Governing Body

Tewin Cowper Primary School’s Governing Body plays a very active role in the life of the school.  A strong, well-led governing body, supportive of the school, its teachers and its mission makes an important contribution to the school's wellbeing and effectiveness.
The Governing Body has responsibility, alongside the staff of our school, for deciding the strategic direction of the school.

Our role is crucial:

  • We fulfil statutory duties to ensure that the school is a safe, healthy and an inclusive environment
  • We provide support and challenge to the leadership team of the school on all issues that affect the learning and welfare of our pupils

The Governing Body is drawn from the staff of the school, representatives of the church, the Local Authority, parents and the wider community that our school serves. Governors meet as a full group once a term and a summary of these meetings are posted on the school website for parents to read.  Each governor is elected or appointed for four years and serves on one or more committees to carry out their various duties.

As parents, the role of the Governors and more importantly, who they are can sometimes be a mystery as the work goes on behind the scenes every day of the year. We hope the following information not only allows you to put a face to a name but understand more fully, what role each member plays and gives you contact points if there are matters you wish to discuss.

Parent Governors are often available in the school grounds in the morning and afternoon.



Who we are


Diane Hagger

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I have the co-ordinating responsibility for Tewin Governors – chairing the meetings, have overall view of the committees and act as critical friend to the Headteacher.

I wanted to become a governor because I have a very long-standing relationship with the school. My grandmother, my father, myself, my 2 daughters and now my 4 grandchildren have benefited from an education here. It has a very special place in my heart. In fact, my father was instrumental in constructing the schools swimming pool, one of the first in the County.

From a professional point of view, my background is in finance, office management and at one time running a small business. I have also been on many committees in the village including the Memorial Hall for many years, during which time I helped to arrange the VE Day commemoration, the Millennium celebrations and the hall re-decoration. I also spent 8 years as a Parish Councillor, seven years of which were as the Chair.

I hope that my time on the Governing Body will helpful and I know I will enjoy supporting the school.


 Alison Simpson

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I have been the headteacher at Tewin Cowper for just over 10 years, having taught previously for 11 years in various settings.  My teaching career was inspired through my involvement with my own children’s journeys through school; I believe every child should be nurtured to achieve the best they can though fostering independence, confidence and creativity.  Since I have been here, the governors have provided invaluable support and challenge to both myself and the staff team, to ensure that we are always exploring ways of making our provision the best we can and inspiring and motivating children to develop a love of learning and achieve their best in every dimension of their lives. My Christian faith underpins my commitment to leading a church school where I feel strongly that we must equip each child to be a valued member of the world through drawing on our Christian values.

As the lead learner at the school, I relish personal challenges too and during the past few years I have had some amazing experiences: the Three Peaks Challenge, running 10k races, abseiling Table Mountain.  These things have taught me to embrace challenges rather than see things as barriers.




Rev Susannah Underwood




I am vicar of St. Peter's Church Tewin which has always had a special link and care for the school. Prior to ordination I worked with children, including a role as a teaching assistant at St. Mary’s school in Welwyn. I have been a governor of four schools (including currently All Saints Datchworth), and am grateful for the insight it gives into the skill and dedication of staff teams. I have always lived locally and have fond childhood memories of Tewin - having a grandmother who lived in the Wood and a mother who was once a teacher.

Link: Spiritual and Social


Mrs Barbara Clarke




I have been a school governor now for five years.  My own children attended Tewin School when we moved to the village 30 years ago and, having recently retired, I am pleased to be involved once again with something that has been so important in my family’s life.  Tewin has a great sense of community and I believe that the school is at the heart of the village.  We are so lucky to have such a welcoming and happy school and I am thoroughly enjoying my role as a governor.

Link: English & Languages

Year 5



Katie Wright




I worked at Tewin Cowper for 10 years as a teacher and later as a Deputy but decided to stay as a Governor because the school and community mean so much to me. I am currently the Head of the Early Years and Junior School at St Christophers School in Letchworth. I have a daughter who has just started at Tewin Cowper and a son who will start in a couple of years so my commitment to the school is very strong. I look forward to helping the school grow and flourish in my role as a governor.

Link: Maths


Nick Hart

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I trained as a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA) at Deloitte where I worked as a Management Consultant. I now work in finance for Premier Foods (the owner of famous brands such as Mr Kipling and Bisto). I am local to the village having moved here in 2013 - I was married in Tewin Church and my daughter was christened there.  I became a Governor when I noticed an appeal for new governors in the church notices - it seemed a good way to use my financial and strategic skills to support the community.

Link: Science


Dr David Rawlins

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I obtained a degree in pharmacy and subsequently qualified as a pharmacist.  After completing three years of research, my working life was spent in the R&D departments of several major pharmaceutical companies in both scientific and managerial roles. Having recently retired I now volunteer my time in other ways and in addition to being a governor at the school I sit on an NHS research ethics committee and volunteer at the local community shop.  I also served on St Peters PCC for several years. My three children grew up in the village and between them attended the school for 12 years which is a great incentive to now give something back and help the school continue to thrive.

Link: Health & Safety

Year 4


Mr Nigel Marsden




I became a Parent Governor in December 2015. My eldest daughter Georgie joined Tewin in 2013 and is in Rowan class. My youngest, Billy will start school in 2019.

 Since joining the school, I have been impressed with the quality and dedication of the staff and everyone connected to the children's learning experience.  I volunteered to become a Governor as I considered that I could contribute and add a different perspective. I am a qualified Chartered Surveyor with 18 years experience of private sector commercial property experience.  My experience will allow me to contribute to the existing mix of Governor skills to build on and to continue the schools success.  As well as being a Parent Governor, I am a member of the schools Resources Committee.

Link: Computing


Alex Wearne

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I have lived in Tewin since 2011 and really love being involved in the village. I trained as a vet in Edinburgh and now work with my husband as a director of Tewin Mobile Vets. This business has really involved us with the village from the beginning. I chose to become a parent governor so that I may help the school and community in other ways. The school is such an important aspect of the village and I value it and it's reputation greatly.

My son started school in 2016 and is currently in Birch Class. My daughter will be starting in Willows next year. Since joining the school, I have helped out in the class when possible and it has given me a huge insight into the running of the school and the dedication of the staff.

Link: Early Years




Lynda Cowler



I have been teaching at Tewin Cowper School for 9 years now and am currently the schools Deputy Head and Deputy DSP. I have been fortunate enough to teach in Years 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 which has given me a good understanding of how children learn best at different ages and has helped me to be able to support the teaching in our school. 

As well as my role of Deputy Head, I also teach the mixed Year 5 and 6 class. I am the subject leader for Maths, Science and Computing. I also lead on eSafety and ensure that this is embedded thoughout our curriculum and childrens day to day lives.

I feel proud to work at a school where the values, ethos and well being of the children in our school is put first. I work tirelessly to ensure that staff moral is high and that both teachers and children are valued. 


Kelly King


Our Location

  Our Address:
Tewin Cowper C of E Primary School
Cannons Meadow,
01438 717378
01438 718586