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Market Drayton Junior School

Market Drayton Junior School

Passion for Learning, Skills for Life

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Meet the Governors

My name is Jo Basford, and I am Chair of Governors. I work at Staffordshire University in the Institute of Education. Before University, I was a primary school teacher, specialising in the early years foundation stage in three different schools in Shropshire. I joined the Governing Body at Market Drayton Junior School as I wanted to be able to offer my support and expertise to help fulfil our vision statement of ‘Passion for Learning, Skills for life’. I am proud to be a member of such a happy, thriving and aspirational school community. 

My name is John Cole, and I am a Trust Governor. A retired surveyor and valuer with two offices locally. I spent the vast majority of my career in and around North East Shropshire, and have a wide range of interest in the town as a proud Salopian and Draytonian, including founder Chairmanship of M.D. Sports Association, Vice Chairman of M.D. Mencap and Trustee of Shropshire Historic Churches among others. As the longest serving member I joined the Governing Body in 2012 having attended the school in 1959 and felt my non-educational background enabled me to bring support and expertise over a wide non-educational range to fulfil our avowed vision of ‘Passion for Learning, Skills for life’. I am honoured to be a member of such a contented, flourishing and ambitious school community and am pleased to be able to repay the wonderful education I was privileged be given in some small part. 

I am Paul Davies, one of the Parent Governors, and an the responsible for the Governors link with Modern Foreign Language. I am a Qualified Helicopter Crewman Instructor working from RAF Shawbury where I have worked for the past twelve months. Prior to that I worked on Chinook helicopters at RAF Odiham for over ten years, where I deployed onto five different continents on numerous operational tours. As well as championing the academic side of the schools education, I would also be keen to support any single parents who need support being a single parent of two children myself.

My name is Samantha Scott, I have been the Executive Headteacher over Market Drayton Infant and Nursery School and Market Drayton Junior School since September 2020. I am committed to improving the education and standards within our schools and beyond. Through collaborative work across the two schools, we have developed a broad, balanced curriculum, underpinned by our values, to provide a clear curriculum offer that runs from early years, through to the end of Key Stage 2.  

I am dedicated to working collaboratively across schools in Empower Academy Trust and beyond.  I have worked with the local authority as a consultant headteacher, worked with the teaching school to secure a bid for early years’ development in North Shropshire.  I currently represent North Shropshire academies on the Central Policy Group with the Local Authority.  

My name is Sally Brayne and I have been Head of School since September 2020. Working closely with our Executive Head and the Head of School at the Infants has ensured that we offer the children of Market Drayton the best possible start to their education, whilst preparing them for the next phase. We strive to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that offers every child the chance to shine. In addition, through the use of our school values we endeavour to safeguard our pupils and promote their emotional and social welfare in order to create happy, thoughtful learners who aspire to do their best. 

My name is Peter Armitage and I have been a member of the Board of Governors of Market Drayton Junior School for over eleven years.  I have worked with three different Headteachers and one Executive Headteacher. There have been various iterations of management for the school moving through Local Education Committee, Co-operative Trust and now the Empower Trust.

I have served as Vice Chair and Link Governor for various subjects. I am a retired Chartered Surveyor and my particular specialisms within the school have been Premises Management, Health and Safety and Risk Assessment in which I have participated since I first became a Governor.

I first became a Governor at the suggestion of a friend and neighbour whose daughter had just become a pupil at the school and he had joined as a Parent Governor. My reasons for involvement over all these years have not changed in that I have liked to think that my efforts have contributed something to the life and work of the school and most importantly supported it in carrying out its outstanding efforts to give children a sound education and preparation for their lives and futures.'

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