Purpose of Governance:
School LGB's (Local Governing Bodies) are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the head teacher, who is responsible for the day-to-day management, they set the school's aims and policies.
Key roles of Governors:
Welcome to the Governors' section.
Chair of Governors is Mrs Michele Christensen and she can be contacted at Mchristensen@thomasharding.bucks.sch.uk or via the school office by leaving correspondence in a sealed envelope for her attention.
Our Published Admission Number (PAN) is: 240
Thomas Harding School Local Governing Body 2020-21
About our governors, in their own words.
Mel Nugent, Head teacher, Operations Committee, Performance and Standards Committee. Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL )
Michele Christensen, Chair. Performance and Standards Committee. Safeguarding.
With a legal and financial background, I initially worked in financial institutions and the fine art auction business. My two sons attended Thomas Harding Junior School. I became a secondary school teacher- modern language- in 2004.
Debbie Langdon, Vice Chair, Operations Committee. Governor training and development.
I was appointed in November 2018. I have 3 adult children and 5 grand children, 1 of whom attends Thomas Harding. My career for the past 26 years has been with the MOD and Service Charities. My roles include recruiting, admin, welfare and the well being of service personnel and veterans. Currently working for a Veterans Charity I deal with issues such as homelessness, addiction, immigration and mental health which will inform my role as governor. I also strongly believe in the ethos of Thomas Harding, that no matter where a child is from or their background, there is nothing that they will not be able to achieve with the right support. The world is their oyster.
Stan Barton, Skills Governor. Operations Committee
I have lived in Chesham for over 30 years and have four children and three grandchildren. My working life was spent as a police officer and I now serve as a magistrate. I took over the role of Thomas Harding Chair of Governors in September 2018 and look forward to being closely involved with the school's continuing delivery of an excellent education into the future.
Phyl Flack, Performance and Standards Committee. SEND/ PP and P.E.
I am a former teacher at Thomas Harding. I retired after more than fourteen years working part-time in all year groups across the school. I bring my thirty years of experience teaching in both KS1 and KS2, and of working in Inner London and Bucks, to the governing body. What I also bring is a deep affection for the school and community which I continue to support as a governor.
Sumbul Zeeshan, Parent Governor, Performance and Standards Committee. RE, Diversity, Educational visits. I have a particular interest in child development (academically and socially) with a solid understanding of the data used in assessing pupil's achievement; this gives me a good basis for supporting and challenging the school in these core matters. I care about the progression of the school and the children’s education, not only from a general educational perspective, but also from a holistic point of view. I have a son currently in Year 4. Parent governors have a special role and should always try to assess issues and decisions from the point of view of parents/carers. It is about making sure their perspectives (however diverse) are always considered.
Juhi Fatima Skills Governor STEM
‘Best gift a child can get is good education.’ It is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another. Being a mum and a teacher myself, I understand how important it is to provide children a safe and healthy environment to enhance their journey of development through learning. I am passionate about helping young people achieve their potential through education and ensuring youngsters have the best possible opportunity to succeed and also prepare them to face challenges in today’s fast growing world. I strongly believe Thomas Harding Junior School values (ASPIRE) will contribute in achieving this. Having taught children of diverse cultures and of various age groups, I can confidently say that every child requires lots of praise, motivation and encouragement to showcase their abilities. This helps them grow confidence to overcome the challenges and instill in them the energy required to compete in this capricious world. I am an Overseas Qualified Teacher with an experience of teaching primary group children and currently working as an 11-plus Tutor. I have also received NLP training which equips me to use different methods to make learning easier. I bring in my teaching & learning experience for the past few years and subject knowledge especially in Science and Maths to support as a STEM Governor.
Zahra Hassan, Parent Governor, Performance and Standards Committee, Maths, PSHE.
I have lived in Chesham for over 10 years. My eldest daughter attended Thomas Harding, my middle daughter has just left and my youngest started Year 3 this September 2019. I have been a parent Governor for the last 4 years and have been elected to continue for a further 4. I appreciate the challenges that the school faces and am looking to build upon my experience in helping support and shape a successful school. I am an active parent and have a diverse network of friends from different backgrounds. I firmly believe we are one family at Thomas Harding who all need to work together. I will continue to act as a conduit into the school for anyone who may be looking for representation.
Jon Turner, Skills Governor/Deputy Head. Performance and Standards Committee. (DSL)
I have been the Deputy Headteacher at Thomas Harding since April 2013 and I have had the pleasure of being part of the school's exciting journey that has seen it grow from strength to strength. I lead the Performance and Standards committee and one of my roles on the Governing Body is to provide a whole-school perspective on teaching and learning, so that Thomas Harding remains an exciting and inviting place to learn and work. My passions in school include maths, learning outside the classroom, the curriculum and mentoring.
Sarah Westwood Staff Governor/SLT
I am a teacher and senior leader at Thomas Harding, and I have worked at the school since September 2002. I am the English Lead, with responsibility for Reading, Writing and Spoken Language. I am also the Music Lead. My role as a governor allows me to provide a connection between teaching staff and the rest of the Governing Body. It also allows me to support the continued development of our wonderful school.