At Melton Primary School we have a range of Governors consisting of teachers, parents of children at our school and other interested parties, each sharing the goal of making the school the best it can be.
Local Authority Governor. Member of Resources Group
I was born and raised in Ipswich and attended local primary and secondary schools. I have been a governor for over 20 years and have been a vice chair in a secondary school, then a chair of a primary school for several years. In December 2018 I joined the governing body at Melton.
I am also a governor advisor working for the Local Authority supporting schools when they are in challenging circumstances. Currently I work full time as a Business Analyst and prior to this as a project accountant.
I am passionate about children’s education. I have 4 grandchildren and I love watching them grow up and being an active part in their lives and their development.
There are so many opportunities available to young children and it is important to ensure that they get the best out of their education setting regardless of their abilities. As a governor we have a responsibility to ensure high standards are maintained in our schools and to work with the school staff, children and their parents/carers.
In my spare time I enjoy swimming, yoga and spending time with my husband and family.
Co-opted Governor. Chair of Standards and Achievements Group
I have been on the governing body for 4 years, starting out as a parent governor. I currently have two children at Melton and a third who will be joining in the not too distant future.
It is interesting to see the school world from so many different perspectives: as a parent, a governor and as a teacher (I currently teach Year 6 at Kyson Primary).
Currently, Melton is on an exciting journey, evolving into the best school it can be. As lead of the curriculum committee, I closely monitor that all children are receiving high-quality teaching which allows them to achieve their full potential. As maths lead and Pupil Premium governor, I strive to ensure quality for all and push for support and challenge for the pupils.
In my spare time, I enjoy running, going to the gym, reading, holidaying and watching my children play football.
Parent Governor. Member of Standards and Achievements Group
I grew up in Suffolk and then spent the next 20 years living in Bath and London. I worked for Channel 4 and BSkyB and currently work for a small Service Design company in London and Melton Parish Council. In 2016 I moved to Melton and both my children have attended the school. I became a parent governor in 2018 and also help with the school swimming lessons.
Spare time is spent reading, going to the theatre, walking the dog or taking on crazy challenges like the National 3 Peaks.
Co-opted Governor. Vice Chair, Chair of Personnel and member of Resources Group
I am a self-employed Management Consultant specialising in digital transformation in the financial and professional services sectors.
I became a governor in 2010 whilst my son was in Year 6 at the school and became Vice Chair of the governing body in November 2015. I am currently Chair of Personnel and a member of the Finance Committee.
I live locally with my wife and son in Melton and in my spare time enjoy long distance running. I can often be seen running around Melton, Lower Ufford, Woodbridge and Wickham Market.
I am also a Trustee and Director of the Sunflower Community Care Farm.
I moved to Suffolk in January 2018 having taught in Leeds for 23 years. My first appointment in the county was as Interim headteacher at Shotley Primary School, over-seeing the school’s conversion to academy status in the summer.
Prior to my move south, I was headteacher at Queensway Primary School, leading the school through two successful Ofsted inspections. I am now enjoying more sunshine, less rain, coastal walks, flatter bike rides and ‘crushed’ peas with my fish and chips!
Co-opted Governor. Member of Standards and Achievements Group
I am delighted to have been appointed as a governor at Melton Primary school. I am a mother of five and grandmother of four (so far!)
I have recently retired from being the headteacher of two successful schools in Felixstowe and I now look forward to working with the Melton school community.
I have always been passionate about children and ensuring that they get the very best start in life both at home and in school. Since I have retired I look after my grandchildren, volunteer for the NHS, and am responsible for both safeguarding and property at my local Methodist church.
Julie Da Silva
Parent Governor. Member of Standards and Achievements Group
I moved from South Africa to England with my family in 2016 and have settled in Melton, which we now consider our home.
I have spent my career primarily in the financial planning industry where I worked in employee benefits and medical insurance. Prior to that, I ran my own videography business. Since moving to England, my focus has been settling my family into our new lives.
I am passionate about SEN in a fully inclusive environment and have a keen interest in the school’s overall academic development and achievements. I am positive that the school will continue to grow from strength to strength.
In my spare time I enjoy writing, catching up with friends and spending time with my family in the beautiful Suffolk countryside. I also love to travel and experience different cultures which I am fortunate to now do with my husband and children.
Staff Governor. Member of Standards and Achievements Group
I have been teaching since 2012. In this time I have been a class teacher for all year groups, including Early Years, which has given me a good oversight of what primary education involves throughout the school. I joined Melton Primary as year 5 teacher in Spring 2017 and have since taken on the role of year 6 teacher commencing Autumn 2018.
Prior to becoming a teaching I worked as an animator for TV and film. The creativity required in this role has carried through into my teaching as well as my love of technology and new media. This has helped me in my role as Technology Lead, which includes computing, science and design and technology.
Outside of work, I enjoy the outdoors: sailing, walking, surfing, skateboarding. Also, when the weather is less inviting, catching up with friends over some good food or games.
Member of Standards and Achievements Group
Co-opted Governor. Member of Personnel Group and Health & Safety Governor
I have been a school governor at Melton Primary for a number of years.
Co-opted Governor. Chair of Finance, and member of Resources Group
I moved to Melton in 1999 having worked in London in accounting and then IT, latterly in the Personnel Department of the BBC. I have been a member of Melton Parish Council since 2008 and was happy to become the council nominated co-opted governor of Melton Primary School in 2014. I am also a trustee of the Melton Trust and an active member of Melton Women’s Institute. I chair the Finance committee and sit on the Personnel Committee.
My hobbies, when I have time, are gardening, crafts, reading and crosswords.