The Governors are a body of people who are responsible for a huge array of duties ranging from managing the school budget, to employing staff, to overseeing the curriculum and ensuring the upkeep of the building. Our Governors work very hard for the development of successful learning at Summerswood.
Mr Tim Bailey - Chair of Governors - Chair of School Improvement Committee
Tim has recently retired from BP where for over 35 years he held leadership roles in the Drilling & Wells Organization, involving drilling operations, well engineering, strategy and planning, technology and most recently learning and competency development. He became a Governor in 2000 at Hobletts Manor Infants’ and Nursery School and has been Chair since 2004. In 2012 he became a National Learner of Governance, coaching other Chairs and supporting other Governing Bodies in Hertfordshire. Tim also sits on the IEB for Sarratt Primary School which has recently achieved a Good for Ofsted. Tim is married to Susan and they have three grown up children who have all left the roost. NGKY – No grand kids yet!
Dr Jeanette Thrilling - Parent Governor - Vice Chair, Chair of Staffing and Pupil Welfare Committee, Resources Committee
I have been a Parent Governor since May 2015. I am on the Resources Committee, the Staff and Pupil Welfare Committee and I am the Health and Safety Governor. I am married with two children, both of whom attend Summerswood. I enjoy reading and spending time with my family and friends. I am a clinical neuropsychologist working in the NHS and hope to use my skills and experience to support Summerswood in its continued development
I have 2 children attending Summerswood Primary School in Year 2 and Year 5.
Miss Sarah Kneller – Head Teacher – School Improvement Committee
I became Headteacher at Summerswood in September 2014 and am enjoying working alongside our governors. They are a supportive group of people who are committed to working alongside me to make Summerswood the very best it can be.
Mrs Pat Strack - LEA Governor - Personnel Committee
I have been a governor at Summerswood for about 30 years. Members of my family have been pupils at the school. Before retirement, I was a teacher and then a schools' advisor. I now have environment commitments to Woodcock Hill Village Green, Green Belt society, Aldenham Country Park Trust Ltd. and am a committee member of MENCAP and a trustee of Borehamwood Museum. Currently I have the honour of being the Mayor of the Town. I enjoy all that London has to offer galleries, museums, architecture, shows, plays and the Thames. I love to travel but enjoy life here in Borehamwood with my family who are close by.
Miss Michelle Alpern - Staff Governor - School Improvement Committee
I have been working at Summerswood since 2009 and feel lucky to work with such an amazing group of children and staff. I am the Assistant Head Teacher and Year 2 class teacher. I oversee the curriculum across the school and ensure that learning is meaningful and engaging for the children. I also mentor our NQT’s and support them through their first year of teaching.
Mrs Kerri Walker - Co-Opted Governor - Resources Committee
I started working at Summerswood over 15 years ago when both of my children attended the school. They are now grown up; one is a teacher and the other works for the BBC and is about to start University. I am the School Business Manager and support on the Resources Committee of the Governing Body. In my spare time I love spending time with my family!
I am the School Business Manager and my Daughter Shana Walker is the Nursery Teacher.
Ms Paula Gregory - Co-opted Governor - School Improvement Committee
I have been a governor at Summerswood Primary since 2002 and have seen so many positive changes. I have two grown up children that came to this school and thoroughly enjoyed their time here. I am a Computing teacher at a local secondary school and a swimming teacher at Borehamwood Swimming Club.
I am the Vice Chair of the School Improvement Committee and responsible for safeguarding.
In my spare time I enjoy growing fruit and vegetables and love a good novel!
Mr Peter Gillett - Co-opted Governor - School Improvement
Mr Gillett is Headteacher at Hertswood Academy and is the newest member of Summerswood's Governing Body. He is a member of the School Improvement Committee and is looking forward to using his educational expertise to help Summerswood Primary School. Mr Gillett has over 20 years experience teaching and leading improvements in London schools.
Nick Marsh – Parent Governor
I am a father to three girls, two of whom attend Summerswood. By day I work as a senior manager for one of the UK's biggest charities as their head of Individual Giving. I also run my own charity which works in Cambodia, where we have our own school which is home to 400 children. I also have the privilege of managing Borehamwood girls U10 football team, who are far better footballers than I'll ever be.
I have 2 children attending Summerswood Primary School in reception and year 3.
Cristian Crucean - Parent Governor
Having worked as a finance manager for a college for the last 5 years I have developed an interest in children education and development. I am keen to help the school in the management of its resources to provide children with a great environment for learning and development. It is a privilege to be part of the school's governing body and I look forward to meeting the people involved with the school and learning how the school works.
I have 1 child attending Summerswood Primary School in Reception class.
Mr Braham Hochenberg - Parent Governor - Resources Committee
I have been a parent governor since September 2013 and am Vice Chair of the Resources Committee. When not working as a retail director, I spend as much time as possible with my wife and 2 children, 1 of whom attends Summerswood; I also enjoy playing (and anything else to do with) football.
I have 2 children attending Summerswood Primary School in Reception and year 2.
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