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Foxton Primary School

Foxton Primary School


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Our Governing Body:

Foxton Primary School Board of governors has 10 seats; the Headteacher, one Local Authority governor, one staff governors, 4 co-opted governors and 3 parent governors.

Name and roles

Background and experience

Cary Francis
Co-Chair of Governors

Parent Governor

Link governor for Literacy, Humanities, MFL. Member of the Data Panel.

First appointed 1st October 2021
Current term ends 30th Sept 2025

I am an experienced Assistant Headteacher, at a large secondary school in Hertfordshire. My area of focus is Teaching & Learning and I would like to use my expertise to support and develop the aims, strategies and vision of Foxton school, to ensure there is a drive for continuous improvement.

I have recently completed a Masters in Education, focusing on the development of leadership skills of those within the teaching profession. This has resulted in me extending my knowledge of student pedagogy, and the importance of staff having the necessary training, support and resources to allow them to be effective practitioners within the classroom.

I have two children, one of whom currently attends Foxton Primary school.

Lisa Murphy

Co-Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor

Safeguarding Governor

Member of Pay review committee, Finance, Premises and Personnel committee, and data panel

Link governor for EYFS, SEND, Safeguarding and policies

First appointed 27th Jan 2022
Current term ends 26th Jan 2026

Until retiring, I was a Primary Adviser working in Cambridgeshire supporting several schools and new Headteachers starting their careers in the county. Prior to this I was Headteacher at Harston and Newton Primary School, South Cambs for 10 years and loved every minute of this. Before this, I was Deputy Headteacher and SENDCo at Fawcett Primary School, Cambridge and also lectured at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. I have worked all my life in education – London, Southend, Manchester and for the last 27 years in Cambridge.

 I joined the Foxton governing body in January 2022. It has been good to learn more about the school. I have enjoyed meeting the children, staff and parents.   I am keen to use my experience and knowledge of school improvement to support our good community school to improve further.

Joseph Barker-Sherry
Local Authority governor

Chair of Finance, Premises and Personnel committee, member of the Headteacher Appraisal panel and Pay Review Committee

Link governor for Pupil Premium,

First appointed 29th Jan 2021Current term ends 28th Jan 2025

I am an Assistant Headteacher at a large comprehensive secondary school in Hertfordshire, and as a senior leader have led on behaviour for learning, safeguarding, initial teacher training, use of the Pupil Premium grant, and community.  I am especially interested in how schools can provide support for the most vulnerable students, so that they can achieve similar outcomes to their peers.  I am an experienced modern foreign languages' teacher, specialising in German, but having also taught French and Spanish.  Prior to becoming a governor at Foxton Primary School, I had also gained experience as a staff governor in the school where I taught.

I joined the governing body at Foxton as the local authority governor in January 2021, and have enjoyed learning more about the school, and getting to meet and know the children and the staff.  I am keen to use my experience and knowledge of school improvement and education to support a good community school to become even better.

Chris Grey
Co-opted governor

Member of the Finance, Premises and Personnel committee, Headteacher Appraisal Panel, Pay Review Committee and Data panel.

Link governor for Music, Art and Maths

First appointed 17th March 2022
Current term ends 16th March 2026

I am the Headteacher at Great and Little Shelford since 2018 and have served on the Foxton Board of Governors since March 2022. I am also a father of three children, two of whom attend a primary school in Essex.

Since 2009, I have taught in several other settings, fulfilling a range of Senior Leadership roles: including Headteacher, Acting Headteacher and Head of School.

Since my childhood, I aspired to teach. I attended the University of Newcastle and read Linguistics. Following this, I studied at the University of Cambridge, completing a PGCE and a Master of Education.

My strategic areas of specialism are safeguarding; research; standards; coaching and excellence in leadership. With respect to the school curriculum, my specialisms are English; maths; music; art; modern foreign languages and computing.

Ally Smith
Associate Governor

Link governor for PSHE and RE

First Appointed as an Associate: 29th Sept 2022

I am currently a civil servant working in the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, for the national Supporting Families programme, providing funding to all upper tier local authorities in England to deliver support to families.

I live in Foxton and enjoy getting involved in the community – I am currently secretary of the tennis club, and part of the team who run the Scarecrow festival and Christmas windows events to raise funds for the school, pre-school and church. I am also connected with the church where I help run the monthly informal worship services.

Lynne Brooks
Staff governor

Link governor for training

First appointed 22 July 2021
Current term ends 21 July 2025

I’m Class 2 teacher at Foxton School, teaching years 1 and 2, and have been at Foxton School for 5 years. I have been teaching for 10 years, and before I came to Foxton School I taught at a school in Cambridge. At Foxton I’m the Literacy Lead and also the Subject Lead for Geography, History and Modern Foreign Languages. I’m very lucky to lead these subjects as I love reading, travelling and visiting historic sites in the UK and abroad is a passion of mine!

Janet Muir


As Head teacher of Foxton Primary School, I am committed to making Foxton a successful and enjoyable place for all children to learn and thrive in all they do. I have been teaching for over 27 years across the primary age range both in London and also in a school in the centre of Cambridge, where I was the Deputy head for 19 years.

I have one child who currently attends Impington Village College and I live in the village of Waterbeach.

Jen Shepherd
Parent Governor

Link governor for Children in Care, Friends of Foxton, Health and Safety, PE and Science

First Appointed 4th July 2022
Current term ends 3rd July 2026


Previous governors within the last 12 months


Flora Chen


We would be pleased to hear from anyone interested in joining the Board.  There are currently two vacancies, one being a parent governor.