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20/09/21

Thank you to our Oompa Loompa, Chef Simon, for our Roald Dahl’s Delumptious Dinner! https://t.co/kqkFxgOKLt

20/09/21

As scientists, Potter class have been identifying the bones in our skeleton and their functions. We have enjoyed listening to “these bones, these bones” to support our learning. https://t.co/Owu2eG3wos

17/09/21

Retweeted From University of Hertfordshire

A brilliant speech by MBE upon receiving her Honorary Doctorate in Science from the University of Hertfordshire 🎓 Watch the full ceremony here: https://t.co/GmVZMAl8qE https://t.co/O50mNg2rOU

16/09/21

Talk for writing in Milne Class. What do you think our story is about? https://t.co/QV5y9IBqKi

16/09/21

Year six Team Shakespeare artists learning how to draw self portraits using correct proportions linked to our Frida Kahlo study. Thank you Miss V for being a wonderful art teacher. https://t.co/GNz6RHVUyD

16/09/21

Team Tolkien demonstrated excellent teamwork , perseverance and resilience in PE today https://t.co/U5qx2OSXZF

16/09/21

Year six Team Shakespeare meeting their Reception buddies and getting to know each other https://t.co/21HSZY09Yu

16/09/21

Elmer class enjoyed a Computing lesson outside today. We talked about how technology follow a set of instructions (algorithms). We went outside and practised being robots and giving each other instructions to follow https://t.co/1nvY1ZDyWR

16/09/21

Super historians in Moomin Class! We ordered the events of WW1 in chronological order on a timeline. https://t.co/jjmYpB2Wco

16/09/21

Super Elmer mathematicians today estimating and counting accurately. We even matched our number to a 10 frame model https://t.co/BEDEvn4vCK

15/09/21

As marvellous mathematicians, Year 3 have been securing their knowledge of the place value of 3 digit numbers using manipulatives and pictorial representations https://t.co/ZNInzbiV0E

15/09/21

Year six gymnasts exploring transitions into and out of counter balances https://t.co/qFtWJXNvOS

15/09/21

We are excellent at ‘teamwork’ in Tolkien class. Great use of partner talk in maths today https://t.co/6iiUBqXiON

15/09/21

In Year 2, we have been exploring different objects and describing the properties of each one. https://t.co/ezl4JG5XfC

14/09/21

In Milne class, we have created freeze frames to infer characters feelings https://t.co/hyuyOtd15Y

14/09/21

As amazing artists, Potter class began their collages, inspired by Henri Rousseau’s ‘Surprised’. https://t.co/00261be29m

14/09/21

Exploring mood through movement in Tolkien class this morning https://t.co/GpxrcwAZGp

14/09/21

Year 3 have loved internalising our new text “Stone Age Boy” this morning creating our own actions https://t.co/Cay4W3CtJc

14/09/21

Year six Team Shakespeare historians researching life in the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age in order to answer the question: would you rather be a child in the 21st century or the Stone Age/ Bronze Age/ Iron Age? https://t.co/AvgF1Paz6t

14/09/21

Elmer class have been using 10 frames and cubes today to be able to create different number sentences https://t.co/WWJUOZaoPO

14/09/21

In Moomin Class we have been practising counting in 10s. https://t.co/ObRmaUNjR4

14/09/21

Year six Team Shakespeare storytelling through drama and dance as part of our story writing hook session, focusing on creating mood. https://t.co/9dEV7PnTSj

13/09/21

Tolkien class enjoying working with their partners on a place value maths game today. A great way to assess what they already know! https://t.co/hePtoXmsqJ

13/09/21

Year 5 taking some mindful art time this afternoon to practice their continuous line drawing skills https://t.co/faNRTTD8Et

13/09/21

Elmer had a great start to the day with some moving Maths https://t.co/8rsEStvYJd Get fit counting to 100! It certainly woke us up https://t.co/fSjTF2aAwh

13/09/21

Fantastic ball skills in Elmer class today. All the children showed great control using different parts of their body. https://t.co/28z0OvGB2j

13/09/21

Year six Team Shakespeare practising their ball skills and invasion games tactics inimical football matches. https://t.co/Jwo9ddjPA9

13/09/21

Milne Class have began their new geography topic about UK and Europe. https://t.co/3yL0TlgGNO

13/09/21

Year six Team Shakespeare practising their ordering numbers skills with a place value game. https://t.co/eIHMB4IfGa

10/09/21

Elmer class enjoyed their phonics lesson outside on the balcony today. We loved learning our tricky trigraph 'igh'. We also learnt that 'tri' means three! https://t.co/fdsBsAPXBt

09/09/21

Milne have been inspired by Winnie the Pooh to create their own Positive quote posters https://t.co/HCc0Hk43CP

09/09/21

It was great to witness some excellent teamwork in PE this afternoon. Well done Tolkien class- keep it up! https://t.co/3u269hBK9F

09/09/21

In Dahl class this afternoon we became TV show presenters and we showcased all we already know about animals including humans, our new science topic. https://t.co/0pnqtfQWWG

09/09/21

Elmer loved their first ever trip to the Computing suite. They were very grown up and responsible. https://t.co/Sw3fiK7q2H

09/09/21

Year six Team Shakespeare participating in an open air art exhibition of Frida Kahlo paintings, exploring subject matter, colours, mood and personal responses https://t.co/D7xA5QJOys

09/09/21

Year six Team Shakespeare enjoying a Stormbreak activity called Copycat https://t.co/7W3ai8Wek3

09/09/21

That was close! We got to the Year 1 classroom this morning and Elmer was MISSING! We had to quickly go on an important mission around school to find him. Can you see where we found Elmer? 'regoingonanelmerhunt https://t.co/pE35opT9z9

09/09/21

Mindful hand art in Moomin Class. We have written how we feel about being back at school. We all said we were happy and excited! https://t.co/Jv2idIqYXr

08/09/21

If you had to describe your summer holidays as a fruit, what would it be and why? Such creative and imaginative responses from year six Team Shakespeare https://t.co/KpM9a60bIR

08/09/21

Year six Team Shakespeare readers using mind maps to organise their research about Greta Thunberg, one of several inspirational people they’re Been learning about this week as part of our growth mindset week https://t.co/qViKhH1DkM

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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Michael Stevens - Chair of Governors

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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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. 

Harriet Tamke - Co-opted Governor

My name is Harriet Tamke and I was appointed to the board of governors in May 2020. I was co-opted as a governor to support Harpenden Academy with SEND and continuing to develop relationships within the Harpenden Community. I am looking forward to working with the other governors and the Harpenden Academy team.

I am currently the Events officer for Harpenden Town Council where I organize a number of community events including the Harpenden Christmas Carnival, Music in Lydekker and many more. I support 3rd party organisations to run local events including the Round Table with Summer Carnival and Rotary in Harpenden with Classics on the Common.

Previous to working for Harpenden Town Council, I was a Project Manager for a Transitions UK where I managed projects supporting young people with special educational needs when they transitioned from school or college into adult life.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and going on holidays!

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Ben Taylor - Co-opted Governor

I am currently the Head of Human Resources at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Schools, Elstree, prior to this I have spent my career working in Senior HR roles in the Hospitality and Travel industry in addition to the police service.  This is my second appointment as a School Governor having spent two years as a Governor between 2010 and 2012 for a Church of England School in Lincolnshire, I currently also hold the role of Enterprise Advisor with Marlborough Science Academy, St Albans.

Originally from Hull, I have lived in St Albans for 4 years, and enjoy running, swimming.

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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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