Governors

The role of the governing body

The purpose of having a governing body is to:

  • help the school to set high standards by planning for the school’s future and setting targets for school improvement
  • support school improvement
  • be a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice
  • help the school respond to the needs of parents and the community
  • make the school accountable to the public for what it does and what it costs
  • work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping the school under review
  • exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the headteacher and staff
  • not intervene in the day-to-day management of the school unless there are weaknesses in the school, when it then has a duty to take action
  • be a credible, representative and authoritative body, aligned to the school’s ethos and educational purpose

If you wish to contact the Governing Body you should write to the Chair of the Governing Body at the school address.

Meet the Governors

Graeme Snell – Parent – Chair

I’m a Parent Governor, with a son at the school.  I’m the link governor for SEND and the Data Protection Officer for the school. This year, I’ve been elected as Chair of Governors. I’ve also been a governor at Pixies Hill primary school for a number of years.
I’ve spent most of my working life in the IT and telecommunications industry, in a variety of technical and business roles. In November 2019, I ‘semi-retired’ and started my own business renovating property and providing renovation consultancy.

Jonny Bugg – Parent – Vice Chair

I joined as a parent Governor in late 2019 as I was keen to play a wider role in the school community where my 3 daughters have enjoyed an excellent formal and extra curricular education since 2012 (my eldest left for Sheffield University this year). Having served as a youth Magistrate and worked in local and national government roles concerning children and young people, I am currently a senior civil servant in the Home Office.  I hope I can support HHS using the governance and strategy experience I have gained in my work with public bodies such as schools and councils, as well as youth justice, police and fire services.

Joy Ferguson – Co-opted

I am ‘a local’ and attended this school. Married with 3 grown-up children and 3 grandchildren, I am proud to say that 5 of my family have been educated at HHS. I have remained interested and supportive of the Head and staff throughout that time. In my years as Chair of the HHSA, our team of parents raised thousands of pounds for the school, funding (to mention a few) minibuses, whiteboards, on-line subscriptions and sports’ kits.  First elected as a parent governor, and then co-opted by my peers; presently I am Vice-Chair of the ‘Standards’ committee. I believe that good governors read their paperwork, question when needed, support the school and challenge the Head.  My work experience is in data, auditing, personnel, exams and invigilation.  All of our students are important – their future depends upon us ensuring their safety and wellbeing, whilst also removing any barriers to their learning. Disadvantaged Students can sometimes achieve less well than their peers, so in my link, I welcome hearing about the strategies and support that are offered, and evidence of how well these mechanisms are working.

Rebecca Rose – Co-opted

I have lived locally in Hemel Hempstead for over 20 years and I am committed to being as involved as possible in the local community. I work in the local justice system with both youths and adults, have a large part in running a local tennis club in Bovingdon and I’m also a Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator.  I have been a school governor since 2015.  I have two children who have come right through The Hemel Hempstead School.  My son is now at the University of Southampton studying Engineering and my daughter is studying at Drama School.

Lauren Rayner – Staff

I have been teaching since 2005 and the Head of Art at The Hemel Hempstead School since 2009. Having been a student at The Hemel Hempstead School and as member of staff, my personal connection to the school and the local community has driven my passion for wanting to be a part of the governing body.  I was elected Staff Governor in September 2018. In this role I have worked closely with staff on a wellbeing project and I look forward to working in similar projects in the future, where we can continue to build on the success of a school that is a unique place to work, study and be part of.

Paul Stanbridge – Co-opted

My 98-year-old father was selected to be an original pupil at HH(G)S, but a case of Scarlet fever allowed my Uncle to beat him. He finally made it and met my Mum. My brother and I were next, I met my future wife and subsequently our 3 children attended. The wonderful staff at HHS gave them a great start in life, they are now the IT director of an international company, the Head of Physics at an outstanding school and a Film and TV producer. The strong family connection was reinforced by my 44 years of part-time teaching and finally service as an elected member of the Governors. To long? I feel that some continuity is important to keep an institution firmly embedded in the community it serves.  The school has offered me so many opportunities as an adult, as well as the very sound, and broad, education that I received. I was encouraged to support the sporting and cultural life of the school becoming an International Official for Basketball, Athletics and Netball (Timekeeper). When we applied to be a Specialist Performing Arts School, I managed to persuade a friend to become the necessary Industrial sponsor. The head of Performing Arts asked me to record some of the School’s productions; I am very proud that many of my ‘snaps’ are still on display around the school.  As a farmer I am firmly fixed to this area, and like to feel that I am repaying something to HHS, for all of the opportunities that it gave to my family.

