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Winhills School Governors

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Sandra Gill - Chair of Governors


I have been a school governor since 2010, firstly as a parent governor at Middlefield. I've supported the school through it's transition to Academy status and the growth of the Diamond Learning Partnership Trust (DLPT). I now Chair Winhills LGB and also the pan-trust Governor Learning & Development committee.

I have 2 children; both have enjoyed / are enjoying their time at a DLPT school.

I am involved with St Neots Mini & Junior rugby as assistant safeguarding officer. 

I have a busy full-time job, commuting to London daily. It's on the train journey that I'm able to indulge and read a book. When I'm not being Mum's taxi, or the dreadful person who's always reminding that homework needs to be done (properly), I enjoy going to the gym, pottering in the garden and sewing


Adam Gross- Assistant Head Teacher.


After spending time working as a Teaching Assistant, I began my teaching career in Milton Keynes working as a class teacher and subject leader across Key Stage 2.  After two years, I joined The Round House Primary Academy and spent three years working in Year 6 as a class teacher, whilst also working as a Mathematics specialist and subject leader, the phase leader for upper key stage 2, and a Subject Leader in Education with schools across Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.   

I joined Winhills in September 2016 as Assistant Headteacher and class teacher for Year 6.  I am looking forward to working with the children at Winhills, and helping to inspire them to achieve their full potential.

I have a BA (Hons) degree in History and Politics, a PGCE in Primary Education with Languages, and I am currently in the second year of the Mathematics Specialist Teacher program (MaST) at the University of Northampton.

Outside of school, I am an avid cyclist who regularly competes across the south of England. I also enjoy watching sports, listening to music and reading.

Lesley Wright – Deputy Head Teacher


I have been teaching since 2005. After gaining my Combined Honours degree in Sport and Education, I took a year out where I was fortunate to travel around South Africa for 3 months. This journey also took me to Botswana, a tour of Robin Island and an amazing safari throughout Kruger National Park. After returning from my travels, I gained experience working in a variety of educational settings, including a young offenders institute and a variety of crèches. A year later I gained my PGCE with QTS.


My first teaching position was in a two-form entry school in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire. I taught year 3 for two years and then year 4. We then relocated back to Cambridgeshire where I began teaching at Great Staughton as the upper Key Stage 2 teacher, as well as English, ICT and PE subject leader. Upon returning from maternity leave I became the Assistant Head Teacher. After 6 years at Great Staughton, I took a secondment to Winhills Primary as the Deputy Head Teacher.


At Winhills, I have helped to teach year 6 and am currently teaching year 1/2. I am also the KS1 phase leader. I thoroughly enjoy working with all the children throughout the school as they are very inquisitive and motivated to learn.


When I am not at Winhills, I spend most of my time with my to young boys, a 4 year old and an 8 month old. We love to go swimming, for walks and spend time with family. I am an Arsenal member and try to get to the odd game when I can. I also love to read.




Sarah Farrugia – Parent Governor


I am a new parent governor at Winhills. I have a daughter in reception and a younger son who will hopefully be starting in the nursery in September.


I have spent much of my life living in and around St. Neots and, after moving out of Cambridgeshire a few years ago, I returned to Eynesbury with my family in September 2014.


In addition to being a parent, I have also worked within schools for the last seventeen years, so I have a good understanding of current changes within the education system. This background knowledge will help me to fulfil my duty as a governor of Winhills and to take an active role within the governing body.


A further reason for me wanting to become a parent governor, is having a keen interest in my own daughter’s education. I am eager to find out more about the school where she spends her time and also to support the school in offering her, and all of the other pupils, the best educational experience possible in the primary school years.

Paul Yates - Community Governor


I have lived in St Neots for nearly 10 years and two of my children attend Middlefield which is part of the DLPT. 
When asked (actively encouraged!) to become a Parent Governor by Mrs Gill and Mrs Connell I felt it was great opportunity to give something back to the DLPT and the local community for the fantastic learning environment and teaching provided to my children at Middlefield. 
Being a parent governor at Winhills allows you the chance to focus on the school as a governor as opposed to a parent with the responsibility this entails and a role I relish and enjoy!  It is a pleasure to be a part of this great DLPT journey and here's to an outstanding rating for all five schools in the future!


Darrell Herd - Community Governor


I joined the Winhills community in Autumn term 2004, when my son started in Winhills nursery, I was appointed as a parent governor in July 2012 and then moved across to a community governor role in September 2014 after my youngest child moved up to Ernulf Academy. I was motivated to join the governing body by the changes Winhills was undergoing under the fresh direction being provided by the then Acting Head Teacher Susannah Connell who is now the Lead Executive Head Teacher.


I have been employed as a Delivery Postman in St Neots since leaving school in 1991 at the tender age of sixteen and have been a Trade Union rep for nearly sixteen years holding various roles at workplace and area level for the Communication Workers Union.  I am currently a substitute rep at local level assisting and covering annual leave for the main local union rep and also a Union Learning Rep which is an area (PE Postcode) wide role.


Outside of school governance, I enjoy Genealogy, reading (fantasy genre and social history) and regular trips to Cineworld.  I also enjoy walking over the fields linking Eynesbury to Abbotsley with my four year old Fox Red Labrador Retriever.