Freeland CE Primary School

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Meet the Governors

Freeland School Governing Body 

Julian Soanes, Chair of Governors, Parent Governor

I am a parent governor and have had the pleasure of serving the school for the past 6 years in many roles including Chair. I enjoy being part of the school team, supporting the staff and helping to ensure our children get the very best school experience. I have lived in Freeland for 16 years and am involved with both our local Church and Scout Group. I work as a company Director for a global automotive engineering company. 

Sarah Nickelson, Headteacher

I have been the Head Teacher at Freeland School since April 2016.  I am very proud of our school community and enjoy working with the children, parents, staff, governors and local community to give the children at this school the best start to their education.  

Gemma Peace, Clerk

Caroline Taylor, Director Appointed Governor

Catrin Moore, Parent Governor 

I have had the privilege of being a parent Governor at Freeland school since July 2014. I currently have two children in the school as my eldest left to go to senior school. Our family moved to the village 14 years ago, we had the pleasure of living in Laos and Cambodia for six years where I ran microbiology laboratories in local hospitals. We returned to the village in 2012, I continually enjoy being a part of the ever evolving school and community in Freeland. As a scientist I have worked for the University of Oxford in a number of capacities, I am currently Head of Operations for the Emerging diseases Research Group, Oxford. I love science and enjoy promoting science and related subjects in school and at other events.

Toby O'Neil, Vice-chair & Parent Governor

I became a parent governor shortly after my daughter started at Freeland in autumn 2014. I am currently the Chair of the Performance and Standards subcommittee at the school and Vice-chair of the full governing body.

Shortly before taking up my role as governor, I had finished a four year term as Head of the Mathematics and Statistics Department at the Open University and returned to my substantive post as a Senior Lecturer in Analysis there. I am a pure mathematician and have a particular interest in problems that involve the geometry of fractals (highly irregular objects that have detail at all scales). This background has barely prepared me for dealing with the rapidly changing nature of government education policy and the challenges it presents to those who have to follow and implement it...

Glen Pascoe, Parent Governor

I decided to become a school governor shortly after moving to the village in Oct. 2016. 

I am a trained Mechanical Engineer and consider myself to have strong communication skills. A 10-year career as a product designer/manager and manufacturing specialist with experience in the Motorsport and Automotive industries adds a fresh perspective to an already diverse board of governors.

My problem solving abilities, creativity and organisd approach are currently transferred into my role as the link governor for Information Technology and Health & Safety.

I'm approachable and always willing to listen to ideas and suggestions around school life from parents, staff or children alike.

Jane Lench, Staff Governor

I have been a teaching assistant at school since 2004 and have experience of working in all of the year groups; I currently work in Year 2.

I moved to Freeland in 1999 and have two grown up daughters, both of whom attended Freeland and Bartholomew Schools.

Alice Harden, Foundation Governor

We moved to the village in April 2014, a month before our first child was born. We were warmly welcomed by our neighbours and the church congregations at Hanborough Manor School and at St Mary's, Freeland. In January 2015 I joined the governing body as a foundation (church) governor. As a former chemistry teacher myself I am eager to help ensure Freeland school reaches its potential. 

Within the governing body I have particular responsibilities for the Christian nature of the school (joint with Janet Faulkner) and for foundation stage.

Janet Faulkner, Foundation Governor

Since moving to Freeland in 2015 I have enjoyed becoming involved in the community through the Church, village activities and Freeland School. In my spare time I enjoy reading, walking, music and craft activities and particularly spending time with our children and grandchildren.

My career has been spent teaching in Primary schools; I specialised in Special Needs, with a particular focus on Dyslexia.

As a retired teacher, it is a privilege to use my experience and continue my interest in education as a Foundation Governor with Freeland School.


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