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Frances Parr - Foundation Governor (Chair of Governors)

A recently retired Head Teacher,  I want to volunteer as a Governor at a local school as I appreciated the hard work, dedication and support that an effective Governing Body can contribute. As a teacher, my particular interests and areas of expertise are Early Years and children with SEND. My Christian faith is very important to me and will shape my contribution as a Foundation Governor through an emphasis on creating a positive, inclusive and caring learning environment. At home there are 9 grandchildren who keep us fit and busy, Lego and baking being firm favourites.


I am looking forward to working with the children and staff as we journey together.

Nicola Warwick - Parent Governor - (Vice Chair of Governors)

I have a daughter in Key Stage 1 and my son is due to join Reception next September. My professional background is in primary school teaching where I was full time until my daughter was born. During my teaching career, I have taught in Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. Recently, I have returned to primary teaching in a part-time role. I am committed to improving outcomes for all children.  At home, I enjoy walks in the countryside with my family and I am a keen reader. For the past few years, I have run a local playgroup and I am particularly interested in maternal mental health and strategies to reduce social isolation.


As a parent governor, I am eager to support the children and staff of St Edmundsbury now and in the years ahead.

Josephine Murphy - Parent Governor

I have become a parent governor at St Edmundsbury School to be more involved in an excellent spiritual school and help support the school in improving even further. My eldest son has just started in reception. We choose the school for its reputation and its links with the Churches we attend. My favourite subjects at school were maths and science and I went on to complete a degree in Biochemistry and Pharmacology. My professional background is healthcare and I feel strongly about openness, safeguarding and auditing. I also have management experience running hospitality businesses for many years. I really enjoy walking in nature and bird watching.


I believe St Edmundsbury School is the perfect place to nurture the children, to give them purpose, to build engagement with the community, and enable our students and staff to achieve confidence and authenticity in themselves. 

Alice Sheepshanks - Foundation Governor

With a background in Modern Languages, I now work as a Literacy Tutor at Howard Community Academy.  I focus not only on academic improvement but on encouraging the children to show courtesy and respect to others.   I love all forms of drama, regularly performing in amateur productions  and I read avidly, with a particular interest in children’s literature.  As a member of the congregation of St Edmundsbury Cathedral I leapt at the chance to become a Foundation Governor and to try to make a difference.  


I believe very strongly that every child has the right to a good education, and I’m looking forward to playing my part in helping every pupil at St Edmundsbury School to receive a wonderful start in life.  

Rev Andrew Miller


I am the Team Rector of the Lark Valley and North Bury Team of Churches and have been since August 2021. I have been a part of school life at St Edmundsbury School since then through taking assemblies and being invited into lessons. He am delighted to have become a governor at St Edmundsbury School, in 2023. As well as being a minister in the Church of England, I have a past in science, enjoy reading, walking and film and I hope that these and other qualities will help staff and pupils at St Edmundsbury School.