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Rodney Allen - Chair of Governors and Community Governor

                                                     

Appointed Community Governor 01 Sep 2016 to 01 Sep 2020

Governor attendance for 2018-2019 school year

LSC meetings 5/5

 

I moved to St Albans in 2012 with my wife and our 10 month old daughter, who is now a student at Mandeville Primary School.  I grew up in West London, but fell in love with Herts when I attended the University of Hertfordshire, graduating with a BSc (Hons) Chemistry.

 

I am pleased and proud to be the Chair of Governors at Mandeville. I try to be available at the front gate between 8:40-8:50 at least twice per week, so feel free to come and say hi and share your ideas/thoughts/comments.

 

In my professional life I am a Sales Director of a Medical Devices company, but have a background in IT and a love of all gadgets!

 

 

 

 

Cathy Longhurst - Head Teacher

 

 

Governor attendance for 2018 - 2019 school year

LSC meetings 5/5

 

I came to Mandeville in 2001 after teaching in London in the early part of my career and have lived in St Albans since then with my family. I was appointed as the leader of the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 and then became Deputy Head Teacher in 2005. As the school is a designated ‘National Support School’ I was asked to support a local school in challenging circumstances in February 2012 and enjoyed four terms as acting head teacher there before coming back to Mandeville as the substantive head teacher in September 2013. 

 

I am so proud of being part of Mandeville’s journey to success. The school has almost quadrupled in size since I started teaching here and is unrecognisable from the school it was then. We have achieved so many great things in that time, including the slightly disruptive but very worthwhile £5.5 million building project and an outstanding Ofsted.

 

I love the diversity that the children and families bring to Mandeville and the importance that we place on developing the whole child whilst not taking our focus away from continually striving to raise standards. Mandeville is such a happy environment for everyone who learns and works here, both children and adults, and every day presents a new and exciting challenge. That’s why I have stayed so long!

 

Laura Williams - Associate Governor (Deputy Head)

 

 

Appointed Staff Governor 30 Sep 2018 to 30 Sep 2022

Governor attendance for 2018 - 2019 school year

LSC meetings 4/5

 

I became a governor in September 2015 after joining Mandeville in September 2013 as the Year 6 class teacher and Assistant Headteacher with a responsibility for Key Stage 2. The following year I moved to teach in Nursery and took the role of  Early Years and Foundation Stage leader. It was a big change that I welcomed and an excellent opportunity to learn! I have become passionate about early education and using children's interests to achieve their next steps. I am extremely proud of the EYFS unit and team and believe we provide outstanding provision for our children. I love that every day is different and totally led by the children and I really value the opportunity to have a role in setting children up on their educational journey. 

 

I undertook my teacher training in Essex after completing a Psychology degree at Nottingham University. Prior to moving to Mandeville, I spent 5 years teaching at St Peter's just half a mile away. I predominantly taught in Key Stage 2 and was on the senior leadership team with a responsibility for teaching and learning across the school. During this time, I also did a Masters in Education. 

 

In September 2015, I became the acting Deputy Headteacher and SENCo which became my substantive role in June 2016. It has been a fantastic opportunity and I have thoroughly enjoyed increasing my knowledge and understanding of inclusion and SEND within education.

 

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and being active.

 

Sarwar Shamsher - Community Governor

Appointed Parents Governor 26 Jan 2016 to 26 Jan 2020

Governor attendance or 2018 - 2019 school year

LSC meetings 5/5

 

I joined Mandeville as a community governor in November 2015. This came about after my three daughters, in years 1, 4 and 5, joined Mandeville at the start of 2015 academic year after we moved into the area from Welwyn Garden City. My wife and I were highly impressed by what we saw and learned during our visit to the school, prior to deciding that Mandeville was the right school for our daughters to attend. 

 

In terms of my background, I was born in Bangladesh and arrived in the UK in 1985, along with my mother and 3 brothers, to join my father who spent most of his life living and working here in England. As a 15-year-old, I attended Verulam school for a brief period of time as I was struggling to make sense of a whole new language, education system and in fact, a whole new world around me. Immediately after Verulam, I assumed employment in an Indian restaurant on the advice of my father and worked sincerely for many years before attending Oakland’s College to study GCSEs and A levels on a part-time basis whilst keeping my evening job at the restaurant. Thereafter, I embarked onto an undergraduate degree course in Mechanical Engineering to quench my thirst for Mathematics and Physics. I graduated in 1998, and then worked in the engineering industry for 3 years before quitting to join Middlesex University to undertake a PGCE.  I obtained my first job as a teacher of mathematics at Marlborough School in 2002, and I am currently working at Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School as Subject Leader for Mathematics.

 

I am a father of five girls; my oldest daughter is in year 9 at St Albans Girls’ School and obviously three attending Mandeville as I mentioned above. My youngest daughter is a year old, and she cannot already wait to join her sisters at Mandeville. In my spare time, I am involved with community work. I currently co-chair FACE (Faith and Cultural Enterprise), a voluntary orgaisation set up by the St Albans District Council, to promote community integration and cohesion within the district of St Albans.

 

I am absolutely delighted to be able be part of Mandeville as a parent and governor. As a governor, along with my colleagues in the governing body, I shall indeed endeavor for Mandeville to achieve its vision to offer an outstanding education to its pupils.

 

 

Prinz Nagalingam - Parent Governor

 

Appointed Parent Governor 22 Nov 2016 to 22 Nov 2020

Governor attendance for 2018 - 2019 school year

LSC 5/5

 

I am a Civil Servant based in St Albans.

 

I was schooled in Hertfordshire before spending 16 years studying and working in Yorkshire. I have been a St Albans resident since 2012 and have two children who attend Mandeville.

 

I joined the PTA when my eldest son started in Reception and have seen first hand the passion and high regard in which the school is held by both parents and teachers alike. I am very proud to be a Parent Governor and will do all I can to help the school achieve and set new goals in the coming years.

 

I am also a Youth Hockey Coach for Welwyn Wasps and a Beaver Leader for the St Albans 4ths.

Bernadette Dempsey-Community Governor

Appointed Community Governor 30 Sep 2018 to 30 Sep 2022
Governor attendance for 2018 - 2019 school year
LSC meetings 5/5

 

I am delighted to have joined Mandeville as a Community Governor. Originally from London, I have lived in St Albans since 1987. My children, now adults, attended local schools.

 

After working in the financial sector, I trained first as a nursery nurse and then teacher, working for more than 20 years in Early Years and Infants.
 
In my spare time, I enjoy reading, sewing, gardening and spending time with my family.

Patsy Harding - Associate Governor

 

Appointed Associate Governor 01 Sep 2018 to 01 Sep 2022

Governor attendance for 2018 - 2019 school year

LSC meetings 5/5

 

Having moved to St Albans in 2007 I became a parent at Mandeville in 2010 when my daughter started in Reception during the rebuilding project.

 

I had previously worked as a buyer for a London Department store so have a background in managing budgets and financial accountability. I am now the School Business Manager responsible for the school's finances and contracts.

 

 

 

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