frances is the Link Governor for FS2 and EYFS, and serves on both sub-committees.

Mr Gary Lewis:  Gary is a Foundation Governor, serves on both sub-committees, and is Link Governor for Year 1. Gary is also Headteacher at Kings Langley Secondary School and this provides him with extensive experience in many areas of leadership and management in State Education. Similarly, his role as Headteacher and Chair of the national Association for Character Education, ensures he is well-informed on matters of child safety and well-being. When required, Gary deals with complaints and related investigations.

Mrs Wendy Goodinson: Wendy is a LEA Governor and an Associate Partner of Synergy Construction and Property Consultants.  Wendy has considerable experience in working with faith schools, offering advice and support for Headteachers and Governors when working on education projects including brand new schools (St Albert’s included), classroom extensions and volumetric builds.  She also manages repair and maintenance contracts, working with experienced building surveyors and mechanical and electrical services refurbishments and has been working with schools for over 30 years. Wendy serves on the Resources Committee and is Link Governor for Year 3 and Health & Safety.

Mr Michael Stothard M.B.E., K.S.G., J.P:  Michael is a Foundation Governor with link responsibilities for the vision, ethos and values of this Catholic school, Year 5 and RE. He was, for over 25 years, Headteacher of John F. Kennedy School and has acted as an adviser and governor trainer as well as clerk to the governors of a number of schools, primary, secondary and special. He was a magistrate for 30 years and was Chair of the Dacorum Bench and Family Panel. Michael serves on both sub-committees and is Link Governor for RE and Year 6.

Mrs Leanne Turp:  Leanne has been a teacher at St Albert the Great School since January 2015 and our Staff Governor since June 2016.  She has been teaching for 12 years across the Early Years and Key Stage 1.  She became a governor because she felt it would be a good way to get to know the school, deepen her understanding of how a school runs and ultimately to help ensure St Albert’s is the best school it can be.  She feels that by working together, we can ensure that all children achieve their full potential and enjoy their learning experiences. Leanne serves on both Learning & Achievement and Admissions Committees.

Mrs Valerie Fitzpatrick: Valerie is a Foundation Governor and her interest in education began when working for the LB or Croydon, Education Department. Whilst her 3 children were young she helped in their school and returned to employment as school secretary at Martindale School before joining her husband in his business. Now retired, Valerie is currently a volunteer advisor at the Citizens Advice Bureau and has helped with the First Holy Communion programme at St. Mary & St. Joseph church as catechist and administrator. Her interest in education continues as she follows the progress of her 10 grandchildren. Valerie serves on the Learning & Achievement Committee, and is Link Governor for Year 4.

There are 3 Governors with pecuniary (business) interests registered for 2017-18.

Statutory Governor Details 2016-17  Calendar of Meetings 2017-18

Minutes of the Governing Body meetings are available on request from the school office.