Governor Bios

Adam Gibbs – Chair of Governors

I currently work as a Director of a reinsurance (which is insurance of insurance companies) brokerage firm based in London, which does involve international travel to different parts of the world. In my diverse employment role, I deal with all aspects of managing a business including marketing, employee relations and finance. I moved permanently, with my family, to Reedham in 2005 having found our dream house here some two years before. All three of our children have excelled in the family and nurturing environment of Reedham Primary School, with just one now remaining at the school. Having served as a Parent governor for 8 years I took on the role of Chair of Governors in April 2019.

Christine Walton – Deputy 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.  It was at Acle where I met my wife, Emma.  We have been together since 2008 and have two beautiful young children, Adam and Willow.  While at Acle I progressed onto becoming the deputy headteacher before I moved to Reedham in September 2013.  Now I have my own school family to nurture and 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, 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 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 education. Currently, I am engaged in research to complete my dissertation for my MA in Education at UoS.

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.

Jenny Ellerbrook – Co-opted Governor

I am pleased to be a co-opted member of the Governing Board, having joined in late 2018. I have spent my working life in our family run wholesale plant nurseries carrying out many different functions including general administration, payroll and accounts and supervising on all health and safety and writing policies that are required by our customers. Prior to that I had worked as a secretary, trainee shop manageress and at an opticians.  Over the years I have been involved in various voluntary roles within our local community.

My interest in the school goes back many years. Most recently my Grandchildren have been pupils at the school.  I enjoy interacting with the children and in the few months as a Governor have been on a school outing, talked to the children about a history project and been present when they spent an afternoon at the Church.  I am looking forward to seeing more of the day to day running of the school.

Calvin Fisher – Parent Governor

I joined the school board as a parent governor early in 2019. We moved to Reedham in 2015 and have had 3 children in the school, one of whom has since moved up to Acle secondary school. I run my own property management and consultancy business.  As a parent governor my responsibilities include building facilities, ICT and finance. I recognise the importance of school both as a key part of the community and as a launchpad for supporting children to be happy, well-educated and have the best start in life.