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Bramford and Somersham

Primary School Federation

Governing Body

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

Sally Aveling


Role/s: Staff Governor, Art, PSHE and RSE, Well-being and Mental Health        

Committee/s: Teaching Learning and Achievement 


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.

Emma Burgess


Role/s:  Federation Executive Headteacher
Committee/s: Teaching Learning and Achievement, Premises, Finance & Personnel and Steering Committees

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.

Tim Clarke


Role/s: Community Governor, STEM and Computing Governor           

Committee/s: Finance and Personnel Committee Chair, Steering Committee 

Hayley Cullimore
Role/s: Vice Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor, SEND Governor         
Committee/s:  Teaching Learning and Achievement Committee Chair, Steering 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.

Reverend Eric Fella


Role/s: Foundation Governor, Religious Education and SIAMS                

Committee/s: Personnel and Finance Committee

Sarah Lankester 


Role/s: Deputy Headteacher at Bramford CEVC Primary

Committee/s: Teaching Learning and Achievement Committee

Carolyn Oldfield


Role/s: Head of School at Somersham Primary

Committee/s: Teaching Learning and Achievement 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.

Rita Palmer

Role/s: Foundation Governor, Safeguarding and designated governor for Children in Care, Collective Worship 
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.

Sian Robertson


Role/s: Co-opted Governor                

Committee/s: Teaching, Learning and Achievement Committee

Sharon Titford-Keller


Role/s: Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor, Pupil Premium. English, Modern Foreign Languages 
Committee/s: Teaching Learning and Achievement Committee, Steering Committee Chair     

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.

Saffron Turnell
Role/s: Parent Governor (Bramford), Humanities, GDPR, E-Safety
Committee/s:  Premises Committee Chair, Steering 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.

'Governors are ambitious for the school and have a clear understanding of its strengths and areas for further improvement.

They use their skills to challenge leaders to ensure the best outcomes for pupils'. 

Bramford Ofsted, 2017

Below are two documents that we hope you will find useful. The first is an overview of all the governors who have served within the last 12 months. The second document lists the attendance for the governors in the last 12 months.  If you would like to know more about becoming a governor, then please arrange to meet Mrs Burgess.