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The Board of Governors

The Board of Governors at Spalding Parish Church of England Day School are at the centre of how our school operates, Governors work as a team to provide the future strategic direction and focus for the school. The Board of Governors aim to ensure the school provides a good quality broad and balanced education with raised standards. No power or responsibility rests with an individual Governor, together as the Full Board of Governors they share the corporate responsibility of legal duties and powers.

The three core strategic functions that our Board of Governors have a strong focus on are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of our school and our pupils, and the performnce management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of our school and making sure our money is well spent.

Governors data

The Governing Body are not there to rubber stamp decisions, they are responsible for how the school is performing. They both support and challenge the Head Teacher and Senior Leadership Team by gathering views, asking questions and deciding what is best for the children at SPCEDS. The day-to-day leadership of the school is the responsibility of the Head Teacher and staff.

Meet the Governors


Katherine Wright - Chair of Governors

(Parent Governor)

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"I grew up mostly in Oxfordshire, then went to The University of Nottingham where I studied for an undergraduate Masters of Nursing degree and qualified as a Children's 

nurse, and also met my future husband. I worked in Northampton as a nurse for a few years before moving to Lincolnshire so my husband and I could work in his family business, which is a diverse mix of security services and manufacturing timber windows and doors. I currently work part time in the accounts department."

"I have 3 daughters, two in the school and the youngest will start later this year. I am really excited to be a part of this dynamic and expanding school, and pleased to be working with the Governors to help secure the best possible education for children at the school now and in the future."


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Philip Winfield - Vice Chair of Governors

“I grew up in Wickford, Essex where I went to school and studied music. Music has always been a huge part of my life starting as a hobby and then taken as a GCSE and later A level. After this I

 went to college to study for a music degree at Colchester Institute. Having graduated from college I decided that rather than a career in performing I wanted to teach music and work in education. Teacher training followed in London and I moved onto my first post in 1997 Kent. Since then I have moved to North Essex in 1999 and then Spalding in 2006. Currently I teach at a secondary school in Spalding.

Whilst my specialism is music and drama in secondary schools, in recent years I have been teaching maths and ICT. In my spare time I take part in all sorts of local music societies playing double bass or bass guitar. This can be anything from shows at the South Holland Centre to orchestras at RAF Cranwell. As a result of this I have a broad range of experience and expertise.”


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 Glyn Rushton - Head Teacher

"I have been teaching since 1995 having trained at Nene College, Northampton completing my Batchelor of Education Honours degree.  Prior to taking up my Headship in 2009 I was a Deputy Head at two different schools. In this role I was a staff Governor for 8 years, as the Head Teacher I am a member of the SPCEDS Board of Governors and am also a Parent Governor at my own child's school.

I enjoy education and learning and want the very best for the children of today; I believe Governance is an important role to undertake to both challenge and support the SLT of a school and I am grateful to the dedicated Governors here at SPCEDS who want the best for our children."


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"Having moved to Lincolnshire as a child, I have lived here ever since. I have worked in the NHS for the past 13 years allowing me to gain experience of financial management, contract management and corporate performance management.  I currently manage a large GP practice in Peterborough. I have achieved a postgraduate diploma in health, social and public sector management.

I was appointed as a governor in 2013.  I am married with a young and growing family.  In the summer months you'll often find me on a cricket pitch, where sadly my enthusiasm far outweighs my ability!"



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Revd John Bennett - Ex Officio

“I grew up and went to school in Bristol. I studied for a degree in Philosophy and Theology at Oriel College, Oxford.  I was ordained, after training in Cambridge, in 1983. I worked in churches in Taunton, Trowbridge, Yeovil and Norwich before moving to Spalding in 2010. 

I have been a school governor since 1987, when I was elected as a parent governor. Since then I have been a governor of six different schools. 

I am married with three grown up children, who are all involved with education or training. My interests include photography, computers and music.”



Diane Mulley - Acting Head Teacher & Staff Governor

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"I grew up and went to school in Darlington, in the north east of England.  I studied for my degree and Qualified Teacher Status at North Riding College in Scarborough, spending a year at the University of Leeds as part of my training. Subsequently I began my teaching career teaching FS2 children in Middlesbrough. From here I moved schools to take on a middle leadership position in Darlington, teaching Year 3 and 4 children.  In September 2002 we relocated to Norwich due to my husband’s job and I began teaching in Year 6 at Spalding Parish Church of England Day School, with responsibility for Key Stage 2.  In 2006 I was promoted to Assistant Head Teacher and then, in September 2012, I took on the role of Deputy Head Teacher within the school.

