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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 2019-2020 school year

LSC meetings  2/6

 

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 2019 - 2020 school year

LSC meetings  2/6

 

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 2021

Governor attendance for 2019 - 2020 school year

LSC meetings  - currently on maternity leave

 

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 Parent Governor 26 Jan 2016 to 26 Jan 2020

Governor attendance or 2019 - 2020 school year

LSC meetings  2/6

 

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 organisation 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.

 

 

Bernadette Dempsey- Vice Chair & Community Governor

Appointed Community Governor 30 Sep 2018 to 30 Sep 2022
Governor attendance for 2019 - 2020 school year
LSC meetings  1/6

 

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.

Prinz Nagalingam - Parent Governor

 

Appointed Parent Governor 22 Nov 2016 to 22 Nov 2020

Governor attendance for 2019 - 2020 school year

LSC meetings 2/6

 

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.

Katie Ellingham - Staff Governor

 

 

Appointed Staff Governor - September 2019 to September 2022

Governor attendance for 2019 - 2020 school year

LSC meetings  2/6

 

I joined Mandeville in 2004 after moving to England from Australia where I had been a teacher for four years.  After gaining my degree in psychology and history at Monash University, I then went on to secure a post-graduate diploma in education. 

 

My main teaching experience is in KS2 and I have taught Year 6 for the past 5 years.  I am very passionate about giving children a rounded experience in their final year of primary school – getting through SATs, as well as developing lifelong resilience skills.  I am qualified to teach the Penn Resilience Programme and the mindfulness programme known as. Breathe.  Throughout my time at Mandeville I have lead many curriculum subjects and am currently in change of PSHE, as well as Relationship and Sex Education across the school.  During the last three years, I have taken on extra duties as a senior teacher and am often asked to demonstrate teaching and learning to trained and less experienced teachers within my capacity as an expert teacher. 

 

I have always enjoyed working with children and love the way that every day is different.  Mandeville is by far the best school I have ever worked at, and I passionately believe in the principles which drive everyone to do their best for every child who walks through the door.

Becky Leach - Community Governor

 

 

Appointed Community Governor 2nd October 2019 to 2nd October 2022

Governor attendance or 2019 - 2020 school year

LSC meetings  2/6

 

I am so pleased to join Mandeville School as a community governor (joined in September 2019). I have lived close to the school for the past three years since becoming the Vicar of St Stephen's and St Julian's Churches. As Mandeville is in the parish it has been great to pop into the school from time to time and to welcome classes to our churches on occasions. I've always been impressed by the warm and caring atmosphere in the school.

It's lovely now to have the opportunity to build even stronger connections with the school as as governor and to offer my support to the whole community - staff, pupils and parents.

I have been a Church of England Vicar for eleven years, but before that I was a secondary school teacher for 18 years, teaching geography in three schools in Rutland, North London and Ware.

I am passionate about joining with others in building strong communities, fostering close relationships and breaking down barriers that sometimes can divide us.

I am married and have three grown up daughters, and a dog, Rosie.

Sarah Jones - Parent Governor

 

 

Appointed Parent Governor September 2019 to September 2022

Governor attendance for 2019 - 2020 school year

LSC meetings  2/6

 

A proud Mum to children in year 4 and year 2, I am delighted to be a Parent Governor here at Mandeville Primary School.

 

I was educated at Dr. Challoner's High School in neighbouring Buckinghamshire before completing my degree at The University of Exeter. After gaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, I worked for 3 years as a secondary English teacher in Hertfordshire before moving to Hong Kong in 2007 to teach at an KGV International School. 

 

Having returned to St Albans in the summer of 2018, I am now working towards a Masters Degree in Shakespeare and Education. 

 

I am also a volunteer with the local branch of The Stroke Association and am due to start helping with our local Brownie Guide pack next term.

Paul Richards - Community Governor

 

                                                           

 

Appointed Community Governor 2nd October 2019 to 2nd October 2022

Governor attendance for 2019-2020 school year

LSC meetings  2/6

 

I moved to live in St Albans in late 2000, just before my wife and I married. She was born in St Albans and raised in the Cottonmill area. Her parents still live near the school. I have three children, two girls and a boy, who are now in secondary education or sixth form at Beaumont School in St Albans, having all attended St Alban & St Stephen Catholic primary school.

 
I joined Mandeville as a community governor in October 2019. When I was asked by Cathy to consider being a governor I was eager to take the opportunity to give something back to the community and Mandeville school. 
 
In terms of my background, I was born in the UK and lived in Essex and East London before moving to Australia where I spent over three years living in Sydney with my now wife. I have worked in the insurance industry in the City of London for over 25 years and held a variety of client service, broking and senior leadership roles. I have a BSc (Hons) degree in Financial Services from Manchester University and have studied at Cranfield School of Management.
 
I am absolutely delighted to be part of Mandeville as a governor. I hope my financial service industry and strategic experience, as well as being a devoted Dad, will bring value and a different perspective to benefit the school and children. I am inspired by the results at Mandeville and the commitment of the teachers, parents and governors to deliver the very best environment for Mandeville children to learn and grow.

Patsy Harding - Associate Governor

 

Appointed Associate Governor 01 Sep 2018 to 01 Sep 2022

Governor attendance for 2018 - 2019 school year

LSC meetings 2/6

 

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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