Governors

Governing Body as at January 2017

Members

NameDate of Appointment
Richard Kennedy1 July 2011
Martin Post1 July 2011
Dr Nicola Mary Jackson1 July 2011

Company Secretary : Ann Elizabeth Chehade appointed 1 July 2011

Committees

CommitteeChair
Full Governing BodyRichard Kennedy
Curriculum and ProgressMarion Brown
ResourcesMark Quinton
Human ResourcesJohn Acton

Trustees

Term is four years, which can be renewed.

Type of GovernorNameFirst AppointedDate ResignedPecuniary Interests
HeadmasterMr Paul Andrew Ramsey1 July 2011Trustee of BeauSandVer Educational Trust : August 2016
Trustee of of Verulam Charitable Trust 16 August 2012
Sister-in-law employed at Verulam School from 1 September 2012
CommunityMr Richard David George Kennedy1 July 2011Director of BeauSandVer Educational Trust : August 2016
CommunityDr Nicola Mary Jackson1 July 2011None
CommunityMr Gary John Dunger1 July 2011Trustee of Verulam Charitable Trust
CommunityMr Benjamin Clark1 July 2011Director of Hire One (St Albans Ltd) from 1984
Director of BLC Maintenance Limited
Director of Big Bear Property Management Limited
CommunityMr Richard Kelvin Springall1 July 2011Director of Centurion Court (St Albans) Management Company Limited from 8 December 2008
CommunityMs Marion Denise Brown12 February 2013Director of Elmcross Properties Limited from 1988
CommunityMs Tracy Ashwood3 October 201230 November 2016None
CommunityMr Jonathan Robin Pitkin1 July 2011None
ParentMs Melanie Jane Merriden15 October 2012

Reappointed on 1 December 2016
7 October 2016Director of Townsend Tennis and Bowls Club from October 2012
Secretary at Merriborn Media
ParentMr Kiranjit Singh Ahluwalia9 December 2014Director Agoura Limited from 1 January 2014
Director of Urgent Works from 1 August 2010
ParentMr Nigel Howard Gibbins1 July 2011None
ParentMr Mark Quinton20 June 2013None
ParentMr John Michael Stuart Acton22 March 201319 April 2017Director of DPI Europe Limited from 19 October 2012
ParentMrs Elisabeth Denise Kragbe26 November 2014None
ParentMr Simon David Threadkell6 November 2015None
Staff – TeachingMrs Joanne Lesley Harrison1 July 2011None
Staff – TeachingMr John Andrew Tromans2 May 201330 April 2017None
Staff – SupportMrs Amanda Jane Harding21 October 2014
Staff – SupportMr Steven Hiscock5 May 2017

Clerk to the Governors: Mrs. Carol Toley – Appointed 2011

Verulam School ‘s governing body has 15 members, including the Headmaster. All governors serve a four- year term, although many choose to stand for more than one term and are either voted back onto the governing body or stand for re-election depending on the category of governor. The 4 community governors are invited onto the governing body; the 7 parent governors are elected by the school’s parent body; the 3 staff governors are elected by the staff.

What do school governors do?

Governors have a strategic role to play within the school organisation, leaving the day-to-day running to the Headmaster and his staff. Governors need to be clear about the aims and values of the school and prepared to work with the school as a critical friend recognising and celebrating achievements, supporting and encouraging strategies to bring about improvements, but also asking challenging questions to ensure objectives are met. The governing body is one of the key players in the school development/improvement planning process and governors are involved in the review of the school development plan and the drawing up of the priorities for the coming year. Governors receive information and discuss issues at the full governing body meetings (2 evening meetings a term), through the sub-committees (LT:PP – Learning & Teaching: Pupil Progress, Finance, Human Resources and Premises) and through links with specific departments and sections of the school. Governors are responsible for the appointment of the Headmaster, and are frequently involved in the interviews of other staff, particularly at senior level. Governors are very rarely experts in educational matters. The fact that all governors have different backgrounds and are able to bring a wide range of expertise and experience is of great value to the school. Governors work as a team, both as part of the governing body, and in a wider sense as part of the whole school community. A wide range of training courses and guidance on the roles and responsibilities of governors are available from School Governance.

How to contact the governors

If you would like more information about the work governors do, or have any concerns or queries you would like to raise with the governors, please contact Richard Kennedy Chair of Governors by telephone, letter through the main school address. If you wish to email Richard Kennedy directly please complete the contact form. Because governors have historically joined the governing body at different times, or a governor may not serve a full term of office, vacancies occur at varying times during the year. If you think you may be interested in joining the governing body as a parent governor, or know of someone in the community who may be interested, we should be very happy to hear from you and discuss this further.

Governor Committee Attendance 2015-16