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Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

The role of Governors is detailed in the following document

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

Our chair is: Mr Patrick Delaney
We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests.



NamePosition Role and Committee/s

Date of appointment/Term of Office

Business InterestFinancial Interest
Anne ClarkHeadteacherAll Committees HeadNone
Alison BillingStaff GovernorAll Committees

13th Feb 2019- 12th Feb 2023

Deputy HeadNone
Patrick DelaneyChair of Governors                            School Improvement Chair,Budget, Sports Premium, All Committees10th Feb 2021 - 9th Feb 2025NoneNone
Victoria YatesVice Chair of GovernorsResources Chair, Equality, HR20th Jul 2022 - 19th Jul 2026NoneNone
Dan SternVice Chair of GovernorsData, Assessment8th Dec 2021- 7th Dec 2025NoneNone
Katie DeanLA GovSchool Improvement, EYFS4th Oct 2022 - 3rd Oct 2026NoneNone
Rory SandsCo-optedSchool Improvement, Safeguarding19th Aug 2022 - 18th Aug 2026NoneNone
Corinne DoustCo-optedSchool Improvement, Pupil Premium22nd Jul 2022 - 21st Jul 2026NoneNone
Samina HaffajeeParent GovSchool Improvement, SEND24th Feb 2022 - 23rd Feb 2026NoneNone
Gavin BullCo-optedResources Committee, Health & Safety, Estates, Website22nd Jul 2022 - 21st Jul 2026NoneNone



Major Targets for 2022 –2023


  1. To embed key actions from the 2021/22 SDP, particularly those improving the outcomes of learning for all children, particularly those who are vulnerable.

Intended impact : subject leader monitoring follows a cycle of assess/plan/do/ review leading to actions to improve learning for all children, including where adaptations are required for pupils who may otherwise be at a disadvantage.


    2.To secure the accuracy of assessment, at all levels, in order for teachers to adjust provision to improve progress for all                children, particularly those who are vulnerable.

Intended impact : formative assessment within lessons provides instant feedback and response

assessment used to adjust all forms of provision in a timely manner

summative assessment scrutinised by leaders to inform knowledge of trends and patterns and provide comparison to local, regional and national cohorts

summative assessments used to identify strengths and development points , as well as to provide data to stakeholders but primarily to adjust provision.

Pupil Progress Meetings held on regular cycle based on specific groups, but particularly vulnerable children, in order to ensure success is shared and provision is amended to accelerate progress.

Governors are able to scrutinise data and provide meaningful challenge and support.


       3.To foster an evidence-based approach to improving teaching and learning.

Intended impact : Rosenshine’s Principles For Effective Teaching used in cycles of  professional development for all staff, consisting of discussion, research and collaboration between staff and in classroom practice.

Embed a system of assess/plan/do/review that drives continual professional development

Formation of the Colney Heath principles of effective practice that would be seen in lessons.

Form collaborative groups, to investigate and share good practice.


        4. To improve attainment and progress specifically in the core subjects of Maths and Literacy, for all children.

Intended impact : remove barriers to progress, particularly for those pupils who are vulnerable.

Ensure that a love of reading ,attainment and progress are established through phonics and developed consistently throughout the school.

The teaching of writing consistently enables children to express themselves, and that the assessment and teaching of writing is effectively developed.

Mathematical fluency is developed for all children, and where needed intervention is effective in ensuring progress.



Financial Information

The school has no employees who earn in excess of £100,000.


Patrick Delaney 

I have been part of the governing body since 2017 and in that time have primarily been responsible for budget oversight. I have chaired both the resources and school improvement committees and am currently chair of governors.  My family moved to Colney Heath village in 2014 and have become entwined with the school ever since.  As a small business owner, I understand completely the pressures of being responsible for key decisions and dealing with a multitude of differing issues.  My origins are very working class and it is with thanks to the teachers and staff at the JMI school I attended that I have been fortunate to have had a varied and interesting life. My eldest child has passed through the ranks and my youngest is currently at the start of her journey at Colney Heath.  I am grateful to have the opportunity to give something back to the school and our village community. 


Corinne Nash

I have been a governor at Colney Heath School since 2018. As the link governor for pupil premium, English and phonics, I sit on the School Improvement Committee. I volunteer my time to ensure that the children in our community receive a great education and I do this by supporting and challenging school leaders. 

Professionally, I work at Dame Alice Owen's School and have been teaching the sciences to A-Level since 2004. I am a member of the Teaching and Learning Team, responsible for developing and sharing good practice. I am a strong believer in continuing professional development, for myself and for others, and I have a Masters Degree in Education.   

My child is thriving at Colney Heath School (just as I did, many years ago!) and I am delighted to be able to "give something back" to our community. 


Victoria Yates

My name is Victoria Yates and I joined the Governing Body in 2018.  I am currently the Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of the Resources Committee and focus on HR and Equality.

I have 20 years’ experience in Human Resources within retail, public sector and charitable trusts and my two daughters attend Colney Heath. 

I am passionate about primary school education, as the first years of a child’s education are crucial to their future pathways and achievements.   I enjoy being a Governor and being part of ensuring the school sets and achieves its aims and objectives and monitoring its progress and the learning and development of the children and staff are key elements of this.

The staff do an amazing job at Colney Heath and I love its community ethos and feel.


Samina Haffajee

I’m currently the link Governor for SEND. I'm a full-time carer of a young adult with a learning disability and autism. I'm familiar with EHCPs, the 0-25 team, and the challenges carers/parents face with SEN. Professionally, I have MSc in Business Systems and over ten years of digital marketing and digital fundraising experience. I've worked for and with several children's charities and currently work in ECommerce for an online children's store. As a parent governor, I hope to lend a helping hand wherever needed and wherever my skills are best suited.


Rory Sands

I started as a governor at Colney Heath School in September 2022. As the link governor for Maths, Mental health and Safeguarding, I am a member of the School Improvement Committee. I am community minded and passionate about education.

I have worked in education for over ten years, teaching at a range of schools across London. I currently teach at Highgate School.

I hope that my son will attend Colney Heath School when he is old enough and I am proud to be in a position to help my local school and give something back to the local community.


Dan Stern

My name is Dan Stern, I have two children that attend Colney Heath School so I already have a great relationship with most of the teachers. I bring a calm and level headed approach to everything I do.

I have actively supported the PTA with events and commit to continue that support as my time as Governor. Being a Manager in retail gives me flexibility for meetings, school visits and offering any support that the school may need. I have been working in food retail for nearly 24 years where I specialise in compliance, Food safety and managing a large workforce. I also have experience in setting and managing annual budgets. I’m honest and hardworking and I fully commit to this important role as Governor.


Katie Dean

My name is Katie Dean and I joined the governing body in September 2022. I have two children at Colney Heath and they both love attending school and are learning and developing every day.

Professionally I work for Herts County Council as Lead Teacher for Early Years SEND in the East. Prior to that I worked in a small village school where I was Deputy Head, SENCO and Early Years Lead along with many other roles. I was also a governor there for 12 years so I have prior Governor experience.

At Colney Heath I am Governor for Early Years and Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) and I am passionate about supporting the school in any way I can in order for the children, staff and families to thrive.