Governors

updated 2nd May 2024

Structure

We have a Chair of Governors, a Vice Chair of Governors and separate chairs for the curriculum/resources focused meetings.
We have full Governing Body meetings 6 times per year with a strategic focus.
We have 3 meetings per year which have a Curriculum focus; all governors attend these.
We have 3 meetings per year which have a Resources focus; all governors attend these.
We have other committees which sit as required e.g. Complaints, Performance Management, Pay.
All governors visit the school outside of scheduled meetings. Governor monitoring will be done via Teams/Zoom or in person.
We are currently constituted as 11 members.
We can be contacted via the school either on 01234 781328 or via admin@sharnbrookprimary.beds.sch.uk

Please click here to see meeting information for 2022-23 

Membership

Name Responsibility Position Attendance 2023/24

Suzy Oakley

Term ends 24/11/2023

Chair of Governors
Committee Member

Finance Checklist
Governance Curriculum and Resources Committees
 

Paolo Di Leo

Term ends 28/08/2024

Committee Member Finance Checklist
Governance Curriculum and Resources Committees
 

Rebecca Corbett

Term ends 06/05/2025

Committee Member

Governance Curriculum and Resources Committees

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Michelle Raza 

Term ends 04/07/2026

Committee Member Governance Curriculum and Resources Committees  

Hayley Pryde

Term ends 30/01/2026

Committee Member Governance Curriculum and Resources Committees  

James Stonebridge

Term ends 04/07/2026

Committee Member

Governance Curriculum and Resources Committees

 

Ted Poulter

Term ends 30/10/2027

Committee Member

Governance Curriculum and Resources Committees

 

Matt Swan

Term ends 30/10/2027

Committee Member

Governance Curriculum and Resources Committees

 

Christina Townsend

Term ends 30/10/2027

Committee Member

Governance Curriculum and Resources Committees

 
Sarah Catterill Clerk to Governors    
Miss Bennett and Mrs Headley are Head Teacher and Teacher members of the Governing Body respectively. 

 

Pecuniary/Business or Conflict of Interest

Name Position Pecuniary/Business or Conflict of Interest Date
Suzy Oakley Governor
Parent
No business or pecuniary interest and no conflict of interest 25/11/2019
Paolo Di Leo

Governor
Co-Opted

Rector of the Benefice of Sharnbrook, Felmersham and Knotting with Souldrop 19/10/2020
Rebecca Corbett

Governor
Parent

No business or pecuniary interest and no conflict of interest 24/05/2021
Hayley Pryde

Governor
Parent

No business or pecuniary interest and no conflict of interest 26/04/2022
Michelle Raza

Governor
Co-Opted

No business or pecuniary interest and no conflict of interest 20/09/2022
James Stonebridge

Governor
Parent

No business or pecuniary interest and no conflict of interest 20/09/2022
Ted Poulter

Governor
Parent

No business or pecuniary interest and no conflict of interest 01/10/2023
Matt Swan

Governor
Appointed

No business or pecuniary interest and no conflict of interest 01/10/2023
Christina Townsend

Governor
Co-Opted

No business or pecuniary interest and no conflict of interest 01/10/2023

 

Meeting Attendance

Date of Meeting

Agenda

No. of Attendees

 28th November 2023                Full Governing Body Resources and Curriculum          11
 30th January 2024  Full Governing Body   8
     
     

 

  Meshelle Headley
I have been a staff governor for over 6 years but my involvement with the school has been far longer. I first came to the school as a student teacher and shortly after graduation got a job here in 1994. For the majority of my time at the school I have taught in Y2. During my time at Sharnbrook Primary have been subject leader for a variety of subjects including science, computing, history and PSHE. This has helped me in my role on the curriculum committee.
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Suzy Oakley

I loved my school experience so much that after university I trained as a secondary school teacher and taught Psychology and Sociology A level at schools in Bedford, Milton Keynes and London. I loved teaching, especially seeing the development of the students, but after having my second child I decided not to return to education but instead pursued my other passion - mental health and wellbeing. When the role of parent governor came up I jumped at the chance - an opportunity to return to education and also to give back to the school - I will have 4 children go through Sharnbrook Primary so it’s the least I can do! 
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Paolo di Leo

I came to Sharnbrook to take up the post of parish priest for the parishes and churches of St Peter Sharnbrook, St Mary Felmersham and Radwell and All Saints Souldrop. Prior to my calling to become a priest I worked as a senior executive and CEO of a number of internet hardware and software companies. As part of my charitable work, I have advised a number charitable organisations and in particular youth charities. I have lived in Bedfordshire for most of my life and enjoy reading, music and tennis. It’s a privilege and honour to be a governor at Sharnbrook Primary, guiding and overseeing the fantastic work being done by a staff and leadership that is exemplary.

 

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Rebecca Corbett

I am new to the Governing Board; having grown up in Sharnbrook I moved back to the village three years ago to raise my family in this community and my son now attends the school. I am keen to get stuck in and hope to bring some of my experience spent working in policy and government engagement roles over the past ten years to my role. I hope to gain a better understanding of the school’s strategic direction and contribute to its future success ~ and it would also be great to get to know some of the parents better and hear any ideas you may have.

 

 Hayley Pryde

Hayley Pryde

I moved to Sharnbrook in 2020, with fantastic schools and the family friendly local community being the main reasons for that move. Prior to recently joining the governing board, my only experience in education was my own schooling. I've spent over 15 years working in Digital Marketing for the corporate world. Currently sitting on the Senior Leadership Team for a FTSE 250 company, strong leadership skills and setting clear strategic direction are key to my role. Skills I hope to be able to use to add value to the school. I became a parent governor in order to make a positive contribution to the local community. With one daughter about to progress from Pre-school to Reception and a new baby, the importance of education for the children in our community has never felt more important to me.
michelle raza 

Michelle Raza

I moved to Sharnbrook with my family in 2021. My two children attend Sharnbrook Primary and I now teach at Sharnbrook Academy.
I qualified as a teacher in 2013 and have been privileged to work in a world class school for the past 8 years. I am passionate about education, particularly literacy.
I believe that schools lie at the heart of communities, nurturing the great minds of tomorrow. As a mother, I am grateful for the opportunity to help shape our local schools and to give back to a community that has so warmly welcomed us.
james stonebridge 

James Stonebridge

Sharnbrook Primary is one of the main reasons why we moved to the village in 2017. I have three children who will attend the school, so being a governor is a great opportunity to support the school and help it continue to thrive for the benefit of the community. In a professional capacity, I currently work in communications in the rail industry. Prior to this, I held a policy and communications role in local government. A key part of this position was ensuring councillors were supported in scrutinising council policies in an array of areas, including children's services. This covered school performance, support for pupils with special educational need and disabilities, and reviewing safeguarding processes. I hope to bring this experience to the role of governor. I would very much like to hear the views of other parents and guardians so please do come and have a chat if you see me on the school run!
Matt Swan 

Matt Swan

I have lived in Sharnbrook since 2014 and have 3 children who have all attended Sharnbrook Primary. I was previously a governor from 2015-2019 as my eldest started at the school and now return as my youngest starts. By the time they all leave that will have been 13 years of playground drop-offs so plenty of time to give something back. As a career I spent 16 years working for international oil & gas companies across multiple disciplines, then in 2020 co-founded a geoscience company specialising in site surveys for global offshore wind developments. Running a small business in a huge industry sector brings a lot of exposure to a lot of things and this allows me to offer a perspective on many of the challenges that the school may face, and particularly financial and strategic issues.