Meet the Governors
I have been a governor at Aycliffe Drive Primary School since September 2008.
Previously, I taught primary school children before becoming headteacher and
as I feel that the education of our children is one of the prime responsibilities
that we have I became a school governor. I have also continued my interest and
committed to education by sitting on the Admissions and Exclusions Committees.
Before becoming Headteacher at Aycliffe Drive Primary School in May 2002,
I worked here as a class teacher and Deputy Headteacher. I have always been
interested in children’s education and find being Headteacher is challenging
but even more rewarding knowing my staff and I have a huge impact on these
children’s lives. My son, who attended Aycliffe Drive as a pupil, is now a teacher
here. In my spare time I enjoy seeing my family, especially my granddaughter.
I have worked at Aycliffe Drive Primary School since January 1990 and become an
assistant headteacher in September 2004 and have been governor since
17/10/2006. As well as working at the school, both of my children attended the
school and so I am able to view the school from both perspectives, as a parent and
I have enjoyed working at Aycliffe Drive Primary School since January 1997.
During my time here, I have experienced various changed within the school and
in the educational sector as a whole. Aycliffe Drive has always encouraged my
professional development; therefore, in my current role as Assistant
headteacher, I am fully committed in continuing to raise the already high
learning standards expected from the school.
I am a Local Government Officer with 30 years of experience and currently my
role is a Research Officer in the Corporate Research Unit of a London local
authority. Outside of work I am a chorister at St Mary’s Church (Old Town)
and am interested and do many craft activities such as knitting, sewing and
jewellery making. I have been a Governor at Aycliffe Drive since 1999 (17 years)
and am currently chair of the Staffing and Admin committee and a member of
all other committees (and responsible areas for SEND and curriculum areas,
PHSE and Science). I became a school governor to give back to the community
I live in and also because I am interested in children’s education having married
into a family of teachers. I have an interest in SEND as I have 2 sons, both have
Dyslexia which runs in the family, and one who has an Autistic Spectrum Disorder
as well as Auditory Processing Disorder.
I have been a governor since 2015 and took on the role because I wanted to
give something back to show my appreciation and support for the school as I
have been so pleased with the way it has cared for and educated my children.
I have finance experience as I am a qualified accountant and can assist with the
financial running of the school. I enjoy keeping fit and go to a local gym and am
interested in art, especially Italian.
I have been a Governor at the school since January 2011, as a Community Governor
and now as a Co-opted Governor. Having previously lived in the area for many years,
I have strong links to the local and school communities. I was also employed within
the school for a short time. I take great pride in this voluntary role, helping the
school towards achieving it’s goals to ensure every child maximises their
potential, in a safe and nurturing environment. Working for Herts for Learning Ltd,
my professional life intersects with my Governor role, and my previous accountancy
training lends to my chairing of the Finance & Premises Committee. My main personal
interests include computing programming, cinema and listening to a wide variety of
I have been a governor at Aycliffe Drive since 2000 after I joined Hertfordshire
County Council as a School Patrol Officer. I strongly believe in providing a good
education for all our children. During my life I have worked on cruise ships and
as a home carer which has given me valuable experience of dealing with all
types of people and situations. I thoroughly enjoy my time helping Aycliffe Drive
Primary School in providing outstanding education for all.
When I joined Aycliffe Drive School as a teaching Assistant in 2014. I also became a
governor. I feel that children’s education is extremely important and I really enjoy
supporting the learning both in class and helping with decisions in governor meetings.
I have lots of experience of working with people from lots of different walks of life
and feel that this has given me a great insight to encouraging children to succeed
and do their very best.
My name is Sophie Burtenshaw. I have been a governor since 2011 (June?), so 7 years.
I am a mum of 3 children who have all been through/are going through Aycliffe Drive
School. I am a teacher, currently teaching adults for qualification courses in Maths
and English. (I have no governance roles in other educational initiations or material
interests arising from relationships with other governors or relationships with
I joined the board of governors at the beginning of 2018. I have played an active
part within the school during the years that my daughter has attended, from
volunteering in nursery and forest school to my current position Chair of the PTA.
I am also part of the finance committee which helps me to see how the
funds we raise are used. Prior to my daughter being born I worked as a Senior
Health Care Assistant at Hemel Hempstead Hospital which helped me to gain
experience of working with and meeting people from all walks of life.