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24/05/19

Our Year Six mathematicians at Maths Masterclass yesterday: working out the distance from the earth to the moon using a penny, drawing a spiral using the Fibonacci sequence and plotting a light wave. Not to mention holding 4.5 billion year old meteorites! https://t.co/8ex8NiOGSJ

22/05/19

Year Six super scientists investigating the rate of chemical reactions given different concentrations of hydrochloric acid. Excellent discussion of anomalies. https://t.co/AO2VH90Qaf

22/05/19

The best start to a Tuesday - cross country club with up to fifty of our children being active, taking notice and connecting (five ways to wellbeing) https://t.co/aeiatQVPzd

21/05/19

Thought-provoking and informative visit from Herts for Refugees today, linked to Year Six’s Conflict topic. https://t.co/tZHH6wk94d

21/05/19

KS2 teachers trying out next half term’s fantastic chemical science lessons - we can’t wait to share the experiments with the children! https://t.co/6hkLGkPOgU

21/05/19

Mrs Watson loves creating chemical reactions but what is she making? All will be revealed next half term! KS2 staff have been enjoying their training ready for Science next half term. https://t.co/iSD9ArxTgx

21/05/19

we are so very thankful for you giving our ducks such a lovrly home. “They look like they are enjoying there self!” https://t.co/yT1qgzUXYX

21/05/19

Thank you for having us here is some writing from our reception class. 🐣 https://t.co/XkycRWo4es

21/05/19

Year 4 have been busy discovering new animals in the Amazon Rainforest this morning! based in St. Albans, came in to lead an English workshop all about descriptive techniques to engage the reader. The children showed great enthusiasm, resilience and were 'fearless' https://t.co/BLFpWEXEMN

21/05/19

Guess how old William the tortoise is? https://t.co/NvXUaWfAf5

21/05/19

EYFS went on a trip to today to our ducks that we hatched in their forever home. https://t.co/jwZajoA4Tu

20/05/19

This afternoon we've had lots of fun outdoors exploring the different rates of chemical changes: identifying ways to tell that a chemical reaction has taken place and discussing whether the changes are reversible or irreversible. Super scientists Year 6! https://t.co/icgXjWhuNv

15/05/19

Year 4 Science was very exciting today! We set ethanol on fire and exploded icing sugar whilst learning about speeds of reaction. We ❤️ Science! https://t.co/PxfnKlRctd

14/05/19

Retweeted From HfL Governance

Thanks to Lisa Davies, Headteacher of for sharing her game-changing methods for parental engagement with us today https://t.co/iV75wkUz6D

14/05/19

What a wonderful afternoon we’re having in Family Groups with Y6 children leading mental health & emotional well-being sessions across school. Y6 planned their sessions to support younger children wth ideas from telling jokes to mindfulness So proud of each and every Y6 child. https://t.co/45nRWjKxQH

14/05/19

Our project is finished! Thanks to for the grant to help transform our playground wall. https://t.co/nvbTxILrvq

14/05/19

Celebrating Mental Health Awareness week with our Year 6 SATs breakfast parties https://t.co/G6jQxgnJZ4

09/05/19

Year 4 enjoyed learning about endothermic and exothermic reactions in Science today. We investigated whether changing the amount of citric acid we added to the sodium bicarbonate affected the temperature. https://t.co/Fof2W47cKO

09/05/19

This week KS2 have been chemists, experiments with various chemicals to find out about endothermic and exothermic changes. What a buzz in each and every classroom as liquids foamed and fizzed, changed colour and temperature - all signs of the irreversible nature of the changes. https://t.co/E2CldJDdiX

08/05/19

Football success for our Year 3 & Year 4 boys' football team. The boys did the school proud and they showed great determination and sportmanship winning 3 of their 4 matches against local schools and making it into the semi-finals for the first time! Well done! https://t.co/i0yEaO5z5X

08/05/19

Big Pedal - Well Done Harpenden Academy! We came in the top 25% of schools participating in the event. I am really proud of the effort made by everyone walking, cycling or scooting to school. We exceeded our target with 59% of children leaving their car at home.

07/05/19

Football Update! Just an quick update on the Year 3/4 football tournament at Sauncey Wood. All going really well so far. First Match 0:0 Draw. Second Match 2:0 WIN!! Now enjoying half time oranges!!

