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Welcome to the Local Governoring Body (LGB) section.


Cranbourne is part of The Hoddesdon School Trust, which comprises three schools - Cranbourne, Roselands Primary and The John Warner Secondary School. As such there are several layers of governance. This page tells you about the Local Governing Body of Cranbourne.


Visit the The Hoddesdon School Trust website where you can learn more about governance of the whole Trust.


Below you will find information about who the Local Governing Body are. Each governor, apart from the headteacher, serves a four year term in office.


If you would like to know more about becoming a governor, please come in and see us.


The Chair of the LGB can be contacted through the school office.

Chair Rob McCarthy


Beatrice Ramelle-Rigollet (Sept 2016- August 2020)

Lynne Bennett (Sept 2016- August 2020),

Rob McCarthy (Sept 2016- August 2020)

Ayse Inal (Sept 2016- August 2020) Currently on sabbatical

Christina Whellams (Nov 2018-Nov 2022)

Emma Foxcroft (Nov 2018 - Nov 2022)

Ellie Hubbard (Nov 2018 - Nov 2022)

Richard Dealhoy (February 2019 - February 2023)

Jordan Beach (July 2019 - July 2023)

Headteacher - Rachel Semark

Note taker - Dave Allman

Clerk - Fran Connolly



Pecuniary interest

Governors are required to declare any pecuniary interest.

As of July 2019 no other governors had declared any interest. This information will be updated after each full Governing Body meeting.


Other information

Relationships with current pupils:

Emma Foxcroft, Ellie Hubbard and Christina Whellams are all parents of children in the school.


Dave Allman is Executive Headteacher and  Company Secretary of The Hoddesdon School Trust.


Governors responsibilities for specific areas are:

Safeguarding: Christina Whellams and Richard Dealhoy

SEND: Lynne Bennett and Emma Foxcroft

Pupil Premium: Emma Foxcroft

Early Years Foundation Stage: Ellie Hubbard

Curriculum: Jordan Beach and Beatrice Ramelle-Rigollet

Equality: Rob McCarthy

Health and safety: Rob McCarthy

CPD: Richard Dealhoy

Sports Premium: Beatrice Ramelle-Rigollet


Introducing the Governors

Rachel Semark

I joined Cranbourne in 1991 after working at two other Hertfordshire schools and have been here ever since! After a five year stint as deputy head I became headteacher in January 2008. I have an absolute passion for helping children reach the highest possible standards in their learning, and for broadening their horizons by giving them experiences they may not get outside school. I have supported other schools as consultant deputy and executive headteacher, and mentor new headteachers as a Herts Professional Partner. I sit on the board of HABS (our local Family Support Workers), am vice-chair of the local consortium of schools and sit on Primary Heads' Forum which represents all headteachers in Hertfordshire. I am a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. I am a member of the senior leadership team of The Hoddesdon School Trust. Outside of school I love spending time with friends and family.


Lynne Bennett

I started as a co-opted governor at Cranbourne in 2014, moving to staff governor in 2016 with SEND, Pupil Premium and RRSA as my areas of responsibility. I have a special interest in SEND, particularly in the area of autism. I have worked with children on the autistic spectrum for 9 years and am now school autism and communication lead. I have three children, a husband and a dog. I thoroughly enjoy being a governor and having an important role maintaining the provision and outcomes for the children in the school.


Rob McCarthy

I've been a Governor at Cranbourne for 15 years, and am currently the Chair of the Local Governing Body with health and safety as an additional responsibility. I am also a Trustee of The Hoddesdon School Trust. Both of my children, now aged 18 and 14, attended Cranbourne from nursery through to year 6, giving them an excellent start to their secondary education at John Warner. I still get a great buzz from being part of the school team, seeing children reach their fullest potential as young people in our community. I have recently retired from my role as a Civil Engineering Project Manger for the Environment Agency, working on major projects in and around London. I'm married with 2 children, 2 dogs, a rabbit and as many of the kids' friends coming and going as I can deal with! Keeps me busy in my spare time, as well as being a scout leader and police authority visiting officer.


