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Gretton Primary School

Meet Our Governors

Mr T Eaton Mrs L Bailey Mrs C Thirkill Mr P Sammon Mr S Ellis
Mr P Lloyd Mr R Preston Mrs S Watt Mrs J Macdonald Mrs S Block


Tim Eaton

Chair of Governors

I am a parent of 3 girls that all attend Gretton Primary School and am passionate about the fantastic education the school provides to our children. Our family has lived in Gretton for over 7 years and I work in the Agricultural seed trade, enjoying everything about farming and the environment having grown up on a small dairy farm in North Dorset.

I’m a keen sportsman and in recent years my energies have been mainly focused on endurance cycling, in 2016 I cycled from Newcastle to London in 24 hours and in 2018 I cycled the length of Wales in a single day. Swimming is something else I enjoy whilst I follow football, rugby, cricket and American Football.

During my 2 years as a governor, I have taken responsibility for analysing the schools data and am the governor responsible for Safeguarding and Maths. I took over as chair of governors in September 2019.

Lorraine Bailey

Parent Governor

I was elected as a parent governor 4 years ago.  I am a full time mother of 3 children, one is currently a pupil at Gretton in year 5 and the other two have been pupils here over the last ten years.  I am actively involved in school life, reading once a week with the pupils and also attending any trips where I am needed. 

As part of the governing body I attend meetings to ensure that the school maintains its high standards in providing a quality education for our children.  We both support and question the staff in all areas.  I enjoy this role very much and am proud of the wonderful school we have here at Gretton.

Claire Thirkill

Parent Governor

I have become a parent governor very recently at Gretton Primary School. I have two children who attend the school and work full time as a registered general nurse. I have worked within the NHS for the last 20 years and have always enjoyed working with people.

I look forward to working with the staff and children at the school in order to deliver the priorities set by them in order to maintain the high standards of education the school strives to deliver.

Paul Sammon

Parent Governor

My name is Paul Sammon and I am currently in my fifth year as a parent governor. This role involves me having specific responsibility for both Physical Education and PSHE, two areas that I am passionate about.

I work at the University of Bedfordshire as a physical education teacher educator and really enjoy helping the next generation of teachers to grow. In my spare time, I enjoy being active whether that’s in the pool, in the gym or out on my bike!

Steve Ellis

I have worked in education in several Corby Secondary Schools from 1975 to 2010 so have a vast experience of educating children in Northamptonshire. 

Since retiring, I take part in many community serving activities in Gretton but am probably best known for being seen cutting various pieces of grass around the village.

I have served as a Governor since 2012 and not only bring my wealth of educational experience to the governing body but also assist with the running and maintenance of the school site

Peter Lloyd

I am the minister of the Baptist Chapel where I have been for 11 years. Before then I was a primary school teacher for about 23 years.  I have two children both of whom attended the school. 

Rob Preston

I am a consultant in Kidney Medicine with a special interest in kidney transplantation. I am also the Director of Medical Education at KGH Foundation Trust. I enjoy playing and watching any sport, particularly rugby, tennis, swimming and athletics. I am the team manager for Corby Amateur Swimming Club. I also love reading and watching films.

I was appointed as a parent governor at the school in 2012. Since then, I have been chair and vice chair of the governing body. My wife, Sarah and I have lived in the village since 2001 and have had 3 children attend the school during this period. I am passionate about the education of young people. We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful school with great staff and supportive parents.

Sue Watt

Hello, my name is Sue Watt and I have worked in education for over twenty years. I have recently been elected as support staff governor which I am extremely excited about. I look forward to continuing the high standards that the school has already set. It is a privilege to work with such outstanding and dedicated staff team.

My role as teaching assistant is very fulfilling and I am very passionate about the well-being of all our children and helping them to reach their full potential. I have worked at Gretton for four years and previous to this I worked at Hazel Leys and Oakley Vale primary schools. I have a wealth of experience teaching and supporting children across all age groups.

I have been married for over thirty years and have a daughter and son who are both in their twenties. My hobbies include badminton, tennis and kettlercise. I also enjoy reading, going to the theatre and walking my dog Murphy.

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