Sudbury Primary School

Learn, Share, Enjoy


(01283) 585251

School Lane, Sudbury, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 5HZ


Co Chair of Governors: Mrs B Richardson

Barbara was appointed as Chairman of the Governors of Sudbury Primary School in May 2016

and works closely with colleague governors and the Headteacher to ensure that the school

delivers its strategic objectives.

Barbara is a qualified teacher of science and for 16 years worked as a Deputy Headteacher in a

large outstanding secondary comprehensive school.

Latterly she has experience of working with a local authority in a school improvement capacity

and is a former accredited School Improvement Partner.

She also had experience of delivering to adult learners in the role of Associate Lecturer in

Governance at the University of Derby.



 Co Chair of Governors: Mrs K Knight

Kim was appointed as a Parent Governor at Sudbury Primary School in July 2018. Kim has a

BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy and started her working career at the Royal Free Hospital in

London, evolving her career into more managerial roles. As a CQC Registered Manager Kim has

had several years experience in clinical governance. Presently she is a Co Director with her

husband with their own events company and manages all of the financial administration that this


Kim has been  the Chair of Friends of Sudbury School (FOSS) which she and other parents have

created to fund-raise and involve the school within the local community. FOSS has successfully held

various events throughout 2018 such as discos, bingo, a summer fair and an art show and both her ilooking to many more. Her two daughters attend Sudbury Primary School.

Kim enjoys going to the gym and trying to do some gardening when she has the time. 

Mr D Powell (Co-opted Governor)

Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant Don spent much of his career working for National

and International Corporations, holding several senior Finance and Commercial roles.

Don was actively involved in youth football in the Derby area for over 20 years and is a qualified

FA coach and referee.

Don is involved with various projects in the Midlands to restore and safeguard significant

Inland Waterway sites, including the historic Dudley canal and tunnel network.

Don was appointed as a co-opted governor in November 2020.


SO Govs


Mrs S Oakley (Staff Governor)

Mrs Oakley was appointed as a Class 2 Teacher at Sudbury Primary School in April 2016.

She is the subject leader for English, History and Geography and joint leader of Music, Art and DT.

Mrs Oakley has a BA with hons in Humanities, gained at The Open University, and a

Post Graduate Certificate of Education achieved at University of Derby.



Mrs I Hall (Parent Governor)

Izzy was appointed parent governor in June 2021. From a young age she wanted to be a

sheep farmer and went to college to study ND Hill farming, HND Agriculture and then a

Bsc inAgricultural Studies.

Once her studies were complete she returned home to the family farm.

She now manages and shares the business with her parents and has experience of being a

farm manager on an organic beef and sheep farm and has also worked on Dairy farms,

calf rearing and relief milking.

She is married to a Dairy farmer and they have twins that attend Sudbury Primary School.

As well as farming Izzy likes making things on her sewing machine, enjoying the great

outdoors and doing lots of craft activities with her children.


  Mrs W Sevier (Co-opted Governor)

I was born and raised in Sudbury and attended Sudbury School until the age of 14.

In total 4 generations of my family were also pupils at Sudbury School. I therefore have a very

long history with the school (dating back to 1905)and the village of Sudbury.

Sudbury is my 'heart home' and although I no longer live in the village, my heart is very much still

there.  As a child I was a member of the Church choir & I am now a member of the Local History 

Group and am supporting the Sudbury Gasworks Restoration project.  

As the granddaughter of Lord Vernon's head gardener, my childhood days were spent playing

within the walled gardens, the woods around the lake and within Sudbury Hall itself.

I  previously served as a Sudbury School Governor many years ago and also served for a

number of years on The Board of Visitors at HMP Sudbury.

I married into another long standing Sudbury family and our children became 4th generation

Sudbury on their father's side and 5th generation on mine! As well as raising my two children,

I worked for many years as a medical secretary and in my spare time have enjoyed

interior design and decorating.

More recently I lived in France for 10 years before returning to my Derbyshire roots in 2013.

My passions lie with the countryside, nature, animal welfare and most importantly, respect for

everyone and everything.  

I believe that not every child can aspire to be a brain surgeon but that every child has it within

him or herself to excel at something... and that 'something' should be sought and found by their

educators.  Perhaps in sport, in drama, in invention, in humanity, in art, in music (in all it's forms),

in oratory, in crafting, in writing or story telling.....ALL children can succeed and hold their heads

high in the world they eventually inherit."





Governors area of responsibility

Barbara Richardson - Safeguarding, Assessment and Tracking

Kim Knight - SEND

Don Powell - Health and Safety, Premises, Finance

Isabel Hall - Outdoor Learning