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Deeping St James C.P. School

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Meet the Governors


Ben Plumridge (Co-opted Governor) Chair of Governors

I was appointed a Governor in Autumn 2020 and elected Chair from September 2021.

Tara George (Co-opted Governor) Co-Vice Chair

I have been a primary school Governor since 2016 and during this time I have been Vice Chair and acting Chair.  I live in the Deepings with my husband and daughter and I currently work in HR at a local Multi-Academy Trust.  At DSJ I am a member of the Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee.  I really wanted to become a Governor so that I could champion an education experience for our children that ensures they are all inspired to learn and achieve their best. 

Jenny Purdy (Parent Governor) Co-Vice Chair

I was appointed as a Parent Governor in October 2017 and am a member of the Curriculum, Community and Standards Committee. I work as a teacher at a local secondary school and have found my initial time as a governor extremely exciting and rewarding.  I am the appointed governor for SENd, Inclusion, Pupil Premium and RSE/PSHE Governor. 

Tamara Allen (Co-opted Governor)  

I became a governor in September 2011. I have worked  for over 15 years as a primary school teacher, working mostly in early years. I am now the Early Years Foundation Stage governor. I have had the opportunity to join in many of the experiences the school creates to enrich the curriculum for all children. I am a member of the Curriculum & Standards Committee. I am also a member of the Jimmy D's committee and the link governor for Jimmy D's.

Richard Westley (Head)

As the headteacher I have been a governor since April 2021 after having served on several other governing bodies. The governors work closely with the school to ensure that our pupils are well-rounded individuals and that each and every child is given the opportunity and encouraged to reach their full potential.

Ruth Smith (Staff Governor) 


Joanna Maddison (Co-opted Governor)

I was appointed as a Co-opted Governor in December 2018 and only attended my first FGB meeting in February 2019. I am a member of the Curriculum, Community and Standards Committee. I am also the appointed Staff Link Governor.

Andrew Nightingale (Parent Governor)

I became a Governor in September 2019 because my children attend the school and I have lived in the Deepings all my life.  I am enjoying being able to contribute, be involved and understand the running of the school.  I am a member of the Finance and Personnel Committee and hope my experience in work can assist the Governing Body.

Conor George (Co-opted Governor)

I was appointed  a Governor in Autumn 2020.

Lauren Maddison (Parent Governor)

I was appointed  a Governor in Spring 2022.

Marcelle Russell (School Business Manager -  Non-voting Invited Member)

As the business manager of the school, my role in school leads me to the Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee, when required to attend. 

Any communications to the governors should be addressed to Clerk to the Governors via the school