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Our Governing Board


The Governing Body at our school is made up of volunteers who collectively act as a "critical friend" to the Head Teacher and the school's teaching staff and wider community. 


The diverse governing board are representative of the parents and local school community. 18% of our governing board are registered with a disability, 18% are male, 82% identify as white and 18% identify as Asian.


They influence the character, policies and general administration of the school. 


There are two committees within the Governing Body, namely :

  1. Teaching & Learning Committee (T & L) - deals with the curriculum, teaching and learning.
  2.  Resources Committee - deals with finance, premises, pay and personnel issues.


The full Governing Body meets twice a term to deliberate over all aspects of school life. 


In addition, each individual committee meets at least once a term to execute the responsibilities of the Governing Body.


Key Information 


The Governing Body are keen to understand parental views of the school from the quality of teaching, to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour.  Please feel free to share your opinion by completing the OFSTED Parent View questionnaire here.


This survey can be completed anytime during the year and is completely anonymous. By sharing your views, you’ll be helping the school to improve. 


To view the school's Ofsted Report for 2019 please click here


The following link provides visitors to our website with key financial information about the school.


No employees at Margaret Wix have a gross annual salary of £100,000 or more.

Chair of Governors - Val Male - since 16/03/2016


Val joined the Margaret Wix governing body in April 2016 and has been Chair of Governors since September 2020. She is the link governor for SEN, music and PSHE.


In her professional life Val has worked for Hertfordshire County Council for 18 years in transport policy and planning, leading on school travel planning and more recently working with the rail industry. Prior to joining the county council Val worked as an education officer for a national charity and as a peripatetic music teacher.


Val continues to enjoy music and is a member of St Albans Chamber Choir. She has lived in Wheathampstead for over 25 years and enjoys walking her dog in the countryside as well as gardening in her spare time.


Vice Chair of Governors - Anand Shah - since 28/11/2016

Anand Shah is a parent governor who has one son at Margaret Wix and an older son who previously attended Margaret Wix. He is the maths and PE Link Governor and is the Chair of the Resources Committee.

Mr Podichetty - since 01/11/2021

Mr Podichetty is a Parent Governor and the Link Governor for History, Geography and RE. He is part of the Teaching and Learning Committee. He has been in education for nearly 15 years, over 4 of those years have been in Special Needs Education specifically in Autism. He is a science teacher and currently teaches in an Autism accredited school.

Liz Burr - since 03/10/2022

Liz Burr is a Parent Governor. She is part of the Teaching and Learning Committee and is the link governor for pupil premium.  Liz has her youngest of 4 children at Margaret Wix and has worked in primary schools as a SEN Teaching Assistant for many years.

Karen Atkinson - since 01/04/2021

Karen Atkinson is a Community Governor who sits on the Resources Committee. She is the Art and DT Link Governor. Karen currently works and is a co-founder at which is a marketing outsourcing company.  She has been a Governor since 2021 and has been bought on to help with the marketing of Margaret Wix, ensuring St Albans understands what an excellent, creative and inclusive school it has. Karen has been in Hertfordshire for over 15 years and has 3 children.  Any spare time is spent cycling, running or just getting outside.

Lydia Fearn - since 20/11/2022

Lydia is a senior pensions consultant, supporting companies and pension trustees with their defined contribution pension arrangements and investments. She works with many different organisations, with the aim of supporting their employees to help improve their financial well-being and future. Lydia has worked in the industry for over 20 years and has extensive experience across pensions and financial markets. She is the link governor for English. 

Lis Cummins - since 15/11/2022

Lis is an associate governor. Lis spent much of her professional life in Education, including:- 

• Teaching modern foreign languages 

• Head of Year 7 in a secondary school

• Area Co-ordinator in the Minority Ethnic Curriculum Support Service

• School Governor

• Student Services Manager, co-ordinating HCC admissions and exclusions processes

• Governance Officer, supporting and providing training to school Governing Bodies

• Deputy Head (and Acting Head) of a secondary Education Support Centre

• Clerking and membership of School Governing Bodies and School Admission Appeals’ Panels

In her spare time she enjoys sport, cooking, reading, travelling and spending time with her five grandchildren and is currently the link governor for science. 

Mienna Jones - since 24/01/2023

Mienna owns and runs Happycrew Childcare LTD! Happycrew is situated within Margaret Wix School and Mienna feels very passionate about making positive changes to what is a hidden gem of our magical school.

Mienna says, "when I’m here it feels like a special place to be."

Mienna is the link governor for safeguarding and meets with our safeguarding team regularly to look at the single central record and to hear important updates from the school.  

Laura Campbell-Pugh - since 01/09/2021

Laura Campbell-Pugh is the Staff Governor (Assistant Head and SENCO) and sits on the Teaching and Learning Committee.

Laura joined Margaret Wix Primary School in April 2018 as the Inclusion Leader and joined the Governing Body in September 2021 when she became Assistant Head. Laura has been teaching since 2008.

Laura is also subject lead for Art and DT, Mental Health Lead, ASD Lead, Deputy Safeguarding Lead and Designated Teacher for Looked After Children. She was also an extra in the Harry Potter films and has a huge passion for the genre.

Claire Gibbs - since 01/04/2021

Claire Gibbs is the Headteacher at Margaret Wix and sits on both the Teaching and Learning Committee and Resources Committee.

Claire joined Margaret Wix in January 2019 and became Headteacher in April 2021.

Claire has been teaching for over 20 years following a career in customer services at Harrods. Claire brings her dog Scout to school most days which the children enjoy as a therapy dog.

The School Development Plan (SDP) is a strategic plan for improvement. It should bring together, in a clear and simple way, the school priorities, the main measures it will take to raise standards, the resources dedicated to these, and the key outcomes and targets it intends to achieve.


At Margaret Wix Primary School, we work collaboratively with Senior Leaders, Governors, teachers and pupils to determine what our key priorities are for the coming academic year.  We follow a clear process to determine what areas of the school need to be further developed as well as identifying areas of strength within the school.  By consulting all the key stakeholders within the school, the document is one that we all identify with and acts as a common goal that we are all striving to achieve.


The School Development Plan is not a fixed document rather it is one that is flexible and adapts based on the needs of the school.  The SDP is reviewed by senior leaders on a regular basis and updates are provide to staff to ensure that we are all aware of any outstanding actions.