Hertford St Andrew CE Primary School

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Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor. We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.




Hertford St Andrew C of E Primary School has an active and committed team of Governors who play an important role in school life.


The Purpose of the Governing Body is to:


  • ensure a clear vision and ethos of the school.
  • provide a strategic direction for the work of the school.
  • support, monitor and evaluate the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
  • monitor the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


The Governing Body does this by:


  • ensuring we select people with the skills that are needed on the governing body and through training for governors.
  • using three committees to look into the detail of the different aspects of work. The three committees are the ‘Curriculum and Standards Committee’, the ‘Values and Well-Being Committee’ and the ‘Resources Committee’.
  • giving governors specific links to aspects of the school and meeting with the Headteacher and specific members of staff to focus on particular areas, such as teaching and learning in different subjects, spending of pupil premium funding, the school’s pay policy, safeguarding, buildings and health and safety.
  • sending summaries of reports and discussions out to all governors prior to the full governing body meeting.

Meet the Governors:


Chris Seward - Vice Chair of Governors

I have lived in Hertford since December 1994 and, throughout this time, have attended St Andrew’s Church with my family. I retired after twenty one years as a Headteacher in the summer of 2016 having held this role in two secondary schools, most recently at an Ofsted “outstanding” comprehensive school within the county of Essex. I was a National Leader of Education. I am now pleased to contribute to the development of our church Primary School and appreciate the opportunity to work with such a committed team.


Chantal Geall

I have been a foundation governor at Hertford St Andrew since 2013.  I currently chair the Finance and Resources Committee and act as the Vice Chair of Governors.  I was asked to consider becoming a governor initially because of my skills in the finance arena, but have since really enjoyed getting to know how the school is run and most importantly interacting with the wonderful pupils at our school.  I think it’s really important for us to help every child to achieve the best that they can whilst at the school, recognising that the standards may vary considerably from pupil to pupil.  

I am a life long Hertford resident and have been a town councillor for Castle Ward since 2003. In 2014/2015 I was honoured to serve as Mayor of Hertford.  My local interests include the wonderful Hertford Museum where I am a trustee.  I am also involved in town twinning and have made many visits to Hertford’s French twin town Evron and German twin town Wildeshausen.  In my spare time I like to travel and scuba dive in warm waters


Peter Murphy

I became a Parent Governor in early 2016. I am married to Katie and we have two sons, both at St Andrews. I sit on the Pupils and Standards committee and am keen to help all children get the opportunity to do well. Also, living so close to the school, I feel it important that it fulfills its role at the heart of our community. By day I work in IT. Outside of work I am a keen amateur musician; I sing with a chamber choir in London and conduct a choir in Hertford.


Sophie Perry

I became an associate governor in September 2018, having recently joined Hertford St Andrew as Deputy Headteacher.  Prior to my move to Hertford St Andrew, I taught for over 6 years at a 2-form entry primary school in Ware where I also gained  experience of governance through my role as a parent governor and Chair of the Standards Committee.

I have three children, two of whom are away studying at university, whilst one is a student at Chauncy.   


Laura Ramsay- Chair of Governors

My name is Laura Ramsay and I am in my third year as a Foundation Governor at Hertford St Andrew’s C of E Primary School. I became the Chair of Governors in September 2015 and I am a member of the Pupils and Standards Committee.

I started my career as secondary school teacher working for Kirklees LEA in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. My specialist subject area was Design and Technology. I later became an Advisory Teacher and Ofsted Inspector and finished my career as deputy to the Head of the Early Years Service in Kirklees. I retired in 2005 and moved to Hertford after the death of my husband in 2010 to be near my two sons, James and Mark..

I was delighted to be asked, as a member of Herford St Andrew’s Church to be a Foundation Governor for the school. I have always had a passion to do what is best for children to enable them to develop and reach their true potential. So by being a governor I feel that not only can I keep in touch with children and teachers but also make a contribution to the school. What particularly attracts me to Hertford St Andrew’s is the strong ethos of a caring and inclusive school. I am also interested in ensuring that a strong Christian ethos exists within the school.


Reverend Alan Stewart

I'm married to Rachel with two children Rosie and Elijah. I originally studied at art college so have a particular interest in arts and music. I really enjoy walking the dog, practising Mindfulness and painting. 

I lead two weekly assemblies at the school. I sit on the Pupils and Standards committee with a special interest in Special Educational Needs.


Rod Willis

I am a member of St Andrews Church for past 27 years and a Chartered Surveyor, working for Network Rail.  I have been a Governor for 8 years, initially as a Foundation Governor and more recently as a Community Governor.  I am on the Resources Committee with responsibility for Health and Safety.  I am married with three grown up children, one of whom is now a teacher, and I enjoy sports, particularly football and cricket.  Having been parent governor at my children's primary school, I thought I could offer my skills and experience to benefit the wider community of St Andrews.


Trish Burton

I moved to Hertford in 2017 and my son currently attends Hertford St Andrew School. I am originally from Dublin, coming to London in 1995 to undertake my nurse training and have stayed ever since.  My family are still in Ireland and we regularly return there.

I am looking forward to being part of the HSA Governor team; to understand better how our children can be supported in becoming curious, caring and compassionate citizens.

In love living in Hertford, especially exploring Panshanger Park and Waterford Nature Reserve.


Stuart Aldridge- Vice Chair of Governors

I have been living in Hertford since 2014, having grown up nearby in Harlow. My daughter currently attends Hertford St Andrew School, whilst my son is due to start in 2022.

I became a parent governor because I am passionate about ensuring that children have the best possible education. I believe that having the best experience in their school life will set them up for a better future. As a self-employed Audit Partner, working with some of the UK's leading companies, I hope that I will be able to use my skills and experience to support the school - in particular on the Finance & Resources committee.


Lyn Paine

I have lived in Hertford since 1981, married with three grown children and seven grandchildren. Currently employed by HCC as an Energy Management Officer, before this I was a Payroll Manager for HCC & City of Westminster.

Active member of Ware Joggers; although in recent times more on the volunteering side. Great supporter of ‘Park Runs’ especially the Junior park run held on Sundays at Hartham Common after which I attend St Andrews Church: particularly enjoying the All Age Service !

Keen gardener, proud allotment holder and a member of Nuffield Gym where I enjoy swimming and Aqua fit.  I Love being outside and enjoy watching triathlons, rugby, cricket, hockey and walking our two dogs. A keen traveller and explorer I enjoy sharing experiences and love learning about our world.


Stuart Sapsford

I have lived in Hertford for 15 years with my wife and two children, one of which attends St Andrew. 

I work for an organisation that provides key services and support for community and am driven by supporting organisations and individuals that help to positively change people's lives.

The early years of a child’s life are so important and the part that a primary school plays is crucial. To be able to support the school to give children the best start, is my motivation for joining as a governor. Schools are also a significant part of local community and through my work experience, I want to support Hertford St Andrew to be a key part of our local community.

Having joined in July 2022 I am looking forward to learning more about the school and supporting the governors and staff.