We have a focus on three core strategic functions:
ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
b. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational
    performance of the school and the children, their safety
    and the performance management of staff;
c. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and
    making sure it's money is well spent.



Setting vision, ethos & strategic direction
We have to ensure the the school has a medium to long term vision for it's future - which is spelt out in the vision statement. We also have to ensure that there is a robust strategy in place for achieving this vision. This strategy address the fundamental questions of: where are we now, where do we want to e and how are we going to get there. This includes giving consideration to the type of school which would offer the best opportunities for achieving future aims.

Our foundation governors, who are appointed by the Church, have a special role in preserving and developing the ethos of the school, including its Church of England character. They must also ensure the school is conducted in accordance with the foundation governing documents.

Holding the Headteacher to account

One of the most significant decisions a governing body makes is the selection and appointment of the Headteacher. For most governors, such a decision may be a rare event, perhaps taken only once during their term in office. It is therefore essential that governing bodies are well prepared for this.


As governors, we support and strengthen the Headteacher's leadership and hold her to account for the day to day running of the school, including the performance management of staff. Governing bodies play a strategic role and avoid routine involvement in operational matters. We focus strongly on holding the Headteacher to account for exercising their professional judgement in these matters and all of their other duties.

Overseeing financial management

Governing bodies are responsible for making sure their school's money is well spent. We do this by making sure that we have governors with specific skills and experience of financial matters and by asking questions such as:

a. Are we allocating our resources in line with our strategic priorities?

b. Are we making full use of all our assets and efficient use of all our financial resources?

c. Are other schools buying things cheaper or getting better results with less spending per child?

d. How can we get better value for money from our budget?


Finance & Personnel

Geoff Strack

Kate Johnston-Grant

Cynthia Barker

Revd David Aplin

Beth Hugill

Paul Igbokwe

Ernest Jacoby

Premises and Health & Safety

Derek Pope
(Site Manager)

Kate Johnston-Grant

Ernest Jacoby

Stephanie Brittain

Revd David Aplin
(H&S Governor)

Emma Cook

Beth Hugill

Teaching & Learning

Geoff Strack
(Sports Premium)

Beth Hugill

Kate Johnston-Grant
Ann Goddard

Lesley Gray
(Safe Guarding)

Stephanie Brittain


Geoff Strack
Kate Johnston-Grant

Performance Management

Geoff Strack

Complaints & Discipline

Governing Body

Data Protection Officers
Revd Aplin & Cynthia Barker   


Geoff Strack

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My family and I have lived in Borehamwood for more than 35 years. I was first a Governor at Holmes Hill Middle School more than 30 years ago and I have been Chair of Governors at Borehamwood schools for around 15 years. Throughout my career, I have worked in Education. As a secondary school teacher, as an education officer and then self-employed working for Ofsted, UNESCO, The British Council, SAM Learning and Teacher Training in the UK.
Since joining St Nicholas in 2001 I have seen many changes at the School but am proud to be the Chair of Governors at this present time where the school is led by an outstanding Headteacher and management team. Everyone at the school does an excellent job and children are in the best hands with my Governor colleagues making a significant contribution to this.

Dr. Lesley Gray

I completed a BSc (Hons) at Surrey University in Medical Biochemistry and then moved to North London to undertake a PhD at the National Institute for Medical Research in Mill Hill. In 2016 I was awarded a PhD from UCL in Physical Biochemistry, the same year I also completed a PGCE, training as a secondary school Science teacher at Queen Elizabeth's Boys School in Barnet. In September 2016, I took up a NQT post at St Albans School as a Biology & Chemistry teacher. I am delighted to be joining St Nicholas as a Foundation Governor, my husband and I live nearby in South Oxhey. I am a member of Stanmore Baptist Church where I help to run the Girls' Brigade. My free time is filled with Christian youth work, writing resources for Youth for Christ and Messy Church, running youth venues at Spring Harvest and New Wine and a speaker for God and the Big Bang Project.

