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.
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.
Michelle Poole (Parent)
I feel extremely privileged to have become a Parent Governor at Sandridge School this year, where both of my children started in Nursery and Reception September 2018.
Since my children started their education at Sandridge School, I have been overwhelmed by the encouragement and enthusiasm the teachers show towards the children, and parents, creating not only a lovely environment for them to learn in, but also a real sense of community spirit.
I believe that an effective Governing Body is vital to a school’s success, and as a parent I want to help and support the school as much as I can, to promote the interests of all the children within Sandridge School.
I have lived locally in Sandridge for the most of my life, and I am in touch with many parents at the school. My career when I left school was in the Marketing, Creative Design and Fashion, and Sales industry, but now I have chosen to be a full-time Mum. I hope that some of my skills will be useful to the Governing Body, providing the support they require to achieve outstanding results for the school.
I strive to be honest, hard working and sincere, aiming for excellence in all that I do, and I want to inspire the children, staff and parents at Sandridge to continue to excel in their education and work within the community. As a Parent Governor, I believe that our School staff and parents and the local community all have the same interests in creating an outstanding Primary School for the children.
The future success of Sandridge School is within our hands… let’s all ensure we provide and build a foundation of success for our children, and future generations and give the school as much support as possible.
Sheenagh McKillop,BA (Hons), ACCA, FHEA