Kyson Primary School

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Governors

The Governors have an overall responsibility for the running of the school and for determining its aims, objectives and policies.

If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors you should do so through the school. If you wish to become a Governor, please speak directly to Mr Tom Gunson.

A copy of Governing Body minutes can be found in the school foyer.

Meet the Kyson Governing Body

Dr Clare Astbury

 

Clare was elected as Parent Governor in November 2021. She has three children, two of whom attend Kyson.
Clare is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, working in the National Health Service, with a passion for championing equality in health and education. 
Her focus is on enriching the intellectual, physical, emotional and social development of the child.
Residing within Kyson’s catchment, Clare hopes to provide support for the school and the wider community. She looks forward to working with the governors to make a positive and impactful difference to the outcomes of children in Woodbridge. 
  • Parent Governor
  • Learning & Attainment Committee
  • Appeals Committee
  • Science Governor
  • Date appointed - 30/11/21
  • Term of Office - 30/11/25
  • Register of Interests - None

Mrs Laura Dolan

 

Laura is married to Peter and they have three children, the older two, now at Farlingaye, both attended Kyson and their youngest still attends in Year 5.

 

Laura has worked in the school office as the school administrator for almost 13 years. Laura was also the Governor clerk up until recently when she joined the Governing body as an Associate member.

In her free time, Laura enjoys walking, reading and spending time with family and friends.

 

  • Associate Member
  • Personnel, Performance Management & Safeguarding Committee

  • GDPR Governor
  • Governor Induction and Training Governor
  • Date Appointed - 18/11/21
  • Term of Office - 18/11/25
  • Register of Interests - None

 

Mrs Fiona Fossett

 

Fiona is a committed member of the teaching team at Kyson, working at the school since September 2007.

 

Fiona currently teaches in Year 6 and enjoys the challenge of teaching and nurturing older children.

 

In her free time, Fiona enjoys spending time with her husband and two teenage children.

 

Fiona is passionate about nature and the natural world. She particularly enjoys gardening, walking and reading.

  • Staff Governor

  • Learning and Attainment Committee

  • Date appointed - 14/10/19

  • Term of office - 13/10/23

  • Register of Interests - None

Mrs Frances Gilman

Frances was elected as Parent Governor in November 2021. She is married to Ben and they have two children, both of whom are at Kyson. 

Frances has spent much of her career working with children. She is a qualified primary school teacher with a specialism in Early Years and Lower Primary. Her professional experience also includes 5 years at the BBC in children’s television production. 

Frances counts herself hugely lucky to have worked in creative, diverse and inclusive environments. She is looking forward to supporting Kyson’s development moving forward.
  • Parent Governor
  • Joint Vice-Chair
  • Learning and Attainment Committee (Chair)
  • Hearings Committee/Complaints Review Panel
  • Art, Design & Technology Governor
  • Equality Governor
  • Marketing and Stakeholder Collaboration
  • Date appointed - 30/11/21
  • Term of Office - 30/11/25
  • Register of Interests - Nice Work Digital Ltd - Founder, Mrs  Coups -  Family friend, NEU - Member.

Mr Tom Gunson

 

Tom became Headteacher at Kyson in September 2019. Previously Tom had been the Deputy Headteacher at Kyson from February 2014.

 

As a teacher, Tom is passionate about building fluency in children’s mathematics, using books and film to inspire writing and enjoys nothing more than sharing a great story with the children.

 

Outside of school, Tom is married with two young daughters, enjoys a variety of sports and the opportunity to learn something new.

  • Headteacher/Staff Governor

  • Learning and Attainment Committee 

  • Finance, Premises and Health & Safety Committee

  • Personnel, Performance Management & Safeguarding Committee

  • Date appointed - 01/09/19

  • Term of office - Ongoing

  • Register of Interests - Mrs Gunson, Wife

Mrs Jen Hinton

 

Jen has been a parent at Kyson for eight years with three daughters across the year groups and another now at Farlingaye. 

Having grown up in Woodbridge (even spending a little time at Kyson!) Jen moved to London to train and to work as a nurse in the NHS. 

Having returned to Suffolk, Jen and her family can often be found at the beach! They all enjoy lots of outdoor activities including sailing, cycling and walking the dog.

