Meet the Governors
Mr P Cook: Chair - Co-opted Governor
I have been a school governor for 20 years starting when my two children attended the school in the 1990s. I have served on all governors’ committees and am currently Chair of the Primary Academy. I am a retired local government officer finishing my career in a regeneration department in an east London local authority. I now enjoy photography, gardening and, since retirement, not travelling daily on the Northern Line.
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Mr S Ellingham: Parent Governor
I have been a parent governor at Cheam Park Farm Infants School for over 10 years, with particular emphasis on resources, staff pay, selection and retention, conflict resolution. I have also delivered critical incident training to staff and governors. Having retired from the Metropolitan Police I now work for a charity that delivers classroom based workshops in schools designed to prevent and discourage children from engaging in harmful activity such as gang membership, inappropriate social activity, knife crime and use of social media. I have run a local church youth club for over 25 years and am committed to helping children achieve their full potential.
Mrs S Jackson: Parent Governor
I have worked in the local area for almost 25 years running a local dance school – initially teaching a wide range of students and then managing a team of staff. I was a parent governor at the infants school for four years. During this time I have undertaken a wide range of training courses and have enjoyed serving on the committees for Curriculum and Achievement, and Children, Families and Community. I believe passionately that every child should be offered the best opportunities possible in school, regardless of ability and circumstances, both in traditional education and extracurricular experiences.
Mr S Fuard: Co-opted Governor
I joined the board of governors at the school at the end of 2013 as a community governor. Since joining I have served various committees including Standards and Resources. I currently work as a director of a property development company and prior to that have worked in various countries as a television producer and executive specialising in factual programming. I hold a masters degree in film and television from Bournemouth University.
Mrs D Harris: Co-opted Governor
I’ve been a governor at the school for over four years serving on the Standards Committee and as literacy governor. Most recently I’ve been working with the Learning Council at the Kingston Avenue site looking at ways of getting the children to read more for pleasure. My work in a multinational FTSE 100 FMCG company ensures that I can bring the best business practice into the school and help to maintain the very high standards that the school already has. Outside of work and school, my interests are painting, walking and socialising with family and friends.
Mrs S King: Staff Governor
I have worked at Cheam Park Farm Infants for ten years as both a part time and full time teacher. As a local resident I also have knowledge of issues which affect the school community. I have served on the Governing Body of Cheam Park Farm Infants as a staff governor and previously as a parent governor at a local primary school. I have sat on the Curriculum Committee where I have been able to give explanations and insights behind the data. My experience enables me to confidently review and develop policies. I have been involved in the school becoming an academy and primary school.
Mrs A Day: Executive Principal
I have been teaching for 30 years and have a passion for ensuring that every child receives the support and challenge they require to achieve well at school and have opportunities which enable them to become well rounded, happy children.
After completing a maths and psychology degree I began my career in Birmingham and then moved to a first school in Merton in 1988; in 2003 I took up my first headship in Sutton and moved to Cheam Park Farm Infants School as head in 2007. In 2010 the school gained the Outstanding grade in Ofsted and much work has been carried out to maintain the standards which would ensure it remained at that level if or when Ofsted comes to visit again. Cheam Park Farm Infants initially converted to a single academy and then through discussion with the governors joined LEO Academy Trust in September 2017 when it also amalgamated with Cheam Park Farm Junior Academy to become Cheam Park Farm Primary Academy.
Throughout my career I have served on a number of committees and boards supporting joint working with other local schools. In 2015-2016 I was able to support the work of Sutton LA as the interim head of school and support services.
In my leisure time I enjoy long distance walking, travel, socialising with family and friends, cooking and visiting the cinema and theatre.
Ms K Ashworth: Principal
I have worked at Cheam Park Farm Primary Academy for over 20 years as a classroom teacher, senior leader and now Co-Principal. I have been involved in the school becoming both an academy and amalgamating as a primary school. I previously served on the governing body as a teacher governor. I have been a member of the Curriculum Committee where I have been able to discuss pupil progress and give explanations and insights regarding data. I have also presented reports to governors on Special Educational Needs and staff training. As a local resident in Sutton, I also have first-hand knowledge and experience of issues which affect the whole school community.
Mr C Hudson: Principal
I have been teaching since 2006 when I took up my first teaching post as a Year 4 teacher in a local Sutton school. Following a number of years working across Years 4-6, I moved to Cheam Park Farm Juniors in September 2013 to embark on the next stage of my career, as a Year 6 teacher. Cheam Park Farm Juniors soon became Cheam Park Farm Primary and gave me the opportunity to teach in year groups outside of KS2. Since moving into the role of Vice Principal and then Principal, I have been able to teach one day a week in Reception whilst still covering classes further up the school when required which has allowed me to ge to know so many more children and families across the whole school. In my time as a senior leader at Cheam Park Farm, I have been involved in many different aspects of school improvement and consider myself lucky to be a leader at a school with such fantastic and supportive staff, governors and parents.
Beyond the academic side of school, I have run the Sutton Schools' Football Association since 2011 where I co-ordinate inter-school football between all of the schools across the borough and am proud to have improved the opportunities for children not just at Cheam Park Farm but across all schools in the borough. I take an active role in attending sporting fixtures (football or otherwise) wherever I get the opportunity to do so. I am also an avid theatre goer and have always enjoyed working with colleagues in school to produce shows for Christmas or end of year productions where parents feel proud that their children have been a part of the show.
When not in school, I enjoy time with my family and finding new ways to entertain my two boys!