Garden Fields JMI School | Townsend Drive, St Albans, AL3 5RL | 01727 890440

Garden Fields JMI School | Townsend Drive, St Albans, AL3 5RL
01727 890440

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Garden Fields JMI School

Growing Hearts and Minds

Building children’s confidence, igniting a love of learning and creating wonderful memories

Part of the Alban Academies Trust
Sharing Educational Excellence

GFS Logo

Garden Fields JMI School

Growing Hearts and Minds

Building children’s confidence, igniting a love of learning and creating wonderful memories

Part of the Alban Academies Trust
Sharing Educational Excellence

GOVERNORS

Overview

Garden Fields has a committed team of governors who play an important role in the strategic leadership of our school. We are unpaid volunteers (save for our Headteacher who is also a governor) and are either appointed or elected to serve a four-year term of office.

We are a Local Governing Body who reports to the AAT Trust Board through a schedule of delegation.

a. 7 co-opted governors
b. 2 parent governors
c. Our Headteacher
d. 1 staff governor

* co-opted governors are appointed by the governing body, on the basis of our regular skills audits, because they have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

We have 2 Associate Governors.

What we do

Our task is to govern the school, providing strategic leadership and focussing on the following core functions:

Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
Once appointed or elected as governors, we must operate in the best interest of pupils, not as representatives to lobby on behalf of any particular constituency, whether parents, staff or other. We all have equal rights to participate in the work of the governing body and to state our own views, but we work as a team and are bound by the collective decisions of the team.

How we work

We work in partnership with our Headteacher who, in addition to his role as governor, is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school with the support of his senior management team. We are supported in our work by the clerk to the governing body.

How often we meet

We meet as a full governing body at least twice a term.  We have at least one governors’ day per year when governors attend classes, experience other aspects of a typical school day and meet to discuss strategy and/or other current issues. Governors regularly spend further time in school and participate in small ‘working party’ meetings in order better to understand the issues the school is facing and to inform decisions on policy and strategy.

How to contact us

If you would like to contact the governors you can do so by either emailing  or addressing any correspondence in a sealed envelope for the attention of the Chair of Governors, Garden Fields JMI School c/o the School Office.

If you have any concerns about any aspect of school life, please raise them in the first instance with the appropriate member of school staff or with a member of the school’s senior management team.

Interested in becoming a School Governor?

Please come and speak with us.

Our Governors

Joanna Lockwood

Positions Held: Co-Chair of Governors
Previous Positions:
Maternity Leave 1 September 2023 – 31 December 2023
Chair of Governors, Child Protection & CLA Governor 1 February 2023 – 31 August 2023
Governor 24 March 2021 – 31 January 2023

  • Governor Category: Co-opted Governor
  • Appointing Body: Governing Board
  • Dates: 24 March 2021 – 23 March 2025
  • Attendance 2022/23: 7 out of 7
  • Attendance 2021/22: 6 out of 7
  • Attendance 2020/21: 3 out of 3
  • Attendance 2019/20: N/A
  • Register of Interest: N/A
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Jo is currently a Bid Manager at an international real estate organisation. She has experience in all areas of marketing and business development, now focusing her skills on writing winning proposals and presenting to clients. She has a law degree from Nottingham Law School and is a member of the Association of Proposal Management. Living locally in Harpenden, Jo loves to walk her dog Larry around the common and local trails and enjoys going to the theatre in London.

James Latham

Position Held: Co Chair of Governors & Parent Governor

  • Previous Positions: Parent Governor 4 December 2023 – 31 December 2023
  • Governor Category: Parent Governor
  • Governing Body Dates: 4 December 2023 – 3 December 2027
  • Register of Interest: Parent of a child at Garden Fields.
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James has spent over 20 years working in advertising agencies, recently at board level with a focus on client management and growth. He currently has one son at Garden Fields and one who has moved up to secondary school.

In his spare time he coaches youth football and loves helping children improve their confidence through sport.

Abi Ayorinde

Position Held:

  • Governor Category: Co-opted Governor
  • Appointing Body: Governing Board
  • Dates: 4 December 2023 – 3 December 2027
  • Register of Interest: none
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Claudine Dicks

Position Held: Clerk to Governors

  • Register of Interest: Office Manager at GFS School

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Claudine has worked at Garden Fields for 18 years having first worked in the classroom as a Learning Support Assistant. Over the years she has worked in a number of roles and now works full time in the front office. When she’s not working she loves spending time with her family, reading, pilates, baking and meeting with friends.

Dominic Jones

Position Held:
Governor Category: Co-opted Governor

  • Previous Positions: Parent Governor 15 January 20 – 27 June 2023
  • Governing Body Dates: 15 January 20 – 14 January 24
  • Attendance 2022/23: 1 out of 7
  • Attendance 2021/22: 6 out of 7
  • Attendance 2020/21: 8 out of 9
  • Attendance 2019/20: 9 out of 9
  • Register of Interest: Employed by Axis Communications. Parent of two children at Garden Fields.
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Dominic has two children at Gardenfields school. Dominic studied for a degree in Communications Audio Visual Production and has subsequently worked in various marketing positions primarily within the technology industry. Outside of work he is an enthusiastic but slow runner!

Victoria Kearvell

Position Held:
Governor Category: Associate Governor
Appointing Body: Local Governing Body

  • Governing Body Dates: 4 December 2023 – 3 December 2024
  • Register of Interest: Finance and HR Manager at Garden Fields JMI School. Parent of two children at Garden Fields.

