Monk's Walk School is a convertor academy. The trustees are directors of the company and are responsible for setting and maintaining the ethos and strategic direction of the school. In so doing they act as critical friends of the school, enabling the school to provide each and every student with the opportunity to achieve their full potential within a safe and secure environment, ultimately to support the achievement of ‘Excellence for All’.
The Trustees work in partnership with the Headteacher and other school staff to promote high standards of educational achievement at the school. They help decide how the school should develop in order to maintain and improve its standards of education, and approve the broad policies, plans and procedures which will support that development.
Monk’s Walk School Trustees meet regularly and are responsible for liaising with senior members of staff and reporting back to the Board of Trustees on specific areas of the school and education. Each Trustee is linked to a member of staff or department to help build a relationship with school personnel and gain knowledge of how the school works.
Each year the Board of Trustees publish an annual report.
We work hard to ensure that the decisions made create the most favourable conditions:
- For learning to flourish
- To ensure the good use of money
- For a safe secure and pleasant environment to learn / work in
- To promote sound organisation
- To recruit and retain excellent staff
- To adopt and implement policies which are fair, and which encourage good student behaviour, motivate staff and students, and for everyone to achieve their potential.
To contact the Trustee Team, please write to the Head of Trustees, Carole Pomfret, at the school address.
Meeting dates for 2020-21 are as follows:
21st September (AGM)
All meetings currently taking place remotely by Teams starting at 6.00pm.
The Resources Committee meets 2 weeks prior to every full board meeting. Additionally, a small group of Trustees will meet on to conduct an appraisal of the headteacher and a further group will meet on Monday 7th December to ratify staff pay recommendations following the appraisal process.
To find out more about the role of Governors (Trustees):
Carole Pomfret - Chair of the Board of Trustees
I have an MA in Physics from Oxford, am a qualified Chartered Accountant and spent 20 years doing private client investment management. I have run a science club for 10 and 11 year olds through my children's junior school and am currently a mentor for young people starting out in business with the Bright Ideas Trust. I am a trustee of the PDSA charity and at weekends I am a hockey umpire for a local club.
Zoe Wright - Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees
I originally joined as a parent trustee to understand my daughter’s secondary education as it seemed so different from my own - for the better! We have evolved through foundation trust to academy during my time and the education landscape seems ever changing, providing new opportunities and challenges! However, I thoroughly enjoy being part of the school’s work, which is striving to provide outstanding education and pastoral care in a truly comprehensive school. My spare time is spent involved with the work of the Salvation Army.
I have a Business and Project Management degree from Middlesex University and have worked in the financial industry in London for firms such as Morgan Stanley. My career has given me more than 20 years' experience of project management. I have highly developed leadership and motivational skills, demonstrating ability in delivering and implementing strategic projects. In my spare time I am a senior coach for high board and spring board diving at the Beaumont Diving Academy in Hatfield.
Having worked in sales and marketing for many years, I am now a director of a local electronics company, but most importantly I am a parent of three children. In recent years I have volunteered in a local primary school, helping both in and out of the classroom. I became a school trustee to gain an insight into my children's secondary education, which is very different from my own, and to provide an essential parent voice within the body of trustees of the school. I enjoy working with the school to make it the best it can possibly be, so that all students leave the school fully equipped for the modern world.
I have been the headteacher at Monk’s Walk since September 2011. A great privilege. I have been a trustee (governor) before when headteacher of another school but also as a volunteer governor at my local primary school.
My entire career has been in the publishing and bookselling industry mainly as Sales Director of two leading publishers. I was also Retail Operations Director of a chain of Booksellers which included “the best Bookshop in the world” Hatchards in Piccadilly. During that time I have been privileged to have worked alongside some of the leading authors, statesmen, politicians, actors, comedians, musicians, sportsmen and sportswomen of our time. For the past ten years I have run my own publishing consultancy business. Monks Walk has been a part of my life for over two decades and all three of my children were educated there. I have a natural affinity with the library and sport having been involved with sports clubs in the area since my children were young.
As a librarian for 14 years at the London School of Economics, I teach research skills to students from undergraduate through to PhD, so I know what students need in the next stage of their studies. I also have a post-grad certificate for teaching in higher education and will work hard to ensure Monk's Walk continues to develop lifelong skills in our children. A keen sportsman, I coached minis rugby at Welwyn for six years and once played with four England internationals.
I have recently retired from over 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry, primarily working in compliance and ethics; prior to that I worked as an analyst /programmer. I have a Masters in Information Systems and Services for Healthcare. My career has seen me travel extensively around Europe, US and Canada. I was also lucky enough to live and work in United States for just over two years. I was born and grew up in WGC, only moving to Stevenage in 2002. I'm an ex pupil of Monk's Walk as are both of my sons. I was a school governor at Holwell JMI for 13 years, of which I was Chair for five years. I was also Church Warden and an active member of St Mary Magdalene, Hatfield Hyde for a number of years. I'm looking forward to getting to re-know Monk's Walk.
Maureen Hill - Chair of Resources Risk and Audit Committee
I recently retired after 25 years at Watford Grammar School for Boys where I taught English and was an SLT member for 15 years, with experience of a wide range of responsibilities, including Curriculum and Staff Development. I also have experience as an Ofsted Inspector, a secondment to Hertfordshire LEA, been a teacher governor and completed a second Masters degree in 2011 as part of my commitment to keep up-to-date with educational practice. I have also written and published a number of illustrated non-fiction books, mostly with a twentieth century history focus.
I live in Welwyn Garden City , and I am married with three children, with the youngest child attending Monks Walk School. I attended Monks Walk School from 1984 to 1990. I studied Government and Politics and Law at De Haviland. In 1994, I started my career with Transport for London and held various Senior Managerial roles. I am currently leading on the recovery of the Grenfell Tragedy with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and I am Head of Complaints, MPs and Members Enquiries and also lead on Housing Management, Supply and Needs for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Headteacher's Reports to Trustees
These reports have been redacted in places to protect the confidentiality of students, their families, and staff members.