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Chair of Governors




Mr Carl Field

Co-Vice Chair of Governors




Mrs Julia Rooney,

Miss Amy Smith

Chair of Strategic Development Committee


Mr Carl Field

Chair of Resources Committee



Mr Simon Ratcliffe

Chair of Curriculum, Standards and Community


Mrs Julia Rooney





Miss Maxine Warner






Mr Carl Field

Mrs Sarah Hall

Mrs Mhairi Armstrong

Miss Maxine Warner

Ms Kelly Silk

Mr Richard Pillinger

Ms Claire Cannon


Miss Amy Smith

Mr Simon Ratcliffe

Mrs Emma Eames


Up to 3 vacancies

Mrs Julia Rooney




Mrs Sarah Warrington    


Up to 1 vacancies






Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the school’s governors, and the work that we do. Within England, there are over 300,000 School/Academy Governors, who form the largest volunteer force in the country.

As an Academy, Alameda School Governors are responsible for the overall strategic direction of the school. We are responsible for ensuring that the school is run in accordance with the Articles of Association and the Funding Agreement with the Department for Education

The Alameda governing body has a key role in monitoring the work of the school and ensuring that the leadership of the school is effective in ensuring that all children are making the best progress possible, that they are safe and that the academy has a clear strategic direction. Ultimately we deliver the vision “that Alameda is an inspiring and dynamic learning environment where all individuals are valued and everyone has the opportunity to achieve their best”.

As an academy governor we act as the critical friend to the headteacher and the senior leadership team, and provide support and challenge.

The key responsibilities of the governing body include:

• ensuring the quality of educational provision

• challenging and monitoring the performance of the academy

• ensuring good financial health

• supporting the SLT in selection & management of staff

The individual Governors, and subsequently members of a Governing Body, work collectively to perform a strategic role and carry out key functions such as:

• discuss and set the aims and objectives for the Academy.

• set the required policies for achieving those aims and objectives.

• set the required targets for achieving those aims and objectives.

• monitor and evaluate the progress that the Academy is making towards it’s set aims and objectives.

We have worked collaboratively with the staff and leadership to develop the schools’ aims and values:

·         Engaging with and supporting the school’s values

·         Achieving our best in everything we do

·         Collaboration & Community

·         Preparing for Change

The Governing Body meets at least once every term.

There are several categories of governor, appointed by different groups that have an interest in the school. These are Community Governors, the Local Authority (“LA”), Parents, and Staff.  All governors have equal status.

The body consists of the following members;

Chair of the Governing Body

Carl Field: Carl Field is a as a community governor. He has 2 daughters the youngest has just started in year 5 while her sister has now moved on to Redborne. He has 7 years experience of governance gained at Maulden Lower School, the last two and a half years as Chair. His background is in engineering management, he is a chartered engineer with an MBA.

Parent Governors:

Richard Pillinger: Richard is a parent governor and sits on the Curriculum and Standardscommittee. He has an MBA in Educational Management. Richard has 20 years experience teaching in both the state and private sector in Primary, Secondary and in Middle Schools. He has two children, both at Alameda. 

Simon Ratcliffe: Simon has lived in Maulden for 18 years and has a son at Alameda.  Simon became a parent governor in 2016 and is a member of the Finance, Premises, Pay and Personnel Committee as well as being the governor responsible for Health & Safety and Safeguarding.  With an MA in Psychology and a background as a Chartered Accountant, Simon works with a number of organisations both large and small as a Board Advisor to assist in shaping the strategic direction of these organisations.  He is also a licensed rugby coach and coaches both at Ampthill Rugby Club and Maulden Lower School.

Julia Rooney: Julia has been a parent governor at Alameda since 2015, although in total she has 9 years’ experience of school governance in three different schools. She has two children at Alameda and a third at Redborne. Julia’s background is in project management, strategy and process improvement. She is Vice Chair of governors and sits on the Curriculum and Standards committee, with a particular focus on standards in Maths and English.

Community Governors:

Sarah Warrington: Sarah recently joined as a parent governor and is a member of the Curriculum and Standards committee.  She is also the Teaching and Learning governor for all non-foundation subjects.Her previous background includes working for HSBC for over 10 years as a Customer Service Manager then a Project Manager in London.

Sarah is currently a self-employed Project Manager in the construction industry working with over 30 builders in the Herts, Beds and Bucks Area.

For the past six years she has volunteered at Russell Lower School as a parent helper. This involves attending numerous trips with the school as well as classroom work.  She has gained a good understanding of the everyday working of a classroom and the challenges they face.  

Sarah is  also a member of the Russell ‘Parent Governor’ Forum.

Sarah Hall: Sarah recently joined the governing body as a community governor. Originally from Manchester, she moved to Ampthill 10 years ago.  She is a local authority manager responsible for public protection and regulatory services.

Being a governor at Alameda is both rewarding and fulfilling, we are always pleased to receive comments and observations from parents. In order to facilitate this, any of the governors can be contacted via the school.

We welcome enquiries about joining the governing body and are constantly looking for new governors to diversify our membership in terms of age, skills, life experience and ethnicity. We are also keen to maintain our representation of parents of students.

If you wish to know more, or are interested in becoming a governor, please contact us care of the School Office.

  1. List of Governors
  2. Articles of Association
  3. Attendance 2017-18
  4. The Companies Act 2006
  5. Funding agreement
  6. Governor Visits Guidance 2018-19
  7. Memo of association front cover
  8. Memo of association pg 1
  9. Standing Orders - 2017-18
  10. Terms of Reference - Curriculum, Standards & Community 2018-19
  11. Terms of Reference - Pay Committee
  12. Terms of Reference - Resources Committee 2018-19