High Beeches Primary School

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Governing Body

About Us

Welcome to the Governors’ section of the High Beeches school website. We hope that you find the information in this section useful in terms of understanding the role and responsibilities of the Governing Body as a whole and the roles and responsibilities of individuals within our team.

The purpose of the Governing Body

Our Governing Body has three core functions which are:

  • ensuring the clarity of vision, ethos & strategic direction of the school

  • holding the leadership of the school to account for the educational performance of the school and its children

  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure that money is well spent

How to contact us

Please contact the Chair of Governors chairofgovernors@highbeeches.herts.sch.uk if you wish to discuss any issues or concerns which relate to the governing body and/or its activities. Contact with all governors is via the school office. Thank you. 


At High Beeches, we have a committed, supportive staff and the school “provides a safe, supportive and harmonious environment where pupils grow up as independent, confident learners” (Ofsted 2012). As such, staff and governors are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children and therefore each governor post is subject to a DBS check (replacement for the previous Criminal Records Bureau check).

The role of a Governor

Whilst the role is a voluntary one, the Governing Body expects all governors and prospective governors to be aware of the time commitment required to be an effective governor. Primarily, that commitment arises from:

  • attending meetings of the Governing Body (minimum of one per term) and Governing Body strategy days (1-2 per academic year)

  • membership of either the Standards & Curriculum Committee (usually 1 per term) or Resources Committee (1 per term & budget meeting)

  • undertaking training courses relevant to the role of a governor

  • having a link to a particular class and undertaking class visits, class trips etc to see the School Development Plan in action

  • having a particular area of responsibility such as finance, personnel, safeguarding

CHAIR: Anita White
VICE-CHAIR: Rebecca Marvell           

HEAD:   Jonathan Walker

DEPUTY HEAD: Stephanie Shewbridge
CLERK:  Katie Coxon


Resources Committee* Standards and Curriculum Committee*
Michaela Hancox (Chair) John Fellows (Chair)
Julia Higgins Anita White
Matt Tang Stephanie Shewbridge
Mark McCormack Sue Hattam
Kristian Gavan Kate Baker
Anita White Rebecca Marvell
*Head and Chair are ex officio members of all committees
Head Teacher’s Performance Management John Fellows, Julia Higgins, Anita White
Complaints Panel Michaela Hancox, Sue Hattam

Who are we?

Our Governing Body comprises a member from the Local Education Authority (LEA), the Head teacher, parent governors, a staff governor and community governors. The governing body is responsible for the identification and selection of its members. We will identify and select prospective governors by, firstly, identifying any skills gaps among the current membership. Vacancies are advertised through local advertising and networking for external governors and by advertising internally for parent and staff governors. For parent governors, if there are more applicants than vacancies, the short listed applicants will go to a ballot vote in which all current parents of the school are eligible to vote.

The personal qualities that our Governing Body looks for in selecting governors include strategic awareness, individual responsibility, sound judgement, effective communication skills, confidentiality and the ability to work as part of a team.

Class links

Reception Chestnut

 Julia Higgins

Reception Oak

Julia Higgins 

Year 1 Elm

Becky Marvel

Year 1 Cedar

Kate Baker

Year 2 Willow

John Fellows

Year 2 Hazel

John Fellows

Year 3 Redwood

 Michaela Hancox

Year 3 Birch

 Kristian Gavan

Year 4 Maple

Anita White

Year 4 Pine

Anita White

Year 5 Ash

 Sue Hattam

Year 5 Hawthorn

Matt Tang

Year 6 Sycamore

Mark McCormack

Year 6 Rowan

Chris Shankland

Strategic and Curriculum Links

Leadership Julia Higgins
Finance and HR Michaela Hancox

Premises & H&S

Chris Shankland


Julia Higgins

Inclusion & Pupil Premium

Sue Hattam

GDPR and Stakeholder

Anita White 

Staff Well-being

Anita White


Anita White


Matt Tang


John Fellows


Rebecca Marvell


Mark McCormack

RE, PSHE  & school values

John Fellows

Creative Arts

Kate Baker