Andrew Pennycook – Local Authority (HCC)

I first moved to Hemel Hempstead in 1983 to work at the local education office in The Bury, Gadebridge Park. I served in the Education Department (and equivalents) of Hertfordshire County Council until retirement in 2008. My responsibilities included training, advising and supporting governors. My son attended HHS from 2002 – 2009.  I was first appointed to the governing body in February 2003 and was chair from 2005 to 2009.  My outside interests include membership of Hemel Hempstead Methodist Church, clerking the governing body of South Hill Primary School and amateur film-making (which explains why I can often be found with cameras at the rear of the hall for concerts and musical productions at the school).

Sophie Masters – Parent

I am a parent governor and all three of my children attend The Hemel Hempstead School. I am a primary school teacher at a local feeder school, South Hill Primary, where I teach Year 2, am Outdoor Learning Lead, Eco-School chair and Humanities Team Lead. I am also a member of South Hill Church, where my husband and I run a home group. My hobbies, when I get time for them, include walking and reading, and I am part of a local book group.

Carol Felmingham – Co-opted

I was a parent governor for 4 years and then became a co-opted governor; I am a member of the resources committee and the Pay Review Panel.  Born in Hemel Hempstead I grew up locally and now live in the Old Town with my son. After a long career in project management working on global IT implementations I moved into the education sector 4 years ago. After qualifying as a School Business Manager I am currently working in education HR.

Colin Lilley – Parent

>I have been a Parent Governor since Dec 2019 and was recently elected Vice Chair of the Resource committee. I have also taken on the role of Link Governor for Health and Safety.  Having lived in the town for many years I have always been aware of the school and so I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing success of the already excellent Hemel Hempstead School.  I am married with two children – my daughter is at the school.  My personal interests lie in the areas of outdoor pursuits, travelling and music.

Annie Marcuson – Parent

I have recently become a parent governor. My husband and I have 3 children, 2 of whom are now at The Hemel Hempstead School.  Community minded and knowing that it takes a village to raise a child, I have been touched by the openness and welcoming atmosphere at HHS. I have been an actor for 25 years, working at the National, West End and touring, and in TV and film. I am also a vocal and presentation coach and use physical theatre in the development of businesses. I am committed to supporting the wellbeing of all members of the HHS community, in order that it continues to thrive.

Jon Young – Co-opted

To follow

 

The constitution of the governing body

The governing body meets together at full governing body meetings four times a year.  Additionally three committees meet to further support work around pay & finance, curriculum & planning, and resources.  There is an annual strategy and governor training day.  The Headteacher and the Chair meet fortnightly.  Governors are regular and enthusiastic visitors to the school and supporters of extra-curricular and after-school events.

During this academic year to constitution and attendance of the governing body, to date, is:

