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 one of the following committees:
- Standards of Education Committee
- Resources Committee
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 Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org
Details of the Governance Structure can be found here.
The Terms of Reference for the Standards of Education Committee can be found here.
The Governor Register of Pecuniary Interests from 2020-2021 can be found here.
The Member Register of Pecuniary Interests for 2020-2021 can be found here.
Click here to find details of governor meetings for 2020-2021.
The Governor Attendance Record can be found here.
Articles of Association can be found here.
Our Funding Agreement can be found here.
Information about our Annual Report and Audited Accounts can be found on the Reports and Policies page.
Meet Our Governors
Chair of Governors
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 an 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.
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 Children’s 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.
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.
Governor since September 2019
I am a father of four children, three of whom currently attend Bourn Primary Academy. We moved to Bourn in the spring of 2018, having previously lived in Canada and Germany. I am a qualified solicitor, having trained and qualified in a London law firm in 2001. I currently work as an in-house lawyer for a pharmaceutical company. My interest in education is longstanding, in that I have worked as a teacher of English as a foreign language, in Hungary, Moldova and the Channel Islands before embarking on my legal career.
Governor since September 2019
It was clear when we moved into the village in 2011 that Bourn Primary School played a central role in the community and now with two children, I feel very fortunate to be able to send them to this school. I became a new parent to the school in 2018. I am delighted to be a member of the governing body at Bourn: I am passionate about high quality education for all and look forward to working with the governing team.
After graduating from Chichester University in 2003, I have spent the last 16 years working in education at a secondary school in Cambridge. I started as a teacher of PE, and have undertaken a variety of responsibility roles along the way which has lead me to my current role as Deputy Headteacher in charge of teaching and learning. In my spare time, I am often found on the golf course, playing football, or enjoying a film.
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
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.
Governor since April 2020I studied Biology at Queen Mary College, University of London followed by a PGCE in Secondary Science at Homerton College Cambridge, after which I taught for a number of years. Alongside my education I was a committed sportsperson, rowing for Great Britain and Cambridge. I stepped back from teaching when my children were small but have been involved in the governance and operations of student sport at University of London and Cambridge. I am part of the organising committee for the UK’s largest junior rowing event and sit on the Board of The Boat Race Company Ltd where I represent Cambridge University Boat Club.
I have lived in Toft for 20 years and I am looking forward to working with the dedicated Governing body and Staff here at the school to be of service to the community. I will draw on my experiences from sport, education and as a parent (to 6 very different children) to serve all the children at Bourn Academy.
Vice Chair of Governors
Governor since April 2020
After a large number of moves with the Royal Air Force, in 1998 my family moved to Bourn. We loved the village and stayed. Bourn Primary School made a big contribution to our welcome. Both my son and daughter attended, and were immediately enveloped in a challenging but stable learning environment that lay solid foundations for their adult aspirations.
Before my retirement from careers in telecommunications, teaching, and tourism, I gained a lot of experience in operational management, leadership, and strategic planning. As I strongly believe that good education should be available to everyone, I am keen to use my skills and knowledge to support this ethos and contribute to the development and success of Bourn Primary Academy.
I am delighted to be a Community Governor, a role in which I will be able to assist in providing a gateway between the academy and the community.