Meet the Governors
Meet our school Governors – September 2020
Janet Copeland – Chair of Governors – Co-opted Governor
I have lived in the area for 3 years with my husband, having moved from Cambridgeshire when our two sons fled the nest to get married. I have spent this time becoming accustomed to the beautiful scenery and wildlife which Norfolk has to offer and especially enjoy walks on the many beaches as well as exploring the sights further inland.
My career has been spent in various areas of the education sector from teaching through to working with Local Authorities. In addition, I was previously a governor in both a primary and secondary school for several years. I am aware today of the enormous pressures which Head Teachers and their schools are under as the demands placed upon them are no longer just to be teachers.
I strongly believe that every child is entitled to receive the highest level of education possible in order for them to achieve their full potential and, despite the pressures I am committed to this belief and hope that my previous experiences will support the Head Teacher, staff and Governing Body to achieve this through my role at Hunstanton Primary School.
Maureen Stacey - Vice Chair
Local Authority Appointed Governor
I was born in Staithes, North Yorkshire. Attended Glamorgan College of Education in Barry, South Wales where I qualified as a teacher in 1972. Married and moved to Essex where I took up my first teaching post in Romford. I have taught in two schools from Reception to Year 6 and participated in all aspects of school life including school journeys. Half my career was spent as Deputy Head of a large primary school where I also had a short spell as acting Headteacher. In 2012 we retired and moved to Dersingham.
Jane Fawkes – Co-opted Governor
I have lived in Old Hunstanton for the past 6 years. I have 3 daughters and have been married for 30 years. My work experience includes working for a bank in both financial and training departments. I also worked for a short while at the primary school my children attended and was on the PTA there. I have helped with listening to readers at the primary school where my youngest daughter is the year 1 teacher and am currently an exam invigilator at Smithdon High School. I am really interested in becoming involved with the early years education of our children and hope that my enthusiasm and experience will allow me to contribute to the continued success of Hunstanton Primary School.
Jenny McGee Butler – Parent Governor
Having worked for a Local Authority delivering HR for 14 years supporting various aspects of the Education Sector I became well aware of the pressures and difficulties schools, and in particularly Primary Schools faced. I’d always wanted to become a Governor but never found the right opportunity, until my husband and I moved to Hunstanton shortly before the birth of our first son. As HPS is my son’s Primary School, I hope that my skills, experience and knowledge will enable me to support HPS to continue to strive forwards and deliver for both current and future pupils.
Claire Quinn – Parent Governor
I moved to Hunstanton in 2012 when my eldest son started at Hunstanton Primary School. We attended a welcome meeting at the school and the first person who spoke to us was a Parent Governor and PTA Member, who made us feel very welcome. My youngest son is currently in the Year 1. I work within the construction industry as an Architectural Technician, this requires an aptitude for understanding client requirements and communicating ideas and solutions, within constraints such as budget, planning and building regulations. Careful consideration, challenging the way things are done, attention to detail and evaluation are an important part of my work, which I hope to bring to the governor role. I believe that every child deserves the opportunity of the best education and I am very much looking forward to working as a collective group to support the school to give the most positive experience that the school can offer.
Christopher Hutchinson – Co-opted Governor
I retired after 38 years of teaching in schools. I taught in Berkshire and Lincolnshire, before venturing to a school abroad. This I did for 12 years, including a spell as Headteacher. My wife and two children were also involved in education, so it’s something of a family business. I became a School Governor because I feel I still have something to give to the education of our children. I always believed that ‘every child matters’ and that the learning process should be fun, for both children and their teachers. I hope that this approach will assist HPS as it moves forward, in this ever changing world in which we live.
Reverend James Monro - Partnership GovernorI live in Docking, and have been the assistant vicar at St. Edmund’s Church in Hunstanton since 2016. One of the exciting things about being with the church has been the opportunity to make links with the school. I have been taking regular assemblies and co-ordinate the annual Christingle service in St. Edmund’s.
I returned to Norfolk in 2012 when I was ordained to be the curate of the six parish churches along the coast from Old Hunstanton to Burnham Deepdale. My previous life was in medicine and I trained at the London Hospital in Whitechapel. After qualifying I worked as a hospital doctor in Cambridge, Sheffield and Manchester, and then as a GP for 22 years at Street in Somerset.
The change from medicine to the Church means that I still work with people, but obviously from a different angle. While training for the ministry I was able to work in prison chaplaincy at a Young Offenders Institute, which gave me a heart for young people, as well as spending time at a theological college in Tanzania. I have since returned a number of times to a village near the college to help them lay a water main and obtain desks and books for their school. I look forward to helping Hunstanton Primary School go onward into a bright future.
Jane Hill – Clerk to the Governors