Governor Profiles

Pen Portraits of our Governors
 Sue Rudge

Hi, I’m Sue Rudge and the Chair of Governors at Townley. I joined the Governor Body just after the last Ofsted in March 2018 and have worked hard with Mrs Higgins to make improvements since then Before I retired in 2017, I was an acting Head and then a Headteacher in 2 large (400+ children) primary schools in the East of London. Having had both Good and Outstanding Ofsted gradings, I’ve a strong background to help Townley move forward.

When I’m not in my polytunnel, I spend my time throwing balls for my 2 dogs or I come into school as I love chatting with the children to see how they are getting on – not so easy with Covid, I know! I’m part of Hawker bubble so enjoy spending time there, but can otherwise be found in classroom doorways or on the gate! I love that most of the children know me but if I haven’t met you yet, please come up and say hello once the lockdown rules ease. 

Sarah Bayliss, is responsible for Special Educational Needs (SEN)

I recently became a school parent governor. I wanted to join the governors role as I am passionate about special needs and getting the children the best for their needs. I wanted to also join as we have experience with special needs and have good knowledge of local charities and organisations in the area.

I have never been a governor before and to become one during a pandemic has been hard especially as I've not been able to come into school and get a true feel for the governors role. But I have very much enjoyed joining the team. 

I have two children at the school both in key stage 1. I enjoy being part of the school community and contributing to my children's education.  We live in Stonea on a local farm where we enjoy rural life and being outdoors. We often go camping or like an adventure as the boys would say.  Please feel free to catch me at the school if you ever want to chat about anything. 

Lorna Kirk  is a coopted Governor

I was raised in the village and have many fond memories of my school days at Townley and then at the Neale Wade Community College in March. I was Head of Music at Dowham Market Academy for sixteen years and am now the SENCO working for the Staploe Education Trust across their primary schools in Soham. I am looking forward to working alongside the staff and governors at Townley to ensure that every child experiences success in a nurturing and supportive environment.

I love walking in the countryside, frequent visits to the North Norfolk coast, playing the piano and socialising with friends and family. Please come and say hello when you next see me around the village.

Giles Thorlby is a Parent Governor. Giles is responsible for - Governor Training & Development, Website Compliance and is also Chair of the Pay Committee.

I wanted to become a school governor as my daughter goes to Townley School and wanted to play a more active role into her education. Also I get to see more of an insight to what the children get up to at school.

This is the first time being a school governor and I have been doing the role for the last 18 months. The role has been very rewarding even though there was a steep learning curve as I do not come from an education background.

My professional job role is an electronic engineer running a small workshop in Kings Lynn. I have a strong community spirit and my daughter and I are well known around the village.

I am a keen motorcyclist and during lockdown I delivered prescriptions to the vulnerable across the county. Now that lockdown has eased I volunteer once a week to deliver blood and plasma between hospitals within East Anglia.

As a parent governor I would like to think I bring a parent perspective and views to the board. If anyone has anything that they would like me to bring up please feel free to approach me at any time. You can normally find me dropping my daughter off at the school gate.