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The Local Authority appoints LA governors.  They liaise between the office and the school.


THERESA VINNICOMBE - LA & Chair of Governors

Having completed a 26 year career as a registered nurse, Theresa now manages the administration for her family business.  She has been involved in supporting the school, on and off, for the last 20 years, initially as a parent helper and now, also as a Governor.  Both Theresa's knowledge of the school and achievements throughout her career, will assist the Governing Body and it's stakeholders in moving the school forward to the benefit of it's pupils.   



Inclusion and diversity

Local Authority governor appointed by Suffolk Local Authority

Chair of governors

Term of office 4 years - 23/02/2024

Sitting on Vision and Strategy, Finance, Personnel and Premises Committees.

No pecuniary interest



SHEILA TWEEDY - Foundation Governor

Sheila ran a very successful family business in London for thirty years with over 30 staff, supplying computers and software all over the country. During this time she brought up her family in Frinton on Sea, where she lived for 43 years.

Sheila was a Snowy Owl for eight years, organising many pack holidays for the brownies and is also a qualified Quarter Master, most useful!

Sheila worked at St. Philomenas Preparatory School in Frinton on Sea for 10 years teaching 7 to 11 year old children IT skills.

For six years, Sheila has visited elderly people in care homes and hospitals with her PAT (Pets as Therapy) dog Tilly. She now visits Tattingstone Primary School every Monday where she listens to the children read. Sheila also mentors a child at the school.

Sheila is a Tattingstone Parish Councillor and Trustee of the Village Hall and has recently been appointed a member of the Parochial Church Council.

Sheila enjoys baking and making special occasion cakes and says that she is “a very ordinary proud Grannie”.

Sheila says that she hopes her love of young people will “encourage the children of our delightful school to enjoy every moment spent here. I firmly believe our children are the key to the future happiness of us all.”


Local Authority governor appointed by Suffolk Local Authority

Temporary Ex-Officio Foundation Governor

Term of office 4 years - 31/05/2022

No pecuniary interest

Sitting on HTPM & Pay, Vision and Strategy committees

RE & Worship Link



JANE CONNELL-SMITH - Foundation Governor

Jane was born in Birmingham and educated at King Edward IV School for Girls before gaining a B.Sc. Hons. in Psychology.  She worked in both mental health and industry. After marriage to David and having four children, Jane decided, at the age of 45, to embark on a new career.  She trained as a primary school teacher and has taught children across the whole primary range, in schools in North East Essex.  Jane has been a school governor for over 20 years.

Jane and David moved to their cottage in the heart of Tattingstone in 2012 and Jane is on the Parochial Church Council and has recently become Parish Clerk.

Jane says that she "hopes to be able to bring a wide range of knowledge and experience to the governing body in this wonderful school in my home village".


Foundation governor appointed by the Diocese of St Edmundsbury

Term of office 4 years - 31/08/2022

Sitting on HTPM (Chair), Pay, Vision and Strategy committees.

Parish Clark for Parish Council


LEIGH HILTON - Staff Governor

I have previously worked at Charsfield CEVC Primary School, Suffolk, which was a very similar school to Tattingstone and Saxmundham Primary School, Suffolk, which was a much larger community primary school.

I am an Early Years Specialist, having gained my degree in Early Childhood Studies. I am also a qualified SENCo having gained the National SENCo award and a Maths Specialist Teacher. During 2017 – 18 after 7 years work I achieved an M.A. in Education with a maths specialism.

I live locally with my 2 daughters (who are currently at university) and a dog called Kiki. I love the outdoors, walking and growing fruit and vegetables on or allotment.


No pecuniary interest



BEVERLEY DERRETT - Teacher Governor (Role is to represent the views of the staff and to provide a link between teachers & governors in the life of the school)

Headteacher- appointed automatically as part of position.

No term of office

Family members employed at school

No pecuniary interest


LOUISA SAUNDERS - Parent Governor

Louisa has lived in Stutton since 2010 and has two young children.  Her son attends the school.  Louisa is a solicitor with 13 years experience and works at a large firm in Ipswich.  Louisa is interested in education and is qualified to teach English as a foreign language. Prior to having children, Louisa was involved with a charity which runs children's homes in Tamil Nadu in India.  She spent time teaching English in local government schools also evening classes in the charity's children's homes.  Louisa wanted to become a parent governor in order to gain a greater understanding of how the school runs and to contribute to its development. 


Vice Chair of Governors

Term of office is 4 years - 09/2024

Sitting on the Vision and Strategy Committee (Chair)

Training Link

No Pecuniary Interest


EMMA ALBINS - Parent Governor

Emma lives in Stutton and has 2 sons and 1 daughter who is currently at the school. Before having children Emma worked as a Health care assistant. She has been lucky to be a stay at home mum and now her children are older she would like a new challenge.  Emma has her Level 2 in Supporting Teaching and Learning and is now doing a Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning. This requires 2 days placement in a school which she enjoys greatly. 

Emma is looking forward to a new challenge and seeing how the school works out of the classroom. 


No Pecuniary Interest


PETER TOMKINS - Co-Opted Governor

I was brought up in a small village just south of Reading in Berkshire and left to go to university in Cardiff to study English before training at Bath University to be a teacher. I have been involved in schools and teaching now for over thirty years, including six years as headteacher of a secondary school. I live in Harwich with my wife, Jackie, where we care for my mother-in-law. We have three springer spaniels, a cat and six chickens.

