Louise Beckham, Chair of Governors
I am honoured to be Chair of Governors at Benington Church of England Primary School. I joined the school as a Church Foundation Governor in March 2018. Previously, I was a Benington resident and parent. Both my children attended the school, and I’ve also taught French here.
I have been a secondary school teacher of German and French for over 30 years, and I currently teach at a Christian Faith School in London. I hope to use this experience to support the children, parents, staff and governors in all aspects of school life. I am especially mindful of my role as Chair to work with the school to achieve its vision not only in terms of financial & strategic direction, but also in inspiring each child to achieve their potential within an inclusive, stimulating nurturing and caring Christian community.
Anja Tyler, Head Teacher
My name is Anja Tyler. I joined Benington School in 2001 as a Year One/Two teacher. I became a senior teacher and staff governor two years later. In 2013 I became Deputy Head. In 2016 I completed my SENCo qualification. I am now subject lead for RE and Mental Health. I was promoted to head teacher in 2020. I’m excited about the challenges ahead. I have watched Benington School blossom, from having only 60 children on roll, to having over 100. I am passionate about our school and continuing to drive it forward.
My name is Julia Beaven. I trained as a teacher at Kingston Polytechnic in the 1980s and worked in London at several primary schools in Tower Hamlets and Islington before moving to Hertfordshire in 1995. I taught in Hertford for 10 years and moved to Benington Primary school in 2007. I started off working 2 days a week, as my children were both still in primary school themselves, and I have gradually increased both my hours and responsibilities.
I am now Deputy head and coordinator for both English and science as well as being the deputy designated safeguarding lead. I absolutely love working at our wonderful village school and I am proud to have been part of everything that we have achieved in the past and excited to see the school grow to meet the challenges of the future!
My name is Kelsey Stark, and I was appointed as one of the Parent Governors in the summer of 2021.
I have a Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and learning in schools, and was lucky enough to work in the school for over 4 years, assisting in the ASC.
I have two children who attend Benington in year’s 3 and 6, both of whom thoroughly enjoy coming to school and learning.
After recently securing a first class honours degree in Human Resource Management, I hope to be able to contribute to the school in a new capacity. Having experienced being a member of staff and a parent, I feel I have the knowledge in knowing the strengths we possess as a school and what is required to not only continue help pupils thrive, but also how we can work together to be even more amazing!
I joined the board of governors in July 2021 as a parent governor just before my 5 year old daughter started in reception. We have had links with the school through the nursery for the past 3 years, it is a very special and unique setting.
We have lived in the village for 10 years and I’m looking forward to contributing to the school which plays a vital role in the wider community.
My professional background is administration within finance.
I was appointed to the Governing Board In May 2021 and it is an absolute privilege to be part of this lovely school.
Originally from a beautiful country in Central Europe, Slovakia, I moved to UK 17 years ago and now live in Stevenage with my partner Mark. We have been Benington Parents since 2017, when our eldest daughter started Reception here. She is now Y4 and her two younger sisters joined Benington School family too (currently Y1 and Y2).
My professional background is in sales management, marketing and recruitment and I totally fell in love with ballroom dancing when I was a child (our girls and I are huge Strictly fans). Other than that, all 5 of us share a massive love for travel, Theme Parks and are a big Chelsea FC fans.