Name, position and type.Attendance Full Governing Body /3Attendance: Teaching committee /3Attendance: Resources committee /3Attendance: Pay committee /1Strategy & Training Days /2Term of officePecuniary interests declared
Graeme Snell.
Chair of Governors.
Parent.
21111Oct 18 to Sep 22Is a governor at Pixies Primary School. In a personal relationship with an employee of the school. Has a personal relationship with the clerk at Veralum School.
Neil Hassell.
Headteacher.
111From Sep 18Has a personal relationship with a member of school staff, who is also a governor at one of our feeder schools. Beds and Herts ACF who use school facilities. Dacorum Sub Aqua Club, who use school facilities .
Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching.
Member of ASCL.
Tim Jordan.
Deputy Headteacher.
2111
Joy Ferguson.
Co-opted.
211Sep 15 to Aug 21Alumnus. Is an employee of Kings Langley School and Adeyfield Academy.
Carol Felmingham.
Co-opted.
2111Apr 16 to Apr 23Employee at Hobbs Hill Wood Primary School
Lauren Rayner.
Chair of Standards Committee.
Staff.
211Sep 19 to Aug 23Has a personal relationship with a member of school staff. Has a family relationship with a member of school staff.
Alumnus.
Rebecca Rose.
Co-opted.
211Sep 19 to Sep 23Employee of the West and Central Hertfordshire Adult and Youth Court.
Paul Stanbridge.
Co-opted.
21Sep 15 to Aug 21Previously employed by the school.
Sophie Masters.
Parent.
211Dec 17 to Dec 21Employed at South Hill Primary. Is in a personal relationship with a trustee at the South Hill Centre.
Andrew Pennycook. Chair of Pay Committee.
Local Authority.
21111Oct 18 to Oct 22Clerk of GB at South Hill Primary. Also receive reimbursement of costs for filming and supplying DVDs of school concerts and musicals.
Colin Lilley.
Vice Chair of Resources Committee.
Parent.
211Dec 19 to Dec 23
Jonny Bugg.
Vice Chair of Governors.
Parent.
211Oct 19 to Oct 23Has a family relationship with a member of school staff.
Jon Young.
Co-opted.
11Nov 20 to Oct 24Alumnus
Annie Marcuson.
Parent.
211Sep 20 to Aug 24Former employee of the school. Trustee of the Rudolf Steiner School Kings Langley Ltd.
Vacancy
Partnership.
Rachael Donaldson.
HfL Clerking Service
2111From Jan 2019Also clerk for Cassiobury JMI, The Reddings, Limewalk, St Albert the Great, McIntyre Independent School and Adeyfield Academy.

During the academic year 2019 to 2020 this was the constitution and attendance of the governing body:

NamePositionType of appointmentAttendance Full Governing Body /3Attendance: Teaching committee /2Attendance: Resources committee /4Attendance: Pay committee /1Strategy & Training Days /2Term of officePecuniary interests declared
Steven MansbridgeChair of GovernorsPartnership32311Mar 17 to Mar 21Boxmoor Trust, Mansbridge Bakers. Wife employed at Boxmoor Primary School. Employer, Redbournbury Mill, also works with JFK School.
Neil HassellHeadteacherHeadteacher32412From Sep 18Has a personal relationship with a member of school staff
Dave BellVice chair of Resources committeeCo-opted 342Oct 17 to Oct 21Committee member at Boxmoor Cricket Club. Family Worker South West Herts Partnership
Joy FergusonVice chair of Teaching committeeCo-opted 3222Sep 19 to Sep 23
Carol FelminghamCo-opted312Apr 16 to Apr 23Employee at Hobbs Hill Primary School
Lauren RaynerChair of Teaching committeeStaff governor332Has a personal relationship with a member of school staff. Has a family relationship with a member of school staff.
Rebecca RoseCo-opted 3212Sep 19 to Sep 23
Dr Phillip RhodenChair of Resources committeePartnership342Mar 17 to Mar 21Etaerio Ltd., Amberside Advisors Ltd. (formerly Club Finance Project Ltd.), Amberside Financial Ltd, Amberside Energy Ltd., Amberside Capital Ltd.
Paul StanbridgeCo-opted 32412Sep 19 to Sep 23Previously employed by the school, farmer, part-time teacher.
Sophie MastersParent 322Dec 17 to Dec 21Teacher at South Hill Primary. Husband is trustee at the South Hill Centre
Andrew PennycookChair of Pay CommitteeLA32412Oct 18 to Oct 22Clerk of GB at South Hill Primary. Also receive reimbursement of cost of filming and supplying DVDs of school concerts and musicals
Graeme SnellParent3112From Oct 18Governor at Pixies Hill Primary School.
Colin LilleyParent112Dec 19 to Dec 23
Jonny BuggParent112Oct 19 to Oct 23Has a family relationship with a member of school staff.
Rachael DonaldsonClerkHfL Clerking Service3242From Jan 2019

During the academic year 2018 to 2019 this was the constitution and attendance of the governing body:

