Welcome to Great and Little Shelford Primary School, we are really proud of our school.

As a Governing Board we are a strong team with a range of business and educational experience.  We work alongside the school’s senior leadership team to create and deliver clear, ambitious vision and strategy for school improvement.  We ensure that the legal obligations of the school are fulfilled and we provide accountability and oversight; making sure that money is well spent and that each member of the learning community achieves their potential.

There is a total of 14 seats on the Governing board: 8 foundation governors, 2 parent governors, 1 staff governor, 1 LA governor, 1 Co-opted governor and the Headteacher. Foundation Governors have a specific legal duty to preserve and develop the Christian character of the school within the vision and values of the Diocese of Ely.  The information below gives a brief description of the background and skills of our current Governing board.

Designed to support children of the school, the Shelford School Support Fund (SSSF) is a charitable fund held and administered by the Governing Board.  It is separate from school finances and from the PTA.  Over the years, many pupils have been supported through this, both individuals and groups.  Sometimes we have been able to pay for refurbishments to parts of the school that improve the learning environment, other times we have been able to finance individual pupils' access to key educational experiences like trips or visits which they otherwise wouldn't have been able to attend.  We have also purchased gifts to thank volunteers who have made significant contributions to the life and learning of the pupils at Shelford School.

For more information about the fund, including on how to donate, please see our donations page

Our Current Structure and Chairs:

Full Governing Board - Chair: Anna Caroe; Vice-Chair: Liz Jenkin

Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee - Chair: Peter Ede

Chris Grey



First appointed: 1.9.18

Entitled to sit and vote on all committees 

I am the Headteacher at Shelford and have served on the Board of Governors since 2018.

Since 2009, I have taught in several other settings, fulfilling a range of Senior Leadership roles: including Acting Headteacher and Head of School.

Since my childhood, I aspired to teach. I attended the University of Newcastle and read Linguistics. Following this, I studied at the University of Cambridge, completing a PGCE and a Master of Education.

My strategic areas of specialism are safeguarding; research; standards; coaching and excellence in leadership. With respect to the school curriculum, my specialisms are English; maths; music; art; modern foreign languages and computing.

Anna Caroe

Chair of Governors 

Foundation Governor appointed by Great Shelford P.C.C. 

First appointed: 2015

Current Tenure: 1.9.19 - 31.8.23

Committees: Admissions, Data Panel, Finance and Premises

Subject links:

Maths, Internationalism

My first connection with Shelford School was in 2006 when I joined the teaching staff.  I then took some years away from the classroom while my children were young and all 3 have been (or still are) pupils here.  

I am currently teaching part time in another school and my specific professional interests are in pupils' learning behaviours, emotional literacy and mathematics.  I have also been involved in developing global citizenship and achieving the International Schools Award at two schools.  Additionally, I have recently completed a Masters degree in Educational Leadership and School Improvement at the University of Cambridge. 

As part of City Church Cambridge family for over 20 years, I regularly lead Sunday services there and help oversee the worship team.   

Liz Jenkin

Vice-Chair of Governors,

Local Authority Governor

First appointed: 2012

Current tenure: 1.9.17-31.8.21

Specific responsibilities: Policy Oversight, Governor Training, Safeguarding.

Subject link: English

I taught in local village primary schools for twenty five years, the last ten as a headteacher. In addition to literacy, I also have considerable expertise in RE, PSHE and Music. I now work part time as a tutor on the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education’s Primary Postgraduate Certificate of Education course. 

I am an Elder at Great Shelford Free Church with oversight for safeguarding and worship, and regularly volunteer in Cara Coffee and Great Shelford Library. I am a trustee for GenR8, presenting Christianity in primary schools. 

Two of my grandchildren attend Shelford school, and I have served seven of my twenty three years as a governor here.

