Meet the Governors
Mr James Howard - Headteacher
I joined Puller Memorial in September 2017 and I have also been the headteacher at Albury Primary School since September 2013. Both schools are small, village schools and I am very passionate about providing an excellent education for our children. I feel very lucky being involved in our schools and exploring the improvements that are possible through working together is very exciting. I live in Bishop's Stortford, am married to Tricia (who is also a teacher) and have 3 children aged between 5 and 11. I started teaching in a large school in East London, moved to a large school in North London then spent a couple of years at Little Hallingbury Primary school before starting at Albury. It is a pleasure working with such a dedicated and skilled staff and governing body and I have been made to feel very welcome by the caring and supportive parents of Puller.
Mrs Tracy Keddie - Senior Leader
I have been a member of the Governing body since being appointed Headteacher in January 2011. I have two daughters who were 4 and 6 when I was appointed. They have given me a clearer vision of what school should be like and I am constantly asking myself. “Is this good enough for my children.” This is my third Headship and is one which I am thoroughly enjoying. Having been a Headteacher of a much larger school I now understand the benefits to the children of being part of a small school. Puller Memorial is an amazing place because parents, staff and governors are all committed to ensuring all children flourish within this caring community.
My educational experiences have been varied, having taught in a privileged village school in Surrey and one of the most deprived areas of Birkenhead. I also worked for Hertfordshire County Council as a School Improvement Adviser, supporting school’s causing concern or schools in Special Measures. This was a challenging role, requiring staff to make rapid changes. But by always focusing on the needs of the children, it made difficult decisions easier. It also taught me the importance of developing and nurturing staff so that they too, like the children can fulfil their potential.
I have worked with many governing bodies but Puller Governors have proved to be the most dedicated, they are great to work with and always put the needs of the children first.
Mr Gareth Ellis - Vice Chair of Governors
I have been a school governor for just over a year and I chair the resources committee which reviews and oversees matters relating to the finances, personnel and school premises. I also keep the school policies up to date. These policies give the framework for dealing with many aspects of school life and are regularly updated to keep up with changing government policies and legal issues.
Miss Sheila Knowles - Diocese Governor
I have served on the Puller Governing Body since December 2006, as Foundation Governor, which is an appointment made by the Diocesan Board of Education (St Albans). My membership was then renewed in January 2011 and I want to say how privileged I have felt to be part of such a friendly and successful school. I am now serving as a member of the Resources Committee whilst I also focus on supporting and monitoring the Early Years Foundation Stage.
I retired in 2009 after 39 years of teaching, 13 years as a primary School teacher, 17 years as a Headteacher (4 in Haringey and 13 at Christ Church School in Ware), and my last 9 years as a lecturer and assessor for Child Care Workers in schools and Teaching Assistants at Hertford Regional College.
Teaching is a wonderful profession and although I am now retired and thoroughly enjoying myself doing all those things one cannot do when one is working!! I am a Christian, worshipping and serving at Hertford Baptist Church, I read, sew, cook and enjoy being a lady who lunches!
I still want to be involved in education and feel that being a Governor is a great way of continuing that involvement. I try to get to as many school events as I can and look forward to meeting children and parents there, so please say hello if you see me with my badge on.
Reverend Barbara Ebeling - Diocese Governor
I have been involved with Puller since 2010 when I came to look after the parish until a new vicar was appointed. I was ordained in1994 and came to High Cross and Thundridge after retiring from being a vicar of 4 parishes in Bedfordshire. As part of parish work, I had 3 lower schools and one middle school to look after. I live with my husband in Hunsdon and have two sons and 3(soon to be four) grandchildren. I love gardening and playing the piano. I have always enjoyed working with children so I am very lucky to be involved in such a lovely school.
Mrs Katie Dean - Staff Governor
I became Staff Governor a couple of years after I started working at Puller Memorial. I really enjoy being on the Governing Body as it is a different and useful insight into how the school runs. It also enables me to give a viewpoint from a staff members point of view during the Governors meetings.
Nadine Grainger – Parent Governor
I have been a Parent Governor since 2012. I am currently a Governor on the School Improvement Committee which is responsible for ensuring all children at Puller Memorial make good progress and achieve their potential. In 2013 I also took on role of Safeguarding Governor. My role involves working with the Head and staff to ensure safeguarding procedures are in place.
I decided to apply for a Parent Governor role as I wanted to give something back to Puller Memorial School. I have previously worked as an PA to the Business Manager in a school in St Albans and as a PA to the Managing Director/Course Administrator in an Educational Services Company. These experiences and my parental experiences have enabled me to support the school, bringing new ideas and a parental perspective to the Governing body discussions. In return, I feel the experience and knowledge I have gained has helped towards me achieving my desired role as a Financial Administrator in a local School.
When I joined the Governing Body team my son had been attending the school for two years and my daughter was still a toddler, my son has now moved onto Secondary School and my daughter is currently in Year 3.
I have found being a Parent Governor to be very rewarding and informative both in a personal and professional capacity.
Gill - Foundation Governor
We moved to this area 21 years ago, just before my son was born. He recently went off to University and I found myself with more free time on my hands that I wanted to use productively. Having developed an interest in education and seeing schools from a parents perspective I wanted to stay in touch with education and contribute to a school in some way. I couldn't have found a better school than Puller Memorial where the ethos and hard work that goes in from all the staff makes it the special place it is for all their pupils.