The Governing Body
Thank you for your interest in
Katherine Semar Junior School and its Board of Governors.
There are 15 members of the Governing Body, all with a
diverse range of skills and experience. Some are
members of staff at the school, including the Head and
Deputy Head Teachers, some represent the local authority,
others are parents of children at the school and the
remainder are from the local community. All of us work
on a voluntary basis.
Katherine Semar Junior School is lucky
to have an extremely committed team of staff who work hard
to provide an excellent learning environment. The
Governing Body proud to be part of such a successful school
and supports its staff, pupils and parents in any way that
it can. If you are interested in becoming a Governor
at Katherine Semar please contact the school office and you
will be contacted by one of us immediately.
(Chair of Governors)
Downloads: Becoming a governor at KSJ
|Mrs. R. C. Callaghan, Headteacher
Katherine Semar Junior School website. We hope
that whether you are a prospective parent or pupil or
already part of our school community, you will get some
idea from this site about the vibrant life of our
At Katherine Semar Juniors the curriculum
is full of enjoyment and challenge for our children and
is relevant to today's world and that of the future. Our
curriculum ensures a well rounded educational balance
that helps develop inquisitive, responsible children who
become lifelong learners.
I am proud to be the
Headteacher of a school which is continually evolving,
providing a rich, inclusive and creative learning
experience for all.
||Mrs. Sonia Salt - Community Governor
I am married with three grown up children who have
all attended Katherine Semar Schools, I have until
recently worked at Stansted Airport as an
In the past I have been an elected member of the
Town Council and at present I am Secretary to the
Twinning Association, Chairman of SWCHS Farm Club
Committee and also an LEA Governor of the Infant
Mr. A. Hull - Staff Governor
Since becoming a teacher, many years ago, I have had
an interest in how a school operates. As a class
teacher, it is possible to have an impact on all the
learners in your class; as a governor, you can
create an impact that is felt by every stakeholder
in a school.
I became a staff governor at
Katherine Semar Junior School during my first year
at the school in 2006 and as Deputy Headteacher, it is
essential to be involved, at every level, in school
Susan Armitage - LEA Governor
I have recently been appointed as a
local authority governor at Katherine Semar Junior
School after having served as governor of an
independent school for the past twelve years. I am
married with three grown up children and have lived
in Saffron Walden since 1989. I work part-time as a
volunteer for SCOPE helping in a transition centre
in Meldreth which enables young adults to develop
skills in areas such as art, cooking and music.
My interests include reading, films and music and I
sing with the Cambridge Rock Choir, I also enjoy
walking my very lively Labrador, Dylan!
I am passionate about education and in particular
the role that primary schools play in forming our
children's early years and I am very much looking
forward to being part of the team at Katherine Semar
||Mrs. Mary Sheil - Community Governor
Teaching has been a part of my life since I was
born, my father having done emergency training after
the war, was my inspiration. I was also encourage to
work within both the Guide and Scout movements from
an early age. Working with young people keeps my
mind and body active and young.
After retiring from over 40 years of teaching, I am
keen to keep in contact by helping the younger
generation to get the most from life.
My time teaching at KSJ was very happy and I would
like to give something back to the school where the
ethos is very friendly and hard working.
Amanda Thomas -
I became a
governor at Katherine Semar in 2004 when my children were
at the school, (they are now
at SWCHS). I'm the
Chair of the Teaching and Learning committee and governor responsible for children with special needs. I want to help the school continue to
the best environment for learning and to
encourage all the children to reach their full
Ann Walker - Parent Governor
My daughter started in year 3 of Katherine
Semar Junior School in September 2011. I felt the
time was right to become more involved in the school
she attended and became a Parent Governor in
November. The staff at the school are very
approachable and I am impressed with the commitment
they show to ensure all the pupils have the best
possible learning environment they can.
I have lived in Saffron Walden and the local area
all my life and have been an employee of a local
building society for the past 20 years, currently
dealing in the prevention of financial crime. In
those 20 years I have studied and gained two
diplomas relating to my job and also spent 8 years
as a retained fire-fighter at Saffron Walden fire
station. In my spare
time, I play saxophone and
clarinet in a local woodwind group.
- Parent Governor
Having been a primary teacher
locally for the past 13 years and with a background
in teaching English as a foreign language, as well
as working in administration for social services and
educational institutions, I hope to bring my skills
and experience to be useful as a member of the
Governing body. I am mother to two boys: one is due
to enter Early Years at the KS Infant school in
September 2013 and one is in Year 3 at the Junior
School. Whilst not having the chance to volunteer
during the school day as a parent-helper, I relish
the opportunity to contribute to the continued
success of Katherine Semar Juniors in joining the
committed members of the Governing Body and look
forward to becoming part of KSJ school life.
Herd - Parent Governor
My family and I moved to Saffron Walden in the
Summer of 2012 from North London for a better
quality of life. I became a Governor in November
2012 as I wanted to become involved in my children's
school and the wider community.
I am a Trading Controller for a well known retailer,
having spent over 12 years in various retail buying
roles, and hope I can put my commercial skills to
good use for the school's benefit.
In my spare time, when I am not entertaining my 3
daughters, I love live music (favourite band
Marillion!) and watching my no-longer local football
team, Enfield Town FC.
- Parent Governor
I moved to Saffron Walden in 2013 after living
abroad for the past 8 years and have two daughters
attending Katherine Semar Schools: one in Early
Years and one in Year 4.
I have worked in secondary education, teaching
Science, for over 10 years and thus my passion is
teaching and learning. As a parent I am keen to use
my skills to contribute to the school community. I
am excited to be working with such a committed and
hardworking team to ensure that Katherine Semar
continues to go from strength to strength.
Miss Polly Lankester -
I first started teaching History at Saffron Walden
County High 15 years ago. This year, I have become
more closely involved with the work done together by
Primary and Secondary teachers to ensure great ideas
are shared and that students continue to make
excellent progress as they change schools. I am
very pleased to be a part of the Governing Body of
Katherine Semar Junior School and hope I can help to
support the Headteacher and the Staff to continue to
provide an excellent education that allows all the
pupils to fulfil their potential.
Ruth Whitlam - Clerk to