St Mary’s Governors
My first link with St Mary’s was in 1981 when my daughter attended the school. My background is in secondary education, and I was a science teacher at KTS until 1988. I left teaching at this time but maintained my contact with young people as I was involved in Scouting, locally, countywide and nationally. I returned to education as a voluntary helper when my granddaughter started at a local primary school in 2002. In 2008, I joined the governing body as a foundation governor. I enjoy coming into school to help in any way that I am able.I help with the Garden Club where I have managed to combine my interest in gardening with helping the children and staff – our produce wins prizes at the Garden Show.
Mrs Sue Luckett (Vice-Chair)
I have been a Governor for many years. My children attended St. Mary’s when we moved into the area in 1988. The following year I was employed as school secretary. I retired in 2005 and have remained involved with the school as a Governor but also helping when I can, listening to children read, helping them with tables, singing or whatever is needed. The children are such fun to be with and it is good to see them develop over the years they are with us. Education is so important for children. The ethos of St. Mary’s is not only the formal education but also the education of the whole child. Every child excels at something.
Rev A Holford
I am rector of St Mary’s Baldock and a foundation governor because of this. I am delighted to be involved with St Mary’s Junior School which takes so seriously the education of the whole child and has such a rounded view of how to prepare children for adult life. I am a regular visitor to the school, taking assemblies, leading whole school worship and communion services, teaching Christian education in the classroom and supporting children, adults and families when requested. We have been really pleased as a family with how our children who attended the school have flourished as a result and I enjoy being able to give something back as a governor. (I also enjoy cycling and bell ringing!)
Head Teacher Joined 2017
Miss S Lyon
I joined St. Mary’s 13 years ago as Deputy Head. I have been teaching 31 years in primary education in both Essex and Hertfordshire. I am the school INCo (inclusion Coordinator) helping to ensure that all children, including those with additional needs, are supported in school to achieve. I am currently class based 2 days a week. As a co-opted governor I attend all full governing body meetings and 3 committees. Away from school I am a fair weather gardener, enjoy listening to music and am quite a diva in the kitchen!
Miss Hazel Middleton
I am a self-employed business woman, and my son attended the school. I am Chair of the Pupil and Curriculum Committee, a member of the Pay and Personel Committee and S.E.N. link governor. I have been a governor for 7 years.
Mr Michael Weeks
I am a Community Governor for the School and have so been for the past 7or 8 years. My role within ‘the Community’ is that of an NHDC Councillor representing Baldock Town . My employment is with a Bank where I am a Legal Manager. I have three children, two of which are currently at university, and two grandchildren one of which is currently at Weston Way Nursery. I like red wine and lying on the beach. My hobbies are restoring old toys and playing with MG Cars of which I have two. I find it extremely fulfilling being a Governor of a succeeding School such as St Mary’s and where its ethos is second to none.
Mr Andrew Clark
I have been a governor at St Mary’s school since 2014. I believe that governors should be as fully involved in the school as their time permits; and I attend as many open days and events at the school as I can. During my first year as governor I came into school once a week to hear children from year 3 read, and since September 2015 I have been working at the school as a teaching assistant. I am a member of the Pupil and Curriculum and the Christian Distinctiveness Committees. I am the governor representative for St Mary’s Church Council and have been a member of that church for over 30 years.
Mr I Dhaliwal, Mrs V Di Noia, Mr S Hawkins, Mrs H Law,
I am a parent governor, with one child at the school and two younger children who will attend in the next few years. I have found my experience of governance very interesting, and enjoy being able to contribute to the school. My background is in Visual Arts, and I have worked in publishing for most of my career.
I have always found St Mary’s to be a friendly and welcoming school, and very much appreciate that in addition to the academic curriculum, my son has had the opportunity to take part in such a rich variety of extra-curricular activities.
Mr Thomas Baker
I am a co-opted governor, and also have a child at the school. I am a University Lecturer in a STEM area, and I hope that this perspective is useful to the school. I am also the Link Governor for Mathematics in the school, a role which includes attending maths sessions at the school from time to time, and supporting and promoting parents’ involvement in their children’s maths learning.
Besides the academic side of the school activities I greatly support and value the school’s goal of a holistic learning experience, as seen in the numerous activities, clubs, outings etc. organised by the school.
Miss Emma Wilkinson
I have been a co-opted governor at St Marys since May 2015 and am really enjoying being involved with the school. I have a lot of experience of governance both through my job – I was a primary school headteacher for 15 years and am currently teaching Year 6 in Hoddesdon – and previously being a governor at Passmores Secondary School in Harlow (yes, the school which was featured in Educating Essex!). I live in Baldock and am a member of St Marys Church where I co-ordinate the monthly Messy Church activities and run the church Junior Choir. I have a real passion for learning and education seeing this as much more than academic achievement and fully support the ethos of St Marys school which is about educating the whole child.