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. Please see link below to the Ridgeway Learning Partnership.
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: Emma Leach
Parent: Joanne Blackham
Parent: Matthew Tavender
Staff: Miss Hannah Kohler (Maternity Leave)
Miss Laura Millar
Chair of Governors
|Becky Ellis||01/09/2021||Governing Body||Headteacher||Headteacher|
Interim Vice Chair of Governors
Educational consultant, writer and publisher.
|Richard Titley||23/01/2020||22/01/2024||Co-Opted/Governing Body||SEND/Safeguarding|
Deputy Headteacher at another school.
|Matthew Tavender||28/09/2020||27/09/2024||Parent Body||Pupil Parent|
|Laura Millar||23/09/2021||22/09/2025||Staff Body||Class Teacher|
|Emma Leach||03/02/2022||03/02/2026||Co Opted/Governing Body||Assistant Headteacher at another school.|
|Brenda Todd||Associate Member|
|Iain Hamiton||01/06/2019||28/09/2020||Governing Body|
|Emma Taylor||01/03/2019||31/08/2020||Staff Body|
|Christine Hillman||01/10/2016||10/09/2021||Governing Body|
|Christopher Leach||28/09/2020||10/09/2021||Governing Body|
|Kate Courtney||28/09/2020||08/12/2021||Parent Body|
|Rachelle Mesley||11/02/2021||14/07/2022||Co Opted/Governing Body|
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.
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.
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, Frattempo Ltd, a consultancy business which necessitates keeping abreast of key educational matters at local, national and often international levels.
Gill is also a Trustee of the Ridgeway Learning Partnership.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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