In 2018 we set up an Education and Finance Consultancy, TSO Education, which now employs five people and provides support for schools, academies and local authorities working both directly and with the Education and Skills Funding Agency. This takes up most of our time; but when we aren't working or looking after my mother-in-law then we enjoy walking with our dogs.

Tattingstone Primary School is very like the small village primary school I attended in Berkshire and I want to ensure that pupils at the school continue to receive the excellent support and education they deserve.


Finance committee

Personnel & premises (Chair) committee

Vision & Strategy committee

Term of office is 4 years - 05/2024

Pecuniary Interests - TSO Education (Director) & Learning Link Multi-Academy Trust (Trustee)



Rebecca Firman-Smith - Co-Opted Governor

I live on the outskirts of Ipswich, with my husband, young son and black Labrador, Riley.  I moved to Suffolk around 20 years ago, having grown up in Warrington, Cheshire.

I attended sixth forms locally, during which time I also taught English to children in Israel as part of a programme set up by the British Council.  I went back ‘up North’ to University in Manchester, where I studied Leisure, Business & IT and also spent some time working on a cruise ship.

Following University, I worked in events and after further travel returned so Suffolk and started my career within HR. With over 17 years experience working in HR in businesses in London and locally in East Anglia I am well versed in policies, procedures and understanding how these are being adopted.  More recently I completed Mental Health First Aider training, which, with focus on pupil wellbeing, including mental health, I am hoping to share. Having attended a small, village primary school myself Tattingstone has a familiar ‘feel’ and I very much look forward to supporting the school, pupils, staff and community in its success.


Safeguarding Governor

Vision & Strategy committee

Finance committee

Personnel & Premises committee

Term of office is 4 years - 08/2024

No pecuniary interest



Any of the above Governors can be contacted via the Contact us page.

Attendance Register for Commitee Meetings 2021-2022

Governors 2019


The Governing Body is a corporate body of people drawn from parents, staff, the church, the LA and community to set the strategic direction of the school. The role is a voluntary one, undertaking statutory duties laid down by the government. These include finance, the curriculum, safeguarding, SEND, wellbeing of teachers and support staff. These duties are outlined in more detail in the Governors Handbook located here.


It is not the responsibility of the Governing Body to oversee the day to day running of the school, this is the remit of the Head teacher.


Tattingstone has a constitution of 9 members: – the Head teacher, two foundation governors (one of which represents the incumbent), two parent governors, a local authority governor and two co-opted governors (this can be any-one who has a specific skill required by the Governing Body) and a staff representative. As a Governing Body, we also have an associate member whose place is to advise on finance and premises matters.


The committees have been re-formed to best reflect the needs of the school and the work of the Governing Body. In a bid to self-evaluate and ensure best practice the governing body has adjusted their committees to reflect this.


  1. Vision and Strategy – this committee sets the terms workload in line with local and central government requirements as well as the school’s development and self-evaluation plans. The standards section is where governors self-evaluate and looks at ways to improve using a variety of tools, such as skills audits. At this committee parent feedback is also discussed from things that have been brought to governor’s attention or have been raised at the forum. – this committee looks at the curriculum, progress, data, targets and attainment. This committee meets each term. Chaired by Ms Louisa Saunders
  2. Pay – this committee determines staff pay increments based on information from the Head teacher. This committee meets in the autumn term. Chaired by Mrs Connell-Smith
  3. Finance, Personnel and Premises – the financial management of the school is dealt with here as well as workforce management and the schools premises. This committee meets each term. Chaired by Mr Peter Tomkins
  4. Head teacher’s performance management – this is attended by an independent school advisor to determine and set the Head teachers targets. This committee meets once a year.  The Head’s targets are monitored by the committee mid-year. Chaired by Mrs Connell-Smith
  5. The full Governing Body – this is where the whole governing body meets to discuss the terms business. The head teachers report, including reports from subject leaders also relevant reports from governors monitoring are distributed and discussed. During the autumn term the chair and vice chair of the Governing Body are elected. At all meetings, various policies that are statutory are delegated for review and discussion in line with any government guidelines. These are then put on the school’s website. Chaired by Mrs Theresa Vinnicombe.


All governors attend training sessions, some are statutory and other relate to relevant committees and subject areas. These sessions are provided by the LA, a register of training is presented to the Full Governing Body each term. Other sessions are offered by the Diocese, Swiss partnership training, online training from the National Governors Association as well as safeguarding online briefings.


How to become a governor?

We are always keen to hear from people who would like to be involved in governance. If you think this is something you would be interested in Suffolk County Council’s website is a good source of information. Current governors are happy to answer any questions you may have.

We currently have no vacancies, but we would like to hear from anyone who may have a future interest.


Who are your Governors?

The school’s website gives details of current governors and their role, term of office, pecuniary interests and the type of governor they are. Linked to this is a short blog about each person. A register is also produced to show the attendance for each committee and its member. Governor photographs can be found in the school office.

Each month governors produce an article highlighting the schools work, this is sent to The Tattingstone News and In Touch magazine for the local area. As a small school, we are lucky that most school events are attended by at least one school governor.