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We are proud to have a strong and committed governing body.


Parents, teachers and members of the community make up this supportive team.








The Governing Body supports school improvement by:

  • taking a largely strategic role in the running of the school;

  • acting as a critical friend to the school;

  • ensuring accountability of the governing body to the parents and of the Headteacher to the governing body.


Alastair Oatey (Co-opted Governor, Chair) is Business Director at Wesley House, a theological college in Cambridge. He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development, and a Fellow of the Institute of Administrative Management. Alastair has been a Governor since 2009.


Joy Richardson (Co-opted Governor) has 20 years of experience of school governance in both maintained and independent schools, and has been a Governor here since 2011. Joy’s professional experience includes Primary teaching, teacher training and working as an Ofsted inspector.



Siobhan Rouse (Headteacher) was appointed in April 2016, having previously been a headteacher in Cambridge City and at a large Infants school in London. She has over 30 years of teaching experience, across the Primary age range.




Ann Abineri has been Clerk to the Governing Body since 2012. In addition to training as a Cam Clerk, she has 13 years of experience as a Governor at other schools. Ann’s professional experience is of working in Early Years training and quality control.


Margaret Greeves (Local Authority Governor, 2021) has 35 years of experience at working in and with museums, large and small.  She is committed to early years education, with a special interest in learning through the creative arts.



Deidre Mallabone (Parent Governor) has been a secondary school Biology teacher for the last 14 years. Her daughter recently started at Harston and Newton Primary School, which prompted her to become more involved in the local community as a Parent Governor. She is interested in Science education, and learning outside of the classroom on trips and visits.


Catherine Vagh (Co-opted Governor) has more than 15 years experience in teaching across the Primary age range. She has worked in the state and independent sectors in Cambridgeshire. Catherine has a particular interest in pedagogy and how technology can enhance learning. 


Janette Evely (Staff Governor)


Philip Bowden Pickstock


Andrew Cock-Starkey


Oded Pilowsky-Bankirer


James Walsh


Ana Gouveia


Are you interested in becoming a school Governor?
You can find out more about School Governance by contacting our Headteacher (01223 870345) or the Cambridgeshire Governor Services. You can also find information online at

Harston and Newton Governing Body Membership

Minutes of Governors meetings

Register of Pecuniary interests

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