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David Gould (Chair of Governors)

I moved to Wilburton about ten years ago having worked in advertising in London for 30 years and spend most of my time now renovating our 15thcentury house. I am married with three grown up boys who have all now moved away from home. We love living in the village and since being here have been involved with the Youth Club, Toddler Group, Theatre Group, Fireworks and Beer Festival. I am a foundation governor appointed by the church and have been involved with the school for about 8 years. I originally became a governor to help support the church school and the village community. I am one of the governors responsible for Outcomes and sit on the Standards Committee.

 

Tim Hughes – Vice Chair and Chair of Resources Committee

A Wilburton resident since the mid 70’s, I consider our village Primary School to be a vital and integral part of our village community. I have been elected as a foundation governor, appointed by the Ely Diocese, for around 3 years and I am currently chair of the Resources Committee and also have governor responsibility for Information & Computer Technology (ICT).

 

 

Neil Thompson

I have lived in Wilburton for 14 years. I have a science and marketing background and in my current job I’m responsible for strategic marketing of a portfolio of agrochemical products. I am married with two boys who attend the school. I enjoy “village life”, get involved in events and I’m a member of the Wilburton Parish Council. I am a Parent governor appointed by the parents and have been involved with the school for about 1 1/2 years. I became a governor as I felt my industry experience would be of value to support the school. I am a member of the resources committee and the governor responsible for Science and the Foundation Stage.

 

Will Shepherd

With Luke and Emily both at Wilburton, I wanted to become a school governor to provide some support, no matter how small, to the hard work being carried out by the teaching staff. Kate and I moved to Cambridgeshire in 2004, and were lucky enough to literally stumble upon a plot of land in Aldreth where we decided to build our own house, complete with rather lengthy periods living in a cramped caravan. Kate and I met at Warwick University, where I completed a Maths degree, and then subsequently qualified as an accountant in 1997. I have since worked in a variety of roles, which have taken me to Grimsby, London, Italy, Newcastle-Upon Tyne, France and finally Cambridge, where I am currently Finance Director for a regional media business that owns, amongst other titles, The Cambridge News. In my spare time I enjoy cycling and I can often be seen struggling on a Tuesday night on the A142 trying to complete a 10 mile Time Trial in under 28 minutes!

 

Samantha Betts - Local Authority Governor

 

I have been a local authority school governor since 2014 for Wilburton primary school. I am also currently employed by the local authority within a children's safeguarding  unit in Cambridge and therefore it was a natural progression that I should offer my support to the school in this area. In my professional life I work with a diverse range of children and families in need, including  child protection. I am passionate about supporting children to meet their full potential and about keeping them safe, both emotionally and physically through direct intervention and work with families and professionals. School should be a place of safe and consistent care for children and safeguarding and inclusion should continue to be at the forefront of a child's educational journey.

Anthea Dodson

I have lived in Wilburton for virtually all my life and attended Wilburton Primary School as a child - initially in the old building in the High Street and then in the present building. After a short time away, we moved back into Wilburton to take over the family business but also our children could attend Wilburton school as I strongly believe that the early years spent at a primary school gives a strong foundation for life. Wilburton Primary School provided that for myself, my children and is now for my grandchildren.

 

I am involved in a variety of groups in the village and am a deacon and secretary of Wilburton Community Baptist Church as well as a Parish Councillor of many years service. Wilburton is an important part of my life and I want to see it continue to be a community focused village.

 

I have now retired from my role as Head of Criminal Justice for Cambridgeshire Constabulary and have become a Community Governor, allocated to the Resources Committee. I am also jointly responsible for Teaching and learning, Behaviour and EYFS. I am a huge supporter of the school and want to see it grow and improve. I am particularly keen to ensure that every pupil who attends the school reaches the best level of achievement in whatever way helps them to fulfill their ambitions and dreams.

Fiona Brampton

I’ve lived in the area for 13 years, and have been a Foundation Governor at Wilburton Primary School for all of that time.  Originally vicar of Wilburton and Haddenham, I now have responsibility for Wentworth and Witchford as well.  I’m in school on a regular basis to lead collective worship, and work with the other Foundation Governors who are appointed by the Diocese of Ely. Within the committee structure of the governors, I sit on the Standards Committee. Since I’m involved, in different ways, in all the schools within my parishes, this brings a different perspective to my work as a governor.

 

Clare Sadler

I am the staff governor for Wilburton CE Primary.  I teach Hedgehogs class (year 6) and lead the mathematics provision for the school.  I believe that our school is a great place to teach and learn and a place where we are constantly striving to improve. By being part of the governors, I feel able to support the school more strategically and ensure we go from strength to strength to provide the absolute best for the children. 

Noni Michaelidou-Van den Bergh

Parent Governor

I am a trained language teacher and I taught both English and Greek as a second and foreign language in four countries: England, Cyprus, Poland and Spain. I am currently teaching Modern Greek at the Greek school of St. Athanasios in Cambridge. I am a proud member of the Greek community; helping our children develop their Greek linguistic abilities, as well as make them feel proud about their identities. Equally, I would like to offer my skills to the local community, my new home. I look forward to getting involved with the teaching and learning aspects of the school and in particular the new vocabulary project. I would like to see all WPS reaching their potential (academic and more…). Preferably with a smile on!

Karen Everitt

Parent Governor

 

My name is Karen Everitt and I have lived in Wilburton for 32 years. My husband’s family have been here even longer and he and all his extended family have been taught at the village primary school. Our two oldest daughters were students and our youngest, Grace is in the current Year 2.

 

I have always had a very keen interest in education. I studied for a degree in my mid-thirties in History/English and had considered becoming a teacher. An opportunity presented itself to work in the Library at Girton College and Libraries have been my passion ever since. I have also worked in a school for foreign students and presently at Long Road Sixth Form in Cambridge where I have been the Librarian for nearly 10 years. As well as being the Librarian here, I am a Governor, First Aider and a Designated Safeguarding Officer.

 

My main interest as a Governor at Wilburton Primary is in children’s literacy, how history is taught in the curriculum and all aspects of safeguarding and children’s welfare. The importance of the term ‘Every Child Matters’ should be at the heart of all that a school tries to do. To help each child achieve his or her full potential should be the main driver to help a school not just to be Good but to become Outstanding. Another thread of this is my interest in and commitment to Equality and Diversity which is also part of my work at Long Road. I hope to make a difference for all our children to achieve their full potential.