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.

Annual Trustees' 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)

16th November

1st February

22nd March

10th May

5th July

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.

Academy Trust Governance Arrangements

Trustees' Code of Conduct

scheme of delegation

To find out more about the role of Governors (Trustees): 

Governors for Schools


Trustee Team

Carole pomfret

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.

Liz eksteen

Liz Eksteen - Joint Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees

I was closely involved involved in the community as a parent of three children and a pre-school leader with an interest in education and a passion for creating the best opportunities for children. I became a trustee in order to pursue this interest, develop my understanding and to bridge the perceived gap when children move into secondary education. It is a privilege to be part of the school’s development and I thoroughly enjoy it.

Zoe wright

Zoe Wright - Joint 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.

Alexis cheshire

Alexis Cheshire - Chair of Resources Committee

I have been an active member of the body of trustees at Monk’s Walk and am currently Chair of the Resources Committee.  During my time at Monk’s Walk I have worked closely with the School Business Manager and the Senior Leadership Team to ensure that our resources are well managed and that the Board of Trustees is able to act as an effective critical friend to help the school achieve its goals.  My experiences running a local business and more recently working as the Chief Information Officer for the UK’s largest youth charity, has enabled me to support the school in a number of areas.  My professional experience of running large and small scale ICT projects for both commercial and charitable organisations allows me to support the whole school.  I also recently lead a trustee/staff conference to help paint the long-term vision of the school.

Bev bevan

Bev Bevan

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.

Cook, Ms A

Amber Cook

I have worked at Monk's Walk school for over ten years in several different roles including teacher of science, Head of House, Head of Biology and Head of Year.  I am now on the school leadership team and have responsibility for the pupil premium, transition and behaviour.  I wanted to become a staff trustee to bring the views of the wider staff to the committee and help to raise standards across different areas of the school.  I am passionate about diminishing the difference in outcomes between pupil premium and non-pupil premium students.


Adam Lancaster

As well as being a member of staff at Monk's Walk School I am also one of the trustees in the school. For me, the reason I wanted to be involved in the  body of trustees was to be a part of making our school and our school community the best it possibly can be. Having worked on committees previously in different roles, including running a national reading charity, I enjoy the way people from different backgrounds, experiences and professions come together for one joint goal. A big part of my role on the as a trustee is to make sure we as a board of trustees are as trained as we possibly can be making sure that we can lead the school in the right direction with a clear set of aims.

Sally mileson

Sally Mileson

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.


Alex Paterson

I have worked at Monk’s Walk School since 2005. As Estates Manager I have shown my commitment to the development of the school. I always strive to ensure all students and staff have an effective and safe learning environment. Working as a trustee has allowed me to be involved in the planning and direction of school wide developments. I sought to become a trustee because through the resources committee and body of trustees I would be able to share my experiences of H & S, building maintenance and construction and that this would have a positive impact on school development planning and effective project management.

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Kate Smith

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.


Colleen Stewart

I work in the school’s Reprographics department and have a fashion degree and creative background, with sales and marketing experience. My daughter recently completed her education at Monk’s Walk and my son is still a student here. I have strong links with the local community and combined with the valuable insight to school life as both staff member and parent, I feel well placed to serve as a Trustee. I am immensely proud of the school’s achievements, drive and commitment to providing the best outcomes for the students.

Richard tucker

Richard Tucker

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.

Clive wilson

Clive Wilson

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.


Christine Cameron

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

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.


Sam Pandya

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.


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