The Governing Body
At Orchard Park we have a committed Governing Body who is responsible for the overall strategic planning of the school. The governors work closely with the Headteacher to support the school and drive improvement. The Governing Body has a Chair and Vice Chair. The full Governing Body meets at least twice a term with additional meetings to discuss individual matters.
Our Instrument of Governance allows 13 Governors to be appointed at Orchard Park.. These are made up of:
1 Local Authority Governor
2 Elected Parent Governors
8 Co-opted Governors (of which 2 can be members of staff)
1 Elected Staff Governor
The Governing Body is supported by a Clerk.
There is one Associate Governor.
We hope that you will find the following information about the role of Governors, who they are and how they work, helpful.
If you are interested in joining the governing body please contact the Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org
The members of our Governing Body are:
Miss Stacey Harper - Headteacher - Staff Governor
Mrs Lucy Steggles - Deputy Headteacher - Co-opted Governor
Miss Jessica Taylor - Teaching Staff - Elected Staff Governor
Janice Fuller - Governor - Chair of Full Governing Body
I have been a Community (or co-opted) Governor since June 2015. I am looking forward to playing a part in the further evolution of the school after the excellent start it has made within the local community. I have been very impressed by the friendly and colourful atmosphere of the school which provides a positive environment for learning, where our enthusiastic staff can guide pupils to fulfil their potential.
Revd Chris Lowe - Co-opted Governor
I have been a Governor for the past 7 years. I'm the vicar of St John's Church which meets here at the school on Sundays. I live in Orchard Park (50 metres from the school gate!), love this community and want to see it flourish. I am on the School Effectiveness Committee and amongst the governors I take the lead on achievement and progress data. It's a privilege to be involved in such a vibrant school, so clearly committed to seeing children and young people thrive.
Andrew Chan - Co-opted GovernorAs a resident of Orchard Park and having lived in Cambridge for over three decades, the local neighbourhood is somewhere I care deeply about. I am passionate about providing the best possible education to all pupils and I am the link Governor for the Recovery and Catch-Up Curriculum. As a researcher at the University of Cambridge, I have been involved with teaching students, as well as delivering public outreach. I am a member of the Orchard Park Community Council and currently sit as its Chair. I bring to this role as a Governor, my skills and training as a scientist, links to the local authority, and also my deep desire to bring the community and school closer together.
Elaine O'Brien - Co-opted Governor
I’ve lived in Cambridge over 20 years and work in the Life Sciences sector. I've held various senior leadership roles globally and have post-graduate qualifications in business administration and entrepreneurship.
Sarah O'Brien - Co-opted Governor
I became a School Governor to join with others who care deeply about the future of children in our wider neighbourhood.
Alexandra Babecz - Parent Governor
Andzelika Tofangsazan - Parent Governor
Trudie Davidson - Clerk to Governors
I am an independent clerk and presently support three primary schools and one early years setting. I administer the governing body meetings alongside providing support, advice and guidance on all areas of governance.
Full Governing Body Meeting Dates 2023 - 2024
Tuesday 19 September 2023
Tuesday 17 October 2023
Tuesday 5 December 2023
Tuesday 23 January 2024
Tuesday 27 February 2024
Tuesday 26 March 2024
Tuesday 23 April 2024
Tuesday 11 June 2024
Tuesday 9 July 2024
The minutes of the Governors' meetings are available to all parents. Please enquire at the School Office if you wish to read them.
If you would like to contact the Governors you can either write to:
The Chair of Governors, c/o Orchard Park CP School
Email the clerk at email@example.com
or if your letter is of a non-confidential nature, you can email via the school email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.