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Meet the Team!

 

Martine Archer - Chair of Governors (Original Proposer)

Date Appointed: 01/10/2011, 01/10/2016

Appointed By: Hatfield Trust and Members

Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance:

3/3 Full Governing Body Meetings 2015 2016

2/3 Outcomes Committee 2016 2017

2/2 Full Governing Body Meetings 2016 2017

Committee: Outcomes Committee

Link Class within school: Primary Year Two (Autumn), Primary Year One (Spring), EYFS Reception (Summer)

Area of Expertise and School Focus:

Martine has been involved with HCFS since its inception, as she felt strongly that our children of Hatfield deserved to attend primary school within their community.  She is part of the founder group of the school and since it opened in September 2012 she has been the Responsible Officer, testing all financial elements within the school.  She was also the Community Governor, sitting within the Outcomes Committee of which she was the chair.  In April of 2015 she was elected the Chair of Governors.

She lives in Hatfield with her husband and 2 children.  Her daughter is currently in Puffins class in Year 2 and her son will be due to start the school in September 2018 - the cohort of children to make the school full.

Her background has been in Business Development.  She has worked for 16 years within the beauty industry, as a Regional Development Manager and has been able to transfer these skills into her roles within the Governing Body, to great benefit.

Martine holds a great passion in the world of opportunities for our children, which is a strong feeling that runs through the Governing Body, giving her great pleasure to be a part of a team that helps to support the Senior Management of HCFS, in ensuring strong foundations for our children, who will undoubtedly enrich our society in years to come.

 

Gill Jones Lead Proposer and Trust Member

Date Appointed: 01/09/2011

Appointed By: N/A – Lead Proposer

Pecuniary Interests: CEO WHCFST & Director Herts Free School Company.

Attendance:

3/3 Full Governing Body Meetings 2015 2016

3/3 Outcomes Committee 2016 2017

2/2 Full Governing Body Meetings 2016 2017

Committee: Outcomes Committee

Link Class within school: Primary Year Three (Autumn), Primary Year 4 (Spring), Primary Year 2 (Summer)

Area of Expertise and School Focus:

Gill is a skilled and experienced education and school improvement professional. Currently she is the Chief Executive of the West Herts Community Free School Trust, a small academy chain that opened 3 free schools in 2014. Previously she was Head of Standards and Effectiveness in Hertfordshire running a highly successful school improvement service with a strong trading arm and a history of school to school to support. She was also a member of the Director of Children’s Services strategic management board. Her career prior to this included work as a school adviser, Ofsted Inspector, NPQH trainer, Head Teacher and teacher.

 

Stephen Crown Vice Chair of Governors (Community Governor)

Date Appointed: 23/02/2016

Appointed By: Hatfield Trust and Members

Term of Office: 4 Years

Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance:

3/3 Full Governing Body Meetings 2015 2016

3/3 Resources Committee 2016 2017

2/2 Full Governing Body Meetings 2016 2017

Committee: Resources Committee

Link Class within school: Primary Year Two (Autumn), Primary Year Three (Spring), Primary Year 4 (Summer).

Area of Expertise and School Focus:

Stephen Crown is 71 years old. Stephen is a qualified Accountant. His business career as an entrepreneur includes Director of Public companies. Currently he is involved with the family security business. Stephen was a magistrate for nearly 20 years but had to retire at 70. He then looked for another role in the community and as he had been invovled for many years with a leading children’s charity, it was a natural fit for him to become a school Governor. He is a passionate believer in children getting the best opportunity to a great education. Stephen brings to the role many years of experience both in dealing with children and attending meetings. He has now taken over as Chairman of the Resources Committee, where his experience as an accountant makes him an ideal fit for the role. Stephen feels privileged to have joined the Board of Governors at an excellent school with a forward looking principal and great enthusiastic teachers.

 

Imran Jaffer Parent Governor

Date Appointed: 11/11/2013

Appointed By: Parent Body ratified by Trust and Members.

Term of Office: 4 Years

Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance:

3/3 Full Governing Body Meetings 2015 2016

3/3 Resources Committee 2016 2017

2/2 Full Governing Body Meetings 2016 2017

Committee: Resources Committee

Link Class within school: Primary Year One (Autumn), EYFS Reception (Spring), Primary Year Two (Summer).

Area of Expertise and School Focus:

Imran Jaffer is a Parent governor of twins Rayan and Ayaan, who attend Puffins and Owls classes respectively.

Imran works in IT, in the private sector, at a large multinational retail company. He has used his experience in IT, to help the school with their Business Continuity Plan (BCP) and to review the choices made when acquiring technical learning resources, all of which are fantastic at the school.

Imran sits on the Resources Committee and he has attended several meetings, where they regularly review lots of items from the Finances of the School to Health and Safety.

Imran has reviewed several policies and procedures documents, to make sure that they are fit for purpose. These can be found online on the school’s website under “Parents Information & Policies”.

Imran is very keen on science and is delighted with the new science lessons that have started in Year 3. He is very eager to see these trickle down into the lower years.

 

Heidi Russel Jones Community Governor

Date Appointed: 14/12/2015

Appointed By: Hatfield Trust and Members

Term of Office: 4 Years

Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance:

2/3 Full Governing Body Meetings 2015 2016

3/3 Outcomes Committee 2016 2017

2/2 Full Governing Body Meetings 2016 2017

Committee: Outcomes Committee

Link Class within school: Primary Year Four (Autumn), Primary Year Two (Spring), EYFS Reception (Summer).

