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Meet the Governors

Welcome to the Governors' section of our school website


The governing body work to provide friendly learning environments where children want to be and feel safe.   Our children deserve the best possible start in life and opportunities for all pupils and staff are enhanced by working together.


What is the Governing Body?


The School Board of Governors is a diverse group of people, all volunteers, with a common interest in the Fleet Wood Lane School, its staff, pupils, buildings and the community of which it forms a part. Each Governor brings different strengths and skills, and all have a shared commitment to enabling our children to achieve their very best.

The full governing body meets at least once a term. The Headteacher acts as a professional advisor to the governing body. The governors delegate the day to day responsibility for the management of the school to the Headteacher.

The governors focus strongly on three core functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

We help the schools provide the very best education possible for our pupils by deciding the direction and aims of the federation whilst working within a limited budget and appointing the Headteacher and staff most able to achieve this.


We monitor and evaluate progress by receiving reports from the Headteacher and we visit the school to see for ourselves.


We support and challenge the Headteacher and staff by asking questions at our regular meetings and work closely with them for the well-being of the pupils. We visit our schools to see them in action. 


We support the Headteacher, staff, pupils and parents and are easily contactable via the School Office.




The Governing Body consists of 12 member representing, County and Local Councils, parents, teachers and staff.  


Headteacher                                         Mrs Rachael Cotton


Chair of Governors                                Mr Martin Bamforth


Vice Chair                                              Mrs Colleen Shaw


Clerk to the Governors                          Mr Alan Bate


Teacher Governor                                             Mrs Hayley Alexander-Jones


Parent Governor                                    Mrs Lucy Gent


Co-opted Governor                                Mr Andrew Ward


Co-opted Governor                                Mr Simon Stockford


Co-opted Governor                                Mr Martin Bamforth


Associate Governor                               Mrs Sarah King


Associate Governor                               Mrs Samantha Knox



Regular meetings are held to discuss the policies necessary to provide an effective and efficient organisation of the school. The Governing Body is supportive of the staff, pupils, parents and wider community working together to provide education of the highest quality.


Register of Personal Interests


Pen Portraits

Who we are and why we do what we do!





Mr Darren Reid 

Chair of Governors






The governing body is about making a difference and is both rewarding and challenging. Starting off as a Parent Governor several years ago and now as Chair of the Governing Body, I have watched the school go through various changes and feel proud to of been part of the decision making process in making the school a better place for the children and the staff. I have been involved with the school for over ten years with both of my children being educated at Fleet Wood Lane and moved onto secondary school. Working for a large multinational company foe many years and gaining knowledge and experience in various roles from finance to procurement and analysis has enabled me to support our school throughout the years.


Mrs Colleen Shaw

Vice Chair



I was born in Lincolnshire and grew up in Wainfleet, I studied biology and microbiology at university and worked in both the UK and India in R&D laboratories. After a career change me and my husband followed our interest and begun a family business restoring old VW campervans. My hobbies include baking, anything to do with science, going to the theatre and travelling around the country in our campervan.

I have two step daughters, Jess who is training to be a doctor, and Emily who is studying pharmaceutical sciences. My son currently attends Fleet Wood Lane School which he really enjoys. 

I look forward to working closely with the school and all the fantastic staff to help every child achieve their best. 

Martin Bamforth

Chair of Resources

Originally from Yorkshire, I was raised in rural Cambridgeshire, I subsequently attended Agricultural College and a career across the food industry has followed including time spent working overseas. I am now involved in commodities procurement working for a major supplier to national retailers. Fleet has proved to be a good place to settle and my family and I enjoy living here, I play golf in my spare time and maintain an interest in rugby from the grandstand. I have spent the last two years as a parent governor which has been thoroughly rewarding. 


Simon Stockford

Chair of Curriculum

Originally from London, I was raised in a small village in Cambridgeshire. After completing my engineering qualifications in London, I settled in Northamptonshire. My wife, Caroline and I moved to Fleet in 2018 so our two boys could enjoy the countryside upbringing as we both did. I'm a huge adult fan of Lego and a strong believer in creative learning to benefit the wellbeing of our children. I chose to support our school originally as a member of out PTA and now as a governor.

Lucy Gent

Parent Governor



Andrew Ward

Health and Safety 


Hayley Alexander-Jones

Staff Governor

I have been working at Fleet Wood Lane School since I qualified as a teacher in 2013. Since working at the school I have spent three years working with Year 2 and I am now working with Year 4/5. I decided to become staff governor so that I could become more invested in the schools. I can share the views of my colleagues and help them to get their voices heard as well as any praise or concerns shared with me by parents and children.


Alan Bate

Clerk to Governors 

Retired and moved across to Long Sutton a couple of years ago to be close to my daughter and her family and the beautiful North Norfolk coast.

I spent my last 25 years working for the government in the department that funded, monitored and audited education, spending lots of time in schools, colleges, universities and training organisations.

My hobbies include art, beach combing, sport (now as a spectator) , socialising , exploring Britain and grand children sitting. I have been a big fan of Watford FC for the past 63 years.



Growing Our Future Together

  • Kindness

    We have kind hands and kind words.

  • Respect

    We respect each other.

  • Confidence

    We develop confident learners.

  • Ambition

    We want children to reach for the stars.

  • Pride

    We take pride in our work.

  • Curiosity

    We have curious minds

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