Proposal to establish a new Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) provision at Townley Primary School consultation can be found here -

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. 

Lorna Kirk  is a coopted Governor and responsible for Special Educational Needs

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 Downham 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.

Shelley Steer

I’m the staff governor chosen by the other school staff to represent them at the governing body. I share my views on various strategic matters and, where appropriate, those of the rest of the staff. In addition to teaching for seven years, I have a background in managing research with a focus on parenting interventions and supporting both parents and schools to improve outcomes for children.

I moved to Cambridgeshire from London in 2015, which is when I retrained to become a teacher, initially volunteering at Townley and the rest is history! I believe passionately that all children are entitled to a good education which is developmentally appropriate.

I am a Research Advocate for Fenland helping to disseminate research evidence and current best practice into other schools. I am also completing my Forest School Leader training and have really enjoyed learning about the huge benefits of outdoor learning in a woodland area. I have a 12 year old daughter who attended Townley and is now at Secondary School.