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Dundale Primary School & Nursery is part of the Ridgeway Learning Partnership Multi-Academy Trust which is registered at Companies House with registration number 08056991 and its registered office is at Tring School, Mortimer Hill, Tring, HP23 5JD

Local Governing Body

 

The Local Governing Body consists of representatives from parents, staff and members co-opted from the local community.  Governing Board meetings are held each half term.

 

The Governing Body ensures the effective management of the school and promotes the well being of all in it by working in partnership with the Headteacher.

 

Headteacher:         Becky Ellis      
Co Opted:               Barbara Hamilton (Chair)

Co Opted:               Gill Budgell

Co Opted:               Richard Titley

Co Opted:               Rachelle Mesley

Parent:                     Joanne Blackham

Parent:                     Kate Courtney

Parent:                     Matthew Tavender

Additional:              Paul Noel

Staff:                         Miss Hannah Kohler

                                 Miss Laura Millar

 

 

Name

Term of

office start date

Term of office finish date

Appointed by

Responsibilities

Register of business interests/Any relationship to staff.

Barbara Hamilton

01/11/2017

31/10/2021

Co-Opted/Governing Body

Chair of Governors

Pupil Grandparent

Paul Noel

09/12/2019

01/09/2021

08/12/2023

31/08/2025

LEA Governor

Additional Governor

Health & Safety

 

Joanne Blackman

01/10/2016

27/09/2024

Parent Body

Pupil Premium

Pupil Parent

Becky Ellis01/09/2021 Governing BodyHeadteacherHeadteacher

Hannah Kohler

01/01/2021

23/09/2021

31/08/2021

22/09/2025

Governing Body

Staff Body

 

Deputy Headteacher

Gill Budgell

01/06/2019

31/05/2023

Co-Opted/Governing Body

 

Educational consultant, writer and publisher.

Richard Titley23/01/202022/01/2024Co-Opted/Governing BodySEND/Safeguarding

Deputy Headteacher at another school.

Kate Courtney28/09/202027/09/2024Parent Body Pupil Parent
Matthew Tavender28/09/202027/09/2024Parent Body Pupil Parent
Rachelle Mesley11/02/202110/02/2025Co Opted/Governing Body  
Laura Millar23/09/202122/09/2025Staff Body Class Teacher
      

 

Governors no longer serving

Name

Term of

office start date

Term of office finish date

Appointed by

  

Katy Crooks

 

08/10/2018

Staff Body

  

Andrew Openshaw

05/03/2013

28/06/2018

Governing Body

  

Chris Nicholls

28/02/2011

17/12/2018

Governing Body

  

Hannah Kohler

01/09/2015

31/08/2019

Staff Body

  
Brenda Todd  Associate Member  
Simon King01/09/201531/08/2020Headteacher  

Sara Gould

01/07/2018

28/09/2020

Parent Body

 

 

Iain Hamiton01/06/201928/09/2020Governing Body  

Terence Wintle

09/12/2019

28/09/2020

Governing Body

  
Emma Taylor01/03/201931/08/2020Staff Body  
Sarah Winter01/09/202031/12/2020Headteacher  
Christine Hillman01/10/201610/09/2021Governing Body  
Christopher Leach28/09/202010/09/2021Governing Body  

 

 

Register of Attendance at Governing Body Meetings
Name23/09/202109/12/202103/02/202224/03/202212/05/202214/07/2022 

Becky Ellis

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Babara Hamiltonü      
Paul Noelü      
Gill Budgellü      
Richard Titley       
Joanne Blackhamü      
Kate Courtney       
Hannah Kohlerü      
Matthew Tavenderü      
Rachelle Mesley       
Laura Millarü      
Name28/09/202019/11/202025/02/202115/04/202127/05/202128/06/202115/07/2021

Sarah Winter

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Christine Hillmanüüüüüüü
Paul Noel üüü üü
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Richard Titleyüüü ü ü
Christopher Leach üüü üü
Joanne Blackhamüüü üüü
Kate Courtney üüü üü
Hannah Kohler  üüü ü
Matthew Tavender üüüüüü
Rachelle Mesley  üüü ü
        

 

Name

18/09/2019

09/12/2019

23/01/2020 18/03/2020 06/05/2020 25/06/2020

Christine Hillman

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Barbara Hamilton

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Paul Noel

 

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Sara Gould

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Joanne Blackman

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Simon King

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Emma Taylor

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Gill Budgell

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Iain Hamilton

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Brenda Todd

 

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Terence Wintle

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Richard Titley     ü Meeting Cancelled   ü

 

Some of our Governors

Barbara Hamilton - Chair of Governors

Barbara Hamilton joined the board of Governors in November 2017 and became Chair in 2018. She is grandmother to three  pupils in the school. Now retired, Barbara worked previously for the Ministry of Justice and was a senior manager with a focus on the education and training of offenders in custody covering the South East Region. In this role she was involved with driving up performance, contract management and the offender learning journey for over 30 Prisons. 

Paul Noel

 

Paul Noel has been a Governor at another local school for 16 years. He has been a Firefighter for 32 years and an Ambulance service volunteer for 10 years and is our First Responder.  He believes that the education of our young children is so important for the future of the children themselves and for the positive benefit they can go onto have for the community and society at large.

Joanne Blackham

Joanne Blackham was appointed as a Parent Governor in October 2016. She has three children who attend Dundale School. She believes passionately that all children deserve the very best opportunities to be happy, healthy and achieve their highest potential.  Jo has a particular responsibility for overseeing the Pupil Premium provision in the school and is link governor for Year 1.

Gill Budgell

Gill Budgell joined Dundale Primary School and Nursery Governing Body in July 2019  following 6 years service at Tring School Governing Body as parent governor and then co-opted governor. She has special responsibility for Early Years and KS1 at Dundale which sits well with her interests and expertise. Gill has worked in education for over 40 years in various capacities: teacher, consultant, writer and publisher. She runs her own publishing services company which necessitates keeping abreast of key educational matters at local, national and often international levels. 

Call for School Governors

At Dundale Primary School and Nursery, we are currently looking to recruit a number of School Governors from the local community; people who do not have a direct connection to the school but are passionate about children’s education and willing to give their time, energy and skills to help lead Dundale.

 

Our vision is to be a school where all our children thrive, love learning and develop resilient foundations for success in life as positive members of society. We are a diverse, inclusive community that values the vast unknowable potential and voice of each person, actively works together for the happiness and well-being of the school community as a whole and aims to have an engaging, irresistible curriculum that fosters deep learning of values, skills, concepts and knowledge.

 

As Governors, we are responsible for ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction, holding the Headteacher to account for performance and overseeing the finances of the school. If you have a willingness to learn and to challenge with tact, an ability to assimilate information and make judgments that inform decisions, are able to work well as part of a team, respect confidentiality and above all, have an enthusiasm for children’s education that gives them the best start in life, we would love to hear from you.

 

Governors attend a minimum of 6 full governing Board meetings and 3 half day class visits per year, together with a number of school events and training sessions. We are particularly keen to hear from people with an educational, financial, business or leadership background, though welcome applications from all.

 

If you would like to find out more, please send an expression of interest to our Chair of Governors, Barbara Hamilton at bhamilton@dundale.herts.sch.uk or drop it into the School Office, outlining why you are interested in becoming a School Governor and the contribution that you believe you can make.  

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

The Governors at Dundale Primary School & Nursery

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