Monken Hadley CE Primary School

The Governing Body

School Governors are the school’s Board of Directors. The purpose of the Governing Body is:

  • to help the school set high standards by planning for the school's future, and setting targets for school improvements.

  • to be a critical friend to the school, offering the school its support and advice.

  • to help the school to be responsive to the needs of parents and the community and to make the school more accountable to the public for what it does.

Working together, Governors make decisions about the running of the school. The whole Governing Body meets nine times a year (approximately once each month).  

 Declaration of Interest 

Governor Declarations of interest 2023

The Governing Body


Governor Type


Start date 

Term of Office Ends

 Sarah Roth

Foundation Parochial Church Council

Quality of Education



Vacancy (rector of St Mary's church)




Ex Officio

Preethi Daniel

Foundation Diocesan Board of Education

Premises, Health and Safety




Joanne Hames

Foundation Deanery Synod

Safeguarding and Child Protection



Caroline Poole

Foundation Parochial Church Council




Sally Atkinson 


Behaviour & Attitudes



Pippa Reid

Foundation Diocesan Board of Education

Pupil Premium



Cate Pendegrass

Parent (2)

Website compliance
Quality of Education



Joanna Lindley (Chair)

Parent (1)

Governor Skills and Training



 Samantha Wrightson (Co-Vice Chair)

Local Authority (1)

Quality of Education



 Julie Eyres

Head of School




 Anthony David*

Executive Head




 Nina Howard

Class Teacher




Monken Hadley Governor Types

  • Foundation Deanery Governors, by the Church of England Deanery of West Barnet

  • Foundation Diocese Governors, by the Church of England Diocese of London

  • Foundation PCC Governors, by St Mary’s Parochial Church Council

  • Foundation Parent Governors, by the other Foundation Governors

  • Local Authority Governors, by the London Borough of Barnet

  • Parent Governors, by the school parents

  • Teacher and Teaching Assistant Governors, by the school staff

* Relevant interest: married to Peachey David, Assistant Head, Inclusion.

* Anthony David is a Governor at St Paul's CE Primary School

 Governor pen portraits


Sally Atkinson – Foundation Governor

I was appointed as a Foundation Governor at Monken Hadley by the Barnet Deanery Synod, which represents the local Anglican churches.  I am a member of All Saints’ Church in East Finchley, where I am PCC Secretary.

I began my working life in the civil service (HM Customs & Excise) but spent the latter 30 years in charity management.  Since my retirement, I have continued to be involved with several charities, both local and national. 

It is a privilege to be involved with Monken Hadley School, supporting the staff in giving the children a love of learning, enquiring minds and respect for their community and their environment.  It is always a joy to visit the school and meet the children, and I hope that in my role as governor I am making some contribution to their futures.


Caroline Poole - Foundation Governor ( Parochial Church Council )
I am a practising Chartered Physiotherapist and  Lymphoedema Therapist and I have lived  and worked in Barnet for over thirty years.
I have three daughters who  were educated at local Church Schools where I was an active member of the Parent Teacher‘ Associations . I am delighted that my two young granddaughters are also benefiting from a Faith Based Education .

I value and support the religious foundation of Monken Hadley School and its continuing focus on providing an excellent education for all pupils  within a  nurturing , caring, inclusive environment .

My family and I have been closely involved with the Chicken Shed Theatre Company as volunteers for many years and I have a particular interest in SEN and literacy. I am a volunteer at Cherry Lodge Cancer Care in Barnet , an avid theatre goer, and a keen Dragon Boater!


Sarah Roth - Foundation Governor (Parochial Church Council)

Having attended Monken Hadley School as a child and then conducting my teacher training at the school in 2010, I am now delighted to have joined the Governing Body. I have maintained a close relationship with the school having attended Monken Hadley Church my whole life and I am a member of the PCC. I celebrate and enjoy the happy partnership between the church and school.

Since 2012, I have been a class teacher at All Saints' Primary School in Whetstone and was teacher governor there for four years. I have led on technology in the school and I have been the music lead for over ten years.

Music is a key interest of mine; whether singing in the church choir, at jazz festivals or leading the school choir. I see performing as a great way to develop confidence in every child through choirs, orchestra, school productions or assemblies.

