KLS is a Single Academy Trust registered in England and Wales. The governors have duties as directors under company law and trustees under charity law.

The Trust Board provides strategic leadership setting the aims and objectives for the school, monitoring and evaluating the progress to achieving this, acts as a source of challenge and support to school leaders ensuring required policies and procedures are in place, and, holds senior leaders to account for the performance of the school, its students and staff. A key responsibility is that of managing the finances of the school and working with the Headteacher to balance resources.

There are 3 Governing Committees and the responsibility of each Committee is briefly outlined below:

Audit and Risk, and Resources Committee: All matters related to the Finance, maintenance, repair, upkeep and security of the school premises. Responsible for establishing, maintaining and operating a system of control, monitoring and reviewing procedures which meet the DfE requirements on Financial, Health & Safety, Audit and Risk matters and to provide a safe and satisfactory environment for learning.

Chair Mr Graham Craggs and Vice Chair Mr Mark Morant.

General Purposes Committee: To undertake activities as requested by the Full Governing Body which do not fall under the remit of any other Committee.

Curriculum and Personnel Committee: To monitor and evaluate the delivery of the school curriculum; to identify priorities for the School Improvement Plan; to advise the Governing Body on the school's Curriculum Policy; to review the quality of teaching and the standards of pupil achievement. To review, approve and monitor the implementation of policies; to review the staffing structure; to draft and review the school's Pay Policy. 

Chair - Mrs Dawn Helfott and Vice Chair Mrs Jo O'Sullivan

Pay Committee - Taking all decisions relating to pay awards of all staff employed to work at the school following consideration of the recommendations of the Headteacher. Mrs Frances Stickley, Mr Graham Craggs, Mrs Dawn Helfott and Mr Mark Morant 

Minutes of Meetings

Full Governors Meeting

25th March 2019  20th May 2019  1st July 2019
14th October 2019  2nd December 2019  3rd February 2020
23rd March 2020  18th May 2020  29th June 2020
12th October 2020  7th December 2020  1st December 2020
1st February 2021  22nd March 2021  24th May 2021
12th July 2021  18th October 2021  13th December 2021
 31st January 2022  28th March 2022  23rd May 2022
11th July 2022  17th October 2022  12th December 2022
30th January 2023  27th March 2023  


Audit and Risk, and Resources Committee

13th May 2019  24th June 2019  7th October 2019
18th November 2019  20th January 2020  11th May 2020
22nd June 2020  5th October 2020  16th November 2020
15th March 2021  21st June 2021  27th September 2021
15 November 2021  17th January 2022  14th March 2022
16th May 2022  20th June 2022  26 September 2022
14th November 2022  16th January 2023  13th March 2023


Curriculum and Personnel Committee

4th March 2019  10th June 2019  16th September 2019
11th November 2019  13th January 2020  2nd March 2020
27th April 2020  11th June 2020  14th September 2020
16th November 2020  1st March 2021  7th June 2021
13th September 2021  8th November 2021  10th January 2022
28th February 2022  6th June 2022  19th September 2022
7th November 2022  9th January 2023  



Chair of Governors:  Mrs Frances Stickley and Vice Chair Mrs Dawn Helfgott

Address: C/o Kings Langley School, Love Lane, Kings Langley, WD6 9HN

Community Governors - Appointed by the Governing board

Frances Stickley - Frances joined the Governing Body in December 2000 and was appointed Chair of Governors in September 2005, after serving as Vice Chair for two years. Frances retired from Kodak Ltd in 2014 after 36 years working in R&D and Facilities Management. She is married with two sons who have both been to Kings Langley School and are now working at Jaguar Landrover and Dacorum Borough Council.

Graham Craggs - Graham joined the Governing Body in 2013 and chairs the Audit, Risk and Resources Committee as well as being link governor for English. He is married with three daughters who all attended Kings Langley School. Graham, who has lived in Kings Langley since 1991 is a retired Chartered Surveyor and a keen cyclist.

Dawn Helfgott - Dawn joined the Governing Body in September 2009. Both of her daughters have attended Kings Langley School. Dawn is a partner in a firm of financial advisers based in Watford and in her spare time likes reading, going to the gym, socialising and watching Arsenal FC.

Mark MorantMark is a member of both the Audit and Risk, and Resources Committee and also the Curriculum/Personnel Committee. He is Link Governor for both SEND and Pupil Premium and joined the Governing body in 2010. Both of his children attended Kings Langley school. Mark was previously part of the senior leadership team with Dixons Carphone plc but is now enjoying semi-retirement.

Simon Wood - Simon joined the Governing Body in 2011 and, as a local resident, he has seen the school develop successfully over the last 15 years. He is keen to foster links for the school with local and regional businesses, and to ensure that students are equipped and fit for the future and able to compete in the new world marketplace for jobs. Simon is a Chartered Surveyor and runs CS Hotels Ltd and is involved with all aspects of planning, construction, finance, project management and asset management processes. He is a member of the Resources Committee, overseeing the building of the new school and seeks especially to enhance the facilities and built environment for the students and staff. Simon and his family spent some time living in London, then in Berlin for 5 years, before moving to Chipperfield in 1999.  He has three children, who have left school, two of whom are attending university, and his wife, Lucy, tutors at King's College London. 

