Therfield First School

“Bringing Learning to Life”

Headteacher Mrs Tara McGovern

Our School Governors

Richard Morgan, rector of the parish, has been a governor since 1996.  Richard is interested in keeping up the school’s links with the local community.  He takes school assemblies, attends special assemblies and is happy for the school to use the church for some of our events.  Richard is also a Governor at Reed First School.

LEA Governor

Curriculum and Standards Committee

Term of office ends 26 August 2020


Philippa Mackenzie moved to Therfield at the start of 2013 and became a parent governor in October 2015. She has a daughter at the school and her younger daughter is currently at the village preschool, due to start at the school in September 2017. Philippa has been the Chairman of Therfield Village Preschool since October 2014. She is fitting in starting a new business around community related projects.

Parent Governor

Governor responsible for Safeguarding

and Children Looked After

Finance & Personnel Committee

Curriculum and Standards Committee

Term of office ends 4 November 2019

Del McGloin lives in Therfield and one of her children is at the school. Del took on the role of governor in 2011 and combines this with a busy professional career as Senior Director of Statistics at GSK .

Del enjoys coming into school periodically to observe a lesson or an assembly or just to hang out with the children and staff and considers this to be the best part of the job.

Co-Opted Governor

Joint Chair

Finance & Personnel Committee

Curriculum and Standards Committee

Governor responsible for SEN and Pupil Premium

Term of office ends 29 September 2019

Beth Williamson works at Ernulf Academy, St Neots as a PE teacher and Director of Key Stage 4. Her son attends the school and, having grown up around the village, is very passionate about helping to make the best of the facilities we have. 

Parent Governor

Finance & Personnel Committee

Curriculum and Standards Committee

Term of office ends 11 November 2019


Neil Temple moved to Royston in 2013 and became a parent governor in March 2014.  His daughter and son attend the school.  He works as a Finance Director in London and enjoys being part of the Therfield community, where the school holds a key role.  He appreciates the opportunity to support the school, participating in its development and in classroom activities. Neil enjoys an occasional run on the Heath and looking after his chickens.

Parent Governor

Joint Chair

Finance & Personnel Committee

Curriculum and Standards Committee

Term of office ends 18 March 2018

Dan Jones hails from a hill sheep farm in Mid-Wales, obtained a degree in Land Management at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester and then started as a junior rural surveyor at Bidwells in Cambridge 23 years ago.  He currently heads up the Rural Development and  Diversification team at Bidwells, working across the UK. Big interests are family, gardening, Welsh rugby and driving fast cars whenever possible! Dan has two daughters at the school.

Parent Governor

Curriculum and Standards Committee

Premises Committee

Term of office ends 31 March 2019

Tim Atkins became a parent governor in 2015.  He works in Royston designing technology products for scientists and is enthusiastic about helping children figure out how the world works.  When not busy playing with his two sons, Tim likes to play piano or go for a bike ride.  He aims to help Therfield continue to be a great school that brings the best out of each child.

Parent Governor

Curriculum and Standards Committee

Term of office ends 31 March 2019



Helen Middleton is the school secretary and has worked at Therfield since 2005.  She is also a Higher Level Teaching Assistant and a qualified swimming teacher.  Helen enjoys working in such a small school where you get to know all the children and parents.  The days are definitely never boring.  Outside of school Helen enjoys walking (usually with her dog), swimming, reading, playing the piano and has an interest in English history and genealogy.  She is a member of Royston Heath Archery Club, acting as Secretary to the committee, and is a volunteer at Royston Picture Palace, the local community Cinema.

Co-opted Governor

Governor responsible for Health & Safety

Premises Committee

Curriculum and Standards Committee

Term of office ends 7 July 2019

Joshua Jones



Co-opted Governor

Curriculum and Standards Committee

Term of offfice ends 6 November 2020