Chair of Governors

Catherine Capell

Deputy Chair

Sussann Sandevkist

Safeguarding Governor

Christine Newton

Contacting a Governor

To contact a Governor, please telephone the school on 01604 411820 or email and your enquiry will be passed on to the relevant Governor.

Minutes of Local Governing Body meetings

Should you wish to view a copy of the minutes of the AIB, please contact the school directly and your request will be passed on to the Clerk, who will be able to provide you with an electronic or paper copy of the minutes.

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Governor Profiles

Sarah Heslop – Head Teacher

As head teacher at Rectory Farm Primary School it is part of my job to be governor at the school. The Governing Body are here to support and challenge the school and make sure we are doing all the things required by law as well as everything we can do to improve standards and the quality of learning experiences for our children.

 At Rectory Farm we are fortunate to have a new and hardworking Governing Body who have a range of skills which bring value to the school. They always ask thoughtful and challenging questions which help us to further improve the provision for our children. I am very proud to be head teacher at Rectory Farm and look forward to its further development with excitement and enthusiasm.

When I’m not being a head teacher, I am a wife to an extremely supportive and tolerant husband(!) and mum to three great children. I love to spend time with my family and friends and when I get the chance enjoy keeping fit, visiting the theatre, cooking and travel.


Catherine Capell – Chair

I started my career in Barclays Bank and then moved into International Banking, working for Multibanco Comermex. Having taken several years out to raise our family, I then qualified as a teacher and enjoyed a successful teaching career in Northamptonshire. From there I progressed to working for Northamptonshire Local Authority supporting and challenging schools. I now work as an independent educational consultant.

I am married to Gary and we are blessed to have three wonderful children and six grandchildren. We spend as much time as we can with our family. I am a season ticket holder for Northampton Saints, but also enjoy watching a wide range of other sport. I try to lead an active lifestyle, visiting the local gym and walking as often as I can. I love going to the theatre and reading.

I am passionate about the right of ALL children to receive a high quality education so that they can achieve their true potential. I know that everyone at Rectory Farm shares this passion and I am pleased for the opportunity to be part of a committed team who are striving for the highest standards possible.


Christine Newton – Co-opted Governor

I joined the Governing Body in 2010 and have been Chair of Governors since September 2015.  I believe that all our children deserve the best learning and teaching; I also believe that the most important people who walk through the door of Rectory Farm Primary School are the CHILDREN!

Children’s capacity to learn never ceases to amaze me! Their determination and resilience is inspiring.


Keith Blundred – Co-opted Governor

Keith is an energetic and successful Health, Safety, Environmental and Facilities professional having held Senior Management positions within large blue-chip companies. He is accomplished in both hard and soft facilities, including Health, Safety, Environmental and Contract Management. Keith has a proven track record in managing contracts, ensuring all building regulations, fire regulations and health and safety policies and procedures are strictly adhered to. A proven team player with excellent management skills and problem solving qualities, capable of taking tasks from inception to completion maintaining time specifications and budget control.

Keith’s employment history includes, Health, Safety and Environmental Board Director for ABM Group UK, Account Director for Marks and Spencer Distribution Centres, Director of Health, Safety and Environment for Alpha SEE Limited, Senior Facilities Manager for Great Bear Distribution.

Keith has also held senior positions within other facilities service companies and has managed multi-sites for clients such as B&Q, WHS, Alliance and Leicester, Scottish and Newcastle, Mitchell and Butler, Spirit Group, Wolverhampton & Dudley, various Housing Associations and Bradford & Bingley.

Keith served in the Royal Air Force and was a full-time fire fighter for Merseyside Fire Brigade.

Keith’s qualifications include NEBOSH Environmental Management Diploma, NEBOSH General Certificate, Advanced Legionella Risk Assessment, P402 Asbestos surveyor, FPA Fire risk assessor.

Keith’s experience includes but is not limited to:

§ Interim Management (Facilities)

§ Project management

§ Asset Audits (for reference, for criticality, condition and obsolescence)

§ System Audits

§ Health, Safety and Welfare Audits

§ Environmental audits/ assessments

§ Energy Savings and Procurement

§ Development of a building maintenance strategy

§ Assisting with meeting all statutory regulations

§ Contractor Procurement

§ Legionella risk assessment & control (Including disinfection of water systems)

§ Fire safety

§ Fire Risk Assessments

§ Asbestos surveys and report

§ Tender Programs

§ IOSH accredited trainer for IOSH Managing Safely and IOSH Working Safely

§ UKATA accredited trainer for Asbestos Awareness course

Keith is a member of the Institute of Fire Safety Managers (MIFSM), the British Institute of Facilities Management (MBIFM) the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessors (PIEMA) the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (TechIOSH), and a member of the Water Management Society (M.W.M.Soc)


 Steve Hornett – Parent Governor

I joined the governing body in 2016.

I am currently working as a parts supervisor in a very profitable wholesale operation, on a day to day basis I deal with sales focus, buying, stock management and staffing.

When my children started school and the position of governor came up I jumped at the chance to have an impact on their education coupled with the desire to help any way I can.

I believe that every child has the right to the very best we can provide for them at home and in the education they receive.


Sussann Sandekvist – Parent Governor and Vice Chair

My name is Sussann Sandekvist and I became parent governor in January 2017. I have two children currently at the school.

My employment history is predominately working over 15 years within a law firm setting in both administrative and, for a short period, advisory roles. Whilst I have no previous employment experience within the education environment, I am very committed to ensuring the very best physical, educational and emotional needs are met for the children at Rectory Farm Primary School.

I currently work both from home and part time in a local nursery.


Matt Watson – Co-opted Governor

My name is Matt Watson and I have been a teacher at Rectory Farm Primary School for 12 years now. In fact I originally came here as a student teacher for my final placement whilst studying at the University of Northampton. I loved it at RFPS so much, I decided to stay! I grew up near Cambridge and often head back at the weekend for some home cooking!

I have a passion for education and enjoy teaching in Key Stage One as the children make so much progress. I have a keen interest in art and design as this was one of my A-Level subjects and later my specialism at University.

Outside of work I enjoy camping and anything to do with cars. One day I hope to buy and restore a classic Citroen 2CV. I also love travelling and have recently been to France and Bologna in Italy. I have always wanted to visit Japan so I am hoping to go there one day.

I am currently teaching myself to play the guitar which is tremendously fun. I have also recently bought a house for the first time and so lots of my free time over the past year has involved decorating. I am pleased to say it is now complete!

Rectory Farm really is a wonderful place to work and I wouldn’t want to teach anywhere else. I have been a member of the governing body for several years now and I enjoy being part of a team which aims to support the school on its journey of improvement.