Brian Surtees (Chair)
Kathleen Wall (Head Teacher)
I have been teaching for 38 years in special schools and have enjoyed every minute! I started my career in Basildon before moving to Chelmsford and then to Harlow Fields in 2007. Wanting the very best for our children and young people has always been my passion. I have seen many changes in education over the years, but no standing still – there’s still plenty to do. It’s a privilege to be the Head of Harlow Fields and to work with our pupils and their families.
Linda Williams (Vice Chair)
I have a long and enjoyable career in education initially as a Teacher, then Head Teacher and in the last ten years as a local authority adviser. My career has taken me into many schools, both mainstream and special. These opportunities have given me a broad view about learning and the varied ways in which pupils learn as well as the ways in which schools are led and managed. I hope I can bring these experiences to Harlow Fields to support the work of the Governing Body. Currently I am privileged to be a Governor at Harlow Fields School and
College and also support governorship in another local authority.
Mary Harris (Co-Opted Governor)
I am a retired secretary now but have all my long life been involved with people with learning disabilities. For many years I was secretary of Harlow Mencap and having had a brother with Downs Syndrome, who I looked after in later life, have always been aware of and experienced the difficulties involved which all parents and carers experience.
I feel passionate about the education of our children and have always tried to help as much as possible. I am very proud to be involved with Harlow Fields School and College especially after seeing it emerge as a brilliant school which I very much wish my brother could have experienced.
Anna Howard-Price MSc RGN RSCN (Co-Opted Governor)
As a Registered General Nurse and Registered Sick Children’s Nurse, I have spent much of my career as a School Nurse in special needs and mainstream school settings. I worked at Harlow Fields School 1998 – 2008 and joined the Governing Body in February 2001.
Paula Violet (Co-Opted Governor)
I have recently retired from teaching, a career I have enjoyed for many years. I taught in Secondary education, my last school having students from the age of 11 –18 years. During my career I also worked as an Advisory teacher visiting all the Secondary schools in my Local Authority giving support, advice and training to their staff.
As an Associate Head Teacher I had whole school responsibility for the training and development of Staff. This involved the training of trainee teachers ,those newly qualified and all staff in the school.
I feel privileged to be a part of Harlow Fields Governing Body and look forward to supporting the work of this very special school.
Brenda McCafferty (Staff Governor)
I started at Harlow Fields School as a volunteer in September 2004. I was then employed by the school in February 2005. From then I worked as a Learning support assistant in the nursery class till December 2008. In January 2009 I embarked on my journey to gain Qualified Teacher Status which I completed in July 2012. In June 2015 I received the Jack Petchey award for my outstanding commitment to the PMLD students and students with Sensory Processing Disorder.
Sam Stevens (Staff Governor)
During my 12 years at Harlow Fields I have worked as both an LSA and in the School Office. I feel very privileged to work at such a great special needs school.
Catherine Beckett (Parent Governor)
I am the parent of a student at Harlow Fields. I have been a General Manager in the hospitality industry. I have also served and volunteered at numerous schools and Committees.
Prior, to these roles and currently, I am a full time mother and wife, dedicated to supporting and enhancing the specialised needs of the school.
Shaun Mellow (Parent Governor)
My youngest child started at Harlow Fields in 2014. During this time I have witnessed the positive environment the school provides for our children in many different ways. It is a privilege to help and support the pupils, parent and carers, staff and Governing Body.
I am committed to gaining a better insight and understanding of the running of the school and passionately believe that we can all make a valuable contribution. I’ve devoted much of my professional life to public service, working in a variety of roles largely focussed on strategy and project management. I want to represent the views of parents and carers to ensure Harlow Fields achieves all that it can both now, and in the future.
The governors regularly attend training sessions. Recently, this has included:
- Essex Steps
- Assessment and Pupil Progress Meetings
- Curriculum Update (including Science Week and RE Week)