Full list of Governors and their responsibilities are downloadable below...
Mr Alan Turner - Chair of Governors
I have been a School Governor (Co-opted) since June 2020 and took over as Chair of Governors in 2022. Having lived in Ailsworth since 1981 and my children having started school at Castor Church of England Primary School, I am very much aware that the school is justifiably held in high regard. It is important to me that the School continues to maintain this high reputation.
My background is in the Health Service being a Consultant Surgeon at the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals. Later, being the Medical Director and Interim Chief Executive of these Hospitals. Latterly, mainly after I retired from the Health Service, I worked for several organisations assessing Poorly Performing Hospitals and Poorly Performing Doctors both nationally and internationally and was drafted in as Interim Medical Director or Interim Chief Executive. Before retirement from the Health Service I was Chair of Local and Regional Medical Committees.
I have worked in the voluntary sector having completed my contracts within the Healthcare Sector the most recent being a member of and Chair of the Peterborough Prison Independent Monitoring Board.
Mrs Julie Berry - Vice-Chair of Governors
Following a career 20 years+ at Thomas Cook in head office, I am now an independent business consultant, specialising in strategy, project management, business development and commercial functions.
I joined the board of governors as a parent governor in November 2019 and took on the Vice Chair role in 2021. My daughter joined the school 5 years ago and I have always been impressed by the community spirit at the school and how the values are very much aligned to my own, but never more so than during these past couple of years.
As governors we have a collective responsibility to act in the best interests of the children and the school (regardless of which type of governor we are) and I use my experience from my working life to help shape the role that I can play on the governing body. As chair of the Learning & Progress committee, it is my role to ensure that we support the Leadership team of the school whilst constructively challenging, when appropriate, to make sure that every child has the opportunity to develop to the best of his or her potential, regardless of ability.
A little bit more about me? I also have twin daughters at Arthur Mellows and am “mum” to a crazy cockapoo who keeps us all on our toes!! In my spare time I coach at a local gymnastics club, working with a group of year 2-4 age children where I love to see the progress of the gymnasts that I coach. I’m also a tutor for British Gymnastics, a regional judge and run the Young Leader Academy at our Club where I work with children age 11-17 to help develop their Leadership Skills.
Mrs Chris Murrell - Foundation Governor
I have been a governor since September 2012 and became Chair of Governors in September 2013, before stepping down in December 2017. I have recently just stepped down from being the Chair of Governors once again in December 2021 and have handed the baton on! I am a Foundation Governor and firmly believe that the Christian values inherent in Castor School and the links with the church provide the best foundation for every child.
I was a secondary school teacher for 39 years during which time I was a SENCo, a deputy headteacher and a headteacher in two different schools. During my career I also worked as a school inspector and as an education consultant. I really want to support the school to move forward and hope that my experience in education and school inspections can be useful.
We know as governors that there is more work to do in the school and like the staff we will not shy away from that in order that your children can have the best experiences possible.
Governors are volunteers and give their time freely. I am grateful for their generosity in supporting our community school.
I hope that you'll find us approachable and what we don't know we will find out for you.
We have every confidence in our Headteacher and staff and will support them but also challenge them when appropriate.
Miss Louise Abbott - Acting Headteacher
I became Acting Headteacher of Castor Church of England Primary School in January 2022. Castor C of E Primary School is a school at the heart of its community. The school’s distinctive Christian character and strong links with St. Kyneburgha's Church help create a learning environment with a Christian ethos at its heart. The Governors, staff and children have a palpable sense of pride in the way that they talk about their school and go about their daily work. In our distinctive Christian vision, we state that ‘We have faith in God, ourselves and everyone around us’, and this really is central to our work as a Church of England School. Our aim is to build on the good work of the school in recent years and ensure that we achieve the best that we can for our children.
I'm an avid reader and I'm passionate about children learning to read. Supporting young children to read and write from an early age really does open up a world of other potential for them in their learning. We want all children to achieve and grow in the best way possible for them - emotionally, socially, academically and physically.
In my 'spare' time I'm a mum to a grown up son and I also enjoy travelling and visiting new places both here and abroad.
Mr Jonathan Hunt - Parent Governor
Mrs Claire Brant - Staff Governor
I am Castor’s staff governor and have been in the post since November 2019. I enjoy being the link between the board of governors and the staffing team, providing a key insight to daily life at Castor and an educational knowledge where needed.
Outside of my role as a teacher and governor, my family life is busy! I have two boys, one at primary and one new to secondary school and due to their various outside interests, my schedule is mostly jam-packed. Due to my youngest playing rugby and my husband coaching, I have spent the last 5 years trying to learn and understand the rules of the game although success with this has been minimal!
In addition to my role as ‘mum’, I enjoy cooking, reading and spending time with family and friends. I enjoy sport, both watching and playing and have recently begun playing netball again, both socially and for fitness.
