Caroline Haslett School’s Governing Board
The Governing Board works with the headteacher and the staff at the school to make sure that the school provides a good quality of education for all its pupils. Governors work in partnership with the headteacher to set the strategic direction of the school. Governors are not expected and should not make day to day decisions about how the school is run. That is the role of the Headteacher and senior staff.
Governors have three main roles:
- to provide strategic direction for the school;
- to act as a critical friend to the headteacher; and
- to ensure accountability.
Our main role is to promote ongoing improvements in standards throughout the school. We help the Headteacher and staff to plan the school's long-term direction and evaluate progress. We also help to set the aims and values of the school and are responsible for some staff appointments, including the Headteacher.
You may get in touch with the Governing Board via the school office.
For our latest Governors’ Newsletter, please click here
We have adopted The National Governance Association’s code of conduct. You can read it here.
We meet formally a minimum of three times a year, i.e. once a term. Meeting dates are usually set well in advance and meetings generally last between two and three hours. Governors are expected to be well prepared for these meetings and attendance is expected, with apologies only for good reasons.
In addition to full governing body meetings there are two committees:
- Resources and Personnel (R&P)
- Teaching and Learning; Pupils and Parents (TLPP)
Associate governors have voting rights on the committee on which they sit, but not on the full governing board meetings.
About the members of our Governing Board and their specialist roles
Specialist governor for STEAM including Design Technology and the Arts
I was delighted to join the Governing Body at Caroline Haslett Primary School at the start of 2020, I have been a parent of the school since my first born joined Foundation in 2016 and now have both children at the school. In 2017 I joined the Friends Committee, the school has such a friendly feel and it is so lovely to help raise much needed funds through events the children can get excited about. I am a Mechanical Design Engineer now working with Engineering Master Data for Integral Powertrain in MK and have a passion for the STEM subjects, I also have a keen interest in understanding how the curriculum aligns to the workforce to help prepare the next generation of Engineers and other STEM careers. I sit on the Teaching and Learning, Pupils and Parents Committee.
Specialist governor for English and stakeholder engagement
I was appointed as a Parent Governor in December 2016. I live locally to the school in have two daughters who attended Caroline Haslett but who have now gone onto secondary school. My wife works in the school and we have a lot of friends and neighbours who are involved in some way with the school. For me, it is really important to be able to help the school create a culture and an environment that recognises children from all walks of life and ensures they get a fair education and are best prepared for the next stage of education. I sit on the Teaching and Learning, Pupils and Parents Committee.
I have been an Assistant Headteacher at Caroline Haslett since September 2015. I am responsible for maths teaching and learning across the school and I currently lead the Y2/Y3/Y4 team. I was appointed staff governor in February 2018. I am passionate about providing the best opportunities and outcomes for the children and staff. As a member of teaching staff, I can offer input about the impact that decisions have upon the day to day running of our school. I sit on the Teaching and Learning, Pupils and Parents Committee.
Specialist governor for law and employment
I am a local resident and have two children that attend the school. I have a legal background in employment law and litigation and overtime. I have specialised in policy reviews, negotiations and representation. I hope that with the skills and knowledge I have acquired in my working life, I will be able to make a valuable contribution to the Resources and Personnel committee and to the School Governing Board as a whole. I would like to support the school in achieving its overall strategic direction by contributing to the small steps and hard work required. The school's achievements and standards speak for themselves and I just want to make sure that we can maintain and build upon them for the benefit of all our children. I sit on the Resources and Personnel Committee.
School Business Manager
My first connection to Caroline Haslett School was as a Parent in 2002 when my daughter joined in Year 4. Both of my children attended the school and they thoroughly enjoyed their time here giving them a great start to their education.
I began working at Caroline Haslett School in 2004 as a Lunchtime Supervisor and took on the role of School Secretary the following year. In 2012 I gained my School Business Manager qualification following 2 years of study and was appointed as Caroline Haslett Schools Business Manager in April of that year. In my role I am responsible for managing the finances, personnel and premises of the school. As well as an Associate Governor I am an active member of our Friends Association. It’s great to see our children and families thoroughly enjoy the organised events that help raise additional funds that go towards purchasing resources to further enrich the school experience for the children.
