Over the last years the responsibilities and work carried out by Governing Bodies have increased dramatically as “control” has shifted from Local Authorities to the individual schools.
Each Governor serves a term of four years and is expected to sit on at least two of the following committees:
Finance, Premises/Health & Safety, Teaching & Learning, IT, Human Resources/Administration & Communications, Foundation.
These Committees in turn report back to the Full Governing Body (FGB) which meets at least once every half term.
The governors’ task is to set strategy and policy, to ensure that things are running smoothly, to provide support and encouragement and to offer a sympathetic but critical ear. To learn more about the role of the Governing Body, please read our ‘Governor Code of Conduct’ below.
The governors can be contacted through the school office.
Information about terms of office, previous governors and attendance at meetings can be found in the “Annual Financial Report – Governors’ Report and Audited Accounts” on the Reports and Policies page.
Chair of Governors
Responsibilities: Pupil Premium
Governor since July 2013
I have been a Community Governor since September 2013 and took on the role of Chair in January 2017. I have two children, both previously at Bourn Primary from January 2010 shortly after we moved to the village. During their time at Bourn I was an active member of the BSA.
My career background is in Nursing and I have a BA(Hons) degree in Health Care Studies. After many years’ experience at ward level, lastly as a Ward Manager of a busy surgical ward, I moved into Project Management, which included nursing staff recruitment and retention. My work now is much less demanding! I work part time as the Administrator for a local playgroup and also help with my husband’s business.
As Chair of Governors I sit on all committees to ensure I am informed of all aspects of the school. The governor role is varied, interesting and very rewarding. I enjoy being part of a committed and ambitious team where we all strive to achieve the best possible education and learning experience for the children.
Vice Chair of Governors
Foundation Governor, Chair of Finance Committee
Governor since May 2012
A parent of three boys who are past or present pupils of the school, I have been a Parent Governor since 2012. I am a partner with a national firm of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors and use these skills to assist as Vice Chair on the Finance Committee. I am also a Foundation Governor, ensuring our Christian values and ethos remain firmly embedded within our school.
My firm has taken my wife Joy and I from my home in Yorkshire, to London and also to Sydney for three years before we landed in Cambridge in 2008. We have made Bourn our home and I am delighted to give something back to the village through my work as a Governor and also through my chairmanship of the local scout group. Any free time I have is spent either playing or watching sport.
Governor since January 2019
I was delighted to take up the role of Headteacher at Bourn Primary Academy in January 2019. I have worked in schools since 2002, first as a parent helper, then as a Teaching Assistant and I trained to become a teacher at Cambridge University in 2004. During my teaching career, I have taught all year groups from Foundation Stage to Year 6, as well as having been Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo), maths lead, English lead and I have specialised in developing positive behaviour management in each school where I have taught. I have been a governor for over 14 years in three different schools.
I have lived in Cambridgeshire since 2001, having previously lived in London, Sheffield and Manchester. I have two children, one of whom is also a teacher and the other is at university, studying Criminology. When I am not working, I run, cycle and enjoy walking along the beach in Norfolk, looking for fossils!
Governor since May 2019
Having lived in Bourn for 25 years, and knowing we had such a highly regarded school in our village, I was delighted to be asked to serve as a Foundation Governor. A nurse by profession, I trained at The Hospital for Sick Children, Gt. Ormond Street, specialising in Paediatric neurosurgery. Latterly I was part of the team which opened the Childrens’ Hospice at Milton, and went on to develop the beginnings of their Community Services.
Part of my role as a Foundation Governor is to foster healthy and helpful links with our village church, of which I am an active member. I am already hugely impressed by the dedication and commitment shown by the staff and fellow governors and hope to play my part fully.
Foundation Governor and Safeguarding Governor
Safer Recruitment and Child Protection Training (Diocese), Equality Training (EPM)
Responsibilities: Religious Education
Governor since January 2009
I am one of the Foundation Governors appointed by the Diocese of Ely because Bourn Primary is a voluntary controlled Church of England (CofE) school and I am a retired CofE minister.
Bourn is my wife’s family home so our connections go way back and we have lived in the village since 1991. Living in an old house with a large garden, my hobbies and how I spend my free time seem to be defined for me!
Responsibilities: Physical Education
Governor since July 2017
I work in Precision Engineering Services and Supply sector, as Managing Director of CIS Ltd. I grew up in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire and qualified with a BA (Hons) degree in Software Engineering back in 1988, as a graduate working for British Aerospace in the Software Engineering sector, before moving into the Precision Engineering supply sector and effecting an MBO of my company.
I now live in Bourn and although my children did not attend Bourn Primary, I am very pleased to support my local community primary school from a Community Governor perspective. I enjoy creating and growing enterprise and hope I can contribute to the Bourn Primary School’s aspirations as a prospering academy. In my initial induction meetings it became an easy decision for me to agree to join the team, after being inspired by the care, enthusiasm and attention to detail displayed by the school’s staff and existing governors.
