Andy Boxer Chair of Governors
I was delighted to have been invited to become a co-opted governor of Sandridge School in 2016. My wife, Sue, and I have been enthusiastic contributors to the life of the school since one of our six grandchildren started as a pupil here and was subsequently joined by his younger brother. Coming from a career in primary education, I take a keen interest in the school’s ongoing development.
My first teaching post was in a large village school outside High Wycombe, and, with my young family, we moved to St Albans, where I took up a deputy headship in 1977. I subsequently became the Headteacher of primary schools in Harpenden and Hatfield.
Now retired (and well-schooled in grandchild-care!), I take great pleasure in storytelling each week to the children in Butterflies, especially as I have a particular interest in enabling and encouraging children to develop what will hopefully become a lifelong love of reading. In addition, I help to support children’s learning in Year 6, run a gardening club – together with my wife – for the children in Years 1 and 2, and help our thriving PTA in its many activities throughout the year.
My other interests include hill-walking, reading, gardening and cooking.
Natalie Miles-Kemp Vice Chair (COP)
I have lived in Sandridge for fourteen years and have been a Parish Councillor for thirteen years representing local people. In 2012 my children started in the early years setting of the school. With a broad range of corporate governance experience in the NHS it felt right to contribute in any way i could. I am committed to helping the school achieve its need for a bigger hall and library.
Tracy Burge – Chair of Finance and General (Parent)
I became a Parent Governor in 2014, and have 2 daughters at Sandridge School. I live in Sandridge village and became a governor due to my keen interest in seeing the school develop successfully against its vision and be the school of choice within the Sandridge community. Most of all I want Sandridge children to have a positive learning experience which prepares them for the many challenges life and education may throw ahead. I am a qualified chartered accountant, I am currently working in a local firm of Chartered Accountants , and bring finance, data, compliance and governance management experience to the Governing Body.
Rhian Hill (Parent)
I became a Parent Governor in 2016, and have 2 children at Sandridge School.
Since my children joined Sandridge, I have loved seeing how the teachers encourage the children to have a great enthusiasm for learning. I have loved seeing Sandridge school celebrate the culture of children from all over the world and create a sense of community for the children at Sandridge. I became a governor because I wanted to ensure that the teachers were supported and had the best resources possible to be able to carry on the vision of the school, ensuring that children can learn and thrive. I am solicitor, specialising in data protection. I bring legal, data and project management experience to the Governing Body.
Richard King (Parent)
I was delighted to be accepted to join the Governors and help the school where one, soon to be two, of my children attend.
It’s important to me to give something back to the children and teachers providing them with the best possible resources to enrich their learning experience. I would like the children to feel the way I did about education and enjoy it to the fullest, being nurtured, encouraged and supported at every opportunity. I have an extensive range of knowledge of the corporate world especially in Finance where I am a Finance Director for a large multination company.
I do hope that some of my skills will be useful in supporting the school and other Governors in continuing to develop and become outstanding.
Emma Green (Co-opted)
I loved school. Mostly because it was a place I went to do my favourite thing: learning. I was lucky enough to attend two schools, primary and secondary, that instilled in every child a thirst for discovering new things and celebrated the individual. I see this in Sandridge, which is why I am so delighted to have been invited to be a part of the school’s life.
So, what do I hope to get out of being a governor? I’m looking forward to having a tangible, positive impact on the performance of the school and the lives of the children and staff within it. I’m excited about building on my passion for education and hope to get involved at a more hands-on level, too.
I always planned to be a teacher, so how I ended up in marketing, branding and comms is anyone’s guess. But I do love it and hope to use my skills to raise the school’s profile in the local and wider communities. I have plenty of experience with websites, social channels and multimedia, as well as more traditional marketing and PR, so the toolkit is there. We have so much to offer, and will only get better with time, so let’s put Sandridge School on the map!
Rebecca White (Co-opted)
I became a Co-Opted Parent Governor in January 2018. I have three children at another school in Hertfordshire and was keen to share experiences and discuss ideas.
I worked as a solicitor in London for 17 years, but recently took the decision to take a career break to focus on my young family. As a result of my legal and corporate background, I hope to be able to utilise my skills of listening, organising and problem solving. I am excited to be part of Sandridge School in realising its potential, and enabling the children to thrive in a supportive and safe environment.