Area of Expertise and School Focus:

Heidi has spent many years working alongside schools through her role as a Marketing Manager for an educational ICT resource provider and a charity developing life skills in young people.  During this time she developed a passion for supporting schools to create meaningful and memorable learning experiences that inspire young people and help prepare them for life beyond school. 

As a mother of a young son heading off to school in September she has both a personal and professional interest in understanding the opportunities and challenges of a growing school.  She is committed to support HCFS in offering the very best education to each and every child in the school. A keen wildlife watcher and traveller she is enthusiastic about the outdoors and understanding and enjoying the world around us.

 

Jean Wilson Community Governor

Date Appointed: 25/02/2016

Appointed By: Hatfield Trust

Term of Office: 4 Years

Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance:

0/1 Full Governing Body Meetings 2015 2016

2/3 Resources Committee 2016 2017

2/3 Full Governing Body Meetings 2016 2017

Committee: Resources Committee

Link Class within school: EYFS Reception (Autumn), Primary Year Two (Spring), Primary Year Three (Summer).

Area of Expertise and School Focus:

Jean is our newest governor and a qualified Solicitor with over ten years of legal experience in the financial services industry. She is also currently completing a Company Secretary qualification in order to expand upon her knowledge of governance and best practice of company organisation in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors.  
Jean was delighted to become a Governor of HCFS and she hopes to provide the school with support from her legal and governance perspective.  She feels that HCFS is already established as a vital part of the local community and a shining example of what can be achieved when an enthusiastic and committed group of people work together.  Jean wants to be part of the team that can help HCFS continue its achievements.
Jean lives in St Albans with her husband, young baby and excitable dog.  She is a keen amateur triathlete and marathon runner who can often be found spending Sundays pounding the streets come rain or sunshine.

 

Aimee De La Salle Staff Governor

Date Appointed: 01/09/2012, 01/09/2016

Appointed By: Staff Appointed, Ratified by Hatfield Trust and Members

Term of Office: 4 Years.

Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance:

3/3 Full Governing Body Meetings 2015 2016

3/3 Outcomes Committee 2016 2017

2/2 Full Governing Body Meetings 2016 2017

Committee: Outcomes Committee

Link Class within school: N/A

Area of Expertise and School Focus: N/A

As Staff Governor Aimee feels she can help further develop the link between the strategic vision of the school and how this translates on a daily basis within the school community.

In her role of Vice Principal Aimee is able to provide insight into the day-to-day life at HCFS and thoroughly enjoys working as part of an excellent team of Governors, who ensure that children are at the centre of all they do, helping them to receive the best possible life experiences and educational outcomes. Aimee is a Specialist Leader of Education, with a focus on Early Years, Music, Literacy Curriculum and Leadership Coaching, and enjoys collaborating with other schools and sharing best practice across the community.

Aimee is highly passionate about music, playing the Piano and the Saxophone, and regularly spends her spare time at music concerts and events.

 

Jane Sutton Staff Governor

Date Appointed: 01/09/2012, 01/09/2016

Appointed By: Staff Appointed, Ratified by Hatfield Trust and Members

Term of Office: 4 Years

Pecuniary Interests: None

3/3 Full Governing Body Meetings 2015 2016

3/3 Resources Committee 2016 2017

2/2 Full Governing Body Meetings 2016 2017

Committee: Resources Committee

Link Class within school: N/A

Area of Expertise and School Focus: N/A

Jane is married and a mother of 2 grown up children.  She has worked in education in various roles for the last 22 years.  Jane feels extremely lucky to be able to contribute to the development of HCFS as a Staff Governor and a member of staff.  She currently sits on the Resources Sub-Committee and is responsible with another Governor for the Health & Safety and Risk Management within HCFS.  She has been a Staff Governor from the start, at the time the school opened.  Jane’s first experience of being a School Governor excited her because, as then and still now, she believes Hatfield Community Free School will be a very special free school where all members of the school are committed to nurturing and fostering the children’s education academically and socially, providing the best they can for all pupils and the community around the school.

Jane is a very sporty person and in her spare time likes to play tennis, golf and go walking with her husband.

 

Sue Attard Principal

Date Appointed: 01/09/2012

Appointed By: N/A – Principal

Term of Office: N/A

Pecuniary Interests:  None

Attendance: 100% Full Governing Body Meetings

Link Class within school: N/A

 

Area of Expertise and School Focus: School Leadership

I am Principal at Jupiter and Hatfield Community Free Schools sharing my time equally across both sites. I have taught for forty years drawn to the job as a passion for wanting to see children flourish and speak about what is on their mind. I have been a Headteacher for twenty four years in three schools. I have experienced six OFSTED inspections in different settings as a Headteacher with outcomes of outstanding overall each time. I believe in allowing each child and member of staff the space and time to grow through well planned coaching and mentoring. It is important that the bigger picture of strategic vision is shared by all in order to take advantage of all the talent we have. My Doctorate research is “listening to the voices of primary aged children and learning with them”. This life work is about making sure we can understand fully what children know and understand as they move onto their next learning steps. Adults who unlock the hidden potential around them make the largest gains in everything they do and I believe that is how I work. I love being in the classroom alongside the children and adults seeing the very small moments of joy unfold into deep and meaningful experiences. I work tirelessly to make sure everyone is noticed and has an opportunity to weave their magic to make out schools the best place to be. Being a Principal is the best job in the world!

I am lucky to have an adorable family who put up with my workaholic tendencies my husband Roger of 40+ years and my son and daughter now grown up and ready, hopefully, one day to given me some grandchildren. I enjoy walking my little dog I have taken on from my mum due to her illness and trying to keep fit at the gym. My other passion is going on holiday to experience and understand different cultures across the world.

 

 

 

 

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