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The Governing Body


Thank you for your interest in Katherine Semar Junior School and its Board of Governors.  There are 15 members of the Governing Body, all with a diverse range of skills and experience.  Some are members of staff at the school, including the Head and Deputy Head Teachers, some represent the local authority, others are parents of children at the school and the remainder are from the local community. All of us work on a voluntary basis.

Katherine Semar Junior School is lucky to have an extremely committed team of staff who work hard to provide an excellent learning environment.  The Governing Body proud to be part of such a successful school and supports its staff, pupils and parents in any way that it can.  If you are interested in becoming a Governor at Katherine Semar please contact the school office and you will be contacted by one of us immediately.

Ms. Amanda Thomas

(Chair of Governors)

Mrs. R. C. Callaghan, Headteacher


Welcome to Katherine Semar Junior School website. We hope that whether you are a prospective parent or pupil or already part of our school community, you will get some idea from this site about the vibrant life of our school.
At Katherine Semar Juniors the curriculum is full of enjoyment and challenge for our children and is relevant to today's world and that of the future. Our curriculum ensures a well rounded educational balance that helps develop inquisitive, responsible children who become lifelong learners. 
I am proud to be the Headteacher of a school which is continually evolving, providing a rich, inclusive and creative learning experience for all.

Mrs. Sonia Salt - Community Governor


I am married with three grown up children who have all attended Katherine Semar Schools, I have until recently worked at Stansted Airport as an Administrator. 
In the past I have been an elected member of the Town Council and at present I am Secretary to the Twinning Association, Chairman of SWCHS Farm Club Committee and also an LEA Governor of the Infant School .

Mr. A. Hull - Staff Governor


Since becoming a teacher, many years ago, I have had an interest in how a school operates. As a class teacher, it is possible to have an impact on all the learners in your class; as a governor, you can create an impact that is felt by every stakeholder in a school.

I became a staff governor at Katherine Semar Junior School during my first year at the school in 2006 and as Deputy Headteacher, it is essential to be involved, at every level, in school life.

Mrs. Susan Armitage - LEA Governor

I have recently been appointed as a local authority governor at Katherine Semar Junior School after having served as governor of an independent school for the past twelve years. I am married with three grown up children and have lived in Saffron Walden since 1989. I work part-time as a volunteer for SCOPE helping in a transition centre in Meldreth which enables young adults to develop skills in areas such as art, cooking and music. 
My interests include reading, films and music and I sing with the Cambridge Rock Choir, I also enjoy walking my very lively Labrador, Dylan! 
I am passionate about education and in particular the role that primary schools play in forming our children's early years and I am very much looking forward to being part of the team at Katherine Semar Junior School

Mrs. Mary Sheil - Community Governor

Teaching has been a part of my life since I was born, my father having done emergency training after the war, was my inspiration. I was also encourage to work within both the Guide and Scout movements from an early age. Working with young people keeps my mind and body active and young.
After retiring from over 40 years of teaching, I am keen to keep in contact by helping the younger generation to get the most from life. 
My time teaching at KSJ was very happy and I would like to give something back to the school where the ethos is very friendly and hard working.

Ms. Amanda Thomas - Community Governor


I became a governor at Katherine Semar in 2004 when my children were at the school, (they are now at SWCHS). I'm the Chair of the Teaching and Learning committee and governor responsible for children with special needs. I want to help the school continue to provide the best environment for learning and to encourage all the children to reach their full potential.

Ann Walker - Parent Governor


My daughter started in year 3 of Katherine Semar Junior School in September 2011. I felt the time was right to become more involved in the school she attended and  became a Parent Governor in November.  The staff at the school are very approachable and I am impressed with the commitment they show to ensure all the pupils have the best possible learning environment they can.
I have lived in Saffron Walden and the local area all my life and have been an employee of a local building society for the past 20 years, currently dealing in the prevention of financial crime. In those 20 years I have studied and gained two diplomas relating to my job and also spent 8 years as a retained fire-fighter at Saffron Walden fire station.  In my spare time, I play saxophone and clarinet in a local woodwind group.

Jude Savill - Parent Governor



Having been a primary teacher locally for the past 13 years and with a background in teaching English as a foreign language, as well as working in administration for social services and educational institutions, I hope to bring my skills and experience to be useful as a member of the Governing body.  I am mother to two boys: one is due to enter Early Years at the KS Infant school in September 2013 and one is in Year 3 at the Junior School.   Whilst not having the chance to volunteer during the school day as a parent-helper,  I relish the opportunity to contribute to the continued success of Katherine Semar Juniors in joining the committed members of the Governing Body and look forward to becoming part of KSJ school life.

Stewart Herd - Parent Governor


My family and I moved to Saffron Walden in the Summer of 2012 from North London for a better quality of life. I became a Governor in November 2012 as I wanted to become involved in my children's school and the wider community.
I am a Trading Controller for a well known retailer, having spent over 12 years in various retail buying roles, and hope I can put my commercial skills to good use for the school's benefit.
In my spare time, when I am not entertaining my 3 daughters, I love live music (favourite band Marillion!) and watching my no-longer local football team, Enfield Town FC.

Julie Hall - Parent Governor


I moved to Saffron Walden in 2013 after living abroad for the past 8 years and have two daughters attending Katherine Semar Schools: one in Early Years and one in Year 4. 
I have worked in secondary education, teaching Science, for over 10 years and thus my passion is teaching and learning. As a parent I am keen to use my skills to contribute to the school community. I am excited to be working with such a committed and hardworking team to ensure that Katherine Semar continues to go from strength to strength.

Miss Polly Lankester - Community Governor


I first started teaching History at Saffron Walden County High 15 years ago. This year, I have become more closely involved with the work done together by Primary and Secondary teachers to ensure great ideas are shared and that students continue to make excellent progress as they change schools.  I am very pleased to be a part of the Governing Body of Katherine Semar Junior School and hope I can help to support the Headteacher and the Staff to continue to provide an excellent education that allows all the pupils to fulfil their potential.