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16/07/21

Final photos of these gorgeous children…and the absolute legend that is Rebekah! (And extra thanks to Mrs Tallamy for joking us for last two days) https://t.co/F4XYn1AaZD

16/07/21

Final photos of these gorgeous children… https://t.co/9FatF6Bs9V

16/07/21

Final photos of these gorgeous children… https://t.co/OXxi452r6e

16/07/21

Final photos of these gorgeous children… https://t.co/zaHllE0k39

16/07/21

Manor Olympics fun https://t.co/bOJwdYGgr6

16/07/21

We’re leaving Norfolk Lakes and leaving primary! Hoping to be back 3.30-4pm but will keep you posted. See you soon! https://t.co/OQNZBkUEZ8

16/07/21

More low ropes smiles https://t.co/aDX1p7TXUv

16/07/21

Another group on sunny low ropes https://t.co/h9GaLNrrTy

16/07/21

Last night’s rifle shooters https://t.co/olcZvil6mO

16/07/21

More low ropes shots https://t.co/NsktwT3Adg

16/07/21

Rifle shooters in action https://t.co/kyAHgCBej4

16/07/21

Low ropes crew being ninja squirrels! https://t.co/hCzhnshmt2

16/07/21

Last day of primary - the sun is shining for our last hours together as Team Shakespeare 2021 https://t.co/rkfekxTvBl

16/07/21

Blind trail - so much laughter! https://t.co/FYWvjYa9zK

15/07/21

Low ropes challenge to find the most points https://t.co/00t4EeGySq

15/07/21

All the groups have loved IEs (initiative exercises) and some children have been incredibly speedy as solving the problems! https://t.co/PVyygUmhE4

15/07/21

Rifle shooting was a big hit https://t.co/OjTQPS42g5

15/07/21

Elmer really enjoyed preparing their sandwiches ready for their teddy bear's picnic https://t.co/xYbqX8mpnG

15/07/21

Elmer enjoyed a very special teddy bear's picnic today to celebrate all their hard work this year and to show off the cooking skills they have worked so hard on this term https://t.co/ErM3xRw3Ml

15/07/21

Anyone for a dip post kayak session?(spot the swimming photo bomber!) https://t.co/o5rOzvDuaD

15/07/21

Kayakers taking to the water https://t.co/w9vUD22FKP

15/07/21

Kayakers setting off https://t.co/xWiYivN3x5

15/07/21

Canoers about to launch https://t.co/FMurA6z1hw

15/07/21

Canoers in action https://t.co/NCNLMOsq8v

15/07/21

Lots of tears saying goodbye to the amazing love-bombing Mrs Duncan https://t.co/axlcdESOfT

15/07/21

Manor Olympics and free play at sunset https://t.co/v7Ex2EnPg8

15/07/21

More morning pics! https://t.co/qtiz13gN3Y

15/07/21

Wakey wakey the sun is shining and it’s time for water sports! https://t.co/IC648GlWOJ

14/07/21

KS2 Sports Day. Excellent sportsmanship and determination. https://t.co/O6NswA1oKc

14/07/21

Team Shakespeare https://t.co/14QQIRHTyq

14/07/21

Raft building and giant stand up paddle boarding https://t.co/RMo69Sioo8

14/07/21

Burger night- smiles all round https://t.co/J6bZ8DrTMf

14/07/21

Burger night! Smiles all round https://t.co/kavWtuZZbb

14/07/21

Last night’s treat sent with love from our care home buddies as a thank you for all our communication with them this year https://t.co/WHGSUgsnCZ

14/07/21

Survival skills and problem solving for this group this morning - the others Are out on the lake all day today (photos to follow) https://t.co/aVSm3MCQLD

14/07/21

KS1 Sports' Day - the children are having such fun! https://t.co/s1rhmZDy5O

13/07/21

Volleyball and blind trail after lunch https://t.co/NbEpi6CUIu

13/07/21

Mire morning activity pics https://t.co/bhHDZlvNft

13/07/21

Activity session two: compass skills, orienteering and climbing https://t.co/pPlkKWQ2cl

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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