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Meet the School Governing Body

LA Governors

Mrs Jess Gow 

Cllr Emma Sandrey 


Parent Governors:                                    

Mrs Louise Payne 






Hi my name is Louise, I have 1 daughter in the school, I have become a parent governor to help myself get a better understanding on how the school works for the children and staff and to hopefully help them improve for the future pupils of the school.















Mrs Ruth Heavyside 


Mr Dean Morgan 



"I have been a Parent and grandparent of pupils here at the school for about 10 years and will still have my grandchildren there for a few more years to come, I became a governor to help maintain the great work of school and teachers and help cement future pupils futures helping them on path to great careers."















We currently have a vacancy for a new parent governor. 


Teacher Governors:

Mrs Cath Kinsey                  


I have had the privilege of working at Springwood Primary School for 5 years and am currently Year 6 teacher and Key Stage 2 lead. I am passionate about helping children develop into thriving learners and have enjoyed every second of my time working alongside the pupils, staff, and parents of the school.  

Throughout my career, I have taken part in many courses that have helped be develop as a teacher and deepen by understanding of the new National Curriculum for Wales. This is my second year as a teacher governor, and I look forward to working with the governing body to help Springwood on its exciting journey as learning organisation. 


Non-teaching Governor:

Mrs Vicky Conway

Vicky has worked at Springwood since 2018, primarily in the nursery, but also as a Thrive practitioner and Forest School leader with children throughout the school. Before joining the team at Springwood, Vicky worked at a private nursery in Newport for 14 years, as Deputy Manager and Curriculum Development officer, leading the Foundation Phase education provision and co-ordinating the Additional Needs provision for the nursery children from birth to four years old. Vicky lives in Cardiff with her husband and two sons, and enjoys going away in their touring caravan, whenever time allows. In her spare time, Vicky enjoys watching her sons play rugby and dance, watching films, and taking part in Aikido, where she also helps out with the children’s classes.


Community Governors:

Mr Derek King (Chair of Governors)

"I have been a governor at Springwood for 5 years and fortunate to have been appointed as Chair of Governors for the past 2 years.

My background is in Finance, Corporate Governance,  and Management and I have been retired for almost 4 years. I have 4 grandchildren, 3 of whom attend primary schools and so I have an active interest in the wellbeing and learning experiences of our children. 

I am currently Chair of Finance & Resources Committee, Pay Review, Performance Management and lead governor on Governor development and attend a number of other committees. 

I see my role, working with the Head teacher and her team, and other governors,  to deliver the best possible environment and learning experiences for our lovely children at Springwood and to provide each and every one of them the best opportunity to learn, develop and prepare them for high school and the opportunities beyond. 

I feel very lucky to be a part of Springwood Primary and committed to do what I can to support the wonderful staff , pupils and parents at school."


Mrs Rebecca Pitt

My name is Rebecca Pitt and I am proud to be a community governor at Springwood Primary. I am an Achievement Leader at St Teilo’s High School caring and supporting our learners in Year 7 and 8. Additionally, I have built amazing relationships with our local Primary schools ensuring a smooth transition from Year 6 to Year 7.

As the link Governor for Inclusion here at Springwood, I work closely with the Headteacher and the Governing Body in order to develop the vision of our school community encouraging learners to Achieve, Succeed and most importantly be Happy.


Mrs Sian Sarwar (vice chair)

Miss Sussannah Hurrell 


Acting Headteacher:

Mrs Emma Turner


I have worked at Springwood Primary school for 5 years now and I love the caring community feel of the school. I came as a year 6 class teacher and feel proud to be now leading the school on its successful journey to excellence for our pupils. 

Before I became acting head I sat on the governing body as teacher governor. I learned a lot during the last 5 years from the other governors, who come from all walks of life and varying backgrounds. 

As teacher governor and now as acting head I value the support of the governors and I can see a very successful and happy future for Springwood primary school, and it's community. 



Rod Tonge