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

Resources Committee: All matters related to the Finance, maintenance, repair, upkeep and security of the school premises.

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. 

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    


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  


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



Chair of Governors: Frances Stickley

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 sits on the Resources Committee. He is married with three daughters, one of whom is still a student at the School. Graham has lived in Kings Langley since 1991 and works in London as a Director of a firm of Chartered Surveyors, where he advises on hotel property. He is keen to assist in the continued success of the School and play an active role in the Governing Body. In his spare time Graham is a keen cyclist and supporter of Watford Football Club.

Dawn Helfgott - Dawn joined the Governing Body in September 2009. She is Vice Chair of Governors, chairs the Curriculum/Personnel Committee and is the Link Governor for R.E, Maths and Science. 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 Morant - Mark is the Chair of the Resources Committee and is also Link Governor for Safeguarding, he joined the Governing body in December 2016. 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. Additionally, in a voluntary capacity, he also helps run Dacorum Dolphins, a registered charity, which is a swimming club for people of all ages with either mental or physical disabilities.

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. 

Helen Young – Helen, a resident of St Albans, is a Community Governor and joined the Governing body in September 2014. Helen is a Solicitor with Legal 500 and Chambers ranked SA Law LLP in St Albans and is a specialist in civil litigation, with particular expertise in disputes with an education element. Helen hails from the East Midlands and undertook her undergraduate degree in law at Sheffield University. Following her graduation, Helen completed her legal practice course at Nottingham and then moved to St Albans to join SA Law. Helen is keen to help students gain industry experience and reach their potential. Outside of work and other commitments Helen enjoys travel, reading and baking. 

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)

Barbara Bell - Barbara joined us in 2020 as a parent governor. She lives in Hemel and her daughter started at the school in September 2020. She has a background in commercial training and vocational education in the creative arts, as well as a long career in fashion. When she is not working or at home, she likes to travel and socialise. She hopes to be positively involved in the school community, and to help the students create memorable experiences.

Tania GilesTania, joined the Governing board as a parent governor in 2020, and is a local resident. Tania currently works as a management accountant at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield (since 2005). 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 attend the primary school, with her eldest joining us here at secondary school in September 2019. 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 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 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.

Clerk to the Governors 

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


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

Register of Governor and the Senior Leaders Pecuniary Interests

Register of Attendance

Articles of Association

Term of office for Governors

Governor work plan

Previous Governors within the last year

Link Governor Organisation 2021-2022