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Castor Church of England Primary School



Full list of Governors and their responsibilities are downloadable below...

Mrs Chris Murrell - Chair of Governors

I have been a governor since September 2012 and became Chair of Governors in September 2013, before stepping down in December 2017.  I am a Foundation Governor and firmly believe that the Christian values inherent in Castor School and the links with the church provide the best foundation for every child. 

I was a secondary school teacher for 39 years during which time I was a SENCo, a deputy headteacher and a headteacher in two different schools.  During my career I also worked as a school inspector and as an education consultant.  I really want to support the school to move forward and hope that my experience in education and school inspections can be useful.

We know as governors that there is more work to do in the school and like the staff we will not shy away from that in order that your children can have the best experiences possible.

Governors are volunteers and give their time freely.  I am grateful for their generosity in supporting our community school.

I hope that you'll find us approachable and what we don't know we will find out for you.

We have every confidence in our Headteacher and staff and will support them but also challenge them when appropriate.

Vice Chair - Julie Berry

 Following a career of over 20 years at Thomas Cook in head office   management positions, I am now an independent business consultant,   specialising in strategic reviews, project management, business   development and commercial functions. 

 I joined the board of governors as a parent governor in November 2019   and what a first year it’s been! My daughter joined the school 3 years   ago and I have always been impressed by the community spirit at the   school and how the values are very much aligned to my own, but   never more so than during this past year.As governors we have a   collective responsibility to act in the best interests of the children and  the school (regardless of which type of governor we are) and I use my experience from my working life  to help shape the role that I can play on the governing body.As chair of the Learning & Progress   committee, it is my role to ensure that we support the Leadership team of the school whilst  constructively challenging, when appropriate, to make sure that every child has the opportunity to  develop to the best of his or her potential, regardless of ability.

  A little bit more about me?  I also have twin daughters at Arthur Mellows and am “mum” to a cockapoo puppy who keeps us all on our toes!!  In my spare time I coach at a local gymnastics club, working  with a group of year 2/3 age children where I love to see the progress of the gymnasts that I coach.   I’m am also a regional judge and run the Young Leader Academy at our Club where I work with children age 11-17 to help develop their Leadership Skills.

Headteacher - Mr Nick Brompton

I became Headteacher of Castor Church of England Primary School in September 2017. Castor C of E Primary School is a school at the heart of its community. The school’s distinctive Christian character and strong links with St. Kyneburgha's Church help create a learning environment with a Christian ethos at its heart. The Governors, staff and children have a palpable sense of pride in the way that they talk about their school and go about their daily work. In our distinctive Christian vision, we state that ‘We have faith in God, ourselves and everyone around us’, and this really is central to our work as a Church of England School. Our aim is to build on the good work of the school in recent years and ensure that we achieve the best that we can.

Mr Jonathan Hunt - Parent Governor


Mr Steve Davies - Co-opted Governor

 I am a recently retired Chartered Accountant having qualified with a large practice. In ‘practice’ I worked in the UK and for 3 years overseas. For 30 years I worked for 2 large groups in the UK in mainly’ hands on’ roles.   I feel very strongly that a good standard of varied education is essential to give people a well balanced outlook on life  and promote a sense of belonging and fairness in our society. I especially like the Christian aspect to the School.   I am really hoping that my financial background and hands on approach could help the school  especially as finance is becoming more and more important to many educational organisations.  

Mr David Ridgeway - Rector  and  Co-opted Governor


I joined the Governing Body when I moved to Castor to take on the role of Rector in November 2015. 

During my ministry I have served at various times on the governing bodies of five different primary schools, some of them Church schools and others community schools.  Throughout this period I have seen the role of the governing body change considerably.  Governors now have much more responsibility for ensuring that schools provide a happy safe environment in which children can enjoy learning and attain the highest possible standards.  The key to success in this enterprise is having a well motivated and professional staff such as the strong team we have at Castor School.

As well as having a happy and committed staff team Castor School is also blessed by having very strong links between the church congregation, the village community and the pupils and staff. I feel strongly that these links are vitally important in helping to create a unique ethos which helps children to learn the importance respecting and caring for other human beings and the world in which we live.  It is a privilege to serve as part of the Castor School Governing Body and I hope that I will be able to help the school to continue to move forward building on its current strengths.  


Mrs Emily Finnie - Foundation Governor


I was pleased to be appointed as a Foundation Governor in October 2017 to deliver my strong belief in the importance of the relationship between Castor Church of England Primary School, St Kyneburgha’s Church and the local community.  As a parent whose son attended the school, I have experienced the benefits of the school’s Christian ethos on a child’s education.

I have lived in Castor for 27 years and as a family we worship at St Kyneburghas’s Church. I was previously a member of Castor Parochial Church Council where I held the role of Treasurer for many years.

As a recently retired Public Servant, having worked for Natural England and its predecessor bodies for over 30 years, I have experience of contract management, recruitment and staff development.   A common theme during my career was delivery of good governance through support of both the non-executive Board and Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.

Working with the Head, other governors and staff we have a new Vision  ‘ We have faith in God, ourselves and everyone around us’  to use as  a foundation for all children’s learning and spiritual development while at Castor Church of England Primary School.

Mrs Bridget Spencer - Foundation Governor


I am one of the Foundation Governors at Castor Church of England Primary School. This role combines my Christian faith and interest in the welfare and development of children into responsible citizens.

Retired now, my working career involved teaching infants and working as a fund raising manager for the Church of England Children's Society.

I moved to Ailsworth 10 years ago. I was already a local preacher on the Peterborough Methodist Circuit and subsequently became a lay reader in the Castor Benefice.

Leading school worship is a privilege and a joy, and i particularly enjoy sharing my love of stories with the children.

Mr Alan Turner -Co-opted Governor

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