School Governing Body
James Reilly - Chair
"Susie and I have 3 children, all of whom have attended Boreham Primary School. They all have very fond memories of their time at Boreham.
I joined the governing body at the beginning of the 2016/2017 academic year. With a keen interest in Mathematics, I immediately assumed the role of Maths governor, before taking on the additional role of Vice-Chair and more recently becoming Chair of the Governing Body. I have always had a keen interest on how schools do their best to deliver an ever changing curriculum and the challenges that come along in the process. So without actually being a teacher myself (they work far too hard) I took the opportunity to get more involved as a parent governor. It has been extremely insightful and I would encourage anyone to have a go at some time in their children’s time at the school.
I am a senior Engineer at Teledyne E2V in Chelmsford working on complex imaging systems that end up on satellites orbiting the earth. These devices help us learn more about or planet and our place in the solar system, and may also gain an understanding of what ”else” might be out there...(you never know...) I have an Engineering Hons degree from Brunel University. I am a keen golfer and enjoy most sports all from the comfort of my sofa of course...I am keen to do whatever I can to contribute and so enable the school and pupils to reach their full potential."
Mrs Yvonne Chapman - Co-Vice Chair
I volunteered to be a school governor, as I have a lifelong love of learning.
I moved to Chelmsford in 2009, from Hertfordshire, to support our parents. I have three grown children and five grandchildren, most of who live in Colchester.
I began my working life as a medical microbiologist in the NHS, but retrained as a primary teacher in 1990. I worked for a great majority of that time in special education; in a primary school for pupils with social, emotional and behaviour problems. I have also worked as a supply teacher, a playgroup worker, a childminder, play scheme leader and Cover supervisor.
I have also fulfilled many voluntary roles where I have worked to improve the facilities and activities for young people. These have included a Co-op nursery, mother and toddler groups, a toy library and football leagues/club for juniors (girls) and seniors(ladies).
I have qualifications in special education including dyslexia and behaviour management.
Out of school, I spend a lot of time with my family. Being a grandparent is so much more fun than being a parent! We are also avid football fans and have season tickets for our club. (Arsenal FC!)
I hope that my life experiences both in and out of work will help me fulfil a useful role on the governing body of Boreham Primary School.
Mr Keith May - Vice Chair, Safeguarding Governor
I was born in Bow, East London, the son of a Whole sale meat trader. Eventually I attended University and gained a degree in Psychology. I have two daughters who were brought up and schooled in Chelmsford, and a granddaughter who attends Boreham Primary school, where I have been, totally impressed by the ethos of the school, and remarkable enthusiasm of the staff.
I have worked in the learning disabilities sector for the past 20 Years, predominately for charitable and private organisations, starting as a Support worker, then manager, and currently as Operational Director for a national charity which supports 2500 adults with learning disabilities and employs 3100 staff. I have worked with all aspects of Learning Disabilities, including those with dual diagnosis and Forensic history. Complex Autism Spectrum Disorders have become my primary interest, enabling me to become Expert by Experience. As an Operational Director, I have sole responsibility for an £18 million Budget, and complex HR issues, up to Tribunal. My primary aims are to provide Outstanding Services that offer opportunity, and life enhancing Care. I always work in a collaborative and transparent manner, where possible gaining consensus to achieve a desired outcome.
I have experience in working with a board of Governors, and from August 2014 to April 2017 I was School Governor & Chair of Governors at Westlands Community Primary School, and can offer experience I gained whilst performing this role during a difficult time for the school, with the departure of their Head Teacher. I also took particular interest in those children with Special Educational Needs, and found my twenty years of working in this area beneficial.
My interests are cricket, motor-sport and travelling, however, over the last few years my work has restricted these pastimes, but I have decided to retire at Christmas from my current role as Director, and will be working part time for the same organisation in the new year, This will also give me the opportunity to devote time to the role of Governor, should I pass the selection process.
To conclude, I would argue that I have an analytical mind, tenacious nature, and I always strive for the best, and in this context, our children should not have, or expect anything less. I want to see that all children, irrespective of social status or ability, enjoy and thrive at the school, furthermore, that when they leave the school, they have grasped and understand the fundamentals of education and that they are prepared to face life's challenges. Importantly, that the children have enjoyed their time at Boreham, and have flourished in a safe environment.
There is no doubt, in my view, that Boreham Primary is an excellent school, with obvious examples of innovation, great teaching, and good governance, I would relish the opportunity to helping the school reach the next level, and feel that I have the transferable skills and experience to achieve this.
