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Welcome to the Winhills Primary Academy website.


Winhills is part of a family of 14 schools in the Diamond Learning Partnership Trust; 6 in the St Neots hub, 5 in the Fenland hub, 1 in Peterborough and 2 in Royston.


The Local Governing Body (LGB) meets every term to discuss Winhills specific matters. In addition to this we have termly Standards meeting where alongside our sister schools, we analyse our strengths and also the areas we need to improve on. We strive to offer the highest standards of education, care and guidance to the young people entrusted to our care.

We scrutinise data and results regularly and have access to the attainment and achievement of our pupils both within the taught curriculum and throughout their lives within the school; from Little Gems to when they leave us at the end of KS2.

We support our skilled and experienced staff; we care and challenge where under achievement exists.


The LGB members will be working very closely with the Head of School, Mr Turner and support Academy events to celebrate their many achievements.

I will be meeting with Mr Turner on a regular basis and am frequently in school; this gives me a useful insight into the life of the Academy. I also meet frequently with the Executive Headteacher, Mrs Connell and am able to maintain a Trust wide perspective.


Below you will find information about those on the Winhills LGB. 


If you have any matters that you need to refer to the Local Governing Body, please write to me, Sandra Gill, Chair of Winhills Primary Academy Local Governing Body, at the school address.


Sandra Gill

Chair of Winhills LGB

Alan Ball- Chair of the Board


Sandra Gill - Chair of the local governing body


I was brought up in St Neots and have seen the town expand dramatically over the years.

I have been a school governor since 2010, firstly as a parent governor at Middlefield when it was a community primary school and latterly as Chair of the Winhills Local Governing Body (LGB). I supported both schools through their transition to Academy status and seen the growth of the Diamond Learning Partnership Trust (DLPT) to what it is today.

I have 2 children; both of whom flourished and enjoyed their time at a DLPT school, from joining the Reception class through to leaving at the end of Yr 6.

I have a busy full-time job which involves me commuting to London but it's on these train journeys that I enjoy time to read a book or catch-up on that TV program I missed the other evening, on my phone.

At work I am a voluntary member of an Education Outreach Program which is mainly aimed at colleges but has recently expanded into secondary schools. The program can include pairing with a mentor, interview techniques and depending on the course, a “Dragon’s Den” presentation that is marked and feedback given.

When I'm not being Mum's taxi, or the dreadful person who reminds the children that homework needs to be done (properly), I enjoy pottering in the garden, sewing and meeting up with friends for coffee.

John Turner- Head of School


I have been working in education for a number of years in various different roles. I started working as a Teaching Assistant before completing my PGCE in Primary Education. On completing this, I spent the first years of my teaching career at Middlefield Primary Academy in Key Stage 2. Having spent a number of years teaching here, I then took on the role of subject leader for PE and then Maths, before becoming a Phase Leader. As Middlefield became part of the DLPT, I became the Assistant Headteacher working closely with the Headteacher. After two years working as Assistant Headteacher and then Deputy Headteacher, I became the Associate Head of School. Here I helped build on the Outstanding Ofsted that we received. Alongside this role, I also worked closely as a consultant to Bedfordshire Schools by supporting Subject Leads as well as helping lead training for them. Whilst at Middlefield, I completed the Mathematics Specialist Teacher program (MaST) and started the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).

At the start of September 2017, I moved across and started my new role here at Winhills and I am looking forward to getting to know the children and the community of Winhills.

Outside of school, I enjoy participating and watching many different sports. Another love of mine is the countryside and I enjoy walking out or running taking in the fresh air.

Adam Gross- Deputy 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.

Franco Nacca


I have been a member of the DLPT for over seven years and work across four schools in our St Neots hub teaching PE to children from all year groups. This is one of the many aspects of my role which I thoroughly enjoy as I get to teach and meet so many of the children in the community.

Sports has always been an integral part of my life. After my football career ended through injury, I dedicated myself to coaching and teaching sports to young adults and have been involved in the delivery of PE in primary school education ever since.

I am blessed to have an amazing family with three beautiful daughters who keep me extremely busy. Away from work, I enjoy watching most sports on TV but I especially love playing golf with my eldest daughter as well as going on family walks and nature watching.

Helena McShane


Helena has worked at Winhills for 14 years. She currently works as our Deputy Nursery Manager as well as one of the safeguarding leads. Helena loves working outside with the children and taking them on adventures to our Spinney to see the frogs. 

With her role as safeguarding lead, Helena enjoys working with professionals and learning new skills to support our families as well as the children. Helena enjoys being able to help and support our families and being a voice for the children to ensure that they get the most support possible. 

At home Helena enjoys cooking and baking and always brings something in for the staff. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Claudia Kirk


As a parent with three children who have been at Winhills for 5 year now, I am ever more interested in the education and welfare that the school provides. I play an active role in the education of my children, I enjoy helping with homework, History Off the Page days and wherever else I can in school.

My own background comprises of being a professional nanny for over 20 years in the UK, Canada and United States. I have been a stay at home mum for 8 years and am a nursery nurse working for an agency where I work in a variety of pre-schools and daycare centres across Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire.

Being a parent on the governing board enables me to appreciate issues which affect the school from a parental point of view. I am committed to being part of the Governing Body which is focussed on building and enabling a safe environment where children are excited by their learning and able to excel.

Jim Malin


 I was brought up and went to school in St.Neots. I did an engineering apprenticeship at Bosch Rexroth limited (across the road from Winhills School) where I have been employed as an engineer for 38 years now. The company specialises in the design and manufacture of hydraulic systems which are used in a huge range of applications such as JCB construction machines, the London Eye, Tower Bridge, heavy industry, offshore and many more. The huge variety of different applications is so interesting, it is the main reason I have stayed with the company all of my working life.

I undertake as much outreach work with schools and colleges as possible as well as supporting engineering events for schools. We have engaged with several local schools including all the year groups at Winhills where we have spoken to the children about energy and forces and provided activity sessions at the school and visits to our factory. We also speak to the children about careers in engineering and job opportunities in industry.

I also lead a project with year 12 engineering students at the JCB Academy in Staffordshire. Our company has been an industrial partner of the Academy since it opened in 2010 and the project is based on the hydraulic system of the London Eye.

I really enjoy working with young people; it is very hard work but also very rewarding (and challenging at times). Seeing them develop from school children into well educated, well rounded, well behaved young people who are ‘ready for work’ is inspiring (and exactly what our country’s industry requires).

Peter Wolstencroft


I was born and raised in St.Neots and, apart from a few years based in London, have lived here all my life. I have two children currently attending Winhills. It has been a joy to see them grow in confidence with the level of care, support and professionalism displayed by all of the Winhills team.

I have a very demanding role working in IT and have been lucky enough to work with global companies and travel extensively throughout my career which has given me some great experiences. I am passionate about getting children engaged with STEAM subjects.

Outside of work, I try to entertain my children, walk my dog and attempt to play golf.