Peter Ede 

Co-opted Governor

First appointed: 2010

Current tenure: 1.9.19-31.8.23


Finance and Premises; Headteacher's Appraisal

Subject Link: Science 

I am a Chartered Engineer working for Mott MacDonald, a specialist hydrologist primarily working on water resources projects. I am based in Cambridge but have worked in nearly 30 countries. I also have a Diploma in Financial Management and am a trustee of the company’s pension scheme. 

My three children attended Shelford School between 1999 and 2015. I have been a governor since 2010, initially as a parent governor, and Chair of Governors from 2013 to 2020.

Polly Stanton

Foundation Governor appointed by Ely Diocesan Board of Education

First appointed: 1986

Current Tenure: 5.12.18-4.12.22

Committees: Admissions, Data Panel, Finance and Premises

Subject link: ICT, Assessment

Specific responsibilities: Treasurer of the Shelford School Support Fund

My background is secondary school maths teaching.  I still do some private tuition but I also have financial and administrative experience.  I was a member of the Diocesan Board of Education for a number of years and represented the diocese on the Local Authority Admissions Forum and Education Committee.

I am currently Chair of the Local Governing Body of Sawston Village College having been a governor there for 26 years.  

Our 4 children all attended Shelford School.  I began helping in classes in 1983 and continue to do so.  I joined the governing body in 1986, initially as a parent governor.

I am involved in numerous areas of church life at All Saints, Little Shelford including the Wednesday morning Tots group which takes place in the village hall. 

Vacancy - Foundation Governor - All Saints' Church, Little Shelford


Liz Carrothers 

Foundation Governor appointed by Little Shelford P.C.C.

Appointed: 2018 

Current Tenure: 5.12.18-4.12.22

Committees: Finance and Premises

Subject link: Sport/Healthy Living, PSHE, School Council

I am an experienced Town and Country Planner, having managed new school planning projects as well as more complex, major developments. Since my two children started at Shelford school I have overseen my husband’s orthopaedic practice as well as managing our building projects.   


I am a committed Christian and have regularly attended services at All Saints since we moved to the area in 2013.   


Gillian Scahill

Foundation Governor appointed by Ely Diocesan Board of Education

First appointed: 2014 

Current Tenure: 16.10.18-15.10.22

Committees: Head Teacher Appraisal, Pay Review, Finance and Premises Chair

Subject links: History, Geography.

After a career spent teaching Mathematics, Computer Studies and IT in Secondary Schools including Roman Catholic and Church of England schools, I became a Wandsman and Volunteer Guide at St Paul’s Cathedral in my retirement, reflecting my interest in History as well as a lifelong commitment to the Anglican tradition.

My involvement with Great & Little Shelford School started in 2009 when our oldest grandchild started in Reception; when we moved to Great Shelford in 2013 I became a member of St Mary’s and was happy to offer my experience as a Governor of the school.

The Rev. Simon Scott

Foundation Governor (Ex officio)

First appointed: 2005

Current Tenure: ongoing

Subject links: Music/ Performing Arts

As Rector or minister of All Saints Little Shelford, I have been ex officio on the school Governing Body for 14 years. I have the pleasure of seeing a number of the school's parents and children outside school hours each week on a Sunday. 

I have a degree in languages and an interest in that side of the curriculum and I have experience of a number of different boards over the years. 

My own children attended the school in the past.

Christopher Hallebro

Foundation Governor appointed by Ely Diocesan Board of Education

First appointed: 2018 

Current Tenure: 12.7.18-11.7.22

Committees: Finance and Premises

Subject link: Languages, Pupil Premium

I am Deputy Director of Development and Head of the Annual Fund at Homerton College, Cambridge, and have worked in other Cambridge institutions including Westcott House Theological College and Hughes Hall. 

I have experience of fundraising for educational and church organisations and in managing tendering processes, both for services and building programmes.  Additionally I have acted on the oversight committee for a seven-figure building project. 

I grew up largely outside the UK and am proficient in three additional languages.  I am a member of the congregation at Great St Mary’s and have one son currently at Shelford School. 