With an interest in the influence of education on health and wellbeing, Jen is committed to supporting Kyson and its wider community as it continues to grow. 
  • Co-Opted Governor
  • Personnel, Performance Management & Safeguarding Committee

  • Hearings Committee/Complaints Review Panel
  • Appeals Committee
  • Pupil Discipline Committee
  • PHSE (inc RSE) Governor
  • Safeguarding/SCR Governor
  • PE Governor
  • Eco Council Governor
  • Date appointed 24/01/2022
  • Term of office - 24/01/2026
  • Register of Interests - None

Ms Maria Hough

 

Maria joined the Governing body in November 2020. She has a long history with schools, having been a secondary leader before taking a role with the Local Authority five years ago. 

 

Married, with four grown up sons between her and her husband, weekends are usually baking, cooking and giggling with their three grandchildren. She loves walking, gardening, studying and anything Italian. If she isn't in Suffolk, her home country, she might be found in Piedmonte in the foothills of the Alps.  

  • Co-Opted Governor

  • Learning and Attainment Committee
  • Hearings Committee/Complaints Review Panel
  • SEND Governor
  • Pupil Premium Governor
  • English Governor
  • Date appointed - 09/11/20

  • Term of office - 18/11/24

  • Register of Interests - Suffolk County Council Employee 

Mrs Hannah Johnson

 

Hannah has lived in Woodbridge and the surrounding area for the past 18 years. She has two children who attend Kyson. 

 

Hannah's background and professional career has included working for large and small local businesses and also a time in London. Specialising in event management with a strong background of finances, people development and supporting profitable growth. 

 

Hannah now works part time and enjoys a variety of activities and sports centered around her family, also reading and flower arranging (when she has the time!).

  • Local Authority Governor

  • Finance, Premises and Health & Safety Committee (Chair)

  • Hearings Committee/Complaints Review Panel
  • Pupil Discipline Committee
  • HT Performance Review Group
  • Learning and Attainment Committee
  • Maths Governor
  • Recruitment Governor
  • School Council Governor
  • Website Governor
  • Wrap around Care Governor
  • Nursery Admissions Governor
  • Date appointed - 04/12/18

  • Term of office - 03/12/22

  • Register of Interests - Trustee Bromeswell Village Hall Committee and  Tim Johnson Director/Chair Woodbridge Rugby Club, Bromeswell

Mr David Larsen

 

Dave has worked in the public sector for over 25 years, 20 of which he spent as a Police Officer in London.  In early 2019 after a long association with the area, he and his family relocated to Suffolk.  Dave is married to Rachel and they have two boys, of which their eldest attends Kyson.  

Dave is extremely passionate about all aspects of the public sector and is a trusted go-to person to lead and advise on major transformation programmes across the UK Government.  Dave works as a critical friend to the emergency services and wider government agencies, with a particular focus on strategic governance and assurance frameworks. 


Outside of work, Dave enjoys all sports, particularly football and spending time with his friends and family.

  • Co-Opted Governor
  • Joint Vice-Chair 
  • Finance, Premises and Health & Safety Committee 
  • Personnel, Performance Management & Safeguarding Committee
  • Hearings Committee/Complaints Review Panel
  • Appeals Committee
  • HT Performance Management
  • Pupil Discipline Committee
  • Safeguarding Governor
  • RE Governor
  • Health & Safety Governor
  • Date appointed 02/12/2021
  • Term of office - 02/12/2025
  • Register of Interests - None

Mrs Verity Mawdsley

 

Verity has taught at and been part of the senior leadership team at Kyson for the past 10 years. She started her role as Curriculum Leader in 2019 and has loved the challenge of helping build and shape the Kyson Curriculum. Verity is passionate about the teaching of computing and modern foreign languages and feels lucky to be able to teach both these subjects across KS2. Recently appointed as an EdTech Demonstrator, Verity will also be advising schools around Suffolk on how to make the best use of technology across the curriculum to support learning. 

Outside of school, Verity is married with two young children so life is always very busy! When she's not ferrying her children to and from clubs, she enjoys playing netball every week and generally keeping fit. Verity loves traveling and exploring new places and cultures - she is hoping to be able to do more of this in the coming years. She loves dancing and can often be found having a 'kitchen disco' with her family. 

  • Associate Member
  • Learning and Attainment Committee

  • Date appointed 12/10/20
  • Term of office 11/10/24
  • Register of Interests - None

Mr John Southgate

 

John has held various finance/banking positions within the City for over 22 years. The pandemic-induced shift to more flexible working has enabled him and his family to make the dream move to Woodbridge, and they have never looked back!

His current work sees him heading an outsourcing business within a large US bank, overseeing areas such as product strategy, capital planning and regulatory compliance. His motivation for becoming a governor was to help keep Kyson special and support the teachers and governing body. He is relishing the opportunity to apply some of his commercial knowledge for the benefit of the school.

