Our Governors


At the end of this summer term three of our governors will have completed their term of office and will be stepping down.

Sarah Poulter has been a governor for some time responsible for leading our Standards Committee as well as being an active member of the PTA.  I would like to thank Sarah for her hard work for the school and wish her all the best for the future.

Our Early Years Governor - Shirley Richards - will also be leaving us.  Shirley has developed both Safeguarding and Early Years work for the school.  She has ensured that the school has met all legal requirements and has been a very valuable member of our governing board.

As Chair of Governors I will also be standing down at the end of term. The new Chair will be Jason Caplen who takes over at the start of the new term in September.

We are a friendly team and are currently recruiting new governors. If you would like to become a Parent Governor and be part of the new developments at the school then please contact Jason via the website.

I have enjoyed working with the staff, children and governors of Featherstone Wood and wish you all an amazing future.

Jacky Nicholls

Chair of Governors


The Governing body includes representatives of Featherstone Wood staff, parents the LA and local community.

Our role as Governors is to be 'critical friends' of the school. We aim to provide support and encouragement as well as recognising and celebrating the school's achievements. But we are also there to challenge and question the school to ensure that the budget is well spent and that areas for improvement continue to be identified and pursued.

Being a Governor at Featherstone Wood is a challenging but rewarding experience. As Governors we need to ensure we are fully aware of the changes to education so that we can make a valuable contribution to school improvement. Working with the Featherstone Wood School team is immensely inspiring. As Governors we can see how much time and energy is given to the school by the dedicated staff team.

Please find attached letter announcing the results of the new Parent Governor: Results Letter

On the 23rd June our School Council pupils met with some of the Governors, here are the minutes from that meeting: Pupil Voice Meeting

Meet Our Governors

Jacky Nicholls

Chair of Featherstone Wood Governing Board - Co-opted Governor

I am a divorced parent of two grown up children and worked for 18 years for the local NHS in Health Promotion and Public Health.  Our team was actively involved in working with both statutory agencies such as Hertfordshire County Council and voluntary agencies countywide to improve health and well-being.  I left my position as Head of Health Improvement to become a Children's Centre Manager covering two centres and this is when my commitment to improving outcomes for children under five and their parents really took off. 

However time was marching on in my career and I was looking forward to retiring from working full time - only to be told that my daughter was expecting twins. Fortunately they were delivered safely and I happily gave my time to helping to look after them through their early years whilst working part time.  They have now just started school so my grandparent duties have reduced but I can honestly say that my memory of caring for young children has been sufficiently refreshed to have an up to date overview of life with young children today!

Being a School Governor provides me with an opportunity to look at the standards of education currently provided in the school to ensure that it is the best possible.  To look at the school environment so that it is stimulating and inspiring to the children and ensure good behaviour is encouraged and valued.  School Governors also consider the needs of the local community and the current facilities available both on the school site and the immediate locality as this can have a considerable impact on day to day living.  I look forward to working on the Board of School Governors to continue to improve Featherstone Wood School.

Jason Caplan

Vice Chair of Featherstone Wood Governors

Chair of Resources & Finances

Health & Safety Governor - Parent Governor

I have two children at Featherstone Wood, one in year 3 and the other in year 1, so this is a role I would like to take on with a long term view. I am keen to get involved in the progression and future of our children and the school. I am a project manager for a mid-size construction company with responsibilities including budgets, planning and health and safety. In my spare time I enjoy going to live music events.

Hannah Greenham

Clerk to the Governors

Sarah Poulter

Chair of Standards - Parent Governr

I joined the Featherstone Wood Governing Body in 2013. I work part time as a community therapist for the NHS, working with Adults around north and East Hertfordshire. I am a mum of two and my daughter attends Featherstone wood. I joined the governing body as I felt it important to support the staff with the changes and developments within the school.

Shirley Richards

SEN and Early Years Link Governor - Co-opted Governor

I have spent 36 years working in schools in London and I have had a variety of professional roles in education. I passionately believe that all children should be given the best start in life through a first class education.

I hope that my efforts and commitment to Featherstone Wood School will assist it in helping the whole community on its pathway to providing the best education in the area!

It is pleasure to be part of the Featherstone Wood team.

John Simpkin

Pupil Premium Governor - Co-opted Governor

Both my daughters were happy and successful in Hertfordshire schools and because of family connections I have always had an interest in education. I believe particularly in the importance of the early years of education and that every child must have the opportunity to be the best they can. I retired from the law in 2016 and having known Featherstone Wood School for a number of years I was therefore delighted to have the opportunity to become a Governor and to be able to support the staff and pupils here.


Cathy Holgate

Safeguarding Link Governor - Co-opted Governor

I am a retired Primary School teacher from Stevenage. I know how  the support of a good Governing Board is key for the effectiveness of a school and so was happy to offer my services. On a personal note,  I like to keep abreast of the latest changes and challenges in the education sector and being a governor allows me to do this from a wide perspective. I enjoy the opportunity to come into school and see how children are learning from day to day.






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