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School Governors

Our School Governors at Earl Spencer Primary act as a team.  They supervise all aspects of school activity from the learning experiences of children to the business management of the school.  Many of the governors bring individual expertise to their role in addition to their background as parents, Local Authority representatives, school staff or members of the community.

Through collaboration with the Headteacher and other staff, the Governors strive to create a safe, caring and happy environment where everybody is respected and valued.  The children in our care are afforded every opportunity to achieve their potential both academically and socially and to recognise the unique contribution that they have to make to the world around them.

Governors at Earl Spencer all have areas which they focus on, working to both support and challenge leaders at the school to continually strive to improve the quality of education we provide.

In our Ofsted inspection in November 2015, our report concluded:

“Governors know the school and the pupils extremely well. They visit the school regularly. They are diligent in their focus on the priorities for improvement and ensure that goals set are achieved. They are meticulous in making sure that no aspect of the work is neglected.”

Any vacancies on the Governing Body will be indicated below.  If you are interested in becoming a school governor then please contact the Chair of Governors, Jenny Rendall, via the school.

Meet our Governors-


“I am a Senior Lecturer at the University of Northampton, teaching on their undergraduate and postgraduate Initial teacher education programmes and I am the Curriculum Leader in Science. I have been a school teacher and school advisor working for Essex Local Authority, before moving to Northampton in 2012.”

Andy Atkins (Vice-Chair)


"I work with Coventry University group where I am a Course Leader/ Lecturer, I teach across Public Health and Community Studies and Health and Social Care. I have been in the education sector since 2010, I started off teaching in a secondary school then moved on to become a lecturer in the FE Sector now in the HE sector. I am passionately committed to the continued improvement and development of the school. It is a privilege to work alongside dedicated staff and Governors to offer everyone an excellent education. I am also a Trustee for a Charity and in my spare time, I am an avid reader and enjoy hiking, visiting the museum and going to the theatre."

Hazel Madzenenga


"I work as a part-time, unpaid, Associate Priest in the parishes of Dallington & St James.

Before I was ordained I had a variety of jobs which included bank cashier, shop assistant, barmaid, home help, clerical work for both the old Gas Board and the Electricity Board. I have three grown-up children only one of which still lives locally; the other two are in Birkenhead on the Wirral and Tacoma, on the west coast of the USA. I have two grandchildren.
I trained to be a teacher in the sixties but never worked as a teacher."

Sylvia Coles


"I have been a parent governor at Earl Spencer for over 4 years and have two children both attended Earl Spencer Primary, Luke who now attends secondary school in yr 7 and Sherisse, who is in yr 3. I have worked for Travis Perkins PLC for 12 yrs as a Quality Control Supervisor."

 Lee Thomas



"I work with Northampton Borough Council on marketing and public relations for its enterprise zone and Northampton Alive regeneration programme. I have worked in this field since 2009, before which I was a journalist with several provincial newspapers."

 Craig Forsyth

 Under our constitution, the Governing Body at Earl Spencer consists of:

1 Head Teacher

2 Parent Governors

1 Staff Governor

1 LA Governor

7 Co-opted Governors


Total 12


We currently have 2 Vacancies:  1 co-opted and 1 parent.