GOVERNORS AT ABBOTS LANGLEY SCHOOL

WELCOME

Welcome to our governors’ page.  We hope that you will find all the information that you require about the governing body here.

If you would like any further information or wish to contact a member of the governing body then please contact the school office.

WHAT DO WE DO?

We are not involved in the day to day running of the school.  Our role is to support and hold to account the leaders of the school, provide a strategic direction for the work and improvement of the school and oversee financial performance.

The governing body has the following core strategic functions:

Ensuring the strategic direction by:

  • Setting and ensuring clarity of vision, values and objectives for the school;
  • Agreeing the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets;
  • Meeting statutory duties.

Ensuring accountability by:

  • Appointing the headteacher and performance managing the headteacher;
  • Monitoring the educational performance of the school and progress towards agreed targets;
  • Engaging with stakeholders;
  • Contributing to school self-evaluation. 

Overseeing financial performance by:

  • Setting the budget;
  • Monitoring spending against the budget;
  • Ensuring money is well spent and value for money is obtained;
  • Ensuring risks to the school are managed. 

WHO ARE WE?

The governing body of Abbots Langley School is drawn from the staff, parents and local community.  It is comprised of several different types of governors:

  • Headteacher is elected to the governing body by virtue of the office.
  • 1 Staff governor who is employed at the school and elected by the staff.
  • 1 Local Authority governor who is nominated by Hertfordshire County Council and appointed by the governing body.
  • 4 Parent governors who are elected by parents of children in the school. If there are more nominations than vacancies a secret ballot is held.  To be eligible for election a parent must have a child at the school at the time of the election.
  • 5 Co-opted governors who are individuals who are elected by the governing body because they have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.
  • 1 Associate member – associate members are governors and do not have a vote in the governing body decisions. They are appointed by the governing body because of particular expertise and experience that they have.

Name

Governor Type

Term of Office began

Term of Office ends

Mandy Lyons, Chair of Governors

Co-opted

25/02/22

24/02/26

Gary Foley

Co-opted

02/05/20

01/06/24

Michelle Hamilton

Co-opted

07/11/19

06/11/23

Ikbal Nicholls

Co-opted

14/03/22

20/07/22

James Tubb

Co-opted

27/04/20

26/04/24

Kate Bates

Parent

14/03/22

13/03/26

Ben Boldison

Parent

02/12/18

01/12/22

Ellen Higginson

Parent

14/03/22

13/03/26

Catherine Cox

LA

01/10/20

30/09/24

Rachel Dockrell

Staff

22/01/20

21/01/24

Rebecca Negrello

Headteacher

ongoing

ongoing

John Manning

Associate

08/01/19

07/01/23


Mental Health Goverors –
Ikbal Nicholls and Michelle Hamilton 

MEETINGS & COMMITTEES
Our Chair of Governors is Mandy Lyons and our Vice Chair is Cathy Cox. Our clerk is Tracey Middleton.

The governors meet formally for a full governing body meeting once every half term with additional meetings where necessary.  The approved non-confidential minutes of these meetings are available upon request via the school office.

Governors also sit on Pay Appeal Panels (appeals by teachers in relation to their remuneration), Governors Discipline Committees (appeals by parents against exclusions) and panels to determine complaints by parents against the school.

In addition we operate a system of link governors where individual governors are linked to a specific area and / or age group.  They meet with subject and / or class leaders and observe lessons and discuss the actions for development in the development plan.

Governor attendance at full governing body meetings during the school year from September 2020 to July 2021 and details of any pecuniary or business interests of the governors are set out in the table below.