Governors - Mulbarton Primary

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Welcome to the section of our web site dedicated to the School’s Governing Body. Central to our work is the belief that children achieve best when parents and school work together.
We have three main functions: to set the ethos of the school, to monitor that pupils are achieving to the best of their abilities and to scrutinise financial management. In addition, all the governors are active in supporting and challenging various aspects of school life, as you can see below, as well as monitoring and developing policies that support our ethos and values.

Governing Body Job Descriptions
Chair of Governors: Glynis Tucker
Local Authority Governor
Term of Office: 10/07/17 to 09/07/21
I moved to Mulbarton 5 years ago to be near 2 of my grandchildren, one of whom attends our school with the other due to attend in a year or two. I am a science graduate and have a Master’s degree in Education. I taught in Suffolk Middle Schools for many years, latterly at a senior level. I then spent several years working in safeguarding in educational settings, firstly for the Department of Education and then for Norfolk County Council.  I am an experienced governor, having served on a variety of governing bodies from primary to a large Suffolk high School, where I was vice chair. I believe every child should enjoy an education that enables them to reach full potential in a nurturing environment and I’m proud to support the school in its work to achieve this.

Vice Chair of Governors: Ruth Ripman
Co-opted Governor
Term of Office: 10/07/17 to 09/07/21
I am a language graduate who worked as a stockbroker in London for several years before relocating to Norfolk in1991. Since then I’ve largely concentrated on being a mother to my 3 (now grown-up) children. I have been a governor at Mulbarton Junior School since May 2014 and also spent a few years as governor at two local high schools, as well as volunteering for a number of different organisations. Inspired by my time in schools, I shall be starting a Teacher Training Course in September 2018. I monitor the progress of pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium, children who are, or have been, in the care of the Local Authority (CLA) and higher achieving pupils. I am also the Designated Governor for Safeguarding.

Laura Alexander-Sinclair
Parent Governor
Term of Office: 20/09/17 to 20/09/21
I have 3 children at the school. Our family has lived in Mulbarton since 2010 after moving from London, where I trained as a primary teacher in 2005. I have worked in a variety of settings from small village schools to large 4 form entry schools, in both the state and independent sectors. My children attended Puddleducks playgroup, where I was previously on the committee as the fundraising co-ordinator. I am a helper at Mulbarton Brownies. I have worked in the Infant and Junior schools as a supply teacher, a one to one tutor and as a parent volunteer.
I monitor wellbeing of staff and pupils and attendance. In addition, my aim as a parent governor is to act as a voice for parents and to support the staff in achieving an outstanding school which meets the varying needs of all its pupils.

Jane Barber
Co-opted Governor
Term of Office: 25/04/18 to 24/04/22
I have lived in Mulbarton with my husband since 2006. We have 2 daughters: the elder already at Mulbarton Primary School and the younger will attend in the future. I am a mathematics graduate and work in the General Insurance Actuarial Department at Aviva. I enjoy time with my family, theatre, indoor climbing and swimming. I became a governor to make a positive contribution to the school and to help support raising achievement.

Michael Clay
Parent Governor
Term of Office: 20/09/17 to 20/09/21
I have lived in Mulbarton for 10 years and think it is a fantastic community and a great place to bring up our 2 daughters who are both at the school. I’ve been an IT director for a number of years with a focus on integrating organisations, strategy and direction, transformation and leadership. Outside of work, I’m most happy on the water and in summer can often be found pottering around on a boat with my family. I aim to challenge the school to achieve the best for pupils along with the whole governing body and have a particular brief to monitor how finances and spending are helping to meet this aim.

Daniel Fiddeman
Co-opted Governor
Term of Office: 10/07/17 to 09/07/21
I was originally a member of the Mulbarton Junior School governing body and subsequently Mulbarton Primary School. I have lived in Mulbarton since 2006, have 2 children at the school and my wife works there as a Teaching Assistant. My background is in IT and more recently as an auditor in the finance and insurance sector. In my role as governor, I oversee the school’s premises (building and facilities) as well as health and safety. I believe passionately that the children of Mulbarton should achieve to the very best of their abilities and joined the governing body to help the Head, Staff and Governors provide the best possible start to their education.

Ben Goode
Co-opted Governor
Term of Office: 10/07/17 to 09/07/21
Mulbarton is a great place to bring up children and I have two boys who attend the primary school. I was born in Southwold in Suffolk, and after spending eleven years as the Financial Controller of Adnams PLC, I made the journey north to Norfolk 15 years ago. I currently work in construction running an architectural practice where I’m responsible for our business strategy, finance, HR, IT and company secretarial functions. Away from work and family life, I love to ski and play golf, but not at the same time! As a governor, my primary focus is to ensure that the school is on a sound financial footing by following an appropriate strategy and ensuring that the money is spent in the best interests of the children’s learning.

Suzanne Larke
Co-opted Governor
Term of Office: 25/04/18 to 24/04/22
I was co-opted to join the governing body in May 2018 and am keen to make an active contribution towards quality education for local children. Having grown up in the local area, I returned to live in Bracon Ash after a number of years in London and Kent post-university. I have a degree in Economics. My son attends the school, I also have a preschool age daughter. I work in the insurance industry, where I have spent a number of years in Corporate Strategy Roles, following a period in marketing and proposition development in the food industry. In between juggling work and home commitments I enjoy circuit training, Pilates and reading contemporary fiction.

Kirsty Savory
Staff Governor
Term of Office: 10/07/17 to 09/07/21
I have worked at Mulbarton Primary School since 2001 and I’m one of two deputies.

Amanda Smith
Co-opted Governor
Term of Office: 10/07/17 to 09/07/21
I have taught in Key Stage 1 at the school for 5 years.

Bev Theobald
Headteacher Governor
Bev is the school’s Headteacher.

Christine Walton
Co-opted Governor
Term of Office: 01/11/17 to 31/10/21
I grew up in Norfolk and lived in Norwich for 15 years before moving to Mulbarton in May 2017. I taught children with Special Educational Needs and I’m now retired. I became SEND governor in order to contribute to ensuring all children can achieve their full potential as part of a happy inclusive school community and to support staff in achieving this.

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