Governors

The Governing Body works closely with the Headteacher in the management of the school. It meets regularly during the term with additional committee meetings to discuss specific matters, such as school effectiveness, health and safety, the school environment and the school finances. The minutes of the governors’ meetings are available to all parents and are available from the school or online here.

The governors are all local people, caring for the welfare of the children and bringing their interests and experience to support the school. They are always happy to talk with you about any matters related to school and your children.

If you do have any concerns about your child or the school in general, please contact the class teacher and/or the Head in the first instance. If you then still feel concerned after these meetings please contact one of our parent governors who are appointed to help you and to represent your views.

Meet the Governors

Chair

Rachel Hallam
I am an ex pupil of Bar Hill Primary School and I also subsequently attended Swavesey Village College. I have lived on the village now for over twenty years and have enjoyed living in such a fantastic village for so long I just cannot bear to leave! I currently work in London for an economic and social development organisation where a lot of the work I do is concentrated in improving children and young people’s services. I have been a governor at Bar Hill since 2011 and sit on the Personnel committee.

Vice Chair

Jim Lay
I have been a governor since 2004. I am married to Liz, we have lived on the village for over 20 years and I run my own business. Our four children have all progressed through the school, before going on to Swavesey Village College. I am Chair of Finance, and sit on the Personnel and ICT committees.

Parent Governors

  Jo Montgomery
I have been a Parent Governor since late 2007. I currently chair the School Improvement committee and I am link governor for science. I work as a Science Ambassador, promoting science subjects and careers. Bar Hill has an enviably strong sense of community, with the village school at its heart. I am proud to be a governor at a school where the children are valued so highly.
Martin Murphy
Our family moved to Bar Hill in 2009 and I have been a Parent Governor since 2010. We have two children, Kieran and Lisa. I am a Mechanical Engineer and develop medical products at a design consultancy in Cambridge. I am a member of the inclusion committee.
Katharine Edwards
I have lived in the village since 1998 and my only daughter attends Bar Hill school. I became a member of the Governing Body in May 2011 and I chair the Inclusion Committee. The main focus of my work is aimed at raising standards for children with special educational needs and disabilities and also helping to support those children to whom English is an additional language. I very much enjoy my role and find it very rewarding.

LA Governor

Bunty Waters
I moved from London to live in Bar Hill in 1972. My three children all attended Bar Hill Primary School and then went on to Swavesey VC. I was a member of the Toddler Group, Playgroup and PTA throughout the years. I worked for the County Council for many years and the last few before my retirement in 2010 was at a Pupil Referral Unit in Cambridge. I am a South Cambs District Councillor, Parish Councillor and School Governor. I am also a member of the Resident’s Association.

Co-Opted Governors

Richard Lewney
I am married to Emily and have two children, Sarah and Chris, who attended Bar Hill School and subsequently went on to Swavesey Village College. In my day job I manage an economic modelling consultancy firm in Cambridge. I am a member of Bar Hill Church where I organise drama sketches from time to time. I have been a governor since 1992 and served as chair over 1997–2002. I am chair of the Personnel committee.
Andy Pellew
I joined the governing body in 2014 and sit on the ICT Committee. My daughter attends the school and my son will join reception in 2015. I work for an IT Service Provider, Mundipharma IT Services, on Cambridge Science Park which serves companies globally in the pharmaceuticals industry. I love spending time in the garden and grow my own fruit which I use for making cordials.
Jo Hall
Having been born and brought up in Lowestoft, Suffolk, I qualified as a nursery nurse in 1962 and arrived in Cambridge three years later. Here I met my husband Roger, and we moved to Bar Hill in 1969. Both our children attended Bar Hill school and Swavesey Village college. For over 30 years, I was a supervisor for the Bar Hill toddler group, 25 of which I also worked at the Rosie Maternity Hospital. During this time I have served on the PTA, been a Parish Councillor and I am a member of the Residents Association. For the last eleven years, I have been a Guider, helping to run the 2nd Bar Hill Brownies. I am proud to be be a school governor, assisting in reception one morning a week.
Sudipta Chatterjee
I have been a Parent Governor since 2011. My son Nilanshu attends the school and I also have a toddler daughter. Though not a resident of Bar Hill, I chose to send my son here. I am a member of the school improvement team.
Rachel Bailham
I have been involved with Bar Hill School for over 20 years, as a teaching assistant, parent and as a teacher since 2003. I am currently a class teacher in Reception and I have a special interest in special educational needs as SENCO and I am the Most Able leader. I am a Governor and an active member of the PTA. I enjoy reading, swimming and going on long walks with my chocolate Labrador Jake; I also like going to the cinema and listening to music.
  Jacqueline McCamphill
I am chair of the Premises committee. I work for the Eastern Leadership Centre as a Service Lead for School Governors and I am currently studying for my NPQH. I am mum to two young children (Katharine and Conor) and any spare time I have is spent with my family.
  Richard Sharman
I have been a governor since late in 2001. I have two children; Christopher and Francesca. I serve on the Premises, ICT and Finance committees. I have lived in Bar Hill for over ten years and run my own electronics consultancy.
Rachel Hallam (See above)
Jim Lay (See above)

Headteacher

Al Mistrano Al Mistrano
Being a teacher is a huge privilege – one that I take very seriously. Teaching and education are as much what I am as what I do and has been a part of my life since I left Philadelphia over 25 years ago. At Bar Hill School I aim to share my passion for education and learning with every member of our community, adult and child alike.

Staff

Stephanie Tabram
I began teaching at Bar Hill School in September 2000 and have been Deputy Head since April 2012. This is a fantastic school to work in! I enjoy teaching Year 6 and helping with their transition to secondary school. I am also involved in developing the English curriculum and welcome invited authors into school.

Clerk

Jenny Dedman
I am married with three children. My children all attended Bar Hill school before going on to Swavesey Village College. I worked at one of the local playgroups for five years before starting work as a teacher support in September 2000.

Associate Governors

  • Jayne Bacon: Premises & Finance Committees
  • Lucy Todman: ICT Committee
  • Alwyn Owen: ICT Committee
  • Tom Wright: ICT Committee
  • Steve Tabram: Premises Committee
  • Peter McKenny: Premises Committee
  • Jo Jordan: Inclusion Committee
  • Julie Lemon: Inclusion Committee

[Governors can be contacted via email or the school office]