Meet Our Local School Committee
Meet the members of our Local School Committee
Deborah Harrison (Co-Chair)
I have worked as a teacher, a Children’s Centre Teacher and a Headteacher for the past twenty years having qualified as a teacher in my forties. My passion and area of expertise is Early Years. I retired last year but quickly became unsettled with less to keep me occupied! I wanted to give something back to the community and I was lucky enough to join the school committee in December. I have two children and four grandchildren, the youngest is only 16 months old, we have her twice a week and she certainly keeps me active. I enjoy Pilates and swimming.
Karen Cayford (Headteacher)
I joined Springmead in September 2018 and have overseen a fundamental change in the school since then. I was born and have lived in Hertfordshire for most of my life and still have children who go to school within the county. I am privileged to lead such as diverse and interesting school and can see our vision and aims in action every day.
I love the variety that the children and families bring to Springmead and the importance that we place on developing the whole child whilst not taking our focus away from continually striving to raise standards. It is a happy environment to be in for everyone who learns and works here and every day presents a new and exciting challenge.
I am also Executive Headteacher - Compliance and Operations for the Spiral Partnership Trust.
Nichola Porter (Staff Governor)
I have lived in Hertfordshire all of my life and have been a member of the teaching team for seven years and the leadership team for the past four years. I have worked across EYFS and KS1 and am the EYFS and KS1 lead. I am hugely committed to the school, the children and the staff and thoroughly enjoy being part of the Springmead community. Outside of work I enjoy playing tennis and have recently learnt surf.
Dirk Werling (Parent)
Laura Downer (Co-opted)
I am married with two children and have lived in Welwyn Garden City all of my life. My daughter currently attends Springmead and my young son will follow her into the school in a few years’ time. My husband attended Springmead as a child so the school has been in our lives one way or another for some years!
I became a school Governor in January 2019. I have worked within Human Resources within both the public and private sector for the past 18 years and currently for the NHS. I am excited for having the opportunity to support the school in its continual improvement plans and to maintain its high standard of teaching and learning. In my spare time, I enjoy going to the gym, walking and spending time with my young family.
Our Clerk is currently being recruited and who will work for Spiral Partnership Trust.
Dates of meetings for 2023-24 are:
4 October 2023
29 November 2023
24 January 2024
20 March 2024
8 May 2024
26 June 2024
All meetings begin at 6:00pm and are attended by governors and invited guests only.
To contact any of our governors please email email@example.com and your enquiry will be passed on.