26/04/19

Our staff have been busy recording some more bedtime stories for you. They can be found on our school website via this link. We are always pleased to hear your feedback! https://t.co/JnC8RqxuCx

24/04/19

Smashing sunny start to our learning this week as Mrs P.C and her Year 2 tribe head off to do some outdoor learning and utilise our lovely resources that we are so fortunate to have. Learning this week includes phonics fun, marvellous multiplication and magnetic alphabet pieces. https://t.co/FC3M6GiEqF

05/04/19

Nerves running high! 15min to go till the start of Harpenden Academy's Got Talent https://t.co/0aghpUJhwD

04/04/19

KS2 teachers blowing things up in Empiribox training ready for our chemistry topic ‘Changes’ next term. https://t.co/D5CdHmCsdw

04/04/19

Year six hockey festival - much excitement! https://t.co/57r5qwj5Rv

02/04/19

Our Harpenden Writing Competition winners collecting their prizes. https://t.co/T508qGkm31

02/04/19

Patricia has just read Rosie Red her very first independently written sentence...complete with the tricky word "like". https://t.co/Wqsxeho2CG

01/04/19

Check out our school website and choose a bedtime story read by one of our special members of staff. Wishing you all sweet dreams https://t.co/JnC8RqP617

01/04/19

The ducks are learning to run...Mrs Aylott is learning how to catch them! Fun in the sun in Ladybirds garden. https://t.co/8RXqU3s6Jp

31/03/19

Happy Mother's Day to all the mummies at Harpenden Academy. We hope you are having a splendid day !

27/03/19

We have just found out the results of the Harpenden Schools writing competition 2019...we have two 1st places ,one 2nd place and one joint 3rd place. Names to be announced in Friday assembly.

27/03/19

Meet the Computer Programmers of the next decade...Year 4! We are thoroughly enjoying creating our own times table games using Scratch. https://t.co/aIGNmSqbiH

22/03/19

Reception and KS1 making roman tiles at St Albans Cathedral https://t.co/fIiu64nJCp

22/03/19

KS1 & EYFS have arrived at St Albans Cathedral https://t.co/2t8xjPDtSg

20/03/19

Fantastic evening at the Harpenden Schools' Music Association Spring Concert - felt more like being in the West End of London. Such talented children! Some of us were so eager we'd gone to get ready to perform already! https://t.co/DwGyS69Vd1

19/03/19

The ducklings had their first swim today! https://t.co/z4PjKspEZN

15/03/19

And then there were 4! Say hello to Forest, the latest member of Ladybird Class! https://t.co/PW5MYxSQwD

Governor Profiles

A list of the relevant business and pecuniary interests for our Governing Body can be found here

Letters for the attention of the Chair of the Governing Body should be sent to the School.

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Geoff Newman - Chair of Governors

I was appointed to the board of Governors in September 2016 and delighted to have been re-elected as Chair for a one year period in September 2017. I am married to Bev and have a married daughter who went to school locally.

I spent over thirty years in the banking and securities industry where I led both large and small businesses. Having worked for Chase Manhattan Bank, BZW and Barclays Stockbrokers I became consultant to some of the UK’s largest fund management companies. In 2008 I invested in a local business and as director of Lyndhurst Financial Management Ltd I am responsible for business strategy, development and marketing along with corporate governance, with a passion for serving our community.

Outside work I am passionate about all sports and still play cricket and golf and follow rugby, football and athletics. I’m a volunteer driver and trustee of the Harpenden Hopper, the community bus service and President of Harpenden Cricket. I am also a member of the town council’s steering committee for the Harpenden Neighbourhood Plan. When time allows, Bev and I love to travel.

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Caroline Merritt - Vice Chair of Governors / Parent Governor 

My name is Caroline Merritt. I am a parent governor elected in Jan 2016. I am also vice chair, safeguarding and EYFS governor.My background is social work and I used to manage children's homes for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. Currently I am a network manager for children's centres in Hemel. This supports children under 5 and their families. One of our targets is around raising attainment in the early years foundation stage.  I am married with 2 children. One who is in year 3 at HA and a 2 year old who will join in 2019.

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Natalie Hogan - Governor

I have been a Governor at Harpenden Academy since 2016 and am a member of the Trust’s Finance and Audit Committee. As a chartered accountant and audit manager within a charities and not-for-profit team, this role gives me the opportunity to use my experience and skills to pursue my passion for education outside of work. 

Currently I live in West Hampstead however I grew up in Harpenden and my family still live there so I visit often. I love spending my free time with family and friends, travelling, reading and walking.

