Meet our Governing Body
Mrs Lauren Blyth
Acting Headteacher/Staff Governor
• BEd (Hons) in Primary Education with QTS 2:2
• 8 Years in teaching
• Good/Outstanding teacher through Peer and SLT observations
• Specialist Leader in Education (SLE)
• Experience in Teaching and Learning, Data analysis, Provision mapping using data analysis
• Leader of Maths within school
• Mentor for training teachers, links to university
• Key Stage leader, supporting staff to become the best they can be alongside SLT
• Current SEND knowledge through SENDCo qualification (Ongoing)
I am currently in my eighth year as a teacher after successfully attaining QTS and completing my NQT year at Cromwell Park Primary School, now Cromwell Academy, where I continue to teach and have recently been appointed as Deputy Head. My teaching vision has always been to ensure children are offered and receive the education that they deserve, creating a curriculum for every child and helping all to achieve to the best of their ability. My new SENDCo role ensures that children on our SEND register achieve and can access all lessons across the curriculum. Creating engaging and high quality teaching in my lessons and making sure others are achieving that through my Senior Leadership role.
Mr Gary Weston
Chair of Governors/Member/Vice Chair of Finance, Premises and Personnel
I am delighted to have the opportunity to serve Cromwell Academy as a Governor. I have four children – currently three at the school and my eldest having served his time. They have each had the time of their life - learning, developing and having fun at Cromwell Academy. I have shared this fun by supporting the school with science, media and particularly music activities. It is great to watch the children perform fluently and confidently in a way that most parents (me included) would not be able to do.
Aside from my parental responsibilities, I am the Managing Director of Top Hex Ltd – an electronic design and manufacturing company, situated down the road in Hinchingbrooke Business Park. I started the company 15 years ago with my Co-Director and, despite the chaotic economic conditions, we continue to grow progressively. As a local employer, I often interview young people and not all have reached their potential through the education system. This highlights to me the great responsibility that all primary schools have to set children on a positive learning adventure.
I became a Director of the Hinchingbrooke Business Park with the aim of making a positive contribution to the local community. This is an unpaid role, which has been more rewarding than enjoyable, providing experience of putting large contracts out to tender, working with stakeholders who see matters very differently from me and providing value for money for shareholders.
I am an enthusiastic and largely incompetent amateur musician and enjoy nothing more than composing/arranging and sitting in a cramped orchestra pit with my wife. Apparently, when my children grow up there will be more time for this but at the moment, I am enjoying every minute I get to spend with them…well almost every minute.
Mr Bev Curtis
Bev was one of the two founder directors of Education Personnel Management Ltd. which was formed in April 1993. Prior to being a director of EPM he was Assistant Director Personnel (Education) for Cambridgeshire County Council from 1988 to 1993. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has an MA in Employment Strategy.
Bev retired in September 2014 after a working career of 48 years in education. Since retiring he has become vice chair of Hinchingbrooke Academy in Cambridgeshire where he had been a student in the old Huntingdon Grammar School.
Mr Paul Hull
Governor/Chair of Finance, Premises and Personnel
• BA (Hons) Psychology
• ILM (L5) Leadership & Management
• ILM (L5) Coaching
• Trainer & qualifier of managers
• Master NLP Practitioner
• 28 years experience in education & leadership & management
• Experience inc:
o Strategic leadership
o Staff and performance management
o Supporting teams through OFSTED
o Team development
o Coaching for development
o Teaching & learning pedagogies
I have 28 years of academic leadership and business experience and am currently Director of a leadership & management training company, qualifying managers through the ILM (Institute of Leadership & Management).
Along with senior leadership roles in education, I have held the position of Advanced Teaching & Learning Leader during my time as a Psychology teacher.
In the context of both education and private commerce, I am committed to developing managers to recognise their teams as the key resource to success.
As a newly appointed Governor, with a child at the Academy, I look forward to assisting them in achieving the aim to be outstanding, with an eye on the sustainability of that success.
Mr Richard Laing
Governor/Chair of Curriculum & Achievement
I feel it a real privilege to be part of the governing body of Cromwell Academy.
I qualified as a Primary School teacher more years ago than I care to remember. Since then I have taught violin and orchestral and choral music to children, young people and adults around the UK; I am a passionate believer in the power of creative subjects not only to enrich children’s lives but also to increase achievement in the core subjects.
