Local Governor Profiles


Bridget Holland


Chair of Local Governing Body

I have been working in schools as a governor for 18 years.  For the last 13 years I have been Chair of Governors.  During this time I have been a member of the Governors Leadership Group in Peterborough and have built a skill set that has enabled me to become a member of two IEBs locally.  I have also mentored three Chairs of Governors who were new to the role and were experiencing difficulties.

In my time as a governor, I have worked with two Principals and have successfully led a governing body through an appointment process.  I have also worked with the school Senior Leadership Team to successfully take a school from RI to Good.

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Gareth Baker

Through my five years at The Deepings School, I have developed a good understanding of teaching and learning, as well as experience in the pastoral field, supporting our students. I have a very calm and patient personality and am able to listen well to the opinions of others and analyse data, before making a reasoned decision using evidence provided.

I am a reflective and evaluative individual, both within my teaching practice and decisions as a middle leader.  Alongside this, I am not afraid to challenge and critique ideas in a constructive and productive manner where needed.

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Kevin Clayton

I worked at The Deepings School from 1989 - 2007; where I held the position of Deputy Head.  On retirement I volunteered with LCFC as a Community Officer.

I would like to be a supportive presence and critical friend as The Deepings School moves forward.  I have a willingness to listen and explore solutions utilising my 20 years of experience of senior management in schools.

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Roger Gale

I have taken early retirement and have time to devote to a worthwhile local organisation. 

I am very people focussed and have over 30 years voluntary experience with young people.  Through work I have extensive commercial and financial experience at a very senior level, negotiating and media skills.


Tim Hutton

Vice-Chair of Local Governing Body

My experience both through my career and as a volunteer have given me the skills required to be successful in this role.  I was a Teacher Governor of a secondary school for 10 years and have been a parent Governor for the last 7 years (5 as Chair of Governors).  These roles have given me an understanding of all aspects of governance including finance and curriculum.  My career as a teacher and senior leader in secondary and further education gave me vast experience of school improvement process and of the Ofsted inspection regime.  It further allowed me to exercise my ability to self-evaluate and strategically plan.

Helen Morgan

I have an interest in education and have two children who attend the school. I have a desire to support the school and to benefit the wider community.

I was branch secretary and events coordinator at a local CIPS branch and have lectured in CIPS at Peterborough Technical College.  I have helped with literacy support at William Hildyard school for 5 years.  I am an active campaigner for the community library and organised the first Deepings Literary festival.

Zoe Rock

Zoe Rock


I have been a member of staff here for ten years and want to be part of driving the school forward.

I live in the community and feel passionate about the school improving for the benefit of our students. I am a member of the SCITT which gives me the opportunity to go into other schools and have a good working knowledge of what is going in the area in other schools in the area and think this would be a useful insight. I would also like to be more informed on how school decisions are made and how these impact on what happens in school. I would also like the opportunity to represent staff needs at a higher level. 

Kate Shinkins-Hoppe

I am interested in education; having worked at both Primary and Early Years Levels.  I recently left full-time employment and would enjoy having an opportunity to learn about KS3 and beyond.

I am used to working in committees and so am able to make decisions on the information available.  I enjoy the challenge of dealing with problems, finding solutions and resolutions.  I am usually very well organised and can managed a full diary well.

Rachel Stewart

I attended The Deepings School as a student and would like to 'give back' to the school by offering support to both the school and Governing Body.

I am an Independent Financial Adviser.  I have industry qualifications and 30 years experience in this sector which I feel is beneficial to this role.

I have run my own business for 14 years, so I feel I can offer numerous qualities; we employ staff, deal with all aspects of HR, management etc.  In addition, in the day to day running of the company, I have experience of problem solving, planning, setting tasks etc.


Luke Thornhill

It is important for me to be an active member to the school and local area.  It gives me a great deal of satisfaction to give something back and contribute where I can.

I help others learn by sharing my knowledge, which I am always willing to do.  I work very well on my own and as part of a team.  I deal with all aspects of the business including governance, compliance, making business decisions, communicating at all levels and managing external relationships.



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