Bendish Lane, Whitwell, Hitchin, Hertfordshire. SG4 8HX

01438 871241

St Paul's Walden

Primary School

Governing Body


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According to the Department for Education, the purpose of our governing body is to provide confident and strong strategic leadership which leads to robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance. We have three core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

Governing bodies can choose how to fulfil these functions.

At present St Paul’s Walden School governing body uses a sub-committee model with individual governors also linked to particular elements of the school’s work and priorities. 

We have two main subcommittees which are Standards and Resources and we hold regular FGB meetings throughout the academic year.. Standards sub-committee deals with the academic and curricular elements of the school. The Resources sub-committee monitors finances and sets the school’s budget, in addition to overseeing the maintenance and improvement of the school’s building and grounds. 

New governors should attend Induction, Safeguarding and GDPR Training as soon as possible after they join the Governing Board.  This training can be undertaken in person or on-line, as we subscribe to both services offered by Herts for Learning. Once in the role, governors can continue to improve their skills and knowledge by taking advantage of various training courses available, to the benefit of both the school and the governing body.  The school's motto of 'Growing and Learning Together' applies to us too.

Our aim is to work hard to support the school and the wider community, through various different mechanisms, including attendance at various school functions throughout the academic year.

If you are interested in joining the governing body, please do not hesitate to contact any member of the Governing Body or the Headteacher for more information.


Mrs Nancy Adshead Headteacher HT Standards & Resources Y
Mrs Sarah Brady Staff Staff Resources & Standards Y
Mrs Sulu Pike Vice Chair Parent Parents Resources & Standards Chair EYFS, Attendance, Safeguarding, English,  Head's App'l, GDPR Y 16/3/20 - 15/3/24
Mrs Claire Capon Parent Parents Standards  Science  Head's App'l 7/1/21 - 6/1/25
Mrs Clare Alcock   Chair Co-opted Governing Body Resources   Head's App'l Y 19/3/20 - 18/3/24
Mr Glynn Day Co-opted Governing Body Standards & Resources Chair Finance, Health & Safety Y 7/7/22 - 6/7/26
Sarah Potter Parent Governor Parents Standards Y 02/10/23 - 02/10/27
Claire Berry Parent Governor Parents Resources Y 02/10/23 -02/10/27
The following people used to be governors at our school and have left the governing body in the last year.
Dr Asha Herbert Local Authority 18/6/19 - 26/5/23 
Mrs Stephanie Smith Staff 6/6/22 - 21/7/23
Mrs Liz Williams Co-opted 8/1/20 - 6/2/24


Our governing body has adopted the National Governance Association's Code of Conduct. Each year, all our governors declare any relevant business interests, conflicts of interest or governance positions at other schools etc.



Please find below a record of Governor attendance at relevant meetings.

Resources Meeting

Standards Meeting

Resources Meeting 

Standards Meeting

Spring FGB


Resources Meeting 

FGB Meeting


Standards Meeting


22/11/222 30/11/22 07/02/23 09/02/23 21/02/23 04/07/23 10/07/23 13/11/23 27/11/23 6/02/24
Mrs Nancy Adshead Headteacher Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Mrs Clare Alcock   Chair Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N
Mrs Stephanie Smith N Y N Y Y N N
Ms Erin Brookes N Y
Mrs Clare Capon N Y N N N N N N N N
Mrs Sulu Pike Y N N N Y Y Y Y Y Y
Mrs Liz Williams Y N Y N Y Y Y Y N Y
Dr Asha Herbert Y N Y Y Y
Mr Glynn Day Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y

Sarah Brady

Office Manager


Clare Berry


Sarah Potter