Governors

updated 11th July 2022

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 4 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 constituted as 12 members.
We can be contacted via the school either on 01234 781328 or via admin@sharnbrookprimary.beds.sch.uk

Membership

Name Responsibility Position
David Messenger
Term ends 17/01/2026

Chair of Governors
Committee Member

Finance Checklist
Governance Curriculum and Resources Committees
Suzy Oakley
Term ends 24/11/2023

Vice Chair of Governors
Committee Member

Finance Checklist
Governance Curriculum and Resources Committees
Jon Bleeze
Terms ends 03/06/2023
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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Sarah Knights

Term ends 23/05/2025

Committee Member Governance Curriculum and Resources Committees

Hayley Pryde

Term ends 30/01/2026

Committee Member Governance Curriculum and Resources Committees

Felicity Leinster

Term ends 06/03/2026

Committee Member

Governance Curriculum and Resources Committees

Safeguarding

Judith Herbert

Term ends 25/04/2026

Committee Member Governance Curriculum and Resources Committees

Vacancy

   
Michelle Bye-Gannon Clerk to Governors  
Mrs Kaznowski and Mrs Headley are Head Teacher and Teacher members of the Governing Body respectively. 

 

Name Position Pecuniary/Business or Conflict of Interest Date
David Messenger Governor
Member
No business or pecuniary interest and no conflict of interest 06/06/2019
Jon Bleeze

Governor
Member

No business or pecuniary interest and no conflict of interest 06/06/2019
Michelle Bye-Gannon Clerk Mark Rutherford School employee

06/06/2019

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
Sarah Knights

Governor
Co-Opted

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
Felicity Leinster Governor
Co-Opted
No business or pecuniary interest and no conflict of interest 26/04/2022
Judith Herbert

Governor
Member

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

 

DM David Messenger
Living and working in Sharnbrook, I was keen to get involved with my local community. I have been a governor at Sharnbrook Primary for over 8 years during which I have sat at various times on the Curriculum committee, Resources committee and been responsible for Safeguarding. I am currently Chair and find the role very rewarding. Being a governor is a great way of supporting the school and I would encourage anybody who thinks they might be able to help to approach one of us for more information.
  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.
 JB Jon Bleeze
I moved to Sharnbrook 3 years ago, returning to Bedfordshire to be nearer to family, having spent my school days in the area. Whilst my background isn’t in education, I have been working in senior leadership and board positions in retail for 20+ years. What I’ve really developed during my career is a real passion for people, and one of my strengths has been in leading, coaching and developing effective teams.My aim as a Governor is to be able to make a positive contribution to the school and the community. I’m passionate about children having the best start in life and am keen to play my part in supporting their development.I am part of the resources committee and as I settle in to the role, I’m keen to expand my responsibilities. Feel free to ask me any questions when you see me around the school, I love to chat!
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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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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.

 

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Felicity Leinster

Following my training as a nurse and midwife I then trained to be a Health Visitor. I have practiced as a Health Visitor in Twickenham, Cambridge and for the last 30 years in Bedford. I have recently been vaccinating as part of the Covid response. In addition, for many years I was on the Board of Management of the Goldington Family Centre. I also led a project establishing and funding a school in rural India via my involvement in Bromham Baptist Church. I am currently the safeguarding lead there and am a trustee of a local adult and children counselling service.
I have lived in Oakley for over 30 years and for many years was a member of the PTA of Oakley Lower and a governor of Fawcett Primary School in Cambridge.
I have grandchildren who attend Sharnbrook Primary School. I consider it to be an excellent school both in the learning opportunities it provides and the standard of the care and wellbeing provided for the children who attend. I would like to continue to use my knowledge, experience and skills in this important role and to learn from others.
Through my work I have been involved in health related activities in schools and early learning facilities and have worked closely with social services, public health and teachers.
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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.