Simon Setterfield -  Simon, a resident of Nash Mills, joined as parent governor in November 2016. Simon owns and runs a small, Hemel based, specialist Textile business working mainly in the International Exhibition Industry. Simon was educated to A-Level at Langleybury School, where he was a Senior Prefect, competing in sports teams and active in school plays. He is keen to see that
non-academic activities remain a key part of school life. His interests include travel (often work related), Cooking, D.I.Y, Motorcycling and has served as a junior officer in the Royal Anglian Regiment (T.A). Simon is active in Fund Raising for the school and takes a lead in the ‘Friends of KLS’.

Philip Slade – Phil has been a local resident for over 10 years and has seen both of his daughters attend Kings Langley School from Year 7 through to the end of 6th Form. He joined the Governing Body in 2020, having previously been a governor for over 4 years at a secondary school in Hemel Hempstead. Before retiring Phil worked as a Charted Engineer for GEC, Marconi and BAE Systems. He has many interests including motoring, DIY and cycling.

Emma Kell - Emma is a parent to two children at Kings Langley School and has lived in the local area for over a decade. She has 23 years of experience in teaching and leadership in UK schools. She currently teaches part-time at a Pupil Referral Unit in Buckinghamshire, working with the most vulnerable young people in the county. When not teaching, Emma writes, speaks and trains education professionals on wellbeing and self-care and trains new teachers and middle leaders in schools. She is the author of two books on teacher wellbeing and is now writing a book about how schools can most effectively engage parents. She completed her doctorate in balancing teaching and parenthood in 2016. Emma is a qualified performance coach, working with coachees both within and outside education to support them in fulfilling their unique potential. Outside work, Emma is a keen traveller, avid reader, amateur runner and cat enthusiast.


David Fisher – As Headteacher of Kings Langley School, David has a wealth of experience of Hertfordshire schools. David has worked in a variety of school settings including large multi academy trusts. He has a proven track record of developing effective teams to ensure students receive an exceptional education within the schools he has led.  He has worked with a number of experts in their fields including David Bartram OBE in SEND and Christine Counsell for curriculum. David has a BSc in Geography and a Post Graduate Degree from Birmingham University. 

Parent Governors (Elected by the parents of registered pupils at the academy)

Tania Giles - Tania, joined the Governing board as a parent governor in 2020, and is the Link Governor for Geography and Business Studies. She is a local resident and her son currently attends the School. Tania currently works as a management accountant at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield (since 2006). Outside of work Tania enjoys climbing, reading and walking netball.

Joanne O'Sullivan - Joined as a parent governor in 2016, mum to 3 daughters who are or will attend the school. A lifelong Chipperfield resident and keen on lots of sports, especially netball. Employee in customer service for British Airways and qualified netball umpire, also enjoys getting involved; helping and supporting local community. Hoping to be positively involved in the Governing Body and keen to see all students reach potential and make the most of opportunities given to them.

Deborah Ludlow - Deb joined us in March 2019 from Kings Langley Primary School, where she was a Chair of Governors for several years. Deb lives in the village with her husband and three children; who are students at the School. Deb works in sales for a pharmaceutical company and when she is not at work, school or home, she can mainly be found on the netball court or rugby pitch, playing or coaching. 

Alana Ivey - Alana joined as a parent governor in 2021, with a daughter who began at the school in 2020. Alana is a member of the Curriculum/Personnel Committee and is Link Governor for PRE and computer science. Alana lives in Bovingdon, where she was both chair and a member of the PTA for many years. She works in IT, building and managing websites for a local gift card company. Alana enjoys hiking locally and in Scotland, where she has climbed several Munros. She is looking forward to helping to support the school.

Phil Garner - Phil is a member of both the Audit and Risk, and Resources Committee. He is Link Governor for History. Phil joined as a parent governor in September 2021. He lives in Bovingdon with his wife, daughter and son, with his daughter attending KLS since September 2020. Phil is CEO of a medical journals publisher. As a recruiter of new graduates, he is passionate about helping young people develop academically and emotionally

Sarah Wilding - Sarah joined as a parent governor in September 2021. She lives in Abbots Langley with her husband and two two boys who attend KLS. Sarah is a director of nursing for a large London teaching hospital and is passionate about developing young people to be their best with a particular focus on well-being and mental health.

Clerk to the Governors 

Tracey Middleton - Clerk to the Governing Body
Tracey provides clerking services to a number of local schools. Certificate in Academy Governance 


Michael Stothard, Jackie Harrison, Gary Lewis, Frances Stickley and Dawn Helfgott

Governing board annual planner for 2022

Register of Governor and the Senior Leaders Pecuniary Interests

Register of Attendance

Articles of Association

Term of office for Governors

Previous Governors within the last year

Link Governor Organisation Chart