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Deeping St James C.P. School

Inspire to learn, achieve together

Meet the Governors


David Ludford (Co-opted Governor and Chair of Governors) I am a senior member of the Kings Junior school and I have 2 children at DSJ. I joined the Governing Body in November 2016 and was appointed Chair of Governors in September 2017. I look forward to working with the governing body and the senior management team at DSJ.

Danny Knight (Co-opted Governor - Deputy Chair of Governors) I am 36 & have lived in Deeping all my life. My Father & Uncle were teachers at the school when it opened & my brother, sister along with myself were all pupils at the school. I now manage a firm within the private sector & in my spare time enjoy watching or attempting to play a varied amount of sports. Being a governor is very rewarding & interesting. Decisions & views are always made with the best interests of the school at heart. I am committed to helping to make the school the best Primary School in the area.

Tamarra Allen (Co-opted Governor - Deputy Chair of Governors) I became a governor in September 2011 & currently have 3 children at the school. At the moment I am a full-time mum, but I previously worked for 15 years as a primary school teacher, working mostly in early years. I am now the Early Years Foundation Stage governor and volunteer regularly in reception class. Being available during the school day has given me 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 and the curriculum group responsible for monitoring English, R.E. Humanities and French. I am also a member of the Jimmy D's committee and the link governor for Jimmy D's as well as a member of the headteachers performance management review panel.

Graham Lyden (Co-opted Governor) I have lived in the Deepings for the past 20 years and two daughters have attended DSJ school. I have been a governor since July 2013 and became a governor as I wanted to get more involved with the school and wanted to understand how a school functions on a practical day to day basis.  My experience as a governor so far has been really positive and I have learnt a lot, but know there is still a lot more to understand

Paul Cradock (Co-opted Governor) I joined the Governing Body in September 2015 and am the appointed safeguarding governor for the school and although I am sure that there is a lot for me to learn I am enjoying working with the team and undertaking my role as a governor with enthusiasm and support from my fellow governors.

Marcelle Russell (Staff Governor) As the business manager of the school, my skills led me to the Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee. I became a staff governor in March 2014 and look forward to working with the governors in this role.

 Ian Wilkinson (Head) As the headteacher I have been a governor since September 2008 and have seen various challenges and changes to governance in this time. 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 fullest potential.

Alan Bradshaw (Parent Governor) I was appointed as a Parent Governor in October 2017 and am a member of the Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee. I am the appointed Health & Safety Governor and find the role a very rewarding challenge.

Jenny Purdy (Parent Governor) 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.

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.

Pat Pearce (LEA Governor) I was appointed as the school’s LEA Governor in February 2019. I am looking forward to working with the Governing Body and the school. I have taken the role of Safeguarding Governor.

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