Governors

We have put together a few details to help you better understand the School Governor role and the valuable work we do to help make Therfield the best! If once you’ve read this information you feel Governing is for you, then please contact us. We’re always looking for committed people to bring fresh skills and expertise to our team.

What is the Governing Body?

We are a group of volunteers from the School Community who work with Mrs McGovern to set the future strategic direction of our school. We act as a critical friend to the school by making collective decisions on a wide variety of issues. We monitor the impact of policies initiated by the Local Authority and oversee the management of the school budget to ensure your child gets a thorough education appropriate to their individual needs. We believe education isn’t just about passing exams it’s about becoming a confident and emotionally rounded young person.

What do the Governing Body do?

The full governing body meets at least termly. Our Finance & Personnel Committee and Premises Committee also meet each term. We respond to recommendations given by outside agencies such as Ofsted We also consider complaints should they arise. We set the targets for pupil achievements and monitor them closely with Mrs McGovern. These targets form the basis of the Headteacher Performance which we also manage. We all attend the Governor Induction training and on-going training appropriate to our committee and Link Governor roles as provided by the Local Authority.

Who are the Governing Body?

Our Governing Body consists of a mixture of eleven Parent, Teacher and Community Governors including a Governor who represents the Local Authority.

The Governing body can be contacted via the school office admin@therfield.herts.sch.uk

Al Governors have voting rights at both full Governing Body and Committee level.

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How our Governors are elected

Parent Governors are elected by ‘parents’ defined as “any individual who has or has had parental responsibility for, or cares or has cared for, a child or young person under the age of 18”

Staff Governors are elected by ‘staff’ defined as “Anyone paid to work at the school”.

The Headteacher has a reserved place as a staff governor on the governing body.

Co-opted Governors – are appointed by the Governing Body

LEA Governor is nominated by the local authority and appointed by the Governing Body

Meet our Governors

Neil Temple

Moved to Royston in 2013 and became a parent governor in March 2014. His daughter and son attend the school. He works as a Finance Director in London and enjoys being part of the Therfield community, where the school holds a key role. He appreciates the opportunity to support the school, participating in its development and in classroom activities. Neil enjoys an occasional run on the Heath and looking after his chickens.

Co-opted Governor

Joint Chair

Finance & Personnel Committee

Curriculum and Standards Committee

Term of office ends 27 September 2021


Beth Williamson

Works at Roysia School as a PE teacher. Her son attends the school and, having grown up around the village, is very passionate about helping to make the best of the facilities we have.

Co-opted Governor

Finance & Personnel Committee

Curriculum and Standards Committee

Term of office ends 27 September 2021

Helen Middleton

Is the school secretary and has worked at Therfield since 2005. She is also a Higher Level Teaching Assistant and a qualified swimming teacher. Helen enjoys working in such a small school where you get to know all the children and parents. The days are definitely never boring. Outside of school Helen enjoys walking (usually with her dog), swimming, reading, playing the piano and has an interest in English history and genealogy and is a volunteer at Royston Picture Palace, the local community Cinema.

Co-opted Governor

Governor responsible for Health & Safety

Premises Committee

Curriculum and Standards Committee

Term of office ends 7 July 2019

Charles Archer

Moved to the village in 2017 and became a Parent Governor in 2018. His son attends the school and his daughter will follow on next year. A Chartered Surveyor, working in Real Estate finance for a large UK institution. Charlie is enjoying exploring Therfield and the surrounding area with his family and taking part in social and sporting events.

Parent Governor

Finance & Personnel Committee

Curriculum and Standards Committee

Term of office ends 14 December 2021

Philippa Mackenzie

Moved to Therfield at the start of 2013 and became a parent governor in October 2015. Both her daughters are at the school. Philippa has been the Chairman of Therfield Village Preschool since October 2014. She is fitting in starting a new business around community related projects.

Parent Governor

Joint Chair

Governor responsible for Safeguarding and Children Looked After

Finance & Personnel Committee

Curriculum and Standards Committee

Term of office ends 4 November 2019

Dan Jones

Hails from a hill sheep farm in Mid-Wales, obtained a degree in Land Management at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester and then started as a junior rural surveyor at Bidwells in Cambridge 23 years ago. He currently heads up the Rural Development and Diversification team at Bidwells, working across the UK. Big interests are family, gardening, Welsh rugby and driving fast cars whenever possible! Dan has two daughters at the school.

Parent Governor

Curriculum and Standards Committee

Premises Committee

Term of office ends 31 March 2019

Tim Atkins

Became a parent governor in 2015. He works in Royston designing technology products for scientists and is enthusiastic about helping children figure out how the world works. When not busy playing with his two sons, Tim likes to play piano or go for a bike ride. He aims to help Therfield continue to be a great school that brings the best out of each child.

Parent Governor

Vice-Chair

Curriculum and Standards Committee

Finance & Personnel Committee

Term of office ends 31 March 2019

Joshua Jones

Joshua D Jones is a father to four children and pastor of Therfield Chapel across the street from the school. He is author of two books and blogs and speaks widely.

Co-opted Governor

Curriculum and Standards Committee

Term of office ends 6 November 2020




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