Appointment of Interim Executive Board

Following a meeting of the Full Governing Body on Tuesday 22nd January 2019, the Chair of Governors wrote to parents to make them aware of the outcome of governor discussions around the future of our school’s governance.

The Local Authority made an application to the Department of Education and an IEB took over the governance of the school from 18th February 2019.

A letter was sent to parents from the IEB on 4th March providing details of the governors and inviting parents to meet with them.

To contact the IEB please email the Chair on

As an IEB, there are no committees, but all members meet every month to focus on all relevant aspects of the school.

Anthea Kenna

Chair of IEB

Sheryl Williamson

Tony Sharpe

Edris TIldesley

Chris Meddle

Pen Portraits of the IEB members

Anthea Kenna

I have been asked by the Local Authority to chair this IEB. I am recently retired, following a career in Primary School Headship spanning 25 years. I worked in Cambridgeshire and Essex as Headteacher, Associate Adviser and School Improvement Partner and am currently working with schools within East Anglia as an adviser, supporting those schools requiring improvement. My expertise covers all aspects of school leadership and management. I am a keen musician and enjoy performing with many amateur musical groups. I am a governor of three other schools within Cambridgeshire.

Chris Meddle

I have worked in and with schools for forty years. I have had significant leadership experience as a Head of Department in a large secondary school, as the Deputy Head of a Cambridgeshire Village College and the Principal of a Cambridge Community College. Much of my teaching and school leadership experience was in the area served by Bewick Bridge. For the last 13 and a half years I have worked for CCC as an Education and Leadership Adviser. I have considerable experience of supporting schools to solve a wide range of problems. I was a school teacher and community governor for a number of years and have recently had experience of supporting a wide range of academy and maintained governing bodies and Chairs. I deliver school senior leadership training in both the secondary and primary sectors.

Tony Sharpe

I am Chair of Governors of a local Church of England (VA) Primary School, which is located half a mile from the City of Cambridge boundary and I am in my eighth year as Chair. During this time I have been instrumental in raising standards at the school. I was designated a National Leader of Governance in July 2017 and have been instrumental in bringing together Chairs of Governors within Cambridgeshire and the City of Cambridge. During the last twelve months, I have been a member of two IEB’s in Cambridgeshire and am currently advising another Governing Body. After managing a Business Unit in a very large multinational company, I set up my own Radio Communications Consultancy Company.

Edris Tildesley

I worked as a teacher, Headteacher, School Improvement Partner and Adviser in Cambridgeshire for many years. When I retired after 14 years as a Primary School Headteacher I continued to work part time as an Associate Adviser in Cambridgeshire working with schools to improve attainment, the quality of teaching and learning and pupil welfare. I have also worked as a coach/adviser with ‘Achievement for All’ a national organisation which focuses on improving outcomes for disadvantaged children. At present I am serving as a member of an IEB in a large primary school in Cambridgeshire.

Sheryl Williamson

I have extensive experience as a Governor across four school in Cambridgeshire. I was appointed as a Governor at Bewick Bridge in 2018 and have been asked to sit on the IEB. As a teacher, I have taught history and been a teacher for excluded pupils. My financial skills and work outside of education have taken me across the world. I am currently Company Director of African Sun Limited.

Minutes of IEB meetings

Our New Governing Body:

We are working on developing our new Governing Body, who will take over the IEB from April 2020.

So far we have recruited:

Three parents: James Robinson, Dave Walker and Brajesh Kaistha;

Our staff representatives: Alison Clarke and Kerry Millbanks;

Coopted Governors: Trudy Hooks.

We are now looking for 4 people (without children in the school) who would be interested in being coopted onto the Governing Body. Governors are responsible for ensuring the strategic direction of the school, its performance and the use of resources to support learning. They help to ensure that our school provides the best education it can for children, parents and our local community.

Governors do not need to be experts to tackle the range of responsibilities expected of them as help, advice and training are available from various sources. However, the governing body is particularly seeking people with knowledge/skills/experience in either finance, business management, HR, law, health & safety or premises management. We would also welcome those who work in the police, NHS or other Children’s Services departments or with one of the universities or secondary education. It is anticipated that the Governing Body will meet monthly, towards the end of the working day. Meetings should last approximately 2 hours, but time is also needed to undertake visits to school within the day termly.

If you are interested, please contact the school for more information on