John and his wife, Emma, have two young boys. The eldest started Kyson in 2021 and the other will be joining in 2023. John has many interests, which he sometimes manages to participate in, including fishing, sailing, cooking and playing the drums. He is also a passionate football and cricket fan, despite being an awful player of both.

  • Co-Opted Governor
  • Finance, Premises and Health & Safety Committee 
  • Appeals Committee (Chair)
  • Pupil Discipline Committee
  • Music Governor
  • Computing Governor
  • Pupil Leadership Governor
  • Date appointed 02/12/2021
  • Term of office - 01/12/2025
  • Register of Interests - None

Mrs Sarah Wainer

 

Sarah was elected as a Governor in 2014, having previously served 12 years as a Staff Governor at Birchwood Primary School in Martlesham where she works as a Teacher. 

 

Sarah was elected as Chair in October 2018.

 

Sarah lives in Woodbridge and has two children at Farlingaye. Both children attended Kyson and through this Sarah was introduced to the school. Sarah has been a Kyson parent, parent helper and teacher as well as now serving on the Governing body so she knows the school from most angles!

 

Sarah is on the Learning and Attainment Committee and is keen that the Kyson staff and pupils continue to be passionate about their learning, enjoying a rigorous and enriched curriculum.

  • Chair

  • Co-Opted Governor

  •  Learning and Attainment Committee

  •  Hearings Committee/Complaints Review Panel (Chair)

  • HT Performance Review Group (Chair)
  • History & Geography Governor
  • Assessment Monitoring Governor
  • EYFS Governor
  • Nursery Admissions Governor
  • Governor Induction and Training Governor
  • Date appointed - 23/11/17

  • Term of office - 18/11/22

  • Register of Interests - None

Mr Ben Ward

 

Ben became Deputy Head Teacher at Kyson in September 2019. Previously, Ben has worked in a variety of schools, including an inner city London school and a British International school in Panama.

 

Ben is passionate about giving opportunities to children in taking ownership of their learning; equipping them with the tools to support them both now and in the future,

 

Outside of school, Ben is married and has two young children; he enjoys spending time being active and outside with his family. He also enjoys watching and participating in wide variety of sports.

  • Associate Member

  • Personnel, Performance Management & Safeguarding Committee

  • Finance, Premises and Health & Safety Committee 

  • Learning and Attainment Committee 

  • Date appointed - 14/10/19

  • Term of office - 13/10/23

  • Register of Interests - None

Mr Ian Wickson

 

Ian has had a long career in education, teaching Humanities subjects in two very creative and inclusive community secondary schools in Cambridgeshire, before moving to Suffolk in the mid-1990s to take on leadership roles in middle schools. After leading a school through a closure process, he moved into roles in the Local Authority supporting the inclusion of children and young people with a variety of needs.  

 

Ian is now retired and he volunteers with Suffolk Coast and Heaths monitoring parts of the Suffolk Coastal Path. He and his wife are keen walkers and injuries permitting he still plays hockey for a team in Norwich! 

 

Ian has four grown-up children. His first involvement with Kyson was, some 18 years ago, as a parent of a seven-year-old, and now he can often be seen on the school-run with his grandson. He hopes to be able to give something back to the school and support its continuing development.

  • Co-Opted Governor
  • Finance, Premises and Health & Safety Committee
  • Personnel, Performance Management & Safeguarding Committee (Chair)
  • Hearings Committee/Complaints Review Panel
  • Pupil Discipline Committee (Chair)
  • HT Performance Review Group
  • MFL Governor
  • Recruitment Governor
  • Staff Wellbeing Governor
  • Date Appointed - 02/12/21
  • Term of Office - 02/12/2025
  • Register of Interests - None

Kyson Governing Board Instrument of Governance

2 Parent Governors

  • Clare Astbury

  • Frances Gilman

1 Local Authority Governor

  • Hannah Johnson-Gren

2 Staff Governors (1 of which MUST be the Head Teacher)

  • Fiona Fossett

  • Tom Gunson (Head Teacher)

7 Co-opted Governors

  • Jen Hinton
  • Maria Hough

  • David Larsen

  • John Southgate

  • Sarah Wainer

  • Ian Wickson

  • Vacancy

Associate Members

  • Laura Dolan
  • Verity Mawdsley
  • Ben Ward

= 12 Governors (+ Associate Members)

= 11 Governors (+ 3 Associate Members)

Clerk to the Governing Board

Philippa Oxborrow

Quorum

One half of the number of Governors in post.

Kyson Governor Statement of Actions

Please find below the current Governor Statement of Actions document as well as the documents from the past two years.