Oxford Street, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7EW

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 Exning Primary School is a Local Authority maintained primary school and the Governing Body re-constituted, in line with statutory guidance, on 22nd December 2014.  The Governing body shall consist of:

a) Two Parent Governors

b) One LA Governor

c) One Staff Governor

d) The Headteacher (should he/she wish to take up the post)

e) Nine Co-opted Governors

The total number of governors is 14.

The term of office for all governors is four years.

The Governing Body has established a number of committees to which it delegates the day to day responsibility for the oversight of various aspects of running the school:

Personnel Committee; Finance Committee; Premises Committee; Learning and Achievement Committee.

about us

Jeremy Kirk


Chair of Governors

I joined the  Exning Primary School Governing Body when my eldest child started Robins class almost ten years ago. I have been involved in school expansion and recruitment of the current Head Teacher. As Chairman over the past 3 years I have helped the school with an Ofsted inspection and application to academise.

 I am a small animal veterinary surgeon working in a first opinion practice in Norfolk. Prior to vet school I was a biology teacher in Cambridge. I am also an assistant scout leader and help with coaching at Newmarket Rugby club. I live in the village with my wife, children and a selection of animals. We have two children studying at Newmarket academy and our youngest daughter is in KS2 at Exning.


Dr Robert Eagling

Vice Chair of Governors

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Mr Andy Bell

I have  20yrs experience of working in the NHS initially as a ward manager and currently as a clinical nurse specialist in pain management. This has given me a good and wide ranging knowledge of public service HR and financial management experience. I also have an MSc in the clinical management of pain. I have had children at the school for the last 8 years, and been a school governor for 6 years. I am the current chair of the finance committee, and also a member of the premises committee and with special responsibility for L.A.C.

Marion Treby

I’m resident in Exning and have been a Governor at Exning School since I retired from full time teaching 8 years ago.  My connection with the school began in the late 1980s, when I taught there part time. I have been impressed by how, under Mr Clark’s leadership, the school has more than met the challenges of expansion.

I have always enjoyed helping people, whatever their age, to realise their potential. I am very enthusiastic about literature, have a PhD in the work of African-American writer Toni Morrison, and have taught Open University courses in the Humanities and Children’s Literature. For the past fifteen years, I have collaborated with an Open University colleague in researching and publishing academic papers on the German Romantic writer and musician E T A Hoffmann. As an amateur pianist and musician, I help to organise the programme of events put on by Cambridge Folk Club.

David Robb

I have been a member of the Governing Body for over eight years, originally as a Parent Governor, I have had two children go through the school. I have a a particular interest in school finances and am the chair of the school improvement committee. During my time as a governor the school has more than tripled in size, under-gone a very successful Ofsted inspection and applied to be an Academy. 

I work in a local chemical company managing the analytical laboratory. I live in the village with my wife and two children who are now both at Newmarket Academy. In my spare time I am an assistant scout leader and a keen cyclist.


Carolyn Macdonald

I have been a Governor for just over 6 years following my retirement from full-time teaching at the school. Exning School holds a 'special place' in my heart having enjoyed 27 years teaching experience there! I feel that this has helped me greatly in my role as a governor. I have witnessed many changes at the school but probably none as exciting and challenging as the present expansion of the school and it's application to become an Academy. I am both passionate and committed to the ethos and on-going development of the school. I am the current chair of the Premises committee and also a member of the School Improvement committee. Two of my granddaughters attend the school and they are both in Key Stage Two.


John Malone

I joined the Governing Body of Exning Primary School in June 2016. I currently have one of my own children at the school, with another who recently moved on to Newmarket Academy. Their experiences at Exning have been very positive, and I am keen to help the school maintain its high standards and levels of attainments. I joined Exning Primary’s Governing Body having already gained four years’ experience of primary governorship at another local school.

I have worked within Further Education for over thirteen years. Much of this time was at a senior manager level with responsibility for a Faculty with around sixty staff and in the region of 800 students. Within this role I gained vast experience of budget management, staff performance management, curriculum development and quality assurance systems. I also qualified as a Further Education teacher.

 I now run my own Education Consultancy, providing a range of services to Further Education colleges.


Joseph Woodhouse

I became a school governor for Exning Primary School summer 2016. I’m excited about the future of Exning Primary school and the positive impact it continues to have on its pupils. I’ve held an Information Technology (IT) role of some description since completing my studies in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 1999. The roles I have held have given me skills and experience in the management of people, projects, financial management and the application of IT in businesses. I currently work for a software company in Cambridge, my role there is Head of IT and Facilities.


Mally Ley

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