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10/10/18

Harpenden Academy's School Council are running a book stall after school today to raise money for victims of the Indonesian Earthquake & Tsunami - Please Give Generously! https://t.co/ygeURXDfMx

09/10/18

Year 4 Austen class developed their independent pedestrian road skills today by participating in a workshop run by HCC. They learnt how to cross safely at a zebra crossing, how to assess the risks on the road and how to identify a safe place to cross. https://t.co/gFrt0PEzHb

28/09/18

What an amazing effort this morning from everyone. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts - your effort to bake over 2000 cakes is overwhelming. Please bring your pennies at pick up - there are still some delicious cakes left. A successful coffee morning! https://t.co/BHolhfry9p

27/09/18

Coffee morning tmw to support those fighting cancer. Leftovers for sale after school. Let’s reach our target of 2000 cakes. Happy baking! https://t.co/hARv0BTVEq

25/09/18

An amazing cross country session this week under beautiful autumnal blue skies. Forty of us ran our hearts out around the common! https://t.co/2jOsnWtnUc

21/09/18

Afloat We have just set off on our way home. We've had a fantastic time but are looking forward to being home!

20/09/18

We are now winding down and getting ready for bed. We'll see you all tomorrow and can't wait to tell you about our adventures. https://t.co/VhvraygXnD

20/09/18

Some photos from todays adventures at Fellowship Afloat. https://t.co/3TWuGPJP9p

20/09/18

Thank you to Kasia Truefitt, Artistic Director of for running some mindfulness dance workshops for KS2. We thoroughly enjoyed them. https://t.co/z2irCep27v

20/09/18

Photos to follow!

20/09/18

Our last full day at Fellowship Afloat. We've been out in the powerboats this morning. After lunch the children went on the high ropes - Jacob's Ladder and the Leap of Faith. Everyone challenged themselves and excelled; back on Trinty we had an afternoon of team games.

19/09/18

Just a few photos! Will include others in tomorrows Tweet! Night! https://t.co/fOu7gvHh5Z

19/09/18

We have a really busy day today; the children have climbed to dizzying heights and been fantastic at archery! We are all now relaxing with a film before our hot chocolate! https://t.co/OpY4vbiTXA

19/09/18

Year 5 have enjoyed their hearty breakfast this morning! Cereal, eggy toast & bacon and a veggie option. High ropes and archery today. Photos to follow.

18/09/18

We certainly got our sea legs! https://t.co/PLXjlDj5rH

18/09/18

More photos of this afternoon on the waves! https://t.co/348ncRFto2

18/09/18

It was too windy to go sailing this afternoon so we spent the afternoon steering the powerboats! https://t.co/3GMScdawz2

18/09/18

Year 5 Windy start to the day. After a hearty breakfast the children spent the morning on the climbing wall! https://t.co/3sHDInPc9l

17/09/18

After a beautiful afternoon playing team building games, and a delicious dinner, we have been on an evening walk. The children are all now safely tucked up in bed! Night! https://t.co/eChnGLUHta

17/09/18

Our Year 5 at are munching and crunching on their lunch! https://t.co/nVUhFO0qEA

17/09/18

Just a quick note to let you know that the children have all arrived safely at Fellowship Afloat and are just about to have lunch! We will of course keep you updated with how they are getting on; photos to follow on Twitter!

17/09/18

Year 5 are off! Very excited children and staff off on their residential trip to Have fun! https://t.co/x3Rl6f1hYQ

12/09/18

Our children’s office is now open every lunchtime. Year 6 are keen and ready to help you. https://t.co/ZQv8ci9kbi

13/07/18

KS1 are due back normal pick up time 3.20pm

04/07/18

We are very proud of our children who gowned up to receive their Certificates at Oakland's Children's University Graduation Ceremony - they look amazing. Find out more at https://t.co/FDIdg1hViy or twitter page https://t.co/66oc3nLSwQ

04/07/18

'Grow a £1 challenge' - we have been blown away by the enterprising ideas of the children in growing their £1 to make more pounds. Selling old books, recycling rubbish, making & selling slime, cake sales, bouncy castles, growing and selling plants, to setting up a waffle shop... https://t.co/QVckUF7lev

04/07/18

Well done to Ettie who received a highly commended award for her beautiful picure at The Arts Society Harpenden Young Arts Competition. Harpenden Academy had many stunning entries - thank you to all those who participated. https://t.co/h0oyV8NOhY

27/06/18

Retweeted From Herts For Refugees

What a joy to join Year 6 at for a workshop ! They recently organised a charity fun run and chose to receive the funds ❤️ They were fully engaged showing great empathy with child refugees. There is hope for the future with these kids ♥️ https://t.co/sUHe9XCgXO

26/06/18

It is going to be a very hot week! Please make sure children have a hat, water bottle and sun tan cream applied for school!

