My wife and I have lived in Standon for over thirteen years now but grew up just two miles outside Standon so I have close connections to Standon and Puckeridge. I have one child at Ralph Sadleir currently but hopefully my daughter will be attending in two years time.
I have been a governor since June 2016 as I wanted to expand my knowledge of the school and how the school operates behind the scenes as well as ‘putting a bit back’ into the community.
I own and operate a long established family building company where I managed project, finances, procurement and staff which I feel gives me the skills required to assist the Local Governing Body in ensuring the school is operated to the highest possible standard.
I joined the Local Governing Body in September 2016 and sit on the Curriculum & Achievement and Personnel Committees.
I am a Marketing & Recruitment Coordinator at the University of Hertfordshire, with a focus on Business related education. My role involves the planning and execution of marketing and events for Hertfordshire Business School. I am a Associate of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (ACIM) and currently working towards becoming an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).
I have previously held the elected office of Vice President Communications & Media of Hertfordshire Students’ Union and sat on the University of Hertfordshire’s Student Educational Experience Committee (SEEC) & Consortium Quality Committee (CQC).
In my free time, I am a volunteer Marketing Manager for a charity event raising money for ABF – The Soldiers’ Charity and have always had a interest in the performing arts and theatrical technical skills.
I am the Headteacher of the school and have been since April 2015, and was previously the Deputy Head for 18 months. Prior to that I was at an Independent Prep School for 11 years in a wide range of roles and 4 years in a primary school. I am a primary trained teacher with a passion for developing children’s independence as well as teaching them transferable skills which allow them to become life long learners.
My role on the governing body is to provide the other governors with relevant school information so that they can understand how the school is progressing and how it is run. Outside of school my interests center mostly around spending time with my family but I also love cooking and sport.
I have two children at Ralph Sadleir. My wife and I have lived in Puckeridge for over 10 year. My links with the village (and some of the pupils of Ralph Sadleir) began when I was a scout leader in Puckeridge for nearly 15 years, now I am now a cub leader in the same scout group. I am a research scientist at a large pharmaceutical R&D company in Ware and I am privileged that the company allows me to be a schools Science Ambassador with links to Ralph Sadleir. I am also a part-time professional photographer. In my spare time I enjoy rugby with my son at Bishops Stortford and karate with my daughter.
I became a parent governor in Spring 2015 and I look forward to helping out with the behind-the-scenes running of the school, ensuring school staff are accountable and helping to keep the good reputation and achievements of Ralph Sadleir school very high.
I have been a teacher since 1988 in a number of different schools across Hertfordshire teaching every year from 1 to 8. As a result I have a wide range of teaching experience including leading Maths, Science, Technology as well as Computing. I have also been Deputy Head and Acting Head. At each school I have been a staff governor which has given me a clear insight into the strategic running of a successful school. I have been at Ralph Sadleir since 2007 where I have led and developed the teaching of Computing across the school.
I joined as a parent governor in May 2014 and have just be nominated as Vice Chair and I also sit on the personnel committee.
My daughter attends Ralph Sadleir and i have a son at Roger De Clare. I currently work in Adult Care Services for Hertfordshire County Council in a Business Support Role and have held a role as Chair for a local Pre School for the past seven years, where we have worked very hard behind the scenes to make it a very successful setting.
Prior to this I worked as a Sales Manager for a Hospitality hire company for 20 years.
I am really pleased to have this opportunity to be a governor of such a excellent school and am very much looking forward to the future.
I grew up in Standon and attended Ralph Sadleir school during the years of 1986-1990, although it was a little bit different then!! Having obtained a qualification as a chartered accountant, and then spending a number of years working abroad in Australia, I returned to my roots and now live once again in Standon.
I have four children, my middle two are at Roger de Clare, with my eldest at Ralph Sadleir, so I have a personal interest in the Rib Valley Schools consortium, and having been through the system myself I am a great advocate of the three tier system.
My personal interests include playing netball, travelling abroad and socialising with friends and family.
As well as having had a child at the school, I joined the governing body at Ralph Sadleir because I am Headteacher at Freman College. This is the upper school which, almost without exception, Ralph Sadleir pupils move on to at the end of Year 8. Freman College works exceptionally closely with Ralph Sadleir to ensure we have continuity between the ccurriculum in both schools and to guarantee a highly effective transition for pupils as they move from one school to the next.
By having me on the governing body, governors at Ralph Sadleir have immediate access to any information about the next stage in their pupils’ education. Conversely being a governor gives me a deep understanding of all aspects of Ralph Sadleir’s work so that at Freman we can best meet pupils’ needs when they join us. I have been a governor for over ten years and regard it as a great privilege to be a member of the Ralph Sadleir community.
I moved from Leicestershire to Hertfordshire in 2010 and live in Braughing with my wife and 3 children. I became a parent governor in December 2012, currently have one child at Ralph Sadlier with two more to follow in coming years.
I work in Hoddesdon for a global pharmaceutical company where I am part of the senior leadership team, and am very much looking forward to bringing some of my commercial experience to benefit the school.
In my spare time, I enjoy coaching minis rugby at Hertford RFC and spending time with my family playing sport and generally relaxing.
This is my fourth year teaching at Ralph Sadleir School. I joined the staff of Ralph Sadleir; teaching in Year 6 and now Year 5 as well as KS3 Science.
I qualified as a teacher 11 years ago; undertaking a Middle School PGCE specialising in Science in 2001. Initially, I qualified as a Librarian in Australia. Then I had a break whilst I brought up my children and followed my husband’s job around the world living in both Scotland and Denmark before settling in Hertfordshire. Having retrained as a teacher, I worked in the primary system before finding my way back into Middle Schools.
I think it is an interesting time to be a Governor and I am looking forward to representing the staff on the Governing Body.