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Moorfield Primary School Governors Page


All schools have a Governing Body, which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. They work in close partnership with the Head teacher, staff and the Local Authority. They bring a range of interests, knowledge and skills to the school and they all work in a voluntary capacity. Governors give their service voluntarily and no formal qualifications are necessary although there are eligibility criteria.  

Whilst the Head teacher is responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are frequently involved with such things as: ensuring pupil premium funding is allocated effectively to close the gaps leading to accelerated progress and raised attainment; staffing; curriculum; health and safety; safeguarding; school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives. The Governing Body works as a team with shared responsibilities. 


The Governors


​Name ​Position ​Category​ Appointment Date & Appointed by
Jayne Freeman Evans ​Chair ​Parent ​Nov 2013 - Governing Body
Sarah Payne ​​ ​Parent ​Nov 2013 - Governing Body ​Resigned  14/09/2017
​Michael Tranter ​Governor ​LA ​July 2015 - Governing Body
​Andrew Hutchinson ​Governor ​Co-opted ​Nov 2013 - Governing Body
​Brian Duthie ​Governor ​Parent ​Nov 2013 - Governing Body
​Claire Rees ​Governor ​Staff ​Nov 2013 - Governing Body
​Ian Bussey ​Headteacher ​Headteacher ​Sept 2014 Governor by virtue of post
Richard Rawcliffe ​Governor ​Partnership ​July 2015 - Governing Body
​Rhiannon Price ​Governor Parent ​Sept 2015 - Governing Body ​Resigned 31/08/2017
​Claire Lindsay ​Governor ​Parent ​June 2016 - Parent election
​Sarah Gardiner ​Governor ​Partnership ​Sept 2017 - Governing Body



​Name ​Role ​Profile
Jayne Freeman Evans
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Chair of Governors
I have been a member of Moorfield School Governing Body for a period of 7 years and for the previous 12 months have been appointed by the Governing Body  as Chair of Governors, a role which I take extremely seriously. The Governing Body has high expectations of everyone involved with the school. The children are at the centre of these expectations; developing in a culture engendering high aspirations and equality for all. I also chair the Executive Governance Committee, Finance Committee and Health and Safety Committee.
For over  25 years my professional career was in Environmental Health, gaining experience ranging from Food Hygiene to Health and Safety to Pollution Control and Licensing Enforcement, all areas in which I have been able to provide advice to the school. Three years ago I took a career change and attained a PGCE in Primary Education and currently work in the education field in Staffordshire.
I am a committed individual who will do all I can to help Moorfield be the best it can be.


Sarah Payne

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Parent Governor


I am married with 3 children (18, 16 and 13 years old) – all of whom have been educated at Moorfield Primary.
I was born and raised in Newport and am a former pupil at Moorfield Primary
and Newport Girls’ High. I studied French at University before starting a career in international banking in London. I had  a two year spell living and working in the South of France. Eventually I returned to the UK, where I settled in York with my husband and started our family. We returned to live back in Newport when my eldest was 2 years old and I now work full time in the Financial Services sector
 Brian Duthie
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​​Parent Governor
I am married, with three children, the youngest attends Moorfield, my eldest is at University and middle at Newport Girls High. I currently sit on the Disciplinary Committee. I wanted to become a School Governor in order to become more involved with the school and to be able to contribute to the running of what I believe is an excellent school. I am looking forward to becoming involved in the monitoring of the School Development Plan . Away from school I am  a geotechnical engineer and director of an engineering consultancy in Newport.

Andrew Hutchinson


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​Co-opted Governor
I am married with a daughter who was educated at Moorfield Primary and first became involved with the governing body whilst undertaking the role of ‘Link’ governor with Church Aston Infants School. I have worked in education for just under twenty years. This has included time as a primary school teacher, Key Stage Two Co-ordinator, ICT Advisory Teacher and Educational Researcher. I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Wolverhampton where I work in initial teacher training. Many of my trainees are based in schools in and around Newport and our team actively supports partner schools such as Moorfield through membership of the governing body and through other organised activities. 
Ian Bussey 

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​I originally started at Moorfield Primary as the Deputy Headteacher in 2012 and since 2014 I have been the Headteacher.

I love working at Moorfield and feel immensely privileged to lead such a successful and happy organisation.  A particular strength of the school is the excellent relationships that we have between our pupils and the staff.  These effective relationships also extend to our parents, the governing body amd the wider community.  With all of these stakeholders working together , we are able to create the impetus to continually improve and prepare children for their next step in life.


Claire Rees

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​Staff Governor
I have been a teacher at Moorfield primary School since 2005.  During my time here I have taught across the school in both Key Stage 1 and 2.  I spent a long time teaching in Reception class and am now the Year 2 teacher.  I thoroughly enjoy my role in school which is to  lead and manage the Early Years and Key Stage 1 area of the school. In addition to my teaching role I am also Science co-ordinator.   
Prior to teaching I studied English Language at Bangor University before completing a PGCE at the University of Manchester.
Outside of school life I enjoy spending time with family and friends, watching films and shopping for new shoes!

Richard Rawcliffe



​Partnership Governor
I am a qualified accountant (CPFA) with a Masters Degree in Business Administration.
I retired from my role as a senior manager with a local authority (in the field of building construction and maintenance) some years ago.
Consequently, I can bring great experience in helping Moorfields School to prepare its strategic vision, and ensure that the educational and financial performance targets of the school are achieved. I also have experience in HR matters, and in Health and Safety.
My interests include travelling extensively with my wife, sport ( particularly golf and cricket), and gardening

Claire Lindsay



​Parent Governor

​I am married with 2 children and both are at Moorfield.  I am a neuro physiotherapist working in outpatients of Princess Royal Hospital.

I became a Parent Governor in May 2016.  I wanted to become a Governor to develop my understanding of the education process and to be involved in my children's development  whilst at Moorfield.

I look forward to maintaining and improving further the high standards the school achieves for all the children.

​Michael Tranter



​LA Appointed

Rhiannon Price​



​Parent Governor
I am married with two children, one in year 6 in Moorfield and the other joined Burton Borough School in September. I was born in South Wales where I lived until moving away to University and have lived in Newport for around 12 years . I have been a teacher for almost 25 years with most of them being at Thomas Telford School in Telford. I started as a Biology teacher after completing a degree and PGCE at Swansea University and moved to teaching Psychology 15  years ago after completing an Open University Degree in Psychology.  My children have both loved their time at Moorfield so I became a School Governor to become more involved with the school. I am currently a member of the Executive Governance Committee.