The Governing Board at The Reddings Primary & Nursery School would like to extend a warm welcome to you all. We want all our young learners to develop to their full potential both academically and socially, so that they become responsible and caring citizens in their later lives.
The role of the Governors’ is to work closely with the Headteacher and leadership team to provide the very best education for all at The Reddings. We are responsible for monitoring and evaluating the performance and effectiveness of the school, for ensuring that the budget is managed prudently and for supporting our excellent team of staff.
We offer a broad and balanced curriculum and aim for enjoyment in learning. Staff are experienced and dedicated and work in partnership with parents and children. At the heart of all we do is the current and future wellbeing of our learners, ensuring they have access to an enriched education and the opportunities they deserve.
Tim Ffrench- Lynch, Chair of Governors
About Our Governing Body
The Governors at The Reddings Primary & Nursery School have been elected or appointed to represent parents, staff and various groups within the community. We are a committed group who work collectively to form the Governing Board. We give our time voluntarily to support the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team in the governance and strategic leadership of the school.
We organise our work through a structure of meetings, working parties and designated lead governors. The Governing Board meets regularly throughout the term, focusing our meetings on different aspects of our responsibilities. Improvement and Outcomes meetings consider everything to do with children’s education and wellbeing whilst the Finance and Resources meetings consider premises, personnel and finance. Full Governing Board meetings consider strategic items and statutory requirements.
Governors are committed to their ongoing professional development, attending a range of governance training organised by Herts for Learning to ensure they are fully equipped and effective in their roles.
Governors visit the school regularly to see policy put into practice and measure its effectiveness, whilst enabling them to understand fully the day to day aspects of school life. We actively encourage feedback from parents and carers and we are always happy to meet with you. Contact can be made via the school office or directly to the Chair of Governors.
Chair of Governors
Mr T Ffrench- Lynch
I have been a governor at The Reddings School since 2020 and Chair since 2022, having been a governor of Primary Schools since 2014. I have a daughter in secondary school, and it was her education that bought me into Governance. Key areas of educational interest are – Maths, Computing and Educational Outcomes.
Outside of school, I work in Systems Engineering for an Aerospace company where I also chair the staff consultation committee and I am a member of the company’s Health Safety and Environment Forum. I have also worked in IT Management for the same company but have spent 80% of my career working on a single aircraft model, with at least ten years to go on the current project.
Working in Systems Engineering has parallels with governance in that it is about taking broad specifications (Ofsted standards and the National curriculum) and breaking these into requirements (the Intent of what the school wants to achieve and teach) and then documenting how the team is going to test whether those requirements have been met (understanding the Impact of the school), whilst largely leaving the fulfilment of the requirements to more specialist hardware and software teams (the Implementation of the Educational Intent, where the Governors step away from operational matters).
I live in Hemel Hempstead in a multi-cultural family, and in my spare time enjoy reading science fiction and watching B&W crime movies. I originally came from Hertfordshire but later spent time in Cheshire, Sheffield, and Kent before unintentionally ending up back where I started.
Vice Chair of Governors
Mr S Rafiq
Born in Hemel Hempstead I attended the school as a pupil. Now two of my children attend the school and so I continue to have a strong connection to the school and local area.
As a governor at the school between 2015 and 2019 I returned to the role in 2022. In 2023 I was elected deputy chair. I believe in the power of a good primary education and the transformational impact it can have not only for each of the children at the school but the wider community also.
My day job is as a Public Health Practitioner in Luton. This has transferable skills of being required to analysis data.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and playing football.
Governor currently on leave of absence for a year with no duties
I have worked in various roles alongside children, young people, and their families in a range of settings including schools, local authority youth clubs, and a charity.
I am a qualified Science Teacher.
Currently, I am a Child and Educational Psychologist in private practice. I contribute to teaching and supervising students at a university. Alongside my role as a Governor, I am a Trustee at NurtureUK.My work is guided by a long-standing commitment and vocation to children’s well-being.
I am an Associate Director of Research at Dubit, a global leader in kids and youth research. Alongside my research responsibilities, I lead on ethics, safeguarding and child protection. I am a parent governor, and link governor for safeguarding. I was awarded a PhD in Cognitive Linguistics in 2017, and was accepted as a Certified Member of the Market Research Society in 2017. In 2023 I was accepted as a fellow of the RSA.
Biography to follow
Mrs K Haswell