Governing body

As the governors at Beech Hyde, we are focused on providing confident, strategy leadership for the school and creating robust accountability, oversight and assurance for its educational and financial performance.

Bringing diverse business, community and educational experience to the school, we meet at least six times a year as a full governing board. Each of us also serve on one or more of the sub-committees: standards & effectiveness, resources and pay & performance.

In addition to our regular meetings, we also take an active interest in the school and its activities, each making at least one visit to the school each term. The visits are focused on a particular theme linked to the School Development Plan or are conducted in our governor capacity, such as safeguarding or health & safety.

We are appointed for four year terms of office by the school staff, parents, the Local Authority or by fellow governors as representatives of the local community.

Find out more about each of us below. On this page, you’ll also find more information about our role as governors, our sub-committees and you can download the minutes from our most recent full governing body meetings.

Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about the Beech Hyde Primary School governing body by emailing


Our current governors

We currently have 4 co-opted governors, 1 staff governor, 1 LEA governor and 3 elected parent governors.


Posts held
: Chair of Governors, Standards & Effectiveness Committee, Maths Governor
Category: Co-opted governor. Term ends: 23/04/19. Appointed by the governing body 22/04/15
Conflict of interest: Business & Financial – none; Schools – none

A bit about Chris

I have two children at Beech Hyde and put myself forward as Governor, as I am  passionate about the school’s future and ensuring the best education and environment for the children.After graduating in law, I worked at the Civil Aviation Authority for 15 years and was responsible for implementing regulations and drafting policies and guidance for the travel industry. This has been extremely useful, given the amount of policies and guidance in education! I have recently taken on a new role in the travel industry, which will offer advice and assistance to those wanting to start a travel business. 

Posts held
: Co vice-chair of governors; Chair of resources committee & Pay & Performance Committee;
Category: Co-opted governor. Term ends: 23/04/19. Appointed by the governing body 22/04/15
Conflict of interest: Business & Financial – none; Schools – none

A bit about Hannah

I am a wife and mother of two children. I have lived in Wheathampstead for 6 years. I read law at Cambridge and then took my Masters at Oxford and I am now a barrister in chambers in Gray’s Inn, London. My specialism is corporate law, but I bring all the general skills of a lawyer to the governing body. I also have leadership and committee experience. My children do not attend Beech Hyde, but I still want to contribute to the Wheathampstead community and I feel that I bring a parental objectivity. My hobbies are walking, reading and going to the movies.


Posts held: Co vice-chair of governors; Chair of Standards & Effectiveness Committee; Safeguarding governor;
Category: Parent governor. Term ends: 10/11/20. Appointed by the parent body 09/11/16
Conflict of interest: Business & Financial – none; Schools – none

A bit about Sarah
I have 2 children at Beech Hyde in Years 5 and 2 and I put myself forward to become a Governor because I believe passionately in the schools ethos. I want to help drive the school forward and ensure it provides the best all round education for our children, whilst maintaining that wonderful Beech Hyde feel of inclusion, teamwork and respect.

I graduated BA Hons in Business Studies and have worked in various marketing and PR roles over the years. I currently work for TIME and FORTUNE Magazines as Head of Customer Retention.


Posts held: Head Teacher; Resources Committee; Standards & Effectiveness Committee
Category: Headteacher
Conflict of interest: Business & Financial – none; Schools – none

Posts held
: Financial Governor; Computing Governor; Resources Committee; Pay & Performance Committee
Category: Co-opted governor. Term ends: 13/12/19. Appointed by the governing body 12/12/15
Conflict of interest: Business & Financial – none; Schools – none

A bit about David

I have lived in Wheathampstead since 2009 and really enjoy the village life, my family roots go back centuries to the village so it does feel like being back home! I have two daughters who both attend Beech Hyde and they love the school.

I qualified as an accountant (ACMA) in 2004 and have worked for a variety of retail businesses including Home Retail Group, Tesco and TJX Europe.  Throughout my career, in addition to finance, I have gained experience in strategy, operations and management.

Posts held
: SEN Governor; Standards & Effectiveness Committee
Category: Parent governor. Term ends: 22/06/21. Appointed by the parent body 23/06/17
Meeting attendance: FGB meetings 17/7/17
SEC Meetings: 26/9/17
Conflict of interest: Business & Financial – none; Schools – none

A bit about Sarah
I have lived in Wheathampstead with my family since 2013 and have three children at Beech Hyde School. I am passionate about education and schools and worked as an English Language teacher overseas for several years before going on to qualify as a primary school teacher in the UK.  I then became an assistant headteacher with responsibility for assessment and attainment in a large primary school in Sheffield until relocating to Hertfordshire with my family.  Recently I have been working in the Learning Support department of a local secondary school.

