|Headteacher of School
Mrs Kirsty Badham
Chair of Governors
Mr Tim Starkey (2019 – 2023)
Appointed by Herts County Council
Mr John Palmer (2018 – 2022)
Staff Governor (elected by staff)
Mrs Amanda Fox (2019 – 2023)
Mrs Margaret Ross (2020 – 2024)
Mr Timothy Hughes (2021 – 2025)
Parent Governors (elected by parents)
Mr Mark Tyler (2018 – 2022)
Mr Terence Philpott (2018 – 2022)
Mr Nick Endacott (2019-2023)
Clerk to the Governors
Mrs Alex Yates
I became a parent governor in 2008. My three sons attended Breachwood Green JMI but have now moved onto secondary school.
During my time as a governor, I have been involved in the project to extend the school to provide what is now the reception, office, headteacher’s office, staffroom and music area. I have participated in three Ofsted inspections, chaired the premises (now Resources) committee and been the SEND link governor. I was elected as the chair of governors in 2018.
After gaining a degree in in agriculture from the University of Reading, I spent the early part of my career lecturing in agriculture at Oaklands College in St Albans and obtained a postgraduate teaching qualification (PGCE) from the University of Hertfordshire. I then went on to a career in rural surveying and took a postgraduate diploma in land management at Harper Adams University. I now work as a rural chartered surveyor and agricultural valuer. I was a partner at Bidwells, a large property consultancy based in Cambridge. I am now an equity partner at Weldon Beesly, a specialist rural surveying practice in Hertfordshire that provides consultancy, valuation and management and services to farmers, landowners and rural estates.
I believe that all children deserve high quality education and that we have a responsibility to ensure that our children have the opportunity to thrive and achieve their full potential.
I (the Governing Board’s Finance lead since 2017) am a qualified public sector accountant who currently works for Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust as the Associate Director for Performance & Information. With three children who all benefited from the BWG JMI experience before moving onto secondary school in Hitchin, I have been connected to the school for over 13 years. I have in the past been known to pick up a cricket ball for the village club and, even more frequently, drop the same ball. And while there’s clearly plenty of enjoyment to be had just from a spreadsheet, and ignominy on a cricket pitch, you might occasionally also see me playing my guitar with my band mates at the Red Lion.
I became a parent governor in July 2018, I am now the premises lead and responsible for health and safety at the school. I have worked in engineering and facilities management my whole career and this gives me a very good understanding of how to keep the school running well. I have two daughters at the school in years 3 and 5 and I’m happy that I can contribute towards helping their school be a safe and happy place for them to learn.
We moved to Breachwood Green in 2013, attracted among many other things by having an excellent and friendly Primary School right here in the village. Our son now attends the school, and loves it as much as we do. I have spent my whole career to date working in education myself; this began with teaching English in various countries around the world, including Greece, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Argentina, Qatar and Dubai. After time studying for a Masters Degree and then a Doctorate, I have worked in Higher Education in the UK since 2006. My area is helping students with their writing and their use of language and numeracy in their studies, and integrating formal literacy and numeracy development into students’ degree programmes, to enable them to succeed in their studies and fulfil their potential. I believe passionately in inclusive education and making a real difference to students’ opportunities in life through effective education.
I live (almost) next door to the school, and am the Vice-Chair of Governors.
I have held several senior director level communications, marketing and fundraising roles at major charities including Oxfam, The Scout Association, the National Centre for Social Research, the MS Society, Isabel Hospice in Welwyn Garden City, the Milton Keynes Community Foundation, and am currently Director of Policy and Communications at the older person charity Independent Age.
I have also worked in the commercial sector as a director of a leading communications consultancy in the City of London, where I’ve led teams on a range of Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives and public awareness campaigns. Additionally, I have secondment and interim experience in several Whitehall Government Departments.
I have recently finished a five-year appointment as Chair of Trustees at Loughborough University SU, and am the Vice-Chair of trustees at the award-winning Hertfordshire addiction rehabilitation charity The Living Room.
My connections with Breachwood Green School began when my own children started at the school and I soon became a member and the first secretary of the then newly formed PTFA. I loved being involved in the school and watching all the pupils grew in confidence and skills and I still feel that now as a governor. I became a community governor in 2008 and have taken on the responsibilities of Safeguarding Governor for the last seven years.
My working life began as a researcher in a medical school laboratory and, after a career break with young children, I later retrained and qualified as a lecturer in Further Education. I worked at a local college and chose to work with adults who had missed out on their education first time round, teaching and helping them to rebuild their basic skills, develop strong life skills and gain access to IT. This helped me to understand and be passionate about the rights of everybody to have a good grounding and develop confidence in essential skills and a love of learning. Now retired, I enjoy being able to contribute towards the building of children’s skills, seeing them grow in confidence and a develop their love of learning at Breachwood Green School.
I first became part of the BWG community in 2009 when my eldest son started in Reception. I became chair of the PTFA in 2010 and continued in that role until 2015, during which time I volunteered once a week in the school office. I was employed as the Clerk to the Governors from 2014 until 2018 and as a TA from 2014 until 2016 when I became the school secretary. I am very proud to be part of such a vibrant and happy school community where the children are always put first.
I became the staff governor in 2019 to enhance my role in the life of the school and to represent my colleagues. I feel very lucky to be part of a dedicated and hardworking staff and Governor team who constantly strive for excellence and the best possible outcomes for our children.
I spend my spare time (when not in lockdown!) driving around the countryside to watch both of my children in their sporting endeavours. I enjoy watching television and keeping up to date with current affairs.
I became a parent governor in July 2018, I am now a part of the Curriculum and Standards team as well as the lead SEND Governor. I have been in secondary education as a teacher since 2006, I have had numerous roles in schools, most recently as middle leader as a head of Physical Education in a large secondary school and I have recently completed an NPQSL, which is a senior leader qualification. I have a keen interest and knowledge of inclusive education and supporting students of all backgrounds, it is my aim to use this experience to support all students and staff in our fantastic village school. I have 2 children at Breachwood JMI and it is my responsibility to support them and their peers in receiving the best possible education, in order to give them fantastic life chances.