Mrs P Furness

 Pat Furness

Chair of Governors - Governor responsible for Safeguarding (Child Protection)/

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 inspection was followed by retirement. 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. 

Ms Sam Clark

Parent Governor - Resources Committee

Term of Office 18.03.16 to 17.03.2020

Ms Clark is currently employed as Biology Teacher at Bishop's Stortford High School.  Sam has two children currently at the school.

Meetings attended 2016/17 - 6 of 8 

Meetings attended 2017/18 - 6 of 8

Pecuniary Interests - None declared

Miss Paula Greatrex

Head Teacher/Resources/School Improvement/

Pecuniary interests - paid member of staff/has one child currently attending the school

Meetings attended 2016/17  - 9 of 9

Meetings attended 2017/18 - 8 of 8

 Mr Mick FurnessMick Furness

 Finance Governor - Chair of Finance and Resources

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.

 Mr J Lock

Vice Chair

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 K Mcbride


 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.





Clerk - Mrs Naomi Murray


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






















Meetings: Academic Year September 2018 to July 2019

  • FGB meetings

Monday 9th September, 2018

Wednesday 26th Septermber, 2018

Monday 12th November, 2018

Thursday 2ndFebruary, 2019

Thursday 25th April, 2019

Wednesday 26th June, 2019

  • School Improvement Meetings

  • Resources Committee Meetings 

Meetings: Academic Year September 2019 to July 2020

  • FGB meetings

 Tuesday 24th September, 2019

 Tuesday 19th November, 2019

  • School Improvement Meetings


  • Resources Committee Meetings 

 Tuesday 12th November, 2019

Governors Update March 2020

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