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The Cambridge Primary School

The Cambridge

Primary School


SARAH KENNEDY (Head Teacher)  



I was born in Lincolnshire, grew up in Dorset and moved to Guildford to study Applied Psychology and Sociology at the University of Surrey before completing my Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Roehampton University (University of London). I have been lucky enough to be the Head Teacher of The Cambridge Primary School since it opened September 2018.

Outside of school, I enjoy keeping fit, particularly taking part in endurance running and cycling events. 

As Headteacher I attend all Governing Body meetings.

I am passionate about working with children and feel privileged to be in a position where we can give pupils the opportunity to develop enquiring minds, build on their natural curiosity and confidence whilst creating positive, respectful relationships which make them feel valued.

Declaration of Interests:  Employee of the school

Appointed: By Local Governing Body 2018 - ongoing

CLAIRE FUNNELL (Chair of governors) 


I was delighted to be given the opportunity of being a part of the Governing Body for The Cambridge Primary School.

I was born and brought up in Aldershot and I am excited to see the regeneration of this amazing town. 

I now live in Camberley and am married with two children, and have been self-employed for many years.  This has given me the flexibility to take an active part in school life and enjoyed helping in class, being an active member of the PTA’s and then became a parent Governor at their Secondary School.  I have also worked extensively with students aged 16-19, as an Academy Director for a sports college, providing vocational education opportunities.

I very much believe that every child matters.  Everyone deserves  safe and supportive learning environment, with the opportunity to realise their value, and encouragement to achieve their potential.  The Engage Enrich Excel Academies ethos and visions, fit with my own and I have been a community Governor at Ravenscote for two years prior to moving over to The Cambridge Primary School, in the Role of Chair of Governors.

I am looking forward to working with the other Governors to give the school support and challenge, to ensure that all our children experience a great foundation for their educational journey.

Declaration of Interests:  None

Appointed: By Local Governing Body 2018 - ongoing

matthew dillon (GDPR LEAD) 


I was born and grew up in Salford and went to study law in at Lancaster University and at the Université de Lausanne, Switzerland before qualifying as a solicitor in September 2000. I worked in private practice at several large, national law firms based in Manchester specialising in commercial contracts, intellectual property and data protection.

In early 2010, I moved south for a legal job at the University of Surrey dealing with research contracts with a particular focus on medical research and space exploration.

I am a Wellesley resident and my partner and I were the second house to move into the entire development back in January 2016. I am currently Deputy General Counsel at a major UK innovation charitable foundation where I deal with a range of commercial contracts and advise on all matters data related.

In addition to my professional commitments, I am a magistrate on the North Hampshire bench and regularly sit in court in Aldershot and Basingstoke hearing a full range of criminal matters.

I am passionate about the importance of education and it has opened many doors to me in my own life. I want to do whatever I can to ensure that children in my community have the same opportunities to reach their potential.

Declaration of Interests:  None

Appointed: By Local Governing Body 2020 - ongoing

Keith Greatbatch 


I was born and brought up in Harrow, North London and now live in Shinfield, Berkshire. I have 2 daughters one of whom is a primary teacher in Cornwall as is her husband.

I have a Diploma in Packaging Technology from the Institute of Packaging (IoP) / University of London and a Certificate in Effective Management from the Open University.

The last 22 years I was working for Procter & Gamble / Gillette spending 4 years living in Boston, USA and my last 5 years as Director of Package Development for the Europe and Asia Gillette business based in Frankfurt, Germany

I was a lecturer on the IoP diploma course at Thames Valley University as well as being a visiting lecturer at West Surrey College of Art & Design in Farnham, Surrey. I have served as Chairman and Secretary of the Thames Valley branch of IoP.

Additionally, I was an external member of the board of governors at Manorcroft Primary School, Egham.

My interests include keeping fit, travel, diving, gardening and spending time with my family

Having taken early retirement, I do some voluntary work and relish the opportunity to serve on this Board of Governors to support the teaching team and students as the school continues to grow and take an ever-increasing role in the development of children within this community.

Declaration of Interests:  None

Appointed: By Local Governing Body January 2021 - ongoing

Stephanie Iyayi 


I was born and grew up in Staffordshire, going on to study Economics and History at the University of Birmingham, and then onto a graduate law degree at the University of Law, London before qualifying as a solicitor in March 2015. I worked in private practice at two large global law firms, Pinsent Masons LLP and Hunton & Williams LLP, both in the City of London, specialising in privacy and data protection.  

I am currently Legal Counsel and Director of Privacy for Convergent Risks, a leading global provider of compliance services to the media and entertainment sectors, amongst others. I currently advise clients on all areas of UK, EU and International data protection law, from general privacy compliance to risk management issues, including the GDPR and other international standards. I work mostly on global projects, including data breach incidents, cross-border data transfers, employee monitoring, subject access requests and other technology, media and telecommunications matters.  

