Our Governing Body

The school is a voluntary-aided school and it reconstituted in line with statutory guidelines on 1st February 2015.

There are 12 governors appointed:

  • 2 elected parent governors
  • 1 Local Authority governor
  • 1 Headteacher
  • 1 elected staff governor
  • 7 Foundation governors*

*3 appointed by the Ely Diocesan Board of Education, 3 appointed by the Trustees of the Church Schools of Cambridge and 1 as a Nominee of the relevant Archdeacon

Minutes of Governing Body meetings are published here.

Latest Governors Meetings Events

Personnel & Learning Committee01Mar2018

9:15 am - 10:45 am

Finance & Resources Committee07Mar2018

10:30 am - 12:00 pm @ Head's Office

Calendars page(s): Governors Meetings >>

The terms of office of all governors (other than an ex-officio governor and the Headteacher) is four years.

The Governing Body has in place a number of standing orders and has established committees to which it delegates day-to-day responsibility for the oversight of various aspects of the running of the school: Finance & Resources, Foundation, Personnel & Learning.

Other committees, such as Admissions and Pay Review, are established as needed.

Finance & Resources Committee Terms of Reference

Personnel & Learning Committee Terms of Reference

All governors are expected to conform to our Code Of Practice.

Link Governors

  • Megan Linebaugh is the Link on Pupil Premium school children
  • Paul Nicholson is the Link Governor on Health & Safety
  • Kerry Walpole is the Link Governor on Safeguarding
  • Helen Orr is the Link Governor on Collective Worship
  • Lorna Atwell is the Link Governor on Religious Education
  • Richard Summers is the Link Governor on Admissions


Michael Denmead is Clerk to the Governing Body.  Correspondence to the Governors should be addressed to the Clerk at clerk@parkstreet.cambs.sch.uk

Richard Summers - Chair of Governors

Richard currently works as Church Operations Manager at Great St. Mary's, the University Church in Cambridge. Richard previously worked for the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) from 1994 to 2016 latterly as General Secretary of Quaker Life.  

Richard has wide experience of organisational management and is particularly interested in working with people and helping children access a wide range of learning opportunities. Richard is the Local Authority Governor.

Paul Nicholson - Chair of Finance & Resources

Paul was a Choral Scholar at King's College Cambridge and subsequently became a member of the Choir of the Chapels Royal, HM Tower of London.  After a number of years working in London in various arts and education roles, he returned to Cambridge and is now Head of the Chapel and Music Office at Trinity College.  Paul is a Foundation Governor. As well as chairing the Finance & Resources Committee, Paul is leading fundraising through the 140th Anniversary Appeal.

Kerry Walpole - Chair of Personnel & Learning

Kerry is a Parent Governor and "a full-time mother to her three daughters since 2010."  Kerry spent 15 years working in the financial services sector with the last 8 years spent in Investment Banking where she was a Credit Risk Manager and also spent time advising clients directly about credit ratings.  Kerry managed teams of people and was responsible for all of the recruiting and training in the department and is therefore well placed to help on the Personnel & Learning Committee.

Nicola James - Headteacher

Nicola joined the Park Street team as Headteacher in April 2017. Nicola serves on all the Governing Body Committees. 

Debbie Hayden - Staff Governor

Debbie joined the Park Street team as a Teaching Assistant in September 2012. Debbie was elected as Staff Governor by her colleagues. 

Megan Linebaugh

Megan graduated university with a degree in social work and psychology. She has worked in the fields of international adoption as well as academic fundraising. Megan has three children who all attend Park Street.

Megan was elected as a Parent Governor and also serves on the Finance & Resources Committee.

Lorna Atwell

Lorna has just retired as a teacher (French and Religious Studies) and is a member of the PCC of Great St Mary's Church to which Park Street is connected. Lorna is a life long Anglican. 

Lorna is a Foundation Governor. 

Sarah Bennington

Sarah has worked in development and communications within the charitable sector since graduating from university with a degree in History. She and her family moved to Cambridge in 2014 when her husband, Matt, was appointed Music Minister at Christ Church, Cambridge - the church they attend as a family. Sarah and Matt have two children - one already at Park Street and one eager to start!

Sarah is a Foundation Governor and also sits on the Personnel & Learning Committee