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Year 1 developed their compass skills this week by following instructions to find different animals/habitats that were marked on cones. Great sense of direction!


Elmer enjoyed exploring the forest habitat today. We also continued to develop our tree climbing skills


Couldn’t be prouder of so many members of Dr Seuss class who pushed themselves just that little bit further than they thought they could today!


A wonderful wonderful day had by all of y5 Dr Seuss (+1 lovely member of Dahl class). Thank you Fellowship Afloat!!


Leaving Fellowship Afloat...Thank you Trinity and the lovely staff at Fellowship Afloat!


Year six learning about Ramadan and Eid from their classmates and linking it to our diversity focus: more and more football clubs are providing midnight leagues for Muslims during Ramadan.


Year six enjoying exploring our new water zone in the playground and discussing ways to model our school rules: be safe be kind be respectful!


Yr 6 athletes worked on their fitness levels during an incredible game of Plankerpillar in PE! A game that highlights: team work, endurance and strength. Smiles all-round and a great sense of determination- value of the month-despite the wet conditions.


High ropes!


Elmer loved their road safety workshop today. We learnt about how to keep safe when crossing the road. Stop. Look. Listen. Think


Sailing at Fellowship Afloat


Elmer have loved creating mosaics linked with our learning on extreme weather. This week we have created fork lightning in a dark, night sky


Getting kitted up for high ropes


So many successful climbers this morning


Look who is on top of the world!


Dr Seuss class have arrived at Fellowship Afloat! We are so excited!


Day 2 at Fellowship Afloat. Its the turn of Dr Seuss class and we are ready to rock and rock! days#FACT


What a fabulous day Dahl class have had! We’re on the coach and on our way back, expected to be back at 8:45pm, see you soon parents!


Dahl class are now onto team building games after CAKE! Having such a great day!


Dahl class afternoon sailors!


Year six historians exploring Extinction Rebellion and how the way people protest has changed over time. We debated whether their activist tactics are more or less impactful than other activist events through time and why.


Squeals of scientific joy in Potter Class when investigating electrical conductors this afternoon. We focused on recording our dependent variables and collecting our results in a table


Dahl class are loving the high ropes!


This mornings high ropes children in Dahl class loved it! Super determination and perseverance shown by all. We have eaten lunch and ready to swap activities


Some of Dahl class sailors! ⛵️


Dahl class are loving sailing ⛵️


Enjoying the sailing!


First group of Dahl class is on the water!


Dahl class have safely arrived at fellowship afloat, some very excited children!!


Fantastic outdoor learning creating Roman numerals for Potter Class today linked to both Maths and our history exploring language through time


Elmer have enjoyed a creative morning in Maths. We have looked at the art work 'Castle and Sun' by Pau Klee and discussed what we could see. The children have then been creating their own tessellating pieces of artwork.


Dr Seuss class have been working with our talented TA, Ms V, to create some amazing artwork in the last few weeks. Look at these amazing figures we have drawn


Year six scientists part 2 - investigating the hardness of alloys.


Year six scientists exploring the hardness of different alloys (plasticine mixed with flour, salt and sand). Excellent range of ways to record data effectively.


Elmer class have enjoyed acting out different fairy tale audio books as part of our research


Would you buy this chocolate cake? Kerr class persuading each other to buy a tasty treat.


Moomin class are writing their Traction Man stories as a graphic novel


Kerr Class have used chalk to help measure our stranding long jump


Dahl class were budding musicians performing their own Motown pieces this week! Well done!


Dahl class enjoyed learning new hockey skills in preparation for the Hertfordshire school games virtual hockey competition!

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.


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!


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.


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. 


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. 


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. 

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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