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

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 Role: Leadership and Management, Outcomes


My Name is Tim Halford, my son has been in the school since September 2020, 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 alternatively contact me via the school office.

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Vikki Roberts
Community Governor
Vice Chair of Governors

Link Role: Leadership and Management


I'm Vicki and I had the privilege of watching my daughter blossom through her time at Fountains School and have been a Governor for around 5 years at both the Primary and High School.


I have a keen interest in the Safeguarding process in schools and a passion for seeing all of our children, and staff develop and love life.

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Pam Simkin
Community Governor

Link Role: Quality of Education - Functional Curriculum


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: Leadership and Management


My son loves being a pupil at Fountains Primary School, and I am proud to support our school as a parent governor.  I currently work as a specialist teaching assistant and Pupil Premium Lead at a mainstream primary school, and over the course of my career, I have worked in many roles across a range of 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

Link Role: Quality of Education - Autism Progress & Engagement Curriculum

My current role as Deputy Headteacher at a local special school for students aged 2 to 19 years old has enabled me to be a forward-thinking educational leader. I’ve worked in several SEND and Mainstream schools over the last 10 years and I am highly motivated to ensure that students with additional needs are successful learners who are fully included in the local community.


In my role as a Community 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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Ollie Fogg
Staff Governor

Link Role: Quality of Education - Early Years Foundation Stage


I am Oliver Fogg and I am the staff governor at Fountains Primary School.


I initially took an interest in the role of being a staff governor, as I wanted some additional responsibility, which can have a positive impact on the school. I enjoy representing Fountains staff to offer discussion and debates at governor meetings, which in turn will hopefully develop the outcomes for pupils.

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Kay Bentley
Community Governor

Link Role: Personal Development Behaviour and Welfare


I’m Kay and I am an effective practice development officer in East Staffs and 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


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Amanda Smith
Clerk to Governors

Role of the Clerk

  • Provide effective 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 in accordance with legal requirements.

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

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

Contact Amanda Smith

Clerk to Governors

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