The day-to-day running of the school and its management is undertaken by the Headteacher. The governing body is similar to a board of directors, making policy decisions about how the school should be run. Governors can only act together, not individually, and they meet regularly. All governors are DBS checked. The Governing Body of Little Gaddesden School meets seven times each year and alternates the focus of its meetings between Resources and Learning Matters as well as the wider business of the Governing Body. Further detail is included in the Governing Body Schedule of Delegation (see link below). Minutes of the governors’ meetings are available from the school office.
Little Gaddesden Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School has a governing body of twelve. There are seven Foundation Governors, with two appointed by the Diocese of St Albans Board of Education, and four appointed by the Parochial Church Council (PCC) of St Peter & St Paul, Little Gaddesden. The parish priest is a Foundation Governor ex officio. One governor is appointed by Hertfordshire County Council. There are two elected Parent Governors, and two Staff Governors (including the Headteacher). In addition, the Governing Body may co-opt Associate Members at any time to make use of the specific expertise and experience they can contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.
Parent governors bring the views of the parents to the governing body, but they speak and act as individuals. They should not be thought of as delegates or mouthpieces of the parents, and they do not vote for all parents in general. They have equal status in the work of the governing body, with voting rights. Parents elect two Parent Governors for four-year terms.
School Governors from October 2021
|Term Start||Term End|
|Amy Miles||02 Dec 2021||01 Dec 2025|
|Foundation Diocesan Board of Education Appointed Governors|
|Nicholas Crispin||01 Sep 2018||31 Aug 2022|
|Anne Heath (Chair)||01 Sep 2019||31 Aug 2023|
|Foundation Ex-Officio Governor|
|Revd. John Russell|
|Pippa Martin||02 Oct 2018||01 Oct 2022|
|Simon Emmett||16 Mar 2022||15 Mar 2026|
|Foundation Parochial Church Council Appointed Governors|
|Claire Owen||01 Oct 2020||30 Sep 2024|
|Revd. Stuart Owen||02 Dec 2021||01 Dec 2025|
|Laura Gill||04 Dec 2021||03 Dec 2025|
|Philip Heaphy||06 Jul 2019||05 Jul 2023|
|Local Authority Governor|
|Briony Sutcliffe||24 Jun 2018||23 Jun 2022|
Linda Buchanan-Barrow – 30 Apr 2021 to 29 Apr 2025; Carol Duguid – 13 Jul 2021 to 12 Jul 2025; Anne Heard – 1 Sep 2018 to 31 Aug 2022; Hayley McKenna – 30 Apr 2021 to 29 Apr 2025.
News from the School Governors
Attendance at Governing Body meetings September 2020 to July 2021
Full Governing Body: 7 meetings
Linda Buchanan-Barrow (Associate Member) 1; Nicholas Crispin 7; Carol Duguid (Associate Member) 1; Lorna Elkes 7; Laura Gill 7; Phil Heaphy 7; Anne Heard (Associate Member) 4; Anne Heath 7; Pippa Martin 7; Hayley McKenna (Associate Member) 3; Claire Owen 6; Lucy Patel 3; John Russell 5; Helen Sewell (Associate Member) 2; Briony Sutcliffe 6.
Attendance at Governing Body meetings September 2019 to July 2020
Full Governing Body: 8 meetings
Nicholas Crispin 7; Lorna Elkes 5; Charis Geoghegan 4; Laura Gill 8;
Phil Heaphy 7; Anne Heard (Associate Member) 5; Anne Heath 8; Pippa Martin 7; Claire Owen 7; Lucy Patel 8; John Russell 6; Briony Sutcliffe 8;
Business and Other Interests
- No governor has declared any business interests which might involve the school.
- The Revd John Russell is also an ex officio governor of Great Gaddesden Church of England Primary School.
- Briony Sutcliffe has relatives who are Chairs of Governors at local primary schools. She is also a governance consultant for Herts for Learning (HfL) and a DfE appointed national leader of governance for the National Governance Association (NGA).
- No governor has any relative, spouse or partner employed by the school.
Ex-Governors who were in-post academic year 2020-21
Lucy Patel, Staff Governor.