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The Governors feel privileged to be working closely with the Fountains Primary School and our very committed staff teams. As volunteers, governors come from a variety of backgrounds, and represent a diverse range of local interests and bodies.


Chair of Governors: Dr Tim Halford

Esteem MAT Accounting Officer: Mr Julian Scholefield

Esteem MAT Allocated Trustee: Dawn Butler

Please click here to access the Esteem Multi Academy Trust central governance and financial information. This includes the Esteem MAT Articles of Association, Funding Agreement, our audited accounts and Annual Report.  Statutory | Esteem MAT


Please click here for more information on how we structure governance within our Trust, the remit of those in a governance role and our Scheme of Delegation  Governance | Esteem MAT

We are all proud of our pupils’ achievements and continuously strive for improvement on their behalf.

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Tim Halford
Parent Governor
Chair of Governors

Link Roles:

Leadership and Management: Overall effectiveness, Quality of Leadership and Management


Outcomes: Outcomes for Pupils (including the analysis of spend on Pupil Premium/Covid Catchup and PE/Sport Premium)


My Name is Tim Halford, my son has been in the school since September 2020, and I’ve been a parent Governor since Easter 2021 and Chair of Governors since September 2021.  At home, I enjoy spending time with my son and his baby sister, watching the rugby and having friends over for BBQs in the summer.

Professionally, I’ve been a University Academic researcher in Engineering before joining Rolls-Royce in 2010, first as an Engineer, then as an Engineering Manager and, more recently, as an Operations Manager.  I am currently responsible for the operation of an Industrial/Research collaboration centre, including shopfloor workers, Laboratories, Quality, Health & Safety, IT, Facilities & Maintenance.  I hope to be able to combine this Industrial/Operational experience with the skills of the other Governors to be able to support the school as best as possible.  I’d encourage anyone who sees me around the school to approach me with any feedback or contact me via the school office.

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Munib Hussain
Community Governor

Link Role:

Quality of Education - Early Years Foundation Stage

My name is Munib Hussain, and my son is a pupil at the school.  I am very proud to support the school as a parent governor.  I am a solicitor and law firm partner at an international law firm, specialising in energy and infrastructure development and finance.  I am also a magistrate.  I will strive to combine my professional and personal knowledge, skills and experiences to support the school to the best of my abilities.


I very much look forward to working with the Senior Leadership Team and staff to provide the best education and support to our amazing pupils, all with the aim of ensuring they continue to receive the highest standard of education and support that they so richly deserve!

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Pam Simkin
Community Governor

Link Role:

Behaviour and Welfare, Attendance


I was born and raised in Rolleston, and apart from a few years away during my nursing career I have always lived in the local area, so I know Burton well and am familiar with the wide catchment area for children and young people attending Fountains. I am a Paediatric Nurse and have worked for the NHS for over 30 years. After qualifying, I worked on the Children’s Ward at Burton Hospital and then went to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where I worked for 15 years in the oncology unit. Following that, I became the Special School Nurse at the original Crown school and progressed to cover both schools when they became Fountains.

I worked in this area for 10 years advancing to become the Team Leader for the Special Needs School Nursing Service in South Staffordshire in 2015. I am employed by Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust as part of their Targeted Children’s Community Nursing Teams. My current role involves managing and supporting Special School Nurses who cover schools across the county. I also work closely with the team leader of the North Special School Nurses Service so have close links in the North of the county. Our team works closely with other professionals such as education, social services, physiotherapist, OT, speech therapists and Paediatricians. My career and current position has given me valuable insight into the complex needs of children and young people with Learning Disabilities and the daily challenges faced by them and their families.

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Alex Scanlon
Parent Governor

Link Role:

Quality of Education: Functional, Autism Progress and Engagement Curriculum / Reading


My son loves being a pupil at Fountains Primary School, and I am proud to support our school as a parent governor.  I am a specialist teaching assistant and Pupil Premium Lead at a mainstream primary school. Over the course of my career, I have worked in many roles across various educational settings, including many years as a curriculum manager.  My role as a governor is to work with the team in looking at the reading in school.

I am passionate about inclusion and will use my skills and knowledge to work alongside the headteacher and staff to enable every pupil at Fountains to experience rich and exciting learning, helping every child to achieve their potential. 

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George Turner
Community Governor

Vice Chair of Governors

Link Role:

Personal Development: Equality and Diversity / Personal Development

My current role as Deputy Headteacher at a local special school for students aged 2 to 19 has enabled me to be a forward-thinking educational leader. I’ve worked in several SEND and Mainstream schools over the last ten years. I am highly motivated to ensure that students with additional needs are successful learners fully included in the local community.


In my role as Vice Chair of Governor, I am eager to ensure there is a positive school climate, culture of success and to promote rigorous performance standards based on continuous improvement and best practices implementation. I’m privileged to be a part of a wonderful school and support the Senior Leadership Team to provide a quality first education to all students.

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Amy Dunne
Staff Governor

Link Role:

Leadership and Management: CPD / Pupil and Staff Wellbeing

I am Amy, I am a wife to Lee and mother to 3 amazing children and a doggy mum to Mylo.  I have worked at the school for 22 years, initially starting as a student at Burton College on placement.  Throughout my time at Fountains, I have taught in every curriculum and I have an excellent understanding of all the children and systems in place in the school.   I also take an active part with the Parent Teacher Association as well as supporting the leadership team and a range of different house call events and activities currently.  I am responsible for the repairs, communication enrichment and other tasks as identified by the leadership team.  

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Kay Bentley
Community Governor

Link Role:

Leadership and Management:  Safeguarding including Online Safety, GDPR, Looked After Children


I’m Kay, an effective practice development officer in East Staffs and I have worked for Staffordshire County Council for 10 years. Prior to working in Staffordshire, I worked in early years settings, a residential school for children with special educational needs, as a registered manager in children’s homes and as a school-based family resource worker.

As an effective practice development officer we work with a range of colleagues from across the wider partnership to embed good practice around earliest and early help. We often help people navigate the whole family working systems, which are informed by the 'Building Resilient Families and Communities' (BRFC) programme agenda.


Working with partner organisations across all sectors in Staffordshire is an area of my role that I particularly enjoy as we can achieve so much more for children and families when we work together.

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David Symons
Community Governor

Link Role:

Leadership and Management: Heath and Safety


I'm David Symons, a semi-retired shop keeper of Symons Convenience Store on Calais Road, Burton upon Trent. I have always been an active member of the community and invariably expressed a keen interest in education over the years. I have two grown up sons, one a Police Officer and the other a Teacher.


I have been a Governor in local schools since the 1980s and currently sit on four different Governing Bodies. My first position was with Victoria Community School and secondly Fountains Primary School, previously Crown Special School.


I often find it difficult to put into words what a caring, wonderful and amazing atmosphere the school has become. During my time at Fountains Primary School, it has evolved into a wonderful, embracing place that does so much good work for its pupils. It is evident the amazing staff make such a difference to the pupils and the opportunities the school is able to offer are fantastic.  I am proud to be part of the Governing Body and the successful school team.


Harriette Evans
Clerk to Governors

Role of the Clerk

  • Provide administrative support to the governing body and its committees, including minute-taking and convening meetings.

  • Ensure the governing body is properly constituted.

  • Manage all governing body information effectively following legal requirements.

  • Provide support to the governing body to meet all of its statutory duties.

If you would like to contact the School Governing body, please use the button below to contact Harriette. She will then ensure your message or request is forwarded to the appropriate Governor.

Contact Harriette Evans

Clerk to Governors

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