Governors

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.

Rachel Keightley

I joined the governors in 2018 and have have been voted as Chair of the Governor’s for the academic year 2020-2021.  I sit on the Resources Committee which deals with the H & S, Recruitment and financial side of the school. My primary aim for joining the governors was to learn more about the running of the school and give back to community. I really enjoy partaking in the governors days where the governors spend the day observing, learning and giving feedback to the teachers and leadership team.

I am Head of Legal for a Broadcast and Retail company and have numerous years of management and leadership experience. My aim is to use this skill set to assist the leadership of the school.

I have a daughter who is currently at the school and a son who will be joining in 2021.

Kelvin Yarker

I am currently Vice-Chair of Governors having joined the governing body in 2011.  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.

Ms Jo Rutherford

I have been a Parent Governor since October 2012 and both my children have attended Moulton Primary – my son is currently in Year 5.  I have many years’ experience in marketing and IT project management and have recently set up my own business and in my spare time I enjoy swimming, netball and baking.

My commercial knowledge, enthusiasm and analytical experience have all been beneficial in my role as Parent Governor.  During my time as a Governor I have worked closely with the School Leadership Team in areas such as communications, data analysis and specifically on assessment as part of the Learning & Achievement Committee.  I am also an active member of the PTA and co-ordinate the communication between the Governing Body and FOMPS.  I am very proud of the school and how it has developed and improved over the years and would love to continue contributing as a Governor over the next few years.

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.

Mr Nigel Lowe

I joined the school governing body as a parent governor at the end of 2016. Along with the main governing body I am also the vice-chair of the subcommittee accountable for resources. My purpose for being a school governor was to give something back to the local community, support the school leadership team, and improve my understanding of how the school operates. With the resources committee, I have supported some of the spending decisions that have been made to improve the school services and the vision that headteacher has in making Moulton primary school a great learning experience for the children. I am thoroughly enjoying the experience and the best times as a governor are the governor days. We have a 'day in the life' of the school day, witness it in action with the children engaging with their learning activities and feedback sessions with teachers. I would love the opportunity to continue to offer my services to the school over the next few years to continue its journey to having 3 forms in all years, and the resources optimised to deliver the learning the children deserve.

Miss Amanda Reeve

I have a daughter who attends Moulton Primary School. My day job, other than being a mum is working at NCC in Democratic Services on School admission appeals. Within my role I work alongside the School Admissions team, Social Workers, Inclusion Officers, safeguarding and SENCO.

I first became involved in Moulton Primary School Governance in 2016 when I joined as an Associate Governor on the Premises, Health & Safety committee. One of my earliest contributions was the bringing about having a staff member present on the school gates as a safeguarding measure. I later became a Parent Governor in Nov 2016. I joined the Learning & Achievement Committee which led me to being the lead Governor for EYFS.

I have enjoyed being involved in the development of the Reception phase. It has been a privileged watching the Receptioner’s grow, develop and become confident members of the Moulton Primary family. I help show new perspective Reception parents around on open days (you may have seen me). I attend the music events, school and topic days. I have been involved in Artsmark, making creative arts part of the school curriculum and achieving a Silver Award in June 2019.

I hope to carry on playing a part in the continuous integration of the creative arts in the school’s daily life and curriculum. I hope to continue to be involved with Moulton Primary School’s continuous development as a Parent Governor for many more years.

Mr Philip Mills

I have been a parent governor for 4 years. I joined as a governor to support the school and its leadership team in ensuring that every child gets a good education.  I chair the Learning and Achievement Committee where I support the performance of the school.

I am a senior Detective with the Metropolitan Police Service, having previously served in Northamptonshire Police.  I bring my experience of leadership, management, and performance delivery to the school.

I currently have two children in the school and in my spare time I enjoying watching most sports, playing football, reading and listening to music.

Mr Nicky Jones-Penny

I have two children at the school one in EYFS and one in Year 1.

I have an interest in supporting the school in moving forward in its journey. I have experience in safeguarding in particular the areas of pre and post looked after children and regularly speak for NCC. I would listen impartially to concerns/feelings on vital matters raised by parents/carers and present a balanced view of issues, therefore maintaining an approachable and reliable stance. Excellent communication skills are essential and working for the NHS I carry this out to individuals on all levels. I would dedicate my time to be a proactive and effective school governor.

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.

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.

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 an Assistant Headteacher. 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.