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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 current chair of governors is Mrs Hannah Hill who can be contacted by email  or post (Beech Hyde Primary School, Nurseries Road, Wheathamsptead, Herts, AL4 8TP).


Posts held: Chair of Governors;

Category: Co-opted governor.

Appointed by the Trust Board on 23rd April 2019.                                Term ends: 23rd April 2023.

I am a wife, mother, barrister, school governor and charity volunteer. After graduating from university I trained to be a barrister and have been in practice for the last 15 years. I have been a governor at Beech Hyde since 2015. I was appointed Chair of Governors in March 2019. I spend almost all of my free time with my two children, but also love movies, all sports and foreign travel.


Posts held: Co vice-chair of governors; Chair of Standards & Effectiveness Committee; 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-Vice Chair of Governors; Standards & Effectiveness Committee
Category: Parent governor Date Appointed: 1st December 2017. Term ends: 29th November 2021.

 A bit about Amy

I have a daughter in Year 3 and a son in Reception.  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: English governor
Category: Co-opted governor. Appointed by the governing body 24th May 2017. Term ends: 23rd May 2021.
Meeting attendance: FGB meetings 17/7/17, 4/10/17

A bit about Claire
I moved to Wheathampstead in 2017 and have loved being 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: 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: Pupil Premium Governor, Standards and Effectiveness Committee

Category: Co-opted governor. Appointed by the governing body 1st May 2018. Term ends: 30th April 2022.

A bit about Mary

I have lived in Wheathampstead with my family for the last thirty years and am keen to give back to the community that has provided so much support and friendship during that time.  I graduated from Birmingham University with a Mathematics degree and gained my MSc in Operational Research and Management shortly afterwards. I spent eight years working for Cadburys at Bournville in Operational Research, Marketing and Data Analysis.  We then moved south and I spent eight years as Assistant Director Management Services for ManuLife Insurance. We had our two wonderful sons and I became a teacher at St Albans Girls’ School. I had a fulfilling twenty years at the school, becoming Deputy Head Teacher before taking early retirement in 2017. It was here that I developed my real passion for outstanding quality education for every pupil.  I am now a Director of the Atlas Multi Academy Trust and am delighted to be a Governor of Beech Hyde School. 


Posts held: SEN Governor; SEC Committee 
Category: Co-opted governor. Appointed by the Trust Board 1st May 2019. Term ends: 30th April 2023.

I have lived in Wheathampstead for eleven years and am married with two teenage sons. I attended St Albans Girls’ School and subsequently studied Politics at the University of Nottingham followed by a postgraduate diploma in Law in London. Although no longer practising, I am a qualified Solicitor with a public law background working for commercial clients in the City where I also trained. My main interest and motivation now is in supporting children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) through personal experience of ASD, ADHD and dyslexia.

In the process of navigating my way through an increasingly complex SEN system over the past decade, I have learnt a great deal about the law in this area (which falls within the public law sphere) and the many challenges faced by parents and teachers in meeting the needs of this group of pupils. I am delighted to join the Governing Body of Beech Hyde as its SEN Governor and to be able to apply the knowledge and insight gained as an SEN parent myself in supporting such a vibrant local community school.

I enjoy open water swimming and walking our dog as a family in the lovely countryside around the village.    


Category: Co-opted ATLAS Trust Governor; Appointed to the Governing Body: 1st May 2018. Term ends: 30th April 2022.

Declaration of Business Interest: ATLAS Multi-Academy Trust - Trustee; Oaklands Primary School - Governor

My name is Paul Webster and I have been a Governor at STAGS since 1996.   During the whole of my term of office I have also chaired the Finance and Marketing Committee.  My experience as a School Governor started some five years prior to this date when I became a Governor of my children’s primary school, Oakwood School in St Albans, a position I still hold.   My motivation for putting myself forward for the position of Governor was to bring a more commercial view, which was required with the advent of Local Management of Schools.

By profession I am a Chartered Accountant and recently retired as a partner with Mercer & Hole, a local firm based in St Albans.  My responsibilities within the practice not only includes normal professional work dealing with clients but also that of being one of the Managing Partners of the practice responsible for managing 150 members of staff over three separate locations.

My connection with STAGS goes back many years initially with my sister attending the school in the days when it was a grammar school.  Subsequent to this my three daughters have all attended STAGS and as a parent I have always valued the contribution of the school made to their development.

As an employer of graduates and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Education and Training committee I have a vested interest in ensuring that the students coming out of schools and universities are the right quality and aptitude to take their place in the business world and society generally.

In addition to the above I am also a keen golfer, ornithologist and aviculturist.   I am also a Fellow of the Zoological Society of London.


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.