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Tunstead Primary School

Strong Foundations: Bright Futures


Welcome to our Governors’ section.


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.




Chair of Governors

Data and Quality of Teaching


I am local farmer / Estate Manager, passionate about the local community and allowing young children to have a good all round education.  My work includes forestry, event management, property maintenance, farming and recreational games. I believe that I bring a professional outlook to the Governor role and help to increase the quality of the school. My goal for the school is to maintain the good standard of education with a view to becoming an outstanding school as well as to help to encourage sport and gamesmanship within the school. I am fully committed to the schools’ ethos and I relish being part of a vibrant school.



Joint Vice Chair of Governors


Governor Training


My working background includes many years in retail management and, more recently, operational management across multiple sites.  I currently work for Norfolk County Council within the Norfolk Museums Service.  I run 4 museums, which gives me the opportunity to work with many sectors of the community, major partners, and elected councillors at both borough and county level.  My role involves caring for and curating museum collections and buildings, planning exhibition schedules and ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to engage with their local heritage. 


As a Parent Governor at Tunstead Primary school, which is a great school with great ambitions, I hope to bring my enthusiasm to the team and the governor role and see the pupils make progress in all areas of their school life. 





Joint Vice-Chair of Governors


Early Years


I am mum to 3 children who attend local primary and secondary schools. Until recently I was the manager at a village pre-school but I am taking a career break to spend more time with my children as they sit their exams.


I have been a school governor before and I enjoy the challenge and the rewards of being involved in providing good quality education that enables children to achieve the highest possible outcomes.  I firmly believe that every child should be given opportunities and support to enable them to be the best they can.


Being a governor of Tunstead Primary school offers me the opportunity to put my previous experience to good use and I am looking forward to becoming involved in the school life.




Pupil Premium

Looked After Children


Spanning a career of 40 years of teaching in Essex and Norfolk, I have taught in a variety of schools of up to 450 pupils. I am Science trained but have a great interest in the Arts, History and the Environment.   I have been both Acting Deputy and part of the senior management teams many times during my career.  I retired after 5 years of enjoyable teaching at Tunstead, and then welcomed the opportunity to become a Governor.  I particularly take pleasure in experiencing the ‘family community’ at Tunstead, with the emphasis on the individual child, the importance of the countryside and environment and links to local community.  I hope that my teaching and management experience has given me the skills to help Tunstead become an even more exciting school.


I enjoy painting, historical research, boating, walking, swimming, organising events and looking after my grandson!

Gary Jefferson




Gary Jefferson is currently employed as Executive Director of Engineering and Technology at West Suffolk College.


Having completed a mechanical engineering apprenticeship, specialising in manufacture and production, Gary soon became General Manager of a highly successful Hydraulic equipment-manufacturing specialist in North Norfolk before dedicating his more recent career to educating tomorrow’s engineers and innovators.

Gary now has nine years’ experience as a senior manager in the further education sector providing outstanding education, built around key strategic partnerships with employers to strengthen the curriculum offer, ensuring students receive the best training in the region. In addition to running outstanding STEM curriculum, his current projects include leading West Suffolk College’s £22M Institute of Technology application and developing a new £8M, 10,000 square meter STEM facility, ready for teaching students September 2019.

Gary is passionate about education and hopes to support Tunstead Primary to be one of the best primary schools in the region, through his work as a school governor.




Health and Safety

Outdoor Learning


Primarily a local farmer, I also run a retail and wholesale meat business with my wife.

Within my career, I have sat on a number of committees and boards, gaining a wide experience in business management, financial planning, staff management as well as working as part of a team.


Having recently been co-opted to the governing board, I am keen to see that all children attending the school get the best education available, and are offered as broad an education as possible through extra-curricular activities such as sport, music and drama.


Tunstead is a school with great potential, and I am pleased to join in the day to day workings of the school, along with my three children who attend.



Pupil Premium

Numeracy and Literacy


My wife, Marion, and I have semi-retired to Coltishall, where I am also a school governor. I find it extremely helpful to be able to learn from the experience of being at both schools and share new ideas between them.


I have had a varied career as a teacher and translator, NHS director, senior civil servant, management consultant and barrister. Most recently, I was a senior policy adviser for administrative justice. I now do occasional lecturing and consultancy work, and am also working (slowly but surely) on a book about public life in the UK.


I am passionate about education, and have been involved as a governor at primary and secondary level for around twenty years on and off. I also acted as an appeals panelist for admissions and exclusions in Cambridgeshire for over 10 years. My own daughter is now a grown-up teacher, but I remain committed to making sure that all children get the best education they can.


My main hobbies are chess and gardening but I also enjoy village projects, and sit on the Parish Council in Coltishall and co-ordinate Coltishall & Horstead Speedwatch.

          Jackie Shipley


                     Staff and Pupil Welfare


I live locally with my husband & two sons. My early career started as a HR Manager. I spent 10 years working for Homebase. My role mostly involved travelling the country,  running management recruitment assessment centres. Also delivering training course on absence management, induction and performance management.  When my eldest son was young, I took voluntary redundancy to be able to spend more time with him. 


This is when I discovered how amazing the education and development of children can be, when I started to work as a childminder. I enjoyed spending my time watching children grow and become independent individuals. I am still friends with many of the parents of the children I was lucky enough to have in my care. 


Six years ago I became a Teaching Assistant at Tunstead Primary School.  Throughout this time I have enjoyed working with children of all ages.  I am passionate about giving every child the best start in life. Every child has the right to the best education to help them grow, as an individual to reach their potential. I believe in life if you have a go, you can do anything you want to!