Stephanie Brittain

I have been a governor since June 2013 and I am very excited about the opportunity I have been given to serve the school in this way. I have lived in Borehamwood with my husband for 9 years. We have two children, Oliver & Bethany. I studied Theology at Exeter University and I am a trained counsellor. After university, I took a year out to help start a new church in Mill Hill, which is the one I currently attend. Since then, I have worked mainly in a secondary school as an LSA & Learning Mentor. I have also worked for a Christian organisation called Latin Link and I have volunteered as a counsellor for Hope Counselling Services in Bedford.

Cynthia Barker

I have lived in Borehamwood for 23 years. Twenty five years ago, I worked for The British Council before taking time out to raise my own child. In my previous job as a Centre Manager, Assessor & Internal Verifier/Quality Assurance, for a private college; I managed a team of 40 NVQ Teachers, Assessors, Internal Verifiers/Quality Assurance Team and 5 admin staff. I wrote minutes for the team meetings & standardisation meetings. These were also presented to External Verifiers, External Quality Assurance & Awarding Bodies. I was brought up believing in education. Both my parents were primary school teachers. Most of my aunts & uncles stayed in the teaching profession; an uncle is a retired Headteacher. We value education. I aspire to become a school governor because I believe in education, which is what my parents instilled in me. I hope my skills and experience will make a contribution to St Nicholas and the board of Governors.

David Aplin

I am an accountant by profession and during my career I have worked in many industries and roles. These include being a charity finance director and also operations director of a factory for people with physical or learning difficulties. Throughout my career I always tried to help people, particularly youngsters starting their careers, achieve their full potential. My skills include being an appeals manager and this allowed me the opportunity to ensure that staff were treated fairly during disciplinary proceedings. I have been a non-stipendiary Minister of the United Reformed Church since 1990 and I trained at Oakhill Theological College in Southgate. This is an evangelical Anglican college and I found my time training here a great learning experience with warm fellowship. Although I live in Harrow, I have been the minister of St. Andrews United Reformed Church in Borehamwood  for 23 years. This has led to my involvement in many community projects with the most important being CIO Secretary of Borehamwood Foodbank. My wife Maren and I have been married for 46 years and we have been blessed with a daughter, a son and six lovely grandchildren. My wife was a primary school teacher and my daughter is the Assistant Head of a special needs school. Oh and my son in an accountant of course. I have a strong Christian calling and bring a number of skills to the school in finance, HR, strategy, management, property etc. Above all this, I care deeply for people especially children and feel that I want to give to others the care and opportunities I have received.

Dr. Ann Goddard



I am an ex-parent. My four children all went to St Nicholas School and my late husband Dennis was Chairman of the Governors in the 1970's & 80's.

Now retired I was an anaesthetist working part time. Today I am active on community affairs and charitable fundraising for the NSPCC.

Pastor Paul Igbokwe

 My family (wife & two children) have lived in Borehamwood for over 10 years. I am a former civil servant, who worked with the successive Mayor of London as part of the senior management team in City Hall, before leaving in 2016 to lead Hertfordshire's Christian Centre. 

I appreciate the importance of quality education in children's development and I am keen to support and contribute in creating and developing the appropriate environment and initiatives to help the students in St Nicholas fulfil their potential.

Ernest Jacoby


My formal training has been in wooden textile manufacture and basic business studies. I was in the family manufacturing business and was one of four directors until 1983 when I decided to leave and set up a wine retail and wholesale business with a shop in St Albans. I closed the shop in 1999 but carried on the business from home. This has now diminished to a handful of retails and wholesale clients. I am a tennis fan and was chairman of Elstree tennis club from its inception in 1975 until 1987. I love opera and am a Friend of Covent Garden. I am married with three daughters, all of whom attended St Nicholas School, and eight grandchildren.


I qualified with a BEd Hons from Bath University. Initially I started teaching in a secondary school and then I moved to a primary school in Hemel Hempstead. After a few years I gained promotion and worked in two primary schools in Hatfield where I gained experience on the senior leadership team and as a deputy Headteacher. Then I was successfully appointed as a Headteacher of a small Church of England primary school outside Hemel Hempstead where I stayed for seven years before being appointed at St Nicholas.

I have experience teaching all age groups and have over the years worked with the local authority on ICT projects and as a lead literacy teacher. I am proud to be the Headteacher at St Nicholas and be supported by such a motivated and committed staff.

