Governors

Strategic Vision

Stradbroke Primary School's motto is "Learning for Life".

In keeping with that motto, the Governing Body's vision is to provide our children with a safe, happy and healthy learning environment that gives them a passion for learning, the confidence to tackle challenges and the ability to be a part of their wider community. We do this by continuous investment in our staff, creating an environment they want to work in and by engaging not only with our children, but with parents and the wider community so that they work with us to ensure the success of the School and all its pupils.

Role of the Governing Body

The 3 main functions of the Stradbroke Primary School Governing Body are:

  • Setting the strategic direction of the school (i.e. where do we want to be and how will we get there);
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

More details of the Governing Body and the role it plays at our school can be found in the Governing Body Statement 2015/16.

Governors at Stradbroke Primary School

Chair of Governors Natalie Swallow
Vice-chair of Governors Scott Dyball
Headteacher: John Sitch
Deputy Headteacher: Stephen Nash
Parent Governors: Natasha Huggins
  Joanne Huggins
Co-opted Governor Lisa Cazzato
Local Authority Governor: Lynn Rooney
Staff Governor: Kathryn Cockayne

Link Governors

Our Governors are also linked to various roles within the school. These are:

  • Training - TBC
  • Child Protection & Safeguarding - Natalie Swallow
  • Special Educational Needs - Lynn Rooney
  • Health and Safety - Scott Dyball
  • Data - Natalie Swallow

A full breakdown of roles and responsibilities for all our Governors is available to download in our List of Governor Committees and Responsibilities 2016/2017.

Meet our Governors

Natalie Swallow - Chair of Governors

Name Miss Natalie Swallow
Category Chair of CSPC committee - Co-opted
Date of appointment 21/5/15
Term of office 4 years - 20/5/19
Date stepped down (if applicable)  
Who appointed them Governing body
Committee member
  • Community, Staffing, Pupils and Community Committee;
  • Strategic Committee.
Eligible to vote At Full Governing Body meetings and at all Committee meeting
Business and Pecuniary interests Rainbows leader of group run in the school
Governance roles in other educational establishments None
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) None
Governor Statement
I was a pupil at Stradbroke and have lots of fond memories of the school. This was one of the reasons why I became a Parent Governor when my daughter was in Y2. When my daughter was due to leave Y6 in 2014, and my time as a Parent Governor was up, I was very happy to be asked to stay on as a LEA Governor.
The school is a wonderful place and I'm proud to be a member of the Governing Body. Supporting staff is very rewarding, as is celebrating the progress that every child makes.

Lynn Rooney

Name Cllr Lynn Rooney
Category Local Authority Governor
Date of appointment 01/09/12
Term of office 4 years - 31/08/16
Date stepped down (if applicable)  
Who appointed them Governing Body
Committee member Community, Staffing, Pupils and Community Committee
Eligible to vote At Full Governing Body meetings and at all Committee meeting
Business and Pecuniary interests Trustee of Stradbroke and District Community Association
Governance roles in other educational establishments None
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) None
Governor Statement
I'm the mum of three teenagers who all attended Stradbroke Primary School. I became a Local Authority Governor fourteen years ago, shortly after the birth of my twin sons, as education was something I had always been passionately interested in.
I have been a councillor for six years, representing Richmond Ward (which includes Stradbroke). I am keen that all children in my ward get a good education at their local community school, and being a school governor allows me to influence this positively.
Areas of school life that I have taken a particular interest in over the years have been the curriculum, and special educational needs.

Scott Dyball

Name Mr Scott Dyball
Category Co-opted
Date of appointment 21/5/15
Term of office 4 years - 20/5/19
Date stepped down (if applicable)  
Who appointed them Governing body
Committee member Finance, Health, Safety and Planning Committee
Eligible to vote At Full Governing Body meetings and at all Committee meeting
Business and Pecuniary interests Child in School
Governance roles in other educational establishments None
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) None

Lisa Cazzato

Name Lisa Cazzato
Category Co-opted
Date of appointment October 2017
Term of office 4 years - October 2021
Date stepped down (if applicable)  
Who appointed them Governing body
Committee member Finance, Health, Safety and Planning Committee
Eligible to vote At Full Governing Body meetings and at all Committee meeting
Business and Pecuniary interests Child in School
Governance roles in other educational establishments None
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) None
Governor Statement
I was asked whether I'd like to come on board as a Governor a couple of years ago and jumped at the chance. Stradbroke was my Primary School and enjoyed my best school days there. Entering the school again after so many years brought many happy memories and a feeling that the school was the same; just as great, with an excellent team of teaching staff and with the same positive approach to getting the best out of the children.
Having left Stradbroke myself I went on to become a Solicitor and have been qualified for 14 years now. I bring to the Governors table an organised, methodical and planned approach to our tasks, a need to learn and understand fully what is before me and a genuine desire to work with our team and make this school the best that we can.