Ayse Inal (currently on sabbatical)

I have been a co-opted governor since 2014, with transition, child protection and school council as additional responsibilities.  I have a son.  I run my own IT training business delivering computer and technology courses to the local community.  I am also chair of the advisory board of a children’s Sure Start centre.  I thoroughly enjoy being a governor and learning more about the school and how things are done.  I am looking forward to being involved with pre-school and EYFS transition this year through both my roles at the children’s centre and Cranbourne and helping to find ways of bridging the gap in school readiness during this vital phase of a child’s life.  I am currently studying for diplomas in Child Psychology and Child Behaviour, and I am a basic practitioner of Mindfulness. 


Beatrice Ramelle-Rigollet

I became a Parent governor in December 2013. My daughter has now moved on from Cranbourne to John Warner. I am link governor for the Sports Premium and staff training. I have worked in education for over 8 years as a research professional and also as a coach. As a governor, I am keen in all aspects of learning together with foreign languages that will help children enjoy their education and will help them progress further.


Emma Foxcroft

I have been a Parent Governor at Cranbourne since November 2018 and have one child in year 4 and one in reception. I work for Hertfordshire County Council in the Environment and Infrastructure Directorate, on Procurement and Contract Management projects. Previously I have been involved in young people’s organisations as a sports coach and youth leader. Now as a parent I am interested in how the strategic and financial management of the school affects the day to day experience and learning for the children at Cranbourne. I am also on the Friends of Cranbourne School (FOCS) committee.


Ellie Hubbard

I have two children who attend Cranbourne Primary; one in year 1 and the other in year 4. Professionally, I have 18 years experience working as PA within the Finance and Investment sectors in The City and continue to enjoy the buzz of city life. I have a huge passion for children's education and wholeheartedly believe that every child has the right to benefit from high quality education; I am excited about being part of a team who are very well equipped to deliver exactly that. I have a CACHE Level 3 in Supporting Teaching in schools and I am currently learning British Sign Language. I love spending time with family and friends (they are one and the same to me!).


Christina Whellams

I became a Parent Governor in November 2018 and have one daughter at the School.

I have 10 years experience of working in higher education, having previously held positions as Programme Manager and Head of Drama Administration at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. I am also a qualified Swimming Instructor, teaching children between the ages of 4-11. In both fields, I have seen pupils progress and develop which has been hugely rewarding and I therefore have an obvious interest in maintaining high educational standards in order for children to achieve the required expectations. I look forward to working with the school in my role as Governor.


Richard Dealhoy

I joined Cranbourne school as a co-opted governor in Spring 2019. In addition to general governor duties I am the assistant governor for safeguarding. Outside of the school I have a young family, with a son approaching school age. Professionally I am a director in an international multi-disciplinary consultancy. I hope to bring to bear some of this experience to support the governing body and leadership of Cranbourne, ultimately to benefit of the children.

As a dyslexic working in a STEM industry, I have a keen interest in the support and confidence we give our SEND children to approaching STEM subjects, allowing all students to identify and pursue their individual talents and passions.


Jordan Beach

I have been a staff governor since July 2019 and am currently teaching year 6. I am in my sixth year of teaching and enjoy helping the children push themselves and progress through the year. I have three dogs and love going on long walks with them. I have a huge extended family and find myself surrounded by children even when I'm not in work! As a new governor, I am interested in taking on a different role within the school community and learning more about the leadership side of the school.




Attendance at meetings 2019-20

Rob McCarthy   2/2

Ayse Inal   (currently on sabbatical)

Beatrice Ramelle-Rigollet   1/2

Rachel Semark   2/2

Lynne Bennett   2/2

Emma Foxcroft 2/2

Ellie Hubbard 2/2

Christina Whellams 2/2

Richard Dealhoy 1/2

Jordan Beach 2/2

Attendance at meetings 2018-19

Rob McCarthy   5/5

Ayse Inal   2/4 (currently on sabbatical)

Beatrice Ramelle-Rigollet   4/5

Rachel Semark   5/5

Lynne Bennett   5/5

Emma Foxcroft 3/4

Ellie Hubbard 4/4

Christina Whellams 4/4

Richard Dealhoy 1/2

Jordan Beach 1/1


Attendance at meetings 2017-18

Rob McCarthy   4/4

Ayse Inal   4/4

Beatrice Ramelle-Rigollet   4/4

Rachel Semark   4/4

Lynne Bennett   4/4


What do the governors do?

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