NamePositionType of appointmentAttendance Full Governing BodyAttendance: Curriculum & planning committeeAttendance: Resources committeeAttendance: Finance & pay committee,Term of officePecuniary interests declared
Steven MansbridgeChair of GovernorsPartnership111Mar 17 to Mar 21Boxmoor Trust, Mansbridge Bakers. Wife employed at Boxmoor Primary School. Employer, Redbournbury Mill, also works with JFK School.
Neil HassellHeadteacherHeadteacher111From Sep 18Governor at Bedgrove Infant School, Diving Officer at Dacorum Sub-Aqua Club
Dave BellChair of Resources committeeCo-opted11Oct 17 to Oct 21Committee member at Boxmoor Cricket Club. Family Worker South West Herts Partnership
James Heale111
Joy FergusonCo-opted1Sep 15 to Aug 19
Carol FelminghamParent1Apr 16 to Apr 20Employee at Hobbs Hill Primary School
Lauren RaynerStaff governor11Employee of the school, as are her partner and mother.
Rebecca RoseParent11Sep 15 to Aug 19
Dr Phillip RhodenPartnership11Mar 17 to Mar 21Etaerio Ltd., Amberside Advisors Ltd. (formerly Club Finance Project Ltd.), Amberside Financial Ltd, Amberside Energy Ltd., Amberside Capital Ltd.
Paul StanbridgeCo-opted111Sep 15 to Aug 19Previously employed by the school, farmer, part-time teacher.
Sophie MastersParent11Dec 17 to Dec 21Teacher at South Hill Primary. Husband is trustee at the South Hill Centre
Bob Harbour
Andrew PennycookLocal Authority GovernorLA111Oct 18 to Oct 22Clerk of GB at South Hill Primary. Also receive reimbursement of cost of filming and supplying DVDs of school concerts and musicals
Graeme SnellParent1From Oct 18Governor at Pixies Hill Primary School.
Rachael DonaldsonClerkHfL Clerking Service111From Jan 2019
VacancyCo-optedFrom June 19

During the academic year 2017 to 2018 this was the constitution and attendance of the governing body:

NamePositionType of appointmentAttendance: Full governing body meetings, %Attendance: Curriculum & planning committee, %Attendance: Resources committee, %Attendance: Finance & pay committee, %Term of officePecuniary interests declared
Steven MansbridgeChair of GovernorsPartnership100100100Mar 17 to Mar 21Boxmoor Trust, Mansbridge Bakers
Andrew PennycookVice Chair of Governors, Chair of Pay & Finance committeeLocal Authority80100100Sep 14 to Aug 18Clerk to governing body at South Hill Primary
Neil HassellHeadteacherHeadteacherFrom Sep 18Governor at Bedgrove Infant School, Dacorum Sub-Aqua Club
Sally AmbroseActing HeadteacherHeadteacher100100100Jan 18 to Aug 18
Patrick HartyHeadteacherHeadteacher1000100100Until Dec 17
Dave BellChair of Resources committeeCo-opted100100100Oct 17 to Oct 21
Joy FergusonCo-opted100100Sep 15 to Aug 19
Carol FelminghamParent6050Apr 16 to Apr 20
Bob HarbourCo-opted10090100Sep 15 to Aug 19Tottenham Hotspur Football Club Academy
Alex LittlejohnChair of Curriculum & Planning committee,(until Aug 18)Staff100100Until Aug 18
Balinder WaliaCo-opted205050Sep 15 to Aug 19
Rebecca RoseParent60100Sep 15 to Aug 19
Jacqui Ellis100100
Until Oct 17
Dr Phillip RohdenPartnership100100Mar 17 to Mar 21Club Finance Ltd., Clubfinance Project Finance Ltd., Amberside Finance Ltd.
Paul StanbridgeCo-opted40100Sep 15 to Aug 19
Sophie MastersParent60100Dec 17 to Dec 21Teacher at South Hill Primary
James HealeChair of the Curriculum & Planning committee (from Sep 18)Parent33100Dec 17 to Dec 21Executive Headteacher at Vyners Learning Trust, Trustee of Hillingdon Education Trust, Regional Leader for the PiXL Club, CEO of Flywheel Learning Ltd.
VacancyParentFrom Sep 18
VacancyStaffFrom Sep 18
Stephen RobinsonClerkFinance and Business Manager100100100100Until Jan 19