I have always been struck by the commitment of staff, parents and children in making Monken Hadley an exceptional seat of nurture and learning.


Joanne Hames - Foundation Governor

I was appointed by the Andrew Hopegood Trust as a Foundation Governor in 2015. I am the nominated governor responsible for child protection and safeguarding.  My three children have attended Monken Hadley School and I have enjoyed being involved in many aspects of school life during this time, including reading with the children in Willow Class, helping with the school garden and assisting with numeracy and literacy in Cedar Class, for which I am Link Governor.

I have also been a keen fundraiser through the Friends of Monken Hadley School and I was their treasurer for two years.  I enjoy my role as part of the Governing Body, supporting the leadership team in ensuring that the school allows all children to enjoy their learning and achieve their full potential.


Samantha Wrightson – Local Authority Governor (Vice Chair)

I have two children, one who is a past pupil and one whom is at the school.  I spent ten years as a teacher in an inner London secondary school, where I taught English and was Head of Media Studies. I have lectured and written text books on a range of educational issues, from mixed ability teaching through to practical and theoretical media production.  I am now an Executive Producer in television, developing and producing formats for a range of broadcasters including BBC, ITV, The History Channel and UKTV.


Pippa Reid- Foundation Governor

I am a Foundation Diocesan Board of Education appointed Governor and started at Monken Hadley School in March 2019.  I am a Christian believer and active member of St Thomas, C of E church, Oakwood,  where I have been involved for twenty years. My son attended a local Church of England primary school in the borough of Enfield where he thrived, and so I have been fortunate to experience personally the ministry and value of high quality, caring, church schooling.

I worked in Human Resource management, Training and Recruitment for 25 years,in the City, Manufacturing and Logistics. Five years ago, I moved to work in education, and currently work in a Hertfordshire secondary school. I have helped Monken Hadley school with staff recruitment and am interested in all areas of employment and training. I have a familiarity with and understanding of children’s special educational needs and associated support processes. I am currently a safe-guarding and well-being Governor. 


Preethi Daniel -Foundation Governor

I was appointed as a governor by the London Diocesan Board of Schools in 2023.  I have also taken over as the Treasurer of the School Maintenance Fund. This is a voluntary contribution fund to provide resources to help maintain and improve the school.
I have been a doctor for over ten years working as a Barnet GP and Clinical Director of a private firm. I am an active worshipping and DCC member of St John the Baptist Church in High Barnet. I am committed to actively supporting and promoting the principles of good governance within a Church of England school, building on the framework of my Christian beliefs and drawing on my extensive leadership, managerial and clinical skills.

My husband and my preschool aged son are the centre of my universe. In my free time, I enjoy baking, cooking, dining out and travelling. 


Cate Pendegrass - Parent Governor

I am a Parent Governor, with two children currently attending Monken Hadley School. For work, I am an Associate Professor in the Division of Surgery & Interventional Sciences at University College London. I have an active research group and am the Head of Education for my campus, supporting undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD level research and education.

I am passionate about science and technology and inspiring the next generation to become leaders in their fields; capable of developing new, exciting technologies that have the potential to revolutionise healthcare around the world.

Outside of work, I am an avid gardener, a keen artist, and an obsessional swimmer.  As a Governor, it is a joy to witness the children taking their first tentative steps into Reception to their last, with a spring in their strides, confidently out of Year Six. It is an incredible journey, supported throughout by an outstanding staff, which it is my absolute privilege to help support as part of the Governing Body.  


Joanna Lindley - Parent Governor (Chair)

I strongly believe that all children deserve the best start in life regardless of their background. 

I have been a civil servant for over 20 years and have worked in a number of operational roles within HM Revenue & Customs, Home Office and Ministry of Justice. For the last 8 years I have worked as a Policy Lead in the Department of Education in a variety of roles in child protection, behaviour in schools and now childcare reform. Working on policies to improve the educational outcomes of disadvantaged children and their families has given me the opportunity to engage extensively with both children and professionals in the sector so I understand the challenges and landscape that schools are operating in. 

My daughter is a pupil at Monken Hadley, which means I have opportunity to provide both a parent and professional perspective to the governing board. 


 Minutes of Meeting and Attendance 

Governing Body Attendance 2022-2023

minutes 23- 24 

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