Meet the governors
The governors have a common interest in early years education and want to make a positive contribution to education of the children at Batford Nursery School.
The Governing Body of Batford Nursery School comprises a member from the Local Authority, the Headteacher and one staff governor, two parent governors, and six co-opted governors. Governors have equal rights to participate in the work of the Governing Body and to state their own views, but always work together and are bound by the collective decisions of the team. Governors other than the Headteacher are appointed or elected to serve a four-year term of office.
You can find out a little bit about each of our current governors by clicking on their names below:
Pat is a co-opted governor
Prior to retirement Pat spent 12 years managing the children’s centres on behalf of Batford Nursery School.
After an early career working in early years education Pat moved to Inspection and Regulation, working for both Local Authorities and Ofsted. She honed her skills in financial management and leadership whilst working for a multi-national childcare company and managed accounts for government departments and blue chip companies including Pfizer and BP.
Pat is delighted to be able to continue to support Batford Nursery, and the staff, children and families in her role as Chair of Governors
Rachel is the Local Authority appointed governor.
Rachel is married to Steve and they have four children. Rachel qualified as an accountant in 2006 but decided not to return to paid work following the birth of her first child. Instead, she has volunteered for a number of local organisations and charities over the past 12 years, sharing her skills and enthusiasm.
Rachel particularly enjoys her role as a school governor due to the variety of work undertaken.
Stephanie is a co-opted governor.
Stephanie has been a governor at Batford Nursery School for 18 months. Two of her children have attended the nursery school and have had the best experience. She is delighted to be able to give back to such a happy and caring nursery school.
Stephanie is Chair of the Children, Curriculum and Communications Committee. This committee reviews (amongst other things), the well-being of the children, the curriculum they follow and the progress they make and leadership plans to make the provision even better for the children. She is also the Safeguarding link Governor, and is regularly in contact with the Headteacher in relation to safeguarding matters.
Sarah is a governor ex officio but has been on the governing body for approximately 10 year, previously as a staff governor.
Sarah has been teaching in the primary phase for 28 years with extensive experience of the early years. She has been at Batford Nursery School for 13 years as a teacher, deputy and currently headteacher. She is also a Senior Leader of Education which involves schools to schools support.
Sarah is passionate about early years and feels privileged to be head of this outstanding school. Beyond her working life Sarah has a family with three children to keep her busy and also loves running and has entered many events from muddy runs to half marathons.
Georgina is a co-opted governor, having completed a first term of office as a parent governor.
Both Georgina's children, Annabelle and Jack, attended Batford Nursery School and Day Care and are now at a local primary school. Georgina has been resident in Harpenden for more than 10 years with her husband, James and first volunteered as a governor in 2015 and later became a Director for Batford Day Care Ltd.
Georgina's day job is Director of Human Resources for the Australian High Commission in London, with responsibility for the European Region covering 25 embassies and approximately 500 employees. Georgina is the lead governor for HR/Staffing.
David is a co-opted governor.
David says, "As a parent of two girls I have always, as you would expect played a key role in their upbringing including their health and safety. This is where my primary expertise comes in from my role in industry and in my engineering background. The health and safety of the school, its pupils and the buildings where they come to learn is paramount in my role as a governor. I am proud to work as a governor at Batford Nursery School helping the Headteacher to look after all who use the excellent facilities."
Anita is a co-opted governor.
Anita says, "“I have been a governor at the school since January 2016. I am also a governor at another local school in Harpenden. I was a primary teacher, Deputy head then acting Head over ten years before taking up a career in educational consulting 12 years ago. I currently enjoy working with variety of London boroughs and private companies providing consultancy to schools. My two sons were very happy during their time at Batford Nursery, and I am delighted to be able to give something back.”
Hazel is a co-opted governor and joined the governing body in October 2019.
Hazel trained as an Early Years teacher in Lincoln and after a long and rewarding career in primary education took early retirement recently to spend more time with her family in Harpenden. Hazel first became a Headteacher in 1998 and over the subsequent twenty plus years was the Headteacher of four very successful primary schools. During her career Hazel has also been an Early Years Advisor and qualified as a School Improvement Partner. Having seen the Governor vacancy advertised locally, Hazel applied as she felt it was a wonderful opportunity to utilise her experience to support the Headteacher and her staff for the benefit of the children and families at Batford Nursery School.
Phillipa is the staff governor.
Phillipa has worked at Batford Nursery School for four years as an Early Years Practitioner and is currently in her final year of studying for a degree in Education.
She is passionate about early years education and was keen to put herself forward to serve as a governor, to gain experience of strategy, leadership and management in a school and also to make a contribution to the work of the governing body and her local community - Phillipa is a long-term resident of Batford.
Phillipa is the governor training coordinator.
Aiofe is a parent governor.
I have been working in early education for 21 years. I have a degree in Early Childhood Care & Education and have previously been a staff governor at the children’s hospital school in Great Ormond St. Hospital where I still work as a member of the ELT as Activity Centre Manager. I’ve had a very varied career working in child protection with disadvantaged children, children in care, refugee children, traveller children as well working in a private independent school.
Nick is a parent governor.
After a decade working in the music industry he left to take shared parental leave and to study a Masters in Digital Management, focussing his research on team dynamics and individual wellbeing. He is now a consultant working with SMEs in the creative industries, helping them with commercial strategy and operational planning.
Governors do not manage the school – that is the role of the Headteacher. The Governors aim to support her in doing this but do not shy away from being a ‘critical friend’ and asking searching questions.
Governors are responsible for the ensuring the clarity of vision, ethos & strategic direction of the school and for supporting the Headteacher and her staff in achieving that vision. The governing body holds the leadership of the school to account for the educational performance of the school and its children. Governors also have responsibility for appointing the Headteacher, managing the school’s budget and making sure that money is well spent. In addition to these statutory responsibilities, governors monitor the impact of policies and do a wide variety of other things, either through formal committee activity or through personal involvement with the day-to-day life of the school.
The governing body may also be called upon to consider complaints from parents.
Whilst the role is a voluntary one, the Governing Body expects all governors and prospective governors to be aware of the time commitment required to be an effective governor. Primarily, that commitment arises from:
- Attending meetings of the Governing Body (minimum of one per term)
- Membership of either the CCC (Children, Curriculum and Communications) or Resources Committees (minimum one meeting per term)
- Undertaking training courses relevant to the role of a governor
- Having a particular area of responsibility such as finance, personnel, safeguarding
- Having a link to a particular area of teaching and learning or to a school development plan priority
The Governors also attend the Annual General Meeting of Batford Day Care Ltd, representing the school which is the member of the company.
The Resources Committee deals with everything to do with the human, physical and financial resources of the school and:
- is responsible for proposing the annual budget for approval by the governing body and for the ongoing monitoring of management accounts.
- prepares the responses to the Schools Financial Value Standard questionnaire that must be submitted to Herts County Council each year.
- considers all aspects of Health and Safety and site management.
- approves the staffing structure and assists with some areas of recruitment.
The current members of the committee are:
Rachel Angus (Chair)
Abbreviated to CCC, this committee focuses on Children, Curriculum and Communications.
This is the forum for detailed discussion of children's progress and attainment and delivery of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage but also deals with pupil behaviour and wellbeing and stakeholder engagement.
The current members of the committee are:
Stephanie Lane (Chair)
2019/20 Governance Statement
To contact the governors, please use the Chair of Governors confidential email address: email@example.com
Statutory information about governors
Information about governors, their terms of office, any pecuniary interests declared and a record of their attendance at meetings is published annually at the end of the academic year.
The details for the academic year 2019/20 are as follows: