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(Who are we?) Pen Portraits of the Governing Board

Here, in our own words, are some brief descriptions of the Governors of Stonehill School.

Jenna Birkbeck

Elaine Close  
Mark Green  
Revd. Claire Harald I joined Stonehill Schools governing body just before the pandemic began in 2020 and so as yet, have only met everyone online rather than in person… I have great hope that this will change in 2021!   As a mum of three young adult and teenage girls, I fully appreciate the importance of education and the school environment in the lives of our children.  I worked as a Childminder for 7 years and then as a Children and Families worker for a further 7 years.  I am now ordained priest (curate, still in training) in the Church of England, ministering within St Georges and St Nicholas Church in Letchworth.  Stonehill is a school I hold close to my heart and I look forward to working as part of the governing body to support Stonehill School in being the very best it can be… for all pupils and their families and the wonderful staff team who work here.   
John Millar

I have been a Governor at the School since 1999, initially as a Parent Governor, and now as a Co-opted Governor. In July 2011 I was appointed as Chair of Governors following a number of years as Vice-Chair.

My wife is from Letchworth, we have lived on the Grange Estate since 1988 and we have one daughter who attended the School and is now in her NQT year as a Primary School Teacher in Hertfordshire.

In business I am the Managing Director for a manufacturing company whose head office is based in Cambridgeshire with plants in the UK, Asia and the Middle East.

At Stonehill I am fortunate to work with supportive and passionate governors who give up their time to help make a difference. The right blend of skills and experience is important in ensuring that the strategic direction set can bring about the best possible outcomes for pupils.

This year will see the school continue its drive towards attaining at the very least a "good" judgement by Ofsted and my objective is to give Mrs. Close the support that she and her staff need to enable them to achieve the priorities that have been set and agreed as we continue growing lifelong learners.

Nick Phillips  
Chris Seviour I joined the Governors at Stonehill  when I retired in 2013.  Previously I had worked as a school teacher, then advising teachers about ICT and computing and finally introducing the Internet into Hertfordshire schools.  So schools are in my blood.  In my time as a Governor I have been very impressed by how hard the staff and pupils at Stonehill have worked to make it such a rewarding place to teach and to learn.  My personal target is to meet more parents and to listen to their views about the school.
Lisa Levy
I am a communications  and marketing professional with over 14 years experience of supporting primary  and secondary schools in the areas of PR, marketing and communications. I have helped many schools to raise their profile by promoting schools' activities and events in the local media and have provided support to defend a school's reputation when dealing with safeguarding issues. I have been very impressed with the teaching and learning at Stonehill and the support the school provides to both pupils and parents. I have been a governor since April 2016 and  I aim to use my expertise to support Stonehill to continue to improve and to help promote a positive image of the school.
Grace Read
I have worked with young people in a variety of educational and therapeutic settings for 15 years. I'm currently a stay at home mum with two daughters. My eldest daughter is in reception at Stonehill.
I have a bachelor's degree in English Literature and Psychology specialising in education psychology, in particular, effective behaviour management in mainstream schools. I am also currently a volunteer for a youthwork charity in Hitchin, and a trustee for a youthwork charity in Northamptonshire.
I'm excited to be a part of Stonehill's dedicated governing body.