Sean Moran

Position Held: Co Vice-Chair, Child Protection & CLA Governor

  • Governor Category: Co-opted Governor
  • Governing Body Dates: 27 January 21 – 26 January 25
  • Attendance 2022/23: 3 out of 7
  • Attendance 2021/22: 7 out of 7
  • Attendance 2020/21: 5 out of 5
  • Attendance 2019/20: N/A
  • Register of Interest: Employed at Lyon Park Primary School
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Sean is currently an Assistant Headteacher at a large four-form primary school in Brent. He holds the National Professional Qualification of Senior Leadership and has a passion for improving educational opportunities and ensuring that all children achieve their full potential. Using both his educational background and leadership experience, he is committed to supporting with the strategic leadership of the school.

Outside of school he is a keen golfer, however, this is very much a work in progress.

Ruth Palmer

Position Held: Deputy Headteacher

  • Governor Category: Associate Governor
  • Appointing Body: Governing Body
  • Dates: 4 December 2023 – 3 December 2027
  • Previous positions – Ex Officio – 01 September 2007 – 3 December 202
  • Register of Interest: Deputy Headteacher of GFS school. Child attends GFS.

Paul Sutton

Position Held: Headteacher

  • Governor Category: 
  • Appointing Body: N/A
  • Dates: Ex Officio
  • Register of Interest: Headteacher of GFS school.  

Sally Welton

Position Held:

  • Governor Category: Staff Governor
  • Appointing Body:  Staff
  • Dates:  8 June 2022 to 7 June 2026
  • Attendance 2022/23: 7 out of 7
  • Attendance 2021/22: 2 out of 2
  • Register of Interest: Employed by GFS
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Robert Walter

Position Held: Co Vice-Chair, Health & Safety Governor

  • Governor Category: Co-opted Governor
  • Governing Body Dates: 01 February 2023 – 31 January 2027
  • Attendance 2022/23: 3 out of 4
  • Register of Interest:  
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Vicki Wolfe

Position Held: SEN Governor

  • Governor Category: Parent Governor
  • Governing Body Dates: 23 March 2022 – 22 March 2026
  • Attendance 2022/23: 7 out of 7
  • Attendance 2021/22: 3 out of 3
  • Register of Interest: Parent of two children at Garden Fields
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Vicki is a Child & Educational Psychologist, and Mum to 3 boys at the school.  Vicki worked as a Secondary School Teacher before completing her Psychology Doctorate in 2011, and currently works part-time across the local authority, private and charity sectors.  In her spare time, she enjoys swimming and jogging – and ferrying her children to various events!

Governors (no longer in appointment) who have served in the last 12 months

Tolu Airede

Positions Held: Co-opted Governor
Appointing Body: Governing Board
Dates: 18 September 2019 – 31 December 2023
Attendance 2023/24: 1 out of 2
Attendance 2022/23: 5 out of 6
Attendance 2021/22: 6 out of 7
Attendance 2020/21: 7 out of 7
Attendance 2019/20: 11 out of 11
Register of interest: None

Peter Jones

Positions Held: Chair of Governors, Child Protection & CLA Governor

  • Governor Category: Co-opted Governor
  • Appointing Body: Governing Board
  • Dates: 01 September 2023 – 31 December 2023
  • Attendance 2023/24: 2 out of 2

Hazel Bentall

Position Held:
Governor Category: Co-opted Governor
Appointing Body: Governing Board
Dates: 1st February 2023 – 31st May 2023
Attendance 2022/23: 1 out of 3
Register of Interest: none

Sunny Grewal

Position Held: Vice-Chair of Governors and Health & Safety Governor

Governor Category: Co-opted Governor
Appointing Body: Governing Body
Dates: 22 Nov 2016 – 06 May 2023
Attendance 2022/23: 5 out of 5
Attendance 2021/22: 4 out of 7
Attendance 2020/21: 8 out of 9
Attendance 2019/20: 11 out of 12
Attendance 2018/19: 8 out of 10
Attendance 2017/18: 10 out of 11
Attendance 2016/17: 3 out of 7
Register of Interest: Proprietor of Jasi Investments LLP,  Chalfont Investment Ltd and Lye Green Development Ltd. Parent of 1 GFS child.

Andrew Farrugia

Positions Held: Headteacher, Ex-officio

Dates: 01 Jan 2017 – 16 April 2023
Attendance 2022/23: 5 out of 5
Attendance 2021/22: 10 out of 10
Attendance 2020/21: 13 out of 13
Attendance 2019/20: 13 out of 13
Attendance 2018/19: 10 out of 10
Attendance 2017/18: 10 out of 10
Attendance 2016/17: 8 out of 8

Nicola Dale

Positions Held: Chair of Governors, Child Protection & CLA Governor

Previous Positions: Governor 27 Sept 16 – 25 March 20
Governor Category: LA Governor
Appointing Body: LA
Dates: 27 Sept 16 – 31 Jan 2023
Attendance 2022/23: 3 out of 3
Attendance 2021/22: 10 out of 10
Attendance 2020/21: 12 out of 13
Attendance 2019/20: 12 out of 13
Attendance 2018/19: 8 out of 10
Attendance 2017/18: 9 out of 10
Attendance 2016/17: 8 out of 10
Register of Interest: Self employed consultant.