On a personal note, I enjoyed coaching Gransden Youth FC football team for 8 years and I am a keen sportsman playing rugby, football, cricket, squash and golf. I have recently qualified as a ‘Day Skipper’ in order to pursue my passion for racing sailing yachts and sailing holidays.
Responsibilities: Early Years/Foundation, Languages
Governor since September 2018
I moved to Bourn in 2013 with my family. Although my children did not attend Bourn Primary Academy, I was delighted to be asked to be a Community Governor and be able to support the local community through the school whose excellent reputation I was already aware of. I look forward to working closely with the dedicated staff and governors.
My background is in languages and teaching. Prior to moving to Cambridgeshire I spent 16 years in Hong Kong, initially teaching English and French, and then as a full time mum who has always been heavily involved in my children’s education and school life, volunteering wherever possible.
Community Governor, Chair of HR/Admin Committee
Safer Recruitment Training (EPM, NSPCC), Equality Training (EPM)
Responsibilities: Maths, Computing, Art and DT
Governor since October 2006
Previously a Parent Governor, I have been a Community Governor since June 2014. My sons attended Bourn Primary from Reception onwards, but have now moved on to Comberton Village College and beyond. It has been an honour to work with the dedicated staff at Bourn for all these years.
Originally with a background in mathematics, computing and German, I worked as a consultant to the automotive industry for many years in Germany. Previous to that I taught English in a German school for a while. Since moving back to the UK and settling in Cambridgeshire, I now help small/medium-sized businesses create and improve their online presence on websites and in social media.
Parent Governor, Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee
Responsibilities: Curriculum, Science
Governor since December 2017
I live in Bourn with my wife and our three young children. Our eldest daughter has started in class Acorn so we will have children at Bourn Primary for quite a few years! I believe it’s essential that we give our pupils the best possible start in their journey through life and I want to do what I can to support the outstanding work that the staff do.
I’m Managing Director of a two hundred person company as well as being a pension fund trustee for our parent group. I have worked in a number of strategy and leadership roles in industries including environmental assessment, technology and financial services. I’m engineer by training and have recently completed a certificate in coaching. I hope to be able to put my varied experience and energy to good use in helping the school to continue to thrive.
I enjoy many outdoor pursuits with my family and am a keen runner and cyclist.
Teaching Staff Governor
Governor since September 2018
I’ve worked at Bourn Primary Academy for many years now, having started my career here as an NQT (newly qualified teacher) in 2007, in Key Stage 1. In 2019 I took up the post of joint Assistant Head with my colleague Mrs Culley and we both combine this management position with teaching in the school.
Since being at Bourn Primary, I have been privileged in being given many opportunities to develop professionally, including working with the Maths Hub when it was first set up and visiting Shanghai to learn about Mastery Maths. Being a Staff Governor is a further opportunity to become involved in managing the school.
Norma van Ginkel
Parent Governor and SEND Governor
Responsibilities: Digital Learning, History and Geography, PSHE, Pupil Premium
Governor since December 2018
My passion for education began when I found myself working with street children in South Africa, supporting them to reach their full potential and empowering them to fight for access to education. I have never looked back and continue to believe that every child has the ability to reach their full potential. Over the years I have worked in both state and private schools. My roles have included Early Years specialist, KS1 & KS2 class teacher, Special Educational Needs coordinator, Sports coordinator and coach and Computing teacher. I am currently a KS2 teacher (head of department) working on developing and implementing digital learning and mindset for learning across all areas of the curriculum. I believe that children need a nurturing environment, freedom to explore and strategies to equip them for change.
Bourn Primary is an amazing school and I was delighted to be elected Parent Governor in December 2018. I am delighted to be working closely with fellow governors, the head teacher, staff and parents to ensure that we have the children’s best interests at heart and continue to empower them to reach their full potential.
Non-Teaching Staff Governor
Governor since September 2010
I grew up in South Africa and worked as a Medical Technologist, specialising in Cytology, before my children were born. Our family moved to the UK at the end of 2003 and we moved to Caxton in the summer of 2005. My eldest son was in Year 2 and my twins were in Year 1.
I have been a part time Teaching Assistant here at Bourn since February 2007. My role is to support Maths lessons in the classroom, play the piano for the orchestra and lead the Key Stage 2 choir. I became a Non-teaching Staff Governor in September 2010. I play an active role in Bourn Church where I am part of the church choir and a member of the PCC. Music is one of my passions in life and I am a member of the Cambridgeshire Choral Society. If I am not busy with choir rehearsals or planning music events for the school, I love to relax with a good book and a cup of tea!