Mrs Michelle Jones - Parent
I’m a self-employed Bookkeeper and PA, it’s different every day and I can work from home (or a coffee shop should the mood take me) I had a very different start to my working life as I attended The British Horse Racing College in Newmarket and went on to work at Racing Yards in the UK and Europe. That lasted a few years, but I grew homesick, so came back and started working at the Head Office for NatWest in London.
I have moved 14 times in my life so far, so can safely say that Boreham has felt the most homely and welcoming of all the places I’ve lived, which is why my husband and I chose to settle here in 2004. Both of our children attended Boreham Primary School.
Over the years I have supported outside painting projects as a volunteer and heard children read in school. I’d like to feel that I have a drive for the children to succeed in all of their adventures in life, and also to see the school bask in the glory of their successes as they are always well earnt and well deserved, which is due to all of the staff’s efforts and the children’s determination.
The role of a Governor is often described as that of a ‘critical friend’, I really hope I can achieve that, when needed, for both teachers and parents.
Mr Ian Bowyer - Headteacher
I was appointed as Head teacher of Boreham Primary School in April 2013. I was previously the Deputy Head teacher and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) at Westlands Community Primary School. I started my teaching career as a newly qualified teacher at Newland’s Spring Primary School.
Being a father of three children and a Head Teacher is a demanding role! I very much recognise the pressures that come with being a parent and working full time!
Out of school I have a real passion for sport, in particular cricket and football, and support Arsenal and Chelmsford City FC! When I get the time, I also love cooking, especially a roast dinner on a Sunday!
Boreham Primary School is a village school with over 200 children on roll. We pride ourselves on working together with parents and children to ensure a happy learning relationship for all pupils. Our governors, staff and pupils make Boreham Primary School a pleasure to be part of, with shared principles of friendship, trust and mutual respect leading to high achievement.
All the staff of the school, both teaching and non-teaching, are very conscious of their pastoral responsibilities. High expectations and the happiness and well-being of the children are at the centre of our vision.
Standards of achievement are very important to us. We put great store by hard work, caring attitudes, honesty, truthfulness, loyalty and pride in ourselves as well as in our school.
At Boreham Primary School we believe that diversity is a strength which should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, teach and visit here. We constantly strive to help pupils understand the world around them and to develop a respect for the legitimate religious and moral values of others in a multi ethnic society. Our seven school values promote this and are modelled on the Olympic and Paralympic values.
We are a school that cares about all those in our community. Our relationship with St Andrew’s Church, Boreham Parish Council and local nursery schools is testament to this. You are always welcome at the school, whatever your reasons for coming in. The doors of our ‘friendship’ school are open to you.
Mrs Helen Bell - Co-Opted
I joined Boreham Primary School as a member of the senior leadership team in September 2018 and was appointed as Deputy Headteacher in September 2021.
I was born in Chelmsford and grew up in Maldon. I lived in Canterbury for three years while studying Primary Education at Canterbury Christ Church University and have since been teaching in Essex for the last 16 years.
Since joining the school, I have greatly enjoyed teaching Year 5 and 6 and had particularly enjoyable visits to Flatford Mill with Year 5, during my first year at the school, and Mersea Outdoors with Year 6 in 2022. In my previous roles, I have enjoyed leading PE, Science and Maths as well as mentoring trainee teachers.
In school, I love to support children with their reading and writing and have recently become a fan of the author Katherine Rundell - I would highly recommend her books to children and adults alike!
Out of school, I regularly play hockey and netball for local teams and enjoy watching Arsenal FC play whenever they are on the television! When I’m not playing or watching sport, I love cooking and really enjoy Thai, Turkish and Greek cuisine.
I feel privileged to be part of such a committed and hard-working team and am excited to further contribute to our school community in my role as a governor.
Mrs Kerrie Chapman - Co-Opted
Born in London Hospital, Whitechapel into a Maltese/Italian family. I spent my early years in East London, before moving to Havering where I attended junior school.
I continued my senior education at boarding school in Hertfordshire until the age of 16. It was here my interest in mentoring, nurturing and education began, as I was appointed a senior mentor to younger boarding peers and subsequently the role of school prefect for the health centre. I attended college in East London for my higher education, where I obtained a qualification in early years education.
Having entered the world of employment at the height of the recession I found my career took a detour and I began work in a financial brokerage house on the accounts team, supporting private investors and the trading desk. This role steered my career in to business management support, crossing over to marketing and events. I have worked in senior positions for a variety of FTSE companies ranging from financial houses, to advertising agencies, publishing and automotive manufacturers. A role that required international travel and long hours, which proved quite difficult to sustain once my husband and I had a young family.
