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Please find below information on all our Governors. Each Governor has a curriculum responsibility, this can be found in the Link Governor document. If you wish to speak with one of our Governors please contact the School Office or email: governors@denfieldpark.northants.sch.uk   

Philip Hearson - Chair of Governors

I have lived in Rushden since 2006 when I moved here to take up the role of Minister at the Wesleyan Church in the High Street. Previously I had lived in Nuneaton, Warwickshire and had served as a Governor for around 10 years, firstly at an Infant School and then a Junior School where my children attended. I have been a Local Authority Governor here since 2011.

I have just been elected as Chair of Governors, I also sit on the Personnel, Finance and Premises Sub-Committee - I feel that my previous training in accountancy is very useful. My aim is to support the school in any way possible, through the role of Governor but I am also able to give help in other ways including leading assemblies and through the school visits to the church. I believe that the role of a Governor is to ensure that the children's education and welfare are paramount, enabling them to reach their full potential.

I enjoy watching many kinds of sport and participating in some!

Category Responsibilities Committees Pecuniary Interests Term of Office
Local Authority

Chair of Governors

Wellbeing, CPD &

Pastoral Support

Finance None

13/09/2015 -

12/09/2019

 

 

Angela Griffiths - Head Teacher

 

I have been a Head Teacher for the past 15 years. I became Head Teacher of Denfield Park Primary School when we opened as a Primary School in April 2012 following the amalgamation of Denfield Park Junior School and Hayway Nursery and Infant school. I became Head at the Junior School in 2001, and took on the executive headship of the two schools once they federated in 2010. The amalgamation of the two schools and the extensive new build project certainly presented many challenges! During my career I have taught in seven primary schools in Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire and have been a governor in three of them. During my early career I spent two years teaching at an Elementary school in California. I have been a Deputy in two schools and have worked as a Literacy subject leader and as a SENCO. In my leisure time I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family and walking along the Anglesey coastline. Being both the Head Teacher and a Governor at Denfield is a privilege, I am passionate about education and improving the life chances for our children.

Category Responsibilities Committees Pecuniary Interests Term of Office
Headteacher Safeguarding

Finance

Standards & Curriculum

None 01/09/2010

 

Vaughan Carradice 

I have been a school governor for over 25 years, serving initially at Hayway and now at Denfield. During that time I have fulfilled several roles and have seen many changes in schools and schooling. Although now retired, I spent virtually all my working life as a teacher of Mathematics in Lincolnshire and Bedfordshire. My interests include cycling, swimming, gardening and much of my time is taken up looking after my grandchildren. Being a school Governor enables me to contribute to the local community and help prepare and nurture our future generations.

Category Responsibility Committee membership Pecuniary Interests Term of Office
Co-Opted

Assessment Governor

Early Years Governor

Finance &

Standards & Curriculum

Wife works in school

19/11/14 -

18/11/2022

 

René Crevel

I became a Governor at Denfield Park in the late 1990’s at the start of my youngest son’s last year, having previously been a member of the Denfield Park School Association. I worked as a scientist at Unilever’s Colworth Laboratories in Sharnbrook until last summer when I retired and set up my own consultancy. A good education is the most valuable preparation for life in the wider world that one can give children and the influence of the schools during their early years is really critical in instilling a lifelong thirst for learning. All 3 of my children went to Denfield Park and both enjoyed and benefitted from their time there, ultimately going on to University. It therefore seems only fitting that I should help to contribute to the development and growth of future generations by serving as Governor. I am currently Vice-Chair and also chair the Personnel, Finance and Premises (PFP) Committee.

Category Responsibilities Committees Pecuniary Interests Term of Office
Vice Chair Finance Governor

Finance

Standards & Curriculum

None

19/11/2014 -

18/11/2022

 

Helen Eales I am parent of two young children, one of whom is a pupil at Denfield Park. I have worked for many years as a Speech and Language Therapist for children and young people in both the NHS and private sector.  My roles have included working with mainstream schools, special schools and Special Educational Needs units across Northamptonshire, Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.  Within these roles, I have worked closely with schools and Local Authorities.  I believe that speech, language and communication skills are the foundation of children’s learning and wellbeing in school.  

I am passionate about supporting children and families with Special Educational Needs including Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties and ensuring every child has the right to an equal and high quality education.   I believe that no child should have their education compromised as a result of a medical, social or educational disadvantage or disability. It is a privilege to be a parent governor at Denfield Park Primary School and to work as part of the team to ensure the best education and wellbeing for every child. 

Category Responsibilities Committees Pecuniary Interests Term of Office
Parent     Children in school

14/11/2018 -

13/11/2022

 

Jack FleckneyI joined the Governors team in late 2018 with the aim of being able to make a difference to children’s education and the environment they learn in. Denfield Park Primary School has played a large part in my family with my younger brother previously attending and mother working for Denfield as School Business Manager.

I grew up in Rushden and attended local schools before moving to London to play rugby for London Wasps. At the age of 18 I went through Royal Marine Selection where I became and worked as a Royal Marine Commando for 5 years. During this time I was lucky enough to represent the Royal Navy in the annual Army v Navy Rugby Match. I left 4 years ago to build a local business called ShireFit where we now have multiple locations. Using my sporting and business background I would love to help Denfield Park Primary continue to offer an amazing opportunity to all children that attend.

Category Responsibilities Committees Pecuniary Interests Term of Office
Co-Opted     Mother works in school

14/11/2018 -

13/11/2022

 

Dannie Laws became a Parent Governor in June 2015 and am on the Curriculum and Standards Committee and oversee Pupil Premium and Special Needs. Both my daughters attend Denfield Park Primary School and are very happy here. I want to support the school in ensuring all of our children receive the best education and opportunities possible.

