Welcome to the Governors’ area of the school website. The Governors of Moulton Primary School work as a team with the Headteacher and the whole school team to support and provide the strategic direction for the school. The Governing Body has 13 members including teachers, support staff, parents and members of the local community – we are all volunteers and have a diverse background, from education, to finance, marketing and IT. Our role is to ensure that the children receive the very best education that we can provide and that the school has the necessary resources to achieve this.

We are here to give the school strategic direction, to support and challenge the Headteacher and senior staff and act as a ‘critical friend’ to help guide the school to improving the standard of education for all our children. We don’t get involved in the day-to-day operation of the school, but help set the criteria by which the school is managed. We ensure that local and national government legislation and targets are met, that we spend our school budget wisely, that the safety of everyone is paramount and that the curriculum is delivered to benefit all children.

Governors take an active role in the school, not only attending meetings, but also school functions, undertaking visits to classrooms and helping out with school visits.

If you want to contact us, then we would be happy to hear from you, please contact us via the school office or talk to any of us when you see us around – we have included our details and photos below so that you know who we are. There is also e-presentation from the school staff on the Board of Governors with Mrs Bastin, Miss Wall, Miss Jones and Mrs Sadler all currently involved.

The Governors of Moulton Primary School do not have a dual role as a Governor at any other school.

Voting rights

Maintained schools
In maintained schools only governors (including the headteacher if they are a governor) may vote in meetings of the full governing board.
Only members of the committee may vote in committee meetings.
All governors have equal voting rights, but the chair has a casting vote if there's a tie.
Associate members have voting rights on committees, but not at full governing board meetings.

Governor Pen Portraits

Kelvin Yarker
I am currently Chair of Governors having joined the governing body in 2011. As Chair I look to review, challenge and support the school’s leadership team to develop and deliver the school improvement plan. I use my experience of having worked in Treasury departments in financial institutions for over 20 years to support the financial management of the school, ensuring that the budget receives proper scrutiny and oversight. I love getting in to the school as often as possible as it is invaluable in helping me to understand the issues being faced and the great work being done. My youngest daughter is still at the school, while her 2 sisters have now moved on to secondary school after 7 happy years.

Debbie Bastin
I have been Headteacher of Moulton for five years now, having moved on from a headship in the West of the county.  I love working at Moulton and am incredibly proud of how well our school nurtures and supports our children’s well-being and learning.  We are privileged to have a highly skilled and committed team of staff and governors who ensure that our children are at the heart of everything we do.

Pete Simons
I have been a Partnership governor at the school since October 2000 and am currently Chair of the Resources Committee with additional responsibility for Science. I work as a Chartered Accountant and when I am not working I enjoy listening to music and watching The Cobblers. I am keen to help provide the best possible education for the children at Moulton Primary School.

Jo Rutherford
I have been a parent governor since October 2012, with a subject responsibility for ICT, and currently have 2 children in the school. I have many years’ experience in marketing and, more recently, IT project management and am keen to use my commercial experience and enthusiasm to contribute to making Moulton Primary the best school possible. My interests include swimming, baking and yoga.

Nigel Lowe
I became a school governor at the end of 2016 with the goal of supporting the leadership team, improving my knowledge of how the school operates and contribute to the local community.

I am an IT management professional and have held a number of leadership roles responsible for delivery, compliance and continual improvement. I hope to apply this experience as the school continues with its improvement plan and building transformation programme.

I have 3 daughters at the school and when time allows I try to get out on my bike, follow rugby union and F1 Motorsport.

Amanda Reeve
I have been a parent governor since November 2016 and I have 1 daughter who attends the school. My interest in school safeguarding issues and the premises has led me to join the Learning and Achievement Committee.

I work at Northamptonshire County Council in the School Appeals Team within Democratic Services. I therefore have a strong interest in education.

In my spare time I like to support my child in her chosen sports of trampolining and gymnastics, reading, going to the theatre, watching films and walking our pet dog, Womble.

Phil Mills
I joined as a parent governor in November 2016 with the aim of supporting the school and its leadership team to ensure that every child gets a good education. I have joined the Learning and Achievement Committee where I can help support the performance of the school.

I am a Detective Inspector with Northamptonshire Police where I work with the Homicide and Major Crime Command. I hope to be able to bring my experience of leadership and management to the school.

I currently have a child at the school and in my spare time I enjoy watching most sports, playing football, reading and listening to music

Elizabeth Dixon
I became a parent governor during 2017 because I wanted to be able to help support the leadership team and at the same time learn more about how a school like ours runs.

I work locally as a GP and am also a member of the directors board at the practice with responsibility for HR & education. I hope that these managerial / leadership skills are something I can bring to the governing board as well as my enjoyment of team working.

I have 2 sons in KS2 and volunteer in school as a parent helper one afternoon a week.  In my spare time I like to read, plan new trips with the family, watch the Saints and take on new sporting challenges with friends.

Leanna Ward
I have been Associate Governor in the Learning and Achievement Committee since January 2018, supporting the leadership team and contributing to the local community.

Working in Recruitment I have gained skills from the corporate world. I also lead an extracurricular French club in primary schools and have a strong interest in education.

Both of my sons attend Moulton Primary. In my spare time my interests include languages, walking, theatre and playing netball.

Rebecca Hales
I have been an associate governor of the school since January 2018 and have recently joined the full governing body of the school as a parent governor. I am very passionate about supporting all members of staff at Moulton Primary as well as ensuring all students get a good quality education.

I am a Vice Principal of a local secondary school with current responsibilities for safeguarding, admissions and transition. I hope to use these skills to work closely with both parents and students to support with the next steps of their education as they move to secondary school.

I have two children currently at the school and in my spare time I love to spend quality time with the family visiting different places in the UK.

Dawn Sadler
I joined the team at Moulton Primary School in December 2010 from University and have worked within classes as 1:1 Support, as a class Teaching Assistant. In 2015 I moved to the Inclusion Department and am currently the Schools Learning Mentor.

I have background experience of 18 years’ working in corporate business before retraining and have spent 15 years in roles working with vulnerable adults then Children’s and mental health charities.

I really enjoy working at Moulton Primary School and I am committed to the school’s ethos of developing the whole child and supporting families within the school community, so I wanted to be able to extend my support of the school by being part of the governing body and I have been elected as a Support Staff Governor.

Lauren Jones
I joined Moulton Primary School in 2015 and currently work as Year 2 teacher and Team Leader, whilst also sitting on the Senior Leadership Team. I believe that we continue to strive towards providing the best possible opportunities for our children at Moulton, and as part of this I enjoy leading our Junior Strictly dancing teams across the school.

I was elected as a Staff Governor and within this role attempt to provide a clear insight into the current activities within school and work in partnership with the other governors in order to contribute to the wider strategic development of the school.