Governor Committees 2018-19
|Finance & Management||Curriculum & Pastoral|
|Mr Graham Lamb (Chair)||Miss Mandy King (Chair)|
|Mr Gurpreet Rehal||Ms Margaret Warren|
|Dr Oonagh McGill||Mrs Mary Deller|
|Mrs Bernadette Holmes||Mrs Bernadette Holmes|
Dr Thomas Pike
|Mrs Debbie Pal-Born|
|Mr Rob Stubbs||Mrs Helen Furnivall|
|Mrs Susie Winstanley||Miss Theresa Burtenshaw|
Mrs Laura Lester
Mrs Caroline Howard - SBM
|Mrs Mary Deller|
|Mr Graham Lamb|
Susie Winstanley - Parent Governor, Chair of Governors
I have two children who are going through Strathmore and Wilshere Dacre, and back in the ‘80s I attended both schools myself! I pursued a career in asset management marketing before moving into school administration in 2017. I have been a parent governor at Strathmore since 2015 and before becoming Chair had a focus upon Health & Safety.
I strongly believe in the power of education to provide opportunities for all our children which will enable them to be happy and succeed in life. Here at Strathmore every child is treated as an individual and made to feel safe and important and encouraged to develop a love of learning in our nurturing environment through the broad curriculum taught.
Bernadette Holmes – Headteacher
After having my own children and volunteering as a parent helper I decided to retrain, qualifying as a teacher in 1996. I taught in Stevenage and Hitchin across the primary age range, prior to becoming Headteacher here at Strathmore in 2009. I was particularly drawn to Strathmore because of the diverse population and strong community links. It is a privilege to work with all the children, a fantastic staff team, strong and proactive governors and some very warm and supportive parents and families. Whilst the variety in my role can be a challenge, mostly it is what makes it so enjoyable!
In my spare time I enjoy being with my family, eating out, trips to concerts and the theatre and reading.
Mary Deller - Co-Opted Governor
I became a parent governor at Strathmore in 2008 - my daughter is now in Year 10 at a local secondary school! I have been involved in many different aspects of school life - including helping to set up the Pre-School. I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and variety of tasks undertaken as a governor - especially being able to work as part of a team of fellow governors and staff.
My professional background is in journalism, but over the past 14 years I have been very involved in voluntary youth work. I volunteer with a local educational charity working in Hitchin schools. I am also a trained drugs educator, delivering lessons in drug & alcohol prevention in local secondary schools. With my interest in the emotional welfare of young people, I am pleased to support Strathmore as the designated safeguarding governor.
Zoë Folbigg - Associate Governor
I was born in Grove Road and have always felt drawn back to the local community - of which I believe Strathmore is the backbone. I wanted to become a governor so I could get more involved in the school and the rich learning environment it provides for its pupils, especially since my eldest son joined in 2014. I'm a writer and editor, and have worked for women's magazines for 15 years, so I feel I can contribute by poring through school policies and strategies with attention to detail - I sit on the Curriculum and Pastoral Committee - to help Strathmore in continuing to make great strides forward. My youngest son joined Strathmore last year, and when I'm not running around after my boys, I like to run and bake: each activity fuels the other!
Mandy King - Co-Opted Governor
I'm a Mum of two and work full-time in London as a police officer. My initial motivation for becoming a school governor was wanting to be involved in the school community, but being unable to do drop-offs/pickups. I continue to be overwhelmed by the School's commitment to every child's development the support mechanisms available. I'm the Chair of the Curriculum and Pastoral Committee and the Pupil Premium governor, and bring a common sense approach to performance analysis and policy setting. When I'm not juggling my children's activities I enjoy yoga.
Graham Lamb - Co-Opted Governor
I have been a Governor at Strathmore since 2014, initially as a local authority nominee, and latterly as a Co-Opted Governor. I am Chair of the Finance & Management Committee and have lived in North Hertfordshire since 1997, and in the school catchment area until recently. I previously worked in the telecoms industry where I held senior posts in finance, product management, marketing, business restructuring and regulation including Head of Regulation for BT's network division and Head of Broadband Market Insight and Development. I was also a National Executive Member and President of my trade union in the 1980's. I am now semi-retired and enjoy using my experience to help the exciting things going on with Strathmore.
Oonagh McGill - Parent Governor
I have two young children, the eldest of whom is a Strathmore pupil and loving her time here! As a family, we’ve found the school to be very welcoming and inclusive. We really enjoy, and take pride in being part of the Strathmore community.
In my professional life I work in the healthcare industry, where alongside the NHS, we work towards ensuring UK patients have equitable access to high quality healthcare. I believe the same should be true of access to high quality education, as a means to break down inequalities and support equal opportunity. These are values I see brought to life at Strathmore, where all children are encouraged to learn and grow as individuals, by wonderful teachers in a supportive environment.
Debbie Pal-Born - Co-Opted Governor
Even though my children are now in Secondary School I have a keen interest in Early Years education which is why I was very happy to be accepted as a Co-Opted Governor at Strathmore in October 2016. I moved here with my husband and 3 children in June 2011 from France where we had lived for 5 years. Before that we lived in Brighton where I was a Parent Governor at my youngest child's primary school. As I work full time I wanted to contribute towards something worthwhile in my spare time and so I am looking forward to supporting the school achieve its goals and maintain its high standards.
Tom Pike - Parent Governor
I have two children currently attending Strathmore, and we are delighted to be a part of the school community, sharing the school's ambition to be somewhere our children flourish, learn and have fun. I work as a senior officer for a London council, delivering major projects including new schools, and improving services. I am keen to support the school so that all our children have a great start and love to learn.
Rob Stubbs - Parent Governor
I have lived in Hitchin for the last 20 years and my daughter has just started at Strathmore. I am a research scientist for Glaxo Smith Kline. I have a large interest in the natural world and love visiting local nature reserves and partaking in one of my hobbies, photography, as a family. We also love travelling to France for sun & culture.
Margaret Warren - Local Authority Governor
Having semi-retired after more than 30 years in the secondary and tertiary education sectors, I was pleased to take on the SEN governor role in May 2016 - an opportunity to put long experience of English and SEN teaching, tutoring, research and writing to use in support of the excellent work being done at Strathmore. My membership of the Curriculum and Pastoral Committee allows particular involvement in a range of issues close to my heart, including children's mental health and well-being, and their acquisition of literacy and numeracy skills. On every visit to the school, I am impressed and inspired by the high standards set and achieved, and by the children's obvious engagement with, and enjoyment of, the learning process and the school environment. I am, therefore, delighted to be part of the Strathmore community.
Helen Furnivall - Parent Governor
I moved to Hitchin when our eldest daughter was born and am now a Strathmore parent. We were initially drawn to the school because of its child centred approach and nurturing ethos, which was immediately evident when we looked round. I wanted to be a governor to support the already excellent provision Strathmore offers. Having been a primary school teacher for 14 years and a member of a Senior Leadership Team, I felt I had something to offer the school and give something back.