Posts held
: English governor; Resources Committee
Category: Co-opted governor. Term ends: 23/05/21. Appointed by the governing body 24/05/17
Meeting attendance: FGB meetings 17/7/17, 4/10/17
Conflict of interest: Business & Financial – none; Schools – none

A bit about Claire
I moved to Wheathampstead in 2017 and have loved becoming a part of the community – not least through getting to know everyone at Beech Hyde. With a career in corporate communications, I currently work for a strategic communications consultancy specialising in employee engagement and change management. I read History at Durham University where I graduated with an MBA in January 2018. In my spare time I enjoy playing my piano, travelling to new places and exploring the outdoors.


Posts held: Staff governor; Standards & Effectiveness Committee
Category: Staff governor. Term ends: 21/5/21 Appointed by the staff body - 22/5/17
Conflict of interest: Business & Financial – none; Schools – none


Posts held: Health & Safety governor; Resources Committee
Category: Co-opted governor. Term ends: 3/10/21. Appointed by the governing body 4/10/17
Conflict of interest: Business & Financial – none; Schools – none

 A bit about Pauline

After University, I spent four years working for the Metropolitan Police in London with victims of serious assaults. I began teaching in 1994 in Hong Kong where I spent three great years. Following my return to the UK, I taught in a number of schools in St Albans, Luton and Dunstable.

Six years ago, I began working part time at Beech Hyde and have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this wonderful school.

I live in Harpenden with my husband and I have two teenage daughters. I am Secretary of Hatfield Netball Club and I spend a lot of my free time umpiring netball matches and mentoring Junior umpires. I enjoy reading, travelling and am a massive fan of Liverpool FC.

Posts held
: Standards & Effectiveness Committee
Category: Parent governor
Conflict of interest: Business & Financial – none; Schools – none

 A bit about Amy

I have a daughter in Year 1 and a two year-old son who hopefully will start Nursery in 2019. I am therefore keen to make sure the school is the best it can be!

I work part-time for Waitrose, managing the Customer Care team at Head Office and have a variety of general management skills including people, budget, change, strategy development and delivery which I believe will be useful in this role.

I am a considered, reflective person who is willing to listen, question and challenge so the school can progress and reach its full potential.

Posts held
: Clerk to the Governing Body & Committees
Conflict of interest: Business & Financial – none; Clerk to several schools in the local area

What is a governing body?

The governing body of a school acts collectively.  The Governors have a number of legal responsibilities in respect of the school, in particular:

  • the school is continuously working to improve standards
  • children's care and welfare is safeguarded
  • curriculum policy is set, monitored and reviewed in line with statutory requirements
  • the school meets it obligations under relevant equality legislation
  • the school's financial budget is set and monitored
  • the fabric of the school is maintained
  • staff performance is managed according to Government guidelines


Our school has the following committees:

Resources Committee:

  • This committee incorporates the Premises, Health & Safety Committee and the Personnel Committee. Roles and responsibilities include; 
  • Prepare and monitor long term and short term financial plans; ensure relevant controls exist to comply with statutory & LA regulations
  • Maintain the fabric of the School; oversee contract works undertaken
  • Help the School maintain a safe, healthy and effective working environment; annual audit
  • Oversees all issues relating to staffing including the Performance Management of the Headteacher, recruitment, pay, grievances and disciplinary issues.

School Effectiveness:

  • Assist in the formulation of, monitor and review  the School Development Plan
  • Monitor and ensure that all pupils receive their statutory curriculum entitlement.
  • Monitor inclusion
  • Monitor and review school policies

Pay & Performance Committee

  • Review the pay of the teaching staff and the headteacher
  • Award performance-related pay in accordance with the school’s agreed policy and procedures

We also have governor representatives on the BHA and Children’s Centre Committee.


Full governors and all committees meet once every half term. Meetings are usually held in the evenings. Governors are also welcome into school during the day.


There is a varied training programme available to all governors. Governors aim to attend at least one course per year.

How to contact the governors

The school governors are always open to contact from staff, guardians and parents. Your first port of call should always be the headteacher, but if you feel that you need to raise any concerns or give suggestions to the governing body then please use the email below.



Are you interested in becoming a governor?

Vacancies: There is currently a governor vacancy at Beech Hyde School

Governors need no previous experience but they do need commitment, enthusiasm and an interest in the School and in the education of children. We particulary welcome applicants from ethnic minorities so we are fully represented on the governing body. This is your chance to set the vision for the school, for both the present and future generations. 


If you would like to find out more click on the link below:

Or you can contact the Governors directly via email:

You may wish to come along for an informal chat and also observe one of the Governor meetings so you can get a feel for what is involved. Please get in touch if you are interested, you will be most welcome.

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