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Ruston Biggs - Vice Chair of Governors

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 7 years. We have grandsons of 9 and 6 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, went on to manage a portfolio of change programmes and projects. I left Lloyds in 2016 and worked for 18 months with Shawbrook Bank in Essex before leaving them in 2018. 

I 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.

Philippa Storer - Chair of Governors

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. I was also very involved in Fen Drayton Pre-school for 4 years as Secretary then Chairperson. 

In October 2019 I was elected as the Chair of Governors and am the link governor for Literacy and Humanities. I enjoy supporting the school as a Governor and also as parent volunteer for the school Gardening Club and at special event days.

My career before children involved working for an education charity for 10 years as a 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 9 years and enjoy the strong sense of community within the village, something I’m really keen the school remains a key part of.

Paul Cooper - Chair of Resource and Infrastructure Committee

I joined the Governing Body in September 2017 to help maintain the school and support the best provision of Education in the village, especially given the challenging financial position so many schools face.

I am a a Chartered Accountant and work as a financial auditor which naturally leads me to a place on the Resources and Infrastructure committee, as well as a couple of other committee groups.

My wife and I actually live in Swavesey and before that in Fenstanton but elected to send our children to Fen Drayton School. We currently have 3 children in the school with 1 younger children to hopefully follow in due course.

Dr. Sarah Oakley-Mudge - Associate Governor

We have lived in Fen Drayton for a little over 8 years.   I was appointed as parent governor in November 2012 after my daughter Chloe joined the school.  I now have one child still 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. 

Ruth Dunleavey-Routh – Chair of the Curriculum Learning Committee

I joined the board of Governors at Fen Drayton in May 2018 shortly before my third child started at the school, the children are currently in years 1, 3 and 5. We have lived in Fen Drayton for 13 years and before joining the governing body I was heavily involved in running the Tuesday morning Toddler Group at the Village Hall and was Treasurer for the Pre-school for 4 years. Prior to having children I was a research scientist in field of chemistry and have done lab based work for companies as diverse as the pulp and paper industry to a university start up making holographic sensors.

I wanted to join the governing body to support the school in these challenging times and be actively involved in shaping the education my children receive. I am link governor for EYFS and Science.

Hannah Oldridge

I joined the governing body as the Safeguarding Governor at the start of September 2019.  I recently moved to the village with my family, and both my daughters are at the school.  I want to be able to help and support the school as it faces increasing pressures, and use my experience from my job in to keep it the safe and happy place that my children are currently experiencing.

I was a geography teacher for 13 years, 11 in a Village College where I led the Humanities faculty and contributed as a member of the school leadership team by creating a new careers curriculum.  I currently work as an Education Development Adviser for a charity in Bedford, with a large part of my role focussing on safeguarding the students in the four independent schools the charity owns and runs.  I work with the Designated Safeguarding Lead teachers at the schools, as well as the Safeguarding Governors to ensure consistency and compliance across our organisation.  I also work with state schools, building up the relationships and collaboration between our organisations.

I love working for children, and making a difference to their education, learning and experiences.  I am really looking forward to working with the rest of the team at Fen Drayton Primary School.

Danielle Doyle

joined the governing body in 2019. I have a young son who is at the beginning of his school life in Year 1. This prompted me to volunteer to help shape our school and maintain a secure, safe, nurturing and happy environment. I’m committed to supporting the school to continue to deliver a broad and varied curriculum and maintaining all that makes Fen Drayton Primary such a lovely place to learn. My role on the Resources and Infrastructure Committee has enabled me to see the school from a new perspective and appreciate what is needed to maintain standards and further improve the school. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to make an active contribution to our community.

Professionally, I have worked in strategic communications since 2003. Currently, I lead the communications and engagement at a national research institute. Most of my career has been in the public and charity sector, but I also spent some time working in financial services. 

 

Tara Spooner - Local Authority Governor

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Julie Bishop

I moved to the village just over 5 years ago, after living over seas with my daughters and my husband who was serving in the armed forces. My home town is Guildford, Surrey, where my son still lives.
Both my children have/are attending the school and I was fortunate to be able to secure a position as a teaching assistant.
Whilst living overseas, I was able to change my career and completed my Level 3 in Early Years.  I worked in the British Forces Early Years settings, predominantly with the under 5’s.
My career prior to that was in the Banking industry. I worked for Abbey National as a mortgage, life and pensions advisor and I then joined Northern Rock as Business Development Manager, covering the Surrey, Hampshire and M25 corridor. I was here for over 10 years. I then moved to Clydebank Bank in the same roll and finally on to Natwest as a Private Bank Manager.
I feel I have many skills and experience I can bring to the role of Staff Governor.  I am looking forward to being their voice and helping our wonderful, friendly and amazing school grow.

 

 

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Mrs Turner (Head teacher) - Please see profile on Mrs Turner's blog

 

 

 

 

 

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