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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

14/03/19

Picasso inspired portraits in Year 4 this morning. https://t.co/5nmVYVSrRM

14/03/19

and ‘Jemima’ the duck has now joined ‘Leicester’ https://t.co/qE8q4XoVVm

14/03/19

Mrs Davies with ‘Leicester’ the duck. Look how ridiculously happy Mrs Davies is! She saw ‘Leicester’ being born yesterday. https://t.co/Cm8kpjrxzC

13/03/19

We have our first duckling!!!! The staff are weeping tears of joy x🦆 https://t.co/WKvpbXs5Fd

13/03/19

Just come off the m1 at junction 10 so see you very soon!

13/03/19

An actual piece of the moon! https://t.co/gzm2yw3qER

13/03/19

Amazing day - Year Six have learnt lots and have generated lots more questions to research back at school! https://t.co/j8E0ksGhSM

13/03/19

Amazing day at Space Centre! Due back by 5.45pm - see you then! https://t.co/87Hn0zcfpY

13/03/19

Mission Control to HA; we've had a great day and we're on our way home! https://t.co/VuEnwDIerY

13/03/19

Harpenden Academy on tour have had a thoroughly enjoyable day and are now on route home. Current ETA just before 6pm but will keep Twitter updated.

13/03/19

Lovely day at https://t.co/pY9Lt4Qn7f

13/03/19

3, 2, 1 Blast Off with Tim Peake! https://t.co/rxWwYa8eh1

13/03/19

Year 4 are enjoying space training! https://t.co/NbvGWywRlJ

13/03/19

Smells from space - yuck! https://t.co/wRFaNfHb26

13/03/19

Animal handling! Aslan Class at Woodside Farm https://t.co/RFABcYxkB9

13/03/19

One small step for man... https://t.co/JfWgpFCaZ3

13/03/19

Exploring ‘Our Earth’ section.. https://t.co/sxT7m8CPeH

13/03/19

Harpenden Academy on tour have arrived! https://t.co/kq83LsPLs9

13/03/19

EYFS are being eggsperts today, watching and waiting for these to hatch.... https://t.co/6bbTGDubJi

13/03/19

Space Centre bound!#harpendenacademyontour https://t.co/9p68Q4wzAh

13/03/19

Mrs DAVIES is keen to set off on our KS2 trip to Leicester Space Centre! https://t.co/2Z23hDKOBG

12/03/19

Looking forward to our SLT Trust training https://t.co/PbmJMPvr2g

12/03/19

Thrive Outside project in year six - looking after our mental well-being during mock SATs week https://t.co/cVV5gusGQC

12/03/19

Year Six Maths Masterclass at Aldwickbury on World Book Day - exploring polyhedra and creating algebraic formula for the number of pieces required of each shape https://t.co/86K2DDKvI6

12/03/19

Some very eggciting visitors have arrived in EYFS.... https://t.co/8MtGYqwDUD

12/03/19

Having fun during science week, answering all of our bubble questions that we generated in year 1 and reception. https://t.co/BQGViiBIuZ

11/03/19

Year 4 have started Science week by making periscopes and learning how they work! https://t.co/0jos81qqlW

11/03/19

Kipling class, Year 3 exploring how to use the apparatus safely and how to travel across the equipment without touching the floor https://t.co/l3xqTNWO91

07/03/19

We had fun learning about the sun and how we see through our science Labs today. https://t.co/oSmSRYMoSa

07/03/19

Today a group of Year 6 Mathematicians attended a maths masterclass on polyhedra. They used their knowledge of angles, the properties of 3D shapes and algebra to design and create polyhedra. https://t.co/9fcEPmjKCa

07/03/19

World Book Day! Great effort.. A day to celebrate our love of books. https://t.co/9HlZ1WsJ50

07/03/19

Outstanding effort from children and staff celebrating World Book Day https://t.co/0pK4EMAo02

07/03/19

World Book Day - we have some amazing outfits from both staff and children. Can you guess the characters? https://t.co/opR8yENB5P

07/03/19

Year 4 have really enjoyed World Book Day and the costumes were outstanding! Today, we have focused on laughter and how the author can create humour. We have explored 'The Diary of a Wimpy Kid' series by Jeff Kinney which is well-known for creating a chuckle or two! https://t.co/4RMv8g4iXT

05/03/19

Happy pancake day! https://t.co/eOdpIToknR

05/03/19

Year 2 Aslan class really enjoyed their outdoor learning session today. https://t.co/locTNxRtZq

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.

2

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.

4

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.

5

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. 

8

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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