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Ponsbourne St. Mary's School,

Outstanding Ofsted

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We are fortunate at Ponsbourne St. Mary's to have a dedicated, active and supportive group of Governors, They are involved in every aspect of the school's management including the appointment of staff, the budget and implementation and development of the curriculum. Governors are often in school and some regularly work alongside teachers with the children.

Every year the Governors produce a very detailed report covering their activities throughout the preceding year. Parents are given two weeks to read this document and are then welcomed to a meeting which provides opportunities for comments andquestions. Copies of the last report to parents are available at school.

Chair of Governors - Mrs Rachel McHattie
Vice Chair of Governors
Head Teacher: Tracy Gaiteri

Clerk to the Governors - Mr Mike Kibby
Assistant Clerk - Mrs Nicola Vicary
Clergy - The Reverand Cannon Pauline Higham – Rector of Ponsbourne, Bayford, Essendon and Little Berkhamstead. Rector in charge of the Hertford Hundred group of parishes
Assistant Curate - Rev. Judith Cope


Suzie Perry - Parent Governor
Sarah Walk - Parent Governor
Sue Johnston - Staff Governor
Suzie Bower - Teacher Governor
Viv Owen - Parent Governor
Susan Hawkins -Foundation Governor
Karen Stagg - LEA Governor
Jaquie Margetts - LEA Governor
Wayne Morris - Community Governor


Our Aims As A Governing Body

The basic aims which order the way we fulfil our duties as governors remain unchanged.

They are as follows:-

  1. To encourage in the school an atmosphere and an ethos of cosiness and
    friendliness, making it a happy place to be in.
  2. To encourage the right conditions for study suitable for the ages of the
  3. To help develop the curriculum, ensuring that it meets the needs of the
    children now and in the future.
  4. To share in the education of the children and take an interest in what
    they are doing in school.
  5. To maintain the school in its place in the village community.
  6. To maintain and develop the fabric of the building so that it meets the
    needs of the school.
  7. To support the headteacher in all he or she does to carry out these

We agree with the ideals of the staff that we wish to foster a caring attitude and seek to encourage the children to work as a member of the 'school team'. The Christian ideal of loving one's neighbour is to be the corner stone of our dealings with each other.