26/06/18

An 8 week trial launched at Harpenden Academy back in April. 28 pupils in Yr 5 put through their paces by local Volunteer Police Cadets Jamie Head, Jac Mansell and Sadie Sundt as part of the Mini Police initiative. See the youtube press release https://t.co/MTFmiPZy72

22/06/18

A huge thank you from myself and the children to the wonderful Susan who has spent the week with us - throwing herself enthusiastically (and competitively!) into every single activity and supporting and nurturing the children fantastically. We’re so grateful for you. https://t.co/ldNVhboR0z

22/06/18

Just been round the coach asking what they’re most proud of this week and feeling quite emotional. I’m so proud of each and every one of them for their boundless energy, enthusiasm, teamwork and perseverance in all the activities. They have all grown in their own unique ways.

22/06/18

One down and twenty to go! https://t.co/wp7YLBgFIl

22/06/18

Our Year 6 class are expected back at school for 3.30pm - we will keep you posted if this changes

22/06/18

Climbing https://t.co/PwP5dvpVWS

22/06/18

Star of the session: problem solving- Hannah for being super quick on the hardest puzzle and shows patience and perseverance when she couldn’t get a puzzle. Survival skills- Tait for being super keen and starting the fire.

22/06/18

Problem solving - lots of fun working out the puzzles https://t.co/1F9NMB4RNY

Local Governing Body

A list of the relevant business and pecuniary interests for our Governing Body can be found here

Letters for the attention of the Chair of the Governing Body should be sent to the school.

Governing Body Information for 2017-2018

Governing Body Attendance for 2017-2018.

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Geoff Newman - Chair of Governors

I was appointed to the board of Governors in September 2016 and delighted to have been re-elected as Chair for a one year period in September 2017. I am married to Bev and have a married daughter who went to school locally.

I spent over thirty years in the banking and securities industry where I led both large and small businesses. Having worked for Chase Manhattan Bank, BZW and Barclays Stockbrokers I became consultant to some of the UK’s largest fund management companies. In 2008 I invested in a local business and as director of Lyndhurst Financial Management Ltd I am responsible for business strategy, development and marketing along with corporate governance, with a passion for serving our community.

Outside work I am passionate about all sports and still play cricket and golf and follow rugby, football and athletics. I’m a volunteer driver and trustee of the Harpenden Hopper, the community bus service and President of Harpenden Cricket. I am also a member of the town council’s steering committee for the Harpenden Neighbourhood Plan. When time allows, Bev and I love to travel.

2

Caroline Merritt - Vice Chair of Governors / Parent Governor 

My name is Caroline Merritt. I am a parent governor elected in Jan 2016. I am also vice chair, safeguarding and EYFS governor.My background is social work and I used to manage children's homes for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. Currently I am a network manager for children's centres in Hemel. This supports children under 5 and their families. One of our targets is around raising attainment in the early years foundation stage.  I am married with 2 children. One who is in year 3 at HA and a 2 year old who will join in 2019.

4

Natalie Hogan - Governor

I have been a Governor at Harpenden Academy since 2016 and am a member of the Trust’s Finance and Audit Committee. As a chartered accountant and audit manager within a charities and not-for-profit team, this role gives me the opportunity to use my experience and skills to pursue my passion for education outside of work. 

Currently I live in West Hampstead however I grew up in Harpenden and my family still live there so I visit often. I love spending my free time with family and friends, travelling, reading and walking.

5

Sebastian Hendricks - Parent Governor

My two daughters joined Harpenden Academy from another school in November 2015, (Year 1 and Year 2 at the time).  I was elected as a parent governor in 2017.  My focus is on our Values.  The Values-Based Education program leads me to close links with the Deputy Headteacher.

Having worked directly with children from all walks of life and all abilities since 1980, I bring a deep understanding of their development, learning and ways to grow. As an NHS specialist for children focusing on communication and balance and being married to a higher education teacher in veterinary medicine, I have a good understanding of children's educational needs.

