The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

Our School Governors

Welcome to the School Governor's Page



There is currently an Interim Executive Board (IEB) in place at The Spinney Primary School.  To contact the IEB, please email the Clerk in the first instance at


Members of the Interim Executive Board (IEB)


Hazel Belchamber

Prior to my retirement at the end of March 2022, I had worked for Cambridgeshire County Council for over 34 years, most recently as an Assistant Director in the Education Directorate with strategic management of services employing around 100 people in total.  My responsibilities in that role also extended to cover Peterborough City Council and included planning and review of educational provision across the 0-19 age range, admission of children to school, home to school transport, attendance and capital investment, for example in the creation of new schools.  Over the years, I have worked in partnership with many schools on projects of varying sizes and complexity, including infant and junior school amalgamations, brokering collaborations and federations and expansions to create additional places.  I have also led and facilitated Team Around the School meetings with a focus on supporting schools facing particular challenges.  

Steve Ellison

Steve is a retired headteacher and executive headteacher/CEO. He was the headteacher of Cottenham Village College, the executive headteacher of the Centre School at Cottenham and CEO of the Cottenham Academy Trust. He has also worked as a regional director of education for a large multi-academy trust, and as an educational consultant.

Steve has also worked as an NPQH and NPQEL assessor, and occasional NOQ tutor, and as an education adviser at the Møller Institute at Churchill College. 

In addition to his first degree, he has an MBA in Education Management and the NPQH. Most recently, Steve has been an integral part of an Interim Executive Board at a local primary school which has recently concluded, providing a “Good” OFSTED judgement and providing a sustainable longer-term future for the school.


Tina Hubbard

Since 2019, Tina has been employed as the LA's Area Lead Governance Adviser for East Cambridgeshire and Huntingdon supporting governing bodies and clerks within these areas.  She has worked for the Local Authority for the Governance Team within supporting roles and governance for a number of years.  These roles have undertaken Governance Reviews, developing and leading training and promoting compliant procedures and websites, aligned with Department for Education Standards.  Tina's background of governance systems, processes and compliance will be a welcome addition to the Interim Executive Board, both in providing compliance from the onset and securing the best possible systems and processes for handover to future governance arrangements.

Anthea Kenna - Chair of IEB

Having retired, following a career in Primary School Headship spanning 25 years, I value the opportunity to serve on a number of Boards and Trusts focused on supporting and improving Teaching and Learning. I worked in Cambridgeshire and Essex as Headteacher, Associate Adviser and School Improvement Partner and served on the Chelmsford Diocesan Board of Education and presently the Ely Diocesan Board of Education. Currently, I am a Cambridgeshire Leader of Governance, supporting the work of several Governing Bodies, serving as Chair in four primary schools.

Sarah Merritt

I am currently working as the Headteacher of King’s Hedges Educational Federation. I am a passionate, positive and enthusiastic teacher and leader, who is always striving for the children to be the best that they can be. 

In September 2016 to April 2017, I was appointed as Interim Headteacher at another local school and I have been lucky to work with both governing bodies and an interim executive board. More recently I have been on secondment, working 2 days a week as a School Improvement Advisor for another Local Authority. This has been a valuable experience and has allowed me to experience many different school environments.

I am deeply committed to improving the life chances for all children and believe that they should be at the heart of every decision made in a school. Children are a joy and it is a great honour that I am lucky enough to be working on behalf of them every day.

Helen Andrews, Clerk to IEB

I have been employed as a Cam Clerk, part of the Local Authority's Governor Services Team, since 2018.  Before clerking, I gained many years of experience working in primary schools at an operational level in a variety of roles. I became an Accredited Clerk in 2019 through the National Clerk's Development Scheme via the National Governance Association.  As well as being Clerk to the IEB here at The Spinney, I also clerk for several other local schools and provide specialist clerking duties across the county, as required.

The Spinney is committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of all its pupils and expects all staff, parents and volunteers to share in this commitment.

IEB Meeting Dates 2022-2023

6th September 2022 at 9.30am

8th November at 9.30am

13th December at 9.30am

17th January 2023 at 9.30am

21st February 2023 at 9.30am

22nd March 2023 at 9.30am (Weds) (SFVS)

25th April 2023 at 9.30am (Budget scrutiny)

4th May 2023 at 9.30am (Budget Ratification only virtual meeting)

25th May 2023 at 9.30am

27th June 2023 at 9.30am

13th July 2023 at 9.30am

IEB Attendance Register 2022-2023

IEB Declarations of Pecuniary Interest 2022-2023

IEB Terms of Reference 2021-2022