I am a Wellesley resident with my husband and I being one of the first occupants into the entire development, back in 2016. Since then, we have welcomed three daughters, one of whom now attends The Cambridge Primary School. I am passionate about the importance of education, particularly the value of a diverse and inclusive learning environment for all pupils. 

Declaration of Interests: Parent of a child at The Cambridge

Appointed: By Parent Body and Local Governing Body September 2021 - ongoing

Theresa pitfield (Safeguarding Lead) 


I was born in Farnborough and have lived locally all my life. I have been married for over 40 years, having met my husband at school when we were 16. Our two children were born and attended school in Aldershot, although they have both since moved on and are now parents themselves.

I taught for over 30 years in a number of Primary Schools in both Hampshire and Surrey. At various times I was a member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Teacher Governor in two schools, a student and NQT Mentor, and a Teacher Rep on the PSA.

More recently I was a Lecturer at Farnborough College of Technology on City and Guilds courses for Teaching Assistants, which as well as teaching, required me to visit my students in their workplaces in order to observe them in their roles and to offer them support and advice.

Having recently retired from the college, I am now looking forward to supporting the team at Cambridge Primary School to the best of my ability, hopefully putting my experience in education and my local knowledge to good use.

Declaration of Interests:  None

Appointed: By Local Governing Body January 2021 - ongoing

rachael speed 


I was born and grew up in Aldershot, before leaving to study Geography at the University of Cambridge in 2014. I then trained as a teacher at the University of Oxford, before deciding to return to the area. I currently work as a Geography Teacher and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Co-ordinator at a local secondary school. 

I am excited to have joined The Cambridge Primary School as a governor. I strongly believe that children of all backgrounds deserve a high quality education, and that these early experiences are instrumental in establishing a life long love of learning. 

I am particularly interested in supporting the school to ensure that its educational provision is as good as it can be, particularly for disadvantaged groups. This is a particular personal and professional interest of mine, and I am currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Learning and Teaching at the University of Oxford, in which I am focused on improving my own approaches to helping these groups. I am looking forward to using my background in evidence-based teaching to support children in the early stages of their school career. 

Declaration of Interests:  None

Appointed: By Local Governing Body September 2021 - ongoing


Sue tancock 


I was born in Farnham and grew up locally before moving to London to complete full-time dance studies and a diploma to teach ballet. After spending ten years in Norway and Dublin teaching dance, I returned to the local area with my family.

My first experience of working in education was as a Teaching Assistant, when I realised how amazing it was to be a part of a child’s journey and their growth as a learner. The impact I understood I could have was my motivation to undertaking further study. On graduating from the University of Surrey with a degree in Teaching and Learning, I completed the Graduate Teacher Programme and gained QTS.

I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to be part of the Cambridge Primary School from the time it opened in 2018 with just 24 children. I am incredibly proud and excited about how it is developing, with such wonderful children, families and staff. Looking to the future, I believe pupils of the Cambridge will leave as happy, independent children with the skills and passion to be life-long learners.

Declaration of Interests:  Employee of the school

Appointed: By Staff and Local Governing Body January 2021 - ongoing

Jessica williams


I was born in upstate New York and I attended Hartwick College for four years and majored in Philosophy and Political Science with minors in Women's Studies, Pre-Law and French.  I moved to England in 2003 after studying abroad while at university and later marrying my husband.  I then studied law here in England at the College of Law in London and qualified as a barrister in 2007.  

Since starting my career, I have worked in several large financial services institutions such as Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, HSBC and GAM which is a large asset management company in London.  My most recent role is Legal Counsel for Clearing and Collateral Management at BNY Mellon, which is the world's largest custodian bank and asset servicing company with over $42 trillion of assets under custody world-wide.  During my career, I have advised on numerous financial products including structured finance, custody and securities services which included sub-custody services covering 89 different jurisdictions, markets and prime brokerage transactions.  I now focus mainly on collateral management and more specifically on regulatory initiatives such as MiFID, UCITS and AIFMD along with the Client Asset Safety regime as well as product development based on cutting edge technologies which will eventually be offered to clients.

My husband and I have four boys, two of whom currently attend Cambridge Primary.  We are also an actively serving military family as my husband is a member of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards who are currently stationed in Mons Barracks here in Aldershot.  I look forward to working with the other LAC members and staff here at Cambridge Primary to ensure that our phenomenal school continues to grow and provide the very best education and learning environment for our children.

Declaration of Interests:  Parent of a child at The Cambridge

Appointed: By Parent Body and Local Governing Body September 2021 - ongoing