Meet our Governors below, or you can read more documents relating to our Governing body over on our Governance page:
Natasha Thomas (Chair of Governors)
My little girl attends Raddlebarn Primary School, having previously been in nursery at Raddlebarn. Since her time at school began I have volunteered one day a week. I love Raddlebarn: it’s a happy, welcoming place with lovely children and excellent staff who I can attest, work tirelessly.
I have a higher degree in education and, until Maya’s birth, I worked as a researcher at the School of Education at the University of Birmingham. Doing this job, I was responsible for the management and smooth-running of a range of projects to do with the inclusion of children with special educational needs.
I believe that schools should be happy, inclusive places where learning is fun and meaningful, and where children feel secure and confident. I will do whatever I can to support the staff in helping our children develop as thoughtful, kind young people who enjoy learning.
Claire Peterson (Vice Chair of Governors)
Mom to two pupils at Raddlebarn Primary School, I have been a parent governor since 2022. I’m passionate about the school, its’ wider community of pupils, staff and families and spent 2022-23 as the Treasurer of the Friends of Raddlebarn School. I have a background in finance and the audit of internal controls, gained in a ‘Big 4’ accountancy practice and in governance, gained within the COO function of a global investment bank. I believe that an effective governance function can help the school achieve the best outcomes for pupils.
I am currently the staff governor. This is my second year at Raddlebarn and really wanted to be a Governor to be part of the whole school community and to help support and drive school improvement. In my spare time I really enjoy taking part in my church community events that include pastoral care and leading a variety of young adult groups.
I am currently the Deputy Head Teacher of Raddlebarn Primary School. I have been in Education for over 20 years now and during that time, I have been a governor at both this school and another, so I am well versed on how they run and the expectations of this role.
Being a governor is a vital component within a school, they are not only there to support staff but are there to challenge and help guide the school forward. Regarding my experience, I was a parent governor at my children’s school for 5 years during which time we were visited by OFSTED.
I currently manage the wraparound care setting at Raddlebarn. I have over 7 years experience working with children within the community and school settings by providing wrap-around care, sporting activities, and holiday clubs. I have a passion for health and well being and I believe every child has the right to get active and live a healthy lifestyle. Being a governor will give me the chance to make a real difference to young people and give something back to the local community using the skills and knowledge that I have gained over the years.
I have two children currently attending Raddlebarn. I have always been impressed with the level of care and dedication the school shows to the pupils. It’s a privilege to be elected as a parent governor and to be given the opportunity to support the school staff. My daughter has additional needs, therefore, I am particularly keen to support our pupils who may find educational settings challenging.
I am a parent governor for the school. I bring a wealth of political experience that compliments the skillset of the governing body. I have a very strong background in running small businesses, financial matters, and computing as well being a mother. I believe in a fair society where equality of opportunity is available to all.