The Academy Governing Board (AGB)
In general terms the Governors act as “critical friends” of the Headteacher and staff through looking at how the school is progressing. The AGB is responsible for: ensuring the school’s money is well spent; making sure procedures are in place to ensure effective teaching and learning; examining the educational outcomes the school achieves; resolving grievances; overseeing the implementation of annual school development plans; and ensuring we regularly review how we are doing and how we could do better.
The Academy Governing Board consists of:
• 2 parent governors (elected by the Orchard parents)
• 2 staff governors (elected by the Orchard staff)
• 4 governors appointed by the Trust
• 3 governors appointed by the AGB
• The Headteacher – Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher
Chair of the AGB Contact Form
The Chair of the AGB can also be contacted by phoning the school office 01923 672280.
Governor Pen Portraits
Alec Thomas – Chair of the AGB, PSHE / SRE Link Governor
Originally from Scotland, I have lived in Watford for 50 years and became an Orchard governor approximately 25 years ago while my son and daughter attended the school. I am now retired, after a career in both the public and private sectors which had recruitment and training as main themes. I have always been impressed by the Orchard team’s willingness to innovate, and have enjoyed supporting the Head and his colleagues bring about improvements, both in organisational terms eg enlarging the school, becoming an academy, and joining the Agora multi-academy trust, and also in how they deliver learning to the children.
Dean Tearle – Vice Chair of the AGB,
I have a 20 year career working in leisure management with a strong operational background. I am currently a senior leader for a spinal cord injury charity and have a wealth of experience working in health and safety, disability and inclusion. As well as being a member of the Orchard AGB I am a trustee at St Luke’s Church, Watford. All three of my children have attended Orchard, and it’s great to be able to give something back to a place that has nurtured them so well. In my spare time I enjoy running, fundraising for charity and DJing at parties.
Melanie Barnes – Safeguarding Governor
Originally from Yorkshire I moved to Watford 35 years ago. I became a governor at Orchard 18 years ago when both of my daughters attended the school. I had an interest in education and wanted to learn more about how a school runs. Over the years I have subject link roles in Science and Maths because I am from a Science background. Currently I am the Link Governor for Safeguarding and Attendence. I work closely with the business manager, Germaine Matthews and the deputy head, Bradley Williams with this role. I also have a part time job at the school as a MSA, which means I know many staff and pupils at the school and see how the school runs at lunchtime.
Anthony Parker – Finance Governor
Originally from Australia, I have been resident in the UK for a number of years, and live with my wife in North Watford. I am a Commercial Accountant with over 25 years Business experience, and bring to the AGB a diverse range of commercial and finance experience, including in my current role working in Central Government. Consequently I pay particular attention to the school’s finances.Outside of work I am a keen cyclist and am active in a range of community activities.
Eno Adeogun – Pupil Premium and Sports Premium Governor
I knew I wanted to become a governor at Orchard when I stepped inside the impressive building for the first time as a prospective parent. Now that my son is a pupil, it’s great to see the hard work that occurs behind the scenes to keep the school running as smoothly as it does. I grew up in Barnet but have over the last decade worked as a journalist in London, New York, and Lagos, and recently joined a government department’s press team. My particular role as a governor involves using my analysis skills to examine our use of the Pupil Premium and other dedicated funds we receive from government.
Jonny Spector – Executive Headteacher
I joined the school as Executive Headteacher in September 2023. I have worked in Primary schools for the last 25 years, most recently as Headteacher in Barnet. I am passionate about developing wonderful schools with happy children and giving the children the best possible chance to succeed in their learning. After obtaining my Law Degree, I went on to qualify as a teacher and gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and a Master’s in Education. Having completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship, I am now completed the National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership.
Bradley Williams – Teacher Governor
I became a governor at Orchard when I took up the role of Deputy Head in April 2009. Since then I have been an associate governor and a teacher governor, which I am currently. Where my roles as an employee of Orchard and being a teacher governor meet is mainly centred around the curriculum. I oversee the whole school curriculum as Deputy Head but also work with the governors of Orchard to know what Orchard’s curriculum is and the ways we want to improve it. I support Mr. Sutton with whole school decisions and work with the governors to implement these. Being a teacher governor means that I represent all teachers at Orchard, ensuring their views are heard by the governors.
Germaine Matthews – Support Staff Governor
I joined Orchard in July 15 when I hit the ground running managing the TUPE process for the school breakfast club. As the School Business Manager at Orchard, my role includes Finance, Risk Management and many other areas that are not curriculum such as Medical, First Aid, Premises, HR. I qualified in Business and Risk externally and through the Schools Business Management route. Prior to joining Orchard, I supported an area of schools with purchasing of larger contracts and set up the Business side of a family support service run by schools. As a Support Staff Governor, I link into Finance, GDPR, Safeguarding and Contracts supporting with best value and Capital projects. I also keep a number of the School Operational Policies up to date in line with Government legislation. In my spare time I am a mum to two grown up children and self-employed in the field of Travel and Events.
Patrick Durkan –
Sushil Kular –
I am currently a HR Business Partner working for a large hospitality company in Hertfordshire. I have worked in HR for 20 years working with people at all levels in the business from Senior Executive to employees and have a wealth of knowledge in budgeting, policy, employment law and project management. I enjoy being part of team who thrives on collaborating with others and was delighted to join as a Parent Governor and being able to work with fellow Governors as well as the School. I now have an opportunity to give something back to not only my local school but one where both my children currently attend, Orchard Primary School has always shone out from the rest of the schools in the local area for the way it is ran, its diversity and inclusion and this is something that is very close to my heart.
Summary of Governors’ Details
|Governor Name||Governor Category||Term of office start date||Term of office end date||Roles||Declarations of Interest||AGB Meetings attended 2021-22|
|Alec Thomas||Appointed by the Trustees||27/01/20||26/01/24||Chair of AGB, PSHE / RSE||None||5/5|
|Appointed by the Trustees||Vice-Chair, Curriculum|
|Appointed by the Trustees||SEND Governor|
|Jonny Spector||Ex Officio (Headteacher)||Executive Headteacher at Alban Wood Primary School and Nursery|
|Germaine Matthews||Non-Teaching Staff||01/10/22||30/09/26||Finance Group||Work for WGGS on a self employed basis||5/5|
|Dean Tearle||Parent||15/05/2023||14/05/2027||Trustee of St Luke’s C of E Church|
|Bradley Williams||Teaching Staff||01/10/22||30/09/2026||Curriculum||Married to a member of staff||5/5|
|Associate Governor||Premises, Health and Safety Governor|
|Melanie Barnes||Appointed by the AGB||01/10/20||30/09/24||Safeguarding Governor||Casual MSA at Orchard||5/5|
|Antony Parker||Appointed by the AGB||09/12/19||08/12/23||Finance Governor||None||5/5|
|Eno Adeogun||Appointed by the Trustees||28/09/2020||27/09/2024||Pupil Premium and PE/Sports Premium||None||5/5|
|Patrick Durkan||Appointed by the AGB||06/12/2021||05/12/2025|
|Governors LEFT (in the last year)||Governor Category||Term of office start date||Term of office end date||Roles|
|Phillip Miller||Vice Chair||6/12/21||31/8/23||Curriculum|
|Gwion Williams||Appointed by Trustees||1/12/22||31/8/23||SEND|
|Paul Sutton||Ex Officio (Headteacher)||8/9/08||31/8/23||Executive Headteacher|
|Warren Brown||Associate Governor||1/12/22||31/8/23||Premises, Health and Safety|