John Sitch

Name Mr John Sitch
Category Headteacher
Date of appointment Not applicable
Term of office Not applicable
Date stepped down (if applicable)  
Who appointed them Governing body
Committee member
  • Community, Staffing, Pupils and Community Committee;
  • Finance, Health, Safety and Planning Committee;
  • Strategic Committee.
Eligible to vote Yes
Business and Pecuniary interests None
Governance roles in other educational establishments None
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) None

Kathryn Cockayne

Name Mrs Kathryn Cockayne
Category Staff Governor
Date of appointment 14/06/2016
Term of office 4 years - 14/06/2020
Date stepped down (if applicable)  
Who appointed them Staff election
Committee member Curriculum, Staffing, Pupils and Community Committee
Eligible to vote At Full Governing Body meetings and at all Committee meeting
Business and Pecuniary interests None
Governance roles in other educational establishments None
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) None

Natasha Huggins

Name Mrs Natasha Huggins
Category Parent Governor
Date of appointment 14/06/2016
Term of office 4 years - 14/06/2020
Date stepped down (if applicable)  
Who appointed them Parent election
Committee member Finance, Health, Safety and Planning Committee
Eligible to vote At Full Governing Body meetings and at all Committee meeting
Business and Pecuniary interests Child in school
Governance roles in other educational establishments None
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) None

Stephen Nash

Name Mr Stephen Nash
Category Staff Governor
Date of appointment Not applicable
Term of office Not applicable
Date stepped down (if applicable)  
Who appointed them Governing body
Committee member
  • Community, Staffing, Pupils and Community Committee;
  • Finance, Health, Safety and Planning Committee;
  • Strategic Committee.
Eligible to vote Yes
Business and Pecuniary interests None
Governance roles in other educational establishments None
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) None

Joanne Huggins

Name Mrs Joanne Huggins
Category Parent Governor
Date of appointment May 2018
Term of office 4 years - May 2022
Date stepped down (if applicable)  
Who appointed them Parent election
Committee member Finance, Health, Safety and Planning Committee
Eligible to vote At Full Governing Body meetings and at all Committee meeting
Business and Pecuniary interests Child in school
Governance roles in other educational establishments None
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) None
Governor Statement
I volunteered to become a parent governor 18 months ago because I felt that it was a good opportunity to get involved in and give something back to the local community and the school. Aside being a governor, I work part time as a civil servant, recently completing 25 years service. I also voluntarily run a toddler group and a monthly messy church.
Having two children currently at Stradbroke I have a vested interest in wanting to provide the best start in life to all pupils through a quality, fun and varied curriculum. As a governor I can help to support the excellent work being done by all the staff and be part of the continuous improvements being made towards making Stradbroke recognised as an outstanding school.

Previous Governors

Previous Governors of Stradbroke Primary School.

Pecuniary Interests

Pecuniary interests are declared on each Governor Profile (as displayed above). A detailed list of Governor Business and Pecuniary Interests can also be downloaded separately.

Governor Attendance

We are very fortunate to have a governing body of dedicated individuals. All our governors are volunteers drawn from a variety of environments, many are professionals juggling busy work schedules, others are involved with local government and local community enterprise and most have busy family lives.

These commitments (and illness) can sometimes prevent individuals from attending all of their scheduled meetings however, they remain committed to their role within school and we are pleased to confirm that all governor meetings are well attended, while many governors also visit Stradbroke during our school hours to observe and support the learning and development of the school.

You may already have had the opportunity to catch up with 1 or 2 of them at our Open Evenings.

Governor Attendance Register 2015-16

School trips

Lisa Cazzato - Chatsworth House - July 2019

In July 2019 I went on trip to Chatsworth House with Reception. It was an extremely pleasant experience, the children enjoying the beautiful surroundings of Chatsworth, the excitement of the coach trip there and back, learning about the animals in the farmyard and having a hands-on experience with petting/feeding the goats and other animals. They mostly enjoyed the Adventure Playground there which is superb.

The trip involved a large cohort of children who all behaved extremely well for their teachers and for the parent volunteers who went along. They were extremely well-mannered and were a credit to both the school generally and to Miss Anderson and Miss Spick who ran a very successful and pleasurable day out for all in attendance.