Standens Barn Primary School

My Best, Your Best, Our Best!

Governors


School Governors

School Governors act as a team.  They supervise all aspects of school activity from the learning experiences of children to the business management of the school.  Many of the governors bring individual expertise to their role in addition to their background as parents, Local Authority representatives, school staff or members of the community.

Through collaboration with the Headteacher and other staff, the Governors strive to create a safe, caring and happy environment where everybody is respected and valued.  The children in our care are afforded every opportunity to achieve their potential both academically and socially and to recognise the unique contribution that they have to make to the world around them.


Our Vision is to make Standens Barn Primary School an Excellent school. 

The work we do all feeds into this vision.

Any vacancies on the Governing Body will be indicated below.  If you are interested in becoming a school governor then please contact the Chair of Governors via the school.

The School Governing Body was reconstuted in September 2014. It is made of the following groups:

(a) Headteacher

(b) Parent Governors x4 (2elected and 2 co-opted)

(c) Staff  x 2 (1 elected and 1 co-opted))

(d) Local Authority x 1

(e) Co-opted x 4

Grand Total 12

Staff Governors

Simon Blight 

I am the Headteacher at the school.  I work with the Governors to ensure that the education the children receive is the best it can be.  I am very proud to be the Head of the school and get to work with a super team of people and wonderful children.  I believe that reading, writing, and maths are essential skills for primary children, as well as fostering an imaginative mind.  When I get the chance I love reading, and remind the children a lot about this, and also like to play golf and watch the odd film or two!

 

Rowena Clarke

I have been a parent governor now for several  years and have just started as a staff governor.  I have four children of which all have attended Standens Barn Primary at some point in their life. I am very interested in the well being of the children and also about the schools progress.  I am enjoying my time as a governor for the school and are always around if anyone ever wants to discuss anything about the school.

 

Kathryn Meanwell


I am currently a full time teacher in Year 1. I previously worked here as a teaching assistant in Year 1&2 before completing my teacher training.

 

 

Paul James

 I am a Business Assurance Analyst at Barclaycard and enjoy working with digital technology. In 2014, I became a Parent Governor. I have a child who is currently in Year 3 and I am thoroughly impressed by the love of school life my daughter has and how Standens Barn encourages her to show BEST on a daily basis. Over the past year, it has also been a pleasure to watch Standens Barn grow and achieve well-deserved results and accolades.

 

 

Erica Cullen

I am a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee.  I have been a parent governor for approximately 5 years. My eldest child attended this school. I have a child in key stage 2 and a younger child starting Reception in September 2015. When I am able, I enjoy visiting the school to help out and especially enjoy attending assemblies and school plays.

 

 

Tony Hines

I have been a parent governor for 4 years. I have had 1 child go through the school and 1 still at the school. I am very proud of the school and how it has improved it's results and teaching over the years.

 

 

Jess Thirlway

 I became a parent Governor in July 2014, shortly after moving to the area from Lincolnshire. I have two children who attend the school and I have a real passion for enabling people to realise their full potential. I have worked in the public sector for the past 13 years and so I have a range of experience, including contract management and commissioning, quality inspections, partnership working and community engagement. I feel very passionately about the school and know that my children are well looked after and have quickly settled into school life.

 

 Cllr Winston Strachan

I am very proud to be accepted as a governor of this school even after serving 13 years on the governing body it is still a pleasure to be associated with Standens Barn Primary School.

 

 

Sheila Bryan (Chair of Governors)

I have enjoyed being a school governor for several years and my specialist subject is finance, having worked for Nationwide Building Society for more than 20 years.  I have lived and worked in the area since 1976 and both of my daughters attended Standens Barn Primary School - a lifetime ago.  As governors, it is our joint responsibility to act as a critical friend and support the school wherever we can.

 
Pauline Matheson 
 
I have an MSc in Business Computing and have been a project manager in various local private, public and voluntary sector organisations for over 10 years. When I'm not working or governing I enjoy reading, cooking and learning new skills.  

 

 

Cheryl Round-Turner

I am semi-retired professional with a deep interest in the English Language and as a result reading regularly with a group of Y5/6.

 

 

 

Associate Governors

Lynn Henman (Bursar)

I joined Standens Barn over 12 years ago as a parent volunteer.  Since then I have been a Teaching Assistant supporting IT lessons.   In 2003 I moved into the office as School Administrator and then in 201 to my current position as Office Manager/Bursar.

I enjoy being part of the school community and also love spending time with my family, cooking and travelling.

Clerk to the Governors

Helen Murphy

I have been Clerk to the Governors since 2007 and I also clerk at four other schools in the county. Although I am now semi-retired (I used to work in a school office – hence my continuing interest in schools and education), as well as governor clerking,  I have another life as a musician (with no retirement in sight!).  I am the organist and choirleader at my church in Wellingborough and also sing with various other choirs, both regular and ad-hoc, which takes me to exotic places, such as Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and Canterbury Cathedral – to name but a few.