Meet the Governors

Mark Thompson

Chair of Governors

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Mark Thompson and I am the current Chair of Governors at Cloverfields Academy. I have previously been a Community Governor and a Vice Chair of Governors at Great Coates Primary School. I was involved at Great Coates for 2 years but had to step down due to excessive work commitments and home commitments. I was very pleased to be approached by Cloverfields Academy and happy to undertake the Chair of Governors role. I have a vested interest in the school as all three of my children have either passed through or are still passing through the Academy, with my daughter currently in year 1 and my boy who is year 6. I have previously spent 30 years within the NHS, working in a number of roles and finally achieving Senior Management level before retiring to spend more time with my family. This situation has allowed me to accept the role of Chair of Governor and enables me to guarantee time to devote to the Academy. As Chair of Governors I endeavor to be a critical friend for the Academy, supporting the teaching staff and the management team. I will also be an impartial voice for parents and guardians. As we move forward as a Governing Body, through an ever changing political landscape, we will strive to maintain and achieve National and Academy led targets, maintain and look to raise the standards of the school, and ensure all children, staff, parents and guardians are treated with dignity and respect. We will ensure that the needs of the whole spectrum of education abilities, ranging from those with special needs to the educationally gifted are met. The Governing Body is made up from varying areas of the community. These include parent/guardians, staff, local community and the local educational authority. These Governors have a variety of skill sets which allows the Governing Body to deliver educational oversight, financial accruement, business accruement and senior management vision and drive. We can therefore challenge and support our every improving school and ensure we make a real and actual difference to the life chances of every child who is lucky enough to take a journey through Humberston Cloverfields Academy.

Mr Robert Pritchard

Vice Chairman

My Name is Robert Pritchard. I am Vice Chairman of the Governors. I’ve been a Parent Governor since 2012 and Vice Chairman Since 2015, during this time I have been on various committees including the resources and finance committee and assisted in converting the school to Academy status. My daughter currently attends the school and my eldest left in 2014 to move up to Humberston Academy. I own and run my own design and marketing agency and I have worked in the Education sector professionally for the last 14 years; working with establishments such as The Grimsby Institute, Sunderland College, Rotherham College, Bishop Grosseteste University, Fulstow School amongst others. I am passionately committed to the continued improvement and development of the school and it is a privilege to work alongside dedicated Staff and Governors to offer everyone an excellent education. In my spare time, I am a keen cyclist, aspiring chef and enjoy travel and art/design.

Mrs Steeper

I am Mrs Steeper and I am the Deputy Principal of Humberston Cloverfields Academy, as well as being a full-time Y5 class teacher. I am the Staff Governor. I began working at Cloverfields in April 2001, and apart from a short maternity leave in 2004, I have been teaching either Y5 or Y6 ever since. As well as being a class teacher, I am also KS2 Lead and take a key role as a member of the Leadership Team. The love of books and writing is a passion that I hope to instil in the pupils at our school; my hope is that all pupils want to read. My classes know that I love reading Michael Murpurgo books to them as we love hearing the way that he plays with language.

Mr Matt Holness

Having two children who currently attend Humberston Cloverfields Academy and one who has completed their primary education here, I have been part of the school community for almost ten years, attending parents evening, school fairs, sports days and so much more. I am the Curriculum Manager (Head of School) for the Automotive Engineering Department at the Grimsby Institute and Lincolnshire Regional College in Skegness, teaching post-16 education. During my time in the motor trade I progressed from being a technician to managing my own department but decided to leave the motor industry to pursue a career in teaching in 2007. When I heard about the E-on Green Car Project I was delighted to offer my knowledge and expertise to a school that I passionately believe in. This then lead to a key role in the Jaguar Formula Primary School Challenge. Becoming a Governor and being able to share my educational experiences and knowledge (the Grimsby Institute is rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted) is a rewarding challenge that allows me to become an inherent part of Cloverfields future journey.

Mrs Claire Ward

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