 

 

Category Responsibilities Committees Pecuniary Interest Term of Office
Parent

Special Needs

Pupil Premium

English

Standards & Curriculum Children in school

16/06/2015 -

15/06/2019

 

 

Jayne Quincey - Deputy Head

I joined Denfield Park Primary School in September 2010, having previously taught locally in both Higham Ferrers and Wellingborough. Since joining Denfield as a class teacher, I have taken on additional roles as English lead, Key Stage 1 Leader, Governor and more recently Deputy Head Teacher.

I am delighted and thrilled to be given this exciting opportunity, supporting and working for the good of the children and the Denfield community.

In my spare time, I love to be with my family, walk my dogs, watch sports and more recently I have tried to increase my fitness with running.

Category Responsibilities Committees Pecuniary Interests Term of Office
Staff   Standards & Currirculum None

01/01/2018 -

31/12/2021

 

 

Robert Remedios

I was voted in as Parent Governor in May 2015 and I have since attended some comprehensive governor training to assist me in my role. I moved to Rushden in 2014 and chose Denfield as the nursery for the eldest of my two daughters. I was hugely impressed by the school, easily struck by the fabulous new facilities but also of the genuine interest and enthusiasm of the staff which was also clearly evident in the pupils attending. I am keen to put something back into the local community but more personally to ensure that Denfield continues to promote an inclusive, safe and fun environment for learning, looking for every opportunity to maintain and, where possible, to push up the standards. I was recently voted by the board of governors onto the Personnel, Finance and Premises Sub-Committee as I believe that my skills and experience from over 25 years in Financial Services would best suit this forum. I currently work for a large bank as a change practitioner. Outside of work I undertake a fair bit of voluntary community work including working with the Princes Trust in Rushden, which really equips and empowers young people to maximise their potential. Socially I love sport and play hockey regularly as well as competing in the county squash leagues. I try to support Northampton Saints rugby team as often as I can but my main priority are my girls, my wife and two daughters –of which time spent with them is the best of all.

Category Responsibility Committees Pecuniary Interests Term of Office
Parent

 

Maths

 

Finance None

16/06/2015 -

15/06/2019

 

Liam Smith - My son has recently started at Denfield. I believe wholeheartedly that Primary education is the most important learning age so I would love the opportunity to work with the school as part of the team of governors. I am the owner and director of an engineering business that works worldwide in a number of scientific industries. As the Technical Director, I am responsible for business management and strategy as well as running the business financially. Hopefully with this experience I can help with the finances and budgets of the school. My background and education are based in science. I studied Physics for my Bachelor’s Degree and Engineering for a Master’s Degree. I am very passionate about science and technology and would love to help the school in these areas.
I am certain that I have the time and the skills to work closely with Denfield to help the students and the school reach their goals. As a father and business owner I really do hope I can contribute towards the children’s education with continual improvement of the school.
 

Category Responsibility Committees Pecuniary Interests Term of Office
Parent

 

 

 

Standards & Curriculum Children at school

14/11/2018 -

13/11/2022

 

 

Alice Freeman

I joined Denfield Park Primary School in 2012 and I absolutely love being a part of the team here. Denfield Park has always been a special place for me. I attended the junior school as a pupil myself and have lots of fond memories of my own education. I returned to complete a year as a learning support assistant before completing my teaching degree, which gave me fantastic foundations to build upon in my training. As a class teacher I have worked across key stage one and have recently moved into Reception. During my time at Denfield I have been given many opportunities to develop, I have attended an Attachment aware course, led the school council, mentored trainee teachers and my current curriculum responsibility is being one of the schools Maths leads. I am passionate about ensuring that all children who attend Denfield receive the very best start to their time at primary school. Seeing the difference staff can make to the children at Denfield is the most rewarding part of my work.

Category Responsibilities Committees Pecuniary Interests Term of Office
Staff   Standards & Curriculum None

01/09/2018 -

31/08/2022

 

Tracey Archer

I became part of the Denfield Park Primary team when the Hayway Infant school amalgamated with Denfield Park Junior School in April 2012. I have over 15 years experience of working with children and their parents who have Special Educational Needs and have worked in school since 2003. In my career I have held a variety of posts: 2003 to July 2012 I was Hayway’s SENDCo assistant & HLTA covering Teachers PPA teaching PSHE. In September 2012 I supported Denfield Park SENDCo in the setting up and daily running of KS1 ASD SEND unit. Then in September 2014 I became the schools Learning Mentor/HLTA to predominately support children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. During my career in both schools I have been given the opportunity to professional develop and achieved a BA Honors degree in 2011 in Learning & Teaching as well as attending a variety of training and courses applicable to my roles, such as Video Interactive Guidance, Drawing & Talking and Attachment Leader. I have three grown up children, two of which who have attended Denfield and enjoyed their time there. This has given me the perspective of both employee and parent and I strongly believe that it is a strong parent/school partnership that enables the children to thrive. I feel passionate about supporting the children’s well-being and improving their life chances. Becoming a Governor will give me the opportunity to further contribute and support our school.

Category Responsibilities Committees Pecuniary Interests Term of Office
Staff     None

01/09/2018 -

31/08/2022

 

Lisa Fleckney

I took over as Clerk to Governors in September 2015, after completing the National Clerks Development Programme.  I have worked at Denfield and previously at Hayway Infant School since 2002, as the School Business Manager, this covers finance, personnel and premises.

I have three children, the youngest has only just left Denfield. 

Good family values and education are very important to me and I feel extremely lucky to be able to assist in any way to Denfield’s vision and values.

 

 

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