We sold our flat in West London and our house in Brentwood and moved our two young children to Chelmsford where we also established Little hedgehogs Day Nurseries Limited. I am the company director and manager of Little Hedgehogs. I am also the safeguarding lead and hold a full level 3 safeguarding certificate.
Little Hedgehogs is an inclusive early years setting within the village. I was awarded outstanding on our last inspection, and I am proud of the close relationship we have nurtured with our families and industry stakeholders. We currently support a number of children with additional needs and have a mixed bilingual attendance at the nursery.
We remained open throughout the pandemic to care for key children, we continued to support our families who remained home and we were able to provide transitional care to children of local families who were not able to attend their closed settings. COVID has brought about many challenges but it has given me renewed confidence in how my team and I can support our young children and their parents/carers, especially in areas of mental health and speech and language.
I have always prided myself on our close partnership with Boreham Primary school. I feel the school has an excellent nurturing ethos within its community and this is evident in how the children interact with each other and those around them.
In my spare time I play hockey, competing in the East of England league plus I am currently undertaking a degree in early years education.
I am expressing my interest in the role of non-parental governor to further support the link between early years and primary education. I also feel I can bring my knowledge of early years education and business development to the role to support with transitions and the revised statutory framework.
Mrs Roxanne Morley - Staff
Hi my name is Roxanne and I'm excited to be one of your governors. You may recognise me as I’m also an LSA and I teach a dance/cheerleading club too.
I have two children who both attended Boreham Primary School. Recently however I have wanted to become more involved. I joined the PTA in 2018 then became secretary in April 2019.
My previous job before my children was a secondary school teacher so I have always been involved in education. I feel being a governor though will give me a new insight into education, allowing me to help our school go from strength to strength. I want to help our children achieve all they can whilst at Boreham Primary School.
Mrs Nicola Fung - Parent, Safeguarding Governor
I am proud to have been brought up in the village, having moved here just before my first birthday. When I had children I wanted them to have a similar upbringing and am happy that all three children now attend Boreham school too and will go on to have many happy memories like I have.
After gaining my QTS as a Primary school teacher in London, over 20 years ago, I studied as a postgraduate at The Royal College of Music. After this period I worked both as a professional Opera Singer and as a supply teacher all over London. I moved back to Boreham in 2012 after our first son was born. It was a pleasure to work at Boreham School before my third child was born, covering PPA time with class music lessons and job-sharing with Mrs Hutley in Year 2.
My singing work has taken me all over the world and to most of the major concert halls in this country. Sailing into Sydney Harbour on a cruise-ship was just one unforgettable perk of being a singer. Working in a close-knit environment on productions at Opera Holland Park or for the education department at Welsh National Opera, for instance, prepares you very well for the theatre of the classroom. I am fortunate to have had this dual career and am again enjoying the classroom now that my youngest is at Boreham.
I am proud to have helped run Small Steps Preschool, a charity setting located within Boreham Village Hall, for more than five years as Chair of the Committee. I have experience of Ofsted inspections and found it rewarding to help the staff gain and retain their ‘Good’ rating, set up a Forest-style school and to work closely with staff to improve the provision which is used by the whole community. This was a voluntary position that I undertook whilst my children were at the setting to help both them and the community have a setting of the highest quality. As the main feeder preschool for Boreham Primary, it’s such a pleasure to see former pupils growing into such mature and kind children at Boreham School.
My other main passions are gardening and cooking. I have an allotment that I love for the headspace it affords me. I have really enjoyed helping with the gardening in the Bio-dome and around the school and setting up the Gardening Club. I have always enjoyed cooking for others, and trying new recipes from all over the world. My main cooking inspiration has come from Jamie Oliver and latterly, Joe Wicks. I also love making celebration cakes for my children and we enjoy researching ideas on Pinterest and seeing them come to life.
I am not afraid of hard work and have a very hands on, get stuck in mentality to life albeit with a light-hearted fun side too. I am a positive person who looks to the positive in situations and therefore becoming a Governor is the natural progression for me now that all my children are at Boreham. I am looking forward to getting to know the children more fully as a governor. I am really looking forward to finding out which class I will be allocated and seeing how my expertise and passions for learning, music and the arts can be utilised fully to help improve Boreham School even further.
