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Meet Our Governors

The Local Governing Body is the school’s accountable body.  It is responsible for the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards.  The governing body aims to ensure that children are attending a successful school which provides them with a good education and supports their well-being.

Accepting the office of a governor involves the commitment of significant amounts of time and energy. Our Local Governing Body always has the well-being of the children and the reputation of the school at heart. You can find individual governor profiles for our Local Governing Body below.

Paul Thornton

Paul Thornton - Chair of Local Governing Body Godmanchester Bridge Academy

Paul became the Chair of Governors for the Bridge Academy in 2016 and is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Trust. 

 

Paul is a parent Governor with a daughter attending the Bridge Academy. He is currently a Human Resources professional working for Anglian Water as a Resourcing Manager. As a graduate of Staffordshire University, Paul's career has encompassed a number of different industries. 

Caroline Crowther-Light

Caroline Crowther-Light - Governor - Local Governing Body Godmanchester Bridge  Academy 

How long have you been a Governor?

I became a governor in September 2017

Why did you become a Governor?

I applied to become a parent governor of the GMC Bridge Academy back in 2016.  All you could see back then were the foundations, but I knew I wanted to volunteer my time to this new Academy. 

I wanted to be actively involved the education system and especially the school that my daughter attends.

I want to use my professional and life skills to help shape a joyful, safe and challenging environment for all the children to learn in.

Do you have any children at our school and if so, in what year/s?

Yes, I have a daughter in Foundation/Reception Year.  She’s just about to move to year one.

Your role/s on the GBA governing body.

My current areas of responsibility are Policies and Pupil Premium.  

A brief description of your skills and experience and how they are utilised on the GBA governing body.

My professional background is in IT Project Management and Operations.  I have over 20 years of experience with one of the largest IT Consultancy companies in the world.   

What do you enjoy about your role and what you’ve been involved in?

As a Governor I am enjoying working with all the likeminded individuals who share the same values and desire to make the Academy the best it can be for all of the children and staff.  There is a lot to learn as a new governor and there is a lot of support from training, the excellent school team and other governors. 

What I am looking forward to the most is watching the children and teachers develop and enjoy their school.

What words of wisdom would you give to encourage anyone wanting to be a Governor.

It’s a volunteer role with lots of real ‘contribution satisfaction’.  You will be working with the school and community to help shape and deliver real results to lots of happy children – you can’t get more positive than that!

Nan Taplin

Nan Taplin - Governor - Local Governing Body Godmanchester Bridge Academy

How long have you been a Governor?

I became a governor in February 2016

Why did you become a Governor?

I have had a lifelong interest in Education. I have been in turn a pupil, a mother, a teacher, a grandmother, and a university administrator. As such, becoming a governor felt like a logical step. It gives me the opportunity to use the skills which I have learned – life skills as well as professional ones – to give something back to the community we live in, and in particular to help to nurture and to protect the youngest members of our society, on whom the future will depend in years to come.

Do you have any children at our school and if so, in what year/s?

No

Your role/s on the GBA governing body.

My special areas of responsibility are Safeguarding and Special Educational Needs.

A brief description of your skills and experience and how they are utilised on the GBA governing body.

My training and work as a teacher gave me some early insight into the life of a school and the vital role of a good solid education in the development of confident youngsters with the skills and the ambition to succeed. Bringing my own children up, and helping out as a parent volunteer in their schools built on this further. And while working at the university I was responsible for the support of students with special needs or disabilities. I am able to use the experiences which I have gained along the way to help me in my particular areas of responsibility.

What do you enjoy about your role and what you’ve been involved in?

There is a lot to learn as a new governor and I have enjoyed the training opportunities, not just the formal training courses but also the time I have spent with other more experienced governors, learning from them. I also enjoy my regular meetings with the Inclusion and Safeguarding Manager. But best of all are the visits I have made to the school, to see the teachers and the children in action.  

What words of wisdom would you give to encourage anyone wanting to be a Governor.

Don’t be daunted by the responsibility. There are plenty of people to help and advise you.

