Governor Bios

Page under review – 23/9/23

De Jarvis – Chair of Governors and Co-opted Governor

I became a co-opted governor at Reedham School at the start of 2016. I have special responsibility for Early Years, Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Equality.

Until my retirement in 2015 I was a primary school teacher, firstly in London, then Norfolk and for a period of four years in Singapore. During that time I taught across the age range, but specialised in Early Years. For a period of time I was Assistant Head with responsibility for Nursery, Reception and Key Stage 1 and then became Deputy Head, supporting the Headteacher in the strategic development and the day to day running of the school. With this experience I feel that I can offer support by monitoring, questioning and challenging the staff to ensure the best possible standards of education for all children attending the school.

In my spare time I enjoy travelling, theatre and cinema, gardening and getting together with friends and family.

Hayley Smith – Co-opted Governor and Vice-Chair

I am a School Governor who has special responsibility for Literacy.   I am experienced in many aspects of Education having been the head teacher of a village school and nursery for 23 years.   I also sit on the governing body of another local primary school.   I have 3 grandchildren of primary school age.

Beth Spaul BA Hons, PGCE, TEFL cert. EYTS, QTS, NPQH



After completing my degree, I left the UK in 2004 and set up and ran a very successful international school in Goa, India,  for English speaking foreign and local children. Upon returning to the UK, I worked in the Early Years sector completing my EYTS then my PGCE in primary. I engaged in research to complete my MA in education at UoS. I am a lifelong learning and love learning from everone around. Teaching is a passion and I love sharing this with children and colleagues. I want to make a difference for the children in our care!

Reedham has become a great family to be a part of and I believe we are doing great things for our children. We have a fantastic vision for our future and we are doing amazing things to make our children’s education a safe, happy, engaging and holistic experience.

Mry Jones – Co-opted Governor

I am a retired primary school teacher, specialising in Early Years Education. I taught in the London Borough of Barnet for over 20 years.  Before training as a teacher I ran an independent advice centre in Tower Hamlets, one of the poorest boroughs in the UK, dealing with benefits, housing, consumer rights employment and tax problems.  I have 2 adult children and 2 grandsons. Since moving to Reedham 6 years ago I have volunteered at Reedham School as a helper.  I also run a forest pre-school playgroup at Strumpshaw Fen between Easter and November. My interests include wildlife, gardening and bellringing.

Anups de Silva – Parent Governor

I am dad to two pupils at the school, and am delighted to represent our community as a Parent Governor. My girls have loved their time at Reedham Primary so far and I am keen to ensure that we are doing all we can to support the school to provide an excellent holistic educational experience to our local children. I work as a Consultant doctor at NNUH and have been an NHS doctor for nearly 30 years.

Ian Catlow – Co-opted Governor

I became a co-opted governor at Reedham School at the end of 2022 because I wanted to give something to the lovely community I live in.

Prior to my retirement in 2019, I worked for HSBC in Malaysia for 5 years. Before that in the UK, I ran my own company as a business analyst and technical author where I had to quickly understand complex processes and document them. I have often had to develop procedures under the auspices of recognised governance frameworks such as the EU Procurement Rules.

I am passionate about good grammar and well written documents, essays and procedure manuals.

In my spare time I enjoy boating and have clocked up well over 2500 nautical miles as part of a yacht master course which I completed in Malaysia. I also enjoy golf and tennis. I am the treasurer at Acle Tennis Club. I also love to walk my dogs on a daily basis.

Serena Bastillo – Parent Governor

One of the most important things we will do for our children is provide them with an education. I didn’t just want to choose any school for my children but wanted a school where they would be happy and reach their full potential. When I looked round Reedham Primary, it had everything I wanted: a happy place where education was taken seriously.

I feel privileged to be a member of the governing body and to help carry on the school tradition of providing a solid education for our children.

I come from a different education system and hope that the different perspective that I bring can help in the shaping of Reedham Primary’s future success.

I am also a postgraduate student in this Country and I strongly believe in the positive “can-do-attitude”: we can be the best version of ourselves if given the right tools and opportunities.