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Full Name  Appointed By  Date of Appointment  Committee Governor Serves On  Positions of Responsibility  Relevant Business / Pecuniary Interests  Governance Roles in any other educational establishments  Relationship between Governors and members of school staff
Marion Barrett LA 08/09/2017 - - Adviser to Primary Schools (Independent Consultant) IEB Member at St Philips CofE Primary School None
Penny Conway LA 08/09/2017 - Chair of IEB None
  • Chair of GB – Little Paxton Primary School
  • TGB Member – Pathfinder CofE Primary School, Northstowe
  • Chair of IEB at St Philips CofE Primary School
Liz Gibson LA 08/09/17 - - None
  • Chair of GB - The Icknield Primary School
Ann Housden LA 08/09/17 - - None - None 
Tony Sharpe LA 08/09/17 - - None
  • Chair of GB - Teversham Philips CofE Primary School

There are no previous members that have served at any point over the past 12 months.

Letter from the CHair of the IEB

There are five people on the IEB for Thongsley Fields School. My name is Penny Conway; I have been asked to chair this IEB. I am a National Leader of Governance and have been involved with school governance for over 20 years serving on several Governing Bodies and IEBs. I am currently the Chair at Little Paxton Primary School (which is the local village school that my own four children attended) and I am also chairing the IEB for St Philip's CofE School in Cambridge. In addition I am a member of the Temporary Governing Body for the Pathfinder CofE VA School (the new primary school in the new town of Northstowe which will open in September 2017). I am not, and never have been, employed by the Local Authority. I have accepted the role of Chair of the IEB on an unpaid, voluntary basis; my only motivation is, like all school governors, to do my best to ensure that the children at this school receive the good education to which they are entitled in the safe environment we would all expect.

Joining me on the IEB are Marion Barrett, Liz Gibson, Ann Housden and Tony Sharpe.

Marion has 44 years experience in education having taught in several primary schools in Cambridgeshire including as a Deputy Headteacher and a Headteacher. She has been a Primary Strategy Consultant Leader and has worked as a Local Authority Inspector and Adviser since 2005. Marion is now working as an Associate Adviser for Cambridgeshire's Schools Intervention Service.

Liz has been a school governor since 2010, initially as a parent governor at the school her children attended. She became a National Leader of Governance in 2014. She has successfully chaired several governing bodies and IEBs and is currently the Chair of Governors at Icknield Primary School, in order to support them on their improvement journey. Professionally Liz is an HR Director.
Ann has many years of experience in the education sector including 15 years as a Headteacher in Luton. She has worked as a Primary Adviser within the Huntingdon team, mainly supporting and challenging school leaders and governors of schools that needed to make rapid improvements to become good. She is currently a Senior Area Adviser for primary schools within the Cambridgeshire Schools Intervention Service.

Tony is the Chair of Governors of Teversham Church of England (VA) Primary School, Cambridge. He has worked with other Chairs to improve governance in local schools. Coming from a business background, Tony has a strong interest in finance and budgetary control. He has very recently been designated as a National Leader of Governance.

The IEB will, in addition, be supported and advised by Officers from the Local Authority. We will meet at least once a month and the Headteacher and other senior staff will be invited to our meetings. We aim to ensure, as quickly as possible, that the school is compliant with all statutory requirements as well as implementing best practice in all areas. We look to see consistently good teaching across the school to ensure that all children continue to make good progress in their learning.

Our first meeting will be scheduled early in the autumn term. Minutes of our meetings will be available on the school website as soon as is practicable.

As I mentioned earlier, the IEB has all the responsibilities that any Governing Body has including listening and responding to comments, compliments and concerns from parents, carers and staff. If you wish to contact us you can do so through the school office.

Yours sincerely,

Penny Conway


 Copies of the minutes are availalbe from the school office

Point of contact for IEB

Name of clerk: Katie Dodsley-Cook ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Full Name

Interim Executive Board (IEB) Meeting






Marion Barrett






Penny Conway






Liz Gibson






Ann Housden






Tony Sharpe






Attendance Key

P = Attended

A = Absent with the consent of the governing body (apologies accepted).


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Academy Order

An academy order (here) has been issued for the school to open as an academy, sponsored by the CAM Academy Trust, on the provisional opening date of September 1st 2018.

You can read information about the consultation on potential conversion to academy status here, the letter about the consultation here and the decision taken by the IEB here.

Headteacher: Interim Head Mr C Beazeley

Buttsgrove Way
PE29 1PE

Contact Details

To contact the school please phone (01480) 375321

Or email office@thongsleyfields.cambs.sch.uk

Office staff are
Mrs Carrier and Mrs Clements