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Advisory Committee 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 member 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 Advisory Committee 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 Advisory Committee will be indicated below.  If you are interested in becoming a member of our Advisory Committee then please contact the Chair of Advisory Committee via the school.

The Advisory Committee was reconstituted in September 2014. It is made of the following groups:

(a) Headteacher

(b) Parent Members 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 Members

Simon Blight

Simon Blight 

I am the Headteacher at the school.  I work with the Advisory Committee 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!

Appointed: 01/09/2008 by The Advisory Committee

Declared interests: None.

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Paul James

I am a Business Assurance Analyst at Barclaycard and enjoy working with digital technology. In 2014, I became a Parent Member. 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.

Appointed: 02/12/2013 by parent election

Declared interest - Husband of staff member Mrs Amie James

Winston Strachan

Cllr Winston Strachan

I am very proud to be accepted as a member 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.

Appointed: pre 2008 by Governing Body

Declared interests: none

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Pauline Matheson-Mark (Chair of the Local Advisory Committee)

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.  

Appointed: 25/06/2012 by the Governing Body

Declared interests: none

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Cheryl Round-Turner (Chair of the Well-Being Committee)

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.

Appointed: 28/09/2012 by the Governing Body

Declared interests: none

Associate Members

Kim Mattacola (Bursar - no voting rights)

Declared interests: none

Amie James

Appointed on 01/09/2019 by staff election
I am one of 2 Deputy Headteachers at the school.  I began at Standens Barn in 2003 when I was a class teacher in Year 1 and 2. Prior to this, I taught from Years 5-8 in a local middle school. 
Whilst being here my role has changed and evolved over time- I became a non class based SENCO and continue to undertake this role as well as my Deputy Headship. I have had the privilege of watching the school grow and develop for many years and it has been fabulous to continue to see our children thrive in our wonderful learning environment. 


Andy Price

Appointed on: 17/07/2017 by the Governing Board

Declared interests: none

Amarjeet Singh 

Appointed on:21/02/2019 by parent election

Declared interests: none

Erica Cullen - Clerk to the Advisory Committee

Governors who have stepped down in the last 12 months

Tony Hines

Erica Cullen

Jess Thirlway

Sheila Bryan

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