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Galley Hill Primary School, Hemel Hempstead. Galley Hill rated GOOD by Ofsted. 'Value of the Month - 'COURAGE'

Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section.


The Governors at Galley Hill are a small group of people, both elected by parents and chosen from the wider community. They are all volunteers and as such are not paid a salary for this role. They work closely with the school staff to support the school and to help it to meet its statutory obligations. This covers three main areas:


  • Strategic: involving setting policies, planning for the future and managing change.

  • Monitoring and accountability: ensuring the school meets educational and financial targets and has plans in place to meet performance objectives.

  • Supporting: supporting the school by celebrating and praising achievement, but also act as a critical friend, seeking improvement and asking questions where appropriate.


The full Governing body meets on a regular basis, usually once every half term. In addition to this the Governors attend sub-committee meetings at least twice a term. At Galley Hill we have two sub-committees: Teaching and Learning and Resources. The approved minutes of the meetings held by the Governing Body detail attendance at the meetings and are available from the school office.


The Governors also try to visit the school during the day and at events such as the school fair, open evenings etc. They also represent the school at a variety of functions and meetings.


As a Governing body we respect (and need) feedback from parents and we are always happy to meet with you.

Contact can be made via the school office.


Mrs K. Edwards - Chair of Governors

Mrs E. Birch - Head Teacher

Mrs K. Cleveland Marwick - Vice Chair / Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee 

Miss S. Elsey

Mrs G. Ringrose - Chair of Resources Committee

Mrs L. Pearce

Mrs M. Sparrow

Mrs R. Mason

Mr A. Changela

Mr B. Mackenzie

Mrs R. Mason

Mrs T. Hunter

Miss H. Duggan

Mr C. Allgrove



Clerk to Governors

Mr J. Conlon

Galley Hill School adheres to the safeguarding protocols in place for all governors. Governors may be contacted via the school office, and can only deal with complaints where the schools complaints policy has been followed. This is to ensure that all complaints are handled fairly. The schools procedure for handling complaints is available on the website or from the office.


Please find tables below showing how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, interests, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor. There is also an attendance register. 

NameCategoryStart dateEnd dateAppointed byRelevant CommitteesResponsibilitiesRegister of business interests/Any relationship to staff.
Karen Cleveland-Marwick Co-opted01/09/200801/07/2023Governing BodyTeaching & learning committee, Heads performance appraisalEnglish 
Kerry Edwards Co-opted01/08/200801/07/2023Governing BodyResources committee, Heads performance appraisalChair, SEND, Safeguarding, CLA, EYFS, Pupil Premium, Science, Music 
Emily Birch Headteacher01/04/2016 Governing BodyAll committees  Headteacher
Hannah DugganStaff24/09/202023/09/2024Staff BodyTeaching & learning committee Staff
Gail Ringrose Staff01/09/201101/07/2023Staff BodyResources CommitteeMaths, MFLStaff
Marian SparrowCo-opted27/11/201726/11/2025Governing BodyResources Committee, Heads performance appraisalPE, Mental HealthGuide Leader
Sarah ElseyAssociate16/05/201615/05/2024Staff BodyResources Committee Deputy Head
Anit ChangelaParent16/05/201615/05/2024Parent BodyResources CommitteePSHE/Wellbehing, RE, ComputingWorks for BT
Leah PearceCo-opted27/11/201726/11/2025Governing BodyResources CommitteeArt, D&THerts catering
Bob MackenzieParent11/11/2019 10/11/2023Parent BodyTeaching & Learning committee  
Ruth MasonLEA25/11/2019 24/11/2023Governing BodyTeaching & Learning CommitteeHistory/Geography  
Tracey HunterCo-opted24/09/202023/09/2024Governing BodyTeaching & Learning committee  
Zoey HouseParent24/09/202001/03/2021Parent BodyTeaching & Learning committee  
Governors who have stepped down       
 Start dateEnd dateAppointed by    
Darren Sheard01/09/201516/05/2016Parent body    
Revina Whale24/11/201422/04/2016Parent body    
Sarah Mann01/09/201531/03/2016Parent body    
Donna Spooner01/09/201231/03/2016Staff    
Jo Leonard 31/08/2017Governing Body    
Clayton Sanders 31/08/2017Governing Body    
Vicky Hall20/06/201606/03/2018Parent body    
Adele Dennis14/05/201913/05/2019Parent body    
Ben Robins 09/09/2019LEA    


James Inglis

Howard Lyons 29/06/2020Parent Body    
Zoey Howse 01/03/2021Parent Body    
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