Vacancy - Ex-Officio Governor - Incumbent at St. Mary's Church, Great Shelford


Maria Lazarus 

Parent Governor 

First appointed: 2019

Current Tenure: 1.9.19 - 31.8.23

Committees: Finance and Premises; Admissions

Subject link: Art, Inclusion/SEND/G&T 

I am a medical doctor and have an academic interest in Education.  I chaired our PTA from 2017-2018, then represented the PTA at School Council for a year.  


My two children attend Shelford School and I regularly volunteer with school activities.  

Frances Dye 

Parent Governor

First appointed: 2019

Current Tenure: 1.9.19 - 31.8.23

Committees: Finance and Premises, Data Panel

Subject link: Design Technology

Specific responsibilities: Policy Oversight

I am an HR professional with an MSc in HR management and Business, and am a member of the CIPD.  I have over 12 years experience working with schools; providing advice and guidance to Leadership teams and Governing Bodies.  I now feel very proud to work in the HR team at Arthur Rank Hospice Charity.

I have direct experience of working in a primary school, having spent time setting up administration, payroll, HR and finance systems.   

I have been a member of the Rainbow preschool committee, the school PTA, and I now regularly volunteer in my children’s classrooms- helping with various classroom activities.   

Stephanie Bachewich

Staff Governor

First appointed: 2020

Current tenure: 23/11/20 - 22/11/24

I am the Year 2 teacher at Great and Little Shelford School and joined the school in 2018. I am also the Computing and Design and Technology Subject Leader. 
I have a background in Political Science and I served as the Student's Union President at the university I attended. This position required me to be the main spokesperson on all student issues and provide long term strategic direction for the Union.
I was responsible for chairing a 16 person committee and ensuring that the initiatives of council and the Union were implemented in accordance with motions of council, the Constitution and the Bylaws and Policies.
Through this role I had the privilege of representing students on several university boards including the Board of Governors, Curriculum and Academic Planning and I was part of the hiring processes for many university staff members including the President of the University. 

Laura Humphreys

Clerk to the governors

First appointed: 2016

I am an experienced programme and project manager working in biomedical research, one of my children attends the school.

Former Governors of the Past 12 Months:


The Revd Canon Simon Talbott BD

Foundation Governor (ex officio)

First appointed: 2013 

Current Tenure: ongoing

Committees: Head Teacher Appraisal; Pay Review

Subject links: RE, Collective Worship, EYFS

Specific Responsibility: Wacky/Rainbow link


I am the full time Vicar of Great Shelford, Stapleford and Harston with Hauxton and Newton.


I have been involved in education governance since 1984.  I am also a member of the Diocesan Board of Education and a member of the Trust Board for St Bede's Cambridge & All Saints, March, Inter-Church schools trust.

Emily Button 

Foundation Governor appointed by Ely Diocesan Board of Education

First appointed: 2017 

Current Tenure: 1.12.17-30.11.21

Committees: Data Panel; Headteacher's Appraisal

Subject link: Outdoor Learning/Forest School, PTA


I am a registered Dietitian at Addenbrooke's Hospital, working closely with people with pancreatic cancer, pancreatitis and biliary disease.  

I am an active member of All Saints Little Shelford and run the Sunday toddler group. I enjoy being involved in village activities and am part of the Little Shelford Good Neighbours group. 

My two children attend Shelford school and I volunteer as a parent helper in the classroom when possible. I organise the school prayer meetings that take place once a term.

There is one vacancy on the Governing Board at present, with one further vacancy for the Incumbent at St. Mary's Church.

 If you would like to support the school, please contact the Headteacher or Chair of Governors (c/o the school) to discuss how you can work alongside us.
2021-2022 Documents
2020-2021 Documents
2019-2020 Documents
Recent minutes from Full Governing Board Meetings:
After minutes from the previous meeting are approved, they are published here.