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16/10/19

What a relaxing afternoon year 5 have had creating their own Mandala patterns. Some stunning outcomes! https://t.co/jrQmGGylsY

15/10/19

Austen class are enjoying their science lesson on testing the elasticity of skin as it ages. https://t.co/LCOqvdhpjK

14/10/19

Year 6 spent some quality time with their Reception buddies this morning. They worked together to make some scrumptious bread dough. The Reception class really enjoyed showing Year 6 how to get the consistency just right !!! https://t.co/RF9sPvCkCv

14/10/19

Congratulations we are proud to announce that we are the UK Go Challenge Primary School champions! We are very proud of our primary competitors - what an amazing achievement. https://t.co/Mg7y9OwHrS

14/10/19

An inspirational assembly from one of our brave year 5 children celebrating National organ donation day after a liver transplant saved her life. https://t.co/iEu73sZWtL

11/10/19

We have been using lots of growth mindset phrases this afternoon whilst making foxes and ducks. It sent us “quackers” https://t.co/U9TOINF8Jf

10/10/19

The children are thoroughly enjoying our new 'snug kit' in the playground. The result is collaborative play and some amazing creations https://t.co/MLfTNe97qw

08/10/19

Year 6 girls football first win of the year. Well done girls! https://t.co/2EvwXbw36A

08/10/19

Potter Class learning about independence with food https://t.co/7OkRbzNo0s

08/10/19

Potter class using chalk and flour to practice their spellings. https://t.co/dpAouAqdTf

04/10/19

Creative Friday Computing Group got to grips with Pic-collage today. We created a collage of photos to represent HA. We edited our photos and produced some lovely work! https://t.co/cJ03rNVWph

04/10/19

My goodness me we are exercising our growth mindness today!! https://t.co/PgM2cT2Hlg

04/10/19

Shakespeare class are learning how to play the Ukulele!!! https://t.co/vmc9ScStIa

02/10/19

Our Science was literally jumping with excitement in Austen class today as we created new habitats for our crickets! We looked at the independent and dependent variables and will observe them regularly over a long period of time. https://t.co/ZGpEWYiYAa

01/10/19

Ladybird Class have been inspired by Toy Story 4 and have linked our learning by practicing writing our names on our very own ‘Forky’ https://t.co/1SZRMfv0nj

29/09/19

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Y4 have been conducting an exciting experiment looking at the growth of microbes. We are investigating which is the dirtiest place in the classroom! We swiped 4 places with a cotton bud&then rolled them on the petri dish. Next week we will classify the growth of our bacteria! https://t.co/tk9rzcJ2ti

27/09/19

Creative Friday is going down a treat! So many smiles and excitement around the school. In the Computing/Photography group we have been green screening. If you could be anywhere, where would you be? https://t.co/4FSQTuw8jv

27/09/19

All of the entrants... https://t.co/76z1EzppKT

27/09/19

The Winner of the Harpenden Academy Bake Off... https://t.co/zfB85SXWoD

27/09/19

A late entrant may have blown the competion out of the water! https://t.co/7iBNgyMasQ

27/09/19

Staff Bake Off competition in assembly...it has all got rather serious! https://t.co/p1LXmUHOOL

27/09/19

Cakes a go go at HA https://t.co/HOh7NUGH7c

27/09/19

Macmillian coffee morning is on!! https://t.co/40Ve9DPRAw

27/09/19

Its the Harpenden Academy Bake Off for MacMillian Coffee Morning...judging in assembly this morning ! https://t.co/6xlTBAuF5p

25/09/19

Year 5 had great fun making a wormery today. Some great initial observations made! https://t.co/NXjy6hV9RN

24/09/19

Our classes are having a brilliant time at our big dance workshop today run by We are putting something quite special together - watch this space! https://t.co/7crcUCUgay

20/09/19

Year 4 Austen have been busy scientists extracting DNA from strawberries today. They have also been researching key facts. Did you know that we share over 50% of our DNA with a banana?! https://t.co/LAJkVWT6ge

20/09/19

Just heard from Mrs Davies, the Year 5 coach is 10min away

20/09/19

Coach fixed and back on the road. Estimated to arrive in an hour at 1.20pm

20/09/19

Year 5 Coach delayed due to breakdown. Luckily broken down by M&S Wild Bean Cafe at service station. Coach assistance on the way and will keep you posted on progress. All safe and off to get the children lunch.

20/09/19

Year 5 Fellowship Afloat have just left so ETA is between 12.00-12.30. Will keep you updated on more specific arrival time

20/09/19

What a fantastic week it has been. It’s been an absolute pleasure to spend it with such a bright, bubbly, kind and engaged bunch of children. Very proud teacher returning to Harpenden Academy for a wonderful year ahead ! https://t.co/kp6uFSaYZU

20/09/19

On our way home! https://t.co/2NY4KCoGql

20/09/19

Preparing to go home...we are now far more independent than we were on Monday! https://t.co/wa8CQzu3zF

20/09/19

Our last sunrise at FA. We have bleary eyed children and adults this morning . A fabulous week.Lots of stories to tell about bravery on the high ropes, balloon popping in archery and adventures on the seas. Thank you for letting us make memories with your children. https://t.co/gXAbjtde1D

19/09/19

Having a nap on the job! https://t.co/Q3RRCZCZTU

19/09/19

After sailing all morning, having a picnic on the beach, playing games in the sand and finding jellyfish Lottie shouted" This is the best day of my life EVER" https://t.co/Ab1xnNBumY

19/09/19

Pulling up the anchor ! https://t.co/ZGJqUIE6Kn

19/09/19

Looking for the smallest shell on the beach https://t.co/1zzwHAa7SM

19/09/19

Sandwiches on the beach https://t.co/QxaG5vcmfe

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

I was appointed to the board of Governors as a Community Governor in September 2018 to support Health & Safety and facilities.

My career has taken me across most of the ‘built environment’ having studied architecture and worked in private practice before moving to construction, facilities management and facilities  maintenance in a number of roles including; business development, sales and marketing, business change and operational roles.  My current role is the Head of Sales and Solutions for Integral, a national facilities service provider and forms part the wider Jones Laing Lasalle business.

Outside work I am passionate about all sports; mostly football and cricket (still playing for Harpenden CC)!  I support Liverpool FC and Yorkshire CCC (of course).  Into most things Italian; food, wine, holidays and opera and just adore my 9 year old daughter; Elizabeth Grace.

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