Governors

The Governing Body of
Two Waters School

High Ridge Close
Hemel Hempstead
Hertfordshire HP3 0AU
Tel: 01442 217893
Email: admin@twowaters.herts.sch.uk

 

On behalf of The Governing Body of Two Waters School, may I extend a warm welcome to you all.

Our Governing Body is committed to helping the school provide the best possible education for all its pupils.

Our purpose is to set the school’s values, vision and strategic aims, as well as agreeing plans and policies and making creative use of our resources.

Our role is to monitor and evaluate performance, act as a critical friend to the head teacher while supporting and challenging the management of the school. We must also strive to ensure that the school is accountable to the children and parents it serves, the local community, those who fund and maintain it as well as the staff it employs.

If you have any concerns or issues you wish to address please contact the school office in the first instance.

We look forward to working together to ensure that we continue to provide the best possible education for our children.

Yours sincerely

Mrs C Howard
Chair of The Governing Body

Mrs E BaptistaCo-Opted Governor
Mrs Y BrownCo-Opted Governor
Mr A TownsendParent Governor
Mr T GatelyHeadteacher
Mr T WoodsParent Governor
Mrs A WoodhouseClerk to Governors
Mrs C HowardChair / Local Authority Governor
Miss H ShayDeputy Head
Mrs S FeanderCo-Opted Governor
Ms T HolfordCo-Opted Governor
Ms S KeanyCo-Opted Governor
Miss E MitchellStaff Governor

Please scroll down to see the Governor profiles.

The Governing Body meets once a term and has two sub-committees which meet twice per term. The ‘curricular’ committee is responsible for everything to do with children’s education and wellbeing, the ‘non-curricular’ committee being responsible for premises, personnel and finance. Each discuss relevant issues and report back to the full Governing Body

Governor Class Links 

NurseryT Howard
ReceptionH Brown
Year 1S Feander
Year 2T Woods
Year 3T Holford
Year 4S Keany
Year 5A Townsend
Year 6E Baptista

The Governors at Two Waters Primary School
 

Yvonne Brown – Co-Opted Governor

I joined the Governing Body in April this year. I retired from teaching recently when my husband and I took the decision to move  “down south” to be nearer our family. Until then I was a special needs teacher specialising in hearing-impaired children. In this role I was the linchpin between parents, the education system and the health system. I taught and supported children in a variety of schools throughout Manchester and I also counselled parents of newly diagnosed babies.

I soon realised that I missed being in the education system and so was happy to be asked to take on the role of Governor at Two Waters – a wonderful example of a happy, caring, thriving school.

Tina Howard – Local Authority Governor

I was engaged in education for 44 years; 25 years as a head teacher, both in leafy Hertfordshire, and in several London Boroughs. I am a widow with twins, now 49 years and two granddaughters 9 and 12 whom I adore.

When I retired 9 years ago, with now time to spare, I became involved in Community Action Dacorum ; The Centre in the Park ; several ladies groups and the u3a , where I am now chairman.

Interested in the local community, I stood and was elected as a Dacorum Borough Councillor for Apsley and Corner Hall and sit as Deputy Chair on the Strategic Planning and Environment Committee, am a member of the Licensing Committee and also on the Finance committee. I am also a member of Member Development.

I was then later elected as County Councillor for South East Hemel Hempstead and sit on the Adult Care and Health Cabinet Panel, Children’s Services Cabinet Panel and the Overview and Scrutiny Cabinet Panel.

Education, is my first love, and becoming a Governor at Two Waters School is both a privilege and an honour to be associated with such a successful and well-regarded school. I look forward to working with you and your children.

Tracy HolfordCo-Opted Governor

I joined the governing body in Sept 2019, as living locally, I wanted to give something back to my local community. As a management accountant I felt that I would be able to offer the school some expertise in the area of business and finance.
I believe that you can never stop learning, even as an adult, so I am excited to be a part of the first steps that these children will take on their learning journey.

Sheila Keany – Co-Opted Governor

I joined the Governing Body of Two Waters primary school in July 2019 and hope to make a worthwhile and valid contribution to an already successful and reputable school in my role as Co-Opted Governor.

My family and I moved to the local area in 2018 and I have a keen interest in childhood development, nourishment and education, spurred on by having my own children.

I’m looking forward to working with my fellow Governors, staff and parents and hope that my back ground in finance and project management can aid the school.

Andrew Townsend – Parent Governor

I joined the Governing Body of Two Waters School as a parent governor at the end of 2020.  I  have lived close to the school for over 20 years and have been a keen supporter of the school since our daughter joined the nursery in 2014, followed by our son in 2017.  My background is in maths, science, data and computing, and after 30 years in industry I am still a keen and enthusiastic learner.  I believe education needs to be fun and inspiring, giving children critical thinking skills and a desire to learn.  As a parent governor my intent is to be a representative for the school’s parents, and to support the school in providing a strong education for all pupils.

Miss E Mitchell – Staff Governor

I joined the Governing Body in September 2020 as the staff representative. This is my fifth year working at Two Waters having currently worked at a school in central Watford. I have worked in Year 1, Nursery and am now currently the Reception teacher and Early Years leader, as of May 2019. I studied Primary Education at the University of Brighton with a specialism in Early Years and KS1 education. I am incredibly passionate about a child’s start to their education and believe that in enabling children to become life–long learners begins in the EYFS.  

I am excited about my new role and believe it will give me a deeper understanding in to the running of a Primary school. I believe the skills I will learn as a governor will equip me well as I progress in my teaching career.  

Mrs E Baptista – Co-Opted Governor

I decided to join the Governing Board in 2017 because I wanted to make a positive contribution to the development of the School that my children attend. With a background in project and financial management as well as significant experience fundraising I felt that I had skills and experience that could be useful to developing and expanding the reach of the school. I am keen to ensure that all children receive a well-balanced education that will prepare them for the modern world. I am particularly interested in ensuring that the school responds to the needs of its local community, champions diversity and stretches each child to achieve their best both academically and personally.