Pen Portraits

Mrs Wendy Pritchard is a Co-opted Foundation Governor, Vice Chair of the Governing Body.

My husband and I moved to Richmond seven years ago, when he retired as Bishop of Oxford. After six months I became a governor at Trinity Academy Richmond, which involved a very steep learning curve! I am a retired maths teacher, having taught in secondary schools and further education colleges. I have also worked in a small school for children who couldn’t cope with ordinary secondary education and given home tuition to children excluded from school. My last paid work was as learning support assistant in a C of E secondary school, supporting children who had special educational needs or who found learning more difficult. We have five grandchildren – two still at primary schools – and our younger daughter and her husband are both teachers.

I am well involved in St Mary’s Church Richmond and am now a Foundation Governor. I love gardening and am still engaged in creating order in our garden!

Mrs Christine Chatterton is a Co-opted Governor.

I am an experienced governor with a background in primary education as a teacher, headteacher and school inspector. I am now retired with many grandchildren who keep me busy. I am particularly interested in leadership and teaching. I see myself as an ambassador for the children who attend the school, working to support school leaders and other staff in doing the best we can.

Reverend Martin Fletcher is our Ex-offio Foundation Governor.

I have been Rector of Richmond with Hudswell and Downholme and Marske since April 2018, and I am delighted to be an ex-officio governor at the school. Before moving here I had parishes near the other Richmond in Surrey and in Essex and was a school governor in both communities. I grew up in Kirby Hill and it is wonderful to have returned to my roots.

It is always a joy to come in to Trinity Academy, and the weekly collective worship assemblies are a highlight for me. I am committed to supporting the school in any way I can, and to promoting a growing link between St Mary’s and the local ‘Church of England’ school.

Mrs Janet Beeton is a Co-opted Foundation Governor.

Now retired, I began my teaching career in a small Church of England school in Sheffield, the oldest in the city. Since then I’ve had the pleasure to teach in a range of schools across the maintained and independent sectors, with leadership and inspection experience. As a governor at Trinity Academy, I will do my utmost to use my experience to support the staff in providing a nurturing, caring and stimulating environment where children can thrive.

I am Mum to three grown-up, married children, one of whom is a Maths teacher, and have four grandchildren of school age. I moved to Richmond nearly fourteen years ago and love walking with my dog in the wonderful Swaledale countryside. Music is a huge passion and I sing with two choral societies as well as in local folk clubs and St. Mary’s Church. When I’m not singing, I’m out gardening in good weather or researching family history for myself and others when it’s pouring down.

Mrs Gemma Orchard is a Parent Governor.

I was born and raised in Richmond and attended previously known Richmond C of E Primary School along with my siblings and now my two daughters. I have 16 years experience as a secondary school teacher in charge of Religious Education and SMSC and believe that my skills and expertise allow me to help contribute along with the governing body to see Trinity Academy continue to flourish.

Mr Steve Wroe is also a Co-opted Governor.

I spent the first part of my professional life working in the construction and civil engineering sector, living and working in Antarctica, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru and Algeria as well as in the UK on major projects. In 1987 I took a PGCE and worked in higher education as a full time lecturer mainly in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects. At the time of my early retirement in 2011, I was Deputy Head of Department and a part-time OFSTED Inspector and was also a visiting lecturer at Ovideus University, Constanta, Romania.

Since my ‘retirement’ I’ve been working for STEM in a number of schools throughout the North West and North East to support schools in improving the teaching and learning of STEM subjects. I’m also an external assessor for the British Science Association, where I assess science projects on the CREST Science Award program.

Miss Hodges is a Staff Governor (Associate).

I have been a teacher for over 15 years, with the majority of that time spent teaching at Trinity Academy Richmond. My favourite place to be is in the classroom, supporting children with their learning and celebrating their success. I am passionate about providing the best possible opportunities for the children, through a creative and inspiring curriculum and am always looking for ways to develop my knowledge and practice. I have worked as a Writing Moderator for North Yorkshire and am a math specialist teacher, as well as working alongside colleagues from other schools in research projects for developing the curriculum and assessment. Most recently I have undertaken a variety of training on supporting children and school staff with their mental wellbeing.