The Board of Governors
The board of governors exists to:
Our role is to ensure that the Round House constantly and consistently delivers on its visions and values: essentially, to ensure that every child achieves the highest possible standards through our relentless focus on high quality teaching and learning. Further information about the school’s visions and values can be found on the website.
The board of governors also oversees admission, staff employment and buildings management.
The current board of governors first met in December 2013 and comprises:
I became the Head Teacher of the Round House Primary Academy in September 2013, having previously worked within the Diamond Learning Partnership Trust as Deputy Head Teacher at Middlefield Primary Academy.
Prior to teaching, I worked as a food technologist with H.J. Heinz and within financial management as a branch manager, trainer and area manager, and later running my own company to provide consultancy services to large financial institutions.
My experience in education has involved working with all year groups and with the development of teachers and students, working with other schools and universities.
In addition to my position at The Round House, I am the Trust’s Deputy CEO, Chairperson for Cambridgeshire Primary Heads and Executive Head Teacher of other schools within the Trust including Wintringham, which opened within grounds of The Round House in September 2018.
I am immensely proud of The Round House, its pupils and teachers, and of the way in which the school has grown to become an inspiration to other schools in the Trust and beyond.
I have been working at The Round House Primary Academy for almost 10 years but have worked in education for over 20 years. I joined the School governors four years ago and was previously a community governor at Winhills Primary Academy.
Prior to working in primary schools, I worked as a nanny to three children, a nursery nurse in a private day nursery and I have been the proprietor of my own Pre-School, Boxtree Under Fives in Middlesex, before relocating to St Neots.
I have varied experience in Early Years and Primary education, having been a nursery nurse, a class based 1:1 teaching assistant, a pastoral support teaching assistant and an outreach worker for families with children who have disabilities. I am currently the Inclusion Manager and Designated Person for Child Protection at The Round House. I have worked with children across all Key Stages and also work closely with teachers, teaching assistants, apprentices, students and a range of outside agencies.
I live on Loves Farm and have a vast knowledge of the local community and surrounding area.
I am really proud to be part of The Round House team, and feel very passionate about the journey that the staff and children have been on to make such an amazing success of our school, despite many changes and challenges.
I have been teaching for 17 years and joined The Round House when it became an Academy in 2014. I joined the governing body in September 2018 when I became Deputy Head Teacher. As well as being Deputy I am also one of the English leads, helping to support the school in teaching and learning in this area.
It is my aim to work with the governing board to ensure that children at The Round House Primary Academy leave our school as successful and passionate life-long learners.
Along with the guidance and support of the school governors, the staff at The Round House work extremely hard to create a safe and inspiring environment and I am grateful for the opportunity to represent the views and ideas of the teaching team.
Penny Norton - Chair
I became a parent governor in 2013 when my children were in years 1 and 3 at The Round House and I have recently been re-appointed to serve a further four years.
Love's Farm has changed considerably since we moved here in 2011 but the school has been a consistent focal point, bringing together children and their families and contributing to the unique sense of community. I am proud to represent The Round House both as a member of the local governing board and also on the Standards and Resources Committee.
I run a communications consultancy specialising in property and construction, and have recently written a book on public consultation and community engagement. Work from mostly home, I am fortunate in being able to balance my work and governor responsibilities with my interests in music and sailing.
I joined the governing body at the end of 2014 soon after moving to Love’s Farm to take up my role as community chaplain.
I’ve been involved with the school in a variety of ways: reading (I love phonics having taught my own children to read using Jolly Phonics during the years we lived in Romania!), leading assemblies, acting as an early intervention coach offering 1-1 mentoring to a small number of children who for a variety of reasons have been identified as needing a bit of extra support. My other main area of interest is around staff well-being. I love The Round House and am happy to be involved in whatever ways I can to contribute to its continued success.
I moved to Loves Farm with my family in 2013 and have a daughter at the school. I was appointed as a community governor in 2017 having voiced a desire to 'make a contribution'. I'm hoping that the energy and skills I have may be useful in doing this!
I work locally as a veterinary surgeon, having been in general practice since 2002. Working in a compassion-driven business hopefully gives me some insights to the challenge of managing a school. Each person needs compassionate individual care, but as part of a growing, successful institute. I am part of a local church and feel my Christian faith also gives me good moral and ethical viewpoints.
I enjoy playing music, a variety of instruments and styles, and have discovered the joy of running at a slightly later stage of life. Although these past-times are fine to do alone, they are at their best when done in a group setting or as a team. Go together and you'll go further! A good ethos for life!
My hope is that The Round House continues maturing into a school excelling in all areas, where each child has a positive, happy and successful education.