Emma Cook

My name is Emma and I have volunteered to be a Parent Governor as another parent representative was needed on the Board and I am curious to know more about what goes into teaching our children and how the school is run. I don't have a background in education but I have worked in the NHS for 20 years and see that there are similarities between Education and Healthcare. I consider both to be vital in giving people the opportunity to acheive their potential and in becoming valued members of society.

I have always been interested in sport and exercise which probably played a part in my decision to become a Physiotherapist. My work has given me the opportunity to travel around quite a bit before Dan an I settled in Elstree back in 2002, when I joined the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital,Stanmore. I work at the Spinal Cord Injury Centre there and part of my role is to go out to other hospitals to teach staff and patients about their condition and try to help people to rebuild their lives and their independence. I also work as a volunteer advisor to a charity that provides emergency healthcare after humanitatrian disasters.

I am sure that as a Governor there will be much to learn but the same can be said of parenting and I often hear myself saying 'every day is a learning day'. Whilst academic acheivement is important, I believe that children need to feel safe and learn to value themselves and their peers, in order to develop a love of learning and feed their natural curiosity. I hope that my perspective as a parent will be useful and look forward to working with the other Governors in continuing to ensure that all our children at St Nicholas get a great start in life.

Karren Fielding


Having had a variety of skills through the years in Art, Design and Advertising, I have become an active Rotary member, a mentor with The University of Westminster, a School Governor at St Nicholas School, Elstree, and studying for BA Hons in Philosophy and Psychology, leading me to become associated with well-being and mindfulness. I am delighted to give my support as a governor to the school’s provision of excellent education for the children, and for them to have a sense of purpose and happiness.  

Beth Hugill


I qualified in 2008 at Hertfordshire University with a BEd in Primary Education. Since then I have progressed from an NQT to the role of Deputy Head at St Nicholas School in Elstree. 

I value the importance of extra curricular activities and enjoy running the Choir Club and participating in key musical festivals.

Chris Anderson

I have lived in Borehamwood with my wife and family since 1970, our two sons grew up in the town and were educated locally. I first started work in 1951, entering the Film Industry in 1953 as a cinema projectionist. I did National Service 1955-57 in Jordan and Cyprus then resumed working as a projectionist. In 1959 I began working locally at Danziger Studios in Elstree, and following that at Elstree Studios from 1960 where I became a Sound Mixer. After 29 years at Elstree Studios, I was made redundant, so after that I started doing part time jobs including traffic enumerating for several Councils as well as private companies and the GLC. During this time I was also working part time as Community Service Supervisor for the Probation Service in Hertfordshire.

I have always believed in being involved in the local community. During 1989-90 I was Chairman of Allum Lane Community Centre (now Allum Manor), from 1998 till the present I have been Chairman of Maxwell Park Community Centre. During the past 12 years I have been Vice Chair and Chair of Borehamwood and Elstree U3A. I feel that it is important to help and contribute to community affairs in whatever form one is able to.

No Governors have any business interests relevant to the school.
No Governors or members of their families have any relationship with members of the school staff
Geoff Strack is also a Governor at other local Primary Schools


Name Term Attendance


Chair of Governors

15.01.2018 - 14.01.2022 7/8
DAVID APLIN 12.05.2015 - 23.06.2023 5/7
STEPHANIE BRITTAIN 16.11.2015 - 19.01.2024 7/8
KATE JOHNSTON-GRANT 20.07.2009 - 19.07.2025 8/9
BETH HUGILL 19.09.2016 - 18.09.2020 8/9
ANN GODDARD 16.01.2017 - 15.01.2021 5/7
PAUL IGBOKWE 06.12.2016 - 05.12.2020 3/6
ERNEST JACOBY 01.11.2016 - 14.01.2021 6/7
LESLEY GRAY 16.01.2017 - 15.01.2021 6/7
EMMA COOK 16.01.2017 - 14.01.2021 1/6
CYNTHIA BARKER 24.04.2015 - 23.06.2023 4/6
KARREN FIELDING 01.09.2019 - 31.08.2023 2/7
CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON 20.01.2020 - 19.01.2024 4/4