The Governing Body
The school's governing body performs an essential role in the running of the school, and is comprised of volunteers whose contributions of both their time and expertise are truly valued by the wider school community. We are always on the lookout for new members, and should you be interested in becoming involved, please contact the Headteacher for an informal discussion.
Pauline Alleyne (Chair)
My family and I have lived in the village of Essendon for over 30 years and during this time I have been an active member the Church and community. I have helped run St Mary’s Sunday School for over 20 years and have got to know many of the local children and their families. In my role as Chair, I hope to make a positive contribution to our community and develop the links between the school, church and community.
I was part of the teaching team at Essendon for 15 years and part of the governing body for 9 of those years. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to see the school grow and change during the time that I have worked there, and to be part of a team who have a shared vision to give children a firm foundation in the skills, experiences and values that will be important to them as they grow up in an ever changing and challenging world. In July 2018, I left my teaching role but wanted to continue to support the school as a governor.
I have worked with all age groups in the school but I have been particularly involved in developing the early years provision and building links between home and school for all our families as they begin their school journey. As a Church of England school it is important to show the difference that the values of the Christian faith make to everything that we do. These principles also make our links with St. Mary’s Church and the local community important as we live and work together.
In a fast changing and challenging world I believe our schools and children need more support than ever and if each of us contribute as little or as much as possible in our own way, we can achieve greater successes in our schools and communities.
We have moved to Essendon over 2 years ago and we chose the village because of the school. I think we are very lucky and me and my wife are trying to help as much as we can to contribute to the school’s success. Evie, our daughter is currently in year 3 and she absolutely loves coming to school! Lenny has just enrolled in nursery and he enjoys very much his morning sessions at Essendon Primary!
Although I have a degree in chemical engineering, later on I moved my line of work into finance, currently working as a mortgage broker and running my own business for the past 15 years. I am hoping in my new role as governor to be able to apply my skills to support the school achieve the best it can. Being a governor comes with responsibilities and challenges, but I enjoy a challenge and I find the role stimulating.
We are lucky to have such an amazing school, a great village community and the Church has been very inspiring.
“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.” M Wright Edelman
I am the school's Head and Inclusion Manager and joined the school's Governing Board upon my appointment as Deputy in September 2020. Prior to this I have worked at a number of Hertfordshire schools as SENDCo and class teacher. I am mum to five grown-up children, and currently I live in St Albans with my husband.
I moved to Essendon in 2014, having lived in the local area all my life. I am married to Tom and we have two children, Ted and Harry, both of whom are pupils at the school. We feel very privileged to live in such a beautiful and welcoming village. We were married at St Mary’s Church in 2012 by Reverend Pauline and both children have also been christened there.
I became a governor as I am passionate about children’s education and want to support the school in being the best it can be and to help our children achieve their potential. I feel it is important to create a school environment whereby each child is valued and develops their own ideas, self-esteem and confidence, so they can excel both academically and creatively.
Revd. Theresa Musiwacho
I am the Rector of the Hartford Hundred Group of Parishes. I am a teacher by profession and have worked in Primary Schools abroad and in the United Kingdom. I seek to support the school on issues pertaining to education, family life and Christian ministry. I am called through the Holy Spirit to share my knowledge and experience as a way of assisting others.
I am married to Solomon and we have two children. I consider myself an approachable and conscientious person and a team player.
I was apponted to the Governing Board of Essendon School on 15th February 2019.
I work as a School Business Manager and aim to use my expertise to support the school in its financial decision making. I am also the Governor with responsibility for GDPR compliance.
I have lived in Essendon with my family for fourteen years and have now been a governor of Essendon School for nine years and was chair of governors for the last six years.
I studied engineering at university and worked in the engineering industry for the first four years of my career before taking those skills into The City where I worked for The Stock Exchange building their first generation trading systems and databases. When my children were growing up, I retrained as a teacher and have taught physics at different secondary schools across Hertfordshire since qualifying. I am now retired from teaching and devote my time to our family businesses, my role at Essendon School, village life and travelling.
I became a governor in the hope that some of my skills would be helpful in supporting the development of the school. I have not been disappointed and have found my role really stimulating. I am always learning and always striving to sustain our school as a wonderful asset for the village.
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The Work of the Governing Body
The governing body of the school has three key roles: setting strategic direction, ensuring accountability, and monitoring and evaluating school performance. The governors are accountable to the local authority for the way in which the school is run.
Our governors establish a strategic framework by setting aims and objectives for the school, adopting policies for achieving them, and setting targets for their achievement.
Governors monitor and evaluate progress against the strategic aims and regularly review the framework of the school in the light of that process. In all these areas, the governors are advised by the Headteacher. The School Development Plan provides the main mechanism for the strategic planning process. The Headteacher has the responsibility for the operational organisation, management and control of the school and for implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.
Governors are not expected to be involved in the day to day management of the school. The Headteacher discusses all the main aspects of school life with the governing body and will expect governors to both challenge and support the school in its improvement. Acting as a critical friend, governors seek to question and gain information to enable them to make the best decisions for the school.
Our Full Governing Body meets four times per year, in addition to the meeting of the following sub-committees:
Ethos Committee (E) - this committee is responsible for overseeing the school's implementation of its framework of Christian Values and ensuring we are meeting our pupils' pastoral needs.
Pupils and Curriculum Committee (P&C) - this committee is responsible for monitoring the quality of teaching and learning and the progress of pupils made from their relative starting points, as well as their outcomes or achievements. Members of this committee review the content and implementation of our curriculum, analyse school data and meet regularly with the leadership team to discuss progress. Where any pupil is not achieving in-line with expectations or making good progress, this committee monitors the support put in place (whether academic or well-being related).
Finance and Premises Committee (F&P) - the purpose of this committee is to ensure that the health and safety aspects of school life are well run and to ensure that appropriate budgeting and shepherding of school's financial and other resources is taking place.
Personnel Committee (P) - the purpose of this committee is to enable the Governing Body to fulfill its key roles in relation to staff including induction, complaints and disciplinary matters and performance against targets and expectations.
Safeguarding committee (S) - the safeguarding committee meets to oversee our safeguarding procedures and outcomes.
The governing body also provides working parties of governors to deliver the priorities set out in our School Development Plan to ensure that all pupils are offered an appropriately rich and balanced curriculum which meets their individual needs, that all pupils are thriving and making sustained progress and that where any pupil, because of his or her educational or additional needs, is not thriving, appropriate support is put in place to rectify this.
The governing body is supported by a professional clerk.
Our Board of Governors are appointed from representatives of our community, the Local Authority (LA), the Church of England, staff and parents. Details of the current governors are listed below.