Rachel Hallam (on maternity leave until September 2015)
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 (acting chair until September 2015)
I have been a governor since 2004. I am married to Liz, we have lived on the village for over 25 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 & Resources and also sit on the Personnel committee.

Parent Governors

  Steve Barker
I am Cambridge born and bred and the eldest of 5. I have over 13 years experience within the catering trade, currently my role is a Catering Manager. My wife and I moved to Bar Hill in September 2006 just before the arrival of our first daughter Liza, who is a pupil at Bar Hill school. We also have another daughter, Matilda, she will also be joining the school in September 2015. You also may know us through our dogs, Dave & Betsy the Pugs!
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 Standards, Curriculum & Inclusion committee.
Ellie Tod
My husband Peter and I moved to Bar Hill in September 2012, just after our daughter Abigail started school here and a couple of weeks before our son Alexander was born. We have been gradually integrating into the community ever since – we now attend Bar Hill church, are involved with various football activities within the village and as of May 2015 I have joined the governing body of the school. I have worked for the finance team at Cambridgeshire County Council for the last 10 years; my current role is the corporate capital accountant.

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

Andy Pellew
I joined the governing body in 2014 and sit on the Standards, Curriculum & Inclusion 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.
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 sit on the Finance & Resources committee and hold the portfolio for premises. 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 Finance & Resources committee. I have lived in Bar Hill for over ten years and run my own electronics consultancy.
Rachel Hallam (See above)
Jim Lay (See above)


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.


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.


Beth Henry

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