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22/01/20

Austen class loved their Science morning learning about magnetism. We carried out 10 investigations which looked at magnetic poles, strength of the magnetic field, which materials are magnetic/non-magnetic and how to turn a steel rod into a magnet https://t.co/WnkRjAkSQ6

22/01/20

More magnetism magic... https://t.co/rPCHviipeK

22/01/20

More magnetism magic... https://t.co/gijYa1Dqgv

22/01/20

Magnetism workshop - year six and year three scientists buddying up to answer their magnetism questions about magnetic poles, magnetic fields and magnet strength https://t.co/wX7FSLtCXt

21/01/20

Amazing Design Technologists in Year 4 Austen class! Today they were set the challenge to make an A5 piece of card stable for their prototype of a photo frame. I was really impressed at their creativity and range or original ideas. https://t.co/wp1HIKAdyj

21/01/20

Super straddle jumps in year six gymnastics https://t.co/wJreN2wA85

21/01/20

Tuck jump Tuesday for year six https://t.co/4NmweAqFOm

21/01/20

Beautiful wintery cross country https://t.co/EHlt9Ax2JL

15/01/20

Who likes magic? Who can thinks we can defy gravity? In Austen class we saw an experiment that got an egg into a conical flask upside-down! We learned that nature likes to equalise air pressure. https://t.co/Kc9DROj8t2

14/01/20

How do you strengthen and join paper? As part of our DT learning in Austen class, we have been experimenting with how to make paper structures more stable. We have managed to make paper stronger using layering, twisting, rolling and folding. https://t.co/tXAgPSMDaK

14/01/20

Austen class LOVED making their own pop rockets to start their learning about Forces. We also finished the lesson with a good old tug of war using Magdeburg Spheres! https://t.co/CXzuZSbifY

13/01/20

Year six science launching rockets to kick off their forces topic and developing their data recording skills. https://t.co/IA2Afv3obX

08/01/20

New Year, New Topic, fun start to inspire Hansel and Gretel sweethouse writing. https://t.co/Lz17ryM5Lk

06/01/20

We are back!! Happy new year to you all. Please remember to bring back PE Kits and reading books as these will be needed. We hope you have rested and are raring to get to grips with 2020. https://t.co/cRwOZ96fVZ

19/12/19

KS2 Party in full swing! The children are showing off their dancing talents with 'Just Dance'! https://t.co/CNWG1tEsHz

19/12/19

In Elmer class this half term , we have been learning how to do running stitch and over stitch. We then used our new skills to create stocking decorations for our tree. We then used buttons and felt shapes to decorate them according to our designs. https://t.co/lDUl2vsYSa

19/12/19

Potter Class learning the 12 days of Christmas with Miss Harragin https://t.co/KtbzOUDUxP

19/12/19

Year 6 have loved having a special Mini Police treat today with a visit from the Police Search dogs. Thank you! https://t.co/xTv4zqQVJk

17/12/19

Quick turn around - our KS2 children enjoying their Xmas lunch! Silver elfy service by our staff. https://t.co/cNy0YRxiMF

17/12/19

We are pulling crackers, wearing our hats, popping our party poppers and delving into our party boxes for goodies! https://t.co/kyavzXht2Z

17/12/19

Dinner is served: Reception and KS1 Xmas dinner looks delicious! https://t.co/rnNBGOiO2U

17/12/19

Thank you Mr Collett for the donation of festive packs for the children: table cloths, crackers, party boxes and an elf hat each! Our little elves are shrieking with joy! https://t.co/IqMxwM0n8v

17/12/19

Xmas Dinner Day! We are ready! https://t.co/jt98FKOKuW

17/12/19

Fantastic final cross country of 2019 with the traditional trip to Simmonds! So proud of the children’s progress in stamina, speed and resilience this term. https://t.co/nPkLe2Hbc5

15/12/19

Final Christmas elf! https://t.co/HIi7HiLOm0

15/12/19

Year six Christmas elves wrapping up gifts for children living in care this Christmas. https://t.co/q5wgUHopms

13/12/19

Sasha and Jasmine's cloud time lapse above the Harpenden Academy roof top. https://t.co/LaHm8j1Je6

13/12/19

Max's pineapple time lapse, very impressive! https://t.co/lJ1JtVxaGB

13/12/19

Time lapse art work from Inka and Charlotte during our Creative Friday session! Well done girls! https://t.co/bromIhJDnX

13/12/19

Skittle science https://t.co/arziFG5PQz

13/12/19

Skittle science https://t.co/xqKyfr5g2g

13/12/19

Creative Friday science paiting our Volcanoes. https://t.co/H2Ny4AvgQ8

13/12/19

This morning our children went out and spoke to drivers who had stopped outside our school illegally. The children gave them letters telling them about the impact it has on us. Thank you for a great Mini Police unit! https://t.co/k7iQl3PsoG

13/12/19

Year 6 musicians created their own songs at the end of our ukulele unit. Well done Year 6, you are very talented! https://t.co/B0UebCWp34

12/12/19

The naughty EYFS elf Fred forgot to move around the classroom as he should, might be due to 3 nativity’s and a school trip. Hopefully this will make up for it?! https://t.co/bBxYMFqkPb

12/12/19

Waiting to meet Father Christmas 🎄 https://t.co/DsFBdBnOIF

11/12/19

Year six have been making Christmas decorations for our classroom as their home learning and this beautiful embroidery is our favourite so far! https://t.co/xRyIqA4mQf

10/12/19

Year six unwrap today’s book advent! https://t.co/e0E5uhzcdB

06/12/19

Creative Friday baking group loved making chocolate chip muffins this afternoon! https://t.co/2FE7cCREkQ

06/12/19

Lucian's basketball caveman! https://t.co/BJwsYzrYob

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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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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