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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section. 


 

The Governing Body consists of representatives from parents, staff, the Local Education Authority and members co-opted from the local business 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:         Sarah Winter           
Co Opted:               Barbara Hamilton (Chair)

Co Opted:               Christine Hillman (Vice Chair)

Co Opted:               Gill Budgell

Co Opted:               Richard Titley

Co Opted:               Christopher Leach

Parent:                     Joanne Blackham

Parent:                     Kate Courtney

Parent:                     Matthew Tavender

EA:                            Paul Noel

Staff:                         Hannah Kohler

 

 

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

08/12/2023

LEA Governor

 

 

Joanne Blackman

01/10/2016

27/09/2024

Parent Body

Pupil Premium

Pupil Parent

Sarah Winter

01/09/2020

 

Governing Body

Headteacher

Headteacher

Christine Hillman

01/10/2016

28/09/2020

30/09/2020

27/09/2024

(Parent Body)

Co-Opted/Governing Body

Vice Chair of Governors

Pupil Parent

Gill Budgell

01/06/2019

31/05/2023

Co-Opted/Governing Body

 

Educational consultant, writer and publisher.

Richard Titley 23/01/2020 22/01/2024 Co-Opted/Governing Body SEND

Deputy Headteacher at another school.

Christopher Leach 28/09/2020 27/09/2024 Co-Opted/Governing Body    
Kate Courtney 28/09/2020 27/09/2024 Parent Body   Pupil Parent
Matthew Tavender 28/09/2020 27/09/2024 Parent Body   Pupil Parent

 

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    

Sara Gould

01/07/2018

30/06/2022

Parent Body

 

 

Iain Hamiton 01/06/2019 28/09/2020 Governing Body    

Terence Wintle

09/12/2019

08/12/2023

Governing Body

   
Emma Taylor 01/03/2019 31/08/2020 Staff Body    

 

 

Register of Attendance at Governing Body Meetings
Name 28/09/2020 19/11/2020 25/02/2021 18/03/2021 06/05/2021 24/06/2021

Sarah Winter

ü          
Babara Hamilton ü          
Christine Hillman ü          
Paul Noel            
Gill Budgell ü          
Richard Titley ü          
Christopher Leach            
Joanne Blackham ü          
Kate Courtney            
Hannah Kohler            
             
             

 

Name

18/09/2019

09/12/2019

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

Christine Hillman

ü

ü

ü Meeting Cancelled   ü

Barbara Hamilton

ü

ü

ü Meeting Cancelled ü ü

Paul Noel

 

ü

ü Meeting Cancelled ü ü

Sara Gould

ü

ü

ü Meeting Cancelled   ü

Joanne Blackman

ü

ü

ü Meeting Cancelled   ü

Simon King

ü

ü

ü Meeting Cancelled ü ü

Emma Taylor

ü

ü

  Meeting Cancelled ü ü

Gill Budgell

ü

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  Meeting Cancelled ü ü

Iain Hamilton

ü

 

ü Meeting Cancelled ü

 

Brenda Todd

 

ü

Left Left Left Left

Terence Wintle

ü

ü

ü Meeting Cancelled    
Richard Titley     ü Meeting Cancelled   ü

 

Name

28/06/2018

08/10/2018

17/12/2018

28/03/2019

09/05/2019

01/07/2019

Christine Hillman

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

Barbara Hamilton

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

Paul Noel

ü

ü

ü

ü

 

ü

Sara Gould

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

 

Joanne Blackman

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

Simon King

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

Emma Taylor

 

 

 

ü

 

 

Katy Crooks

ü

ü

 

 

 

 

Hannah Kohler

Maternity

Maternity

Maternity

Maternity

 

 

Andrew Openshaw

ü

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Nicholls

ü

ü

 

 

 

 

Gill Budgell

 

 

 

 

 

ü

Iain Hamilton

 

 

 

 

 

ü

Brenda Todd

 

 

 

 

 

ü

Terence Wintle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 has been a School Governor at Dundale for just over one year, having 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.

Christine Hillman

Christine Hillman joined as a Parent Governor in July 2016 and has been Vice-Chair of Governors since September 2017. She is Head of Strategy and Planning for the international children's charity World Vision and Mum to Luke in Y5. She passionately believes that every child should have the opportunity to realise their potential, not just in what they achieve but also in who they become. She has a particularly responsibility for overseeing the school’s financial management and is Class Governor to Y4.

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 Head Teacher 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 4 full governing Board meetings, 3 committee 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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