The Governors are an important group of people who have responsibility for the effective management of the school. They work in partnership with the Headteacher to establish the aims and values of the school and to ensure that all statutory requirements are met. They evaluate resources and school finances to secure best value. Their key purpose is to see that pupils are afforded the best opportunities for learning and personal development.

The Governors are made up of Parents, Staff, and representatives from the community and the Local Authority.

Letter from the Chair of The Governing Body 

Governing Body of Thorndown Primary School

(Currently Being Updated With Photos and Biographies)

Local Authority Governor
Frank Newton (Chair) Born in Yorkshire but have lived in St Ives since 1966 and my 3 daughters all went to the Thorndown Schools.

Retired Head of Revenue Services within Local Government. Following retirement, I continued for a further 10 years as Senior Consultant (L.G Benefits) to the Local Government Association. This role involved negotiations with DWP and HM Treasury on behalf of all the Local Authority’s in England and Wales.

In addition, I also chaired the Examination Board of The Institute of Rating, Revenues and Valuation for approximately 10 years.

I have been a Governor at the Thorndown Schools for over 50 years and currently have the Honour of being Chair of Governors since the formation of the new Primary School.

Parent Governor
Mark Farr I am originally from Essex, starting my working life as an electronic engineer apprentice in 1992, eventually transitioning into IT in a variety of roles ranging from IT support at the BBC to my current role at a global financial services organisation where I have been for the past 18 years, and have responsibility for the employee desktop technology solutions across the globe.

I moved to St Ives with my wife (who grew up here) in 2011, we are parents to four children.  Currently two are at Thorndown with one more joining pre-school in September.

As a parent governor I sit on the committee for Finance & Premises and EYFS & PHSE at Thorndown.

Andrew Thomas I have lived in St Ives for most of my life and attended Thorndown as a child. I have two boys who both attend the school. I have worked for Tesco for 30 years and have held a number of positions. I am currently the store manager of St Neots extra.

I have a number of skills to bring to the role of parent governor including personnel and business leadership.

In my role I sit on the personnel group and I am the shadow governor for health and safety and safe guarding

Richard Boughey I am originally from London but moved to Cambridgeshire in 1990 and to St Ives in 2011. I have nearly 30 years’ experience working in the education sector, firstly for an awarding body and then until the end of January for the University of Cambridge. Over the last 20 years I have worked in the procurement team providing software to staff and students across the University.

I have a son in year 3 and will often be found on the playground at drop off and pick up times so if you have a question about the governing body, or what we do, please come and ask.

Nicholas Drury I began my working life 33 years ago at the age of 17, undertaking an Engineering Apprenticeship with Rolls Royce. After completing my apprenticeship, I moved into the IT industry where I progressed to be the Global Head of End User Computing for Western Union Business Solutions until recently. I now work with a very close friend, managing and delivering large scale data projects on a global basis.

I have two young children, one attending Thorndown school currently, the other at a SEN school in the area. I sit on both the Learning and Development and Finance committees whilst acting as a Parent Governor for Thorndown Primary school. As well as recently joining the school Governing body at the end of 2021, I am about to embark on a new and exciting experience as an American Football coach for a local team.

Katie Humphrey My family have lived in St Ives since I was 9, and apart from time spent away at university and 4 years in Birmingham, I have stayed around the local area.  My children have both attended Thorndown, my daughter is still enjoying her time there, and we have always been so impressed with both the education and the support they have received.

I have been involved in FOTS for the last 7 years, as a committee member, chair and secretary.  I chose to become involved in the governing board to continue my support of the school and give something back to the local community.

Heather Wood I am a social housing professional and spent the first 10 years of my career delivering and managing a range of housing services, including specialist supported living accommodation for people with disabilities as well as general housing.  I have spent the last 14 years working for a local housing authority and am responsible for the teams which allocate social housing and oversee statutory housing advice and homeless prevention services.  I am also responsible for reviewing the authority’s domestic abuse services.

My housing background has required me to develop skills and knowledge in the following areas: safeguarding, health and safety, staff management and finance.  In addition, I have experience in service planning, governance, performance management and business continuity planning.  I believe all of this knowledge is transferable and allows me to bring relevant insight from outside the education service to my role as governor.

