Governing Body Membership



Rob Hailey: Chair of Governors

Katharine Swart: Parent Governor/Vice Chair of Governors 


Robert Miles: Parent Governor 


Neil Nash: Co-opted Governor

Carole Payne: Co-opted Governor




Our main role is to help raise standards of achievement at the school through close liaison with Mrs Brendish and staff. We make decisions important for the school, plan all aspects of its development and monitor and evaluate its progress.  

Together with our Interim Head and Acting Deputy Head Lorraine Brendish we are responsible for making sure Watchlytes School provides good quality education in a happy, safe and inclusive environment. 

We support and challenge the head teacher, drawing on our collective knowledge and experience but respecting the position of the head teacher as the professional leader of the school. 

We make decisions together on matters such as performance, targets, school policies and school development plans.  

We monitor the impact of policies and oversee school budgets and staffing. 

There are two committees that support the work of the governing body:  

Finance, Resources and Premises  (Chair – Robert Miles) 

- Children, Curriculum and Standards Committee (CCS) (Chair - Kate Swart)

All governors sit on at least one committee and the Chair and the Head sit on both. 



Parents are welcome to contact a Governor directly, we are all approachable and a number of the Parent Governors are often to be found at the school at the start and end of the school day. 

If you wish to write to a specific Governor, this can be done by addressing the letter and handing the letter in at the school office for the Governor concerned. Letters to the Governing Body should be addressed to the Chairman and delivered in the same manner  

While we welcome letters and value your comments, initial complaints and issues relating to the day to day running of the school should, in the first instance, be referred to the relevant teacher or to the Head.



Chair of Governors: Mr Rob Hailey

Vice Chair of Governors: Mrs Kate Swart

Staff Governors: Mrs Lorraine Brendish

Parent Governors: Mrs Kate Swart and Mr Robert Miles

Co-opted Governors: Mrs Carole Payne, Mr Neil Nash, Mr Robert Hailey

Clerk to the Governors: Mr Robert Blythe (From Herts Governance) 



Children, Curriculum and Standards Committee:

Mr Robert Hailey

Mrs Kate Swart

Mrs Carole Payne

Mrs Lorraine Brendish


Resources Committee:

Mr Robert Miles

Mr Neil Nash



Good Friday
Friday 30 March - All Day
Inset Day
Monday 16 April - All Day
Term Starts
Tuesday 17 April, 8:50 AM -
Bank Holiday
Monday 7 May - All Day
Inset Day
Friday 25 May - All Day