Mrs Tara Westney - Co-Opted Governor
After spending the early part of my childhood in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, my family relocated to Chelmsford when I was 8 years old. I subsequently attended Nabbots Junior School (now Springfield Primary) and went on to complete my secondary education at Boswells in Springfield. I stayed on to complete 6th form where I was the college president, before undertaking a gap year. During this year I spent time in Spain living with a host family, which cemented my desire to study for a degree in Spanish studies and modern languages. I completed this at the University of Essex, whilst continuing to live at home and eventually purchasing my first property with my now husband. I also completed a year abroad as part of my degree, returning to the village where I spent some of my gap year, teaching English in a local secondary school.
On finishing University, I secured a role on a management graduate scheme for a car rental company, however the sales driven ethos was not an environment I enjoyed. After a few months in this role my partner and I decided to start a family, and my son William arrived. I did not want to return to the corporate world after becoming a mother and decided to work as a supply teacher undertaking a cover supervisor role in different school securing work through an agency. This worked well as gave me the flexibility to fit work around my son, whilst gaining more classroom experience across a wide variety of schools and subjects. I worked in schools under special measures, grammar schools, and even completed a stint teaching GCSE English.
With my connections to Boreham Primary through my sister, about 10 years ago I completed a period of voluntary work, teaching French to some KS2 classes. This evolved into securing a part-time role, teaching Spanish as part of the PPA timetable. This is something I have thoroughly enjoyed for the past 8 years and I continue to feel deeply passionate about language learning within primary education.
I run two small businesses in the beauty industry which keep me extremely busy.
Beyond my working life, I am now a mother to two children who both attend Boreham Primary School. Leading a healthy lifestyle is extremely important to me, and I believe that all aspects of health, both physical and mental, are intrinsically linked. I am captain of my netball team, playing in the Chelmsford District Netball League which I love. I have a 1-year-old black Labrador and can be seen most mornings around 6am walking her out into the surrounding fields. I also love to cook from scratch and grow my own vegetables, so have my sights set on a greenhouse for my garden to continue to grow even more. Furthermore, I despise waste, so am always looking for ways to repurpose or recycle things we no longer need in the home, in fact I like the challenge!
I am keen to undertake a role on the governing body as I feel I can support the school both as a current member of staff, plus as a parent. I also feel as though my experience of working across different settings and my specialism of MFL (Modern Foreign Languages) will continue to further support the staff.
Dr Linda Reed - Co-Opted
I have lived in Boreham for 20 years and before moving here, I had quite a nomadic life. My father was in the RAF and we moved regularly until he left the service. My parents were keen for my sister and I to move with them as they travelled and, as a result, I have experienced quite a few different schools. Our family then settled in Suffolk and after secondary school in Bury St Edmunds, I studied Biochemistry at Kent University and went on to complete a PhD before moving to London to begin my career as a buyer for Fisons.
In London I met my husband Ray and, after we married, we moved to Arizona where I worked for Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University. During our ten years in the USA we took advantage of the opportunity to explore, enjoying the fantastic scenery through regular hiking trips and numerous sightseeing visits with family and friends. On our return to England we chose Boreham as an ideal place to settle because it was convenient for my commute to work at Barclays Group in the City and reasonably close to my parents at a time when my mother was quite ill. We moved to our house on Waltham Road in 2000 and I cannot believe we have been in one place for 20 years!
After ten years at Barclays I decided to work for myself and started my own business as an IT procurement specialist, working with a number of blue chip clients. In this role, I worked on large, global projects to outsource IT services and to upgrade IT systems for retailers, banks and insurance companies. I also pursued a wide variety of interests. I am a keen gardener and environmentalist and have been involved in a number of fundraising activities for causes I support.
I did not come to know and appreciate Boreham until I retired in 2016. Now I spend a lot of time out with my dog exploring the village and the surrounding countryside and enjoying the wildlife through the changing seasons. This convinced me that I wanted to contribute to the local community and I joined Boreham Parish Council in March 2020. Since then, I have become the Chairman of the council and I am working on a number of projects including the creation of a nature reserve at Chantry Field on Waltham Road and developing the Boreham Neighbourhood Plan.
I am very interested in education and would like to be a non-parent governor at Boreham Primary School. I can see some real synergies between some of my work with Boreham Parish Council, my interests and the needs of the school. I would like to help the school achieve its aims and deliver the best possible outcomes for our local children. I have been fortunate in the education I received and this has given me a keen interest in promoting STEM subjects, starting at a young age. I am a keen environmentalist and like to help others understand and appreciate our local wildlife. I also have some experience of working within the education sector. I would like to put my skills in operations and administration and interest in education to use at the school.