Governors – Who’s Who

Our Governors are representatives of the local community including the parents, school staff and LA appointed members. They bring a range of interests, knowledge and skills to the school and they all work in a voluntary capacity. Our Governing Body is made up of 11 Governors.

Julie Francis – Chair of Governors – Foundation Governor

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I have been a governor of the school since 2008. I was originally appointed as a Local Authority governor but am now a Foundation governor appointed by the Beacon Trust. In November 2014 I was elected as chair. I have strong personal links with the school as I was a pupil myself (more years ago than I care to admit) as were other members of my family. I am now retired but I worked for over 30 years for BT in a number of roles but latterly as an IT solutions designer and project manager. I am currently also a trustee and board member for both the Telford & Wrekin Council for Voluntary Service and the Senior Citizens Forum.
I believe strongly in maintaining the inclusive and welcoming ethos of the school whilst at the same time ensuring that we are always seeking to improve standards.

Appointed by – Governing Body
Term of Office – Ends 13th December 2020 (4 years)
Area of Responsibility – Chair & Maths

Neil Cole – Co-opted Governor

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I am a Parent Governor and have been for nearly 5 years. I am a father of four, 3 boys and a girl and live in Waters Upton. My eldest has gone all the way through Crudgington and left for Charlton, the middle two are in Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 1 respectively and my wife, Alaine, has been Chair of the Friends twice – so I have good understanding of the school and the Community.

I have a job selling data which takes me all over the country, but also allows me to work from home and make visits to the school – although not as often as I would like. I hope I bring a level of commercial acumen and experience to the Governing Body that compliments the strengths of the other members. I am proud of how the School has developed in many areas over the years that our family has been associated with it, including Governorship, Teaching, Achievement and Community Spirit, and I will continue to work to continue that journey. I am most proud though of the children, how they apply themselves and how they develop as people as they go through the school.

Appointed by – GB
Term of Office – Ends 13th December 2020 (4 years)
Area of Responsibility – Community Cohesion

Katrina Lister – LA Governor

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I have been a Parent Governor at Crudgington Primary school since September 2009. My eldest child started at the school in 2002 and this summer my third child will complete his primary education and move to a secondary school in the area. As a resident of Waters Upton, I am keen to remain involved with the school and help develop further links with the local community.

As an experienced primary school teacher, I have taught across the full age range, in several local rural primary schools. My particular interest, as a governor, is the quality of curriculum taught at Crudgington. I feel that is important that the school continues to place emphasis on learning within a creative, challenging and exciting environment.

Appointed by – Governing Body
Term of Office – Ends 13th December 2020 (4 years)
Area of Responsibility– Safeguarding & Basic Skills

Karen Pankhurst – Foundation Governor

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I am one of the school’s foundation governors. I have been a member of the governing body since 2014, when my daughter was a pupil at the school. I continued as a governor following her progression to secondary school.

I have been a police officer for 28 years, working predominantly as a Detective. This gives me a wide range of experiences and training to draw upon in my role as governor, and consequently I am the link governor for safeguarding.

Crudgington has a friendly and all-inclusive environment, that allows all the children to thrive and develop. I am proud to be part of the team that supports them and the staff, in continuing to improve standards.

 

Appointed by – Governing Body
Term of Office – Ends 13th December 2020 (4 years)
Area of Responsibility – Safeguarding & SMSC

Tom Greatorex – Parent Governor

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I am married with one child and another on the way, Alfie my eldest is currently at Crudgington Primary and just started in year 3 . I’m a working parent and work for Microsoft one of the largest IT organisations in the world who also invest significantly into the education space to ensure that children get access to the best technology products. Prior to joining Microsoft, I worked at Telford & Wrekin council and was responsible for the delivery of ICT services to schools from 1999 to 2010, during this time I was also a governor at a local secondary school. Outside of work and family life I run the local Cubs pack for boys and girls between 8 and 10.5 years in Admaston and a very keen mountain biker. I very much look forward to the opportunity to support and work with Crudgington Primary School in building upon what is already a very successful school.

Appointed by – Election
Term of Office Ends 13th January 2020 (4 years)
Area of Responsibility– Health & Safety

John Williams – Co-opted Governor

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I have been a governor at Crudgington since 2003. I attended Crudgington school myself as did my father and children also.

I run a local business and am involved in the local community as a church warden at Waters Upton and chairman at Waters Upton Village Hall Community and therefore I am aware of local issues.

Appointed by – Governing Body
Term of Office – Ends 13th December 2020 (4 years)
Area of Responsibility – Community Cohesion

Adam Ames – Head Teacher Governor

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I took up post here at Crudgington Primary School in September 2013. It is my privilege to work with such a talented teaching team and lead the school with suppport and challenge from the governing body.

I have worked in Telford & Wrekin for over 15 years in both large and small schools.

 

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Tim Davies – Parent Governor

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I was elected as parent governor in December 2017. I have lived in Waters Upton since 2008 and have found the village, with the school as a central figure, to be a warm, welcoming community.

My desire to be part of Crudgingtons Governing Body derives from a genuine interest in school improvement at all levels and a deep rooted belief in the importance of education for all.

As a parent with two children one at the school currently, and one who went right through the school before moving onto Charlton in September 2017, I am interested in the welfare and education that the school provides.
I play an active role in the education of my children, I enjoy helping with homework, which comes with great satisfaction and frustration in equal measures!  I also take time off work to attend school events wherever possible, and I understand the importance of education in the early years of a child’s development.

My own background is in facility and operational management within the largest catering and facility services company worldwide, being responsible for a budget of £20 million, gives me a sound financial acumen.

Appointed by – Election

Term of Office – Ends 31st January 2021 (4 years)

Area of Responsibility  Finance

Chris Twine – Parent Governor
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I have been a Parent Governor since 2017 and have a daughter at the school. I have worked in education for over 20 years, and I am now a senior manager at the University of Warwick with a broad remit that includes teaching quality, student administration and academic resourcing. My portfolio also includes widening participation and outreach activities to primary and secondary schools to raise aspirations of young learners. I am keen to ensure Crudgington maintains and develops its vision to be a friendly, supportive learning community.

 

Appointed by – Election

Term of Office – Ends 31st January 2021 (4 years)

Area of Responsibility  English & Pupil Premium

Sarah Chadderton – Parent Governor

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I have been a governor at Crudgington since January 2018 and am really enjoying my role. I have been a teacher for 20 years; I have taught Reception, Year One and Year Two in rural schools in Yorkshire and Shrewsbury. My eldest son started Reception at Crudgington in September 2017 and has settled into school life brilliantly thanks to the excellent start that school provides. I am very proud to be able to work as part of the governing body at Crudgington. Since my first visit, I have been impressed with the positive attitude and behaviour of children of all ages. I look forward to seeing what the future has to offer for the children of Crudgington Primary School and am committed to facilitating this in my role as a governor.

Appointed by – Election

Term of Office – Ends 12th January 2022 (4 years)

Area of Responsibility  EYFS

Julie Horton – Staff Governor

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I have recently been appointed as Assistant Headteacher and I am very proud to be part of a supportive and caring school community. I have been a primary teacher for 18 years and have previous experience of being staff governor.I am a mum to twin girls ,who are now in their first year of secondary school; I also enjoy running and going to the gym

Appointed by – Election

Term of Office – Ends 7th May 2022 (4 years)

Area of Responsibility  English