Mr Steve Davies - Co-opted Governor
I am a recently retired Chartered Accountant having qualified with a large practice. In ‘practice’ I worked in the UK and for 3 years overseas. For 30 years I worked for 2 large groups in the UK in mainly’ hands on’ roles. I feel very strongly that a good standard of varied education is essential to give people a well balanced outlook on life and promote a sense of belonging and fairness in our society. I especially like the Christian aspect to the School. I am really hoping that my financial background and hands on approach could help the school especially as finance is becoming more and more important to many educational organisations.
Mr David Ridgeway - Rector and Co-opted Governor
I joined the Governing Body when I moved to Castor to take on the role of Rector in November 2015.
During my ministry I have served at various times on the governing bodies of five different primary schools, some of them Church schools and others community schools. Throughout this period I have seen the role of the governing body change considerably. Governors now have much more responsibility for ensuring that schools provide a happy safe environment in which children can enjoy learning and attain the highest possible standards. The key to success in this enterprise is having a well motivated and professional staff such as the strong team we have at Castor School.
As well as having a happy and committed staff team Castor School is also blessed by having very strong links between the church congregation, the village community and the pupils and staff. I feel strongly that these links are vitally important in helping to create a unique ethos which helps children to learn the importance respecting and caring for other human beings and the world in which we live. It is a privilege to serve as part of the Castor School Governing Body and I hope that I will be able to help the school to continue to move forward building on its current strengths.
Mrs Emily Finnie - Foundation Governor
I was pleased to be appointed as a Foundation Governor in October 2017 to deliver my strong belief in the importance of the relationship between Castor Church of England Primary School, St Kyneburgha’s Church and the local community. As a parent whose son attended the school, I have experienced the benefits of the school’s Christian ethos on a child’s education.
I have lived in Castor for 27 years and as a family we worship at St Kyneburghas’s Church. I was previously a member of Castor Parochial Church Council where I held the role of Treasurer for many years.
As a recently retired Public Servant, having worked for Natural England and its predecessor bodies for over 30 years, I have experience of contract management, recruitment and staff development. A common theme during my career was delivery of good governance through support of both the non-executive Board and Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.
Working with the Head, other governors and staff we have a Vision ‘ We have faith in God, ourselves and everyone around us’ to use as a foundation for all children’s learning and spiritual development while at Castor Church of England Primary School.
Mrs Bridget Spencer - Foundation Governor
I am one of the Foundation Governors at Castor Church of England Primary School. This role combines my Christian faith and interest in the welfare and development of children into responsible citizens.
Retired now, my working career involved teaching infants and working as a fund raising manager for the Church of England Children's Society.
I moved to Ailsworth 10 years ago. I was already a local preacher on the Peterborough Methodist Circuit and subsequently became a lay reader in the Castor Benefice.
Leading school worship is a privilege and a joy, and I particularly enjoy sharing my love of stories with the children.
Mrs Binal Cadieu - Parent Governor
I have just joined the Board of Governors in 2022. I’m an experienced policy and project management professional currently working for the Mayor of London. Throughout my career, I have been responsible for overseeing multi-million pound projects in the fields of economic development, regeneration, investment and skills. I therefore have a solid understanding of the strategic importance of developing the skills and education of our children.
I have two children at the school and I’m really excited to be a Parent Governor because, along with a personal interest in the school, every child matters and education is an essential component of economic growth and prosperity. I enjoy contributing to developing individuals and am keen to support the learning environment.
During my spare time, I love creating memories with family and friends, whether that be through fitness activities, travel or simply enjoying the local environment.
Mrs Victoria Robinson - Associate Governor
I became a parent governor in the Autumn Term of 2017, following my oldest daughter joining Castor Church of England Primary School. Since then, my second daughter has now also started at the school and my son will hopefully follow suit in September. After completing a term as parent governor, I stepped down from that role, but I remain in a supporting role as an associate governor.
So far, I have enjoyed being able to contribute and give something back to the school where my children spend most of their weeks! Being a governor has been personally rewarding as well as enabling me to put to use some of my skills.
I am a Corporate and Commercial Solicitor working in the Peterborough office of a regional firm where I do some work within the Education and Charity Sectors. This has been a helpful background for the governor role as well as the governor role giving me a practical application of some of the things that I may advise on.
In my spare time, I enjoy going on family walks and bike rides as well as travelling and seeing new places.
Mrs Helen Boulton - Associate Governor
As a former teacher at Castor Church of England Primary School, I was delighted to be invited on to the Governing Body as an associate member. I am now a lay Children’s Minister at St Kyneburgha’s church and so one of my main responsibilities is to maintain the excellent links we have between the church and the school within the community. I also provide support to the RE co-ordinator in her role and regularly lead worship. My role also enables me to communicate effectively with families about the worship and activities we provide at church, such as Sunday Children’s Church, Family Praise services and First Communion workshops. It’s wonderful to see so many of our school families playing an active part within our church and enjoying worship together.
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