On a personal level it is important to me to be able to contribute to my local community.  I am really pleased to have been elected as a Parent Governor and to support the school which has had such a fundamental and positive impact on my children’s early education.

Co-opted Governor
Duncan Woodall Originally from Stockport, I have lived in the St Ives area since 1976 and taught at Hinchingbrooke School, where I was a Pastoral Leader and Assistant Head before retiring. I was a Senior A level examiner in English until 2016 and I was a school governor at both St Ivo School and Wheatfields School, where I was a previous Chair of Governors, for a total of 25 years.

After taking a break from governing to explore other voluntary roles in the educational sector, I was invited to become a co-opted governor at Thorndown in November 2020, and sit on the Learning and Development Committee. I am looking forward to increased involvement with the school post-Covid!

Outside school governance, I played Rugby for 20 years, including eight years with St Ives RFC, where I still maintain a connection as a Vice President. When injury forced me to stop playing, I became a referee with East Midlands Society and refereed for 12 years. These days I only watch the game and have a season ticket at Northampton Saints.

Rob Jagger Originally from Leeds, I’ve lived in St Ives since 1998, and run my own business as an IT Consultant. I’ve served as a governor at Thorndown since 2004, and I’m currently Vice-Chair of the Governing Body and Chair of the Finance and Premises committee.

I have three children, all of whom have now gone through the other side of the St Ivo High School, in St Ives, but all three of them spent many exciting years at Thorndown, and I feel privileged to be able to contribute to such a happy and successful establishment.

Peter Smith My name is Peter Smith. I am chair of the personnel and salary committee  and on the learning and development committee. I have lived in St Ives for 40 years and have been a governor at Thorndown School for nine years. I have grandchildren in year one and reception and two older grandchildren are previous pupils. I am a retired headteacher of a school for pupils with special needs.
Jane Ainscow I have been teaching for over 25 years in Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire and I currently teach at a local junior school. I felt my experience in the education sector would be useful when a vacancy for a parent governor came up at what was Thorndown Infant School. I was a member of the joint committee which led the amalgamation of the Infant and Junior schools to become Thorndown Primary.

When my last term of office as a parent governor finished, I was invited to join the governing body as a co-opted governor. I am the Chair of the Learning and Development Committee and Safeguarding Governor.

Claire Gerrard (Staff)
Helen Cooper (Staff) I have worked at Thorndown since 2006. First as the School Secretary at the Infant School and then, after amalgamation, as the Business Manager. My role includes Finance, Premises, HR, H & S and IT
Jill Foster I am originally from Scotland but have lived in St Ives for over 20 years. I moved here to work at the now closed CEH Monks Wood, as an Analytical Chemist. I left there to train to be a teacher and have worked in education ever since, first as a primary school teacher, then as an Environmental Education Advisor and I am currently the coordinator for two clusters of schools in other parts of Cambridgeshire.

I joined the Governing body when my son was a Y5 pupil at the school; when my term as a parent governor ended I was asked to stay on as a co-opted governor.

Staff Governor 
Vicci Godbold (Head)
Matt Sweeney I have been at Thorndown for 8 years now and loved every minute! My role within school is Assistant Head Teacher with a responsibility for our ITE trainees and leading the Year 3/4 team. I also currently teach in Year 4. This is my second time as staff governor and I currently sit on the Finance and Premises committee
Jenn Dover I joined the Office Admin team in Spring 2019, followed by joining the Governing Body as Clerk in Autumn 2019. I deal with the administrative aspects of the Governing Body and I can be contacted via

Key Governance Documents

Governors Register of Interests 2020-2021

Governors Register of Interests 2021-2022

Governing Body Attendance 2020 – 2021

Governing Body Attendance 2021- 2022

Governor Special Responsibilities 2021-2022 

Governors Code of Conduct

Governors Delegated Decision Planner

Governors Standing Orders

Governors Allowance Policy

Governing Body and Committee Meeting Dates

Personnel Committee Terms of Reference

Premises and Finance Committee Terms of Reference

Learning and Development Committee Terms of Reference

Best Value Statement

Privacy Notice for Governors

Minutes from Governor meetings

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