Specialist governor for finance
I am very happy to have been appointed to the Governing Board in 2020. I have lived in Shenley Lodge for over ten years and have a son who has attended the school since 2018. I have worked in financial services for over 20 years delivering software to large multinational organisations. I have a background in computer science and enjoy learning about new technologies. I am looking forward to contributing to the continued success of Caroline Haslett Primary School utilising the skills and knowledge I have gained in industry. I sit on the Resources and Personnel Committee.
My name is Andrea Hitchens and I was a Parent Governor for 8 years. In 2017, I was appointed as an associate governor and sit on the Resources and Personnel Committee.
As an individual, I have an interest in Education and currently work for The Open University. I find this role rewarding and am proud that I can help equip our young pupils with education and personal skills, so they can hopefully flourish in an ever changing world. I am appreciative of my involvement in School Governance and I see it as one of the most important volunteering roles in education and serving our community, whilst still learning something new along the way. I am the Development Governor for the board, and support governors with training, development and induction.
Vice chair of governors
Specialist governor for assessment & marking and for Science
My name is Kath Keillor. I have lived in Shenley Brook End since 1986 with my husband and three sons, one of whom started at Caroline Haslett in 1992, the year that the school opened. I was asked in 1991 by Shenley Brook End Parish Council if I was interested in being a member of the temporary Governing Body of the new 'Shenley Lodge' School. I have been a governor at Caroline Haslett Primary School ever since and was Chair of Governors from 2003 to 2010. Through all this time, I have been very happy and proud to be associated with our school. I sit on the Teaching and Learning and the Pupils and Parents committees and I am the governor for Science, French and Assessment.
When I first started at Caroline Haslett School in January 1999, I was immediately struck by how polite, supportive and friendly our children are. Since that time, I have had the privilege of teaching many children over the years. A huge number of these have gone on to achieve great successes, which in part is due to the wonderful start they had here.
In 2008, I became the Deputy Head. Amongst other things, I am responsible for Assessment and Safeguarding. I work very closely with the Headteacher, Governors and teaching staff to ensure we provide an excellent education, so that each child can reach their potential. I am also fortunate enough to work very closely with parents and children to support the whole family in contributing to and feeling part of our school community. I am particularly proud of the dedicated staff team and governing board we have here. Their unwavering commitment to ensuring the best outcomes for our children and their high regard for the children’s welfare has enabled Caroline Haslett to be the outstanding school it is today.
Local authority governor
Specialist governor for H.R.
I was happy to be appointed as a governor in February 2019. I specialise in Human Resources and Project Management and sit on the Resources and Personnel Committee.
The reason I wanted to become a governor is to use my skills to help to make every day a better experience for both school staff and the pupils and I am looking forward to continuing supporting Caroline Haslett School.
Specialist governor for English, and for Computing and GDPR
I sit on the Teaching & Learning, Pupils & Parents committee.
Specialist governor for Special Educational Needs and Pupil Premium
I am a qualified Primary School teacher and SENCO and was part of the Senior Leadership Team during my teaching career. Whilst teaching I was recruited as a Staff Governor and I have also been a Community Governor on other governing bodies. After having my first child, I decided to take a career break in order to raise my family, and I now have two sons, one of which started Caroline Haslett in 2019 in Reception and my other child will be due to start in 2022. My family and I moved to Milton Keynes last year and I am keen to become involved in the local community. I feel my passion for teaching, my knowledge of the curriculum and my governor experience will contribute to this Outstanding school. I am part of the Teaching and Learning, Pupils & Parents committee and look forward to putting my skills in Special Educational Needs and teaching to good use. I sit on the Teaching & Learning, Pupils & Parents committee.
Chair of governors
I have been associated with Caroline Haslett Primary School for over 20 years and was a Governor until I stepped back through ill-health. Now that I am fit and well, I want to again help in maintaining the very special school that Caroline Haslett has become. I am currently Chairman of the Parish Council and hope to bring with me many years of involvement with the local community of Shenley Lodge and further afield. It is a privilege to be part of a team that wants to bring out the very best in our students, our staff, our parents and carers. I sit on the Teaching & Learning, Pupils & Parents committee.