Highbury Infant School and Nursery

Tel: 01462 630500

E-mail: admin@highbury.herts.sch.uk

Governor Biographies


Head Teacher: Helen Avey

I have been Headteacher at Highbury since January 2006. Before that I was Deputy and Acting Head at Mary Exton School, Hitchin. I was there for 16 years. I originally began teaching in Enfield and always knew that was what I wanted to do. My particular interest is in the Early Years and so Highbury is my perfect school.

My other educational roles include, Chair of the Advisory Board for Hitchin Children’s Centres,
member of the Hitchin Partnership of schools and its’ curriculum committee, Professional Partner
for New Heads.

Parent Governor (Chair): Victoria Hellyer

I have been a governor at Highbury since 2008 and became chair in September 2014. I have three sons who have all attended Highbury.

Since my eldest son started in the Nursery here, I have enjoyed helping within the school in many different classrooms. I am employed within the school as a part-time Teaching Assistant.

I am very grateful that my children have attended such a wonderful school and I am proud to be part of the school community.

Co-opted Governor: Vacancy

Clerk to the Governors: Antoinette Flavin

I had been in an educational setting in London
for over 20 years. I started working at
Highbury Infant School in September 2012
and now feel part of the furniture. I am enjoying
the many changes that working in a school brings.

Co-opted Governor: Sue Rainbow

I retired in 2012 as a Yr 2 teacher at Highbury School having started my career in 1975 at a very large Luton Junior school. I took a short break to have my children and since then have taught in several Hitchin schools, covering all ages from Nursery to Yr 6. My children are both teaching, one primary and one secondary whilst my husband was never involved with education. I am happy to continue to be involved with our lovely school where the children are always central to everything. Any spare time I have is spent on my hobbies of working with textiles, mainly quilting and lace-making but I will have a go at most things

Co-opted Governor: Amanda Horsnell

I am a mother of two children who both attended Highbury
Infant School. I have one daughter at university and
one at Hitchin Girl’s School I qualified as a Nursery Nurse in 1986
and was a nanny both in London and America.

I later worked in a Nursery class in Letchworth before having
my girls. Once my youngest daughter was school age, I came to
work at Highbury as a Nursery Nurse in one of the Reception classes

LA Governor: Jackie Wilcockson

I have lived in Hitchin for over 30 years and am married with 2 sons.
Since qualifying as a teacher I worked in a wide variety of primary schools.
This included Somerset, the Forces schools in Germany, St Albans,
Stevenage, Preston and Hitchin teaching in both Key Stage 1 and 2. In 1997
I was appointed as Senco at Whitehill Junior School , which widened into being Senco at Highbury as well in 2003. During my time as Senco I took further specialised training.

I enjoyed my time teaching and since fully retiring I have
continued with my interest in children by helping voluntarily once a week at
Highbury and sometimes at Whitehill. Since retirement my time has been
enjoyably spent with numerous holidays, catching up with friends, gardening,
reading and hillwalking.


Co-opted Governor (Vice-Chair): Steven Foster

I am amazed at the hard work and dedication all the staff at Highbury School demonstrate from watching my son's journey through the school and my daughter's so far. I am therefore delighted to continue as a member of the governing body where I hope I will be able to play a small part in continuing all their excellent work for future children. I started my studies in the arts however I decided to enter the exciting (!) world of accountancy instead. I trained in small accountancy practices before moving to KPMG in 2005 where I now work in tax. I spend my free time running, cycling and eating Italian food to compensate.

Co-opted Governor: Steven Miller

I have lived in Hitchin for the last 14 years and both of my boys attended Highbury. I have worked in international education for the last 25 years in Turkey, China and the UK and currently for Cambridge Assessment – the exam board of the University of Cambridge. My professional background includes school management, designing and producing assessments for both children and adults and delivering education reform projects in countries around the world.


Parent Governor: Edward Hawker

I started as a parent governor in 2019, with my son in nursery and my daughter to follow in a couple of years. I look forward to making a contribution to help the school remain an excellent place for our children to develop and learn.

 I am a civil servant, currently working for HM Treasury.

 Outside of work, I spend a lot of time running around after my children but also find time for running an amateur cricket team and following the mixed fortunes of Ipswich Town Football Club.


Parent Governor: Anthony Side

I have a daughter in Year 2 at Highbury and two teenage boys at HBS.

I have volunteered in the school, supporting the Number Partners programme in Year 1.

 I originally studied and practised Architecture, have undertaken environmental psychology research and worked in architectural CAD and interactive media design and development.

 I have 23 years experience as a University tutor, BA and MA course leader and a Director of Programmes in Design, with responsibilities including staffing, budgets, curriculum development, teaching and learning, research, academic quality and overseas collaborations.