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The following Governors can be contacted through the school address:



Mrs Bridget Fosten (Chair)

For the past two years I have been Chair of Governors at Pakefield Primary School. Previously I was a Parent Governor, and both our children attended the school. In the past I served on the Finance Committee and am currently the link governor for Health and Safety and Pupil Premium.

I am passionate about seizing and creating opportunities for positive change in the community, and see the amazing work of staff and students at the school is a key part of that. It’s great to see the extent and thoroughness of the initiatives for school improvement, and a privilege to meet with pupils and hear about all the amazing learning opportunities they have.

My work experience has been as a personnel manager in both the private and charity sectors and so I am familiar with good HR and general management practices. I currently volunteer as an Adviser with Citizens Advice, as a trainer for a local charity and on the Management Board of the Seagull Theatre – a community theatre in Pakefield.


Mrs Anne Powles (Trust Governor) Vice Chair

I am a retired teacher and being part of the Governing Body enables me to help the school as it continues to make progress. I live in Pakefield and my grandson attends this school.I have taught children of all ages in the primary stage of education and for the last few years of my career taught the nursery children at this school. I became a governor as I have a genuine commitment to the well-being of the children and want to help them, in whatever way I can, to achieve their full potential.I have a particular interest in the Foundation Stage and I am the EYFS governor. I also chaired the Personnel Committee until October 2017; having the right people teaching your children is fundamental to having happy and successful children.  As a retired teacher I understand the pressures of teaching children today but the children at this school deserve the best and as a governor I will do what I can to help Pakefield Primary become a good school and ultimately an outstanding school.

Mrs Jill Adams (Trust Governor) Vice Chair

I have been involved in school governance since 2008.  Since becoming a governor at Pakefield I have taken on the safeguarding role and I am the Safer Employment Champion.  I am also a member of the Personnel Working Party.  I spent my working life as a librarian in London, Norfolk and Suffolk and I have always had a responsibility for working with children and promoting and supporting reading and learning.  Although my own children have grown up I am still interested in schools and the difference that a good school can make to a child's life. All children need the chance to maximise their potential, whatever that may be.


Mr Martyn Payne (Headteacher)

I've been teaching since 2003; I started in Richmond upon Thames before moving to Suffolk where I have taught in a variety of schools.  I'm delighted to have my first headship at Pakefield Primary School where the children are keen to learn, and where the staff and governors are committed to improving outcomes for the children.  My French Bulldog, Henry, is the school mascot and he loves coming in to hear the children read.  


Mrs Marie Rodwell (Teaching Staff Governor)

I have worked in primary education for over twenty years, having the privilege to work with children in Worcester, Birmingham, Nottingham and Suffolk. I have been a volunteer Beaver Scout leader for the last few years, working with children to develop their skills in many areas including outdoor education.Over the last twelve years I have been a governor in Suffolk and more recently in Norfolk, responding to school needs and working with members of the local community. I strongly believe that working as a team, offering support and challenge leads to school improvement.



Mrs Carrie Crossley (Trust Governor)

I retired to Pakefield in 2017 having spent the last 25 years working in education. I am trained as a primary school teacher with my first degree being in Psychology. I gained an Advanced Diploma in SEN with an additional specialism in assessing/addressing difficulties in literacy development.  I have worked in a variety of educational settings, such as mainstream primary/secondary, MLD special school and Pupil Referral Units. My final teaching post was as a SENCo for 10 years in an inclusive mainstream secondary school in Harlow. I am delighted to have been appointed the Governor for SEN at Pakefield Primary School and hope that my experience will further support the school’s continued development. I am passionate about inclusion and believe that all pupils should be given the right opportunities to thrive both in school and in life. I am also ready to take on challenges such as insuring the school is getting the best value from the SEN funding and that expectations are consistently high for all pupils while maintaining their wellbeing.         


Mrs Liza Cole (Parent Governor)

I have two daughters, one has now moved on to High School and the other still at Pakefield Primary School in Key Stage 2. I have worked with children throughout all key stages within the school as a local resident artist helping with the India project and creating the large ‘Poppy’ mural. I have always had a passion for art, graduating with a degree in Interior Spatial Design with Business Management. I now run a recognised small business creating original artwork; prior to this I worked as a home sales manager for several years in the construction industry. As a governor, I look forward to helping the school achieve and maintain its goal of becoming an outstanding school.



Miss Emma Strachan (Support Staff Governor)

I am both a teaching assistant and school librarian at Pakefield Primary school. My experience of working in a school environment extends over 12 years.  I'm passionate about books and hope to develop a love for reading in the school.  My daughter, who is now at university, attended Pakefield and received a wonderful education. I hope to play a part in making sure other children receive the same opportunity to thrive as she did.  This is my first governor role and I am excited to be involved in this new element of school life as we support the school on its journey to become outstanding.

Mr Dan Watson (Parent Governor)

I feel privileged to be undertaking my new role in school governance, and intend to approach it with enthusiasm and a strong sense of responsibility for the school and its pupils.

I believe passionately in the importance of education, and place particular emphasis on literacy. I was raised and educated in Lowestoft, and although I spent much of my twenties living, studying, and working in Devon and Cornwall, I have been based back in my hometown for several years now. I graduated in Travel & Tourism Management at Plymouth . My daughter is a pupil at the school, and I have always tried to instil a belief within her that continued academic effort will help lead to personal progression. I am a very keen reader myself, and having recently had an article featured in a national publication, would also like to pursue my own writing further. 



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