Welcome to the Governors’ section of The Bridges Federation website. Its aim is to provide information on the role of the governing body and to help you to become more familiar with all the governors One of the main aims of the governing body is to make the governors better known to parents and others who have a stake in the life and wellbeing of the school. These ‘pen pictures’ have been written by the governors themselves and should help everyone get to know the governors a little more.
Robyn Press I am the Chair of Governors of The Bridges Federation. When I came to live in Wiggenhall St Germans over 30 years ago I immediately became a governor and my three children went to St Germans School. I am involved with lots of aspects of village life and love living in a small community. We live in changing times and the schools have evolved and now we are a three school federation, with staff given the opportunity to engage with new ideas and to make their lessons and the wider environment as stimulating as possible which I believe enables the children to learn, grow and reach their full potential. I enjoy being part of the friendly and hardworking governing body that supports the Federations’ dedicated staff. This is evident when we spend time in school with the children, which is certainly one of the highlights of the role.
Mark Beeby I have been a governor for 8 years and despite my youngest son leaving primary education this year I am still very committed and enthusiastic about the role. I am currently chair of the Premises Committee and have also worked on several other projects including a review of ICT across the Federation and most notably the refurbishment and extension of the St Germans school building. I live in St Germans and am married with 2 children who have both been schooled in the Federation but now attend Secondary School. My career background is in ICT. I am proud to be a governor of the Bridges Federation and look forward to continuing to serve in the role. I believe that our schools have a great deal to offer the children from all three villages and there is much to be gained by working together while at the same time celebrating our differences.
Michelle Harding I grew up in West Norfolk and completed my GCSE’s and A-Levels at Downham Market High School, as it was known then. Instead of going away to complete a degree, I opted to stay at home and study with the Open University while working as a TA. In 2011 I accomplished a life-long dream of training to be a teacher and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Life seems to have come full circle, from volunteering at Wimbotsham School in 2010 to having my own class there.
In my spare time I enjoy taking my dog Bramley out for a walk and I’ve recently become a bit of a gardener; growing raspberries, rhubarb, and sweet-corn to name a few.
Karl Lanham I have lived in the village of Wiggenhall St. Germans since 2009. My three children have all attended St Germans Primary School. In 2011 I left my role as Relationship Director with The Royal Bank of Scotland to work on a self-employed basis as an Independent Commercial Finance Broker. At this point I had more time available to take an active role in the local community and applied to become a school governor. In addition to his role with the school, I raise funds for local charities through my membership of the round table. I am a qualified commercial underwriter and hold an applied diploma in corporate banking, accredited through the University of Manchester.
Jo Wilcox I am presently in my second term as a governor. Firstly at Wimbotsham & Stow and now as a governor for the Bridges Federation. I am a member of the finance & performance management committees, both which are enjoyable and at times challenging. My husband & I farm locally in Stow Bridge and have had children at Wimbotsham & Stow school for the past ten years. My oldest sons have now left but my youngest, Arthur, is still a pupil at the school.
Sandra Squire (Parent Govenor Magdalen) Although I haven’t been a governor for very long, I consider it to be a privilege to be a part of the team, helping to bring great education to the children of West Norfolk. I have 2 children, who both attend Magdalen Village School and I’m also the Borough Councillor for Wimbotsham.
Lindsay Van Dyke I am currently Parent Governor (St Germans) and Chair of the Learning Committee as both my children attend St Germans Primary School. After having my second child I became a freelance graphic designer and marketing consultant, which I fit in and around raising my family, working with several local businesses. Being involved in my children’s education is very important to me; as is supporting the school they attend, therefore becoming a governor seemed a natural step. I enjoy being a part of such a committed team and look forward to helping the federation and its pupils flourish.
Rachel Moore I have lived I St Germans for the past 14 years and have held many different roles within the village’s education provisions and Bridge’s Federation. I graduated from Westminster College, Oxford in 1998 with a Batchelor of Education degree and taught in both Surrey and Norwich before moving to St Germans to have my first child, now 14 years old! After 2 more children and many years working as a supply teacher at all 3 of the Bridge’s Federation schools, I was delighted to be offered my current post as year 1 & 2 class teacher at St German’s. Since moving to St Germans, I have played an active role on both the St German’s pre-school committee and Bridge’s Federation governing body.
My ‘spare time’ is now usually spent on a football pitch, supporting my 2 sons or being a taxi for my daughter, driving her to her friends, town or dancing lessons!
Toni Clarkstone I moved to the St Germans 10 years ago and my youngest daughter joined the school in Year 4 and now she has just started University. I began helping at St Germans School reading with the children and progressed on to achieve Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) qualification. I now have the role as PSA across all The Bridges Federation schools supporting parents and children. I have been a staff governor for 5 years and working across all 3 schools gives me the knowledge I need to support the schools, staff and children at our governors meetings.