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The Governing Body of Alban Wood Primary School

The Department for Education (as stated in the DfE ‘Governors’ Handbook’, January 2015, p. 7) define the purpose of a governing body as being ‘the strategic leaders of our schools and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. For maintained schools this is reflected in the law, which states that the purpose of maintained school governing bodies is to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school’…governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent’.

The structure of our Governing Body is:

  • 4 Governors who are appointed by the Trust.
  • 3 Governors who are appointed by the Governing Body.
  • 1 Headteacher. This role is held ex-officio,
  • 2 Parent Governors who are appointed following parental elections,
  • 2 Staff Governors who are appointed following a staff election.
  • Observers.

We also have several sub-committees each with a specific area of focus who look in more detail at specific issues and make decisions as appropriate or make recommendations to the full governing body.  We operate the following committees who usually meet on a termly basis:

  • Finance, Personnel and Premises (FPP),
  • School Improvement Committee (SIC) who focus on the curriculum and pupil attainment and progress,
  • Other committees, such as the Pay Committee, meet on a more irregular basis as required.

We also operate a system of link governors where individual governors take on responsibility for specific subject areas, such as SEND or Special Educational Needs and Disability, Safeguarding, Core Subjects, PE, Humanities, Early Years etc. Such governors will meet with their link members of staff and may sit in on part of lessons to understand how these topics are being managed.

As a Governing Body we have decided to appoint the Deputy Head as an Associate Member. The Governing Body have decided to award Associate Members full voting rights at committee level. We currently have one Associate member, the Acting Deputy Head, Miss Wells.

Summary of Governors’ Details:

Governor Name Governor Category Term of office start date Term of office end date Date term of office ended * Committee/s the governor is a member of
Charlotte Davis Acting Head 1/9/17
  • FPP
  • SIC
Janice Forbes Staff 14/7/15 13/7/19
  • FPP
Mark Ford
Appointed by the board of trustees 14/7/15 13/7/19
  • FPP
  • SIC
  • Pay
  • Head’s Performance Management
Liz Griffiths Appointed by the board of trustees 14/7/15 13/7/19
  • SIC
Hannah Wells Observer  26/1/17
  • FPP
  • SIC
Megan Maclean Staff 2/9/13 1/9/17
  • SIC
Mark Munday Appointed by the board of trustees 14/7/15 13/7/19
  • FPP (Chair)
  • Pay
  • Head’s Performance Management
Kamala Samways Co-opted  5/5/17  4/5/21
Erica Tuxworth
Co-opted 19/1/17 18/1/21
  • SIC (Chair)
  • Head’s Performance Management
  • Pay
Carole Stroud Co-opted  4/2/16  3/2/20
  •  SIC
Sarah Ziman Parent
Emma Reese Parent
Tracey Hoodless Parent  12/5/16  11/5/20  1/10/17
  •  FPP
Paul Munday Parent 23/11/12 22/11/16 22/11/16
Katrina Tullberg Parent  13/12/16  12/12/20  26/9/17
  •  FPP
Robert Danks Parent 16/12/14 15/12/18 14/3/17
  • FPP

* Only leavers within 2016-2017 are shown.

Details of any pecuniary or other interest/s declared by Governors:

Governor Name Business and Finance Interests Other Interest Other governor roles held Date of declaration
Robert Danks None None None 10.10.2016
Charlotte Davis None Member of the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) None 18.10.2017
Janice Forbes Learning Mentor at Alban Wood Primary School Specialist foster carer for Hertfordshire None 18.10.2017
Mark Ford Employer provides insurance cover for some schools None None 19.10.2017
Liz Griffiths None Member of the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) Parkgate Junior School (Dec 2014 to Dec 2018) 19.10.2017
Hannah Wells  None None  None  19.10.2017
Megan Maclean Teacher at the School None None 19.10.2017
Mark Munday Divisional Business Manager Member of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity None 19.10.2017
Erica Tuxworth Pastor of local church Member of ‘Christians Across Watford’ group Vice Chair of Governors at Garston Manor School (2009 to 2017) 10.10.2016
Carole Stroud MSA at Alban Wood Primary School None None 18.10.2017
Tracey Hoodless  None None None 16.05.2016
Katrina Tullberg None None None 13.12.2016

