My Local Life – Tara McGovern

Tara McGovern started at Therfield First School based in Therfield, as Headteacher in September 2015. This month The Listing caught up with Tara to find out more about the person behind the headmistress.

What’s your name?
Tara McGovern

Where do you live?
I live in Stevenage but am the Head of Therfield First School and practically live there!

What do you love about your work?
Being able to make a positive impact on the lives of young children. To give them the confidence and self esteem to embrace all that school and life has to offer them. The school’s motto of Bringing Learning to Life sums up all that I love about being the Head of a school.

What is the most challenging aspect of your position?
The amount of paperwork and scrutiny that comes with running a school.

What’s your favourite local place to eat?
The Fox and Duck pub in Therfield. It’s the hub of our local community and the food is always scrummy.

What is your favourite way to spend a Saturday?
When I am not working, I like to go shopping and eat nice food. But my favourite thing of all is to relax with my Dog Bruno!

What are you looking forward to most this month?
On the 28th November we have the whole school Decorations Day where we make all the decorations to turn the school into a winter wonderland. We have lots of parents helping us with this and the day has a really jolly vibe.

What is your proudest moment?
Becoming a mum and becoming Head of Therfield First School.

What is your favourite film?
Les Misérables – although my most favourite thing is to watch it at the theatre.

What has been the most valuable life lesson that you have learnt?
That not everything comes easy. Hard work and perseverance pays off. You get back what you put in!

How do you relax?
Watching TV with my very big dog Bruno.

What inspirational quote sums you up?
If at first you don’t succeed – try, try and try again. This totalling encompasses the growth mindset ethos of staff and pupils at Therfield First School.

Therfield First School. The Causeway, Therfield, SG8 9PP
01763 287284