I have been a staff governor since November 2012 and have recently become a parent governor at my daughter’s school.  I am passionate about education and encouraging children to be engaged and inspired by learning in order to succeed and achieve. I am married with two children, one primary aged and one secondary aged.  I enjoy reading, going to theatre/cinema and spending time with my family.” 


Jason Martindale - LA Governor

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"My wife, Kathy, and I have been teachers at Spalding High School for 17 years. Since being a Governor I have been very proud to support the radical changes that Mr Rushton and his staff have implemented, and have been able to directly compare the improving provision that my children have received as a result.” background was in architecture; I am now head of design and technology, as well as volunteering to lead the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.  We have one child now at SPCEDS; Ella in Y7 and Max in Y3.  Both love school!"



 Carol Felts - Parent Governor

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“I have lived in Spalding for 27 years and I attended Spalding High School. I continued my studies at Stamford College where I qualified as a Nursery Nurse. Since then I have worked in schools and day nurseries in the local area, eventually becoming manager of a day nursery in Boston. I currently work as a teaching assistant at SPCEDS.

I am married with 3 children all of whom attended SPCEDS and now attend the secondary schools after a happy and successful time at SPCEDS. 

As well as being a parent, working in school and being a governor I also supported the school by helping to run FOSP, which means I have a good understanding of how the school runs and I know a lot of the children which helps me be a supportive governor. I have been a parent governor for over 4 years and I am the Link Governor for EAL/SEND including Pupil Premium and I am part of the Curriculum Committee.  

My aim as a parent governor is to improve links between the school, parents and the community to provide the best possible learning environment for everyone at SPCEDS.”


Emma Rains - Parent Governor

"I have grown up in Spalding attending SPCEDS as a child myself and then Spalding 

High School.  I studied for a BA Dual Honours degree in Geography and Sociology at Keele University. 

Following the completion of my degree I worked in management for a Logistics Company before making a career change and going onto complete my PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status via the Open University.  I have been a secondary school teacher in a local school for the last nine years.  Education is my real passion and the progress and development of students.  I am a strong believer in education for all and the way it can transform people's lives.

I am pleased and excited by my Parent Governor role at SPCEDS and grateful to have an opportunity to continue helping shape and support the fantastic work that is carried out by all involved in the school.

I am married with two children, one who attends SPCEDS and the other is not yet school age.  I enjoy cooking, reading, flower arranging and spending time with my family and friends."


Marion Brassington - PCC Governor

"I have lived in the area all of my life and attended Moulton County Primary School and Spalding High School. I qualified as a librarian in 1970 and worked for Lincolnshire County Council at libraries in the District and after having a break, continued my career at Peterborough Libraries. I have also gained a BA Hons with the Open University. I currently have a part-time post with Spalding Gentlemen’s Society where I am Deputy Librarian.

I am a Churchwarden at St Mary & St. Nicolas Parish Church, Spalding, which I have attended since moving into Spalding in 1968.  I am currently secretary for Spalding and District Civic Society.

My daughter attended Spalding Parish Church of England Day School from 1981-1987 and then Spalding High School. My late husband also worked for Lincolnshire County Council for over 30 years in the Social Services Department.

My hobbies are local history, gardening and reading."


Frances Ballantyne - PCC Governor

I’ve been living in Spalding for one year, a Methodist church minister covering the Spalding and the Gosberton churches. I have started to get involved in the Churches Together organisation, and am keen to be supportive to the local church leaders as we all try and share the Christian values in the local community.

Previously I was a Healthcare Chaplain for Leicestershire Partnership Trust, majoring in Palliative Care in community Hospitals and Mental Health in a variety of units in the County.  I have enriched my theological studies with a degree in pastoral care and counselling. 

I love reading books and writing poetry. In my years of the ordained ministry, prior to chaplaincy, I enjoyed collective worship in primary schools and organising children holiday weeks within local churches. I have a husband, two grown up children and three grandchildren.


Aileen Workman - DBE Governor

I was born in Hillingdon in Middlesex and after many moves with my family I came with my husband to live in Pinchbeck in 1982. Our two daughters were born in Spalding and attended local schools until flying the nest to attend university.

I was ordained in 2015 and am now Assistant Curate at St.Mary and St.Nicolas church in Spalding. I am a new Governor at SPCEDS but have many years experience as a governor at Pinchbeck East Primary School.

I look forward to being part of SPCEDS where I already enjoy coming into school for Collective Worship each week.



Governor Information 2017/18

Governor Attendance 2016/17


Governor Meeting Dates 


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