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Markyate Village School And Nursery

Markyate Village School and Nursery
  1. Governors & FOMS
  2. Governors Who's Who

Governors Who's Who


Mr James Rourke - Chair of Governors
I am the Chair of Governors and a parent governor, elected in November 2019 and the father to a year one pupil. I am currently the owner of Rugbytots Mid Herts, a rugby play programme for toddlers and young children and I spend my weekend mornings coaching them and the rest of my time working from home. Until April 2019, I was a PE teacher and senior leader in a school in central London. My role on the governing body is part of the finance and premises committee with particular responsibility for ICT and sport/PE.


Mrs Laura Johnson - Headteacher

I have been the headteacher at Markyate Village School since September 2019. As headteacher, I work with governors on a wide range of areas, including; creating the best educational environment and learning opportunities for our children so they reach their full potential, shaping the direction of the school, agreeing budgets, developing the school's resources and the school site, and ensuring that our children are always safe. Before joining Markyate, I worked as a Deputy Head teacher in Harpenden and I have been a Hertfordshire Moderator for English at KS2. I have three children who all attend Sir John Lawes School and my specialism is in the teaching of English, understanding how children learn to read and write.


Mrs Libby Karmock - Deputy Headteacher

My name is Libby Karmock and I am a staff governor. I have been a member of staff at Markyate Village School for 17 years and have been in post as Deputy Headteacher since 2016. I lead mathematics within school and have done so for several years now. This year, I am teaching three days a week in our Year 3/4 (Jade) class. I have previously taught in Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6. I am currently undertaking my NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship) which is an exciting challenge. I very much enjoy my role on the Senior Leadership Team and it is exciting to be part of the team that shapes the aims and vision of the school as it continues to move forward.


Mrs Helen Vaites - Staff co-opted Governor

I have been a Governor at Markyate School for 10 years, joining the Governing Body when my son started school in Reception in 2009. I have two children, both of whom attended Markyate School and they are now in secondary school and college. My background is in the corporate world, having worked for HSBC, First Direct and BT in a variety of management roles.  However when I had my children, I decided to change careers and began working as a parent helper. I then re-trained as a teacher and started teaching in Nursery at Markyate in 2013, having worked and gained experience in several other schools in the area during my training. I love working in Early Years, enjoying the enthusiasm and excitement for learning and thrive on the ‘awe and wonder’ of the children of this age. I am also the PE co-ordinator here at school and endeavour to share my love for sport with children, teachers and parents alike.



Mrs Terry Willis - Co-opted Governor

My name is Terry Willis. I was a teacher in Hertfordshire for 25 years, three of those as a Deputy Head and seventeen as a Head Teacher, at four different schools. As a Deputy and Head I took part in six OFSTED inspections. I am now retired but continue to do part time consultancy work in schools through the local authority and as a Tutor for the University of Hertfordshire.

I believe passionately that all children are entitled to the very best education possible and that the school they attend should endeavour to ensure they achieve their potential and beyond.

My career provided me with a great sense of fulfilment and I hope, as a governor, to give something back. I have a grandson who attended Markyate Village School but who has now moved to secondary school. My granddaughter is currently in the Nursery.


Mr Edward Balfour - Co-opted Governor

 I am Edward Balfour and I have been a governor at Markyate for over 5 years. I have special responsibilities as the Safeguarding Governor for the school and I work on the Finance and Premises Committee which meets every term. In my professional life, I am the Headmaster of Beechwood Park School, one of the country’s largest coeducational prep schools for children aged 3 -13 years. I have been a member of the IAPS Council since 2017 and I am Chair and District Representative for the IAPS 1N District Heads. 

In my personal life, I am married with three children and I enjoy literature, theatre, watching Spurs, travel and tennis.


Mrs Elaine Ridgway - Co-opted Governor

 I have been a co-opted governor since December 2016 and I am a retired Secondary School Teacher who was a Head of Faculty.I have also taught in a middle school, teaching year 5 through to year 8. I was a teaching consultant with Hertfordshire Education Service delivering Department for Education Focus on Food. I have also delivered in-service training nationally for the government's Food Skills Partnership. My involvement with Markyate Village School was as a parent when my daughter attended the school from 2002 - 2008.

My responsibilities within the Governing Body are as part of the Teaching and Learning  Committee with a particular focus on the core curriculum. I am particularly interested in Science and Design Technology, as these are my subject specialisms, but I am keen to support all teachers developing a stimulating and ambitious curriculum.


Mrs Catherine Aylward - Parent Governor

I was elected as a parent governor in October 2019. I have three children who currently attend Markyate Village School, the oldest of whom started here in 2013. I have lived in the local area all my life and in Markyate since 2001. I qualified as a nurse in 2007, starting work at Hemel Hempstead Hospital in Accident and Emergency. Since 2009, I have worked in the Emergency Department at Watford General Hospital and enjoy the fast pace and variety of work there. My responsibilities within the Governing Body are as part of the Teaching and Learning  Committee.


Mr Patrick Aikman - Clerk to the Governors