Dr. Sarah Oakley-Mudge
We have lived in Fen Drayton for a little over 3 years. I was appointed as parent governor in November 2012 after my daughter Chloe joined the school. I now have two children at the school and enjoy working closely with the other governors and staff to help ensure our school is the best it can be. I am a member of the Curriculum and Learning Committee and also help out on the Resource and Infrastructure Committee when required. I have a special focus on monitoring pupil attainment and progress data – this allows the governing body to measure how well our school performs against other local and national schools.
I am a scientist with a background in pharmaceutical research and development, spending 7 years working for Medimmune (Astra Zeneca). I now work part-time for a small Diagnostics Company developing point-of-care HIV tests for the developing world.
I was appointed Community Governor – now co-opted – in September 2013. I live next door to the School and benefit from the happily excited sounds of the children at work and play during the week and the neighbourhood quiet at the weekend. My wife, Vivien, and I have lived in Fen Drayton for 6 years. We have grandchildren of 6 and 2.5 who live in Ely. My connection with Cambridge goes back to 1979 when I came to Magdalene to study Modern and Medieval Languages. Professionally, I joined Lloyds Banking Group from university and, after a varied career, now manage a portfolio of change programmes and projects for Retail Credit Risk. I have held co-opted governor roles at secondary schools in Guildford and Bath for a number of years while my 2 daughters completed their education. My financial background and previous governing experience ensured me a place on the Resources and Infrastructure committee at Fen Drayton and I also have a place on a couple of the other standing committee groups
I became a governor at the end of 2015. I currently have two children at the school and I wanted to gain a greater understating of how primary education in the UK works, and in particular how Fen Drayton primary school strives to ensure it’s pupils are given the opportunity to achieve their maximum potential.
My background is psychology and I have several years experience working as a cognitive therapist in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. Through my work, on a daily basis I am reminded of how a child’s emotional well being impacts directly on his/ her education. I strongly believe that primary schools have a big role in helping a child develop positive self-esteem and a sense of self-efficacy and worth. This is such an important time in child development and without the opportunity to learn emotional resilience, children can be held back academically when their emotional struggles get in the way of learning. The ethos of Fen Drayton Primary School is very much about inclusion and emotional wellbeing and as a governor I am keen to make sure that this does not change!
I love the quote from Aristotle; “Give me a child until he is seven and I will show you the man” as it sums up the importance of this time in a child’s life.
Mr Matt Hays
I became a Governor in December 2016 on hearing of a vacancy and being keen to take an interest on the internal workings of the school. My wife and I have lived in Fen Drayton since 2005 and have 2 children in the school.
My whole working life, 20 plus years and counting!, has been in financial services and I currently run my own business, mainly providing advice on mortgage related enquiries.
My early experiences and conversations with the current Governors showed there’s a genuine care and desire to help and improve the school. I’m hoping to bring knowledge gained in my life and business experiences to provide a positive input and further this cause.
Mrs Turner (Head teacher)
Please see profile on Mrs Turner's blog
I became a parent governor in July 2016 and have 2 daughters who attend the school. I was keen to be involved in shaping the future of the school, understand more fully the work involved in running it, and helping to ensure all our children get the most out of their experience at Fen Drayton Primary.
I am currently a full-time carer for our daughters as well as volunteering on the village hall committee. For the past 4 years I was involved in Fen Drayton Pre-School, recently stepping down as the Chairperson. This gave me an invaluable insight into the importance of Early Years teaching, and I’m really pleased I can continue to be involved with this as the link Governor for Early Years at the school.
My career before children involved working for an education charity for 10 years as senior manager responsible for delivering a national training and career development programme. This has given me a whole heap of experiences, which I’ve been able to bring and apply to my volunteer roles.
We have lived in Fen Drayton for over 6 years and enjoy the strong sense of community within the village, something I’m really keen the school remains a key part of.