Our School Advisory Board
David’s day-job is an Independent Software Consultant, with interests in the software itself, building the teams that produce it and the processes they use, also speaking at conferences on these aspects; a highlight was pulling together and launching Cambridge University’s online recruitment website from scratch in 8 months.
David read Engineering at Durham University to Masters level, and went on to gain a PhD in Engineering Researching Telecommunications Networks and AI. He is also a long-standing local Parish Councilor, chairing the Highways Committee; has been a Director of The Phone Cooperative. He has been involved in the School since 2013, becoming the Vice-Chair and then Chair of the School Advisory Board in 2017. Appointed by the Trust, he has a young family with children at CPET’s local schools.
Tonya served on the board of her children’s parent co-operative preschool for 5 years. In addition, when her children transitioned into primary school, she helped with events, fund-raisers, and assisted in their classrooms. She has greatly enjoyed being active in the education of her children. Her participation reinforces the importance her family places on education and her understanding as to what is happening in their schools and classrooms is helpful when they struggle either academically or socially. Her volunteer work has also helped her to grow both personally and professionally. When an opening on the school advisory board at Histon and Impington Junior School became available, it seemed like a natural fit for her with her prior board and education experience. She is looking forward to learning more about the educational system, building relationships within the community, and hopefully making a positive contribution to the school.
She moved to Impington with her family in October 2016. Coming from California, they were all a bit apprehensive about how they would fit into a community in the UK. They were so relieved when everyone they met was kind, friendly, and a bit curious as to why they chose to move here from sunny California. Her three girls have settled nicely into their new schools. Her eldest is at Impington Village College, her middle is at the Junior school, and her youngest is at the Infants school.
Sue is a retired Maths teacher – she was Head of Department at Comberton Village College for many years. Since retiring she formed an association with Primary Schools by helping to run Maths Clubs for younger children.
Sue supports all efforts to keep children active and is an enthusiastic golfer herself. She is a member of Girton Golf Club where she plays and helps with the development of golf for juniors. At one time she was County Junior Organiser for girls’ golf and currently serves on the County Ladies Junior Committee.
Sue is closely associated with HICOM and drives the local minibus that provides support for older residents in our village.
Francesca Sutton joined the SAB as Staff representative in September 2019. She has been working as a teaching assistant at the school since January 2019, and is passionate about supporting children and young people to achieve their potential and develop a connection with their environment. Fran gained some experience of governance responsibilities when she chaired a local playgroup committee, and has experience both personally and professionally of working with outside professional children's services to support safeguarding. She has lived in Impington for 8 years and has a daughter at the school, and a stepson and foster daughter whom she has seen go through primary and secondary education. She has also been a leader of the local Rainbows Guiding Unit for the past 4 years. Fran is keen to see the SAB support the school in many different areas.
Georgina moved to Histon in the summer of 2018 along with her family to lead The Salvation Army church in the village, not knowing much about the area. They soon discovered an amazing community in which they have been welcomed. HIJS was no exception! Her middle son is currently at HIJS and is thriving there...he can't wait to get out of the house every morning.
Georgina has been a Salvation Army Officer for 10 years, previously working as a District Nurse in Manchester. Throughout her working life accountability, both personally and within organisations, has been a big focus, and her role as a School Advisor at HIJS is no different. She has been a school governor for the most part of her children's schooling (her eldest son is now in Year 10) and she finds it rewarding and enjoyable.
School Advisory Board Pecuniary Interests and Attendance Register
A record of pecuniary and other interests of our current and recently serving School Advisors, along with their attendance at meetings is provided here: