01787 277423  |    admin@clareprimary.org

Clare Community Primary School

Meet the Governors

Jon Craig

I am currently Head of Humanities at Stour Valley and have been since the school opened in 2011, building up the Humanities faculty to be high achieving and extremely popular for GCSE options.  Prior to this I have worked in schools in West London, and High Wycombe.  My wife works as a teaching assistant at a school just outside Bury where my two children also attend.  I am a passionate geographer and love the subject I teach, always looking to improve.   I also conduct the role of Educational Visits Coordinator, overseeing the visits that the school runs as well as leading the Year 7 residential to Thriftwood.  Outside of school, I am an active member of Bradfield and Rougham Baptist Church, leading a youth group for 8-13 year olds on a Friday night, the Sunday morning teenage group and giving children’s talks with my monster puppet.  I am a keen runner,  enjoy exploring the wildlife of Suffolk and also coach an under-8 boys football team for Sporting 87.  

Peter Anderson (Vice Chair of Governors) 

I would like to introduce myself as a governor of Clare Community Primary School. My name is Peter Anderson . I have three grandchildren and three older step grandchildren. Two attend Stour Valley and the youngest attends the Primary school. My daughter, who is a Primary teacher chose to live in Clare because of the quality of education offered in both schools.  My background is in education: I was a primary headteacher of two very successful schools for over thirty years, interim head of three schools and a school improvement advisor for Edison Learning.  I was a headteacher mentor, Local Leader of Education and Chair of an Arts organisation that ran exhibitions each year.  I also currently run a well-being consultancy for children and adults as well as delivering the iheart programme to primary children.  I have a passion for education and in particular looking at ways of making learning fun, wholistic and meaningful for children. I also believe that schools need to be offering a wide range of opportunities in order that each child is able to find success. 

As vice-chair of governors I see my role as one of support and challenge to Mrs. Loader and her team. Before the current restrictions I volunteered for half a day each week.  My wife and I love walking with our dog and I enjoy reading, photography, gardening and the many joys of being a grandparent.

Georgina Lovejoy (Chair of Governors)

I have lived in Clare for 24 years, and worked for the East of England Ambulance Service full time in a patient facing, frontline role for 11 years, which is a job I care passionately about. I spend some of my spare time running the local Clare Community First Responders Group on behalf of the ambulance service.   I have been involved in Clare Community Primary School for 16 years in a combination of roles including Chair of the PTFA, member of the Governing Body before the school became a MAT, and lastly as Chair of the Governing Body for the last few years.

I live with my husband Matt, who runs a business from home and our two daughters - 21 and 16 years - both of whom attended Clare Primary and Stour Valley before heading off to University and West Suffolk College. We share our lives with 3 dogs (and other various animals) and enjoy nothing nicer than a long walk through the Clare countryside exploring our home town.

Matthew Wickes

I’ve been a Parent Governor for over 2 years now and have found it an eye opening and yet thoroughly rewarding experience. I feel very grateful that I’ve been able to contribute to the schools journey, and am immensely proud of the way the staff and pupils have dealt with the incredibly challenging last 12 months.

In my day job I’m a Senior Leader with the NHS, but have spent the last 9 months on loan to the Department of Health and Social Care as part of COVID Response, working on helping to navigate us all through this horrendous period back to some sort or normality.  

Rev Paul Graham

I moved to Clare in 2015 to take up the role of Minister at the Baptist Church here in the town. Since then, I have been heavily involved in the life of the community at large, including the schools. I joined the governing body in 2017 and have relished being part of the oversight of what is a very good school with dedicated staff. Away from church and community life, I am a keen (very) amateur gardener, a fan of most things science fiction related, an avid reader and an occasional jigsaw puzzle nut. 

Paul Stokes

I am an Assistant Head teacher at a local secondary school. My day to day role includes; overseeing Behaviour for Learning, Pedagogical development, staff CPD and the Sixth Form. Therefore I have a good grasp of the day to day running of a school and the leadership and management needed in order to achieve a quality education for all.

Living in Clare for the last 6 years, I am married to Amanda and have two young sons. Stanley in Year 7 at SVCS and Teddy in Year 5 at Clare Primary. Outside of school I am a keen sportsman. I run the Clare Parkrun weekly and play golf where possible. Most of my weekend is spent with my boys at their football. Both play for Clare Town Lions, I run the U12 team, with most of the boys who play attend SVCS.

Saracha Barksfield

I moved with my family to Clare seven years ago, although I have been visiting family in Suffolk since the 1970s.  I have 3 children all who have attended Clare Community Primary School before attending Stour Valley.  Prior to having children, I studied Sculpture and have a BA and MA in Archaeology from Southampton University.  Currently I am a Governor at both Clare Community Primary School and Stour Valley Community School and I also manage my son’s rugby team.