Achieving Excellence Beyond Belief
Sandy Upper School


Parent Governors

Co-opted Governors

Executive Principal

Staff Governor

Local Authority Governor

Foundation Governors

Clerk to the Governors


  • Tracey Stock - I’m the Safeguarding link at Sandy Secondary School and have been involved with the Governing Body for the last 10 years. The school has been through some extraordinary circumstances, some challenging, it’s now going from strength to strength and remains in the top 100 state schools in the country. I’ve been a governor in Sandy for seventeen years and have served on two lower schools and the middle school governing bodies. I live locally with my husband and our three children, our youngest son is in yr11 at Sandy Upper, our daughter is in her first year at uni and our eldest son works in Medical Recruitment. I’m a Deputy Executive Member for Corporate Resources for Central Bedfordshire Council responsible for Stronger Communities and a Ward Councillor for Beeston, Blunham and Sandy. Back to the top

  • Michelle Courtney - I studied Veterinary Medicine at Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating in 2009. After finding my feet in small animal general practice, I moved into emergency and critical care for pets and have managed multiple clinics over the last seven years. I have been a member of the Rotary Club of Sandy since 2015 and live in Sandy with my husband and three stepchildren. Back to the top

  • Ian Smith - I am the Chair of Governors and GDPR link at Sandy Secondary School and look forward to using my knowledge and experience gained through employment in both private and public sectors. This includes working with the governing body and staff to provide benefits in all areas as well as improve working relationships with all public and private bodies. I have over twenty years’ experience in local government, both County and Unitary Councils with experience of dealing with all departments including highways, education and social care. Over three years on Blunham Parish Council, two as Chair and member of all committees. I have Private Sector experience including Construction, Highways and IT and I am a School Governor of John Donne Lower School (Parish Council representative). My professional experience; full Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, Chartered Member of the British Computer Society and Full Member of the Chartered Management Institute. With over thirty years’ experience in the IT in both public and private sectors covering all areas from operations to procurement and finance/budget control to people and contract management. Expert knowledge of Procurement, contract and supplier management identifying efficiencies and managing supplier performance at all levels including PFI contracts over £130m. Back to the top

  • Tracey Hinson - I have spent most of my working life at Sandy Secondary School, joining in 1991, and am the only remaining teacher who has worked under all of the Head Teachers the School has ever had. I have held a number of positions in the school and was promoted to Head of Science approximately 9 years ago. I have two daughters who have both studied at Sandy. Whenever I am planning or observing a lesson, evaluating strategy or employing a new member of staff I have one simple question; “Is this good enough for my child?” If the answer is “No” something needs to change. I have previously served two terms as a Governor at our local Lower School and took an active role in the selection of their Head Teacher. I am currently the Lay Chair of Elstow Abbey Parochial Church Council. Back to the top

  • Alistair Ramsay - I am the newest member of the Governing Body and joined Sandy Secondary School as a parent governor at the end of 2016. I have 3 children each attending a lower, middle and upper school in the area. I am passionate about young people and education. I want Sandy to have an end to end educational journey that enables every child to progress and reach their potential - I know SUS are excellent at achieving this. I have been a parent governor in the past at a lower school for six years and I volunteer locally for the charity Groundwork East in the local education and youth team. I have over 17 years experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry working in I.T. I am currently managing IT Systems for drug safety scientists. Back to the top

  • Nigel Aldis - I am the Health and Safety Governor at Sandy Secondary School. I am a retired teacher with over thirty years’ experience in the classroom in a wide range of schools. I have taught in all phases from lower to upper and in two special schools. But spent the major part of his career in a middle school in Bedford teaching across the curriculum. Since taking early retirement having been diagnosed as blind, I have served the community being a Mid and then Central Bedfordshire councillor for twelve years. I am also a member of both Blunham Parish and Sandy Town Councils and chairman of various groups in Sandy including both history groups and Sandy Good Neighbours. In my limited spare time I enjoy watching Biggleswade Rugby Club and local cricket. Back to the top

  • Farah Malik - I have been a veterinary surgeon for 25 years. For the past 15 years I have been working at a veterinary practice in Upper Caldecote where I am currently the Clinical Director. I have two children attending a local primary school and became a governor at this school when my children started there. I have since been co-opted onto the board at Sandy Secondary School. As a parent I have a keen interest in education and enjoy being able to make some contribution to support the school in their mission to provide all their students with the ability to achieve their full potential. Back to the top
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