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Who's Who?

Our Governors - Pen Portraits

Francesca Jardine

I graduated in 2010 from the University of Northampton with a BA(Hons) in Primary Education. I started at Croyland Primary School as a Newly Qualified Teacher, working in Year 2, and have taught here ever since. I have had various roles across the school during this time, but currently I am a Year 3 class teacher, part of the English leadership team, where my main role is reading lead and I am the Designated Teacher for children with medical needs.

I was appointed as staff governor in June 2018. I sit on Pupil Achievement and Welfare Committee, as well as being the link governor for our teaching staff and children. Becoming a member of the governing body has added a new dimension to my roles within school and created further opportunities for me to make a difference. I enjoy the challenge that comes with every aspect of school life and am passionate about high quality education so that every child can reach their full potential.

Valerie Anslow

I am delighted to become a governor at Croyland Primary School, where I spent my primary school years many years ago. After teaching for 38 years in Northamptonshire, I have the experience and expertise to offer the governing body. I will support the Headteacher and her staff in their desire to make a happy, safe and inspiring school where every child is valued. I am a Local Preacher in the Methodist Church, a Councillor representing Swanspool Ward on the Borough Council of Wellingborough, and a trustee of The Daylight Centre.

Steve Bennett

I have recently become a governor at CPS, I have worked in various roles in the past with both children and adults within the County Council and prior to this I was a self employed builder. I currently have 2 grandchildren attending here and this was how I got to know the school.  When I visited to attend school plays and Red Carpet days previously, I felt all the children showed respect for visitors, staff and other pupils. This is something I’d rarely seen before when visiting schools throughout the county in my previous job. I am hoping both my knowledge of employment legislation and areas of building and Health & Safety knowledge will benefit the school in the future. As I now work part time I’m also hoping to be able to give some of my available time to any projects needing support.

Jo Summers

I have been teaching since 2007 and have taught in both the EYFS and Key Stage 1.  I have worked in two different school settings in Northamptonshire, a large primary school in Northampton and I am currently the nursery teacher at Croyland Nursery School.

I have been a co-opted governor for the school since 2014.  I feel that my experiences working in education support my role as a governor for Croyland Primary School.  I am able to offer an objective view whilst supporting the school in achieving their vision.

Tracy Elliot

I have been a school governor here at Croyland Primary School for about fifteen years, with two as Vice Chair and was appointed Chair in September 2018. Having had my own children attend the school, I am as keen now as then to help in moving forward and to see it thrive within our community, whilst ensuring we are doing the very best for it’s pupils.

I am a member of the personnel and Pupil Welfare sub committees.  My own work is as a Registered Childminder so I am involved in the earliest stages of children’s development and education.

Aside from that, I am a keen quizzer, an avid foodie and a big fan of football and darts.

Caron Radford

I joined the Governing Body in April 2018 and am currently sitting on the Pupil Achievement and Welfare Committee.

For the last nine years I have worked in a school, however, my background is predominantly in financial services and the corporate sector.  I have previously been a parent governor at my sons infant school, although it was many years ago.  Whilst he was there, I volunteered as a parent helper and was also involved in the PTA.

I firmly believe that every child should have access to the highest level of education which should be fun, interesting and challenging, and therefore engaging pupils on every level.

My aim is to use my skills to help provide an environment within which the pupils can fulfil their potential, whilst at the same time ensuring that the school continues to progress and to receive recognition for its dedication and commitment.