Melany Knowles - Chair of Governors
I have been a governor for nearly 30 years in various schools in Stevenage. I have been involved with Marriotts for nearly 20 years and the Chair of Governors for over 10 years. I have had three children who have benefitted from the Marriotts experience and I’m so proud to be part of the Marriotts family.
Beth Honnor - Headteacher
I am delighted to be the Headteacher of Marriotts School and am honoured to be able to serve our students and our community. The last ten years of my headship here have been incredibly enjoyable and I am proud of the significant success we have achieved. I believe passionately in the transformative power of education to change students’ lives and our society and will continue to strive to ensure that Marriotts students have the best possible opportunities and leave us not only with the qualifications and knowledge, but also with the qualities and skills they need to lead happy and successful lives. My own education in Yorkshire, then at Cambridge University and the Institute of Education in London, enabled me to achieve my goal of becoming a Headteacher. As a member of the governing body it is my role to ensure that we lead Marriotts School forward so that all of our students can achieve their own dreams and goals.
I have been involved as a governor at Marriotts since 2019 and enjoy the challenges that come from providing the best education that the school is able to so, and to be able to work with a passionate team of professionals that are committed to all of their pupils success and aspirations. All three of my children have attended or are attending Marriotts, and I am very proud to be associated with the school. Professionally, I have worked in Further Education since 2002, and currently work at North Hertfordshire College as a Deputy Head of Department
I have been a Marriotts Governor for several years, my first permanent job was as a science and games teacher in a comprehensive school. I moved to Stevenage in 1992 with more recent job experience in community development and as a policy manager. I was the Mayor of Stevenage during the difficult Covid period. Previously serving for nine years after a gap of one year in May 2022 I was re-elected to Stevenage Borough Council where I serve on the Overview and Scrutiny Committee; Economy and Environment Select Committee and Community Select Committee. I am an assistant coach with Fairlands Valley Spartans running club; a keen cyclist for fun and for transport; and concerned about climate change and the future for young people. Every school should be a good community school.
I have been involved with Marriotts since 2015, having two sons who have now completed their Marriotts journey and a daughter who is still enjoying her education here. I decided to become a governor because I believe that every child is entitled to an exemplary education and their voice should be heard. Upon being appointed in November 2021, I have learned an incredible amount about the running of the school, the commitment from the staff and the passion of our Headteacher. I am enjoying monitoring behaviour and attendance, among my other roles and hope that I can help contribute to keeping the high standards that everyone at Marriotts currently has.
I am very proud to be a governor at Marriotts school to support all facets of student learning.
I have been a teacher for many years in inner city, London secondary schools, and currently, I am working in Initial Teacher Training with the Department of Education. I am passionate about and committed to enhancing expectations and raising levels of achievement for all learners. I have an inclusive approach to education that emphasises equality of access, achievement and attainment very highly, and celebrates the rich diversity of our society.
I have developed sustainable International partnerships with schools in Hungary and Grenada with the British Council. I am also a governor in a primary school.
I have worked in Education for over 25 years in various roles in schools and for the Local Authority in Hertfordshire and Central Bedfordshire. I am currently Head of Centre at North Herts ESC. My experience in Education has been in behaviour and safeguarding and I have qualified in Trauma Informed Practice with young people. This enables me to work effectively in a Governors role at Marriotts to support the students and staff. I have worked previously with Marriotts in my role at Local Authority and admired the vision and ethos of the school alongside the many interventions used to support their students to be successful young people.
I am proud to be a Governor at Marriotts School and look forward to working with Senior Leaders staff and students.
I have been a governor for 7 Years and have had a Daughter who previously attended Marriotts. I enjoy being part of the Marriotts family and working with the Leadership team to help students reach there full potential.