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Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section.

 

Until numbers increase, the LGB is represented by a sub-committee from the Board of Directors of The Diamond Learning Partnership Trust.

 

New School Academy Committee meetings are held termly.  The members of this committee are:

Susannah Connell
Alan Ball

Tracy Bryden

Sandra Gill

Godfrey Smith

 

 

 

Susannah Connell

Susannah has over 20 years’ experience in primary education in addition to a wide range of experience from retail management, and living and working in Germany. Beginning her education career as a classroom teacher, Susannah worked with children of all ages and used her expertise to train and support teaching staff at other schools and undergraduate students in local universities.

Since becoming a Headteacher in 2006, brought into a failing school by the Local Authority, Susannah has developed a bold curriculum at Middlefield which has been highly praised as “beyond outstanding” by inspectors. Early in 2012, Middlefield took on the direct support of Winhills Primary School and was again praised for the positive impact and strong leadership of the school in an OFSTED inspection two months later.

The Diamond Learning Partnership Trust was formed in Summer of 2012 with Middlefield and Winhills Primary Academies as the founding schools, and Susannah as the Trust’s CEO.

Susannah is a National Leader of Education and an Ofsted Inspector. She is the St. Neots representative on Cambridgeshire Primary Heads , represents primary academies in Cambridgeshire on the schools Forum, is a member of the Cambridgeshire School Improvement Board and is the Chair of the Cambridgeshire Primary Academies Forum.

Whatever my current job title, first and foremost I am a teacher and I still hold the beliefs that I had when I chose to enter the profession. Every decision I make focuses on the impact on children and I’ve seen first-hand the success that can be achieved through school-to-school collaboration.

Our Trust began with the sole purpose of supporting some of the most challenged primary schools in England. Our focus then and now has been to ensure that our children have an education that meets their needs through schools that have the support and systems that enable them to achieve these goals. We have successfully built a family of highly connected schools that learn from each other.

I am a National Leader of Education and through this I support schools and Trusts in developing a self-improving, school-led system which ultimately leads to equality of access to a great education for all children.

 

Alan Ball

Alan trained as an engineer and had a number of senior roles in a varied career. Highlights include two successful start-up businesses, divisional management for a multi-national company, project management services for a large transport provider and running change management projects for up 5000 people.

Education has always been a personal passion and Alan has been a governor for over 30 years. He was the Chair at Winhills when it joined the Trust, and has been a member of several Local Governing Bodies in the Trust.

 

Tracy Bryden

Tracy is the Executive Headteacher at Wintringham Primary Academy.  Tracy has a wealth of experience in the private sector as a Food Technologist with H.J. Heinz and within Financial Management as a Branch Manager, Trainer, and Area Manager culminating in working in her own company providing consultancy services to large financial institutions.

Her experience in education has involved working with all year groups. She has been involved with the development of teachers and students working with other schools and universities. Tracy has undertaken the roles of Key Stage Leader, Assistant Head, Deputy Head and more recently Executive Headteacher and the Trust’s Deputy CEO. Tracy is the Chair person for Cambridgeshire Primary Heads

 

Sandra Gill

Sandra has a wide and varied experience across a number of disciplines as a Civil Servant.  She has been a budget manager and a procurement manager negotiating and managing contracts with both small companies and large multi-national enterprises. Sandra also has experience in quality assurance, programme management and supplier engagement.

Having recently been part of a commissioning team developing an enhanced model for the delivery of corporate shared services, Sandra currently works as a contract manager engaging with multiple stakeholders and delivery agents.

Sandra has been a governor within Trust schools since 2011. Her children’s primary education has been provided by a Trust school.

 

Godfrey Smith

Godfrey is a retired Chartered Accountant. During his career he worked for nearly twenty years in the accounting profession both in audit and staff professional development. On leaving the profession, he worked as head of finance for two of the UK quality newspapers and then as a financial controller for large international banks. Following his retirement he is active in a number of honorary roles within the local community and is also currently Chair of Glebelands Primary Academy in Chatteris.

Please find below details of how the Governing Body will be Structured in the future

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