Governor attendance 2017-2018:


Number of eligible FGB in year Total number FGB attended Number of eligible SIC committees in year Total number SIC attended Number of eligible FPP committees in year Total number FPP attended Total overall eligible to attend Total overall attended Total number of unauthorised absences
Carole Stroud 4 4 4 4 0 0 8 8 0
Charlotte Davis 4 4 4 4 4 1 12 12 0
Liz Griffiths 4 4 4 4 1 4 9 9 0
Erica Tuxworth 4 1 4 1 0 0 8 1 0
Mark Ford 4 4 4 3 4 3 12 10 0
Megan Maclean 4 4 4 4 0 0 8 8 0
Hannah Wells 4 4 4 4 4 4 12 12 0
Kamala Samways 4 3 2 2 3 3 9 8 0
Janice Forbes 4 4 0 0 4 3 8 7 0
Mark Munday 4 3 0 0 4 4 8 7 0
Emma Reese 3 3 1 1 3 2 7 6 0
Sarah Ziman 3 3 3 3 1 1 7 7 0

More about our Governors:

Janice Forbes

I am currently a oo-opted governor and have been a governor for a number of years. I am the Learning Mentor at Alban Wood. I currently sit on the FPP committee.

Mark Ford

I have been a governor at Alban Wood since 2003 and am currently Chair of Governors. I attend the School Improvement and Finance, Personnel & Premises committees. My two oldest children went to Alban Wood and my  youngest is in Key Stage 2.

Liz Griffiths

I joined the Governing Body in December 2014. I was a teacher for 36 years in schools in London and Hertfordshire and 13 years as Head Teacher of an Infant and Nursery School. I retired in August 2014 but wanted to continue being linked with children, schools and education. I am really excited about being part of Alban Wood School community and being involved in the life of the school.

Megan Maclean

I have been a Staff Governor at Alban Wood School since September 2013. I have been at the school for a number of years now, teaching in Years 1 and 2. I am a member of the School Improvement Committee and hope that I will be able to use my experience to contribute in any way I can. I like experiencing the school from a different perspective and learning more about how the school works. I enjoy hobbies such as reading, shopping and spending time with friends and family.

Mark Munday

I am currently a Co-opted Governor and have been a governor for a number of years. I have two boys at Alban Wood. I attend the Finance, Personnel and Premises committee and have a particular interest in Health and Safety.

Erica Tuxworth

I have been a Governor for over 6 years. I am the Pastor of the Church  and Vice Chair of the Governing Body. I also Chair the School Improvement Committee (SIC) and offer any pastoral care that may be needed in the school and community.

Carole Stroud

I am currently part of the governing body as a parent governor. My background is in administration work, running  Rainbows, and various other children’s clubs/activities. Last year, my child was in Year 6 at Alban Wood and has recently started secondary schooI – in total I have been a parent at Alban Wood for 16 years!  I am also part of the Alban Wood Staff team in my crossing patrol and MSA jobs. I enjoy being able to help nurture, encourage and be proud of our wonderful children.

Kamala Samways

I have previously sat as Governor on the finance committee at Alban Wood. Recently I moved jobs and find myself once again in the happy position to be able to join the governing body – and to put to good use the extensive training that  I received whilst acting as parent governor previously. I have a 2:1 BA (Hons) degree in business management and currently have 2 children at Alban Wood. I am passionate about our children, their education and their wellbeing and am looking forward to being part of the fantastic Alban Wood team again!

Sarah Ziman

I became a parent governor in 2017, when my youngest son was in year 5. I have been a member of the PTA for 7 years and continue to be involved with fundraising for the school. My background is in book publishing and I am particularly passionate about children’s literacy – both reading and writing.

Emma Reese

I became a Parent Governor in 2017 when my twin girls joined Alban Wood in Reception.  My background is as a solicitor running my own firm and I sit on the Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee.

Date of last update: September 2018