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The Governing body at Leavesden Green supports the dedicated staff and leadership team to ensure that all our children are equipped with the skills to learn effectively.

We are immensely proud to be part of the Leavesden school community.  A community that is growing, reflective and welcoming environment dedicated to learning.  Our priority is to ensure that this environment not only flourishes, but is a safe place where all can achieve their full potential.

We are immensely proud of our learning curriculum, in which each and every child develops and practices the skills they need to become an effective learner.

The school emphasis on developing resilience in our children means they can keep going with their learning even when things get tough.  Equipping our children with the skills to have the courage to be brave, to try new things and every opportunity to use their creativity is key to development.  Their resilience is further developed with a focus on empathy to understand and develop their emotional intelligence whilst having a positive mindset towards learning and life.  These core values are at the centre of our school, we believe in them and they underpin every single school day in Leavesden.

Role of Governors

We Learn, We Grow, We Fly.

As a governing body we aim to support the leadership team and staff through both an active involvement in the daily school life and by working closely with the school’s Senior Leadership Team to:

  • Set the strategy (School plan) for the school which include challenging objectives and priorities for the school.
  • Agree policies and priorities for accomplishing these objectives.
  • Support our Leadership and staff in working towards this school plan
  • To challenge and look for evidence to ensure that these objectives are having the impact and desired outcome; and
  • To ensure our resources and time are spent in the most impactful way to support the continuous improvements the school is aiming to make.

Our actions will always be rooted in the best interests of the school both from a learning perspective but equally to safeguard our children in a changing and challenging world.  Where appropriate we will always be prepared to explain our decisions openly and honestly to staff, parents, carers, pupils, government, and anyone in the wider community with an interest in the conduct and standards of the school.

We are also here to support our school’s parents & carers, our community, and all connections to Leavesden Green. At the heart of a great school is the underlying ethos that all support together, we are here to live, breathe and support in this development.

How we work as Governors

 We have a wide range of skills across our governing body, ranging from HR, Financial, strategic and safeguarding.  We also have a mix of governors including parent and co-opted governors, with a varied length of experience as a governing body. It is important to us that we regularly review our governing board and recruit new governors based on the growth in school numbers and any skill gaps we may have.

As a governing board we meet up to three times a half term across a number of different meetings:

  • Business – held on annual basis to agree governor roles and responsibilities to best support the schools growth and improvement plans.
  • Achievement – review school plan, justification for priorities, and a focus around progress o and outcomes of our children. Where are we and what are we doing.
  • Finance & Policy – Regular review on budget, policy and Health and Safety updates. We hold the school to account on budgeting and spend and review the impact of how we are spending on children’s learning performance.
  • Curriculum – Sharing of the school deep dive into our priorities. Reviewing actions, improvements and impacts on the children’s learnings and outcomes.

Each governor is also aligned to key strategic areas. To meet with the leader in these areas and review in more detail the plans and impacts that are happening.  This could be fore example subject of learning i.e. Mathematics or a particular important strategic area like Safeguarding.  The governor will then report back in more detail to the governing body so that we all have a good understanding on how we are improving across the school.

The below table lists our governing body members and their attendance at meeting over the past couple of years. Please click on the link below to find out more information about their experience and thoughts.

Name Governor Type Term of Office Link Roles About Me
Laura Creed Chair Until May 2023 Maths, Child Protection, Safeguarding Governor, SEND, Training and Development Governor I became a parent governor at Leavesden Green in September 2012 when my eldest started at the school. It was important to me to be involved in the local community and support the growth of the school. I have seen the school go through major expansion, including going from a one to a two form entry. I have a passion in seeing our young children thrive and blossom in their education and believe Leavesden Green supports our children to do this. I have worked in Telecommunications for over 20 years and bring this experience into my governor role, to support our strategic developments.
Martin Adams Local Authority Governor Until September 2026 Science & PPG

I have been a resident of Watford all my adult life. Consequently, I know the area very well, including all the local schools. I am a retired teacher having spent 45+ years teaching in Secondary schools in the local area teaching Science. I have a passion for education. Since retiring I am now in a position to serve as a Governor and use my experience in that capacity.

Ian Lowe Co-opted Governor Until February 2025 Data Protection, Reading, Sports Premium I became a co-opted governor at Leavesden in January 2021, as I wanted to make a contribution to the local area. It has opened my eyes to the incredibly difficult and amazing job all the staff do at the school. I am proud to be involved and hope that I add value to the governing board. I have spent most of my career in management in the publishing, data and transport industry. I would recommend being a school governor.As a mother and grandmother, I know the importance of the beginning of a child's education is of paramount importance to set I place good habits which will take a child through life.
Julia Worth Co-opted Governor Until December 2023 Equality & Diversity, EYFS, Health and Safety

As a mother and grandmother, I know the importance of the beginning of a childs education is of paramount importance to set I place good habits which will take a child through life. 

At Leavesden Green there is a calm, happy and stimulating environment which encourages the children to develop their knowledge and personal qualities.  It has been an enormous privilege and absolute pleasure to e part of the governing body of the school for the past seven years and to witness its change from a one to two form entry.

I am confident that the school will continue to provide the very best education for the children and continue to nurture pupils and staff alike in years to come.

Anish Patel Co-opted Governor Until February 2025 Safeguarding, Child Protection, LAC
Labosshy Mayooran Parent Governor Until September 2025
Karen Falconer Co-opted Governor  Until March 2027 I was drawn to Leavesden Green when accompanying my daughter in law on a school open morning (our grandson starts Primary School this year)! I could see how much Leavesden has to offer the community it serves, so I volunteered as a Governor to support the vision for the school. I have previously been a Governor at my own son’s Primary and Secondary schools because I enjoy supporting education for young people. In my work life, after 20 years as a financial accounts trainer for SMEs, I now run the Professional body for NLP, so I bring a fair amount of experience in strategic Leadership, finance, education and well being. 
Kash Falconer Co-opted Governor Until March 2027 I have become a Governor at Leavesden School to contribute to the school, community and to the students as best I can.  I have worked in many corporates and have held some senior positions as a permanent member of staff and as a consultant in IT and Telecommunications companies.  I have successfully run my own businesses for 25 years in the UK and overseas working as a business/strategy consultant and have mentored SME and large corporate business owners and senior managers.  My own children have grown up and left the nest (if they ever do?) and I would love to assist, where I can, to support the school, students, faculty and fellow Governors in their fantastic work.
Keely Malone Staff Governor Until September 2025    
Victoria Lyon Head Teacher    

 The term of office is 4 years.  Governors term can be longer, which will need to be agreed by the governing body.

How To Become A Governor

At Leavesden Green we welcome the opportunity to have new governors joining our Governing Board.  We are actively recruiting!

If you are interested in becoming a governor, please read through our governor pages and email our school office at admin@leavesden.education who will pass your enquiry onto our governing body to make contact with you.

For more information on the Herts for Learning please see the link below:

Becoming a School Governor