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 Mr Stan Barton and he can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the school office by leaving correspondence in a sealed envelope for his attention.
Our Published Admission Number (PAN) is: 240
Thomas Harding School Local Governing Body 2019-20
About our governors, in their own words.
Mel Nugent, Head teacher, Operations Committee, Performance and Standards Committee. Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL )
Stan Barton, Chair, Operations Committee, Safeguarding.
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, Vice Chair, 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.
Michele Christensen, Skills Governor, Operations Committee. MFLanguages, History.
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.
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.
Gill Byrne, Skills Governor, Operations Committee, Development.
I became a Parent Governor when my daughter was at Thomas Harding, as I wished to have a more active role representing the voice of the parents in the governance of the school. Although my daughter finished her time at the school in the Summer of 2018, I have remained on the Governing Body as a Skills Governor, and continue to be hugely impressed with the high standards of teaching and leadership the children experience on a daily basis. My background and expertise is in Human Resources management, and although I have taken a step down from this since being a mum, I currently manage the recruitment administration of local trainee teachers for the Astra SCITT, based at Dr Challoner's Grammar School.
Becky Sutherland, Skills Governor, Performance and Standards Committee, English, Art.
I am a parent of two boys, the youngest one left Thomas Harding Junior School last year. I have been a governor at the school for several years both as a parent and as a community governor. As a parent I have a keen interest in education and also am an assistant head teacher of a large multicultural primary school in North West London. I bring my experience and knowledge of both roles to my position as 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, Staff 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.
Debbie Langdon, Skills Governor, Operations Committee. STEM.
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.
Magda Mueller, Skills Governor, Operations Committee. Geography.
I was appointed in January 2019. I am a theologian and psychodynamic counsellor working in the private sector as a Clinical Consultant. I have moved to Chesham in 2015 and have one son at Thomas Harding Junior School. I am delighted to have joined the schools’ Governing Body to support the excellent teaching and learning environment that the school offers.