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Who we are

Victoria Bowman – Chair of Governors

Vicky joined as a Foundation Governor in September 2014.  She has lived in Barrow since 2008 and is married with two daughters, who both attended Hall Orchard.  She is a part time Finance and Export Manager at an embedded computing company in Loughborough She is actively involved at Holy Trinity Church, leading Little Angels, Junior Church and Youth Group and is also part of the team who organises the Christmas Tree Festival. Vicky is SEND governor and link governor for RE and Collective Worship.

Amy Earl  (Chair of Finance, Personal, Pay and Premises Comittee)

Amy has lived in Barrow since 2010 and is married with two children, one of whom is currently at Hall Orchard, and one hopefully joining soon. Amy qualified as a chartered accountant in 2001 and has worked in Finance since then.
She joined the Hall Orchard governors in 2015 soon after her daughter started school, and is now chairing the Finance, Personnel, Pay and Premises Committee.

Sarah Boby  – Parent Governor

Sarah became a parent governor in 2017.  She has lived in Barrow since 2013, is married and has two young boys (both of whom attend Hall Orchard).  She is a qualified management accountant, with experience in financial services and utilities.  Her career subsequently took her into private sector accountancy training and on into academia as a university lecturer in Accounting & Finance. 

With a background in finance, project management and education, Sarah aims to utilise her skills and experience to benefit the school that will play such a major part of her and her children’s lives for many years.

Jen Summerton – Parent Governor

Jen has lived in Barrow since 2013 and is married with three children; two daughters at Hall Orchard and a son due to start in 2020. She has worked in the higher education sector since 2009, currently for the Higher Education Strategic Planners Association (HESPA), representing and supporting those who work in university strategy and planning across the UK. Jen joined as a parent governor in December 2017 because she is keen to support Hall Orchard and the valuable work it does. She has a personal vested interest in the school, but also a wider interest in education strategy.  Above all, Jen wants to help the school ensure that its pupils are safe, happy and confident and that they enjoy learning and achieve their potential.

Claire Davenport – Member Governor

Claire became a member governor in December 2017. She has lived in Barrow for 8 years with her family. Claire has two young children both of which attend Hall Orchard. 
Claire has a background in sports administration and has had a long career in Sporting Events for the last 15 years. She hopes that many of the valuable skills and experience she has developed will transfer across into her role as a school governor. 
Claire wants to help ensure that children who attend Hall Orchard have the best opportunity to reach their full potential whilst also enjoying their time at school. 

Neil Titchmarsh – Member Governor

Neil has lived in the village since 2013 and has a young daughter who started at Hall Orchard in September 2020. Neil joined the Governors team in the finance committee in 2017, bringing 10 plus years of project, purchasing and commercial experience in various engineering industries. He is a member of the Finance, Personnel, Pay and Premises Committee working to maintain the financial position of Hall Orchard.

Neil joined the Governors to ensure the progress and performance of the school for the years to come.

Jenny Boldrin – Foundation Governor

Jenny has lived in Barrow since 2008 and has two daughters, one who has progressed through Hall Orchard and one currently there. Jenny joined as a Foundation Governor in December 2020. Jenny is a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at the University of Derby and aims to utilise her experience as a member of the Curriculum and Strategy Committee. Jenny is also an active member of Holy Trinity Church, supporting their work with children, families, and the community. 

Kayt Hennessy

Kayt has lived in Barrow since 2013 and has 2 daughters, both at Hall Orchard.  She joined as a Parent Governor in 2021.  Kayt is a teacher at the Children's Hospital School in Leicester, teaching both Primary and Secondary Aged Children.  Her background is in mainstream Primary Education with 16 years as a teacher and leader. She aims to use her experience to support the school, helping the young people to feel safe, happy and reach their full potential. 

Rev Clive Watts

Rev’d Clive became Foundation Governor at the same time as he became Priest in Charge of the Barrow and Wolds Group of Churches in July 2019. He has previously served in the Wigston Benefice and the Borough Hill Benefice and spent many years involved in the life and ministry of Leicester Cathedral. Before ordination Clive spent 25 years as a nurse, working as a specialist practitioner.

As the Parish Priest (Vicar) Rev'd Clive has a particular role in ensuring the distinctive Christian ethos and identity of Hall Orchard as a Church of England School and helps lead the schools Collective Worship and Church Services. He has particular interest in the pastoral care of the students and staff along with the values and ethos of the school and our RE curriculum. Rev’d Clive has other particular areas of interest in worship and liturgy, fostering Lay Vocations and the Church’s ministry to the marginalised in society.

Paul Browning - Governor

Paul has been a governor since June 2014, moving to Barrow in 2008. Paul and wife Sara have two children (Abi & Cai) both in and through the school.  Paul is a clinical scientist by profession and is currently a Director for a global healthcare organisation. Paul also helps in the writing of International Standards, European legislation as they pertain to health and participates in Parliamentary activities.  Educated by the universities of Southampton, Cranfield, and Oxford, Paul also volunteers in the Sea Cadet Corp. 

Steve Dunn – Headteacher

I became headteacher of Hall Orchard CE Primary School at the end of August 2022 after 10 happy years as headteacher of Hathern CE Primary. I started my teaching career here at Hall Orchard in 1996 and stayed for 10 years before moving on to become deputy head at Redlands in Sileby.

My aim is to continue to promote good practise in school through a child-focused approach to learning and the delivery of an engaging and innovative curriculum. I believe that staff are the most important resource in the school and therefore encourage strong, effective working partnerships. These, alongside the setting of high expectations, empower children to achieve their best and with our support, they will do just that.

Kirstie Kneafsey – Member Appointed (Staff) Governor

Kirstie has been teaching at Hall Orchard Primary school for nearly eight years. She is the SENDco at school  She became a staff governor in December 2015. She studied Primary Education at Nottingham Trent University for four years and graduated with a 1st in July 2013. She has a passion for working with children, creating a positive learning environment for them to flourish and therefore thinks it important to contribute to the wider ethos of the school and community by being a staff governor. She is the training and development link governor.