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Sarah Balkham

As a former pupil of what was previously known as Thorplands Lower School I was really happy that my own children had the opportunity to attend what is now Thorplands Primary School.  My school days were happy ones as I hoped theirs would be and both my children have achieved well at the school.

So when a post as a Parent Governor became available I decided it was a great way to offer my support to the school and also provide me with a challenge.

I've now been a Governor for almost 2 years and it has been a very rewarding and challenging experience. I have been part of the finance and personnel committee and am now currently Link Governor for the Children’s Centre and Nursery. 

Mike Fuller

I live in Thorplands with my family. I work as an Operations Manager for a Telecommunications company and I also organise an annual music festival.

I feel proud to contribute to the running of the school as a Parent Governor, especially as my children will be educated here for the next 11 years.  I think it is important that parents can not only have an interface into the schools management, but have the opportunity to be represented on the governing body, and have a say in key topics that affect the life’s of our children.

Stuart Ridout

Stuart is a co-opted member of the AAB   He works as a IT project manager working on enterprise IT systems at large UK companies.   Previously he spent fourteen years working in a variety of school roles ranging from classroom teacher to assistant Headteacher as part of the senior leadership team.

Stuart has a keen interest in technology use in schools in and outside of the classroom to prepare our young people for the future and keep them safe online.   He also is passionate about staff development and continual improvement. 

Nicki Hooker

Having spent 20 years as a Secondary School teacher, Head of House, Subject leader and Senior Leader it was time for a change.  I had mentored staff, delivered ‘outstanding lessons’, created policies, trained teachers, survived Ofsted inspections and always succeeded in improving aspects of the schools.

Two years ago, I left teaching and joined the family business.  It means I now have time to give and I know my skills will be of use within the AAB of Thorplands.  

My whole focus is the children themselves and getting them to a point at which they can achieve all they are capable of.  It is our duty as a school, alongside the parents and carers, to inspire every individual and then equip them with the tools they will need.  

The Thorplands students and staff are positive, happy, passionate and believe in the school.  It’s been easy to buy into what the Senior Leadership Team are aiming for and I already feel part of the team.

About Us

Thorplands Primary School joined the Northamption Primary Academies Trust on June 1st 2018. We work closely with NPAT to ensure continued high standards of values, behaviour and encourage everyone to go beyond the expected. This has become the school's mission statement: Work, Learn, Earn

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Principal: Madeline Dunckley
Thorplands Academy
Farm Field Court

Tel: 01604 493384