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The governors at Beech Hyde Primary School and Nursery, are focused on providing confident, strategic 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, they meet at least six times a year as a full governing board. Each governor also serves on one or more of the sub-committees: standards & effectiveness, resources and pay & performance.

In addition to regular meetings, governors 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 their governor capacity, such as safeguarding or health & safety.

Governors 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.

You can find out more about each of the governors below. On this page, you’ll also find more information about governor roles and 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 and Nursery 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.

The co-chairs of our local governing board are Amy Kenton ( and Sarah Medlock (  They can be contacted by email or post (Beech Hyde Primary School, Nurseries Road, Wheathamsptead, Herts, AL4 8TP).


Posts held: Co-chair of governors; Safeguarding governor;
Category: Parent governor. Appointed by the parent body 9th November 2016. Term ends: 10th November 2020.

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: Co-Chair of Governors
Category: Parent governor Date Appointed: 1st December 2017. Term ends: 29th November 2021.

 A bit about Amy

I have a daughter in Year 5 and a son in Year 2.  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: Health & Safety governor
Category: Co-opted governor. Appointed by the governing body 4th October 2017. Term ends: 3rd October 2021.

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


Posts held: Staff governor; Standards & Effectiveness Committee
Category: Staff governor. Appointed by the staff body - 22nd May 2017.                                                      Term ends: 21st May 2021
Conflict of interest: Business & Financial – none; Schools – none

I am proud to have been a teacher at Beech Hyde since September 2004. During this time I have taught many different year groups and have been subject leader for a variety of subjects as well as taking on a range of other roles within the school.  In my spare time I enjoy watching sport and spending time with my family and friends.  Beech Hyde is a very special place with fantastic children and I am pleased to be part of the governing body for our school.

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:

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

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 particularly 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.