The Governing Body was replaced by an Interim Executive Board in December 2020. The IEB members meet once a month to undertake the governance role, supporting the strategic leadership of the school whilst at the same time, holding the headteacher and school leadership to account.
The purpose of an IEB is to provide interim expertise and high-quality governance to support future improvement in a maintained school, including the promotion of high standards of educational achievement.
Pen Pictures of our IEB Members:
Mrs Val Palmer
Ms Lisa Murphy
Until recently I was a Primary Adviser working in Cambridgeshire supporting a number of schools as well as new Headteachers starting their careers in the county. Prior to this I was Headteacher at Harston and Newton Primary School, South Cambs for 10 years and loved every minute of this. Prior to this, I was Deputy Headteacher and SENDCo whilst at Fawcett Primary School, Cambridge and also lectured at the Faculty of Education, Cambridge University. I have worked all my life in education – London, Southend, Manchester and for the last 26 years in Cambridge. Recently I was appointed onto the Governing Body at Kinderley. It is good to be given the opportunity to continue this by being a member of the IEB for Kinderley.
At present I have been enjoying retirement in an unexpected way. Not travelling and exploring far flung places as planned but revisiting long forgotten crafts and keeping fit.
Ms. Tracey Sandhu
My name is Tracey Sandhu and I’ve been a Mathematics Adviser within the Local Authority Schools Improvement Service for the past five years. During this time, I’ve supported governors, head teachers, senior and subject leaders, teachers and teaching assistants in the improvement of progress and outcomes for primary schools with a particular emphasis on the teaching and learning of mathematics. I’ve kept up to date with Ofsted priorities and key messages, maintained a vital safeguarding awareness and am mindful of the importance of wellbeing. My role also includes delivering training courses, providing professional development opportunities and ensuring that statutory assessment requirements are prepared for and upheld. I’ve also played an integral part in driving forward county-wide projects, working with schools to accelerate the progress and attainment of disadvantaged children. Previously, over a period of fifteen years, I have taught in a wide range of primary and secondary schools across the county and also held the role of parent governor at a local primary school. I believe that I have the requisite skills and expertise to objectively support leadership whilst promoting high standards of education.
Mr. Martyn Hale-Smith
I am Martyn and have served previously as Chair 0f Governors at Kinderley School prior to my appointment onto the IEB. I was previously appointed as a Co-Opted Governor and chaired the Resources Committee. I was also a governor for many years at Manor Field School in Sussex.
My background is in policing, working for Sussex Police as a Police Sergeant. On my retirement from the police, I worked for Hilton Hotels as the Health & Safety Senior Manager for many years before moving to Cambridgeshire. I have served on the local Parish Council as both Chair and Vice Chair and currently am placed as treasurer on the Tydd St Giles Community Centre. I have a broad experience of strategy, HR, finance and change management, as well as specific knowledge of IT and digital transformation. From this I use my professional skills to ensure that financial resources are used in the most effective way to benefit the children in the school.
For me as a governor, I am keen to support the Headteacher and staff in ensuring that all pupils have a great experience of school and that they achieve their full potential through the best education possible, in a safe and friendly environment. Being a governor is extremely rewarding; working alongside like-minded people who have a real drive and passion to provide children with the best education.
I live locally with my wife and have family in the village. Three of my grandchildren currently attend Kinderley School.