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Learning and Growing Together




Mrs Pat Furness

Chair of Governors 

2020 marks my fiftieth year in education: my early days teaching English  in secondary schools, lecturing in FE; private all through school and penal education. I have worked with male prisoners of all categories in two establishments, heading Education in a Young Offenders. Finally, full time inspectionwas followed by retiremnent. Governance was a new venture 10 years ago, though I was a consultant trainer with Herts for Learning until this year. There are many challenges to being a governor and chair in particular, but the rewards exceed them and I look forward to working with the staff and developing a strong governing board at Thundridge.

Mr Joe Lock

Vice Chair of Governors

Joe joined as a Governor at the end of 2019  after moving into the village.  He has worked as a IT/System trainer for the past 10 years and currently heads up training for a Global fashion company predominately based in London . Joe is keen to help the school develop its digital communications and improve its website going forward."


Miss Paula Greatrex

Head Teacher/Resources/School Improvement/

Pecuniary interests - paid member of staff



Mr Mick Furness

Chair of Finance

I started my professional life as a policeman in Leeds before transferring to Her Majesty’s Prison Service, where I worked through all grades in several establishments across the country to become a Governor. Among my many hats was Prison lead for Race Relations training, Lifer management and Liaison, and National Offender Management Service. I managed a workforce of over 600 and a prison budget of £16 million.  My governance experience covers two other schools, including one where I am still on the GB. I joined Thundridge to support developing the governing board in a small Church School and am Chair of Finance and Resources.  As a grandparent of ten I think I have sufficient experience of children’s expectations  in school and much enjoy  seeing the excitement that new learning brings to them.

 Ms Sam Clark


Parent Governor - Term of Office Nov 2017 to Nov 2021

Luke currently works as a Tenanted and Franchise Operations Manager for a local brewery.  He has vast experience in the hospitality and airport industries and has knowledge of employment law, public health and safety, food safety, budgeting and property management.  He lives locally and has one child at the school.

Pecuniary Interests - None declared

Meetings attended 2017/18- 1 of 5 

Miss Katie Mcbride


Governor - GDPR

Katie joined as a governor at the end of 2019 after moving into the village and wanting to become involved with the local community. Katie was born in Wadesmill and was a previous pupil of Thundridge school. Katie qualified as a Primary Teacher with BA Hons in Birmingham and has been working in London for the past 6 years. Katie has taught across KS2 and has experience leading Humanities and English. Katie is currently Head of Year 6 at a 3 form entry school in North London and has a passion for developing a creative curriculum. Katie looks forward to supporting the school in any way she can, to be the best it can be.


 Mr Derek Clarke MBE




Having been brought up in Bournemouth I gained a place at Oxford to study Physics. This led to my first teaching job at the Grammar School in Slough. When there I was heavily involved running The Boys’ Brigade at the Methodist Church and I am still a church member. My next job was as Head of Physics at Broxbourne School and I soon began running many school trips to mountains. This led to starting the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the group became one of the largest in Hertfordshire. I retired from that school but volunteered to start D of E at Richard Hale School. This group also became very large and in my last year there gained more Awards than any other school in the county. My ‘service to the young people of Hertfordshire’ was recognised by the award of an MBE. I still love the outdoor life particularly in Snowdonia, but my other great love is classical music. I sing with Hertford Choral and play the violin (not very well!). I miss contact with school life and am delighted to try and support Thundridge School.

Mr Francis Higgins


Staff Governor


Clerk - Mrs Naomi Murray


 Also holds position as Administrative Receptionist and Clerk to the FGB at Bengeo Primary School.












Meetings: Academic Year September 2019- July 2020

  • FGB meetings

Tuesday 19th November 2019 6.30pm

Tuesday 25th February 2020 6.30pm

Tuesday 7th July 2020 6.30pm

  • School Improvement Meetings


  • Resources Committee Meetings 

Tuesday 21st January, 2020 6.30pm

Tuesday 4th June, 2020 6.30pm

Meetings: Academic Year September 2020-2021

  • FGB meetings


 Tuesday 22nd September 2020 6.30pm


  • School Improvement Meetings

 Tuesday 18th November 2020 9.30am

  • Resources Committee Meetings 

 Tuesday 10thNovember 2020 6.30pm