Our Governors work collaboratively as part of the school Leadership Team to promote and develop the school vision. Their role is strategic and responsibilities include: employing staff, managing resources, ensuring a broad and balanced curriculum, maintaining high standards, working effectively with parents and ensuring that the staff and children have a high quality working environment. Our Governors work very hard for the development of successful learning at Waterside Academy and there are a variety of times during the school year when you can meet them.
A Governor’s time commitment is significant and they have a number of meetings throughout the year. They have 1 Business Meeting, 3 full Governing Body meetings and 6 committee meetings each year. All Governors belong to one or sometimes two Committees, either:
Resources (Personnel, Premises and Finance)
School Improvement (Pupils and Curriculum)
Governors are also linked to the School Development Plan and are encouraged to make several visits a year during the teaching day to talk to the children and staff, to informally observe teaching and learning and to learn more about the day to day work of the school.
The Governing Body provide strategic management and act as a ‘critical friend’ supporting the work of the Head Teacher and other staff.
Schools have a budget and the Governing Body is responsible for managing this budget. They support the Head Teacher in deciding how many and what types of staff to employ, which type of equipment to replace or upgrade and what the priorities are for implementing new strategies and initiatives. The Governors also have a role in monitoring the school’s progress.
The Governors do not get paid for their work at school – it is a voluntary role. People often apply to join the Governing Body because they are keen to make a commitment to their local community.
Anyone can become a Governor, some of our Governors work full-time, some part-time, and others are not in paid employment, but they all share one thing – a commitment to the children at Waterside Academy today and in the future. We welcome people with skills and expertise in particular fields, but the most important thing is having the time and willingness to work with the school to make it as good as it possibly can be.
Elections are held for new Governors as and when the need arises. Any parent or guardian of a child at our school is eligible to stand for election. You may want to talk to a current Governor if you would like to find out more about joining the Governing Body.
The Governors are pleased to meet with parents. You can contact them by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The Governors also attend our parent teacher consultations, plays, fetes etc. to meet as many parents as they can.
Our safeguarding governor is our Chair, Monika Szita-Rimann.
Click here to see photos of their visits.
Please visit the link below to see who the Governing Body consists of and what their role is:
Monika Szita-Rimann Chair
I am a Trust Governor and mum of 4 daughters of which one is still at Waterside Academy. I have enjoyed helping the school in various ways since my oldest daughter joined the school in 2008. I sit on the Resources and School Improvement Committee, I am the Safeguarding Governor, I am also responsible for the accuracy of the Website and for the training for governors and I am the link Governor for our Gifted and Talented Pupils. Furthermore I am a member off the Pay Committee and the Head Teachers Performance Committee. I work part time as an administrator in a small electrical company and in my spare time I am a very enthusiastic singer in a Barbershop Chorus called Welwyn Harmony.
Lorraine Robertson Vice Chair
I am a Trust Governor and the Cook Manager at Waterside Academy. I have been a Governor at Waterside Academy for a number of years now, during the time my children were here and since they have left. I sit on the School Improvement Committee where I'm the Vice Chair , the Pay Committee and the Head Teacher Performance Committee. I am also the Link Governor for SEN, CAL. I am also the Behaviour Governor.
I am the School Business Manager. I am very excited to have joined the School at its launch as Waterside Academy and to be appointed as Staff Governor. I have previously worked in two other local primary schools, and at a registered charity. I have three sons - a musician, a student graduated in International Relations, now studying law, and a graphic designer. I sit on the Resources Committee.
I have been a Trust Governor since May 2015. My wife and I are working parents with two children; both of them now in secondary School. I decided to become a School Governor as it was a way for me to contribute and support the children, parents and staff in a positive manner. I am the Chair of the Resources Committee and I am the Link Governor for Health and Safety and our Statutory Grants (PPG, Sports Grant). I am also a Finance Governor.
I've recently joined the team as a Parent Governor, from December 2016. I am a working mum of two. Both attend Waterside Academy. I work part-time for the Home Office, undertaking research in science and technology. I wanted to become a Governor to give something back to the school, as I feel my daughter has really flourished here and I'm looking forward to learning more about the school. I am the Link Governor for Data, GDPR and the Curriculum. I sit on the Resources Committee as a Vice Chair.
I've been an elected parent Governor since October 2015 and I am a mum of 3 children, both of who are school age and attend Waterside Academy. I am a working mum who is keen to support our community school in various ways and really enjoys the input being a school Governor provides. I am the Link Governor for the Core Subjects (Math and English) and I sit on the Schools Improvement Committee where I am the Chair as well. Furthermore I sit on the Pay and Headteacher Performance Committee.
I have lived in Welwyn Garden City for 53 or so years now, 22 of them in Haldens; I have 5 children all grown up making their own way in life. I have two grandsons who attend Waterside Academy. I work for Welwyn Hatfield Council as a Project Surveyor. I I am an avid football fan supporting Fulham FC, was once a qualified Referee and ran successfully a few local adults teams. I believe with my knowledge and technical skills I am able to assist with board duties, but more importantly I have a vested interest in the Academy. My Interest in becoming a School Governor is driven by my belief that all children irrespective of social background should be adequately equipped with the right skills and foundations required to set them up in the future. I sit on the School Improvement Committee and I am the link Governor for the Curriculum.
I am very excited to have joined the Waterside Academy governing body as a Staff Governor. I am the Deputy Headteacher and currently teach in Year 2, managing Key Stage 1. I have worked at Waterside Academy since September 2016 and have previously worked in a range of schools - from the private sector to extremely deprived. Since joining the school I have seen many positive changes and look forward to continuing our journey. I sit on the School Improvement Committee.