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Meet the Governors

Welcome to the Governors' section.


Murrow Primary Academy is a member of The Diamond Learning Partnership Trust (DLPT); an academic trust which was set up in the year of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.  The Trust is currently made up of 11 schools: Middlefield, Great Staughton, Kimbolton, Winhills and Round House Primary Academies in St Neots, Thomas Eaton, Glebelands, Leverington and Murrow Primary Academies in Fenland, Braybrook in Peterborough, Roman Way in Hertfordshire. This Trust is managed by a Board of Directors and each school has a Local Governing Body.   Murrow and Gorefield share one Local Governing Body


The board of governors exists to:

  • Put in place the long term vision and strategic direction of the school
  • Monitor the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Oversee the financial performance of the school and ensure that money is well spent


Our role is to ensure that Murrow Primary Academy constantly and consistently delivers on its visions and values:  essentially, to ensure that every child achieves the highest possible standards through our relentless focus on high quality teaching and learning.  Further information about the school’s visions and values can be found on the website.


The board of governors also oversees admission, staff employment and buildings management.


Our Local Governing Body has members elected or appointed as governors on behalf of the Trust.  They are made up of parents, staff and the local community and they serve a term of four years.  Governors can be re-elected/re-appointed at the end of their term for a further four year period.  The Local Governing Body meets once each term. 


Chair of Governors - Karen Luck

Members -

Ruth Bailey

Julie Crawshawe

Wendy Neale

Chris Herring

Lisa Salisbury

Fiona Bullard

Claire Fennelow


Clerk - Emma Bramley 


All Enquiries:

Please contact Jackie Schad, Clerk to Governors

Tel: 01480 860743



Diamond Learning Partnership Trust
Please refer to the website for further information: 

Biographies of our Local Governing Body


Ruth Bailey  (01/09/2020 - to present)

I have been a Headteacher for the last six years at Murrow Primary Academy.  Before that I worked in Peterborough at a large primary - William Law CE Primary where I led Upper Key Stage 2.  I have lived in Peterborough for twelve years, after relocating from Surrey.  My passion for education began at an early age with my mother and sister being teachers.  I resisted the pull to train until I was in my 40s.  I have one daughter and I live in Peterborough.


Fiona Bullard (16.01.19 to 15.01.23)

I am pleased to have recently joined the governing body as the staff governor.

After previously working in banking for a number of years, I became a teaching assistant at Gorefield School in 2005. I enjoy working with the children, each day is different and very rewarding.

In my spare time I volunteer for the Scout Association.


Karen Luck (Chair of Governors)

I retired from teaching in 2015 having completed 35 years in the Special Education sector. I held a senior management position for the last ten of those. I have been both a staff governor in each of my places of work and a Chair of Governors at Gedney Primary when my children were there in the 90’s. I have experienced the amalgamation of schools. My grandson is joining Gorefield in September and I live in Tydd St Giles.


Claire Fennelow (Parent governor)

I have two children, the eldest is a pupil at Gorefield and the youngest started in September 2020.

I have lived in Gorefield for 10 years, my husband attended the school and now runs a business in the village.  I am a full time Mum, giving up work six years ago and my hobbies are baking, reading and crafting. Three years ago I took the role of Chair of the Pre School Committee. I have greatly enjoyed watching the children develop and supporting the children and staff in fund raising activities. In 2019 I was pleased to become a Trustee of the Pre-school. In joining Gorefield as a parent governor I am looking forward to contributing in any way that I can to support the school in developing the children and making their early years a positive and fulfilling experience.


Christina Herring – Parent LGB Member – Gorefield & Murrow

Chris Herring. Who am I? Oh my, where do I start? First and foremost, I am a mother to 3 amazing children. I am also a wife and a homebird you could say.

A fair few years ago (maybe a few more than that), I completed a National Diploma in Horse Management and Business at college. A few years of working as a Groom at a national Stud, I realised that horses were more for a hobby than a career choice for me, and so I returned to education. At Southampton University I completed a BA(Hons) Sports Studies and Business.

During my degree studies I gained many teaching qualifications such as Horse riding, Trampolining, Volleyball and Swimming. The later being my passion and subsequently gained Full Teacher and Parent and Baby certificates while also volunteering as Director/Manager with my local swimming Club.

After moving to Cambridgeshire to be with my now husband, I took a position at Huntingdonshire Regional College (which is now part of Cambridge Regional College) as Receptionist and then later the position of Adult Community Manager.

In 2008 I became pregnant and I gave up work to look after our first and then, second child.

We moved as a family to Murrow in 2014, putting our two oldest into the primary school. Our youngest will become a Zebra at Murrow in September.

Since moving to Murrow, I have volunteered where possible. I started with listening to children at the school read, assisting with school trips, watering and de -weeding the school’s (and Pre School’s) garden and teaching the children swimming during the summer term. As a family we support the school as much as we can by attending fund raising events, assemblies, sports days and much more.

Presently, I am a Catering Assistant in Murrow Primary kitchen, while also teaching swimming and water skills to children at both Murrow and Gorefield school.

So, who am I? I am a thoughtful, kind and loyal individual with family values and morals. A great advocate for the school and hope to be for a while longer.