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Sally Aveling

Role/s:                    SEND Governor
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.










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 two years ago.

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 am enjoying the challenge of combining the role of head of school alongside a teaching commitment in Year 2.




                            Reverend Jenny SeggarRole/s:                     Vice Chair

Committee/s:        Finance & Personnel Committee

I trained as a secondary school teacher and taught music for a number of years before becoming a full time priest. I am married and have 1 (now) grown up daughter who is still in full time education.

I have been living and working in Bramford since 2011 as parish priest, and am a foundation governor (a church governor) as Bramford is a church school.  I really enjoy my contact with the school.  As well as acting as a school governor, my ministry team and I regularly come into Bramford school to assist with leading collective worship, and host Harvest, Remembrance, Christmas and Easter services for families to attend.

With the new federation, I am looking forward to getting to know Somersham School a little better.



 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.                         

 Emma Burgess
Role/s:                    Federation Executive Headteacher
Committee/s:        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.



 Emma Lea
Role/s:                    Head of School Bramford
Committee/s:        TLA 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.



 Sharon Titford-Keller
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Role/s:                    Chair of TLA Committee
Committee/s:        TLA Committee

I have been a governor for 2 years and on the Teaching, Learning and Achievement committee throughout.  I wanted to become a governor to be involved with and support the school.   I have 2 children, a son in year 3 and a daughter who will start school next year.  I am also a Trading Standards Officer and work part time at present.


I have lived in Bramford for 7 years which may not sound like long but is actually the longest time I have lived in one place.  I attended primary schools in 3 different countries, England, India and Switzerland where most of my family are from.


I love reading and travel and on the governing body my area of focus is literacy.  I am passionate about children getting a good start in education.  I love learning new things and enjoy contributing to the Governing Body and School.



 Hayley Cullimore
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I am a new governor on the Teaching, Learning and
Achievement committee with responsibility for Special Educational Needs. I have two children at Bramford and since my eldest has been at the school I have been
a member of the HSA. Since moving to Bramford four years ago I have thrown myself into village life; many of you will know me as the Beaver Leader.

I have worked locally in education for the past 15 years 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 am excited to have the opportunity to help achieve ‘ACE’ where every
pupil can meet their full potential emotionally, academically and creatively; armed with the skills and knowledge to be well-rounded, successful members of the community.

 Barbara Newson

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

I joined the Governors in June 2015. My career has always been in education and I have wide experience of teaching both in the UK and overseas, and of all ages from early years to adult.  I have been headteacher of two successful primary schools in Suffolk, and most recently an assistant programme leader for the Suffolk and Norfolk initial teacher training programme.  I have been an Ofsted inspector and an assessor for the National Professional Qualification for Headship.  I shall be serving on the Teaching, Learning and Achievement Committee. My areas of interest are leadership and management and music. A child's school-days can never be repeated, which is why I am so passionate about doing everything I can to help give all children the best possible education.

  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 have three children at Somersham Primary School, my youngest starting in September 2017 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!