Governors hold an important public office and their identity should be known to their school and wider communities. In the interests of transparency, a governing body should publish on its website up-to-date details of its governance arrangements, in a readily accessible form. It is the governor's responsibility to appoint new governors.
Meet our governors
Carole Connelly (co-opted) - Chair of Governors
I am an independent education consultant, I have been involved in school improvement for 20+years. I have been a governor for close to 30 years. As a governor I use my experience to offer challenge and support to the school and to ensure that children receive the best possible education and experiences whilst at Peartree Primary.
David Flin (co-opted) – Vice Chair of Governors
I believe that a child’s education is a key foundation to providing inspiration, ambition and the ability to make the most of their opportunities. As a governor I am able to use my skills to help improve the school. Having worked as a banker in the City of London since 2000, I have developed a broad range of skills, particularly focused on financial analysis and project management.
Chris Corbey-West (LA)
I am a qualified accountant with over 20 years’ experience in various industries, holding key roles in supporting senior management to make decisions on investments and strategic direction by providing key financial analysis and appraisals. In my role as governor, I enjoy learning about the mechanics of education and helping the headteacher to make improvements to the school and the children’s education.
Simon Cragg (co-opted)
I am a Minister of a Church in the Peartree area and, having already established some links with the school, I was keen to build on that and do what I could to offer support to the school. I am used to dealing with a whole host of leadership and personal issues including public communication, line management, chairing meetings, appraisals, setting up new projects, recruiting and managing volunteers, and counselling. I thoroughly belief in what this school has to offer for every pupil in terms of quality education and holistic learning, and am delighted to be part of a governing body that supports the school to achieve that.
Sue Wilson (co-opted)
I have been working in the sports leisure industry for over 20 years and have a wide range of skills in areas such as sport & recreation and facilities management, including holding a CIEH qualification in Health & Safety. I enjoy school governance as I enjoy being part of the team and learning about the structures and policies that are in place. The training courses that I have attended have been very interesting and have given me good insight.
Val Luckins (co-opted)
I retired three years ago after working for many years as a specialist speech and language therapist. Once I retired, after a few months break, I started coming in to Peartree weekly to support children with their reading. I've really enjoyed getting to know the school and staff, and have now been a governor since September. I would like to be able to use some of my experience and knowledge and be part of Peartree's future. Besides, I have had four children, and now three grandchildren, so I still have a vested interest in the future of the education system.
Clare Herbert (Headteacher)
I have been teaching for over 20 years in a variety of different schools in both England and America. I became headteacher of Peartree Primary School in January 2015. I learn something new every day. I also have a doctorate in education from the University of Cambridge. Last year (2020-21) I was on leave and returned to Peartree in September 2021.
Sam Squires (Associate )
I wanted to become a governor to strengthen the leadership of the school and continue to develop school-governor links. I have been teaching for 16 years and have taught all year groups from Nursery to Year 6. I have been a member of various leadership teams since 2011 and joined Peartree in 2015. I have completed an MEd in teacher leadership during my time here and recently led the school as acting HT during 20-21.
Lisa Archer (Associate)
I wanted to support the ongoing work regarding attendance, finance, safeguarding and pupils' learning. I have experience of 8 years working in the school office and achieved a Level 4 diploma in School Business Management. I enjoy working with governors to ensure the school and pupils are achieving the best results possible.
Gemma Kibble (Staff Governor)
I am a class teacher at Peartree and currently lead the Early Years provisions. I have been teaching for 6 years and wanted to become a governor to learn more about the leadership of the school and develop links between the staff and governing body. I am committed to improving the outcomes for the children at Peartree and strive to ensure that we offer the best education for our pupils.
Asma Begum (Associate)
I have been teaching for 14 years in a variety of different schools across Hertfordshire and London. I have taught year groups from Nursery to Year 5 and have been in senior leadership positions since 2017. I recently completed a Postgraduate degree in Special Needs and Inclusion.
I have been working at Peartree Primary School as Deputy Headteacher since 2020, and have worked alongside the rest of the governing body and leadership team in supporting the schools goals to help the children at Peartree reach their full potential.
Julie Martins (Parent Governor)
My son attends Peartree and I expect my daughter to start next year. I wanted to be a Governor and support the school because I am passionate about people and enabling them to thrive.
I studied psychology and have 20 years corporate experience in people related functions including HR, education, recruitment and communications.
I now work as a Diversity and Inclusion Strategist. I support leaders to help ensure that their organisations are the most diverse, inclusive and equitable environments for their people to succeed.
Daniella Broomes (Co opted Governor)
I have 14 years’ experience working with children and young people in mainstream and special educational need schools. I am currently a Development Officer within a community charity in Hertfordshire. In my spare time I am the founder and chair of two community groups one of which is countywide and the other covers Welwyn and Hatfield. Most recently I have been appointed Community Advisor and Hate Crime Champion (third party reporting and supporting those affected by hate crime) for Welwyn Hatfield.
I am dedicated and passionate about supporting people and tackling big community challenges. Children are where it all begins, giving them a space to feel secure and confident in their environment is how they begin to thrive.
I believe that a representational curriculum and presence could help bridge the gap of achievement.
I understand the importance of raising standards for all children especially those from our ethnically diverse communities.
Amongst my support as a governor, I would like to ensure that diversity, inclusion and equity is both supported and celebrated.
Maureen Gregory (Co opted Governor)
I retired from The Department of Work and Pensions in 2021 after many years as a senior leader in Programme and Project Management and in Procurement. I have considerable experience of governance in the work environment and feel this is a skill set that I can bring as a Governor to Peartree School.
I have many interests in the community including singing with the WGC Rock Choir! I am a Dementia Friends Champion and a volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Society. I have an interest in helping WGC become a Dementia Friendly Community and have established links with WelHat Dementia Action Alliance.
Peartree is my local JMI school and was attended by my grandson.
Caroline Greening (Clerk)
Preeti Bhalla (Parent Governor)
I am a parent governor and I joined the governing body in December 2018. I am a member of the School Improvement committee and a Link Governer for Art, Science and Geography. I joined the Governors because I wanted to get involved and support the school community and help to provide a happy and secure environment for the overall development of the children.