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Sebastian Hendricks - Parent Governor

My two daughters joined Harpenden Academy from another school in November 2015, (Year 1 and Year 2 at the time).  I was elected as a parent governor in 2017.  My focus is on our Values.  The Values-Based Education program leads me to close links with the Deputy Headteacher.

Having worked directly with children from all walks of life and all abilities since 1980, I bring a deep understanding of their development, learning and ways to grow. As an NHS specialist for children focusing on communication and balance and being married to a higher education teacher in veterinary medicine, I have a good understanding of children's educational needs.

Being raised and educated in Germany, I can contribute a different system perspective to the governing body. Since moving to the UK in 1998, I also gained experience as a Chair of Professional Committees and as a Board Member of various institutions within and outside the NHS. 

Any spare time, I try to spend outside with my girls exploring, walking our rescue greyhound, building something or looking after our garden. 

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Susan Leggott - Parent Governor

I am a parent governor, elected in July 2017. My three children all attend the school –Tom in Year 5, James in Year 3 and Phoebe in Year 1.  Since Tom joined in 2013 (during the first year the school was open), I have volunteered in many different ways –classroom reading, as a lunchtime assistant, maths support in KS2, running the library, being chair of Friends of Harpenden Academy… I feel I know the playful, curious children and our unique school very well.

As a governor my aim is to help the school make the progress we need, whilst retaining things that make our school special. I am the link governor for both Mathematics and Science. 

As well as having time and enthusiasm to offer, I have a law degree, accountancy and treasury qualifications, and a financial management background.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, dancing and cycling. I also love snowboarding when I get the chance. 

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Gemma Moss - Staff Governor

My name is Gemma Moss. I am a Staff Governor elected in June 2017.   I started at Harpenden Academy in September 2016. I worked as class teacher to Year 3 for the Autumn Term and then Year 1/2 for the Spring and Summer Term. 

I am Music subject leader and enjoy teaching music, leading Singing Assembly and Choir. I have always enjoyed music from young as I learnt Piano and Flute. I am Talk for Writing lead which I am very passionate about and the impact it can have on children’s writing.  

Away from school I enjoy reading and watching a range of sports, especially watching my football team Shrewsbury Town! I am married and have been for the past 8 years. 

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Michael Stevens - Governor

I have lived in Harpenden with my family of six children for most of the last 33 years and I first became involved in School Governance in 1999 when I was elected as a parent Governor at High Beeches where my children went to school. Since then I have served in a number of school Governance roles at Sir John Lawes; Wood End Primary and now Harpenden Academy.

Throughout my professional life I worked in law enforcement, predominantly in the investigative specialism, in a number of different agencies. Latterly, while serving as a senior manager at the National Crime Agency, my role involved working with the Home Office on the strategic planning and governance of various government multi agency organised crime initiatives.

Now retired, I also volunteer as a selector for the International Citizen Service, a project for young people volunteering overseas funded by DFID and delivered through VSO. What little "me time" I have, after my family and being an active Governor, is spent involved in the local branch of the Institute of Advanced Motorists' motorcycle section. I am a keen biker -it is great for blowing away the cobwebs!

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Kate Watson - Staff Governor

My name is Kate Watson. I am a Staff Governor elected in April 2018.  I have worked at Harpenden Academy since before our school even opened (April 2012) - helping to write and present the bid to the DfE. I have been a member of the teaching team and the leadership team since we opened and have taught across all age groups at the school. I am have been the Year 6 teacher for the past two years as well as the Key Stage two leader since we have had a Key Stage Two.

I am also the science leader and the PSHE/SMSC leader and am passionate about both areas of the curriculum: science as a way of developing children's curiosity and awe and wonder of the world around them and PSHE as a vital way of supporting children with their mental, emotional and social well being. I also lead our cross country club every week which involves running with between 20-30 children around our local parks before school - a wonderful start to the day whatever the weather. I am committed to developing and supporting children's mental and emotional wellbeing and their growth mindset to ensure each child reaches their potential and finds their own way to shine.

Away from school I love spending time with my two girls, who both attend our school, and I am happiest when I'm outdoors and being active. I love open water swimming and have participated in triathlons for over 15 years. I am also a huge fan of yoga and mindfulness and practise both alone and with my children. I love travelling and my favourite place in the world is Cornwall.

David Whiteley - Co-opted Governor
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