Who We Are


Samantha Edwards

I became a staff governor in September 2018 and I serve on the Curriculum committee. I have been a teacher at Church Langley Primary School since 2015, working in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. 

I decided to become a governor to ensure that the teaching staff had a voice when decisions are made that will affect the children in our care; that decisions are taken that will enrich and benefit our pupils.


Ann Curnow

I became a Governor at Church Langley in 2002. I joined the Governing body as a Parent Governor and have been an LA Governor and am now a Co Opted Governor. I attend meetings for the Curriculum & Pupil Related Committee, Personnel Committee and Pay committee as well as the Full Governing body.

I have a background in Early Years education so enjoy being the link Governor for Early years at Church Langley. During the years that I have been part of the Governing Body I have been chair of the Personnel committee and have taken the lead for SEN and Safeguarding.

I have attended numerous Governor courses and Conferences, to improve my effectiveness in the role, I gained my BTEC in school governance in September 2006. I am also a registered clerk for Essex County Council.

I am an active member of the Governing Body and a regular visitor to the school.  

As governors we work closely with, Staff and the Head Teacher to ensure that the strategic direction of the school enables all children to excel.


Sara Nye

I was originally a parent school governor at CLPS since 2013, and have been Co-pted to continue on part of the Governing body. I currently chair the curriculum committee and am the appointed school safeguarding governor. I have worked for the Metropolitan Police for nearly 21 years and run my own business from home also for 7 years.

All 3 of my children have attended Church Langley Primary in the past. I am proud to be a governor at the school and want to support the school and staff in any way I can and feel that I am giving something back to the community. I am interested in the education of our children and understand the huge pressure that our teachers are under to ensure that all children are offered a great start in life, something which I think Church Langley offers to a fantastic level.


Maria Bedford

I am delighted to have been Chair of Governors since September 2019.

I have been a governor since June 2011 and I am a member of all the governor committees. I have an active interest in education as I have been a Primary School teacher since 1996. I was keen to become a parent governor when my son joined the school and felt it would be a good way of being able to give back something to the local community; now that my son is at secondary school, I am keen to continue supporting such a great school by staying on as a co-opted governor. 


Laura Tracey

I have worked as a learning support assistant at Church Langley Primary School since June 2015. I have spent this time working in Key Stage 1 across Year 1 and Year 2. Before joining the school, I worked in admin with Church Langley Health visiting team. All three of my children attended Church Langley Primary School and thrived in their learning.

I voiced my interest to become a governor and joined the team in September 2019. I decided to join the governing body to support the school further with a good insight into the curriculum and expectations at Church Langley.


Melissa Matthews

I became a Co Opted Governor at Church Langley in 2019 and attend the Curriculum and Pupil related Committee, Personnel Committee and the Full Governing body.

I have been a primary school teacher since 2005 and I have taught locally in Old Harlow since 2007.

Both of my children attend Church Langley, one in Key Stage 1 and the other in Key Stage 2. I was keen to become a school governor as it is a great way to make a positive contribution to local children’s education. Having seen how hard the staff of Church Langley work, being a governor is also a chance to support the school in their continued development to ensure all children excel in their learning.

With my educational experience, as well as experiencing Church Langley as a parent, I am excited to be part of the continued progress this fantastic school will make in the coming years. 


Diane Harper

I became a governor at Church Langley Primary School in December 2019 and am on the Finance and Personnel Committee's, where I feel that both my knowledge and experience will be of use.

I have worked at Tesco Church Langley for many years, presently I am the Admin Assistant and Community Champion . I've been in the Community Champion role for the last 9 years working with many schools in Harlow and had 100's of children visit the store to take part in the Farm to Fork project . I also work with the wider community within my role supporting many worthwhile causes.

All 3 of my children attended Church Langley Primary School and during their time there I actively supported the school


Larisa Albu

My background is in education, English language teaching in secondary schools. I have experience in pastoral care, the successful transition of children from Primary into Secondary education and the promotion of links with the community.

I was appointed as a Local Authority (LA) Governor in 2018. As Local Authority governor I am extremely proud and privileged to be able to play a key role in maintaining and developing the excellent reputation that Church Langley Primary School has amongst the local community. I am passionate about education and the importance of developing life skills in children. We have a superb and highly committed team of governors and an extremely enthusiastic, hardworking, dynamic and talented group of staff. I am committed to playing my part in a team striving to ensure continued excellence in a growing and exciting school environment. We all share a common vision and set of goals for the school’s future and so it is great to be able to work with them all to help make our great school even better.

I  am a member of all the governor committees.

I look forward to being part of the future plans, and hope to be able to bring some of my experience and knowledge from my education background to the school to ensure all of our children have the best possible start in life.


Grant Butler

I was elected as a parent governor in July 2019. My daughter currently attends the school in Year 3.

I have taught Science in secondary schools across London and Essex since 2011. I have worked at a local secondary school for 5 years, currently as the Head of Science.

Despite my experience in secondary education, I saw becoming a governor as a great opportunity to expand my understanding of primary education. I hope to offer my expertise in developing stronger links between the primary and secondary sectors, as pupils make that transition.

Having been born and raised in Harlow, I have a broad understanding of the local context and demands our young people face. I believe this will prove useful when contributing to the shared cause of the governing body. Church Langley Primary School is a wonderful environment for learning; I am keen for it to remain as such.


Colin Monehan

I have been a parent governor at Church Langley since 2018, I have a little girl in Year 1 and both of my stepson's attended Church Langley in recent years.
I am Partner in Foxes Solicitor which was established in 2010 and I specialise in Criminal defence work which I have done for the last 21 years.
I became a governor because I wanted to support the school in the excellent work they do and give something back to the community. Community is very important to me and I set up and run the Church Langley and Newhall residence group on Facebook which currently has over 2700 members.
Feel free to contact me if there are any issues you think requires the attention of the governors