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Governor Profiles

Ben Hodson (Chair of Governors)

Having lived all his life in the region, he worked as a teacher in schools in Welwyn Garden City and then Stevenage, where later he became a Deputy Head of a primary school. Having had a successful career up to this point, he took a Headship in a school which OFSTED had put into Special Measures. After 2 years the school moved straight to GOOD in all areas and less than 18 months later the school achieved EXCELLENT in its church school inspection (SIAMS). He is highly passionate about ensuring that all children achieve well at school to enable them to thrive and experience life in all its fullness. For him, the primary phase of a child’s education is most important in laying down secure foundation stones for a successful and fulfilling future. With his extensive experience, he wishes to support the strategic direction of St. Mary’s Infants; leading the Governing Body and providing support and challenge to both senior and middle leaders in school.

Marian Cowdrey

Originally trained as a Middle School teacher with a qualification in teaching children with SEN in mainstream schools, Marian has taught modern foreign languages for over 25 years. She has also taught French to children at Key Stages 1 and 2 as a link teacher to local feeder schools. Marian is an active member of the congregation of St Mary’s Parish Church, Baldock and her grandchildren have gained a great deal from their attendance at St Mary’s Infants School. As a governor she hopes to help other families enjoy the same positive experience.

Laura Higgins

Laura lives in Baldock and works as a part-time school teacher with a specialism in Spanish and French in a nearby secondary school. Before training as a teacher, Laura worked in the management and administration of education and health projects in Africa and Asia, but wanted to have a family and therefore came back to the UK. Laura is now on the resources committee at St Mary’s Infant School, but being a languages teacher, she also takes an interest in the school’s phonics program! She is also a member of St Mary’s Baldock congregation and helps with the fun stuff: Junior & Messy Church and the church’s bee garden!

Aileen Barry

Aileen Barry has always felt that the education of children is vital for all our futures. She was a volunteer in the scouting movement for over 30 years. She retired from the tax/accountancy profession 10 years ago and moved to Baldock from London, to be close to her son and growing family.

Michael Day

I have been a Parent Governor since December 2022. I grew up in North Herts and then moved away for a few years. I am married with 3 children and am a stay at home Dad. I became a governor, so I can actively be involved in helping and supporting the school in which on of my children goes to.

Reverend Phillipa Maddox

Phillipa Maddox is the Rector of St. Mary the Virgin Church Baldock.  She lives in Baldock with her husband and has two grown up daughters.  St. Mary’s Church is actively involved in the local community and provides a variety of popular events and activities for children and families.  Phillipa has a special interest in helping children to engage in spirituality and worship having previously worked as a Children and Families Pastor for several years.  Phillipa’s role within the local church schools is to support the Christian ethos and build productive links between the local parish and the school community.