Meet the governors

Each governor is linked to a curriculum area and it is expected that in each academic year each governor will meet with the co-ordinator of the subject they are linked to in order to celebrate the successes of the year that is just finished, consider any issues which are outstanding, and discuss plans for the year ahead. This is an information-gathering meeting, not one in which governors are making value judgements about what is said.

DOWNLOAD: Governing Body Register of Interests 2016-17

DOWNLOAD:Governing Body Meeting Dates 2017-2018

The Team

 Chair:  Maria Crutchfield (co-opted governors)

Chair:  Maria Crutchfield (co-opted governors)

I have been a school governor for 15 years on the Walton Juniors and worked with the local authority to amalgamate the Infants and Juniors into Discovery Primary School.  I have chaired the Governing Body on and off for the last 10 years. I have always worked around finance and personnel and have had an active part with staff appointments. I have 3 girls who have all been to Discovery and even attended the school myself a life time ago.

 Vice Chair: Kevin Abbott (Parent Governor)

Vice Chair: Kevin Abbott (Parent Governor)

I joined the governing body as a parent governor in 2013 when my son joined reception. I am married and also have a daughter who we hope will secure a place at the school next September. I stood as Vice Chair in September 2015 and now chair the Resources Committee and have a responsibility for Health and Safety within the school. I am currently an Assistant Principal at Ken Stimpson Community School in Werrington and I am delighted to see so many of the young 'Discoverers' joining us in Year 7. I sit on the local Area Board of Young Enterprise, the Local Executive of the NASUWT teaching union and have previously been a trustee, director and former chair of the Economics, Business and Enterprise Association, a national educational charity.  I am passionate about my family, education and Liverpool Football Club!

 Headteacher: Michelle Siequien

Headteacher: Michelle Siequien

I am the Head teacher of Discovery Primary School. I started my teaching career in Peterborough and have since taught in Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire. I am married with two daughters who are both still at school. I am delighted to be the Headteacher of Discovery Primary School and I look forward to working with everyone at Discovery to ensure we provide the best possible education for the children.

 Jane Driver (co-opted governors)

Jane Driver (co-opted governors)

I am Associate Assistant Principal and Subject Leader for Languages at The Queen Katherine Academy in Peterborough where I teach German, Spanish and French.  I have a passion for languages and culture and have been teaching foreign languages in Cambridgeshire for the past 10 years, prior to which I taught English as a foreign language in the UK and overseas.  I am the creator of the National Foreign Language Spelling Bee ( and other regional languages projects such as the Translation Bee ( and Linguamaths (  Over the last two years I have worked as a Lead Teacher for the DfE-funded initiative for Languages ‘ALL-Connect’ teacher-led CPD for KS2 and KS3 as well as contributing to ‘The Quiet Revolution’ national action research project for CfBT.

  Clare Andrews (Co-opted Governor, Inclusion Governor (Incorp. SEN, LAC & Pupil Premium), Safeguarding Governor)

Clare Andrews (Co-opted Governor, Inclusion Governor (Incorp. SEN, LAC & Pupil Premium), Safeguarding Governor)

I have recently retired after a career in education working as a primary school teacher and latterly as a SENCo. Having been brought up in Peterborough I started my teaching career in South Devon and have since taught in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire. I am married with two daughters. I am pleased to have been given the opportunity to be a Governor and I hope the skills and experience I have acquired throughout my teaching career and as a parent will enable me to make a contribution to the excellent work being done by everyone at Discovery Primary School as they strive to provide the best possible education for the children.


Claire Freeman (Staff Governor)

I am the Inclusion Manager at Discovery Primary School.  I have been teaching for 19 years and joined Discovery 5 years ago as a Numbers Count teacher. I am married and have 2 young boys who are both at our local primary school. I have previously been a governor at my children’s school and subsequently joined the Discovery Governing Body in September 2016.

Rev Mark Bridgen (co-opted Governor)


I have been the Rector of All Saints Church, serving the parish of Gunthorpe, Paston and Walton since November 2015. I have served as a parish priest in various places – Kidderminster, Norwich, Birmingham, Wednesbury and Gnosall. I come with plenty of experience of school ministry and enjoy very much taking assemblies at the school and welcoming both KS1 and KS2 at times to church. I have four children – two girls still at home and am married to Karen who works in the community as a care worker.

Councillor Simon Barkham (Paston & Walton Ward) - (local authority governor)


I am a Liberal Democrat city councillor for the Paston & Walton ward.  I joined Discovery Primary School governors in 2017 and I am a member of the strategic committee.  I am a parent myself.  I joined the Discovery team as I wanted to contribute to my local community by helping to further develop the educational provision for children in the area.  I have experience at board level governance as I am a trustee of Nene Park Trust.  I am also a member of both Education and Public Health committees at Peterborough Council.

Claire Barden (Parent Governor)

Claire Barden (Parent Governor)

I joined the governing body as a parent governor in 2013. I have 2 children at the school, now both in ks2. I have spent a lot of time volunteering in the school during the last 5 years, first as a reading buddy and then onto assisting the teacher in the classroom. I currently work part time as an accountant, recently returning to work after a career break to be a full time mum. My governor responsibilities include being a member of the finance and pay committee as well as having several link roles to curriculum subjects.