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Our Value for this half term is Friendship "A friend loves all of the time" Proverbs Ch 17v 17

Meet the Governors

Meet the Governors

Our role as the Governing Body of Gunness & Burringham C of E Primary School is to ensure that it works effectively and fulfils its aims.  We do this by:


  • Working alongside the headteacher as equal partners to provide a strategic view for the school
  • Ensuring accountability, which we do through visiting, monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the policies and procedures that have been put in place
  • Being a 'critical friend' of the school, asking challenging questions whilst celebrating the school's successes


Chair of Governors

Donna Senior


Recently appointed to the board of governors, I have worked in the education
sector for over six years working with school leaders and governing boards in
my role at North Lincolnshire Council and now working within the Regional
Delivery Directorate for the Department of Education. I am passionate about
ensuring the very best education for every child at the school and to prepare
them for the next step on their education journey. My focus is to support the
whole school community, for governors, staff and children to shine and
flourish, inspire our children to become life long learners and to live out the
Christian vision and values of the school.






Vice Chair

Liz Jones


I have been on the governing board since 2017 and I am the Vice Chair.  I have two children, both of whom attend Gunness and Burrigham. I feel proud to have this role as  the school is very important to me. ( My children are the 4th generation of my family to attend the school) and I enjoy supporting the growth of the school and the leadership team to take the school from strength to strength. I enjoy coming in to school to meet the children and look at their books and all the wonderful displays they work so hard on and be able to see first-hand how the children are developing, achieving and growing.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading, cooking, traveling and spending quality time with my family. 


Luan Sowerby



I am proud to lead Gunness and Burringham Primary as the new Headteacher and Staff Governor. My role is one of leadership to ensure the very best education for the children within my school. I work closely with families and the community, ensuring that partnership working is of the highest priority to ensure the best outcomes for the children.


School life is about educational opportunities, collaborative working, challenge and outcomes whilst focussing very much on the holistic child to ensure that every child has their chance to shine.


I enjoy reading educational research, novels and children's literature and when I am not at school I am busy enjoying life with my husband, children and dog!




Clare Gregory

Staff Governor



I have been a member of staff at Gunness and Burringham since 2017 and I am the KS 1 Teacher although I have also taught in years 3/4 and Foundation Stage. I feel this range ensures that I have a solid understanding of education and I enjoy being part of the growth, development and education of children in the school.


I have two children and like to spend my spare time going on long walks with my dog and watching films as a family with my children and husband.





Julie Dyke


I have been a governor at Gunness and Burringham C of E Primary School since November 2016 when I was approached by the Diocese to see if I would be willing to take up the ex-officio governor post on a 'temporary' basis. I was pleased to be able to accept as I have been in education most of my life as a Secondary School Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages (French and Russian) starting off in Lancashire (where I grew up) before moving to Scunthorpe following my marriage to Kevin. I taught, and was Head of Department, in Grimsby before taking time out to bring up our two boys. Subsequently, I took some temporary posts in some of the Scunthorpe secondary schools and John Leggott College before taking a permanent post in Gainsborough where I remained until 2013 when I left teaching in order to be able to spend time with my husband in his new role as a priest in the Church of England.


 I am really pleased to be able to continue my links with education through this role as I am committed to the progress of all children, wherever they are. I enjoy the occasions when I am able to visit the school and spend time in the classroom.








Jason Trattles


I have been a parent governor for a few years at the school and I am a parent of two children who have special educational needs who currently attend Gunness and Burringham. I have great interests in mathematics and science, language, geometry, art, music (percussion and guitar) and nature and I am always keen to see a varied curriculum in school for the children. My formal education at further and higher levels includes Mathematics, Physics, the Arts and Architecture. I currently work as an Engineering Geologist and Geo-Environmental Consultant where my career often places me in the field of data analysis and interpretive report writing.

I hope to see strong, healthy and maintained links between the community and the school. Modern lifestyle has a tendency to divert people away from communities into an ever more isolated existence on screens and mobile devices with seemingly endless media. The school remains the last well attended community hub where physical attendance is still expected, and this should be celebrated and utilised to the full for the benefit of all.

The Christian ethos of the school is important to me. The objective moral standards provided by Christianity underpin virtually all accepted behaviour in traditional western culture and are the foundation to many of our laws. I feel strongly that children should be armed with a good sense of morality and good knowledge, this in turn will equip and enable them to make best decisions.


Whilst children are in school, I would be keen to see them provided with a good mathematical, scientific and linguistic vocabulary and knowledge, with a view that they may establish robust information assimilation, logic and communication skills that they can use both in school and in the wider world.







Cllr Joshua Walshe


I was recently appointed as a school governor just as the 2021/2022 term was starting. A role that initially hadn’t even crossed my mind when I was first approached by the former chair of governors. 

However, with my previous interests with charity work focussed around young people, my work with the local council and my passion and drive to help and see young people succeed in life, I thought a role as a governor would be a great way to help shape the future for our local area. 

I have keen interests in Maths and History, however I also believe that even at a young age, learning about basic life skills, being involved in sports to keep fit and active and learning to work as part of a team is also extremely important for the development of children. 

I am pleased to see that these things are already being implemented at the School. 

I also hope to see strong links between the school and the local community, and I’m sure with my role within the council I will be able to assist with this.