Steve Peacock

Steve Peacock - Governor - Local Governing Body Godmanchester Bridge Academy

How long have you been a Governor?

I became a governor in October 2017

Why did you become a Governor?

My son attends the school and I was willing to volunteer to give up some of my spare time to make a difference to what the school can evolve into which will benefit my child and all the others at the school.  

Do you have any children at our school and if so, in what year/s?

Yes, I have a son who is in reception year.

Your role/s on the GBA governing body.

I am new to the role and have been allocated Health and Safety as my main role but will have involvement in other areas as required.

A brief description of your skills and experience and how they are utilised on the GBA governing body.

I have been working in the fire service for the last 22 years and my operational role within it is heavily reliant on risk assessment and Health and Safety. I recently attended an induction course for Governors which has helped to increase my knowledge about what is involved and what is expected from us.

What do you enjoy about your role and what you’ve been involved in?

In my short time as a Governor I have enjoyed being part of a group of people with shared interests in making a positive difference to brand new school. 

What words of wisdom would you give to encourage anyone wanting to be a Governor.

The role is a voluntary position but it doesn't need to be massively demanding on your available time. The reward comes from seeing the positive outcomes  of your contributions and challenges. 

Karen Smith

Karen Smith - Governor - Local Governing Body Godmanchester Bridge Academy   

How long have you been a Governor?

I was appointed as a Governor in July 2018. 

Why did you become a Governor?

I became a Governor as I am absolutely passionate about ensuring that all children, no matter their background or abilities, achieve their potential and have the opportunities provided by a world class education. I would like to play a part in that.   

Do you have any children at our school and if so, in what year/s?

No, not at the school.

Your role/s on the GBA governing body.

In my role as Governor, I will be leading on teaching and learning although this is the responsibility of all Governors.

A brief description of your skills and experience and how they are utilised on the GBA governing body.

After a lifetime in education, first as a primary teacher and then as Lead Literacy Adviser for Cambridgeshire, now retired, I feel I have the skills, knowledge and time needed. In particular, my expertise in teaching and learning and in knowing what good school performance looks like.

What do you enjoy about your role and what you’ve been involved in?

The Governors are a welcoming, committed and hard- working team so this makes the role enjoyable. And, of course, being part of the whole school community is very worthwhile.

What words of wisdom would you give to encourage anyone wanting to be a Governor.

I would encourage anyone who has the time and wishes to make a valuable contribution to the life chances of children to get involved. There’s a lot to learn but plenty of training, resources and support.

Stephen Spencer

Stephen Spencer - Governor - Local Governing Body Godmanchester Bridge Academy

Hi my name is Stephen Spencer and I have recently become a Governor of Godmanchester Bridge Academy.

A little bit about me.

Although I am of retirement age, I still am very active with a full-time job as Head of Sales for a Print Company in Leicester and Milton Keynes.

In my spare time, I am actively involved as the Chairman of the Godmanchester Community Association with events that are put on for the benefit of the Community. These are always well attended and some of you may have been to them. Easter Egg Trail, Gala Day, Gala Week, Picnic in the Park, Halloween, November 5th Fireworks (Yes, I am the one responsible for letting off 160 rockets) and New Years Eve Fireworks. I am also involved in the production of your yearly Bridge Magazine.

I have been the Chairman for 12 years but on the Committee for a lot longer.

My two Children both grew up in Godmanchester and they attended the Community Academy and now my Grandson who currently lives on Roman’s Edge attends the Community Academy  and next year he will go to Hinchingbrooke School. I have lived here for 35 years. It is a great place to live and we are blessed by having 3 very good Schools in the Town.

How and why did I become a Governor?

I responded to an advert on Facebook asking for a School Governor with some experience in Communications. I did this for two reasons. I have experience in this field and I now can devote time to ensure that as part of a team that the school is managed properly to provide a safe and happy environment for learning.

The other reason, with my Community Association hat on, was to ensure that the new school and residents on Roman’s Edge would feel every bit included as the rest of the Town. My concern was that the A1198 would divide the Community and we will do everything possible to ensure this does not happen.