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Please see below our current school Governors.  All Governors are contactable via the school office at either school.

Sally Aveling

Committee/s:        TLA Committee

I’ve lived in the catchment of Somersham primary School for fourteen years.  Over the years I have been on the PTA and now work at the school as a Teaching Assistant. Wanting to become more involved in the running and ‘workings’ of the school I joined the Governors. I am on the Teaching Learning and achievement committee and three of my main focuses are SEN support, Maths and Attainment and progress.

Adrian Game

Committee/s:        Finance & Personnel Committee

Rita Palmer

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Role/s:                    Safeguarding/Online Safety/LAC
Committee/s:        Premises Committee

I became a parent governor when my now adult children were pupils, which I’m afraid to admit makes me the longest serving governor.  As a practising Christian and a steward at Bramford Methodist Church I was able to switch to a foundation governor when I no longer qualified as a parent.  My children were happy whilst receiving a good education at Bramford and being a governor was a way I could give something back.
Prior to moving from London I had been a librarian and was happy to use that experience at the school, as well as being a lunchtime supervisor and lollipop lady and on the HSA.
Although originally a Bramford governor, my current role in safeguarding makes me very much a Federation governor and I am now enjoying my time equally at both schools.


Saffron Turnell

Role/s:                    GDPR/Online Safety
Committee/s:        Premises Committee

I started in my role as Parent Governor for the school in November 2018 during my daughter’s reception year at Bramford as I wanted to be able to support the school in some way.

In my role as a parent governor, I sit on the premises committee and have been appointed as GDPR champion and monitoring lead for the website and e-safety. These responsibilities are well suited to my background of working in health and safety regulation for the Civil Service and I hope to be able to provide assistance and assurances to the school in achieving the ACE vision.

 Emma Burgess
Role/s:                   Federation Executive Headteacher
Committee/s:        TLA, Premises, Finance & Personnel cttes

I have worked within our federation since 2013, prior to which I worked in various primary schools across Suffolk and Norfolk. I was delighted to become the Executive Headteacher for our federation in September 2017 having completed my National Primary Qualification in Headship.

As the Executive Headteacher, my role is to oversee both schools and promote shared vision and working together, whilst also retaining and celebrating the individual identity of our schools. My role also includes working with our federation governing body who, like myself, are committed to making both of our schools the best they can be and ensuring every child has the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

 It is wonderful to be part of both the Bramford and Somersham school communities and I relish the excitement and learning opportunities that it brings.

Sarah Lankester 

Role/s:                    Deputy Headteacher of Bramford Committee/s:        TLA Committee

Louise Peddelty

Role/s:                    Safeguarding/Online Safety/LAC
Committee/s:        Finance & Personnel Committee

I've been a parent governor since June 2017 and sit on the Finance and Personnel committee. I am also the P.E governor for both schools due to my background and current involvement in sport. I became a member of Ipswich Swimming Club at the age of five reaching National level by the time I was a teenager, turning that into a swimming teacher on my retirement. More recently I have qualified as a gymnastics coach after being drawn into the sport by my daughter's participation. 

I currently have two children at Somersham Primary School and a third who has now left after completing seven happy and successful years there so I felt this was a good time to give something back and get more involved.

Julie Usher

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Role/s:                    Chair of Finance & Personnel Ctte
Committee/s:        Finance & Personnel Committee
I’ve been a parent governor since May 2013.  I first became involved with the school in 2006 as a football coach with Premier Sport.  I liked the feel of the school so much that I put my daughter’s name down.  Eight years later, I have 3 children at the school – I felt that was a good time to get more involved!  The picture is of me and my children geo-caching on a cycle ride!  Sport is my passion.  I have a Sports degree and coached football and trampolining for many years, alongside my day-job as a Finance Officer for the Local Authority.  I am also on the HSA – currently as Treasurer.  I am thoroughly enjoying the challenge of learning about the school from a whole new angle.  Please speak to me in the playground if you would like me to answer any questions or take any points forward – remember, parent governors represent you! 
 Hayley Cullimore
Role/s:             Vice Chair of Governors, SEND Governor         
Committee/s:  TLA Committee       
I have been a governor since 2018. I am vice chair, chair the Teaching, Learning and Achievement committee and have responsibility for Special Educational Needs. Previous to this I was an active member of the HSA and continue to be a leader in the local Scout group. I feel strongly about being part of the local community and how as a village we can strive for the best for our residents; especially the young people.

I have worked locally in education over the past two decades and have vast knowledge and experience of the primary curriculum.  I am passionate about education and truly believe in the importance of a broad, balanced and inspiring curriculum for all. I feel privileged to be part of an ‘ACE’ team where every pupil has the opportunity to meet their full potential emotionally, academically and creatively; armed with the skills and knowledge to be well-rounded, successful members of the community.

              Carolyn Oldfield

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Role/s:                    Head of School Somersham
Committee/s:        TLA Committee

Following my training in Lincolnshire, I remained in the county working in village primary schools before moving to Suffolk in 2007. I then taught years 5 and 6 in a small school not too far from Somersham whilst completing the NPQH – National Professional Qualification for Headship.  I spent a term as an acting head in another school and it was this experience that gave me the confidence and encouragement to take on the role of head of school at Somersham.

I have always chosen to work in small village schools because I feel I can really get to know every child as an individual.  

I love the family feel and the great way that everyone works so well together.

Sharon Titford-Keller

Role/s:                   Chair of Governors
Committee/s:        TLA & Steering Committee             

I have been a Governor at Bramford & Somersham Primary School Federation since 2013.  Initially I became a parent governor when my son was in Reception and then I was co-opted when the Federation was created.  I have been the Chair of the Teaching Learning & Achievement Committee and on the Steering Committee for a number of years.  I have also had responsibility for monitoring the Pupil Premium spending, Assessment Data and English.  Most recently I have been Vice-chair of Governors and have now taken on the role as Chair.  I am passionate about learning and reading in particular.  I love our ACE vision and contributing to the schools as a member of the governing body.

Caroline Wolton
Role/s:                    Chair of Premises Committee
Committee/s:        Premises Committee

Born and raised in Bramford I attended Bramford Primary School myself with many happy memories, I am thrilled my son has the opportunity to be at Bramford too, and am confident he will be very happy here, where every child has the opportunity to achieve their full potential and excel both academically and creatively. I am a Paramedic and Beaver Scout Leader and am very involved in the community here in Bramford. Already a strong supporter of the school and Chairperson of the PTA/HSA for the past 4 years, I wanted to take a step further to help make our school the best it can be for all, staff, students and families. I am passionate about the education of our children and the quality of the school they attend.  I joined the Governors in 2015 and am enjoying the experience; I look forward to the challenges ahead and making a difference.