Our 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.

 

Meet Our Governors:

 

Jason Caplen

Chair of Featherstone Wood Governors

Chair of Resources & Finances

Health & Safety Governor

I have one child at Featherstone Wood who is currently in year 6 and an older child that attended Featherstone Wood from Reception to Year 6 and has now moved on to senior school. I have held a governor role in the school for the last 4 years and have now decided to take on the challenge of Chair. 

Having seen the dedication of the staff at the school, the hard work the children undertake and knowing how difficult the next few years in education are going to be, I hope that I can offer some support to the pupils, staff and parents. I am looking forward to spending more time working with a team of governors and staff that genuinely want the best for the pupils of Featherstone Wood.

Privately, I am an Engineering Manager for a large broadcast company delivering technical projects in radio, television and telecommunications. In my spare time I coach youth football for a local football club.

 

Jason Brown

Vice Chair

I have been a Governor at Featherstone Wood Primary School since December 2018 and I have enjoyed working with such a dedicated team of Governors and staff who are trying to help improve all aspects of education for the children at our school. I have a son in year 4 who has made great progress since he started at the school when we moved to the area 3 years ago. I have worked as a Civil Servant for the Ministry of Justice for over 20 years and I am currently working with young men who are involved in gangs in the London area. 

My hobbies are Rugby and fly fishing. 

 

Kayleigh Kingsland

Clerk to the Governors

 

John Simpkin

Pupil Premium Governor - Co-opted Governor

DPO/GDPR Link

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.

 

Julia Jervis

Early Years Link Governor - Local Authority Governor

Mentor to new governors

I have 3 children and 5 grandchildren and in my opinion I cannot stress enough the importance of education in the Early Years of a childs life as it lays a solid foundation for the child to develop into a more rounded person in adulthood, enabling them to follow opportunities that arise, allowing them to be the best they can be.

My background is very varied ranging from Employment Consultancy, Hospital business development and business management - all include planning and finance.

I also spent several years as a Samaritan in both Spain and UK.

 

Danica Causton

Parent Governor

 
Hi, my name is Danica Causton and I'm quite new to Featherstone Wood Primary. I have 4 boys in total, two of whom who are at Featherstone Wood Primary school, one in reception and one in nursery as of September 2021, my older two are now out of primary education. 

My experience in the past year of Featherstone Wood Primary has been nothing but amazing. We have a great local school with the most caring staff. After seeing first hand how happy the children and staff of the school are, I decided to join our Board of Governors as a Parent Governor. I hope to make a difference to all the children and parents of Featherstone Wood, please feel free to approach me at drop off and pick up time if you need to discuss anything with me.

A little bit about my background, I run a local party and children's entertainment business in Stevenage. I have a passion for children's wellbeing and strive to keep all children safe, happy and well. I hope to serve many years as a Parent Governor, committing to my role, and you as parents, 110%.

 

 

 

 

2021
Our Diary Dates