All our Governors are currently appointed for a term of four years.
Mrs Julia Hart - Chair of the Governing Body elected September 2016. A member of the Curriculum, Personnel and Pay Committees; Link Governor for 'Communication and Language'. First elected as a Governor in 2005; became Foundation Governor in 2015. Term ends 19/08/2019.
I became a Parent Governor when my own children, now in their mid-teens, attended Glapthorn School and have served on the Governing Body continuously since that time. I am a member of the Church Group, serve on the Curriculum Committee, and am the Governor in charge of the School Council, a role I particularly enjoy as it gives me a chance to work with children from across the School. I am the Link Governor for the Communication and Language section of the School Development Plan.
Glapthorn gave my children a brilliant start to their education. It continues to provide a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment where all children can benefit from an amazingly wide range of opportunities inside and outside the classroom, within and beyond the school day.
Mrs Emma Stephens-Dunn - Vice-Chair of the Governing Body, elected September 2016. Chair of the Personnel Committee, member of the Curriculum Committee; Link Governor for the SENCo and for the 'Personal & Physical Development' team. Currently a Co-opted Governor. Term ends 21/09/2019.
I was re-appointed as a co-opted governor in September 2015, having first been elected as a parent governor in 2006 and continued my work for the school as an Associate Member of the governing body from 2013-15. I had children attending the school from 2005 to 2013 and although they have now moved on, I remain convinced that Glapthorn School offers children an excellent start to their education, with its nurturing and aspirational ethos, innovative approach to the curriculum and idyllic setting. I have a wide range of experience in school governance.
Mr Fraser Stephen-Smith - Parent Governor. CPD Governor, Chair of the Finance and Premises Committee, Link Governor for the 'Understanding the World' subject Team. Appointed 25/10/2013; term ends 24/10/2017.
I joined the Governing Body in 2013. I have three children in Glapthorn currently, and a pre-school child. I think the relatively small size of Glapthorn School offers all parents the opportunity to make a real positive difference. For this reason I have enthusiastically joined the Governing Body, to support the school in challenging and providing opportunity for our children.
I remain aware that the staff are the people who actually support our children, and that my role as a Governor is to help the staff provide that support. I already have experience of a child who relishes the opportunities of school, and another who finds them more challenging. I have seen and I appreciate the dedication and skill of the staff - and I very much endorse the staff's commitment to continual improvement, which can make use of their ever-growing experience.
Apart from being a Governor and a father of four, I also work for a large consulting company. In addition I try to make use of the years I spent fencing competitively, to coach fencing at a local club.
Ms Emma Burrows - Parent Governor. Member of the Curriculum Committee, the Finance and Premises Committee, and the Personnel and Pay Committee. Appointed 01/01/2015; term ends 31/12/2018.
I have been involved in Glapthorn School in one way or another for over 25 years, since my Mum started teaching there. Now, my own children attend the school. My son loved his time at Glapthorn and now attends Prince William School. I also have three daughters who currently attend the school, in Reception, Year 2 and Year 4. We live in the village and love being part of the community here.
I made the decision to become a Governor in 2014 because I am enthusiastic and passionate about the school and am excited about the opportunities that are going to present themselves over the coming years as the school grows. I volunteer in school whenever I get the opportunity. I am so proud of our school and the opportunities that we are able to offer the chikdren through the hard work of staff, parents and fellow governors.
Ms Samantha Butterwick - Parent Governor. Member of the Finance & Premises Committee; Health & Safety Link Governor and Safeguarding Governor. Appointed 01/11/2014. Term ends 31/10/2018.
I joined the Governing Body in 2014. I currently have one child in Year Two and my second child will start Glapthorn School in 2017. I am a huge supporter of Glapthorn, having attended the school when I was little and I am very proud that Tallulah is now in such a wonderful village school.
I have lived in the area all my life and am now a resident of Glapthorn. I feel the time I spent at the school and being part of the village gives me a good insight into both the school and local community.
I have always worked in Childcare and Education; working in a variety of schools and Early Years settings before, during and after my degree in Sociology and History. I hold an Early Years Professional Status and Forest School Leadership qualification. I have a deep rooted love for education, especially outdoor learning and pedagogy.
I love being a Governor and helping the school through volunteering whenever I can.
Mrs Catherine Hancox - Co-Opted Governor. Member of the Curriculum Committee and of the Church Group; Link Governor for the Expressive Arts subject team. Appointed 01/02/2016. Term ends 31/01/2020.
I have a 36 year old son and I live in Collyweston, Stamford. I started my career training to be a General Nurse in Birmingham, then went on to do Midwifery and Health Visiting for 6 years. Following this, I left the UK to live overseas - mainly in developing countries in the Far East. I had a few years break back here in the UK during the mid 1990's when I completed a Masters Degree in Psychotherapy and Counselling. I then returned overseas again with my husband and finally came back to live permanently in the UK around 12 years ago.
I now feel I want to give something back to the community in the form of joining a Governing Body. Glapthorn is near to me - and a well-run school. I am a very active member of a church in Stamford.
Mrs Tracey Kerr - Foundation Governor. Appointed January 2017. Term ends January 2021.
I was pleased to be given the opportunity to become a Foundation Governor, having been a resident of Glapthorn and a member of St Leonard's Church congregation for 16 years, and a member of St Leonard's Parochial Church Council since 2014. My daughter attended Glapthorn Primary School, which is where her own connection with St Leonard's Church began by volunteering to read prayers and bible stories at family services. My ambition is to support Glapthorn School in whatever way I'm able, to consolidate its vital role as part of the Glapthorn Village community, and help strengthen links between school and church. My employment background comprises 35 years for the Department for Work and Pensions (and its previous incarnations), where my experience has been in administration and management.
Two members of staff are also part of the Governing Body:
Mrs Lou Coulthard - Teacher Governor. Appointed 01/01/2014. Subject Team Lead for Mathematical Development and Communication & Language.
Mrs Katherine Towns - Headteacher. Appointed 01/01/2014. Member of all the committees and Church Group.
Additional Governors who served during 2015-16 were:
Mrs Jane Dalley was a LA Governor, serving as Chair of Governors and sitting on the Curriculum, Personnel and Pay, Finance and Premises Committees. She stepped down on 26/09/16.
Mrs Lynda Davies was a Foundation Governor, sitting on the Curriculum Committee and Church Group. She stepped down on 31/08/16.
|Name||Business Interest||Other Governing Bodies||Personal Relationship with staff / pupils|
|Emma Burrows||JB Burrows Ltd (IT Consultancy)||No||Yes - Parent|
|Sam Butterwick||Owner of Simba's Den Day Nursery||No||Yes - Parent|
|Lou Coulthard||Associate Head of Glapthorn Primary School||No||No|
|Katherine Towns||Head of Glapthorn Primary School||No||No|
|Emma Stephens-Dunn||The King's (The Cathedral) School Peterborough||Yes - The King's (The Cathedral) School||No|
|Fraser Stephen-Smith||IT Contract Manager, Accenture||No||Yes - Parent|
|Dept of Work & Pensions
|Yes - Ex-Parent