My daughter is a pupil at the school, and I’m glad to say she enjoys being part of Cromwell Academy very much. As a governor I will strive to ensure that the school always works in partnership with the parents and carers, and that it continues to develop the academic and social skills of all the children here to help them become the caring, imaginative, enterprising members of society we all want them to be.
Mr Niall O'Neill
I'm Niall and I joined the governing body towards the end of 2015. My Son goes to the school and seems to enjoy his learning and being part of the academy, making new friends.
I joined the governing body because I wanted to give something back to the academy for the great education it's giving to our children. This role will help me to support the academy staff to carry out there jobs, which in turn helps to maintain excellent learning environments for the current children and for future generations.
Professionally I've been a police officer in the Metropolitan Police for 10 years. I have experience in safe guarding of children and community problem solving. So the main skill I have is to listen to peoples concerns, issues and opinions but on the flip side of that I like to talk with it! So feel free to stop and speak to me when I'm at the school before and after school. Hobbies include spending as much time as I can with my family. I'm also starting to get into my road cycling and am determined to take up running and complete a half marathon.
Mr Martin Savill
Parent Governor/Vice Chair of Curriculum and Achievement
I have lived in Hinchingbrooke for the past 10 years and my youngest girl started at the Academy last year. She loves being at the Academy and I have been impressed with the level of teaching. I have previously volunteered to provide education in IT to a local primary school based in Lewisham where I attended one lunch time a week to help children further their knowledge and education in the use of computers. I have also been involved in training as part of my professional life.
I have worked in IT for 12 years and for the last 20 years in I have been in IT Audit where I continually look at ways to improve the business and IT and where I am continually challenging the environment to ensure the best results are achieved and try to install the culture of doing the right thing. I hope to bring these skills to the Academy to challenge where appropriate to help the Academy and the community to achieve the best outcome and results possible.
Ms Bernadette Wong
FIA, BSc (Hons)
My family moved to the Hinchingbrooke area in 2010 and enjoy being part of this lovely neighbourhood. Both of my daughters are currently pupils at the school and they absolutely love being part of Cromwell Academy. To the parents/carers that I know, I am better known as Bernie (aka Mrs Barraclough). They are such a caring and friendly bunch, and my daughters have made some delightful friends.
Professionally, I am a qualified Actuary. I have over 18 years working experience in the pensions industry. My day-to-day job is advising pension schemes trustees/employers on scheme funding and benefit designs. In my role, it is paramount to understand the importance of good governance. I regularly deal with clients’ issues; pension scheme risks; meeting statutory requirements and managing any conflicts of interest. I also mentor actuarial students and help them to meet our professional and work requirements. I regularly volunteer to be part of the assistant examiners team with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.
I am absolutely thrilled to be part of the governing body. Hopefully, I can bring my skills to the Academy and take a proactive approach working with the rest of the School Governors/Trustees. I am a problem solver and an organiser. I will challenge the school in a positive way and with strong partnership with parents/carers, to enable Cromwell Academy to becoming an outstanding school and providing a stimulating learning environment in which children can thrive.
Music is an important part of my life. I was a music scholar during my school years in Fleetwood, Lancashire. I have fond memories of singing chamber/choral music, touring round Europe, being in musical productions, etc. I currently sing with The Huntingdonshire Philharmonic and the community choir at Huntingdonshire Music School.
Mr Richard Walmsley
Clerk to the Governors of Cromwell Academy
• BEd (Hons)
• MSc Education Management
• 40 years in the teaching profession with 23 years in school leadership
• Now retired
I am now retired from full time employment but as an ex-headteacher, both of schools in this country and in those supporting the British expatriate community as far afield as Kuwait and Indonesia, I have a wide experience of school education at various levels and contrasting contexts. I have also worked as a sideline in radio and television; mainly in news-reading and providing voice-overs for documentaries and commercial advertisements.
I trust by bringing my interest and experience in school education to the role of Clerk I can support the governing body of Cromwell Academy in their important task of providing strategic direction for the school.
Apart from working with Cambrideshire’s ‘CamClerks’ service, I am a supervising marker for End-of Key Stage Tests, I regularly read for the St Neots ‘Talking Newspapers for the Blind’ and sing with the Huntingdonshire Philharmonic Chorus.
Mrs Sophie Hill
Mrs Samantha Maske