Governor Bios

Christine Walton – Chair of Governors & Local Authority Governor

I have been governor of Reedham Primary School since 2011 and have responsibility for Finance and Health and Safety. I  am a senior pharmacist adviser working with clinical commissioning groups on the use of drugs and therapeutics in Norfolk and provide support to GP practices.

When I am not racing around Norfolk for work I like to relax by sailing a river cruiser class yacht.

Chris Edwards – Headteacher

‘Family’ has always been an important part of my life, both at home and at work.  My mother lived her entire life in nearby Moulton St Mary so I have a real understanding of how village life works in these parts.  Together with my father, they ran Canary Caravan Transport and from an early age I was helping with aspects of the business from taking calls to working out quotes for jobs, to helping deliver and siting the caravans themselves.  My father had always dissuaded me from going into the family business and promoted education as a way of bettering myself.  I took his advice and gained my joint honours degree in Economics and Politics.  I could have gone to London to earn big money but my heart finally had a calling – teaching.  I completed my PGCE at the University of East Anglia, keeping local to the area because of my passion at the time, clay pigeon shooting.  Unlike most sports, I couldn’t take my sporting equipment (my shotgun) onto campus.  It was a love that heralded four county titles, over 40 Norfolk caps and a second place at the English Open Skeet Championships.  It also meant I could keep watching my beloved Norwich City Football Club on and off between studies.

My teaching career started off at Ormesby First School as it was back then in 2001.  Four years later I needed a new challenge and took on the role of Key Stage 1 leader at Acle Primary School.  While at Acle I progressed onto becoming the deputy headteacher, before I moved to Reedham to become headteacher in September 2013.  I have two beautiful children, Adam and Willow and a school family to nurture too.  Being a small school, that sense of everybody pulling together to be better than the sum of its parts, never rings truer.  I have in place a fantastic staff who go above and beyond to give the children at our school the best possible start to their education.  We may be small in size but our passion for learning is enormous.  With an exciting curriculum we make sure children enjoy their time at our school, are settled, happy, curious and they leave us ready for the next challenge that awaits.

Hayley Smith – Co-opted Governor

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.

De Jarvis – 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.

Mary 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.

Beth Spaul – Staff Governor

I left the UK in 2003 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 education. I went on to undertake a research based MA in Teaching and Learning, cumulating in a research dissertation about maths mastery and growth mindset – both of which have greatly benefitted Reedham. I went on to work towards the National Professional Qualification in Headship and completed this in July 2021. I recently passed the Forest School Level 3 Leader award and Level 2 teaching swimming award, both of which I am looking forward to sharing with the children at Reedham.

My current responsibilities include teaching for years 5 and 6. 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 fun, engaging and holistic experience.

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.

Isla McFadden – Co-opted Governor

I became a co-opted governor at Reedham School in March 2021 with a focus on Pupil Behaviour and Self Esteem. I have no experience of the schooling system (apart from attending and having two school age kids) but I feel that I can bring a different perspective and insights to the school. I currently work as a consultant, specialising in HRIT and managing global projects.

I have one son currently attending the school and wanted to become a Governor to give something back to the community and specifically the school which has transformed my son’s education. I have lived in Reedham since 2009.