Being raised and educated in Germany, I can contribute a different system perspective to the governing body. Since moving to the UK in 1998, I also gained experience as a Chair of Professional Committees and as a Board Member of various institutions within and outside the NHS. 

Any spare time, I try to spend outside with my girls exploring, walking our rescue greyhound, building something or looking after our garden. 

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Susan Leggott - Parent Governor

I am a parent governor, elected in July 2017. My three children all attend the school –Tom in Year 5, James in Year 3 and Phoebe in Year 1.  Since Tom joined in 2013 (during the first year the school was open), I have volunteered in many different ways –classroom reading, as a lunchtime assistant, maths support in KS2, running the library, being chair of Friends of Harpenden Academy… I feel I know the playful, curious children and our unique school very well.

As a governor my aim is to help the school make the progress we need, whilst retaining things that make our school special. I am the link governor for both Mathematics and Science. 

As well as having time and enthusiasm to offer, I have a law degree, accountancy and treasury qualifications, and a financial management background.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, dancing and cycling. I also love snowboarding when I get the chance. 

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Gemma Moss - Staff Governor

My name is Gemma Moss. I am a Staff Governor elected in June 2017.   I started at Harpenden Academy in September 2016. I worked as class teacher to Year 3 for the Autumn Term and then Year 1/2 for the Spring and Summer Term. 

I am Music subject leader and enjoy teaching music, leading Singing Assembly and Choir. I have always enjoyed music from young as I learnt Piano and Flute. I am Talk for Writing lead which I am very passionate about and the impact it can have on children’s writing.  

Away from school I enjoy reading and watching a range of sports, especially watching my football team Shrewsbury Town! I am married and have been for the past 8 years. 

8

Michael Stevens - Governor

I have lived in Harpenden with my family of six children for most of the last 33 years and I first became involved in School Governance in 1999 when I was elected as a parent Governor at High Beeches where my children went to school. Since then I have served in a number of school Governance roles at Sir John Lawes; Wood End Primary and now Harpenden Academy.

Throughout my professional life I worked in law enforcement, predominantly in the investigative specialism, in a number of different agencies. Latterly, while serving as a senior manager at the National Crime Agency, my role involved working with the Home Office on the strategic planning and governance of various government multi agency organised crime initiatives.

Now retired, I also volunteer as a selector for the International Citizen Service, a project for young people volunteering overseas funded by DFID and delivered through VSO. What little "me time" I have, after my family and being an active Governor, is spent involved in the local branch of the Institute of Advanced Motorists' motorcycle section. I am a keen biker -it is great for blowing away the cobwebs!

Kate watson

Kate Watson - Staff Governor

My name is Kate Watson. I am a Staff Governor elected in April 2018.  I have worked at Harpenden Academy since before our school even opened (April 2012) - helping to write and present the bid to the DfE. I have been a member of the teaching team and the leadership team since we opened and have taught across all age groups at the school. I am have been the Year 6 teacher for the past two years as well as the Key Stage two leader since we have had a Key Stage Two.

I am also the science leader and the PSHE/SMSC leader and am passionate about both areas of the curriculum: science as a way of developing children's curiosity and awe and wonder of the world around them and PSHE as a vital way of supporting children with their mental, emotional and social well being. I also lead our cross country club every week which involves running with between 20-30 children around our local parks before school - a wonderful start to the day whatever the weather. I am committed to developing and supporting children's mental and emotional wellbeing and their growth mindset to ensure each child reaches their potential and finds their own way to shine.

Away from school I love spending time with my two girls, who both attend our school, and I am happiest when I'm outdoors and being active. I love open water swimming and have participated in triathlons for over 15 years. I am also a huge fan of yoga and mindfulness and practise both alone and with my children. I love travelling and my favourite place in the world is Cornwall.

Kathy taylor

Kathy Taylor - Co-opted Governor

I have been a teacher in the local area for the last 30 years and working as an Inclusion Manager for the last 23 years. My current role is as Assistant Headteacher at a local primary school, where I lead Inclusion and share deputy head duties with my colleague.

I have been married for 30 years. My husband is a Deputy Headteacher of a local secondary school. We have two grown up children, a son who has a very rare genetic condition - hence my interest and involvement with special educational needs and disabilities - and a daughter who has just finished her first year at university.

I am looking forward to working with the Inclusion manager and staff at Harpenden Academy to help facilitate the best possible outcomes for all vulnerable groups of children.

David Whiteley - Co-opted Governor

 

Letters directed to us should be sent to the academy for our attention.

 

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