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Gorefield Primary Academy

Gorefield Primary Academy

Caring, sharing, thinking, learning

Local Governing Body

The Local Governing body


The local governing body exists to:

  • Put in place the long term vision and strategic direction of the school
  • Monitor the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Oversee the financial performance of the school and ensure that money is well spent


Our role is to ensure that Gorefield primary academy constantly and consistently delivers on its visions and values:  essentially, to ensure that every child achieves the highest possible standards through our relentless focus on high quality teaching and learning.  Further information about the school’s visions and values can be found on the  website.



The Gorefield Local Governing body.


Chair: To be appointed

Headteacher:  Ruth Bailey

Trust Co Headteacher:  Joan Beale

Fiona Bullard ( existing Staff Governor)

Karen Luck (proposed co-opted/community)  

Claire Fennelow (proposed parent Gov) 

Wendy Neale (proposed co-opted, currently  on Leverington/Murrow

Clerk: Emma Bramley (appointed Spring term 2020)


Biographies of our Local Governing Body


Ruth Bailey  (01/09/2020 - to present)

I have been a Headteacher for the last six years at Murrow Primary Academy.  Before that I worked in Peterborough at a large primary - William Law CE Primary where I led Upper Key Stage 2.  I have lived in Peterborough for twelve years, after relocating from Surrey.  My passion for education began at an early age with my mother and sister being teachers.  I resisted the pull to train until I was in my 40s.  I have one daughter and I live in Peterborough.


Joan Beale (01/09/2020 - to present)

I have over 35 years of experience working in  education, including as an educational researcher, prior to entering the teaching profession.  My initial teacher training was as a secondary maths teacher. I went on to gain senior leadership experience in both primary and secondary settings. This was followed by senior roles in four local authorities, working across both the primary and secondary phases, most recently in Cambridgeshire. I have undertaken a wide range of work for multi academy trusts. I am currently Trust Leader of Education for the DLPT and interim Co-Headteacher at Gorefield. This is my fourth interim headship. Additionally, I have been employed as an inspector for Ofsted for over 25 years and have been a lead inspector for eight years.

I am thoroughly enjoying working with Gorefield school, its staff, pupils and community.


Fiona Bullard (16.01.19 to 15.01.23)

I am pleased to have recently joined the governing body as the staff governor.

After previously working in banking for a number of years, I became a teaching assistant at Gorefield School in 2005. I enjoy working with the children, each day is different and very rewarding.

In my spare time I volunteer for the Scout Association.


Karen Luck (Governor)

I retired from teaching in 2015 having completed 35 years in the Special Education sector. I held a senior management position for the last ten of those. I have been both a staff governor in each of my places of work and a Chair of Governors at Gedney Primary when my children were there in the 90’s. I have experienced the amalgamation of schools. My grandson is joining Gorefield in September and I live in Tydd St Giles.


Claire Fennelow (Parent governor)

I have two children, the eldest is a pupil at Gorefield and the youngest started in September 2020.

I have lived in Gorefield for 10 years, my husband attended the school and now runs a business in the village.  I am a full time Mum, giving up work six years ago and my hobbies are baking, reading and crafting. Three years ago I took the role of Chair of the Pre School Committee. I have greatly enjoyed watching the children develop and supporting the children and staff in fund raising activities. In 2019 I was pleased to become a Trustee of the Pre-school. In joining Gorefield as a parent governor I am looking forward to contributing in any way that I can to support the school in developing the children and making their early years a positive and fulfilling experience.



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