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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section.

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor

If you would like further information concerning our Governing body and their activities please contact the school office


The Role of the Governors at Hauxton Primary School

The Governing Board works closely with the Headteacher and is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the school.  The Governors have a general responsibility for the effective management of the school but do not take decisions about the day to day running of the school; this responsibility lies with the Headteacher.

The Governing Board is here to support the school and is made up of a group of individuals from a variety of backgrounds.  Some of the Governors are parents and staff, and some come from the wider community.  This mix provides a wealth of experience and views.

The Full Governing Board meets once every half term.  In addition, the Finance, Buildings and Health and Safety Committee and the School Self Evaluation Committee also meet once every half term to discuss matters in detail and put forward recommendations for approval by the full Governing Board.

Individual Governors have curriculum and other areas of responsibility to oversee, make arranged visits to school on a rota basis and also take part in school events.


Our Governing Body :


Simon Burgin -  Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor

I am a full time Police Officer serving with Cambridgeshire Constabulary. My main day to day work is the investigation and reconstruction of Fatal Road Traffic Collisions.

I have been directly involved with Hauxton Primary School for 10 years. Both of my children joined Hauxton in Reception class having been at Hauxton Pre School, and have now made a great transition across to "Big School" at Sawston Village College.

Hauxton Primary School prides itself on positive individual learning experiences for every child, surrounded by a caring and determined staff team led by our Head Teacher Emma Stevens.

Every child at Hauxton is given their opportunity to shine through a whole range of activities in both formal learning and creative learning and I see first hand the rich environment that is provided, including the use of our fantastic outside space.

As the Chair of the Governing Board along with the other Board members our job is to ensure that educational standards are monitored effectively and to drive performance and hold the senior team to account to raise attainment across the year groups of the whole school, as well as support the school with the challenges of providing excellent learning with the limited resources available.

The partnership between Parents/carers and home has never been more important. As a parent myself I would invite you to be as involved as you can to support the community feel of Hauxton and help your child get the very best out of their time at Hauxton.

Working together we can achieve many things and above all give every child the chance to be the best they can be.


Emma Stevens - Head Teacher

I have been Headteacher of Hauxton Primary School since April 2016. I qualified as a teacher in 2002 and have taught across the primary phases during my career. I have lived in Cambridgeshire for ten years. I feel extremely lucky to work in an area where there are so many opportunities for curriculum enrichment and life long learning development.. The Governing Body is a key part of a successful school providing strategic direction, challenge and support to the team as they encourage everyone to be the best they can be.


Sylvia Bates - Co-opted Governor & Vice Chair

I am a retired teacher having worked in education for over 40 years both in the classroom and at senior leadership level. I have two adult daughters, both working in education, and three grandchildren, one at University, one at Sixth Form and the youngest at Melbourn Village College.

Before retirement Hauxton Primary school is where I spent the last seven, very happy years, of my career as Senior Teacher so feel a special affinity with the school.


Barbara Deacon - LA Governor

I have been involved in Education for nearly 40 years. Initially I worked as a primary school teacher, with experience of teaching the whole primary age range; the Early Years being my particular area of expertise. After teaching for over 20 years I went to work in the Learning Directorate of Cambridgeshire Local Authority as an Educational Adviser, delivering training and advice on a wide range of subjects such as Child Protection, Performance Management, Continuing Professional Development, Recruitment and Retention and Newly Qualified Teachers.

During this time I was seconded to work for the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCSL) to work across the Eastern Region on Headteacher recruitment.

My personal involvement with Hauxton primary school began when my children attended the school, I was a member of the HSA Committee and whilst teaching at the school was the Teacher Governor. I live in the village and am passionate about the importance of village schools.

Other interests include Art and Textiles. I am currently the co-chair of a local Embroiderers' Guild group and help run a group for Young Embroiderers.


Usman Shahid - Parent Governor

I became a governor in November 2016. As a father of two I have an interest in education and the school system.

I believe being governor allows me to represent the views of parents and support the school to deliver high quality education for the children.

My background is in IT with expertise in Business Analysis and Project Management. I would like to apply my skills to support and improve the school.


Helen Bradford

Dr Helen Bradford is a lecturer in early childhood education at UCL Institute of Education. An early years specialist, her research focuses on young children's literacy development. Her PhD investigated children's engagement with writing from the age of two years old. She is also involved in research in the area of literacy and writing with older, primary-aged children. Prior to joining UCL IOE Helen was a teaching associate at the Faculty of Education University of Cambridge where she was coordinator for the early years PGCE course and a tutor and supervisor on a Masters course called Researching Practice. She developed extensive international experience teaching abroad, having been involved in the development and delivery of the Kazakhstan Project, a CPD programme for teachers in Kazakhstan, between 2011 and 2015. She made 11 trips to different regions in the country during this time either to teach the programme or to mentor accredited trained teachers.


Helen has previously taught in early years and primary settings in Cambridge, having gained her PGCE in Early Years in 1999. She lives on the new Hauxton Meadows estate with her husband, Martin, and their border terrier, Rusty.


 Hauxton Primary School Governor Information

Name Committees Category of Governor Appointed by Term End Relevant Business Interest Governor at Other School Relationship with other Governor or Staff
Sylvia Bates (Vice-Chair)


SEC (Chair)

Co-opted Governing Board 18.07.24 None None Mother-in-law of Peter Houghton, Caretaker
Helen Bradford SEC Co-opted Governing Board 12.09.21 None None None
Simon Burgin (Chair) FPHS (Chair) SEC Co-opted Governing Board 10.10.20 None None None
Barbara Deacon SEC Local Authority Governing Board 04.04.22 None None None
Usman Shahid FPHS Parent Governing Board 04.11.20 None None None
Jayne Snelling



Staff Governing Board 17.10.22 Member of Staff None None
Emma Stevens (Headteacher)



Headteacher     Member of Staff None None
Vacancy   Parent          



FPHS: Finance, Premises and Health and Safety                   SEC: Self-Evaluation


Composition of Governing Body

1/2 Parent Governors

1/1 Headteacher

1/1 Staff Governor

1/1 Local Authority Governors

4/4 Co-opted Governors

Attendance Registers for Full Governing Body Meetings