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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.

Leah Chinnery

Role/s: Associate Member, Somersham Head of School                

Committee/s: Teaching, Learning and Achievement Committee

Tim Clarke


Role/s: Chair of Governors, 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 Falla


Role/s: Foundation Governor, Safeguarding, Religious Education and SIAMS           

Committee/s: Personnel and Finance Committee

Rebecca Firmin-Smith


Role/s: Co-opted Governor                

Committee/s: Personnel and Finance Committee
Rebecca Newman
Role/s: Parent Governor (Somersham)
Committee/s:  Health, Safety and Welfare Committee
Jayne Squirrell
Role/s: Associate Member. Bramford CEVC Head of School
Committee/s:  Teaching, Learning and Achievement Committee

I have worked at Bramford school for over 20 years dedicating the majority of my career in education to achieving the best for our Bramford pupils through hard work and the ability to encourage children to learn, and most importantly enjoy being part of our friendly caring school community.  During this time I have taught in both KS1 and KS2 classes including an enjoyable six years teaching in Year 6.


After spending three and a half years as one of two Bramford Deputy Heads, I was thrilled to become the Head of School in September 2022. As the Head of Bramford School, it is my passion to continue to lead by professional example, alongside our team of hardworking teachers and support staff to ensure that our federation’s vision and ethos is adhered to whilst celebrating the identity and distinctiveness of what makes Bramford school the warm and nurturing place it is.


I enjoy embracing the challenges of always striving to be the best school possible. This includes working within our federation governing body. My role as part of the teaching, learning and achievement committee is to drive forward the priorities and targets of our school enabling all children to achieve and to access a stimulating broad and balanced curriculum that allows them to grow into unique individuals who question, explore and take on the world around them with both respect and kindness as they move on into their future as young people.

Kirsty Newstead
Role/s: Parent Governor (Bramford)


'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 speak or meet with Mrs Burgess or a member of the governing body.