Local School Board

The Local School Board meets regularly to keep abreast of the school’s policies and planning. The Governors, two of whom are parents, bring a wealth of personal and professional experience to an eclectic mix that sustains the development and progress of the school.

To contact the Governors please email the Clerk in the first instance - JIngle.Governor@citacademies.co.uk

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Poplar Farm School Chair of Governors
Laura Cook
Laura is Headteacher of an Outstanding Nursery School in Grantham. Prior to this she spent 14 years as a class teacher, key stage leader and member of SLT at both an infant school and a large primary school in Lincoln. Her Foundation Stage Unit was used as a model of good practice by the Local Authority and received recognition in the National Nursery World Awards as an Enabling Environment. Laura has also served as a Foundation Stage Moderator for Birth to Five.
Laura enjoys supporting other schools and settings to help ensure the children are getting the best education possible.
Poplar Farm School Head Teacher
Kate Hodson
Kate is the Head Teacher at Poplar Farm Primary School. She has 22 years experience in education with 13 of those years as a Headteacher. Kate is also a Local Leader of Education (LLE) and uses her wealth of experience to provide support to other schools.

Kate believes all primary aged children should be taught through first hand experiences, including outdoor learning and activities with international schools. She is passionate about opportunities and experiences for all children to enrich their learning.
Poplar Farm School Community Governors
Lynne Proctor
Lynne is a retired Deputy Head with over 30 years experience. Lynne quickly found that she enjoyed teaching in EY and KS1 and developed an interest in early reading, writing and phonics. She began to specialise in this area and has shared her expertise with many colleagues, students and parents through workshops, courses, staff meetings and team teaching. Lynne also worked with the University of Hertfordshire.
Lynne's enthusiasm for teaching and learning has never changed and she is pleased to support Poplar Farm School via the Governing Body. 
Pamela Townsend
Pam has B’Ed (Primary) and NPQH qualifications. She taught at Walton Girls’ High School for 31 years and spent many years as Assistant Principal responsible for Behaviour and Safety and Primary Liaison. She retired in 2015, however still teaches there ‘on supply’. 

Pam is excited to be involved with shaping a new school. She has worked closely with Governors and understands the importance of their role. Pam believes her senior leadership experience could be useful in a Governing Body and has time to be fully committed to Poplar Farm with school activities and Governor' requirements.


Denise Selby 

Denise has been employed at Greenfields Academy (previously Phoenix Academy) since 2003. She has been working in specialist education since 1995, so has a good insight into the education system. 

Denise's role at the school is that of School Business Manager and she undertakes various duties connected with that position.  Some years ago she undertook the CSBM (Certificate for School Business Managers) and also the DSBM (Diploma for School Business Managers) which has had a significant effect to her role as SBM. Denise is also part of the Senior Leadership Team at Greenfields Academy. 

Denise enjoys keeping fit and walks on a regular basis. She also enjoys time spent with her family and has two daughters and one granddaughter.


Poplar Farm School Parent Governor

Adam Thorpe

Adam currently works in the Royal Navy. Having served for 20 years, he has undertaken a number of roles within HR Administration and Information Management. He has worked in a range of locations across the UK and overseas, including time onboard 4 frigates and 1 destroyer, which included tasking for anti-piracy patrols, anti-narcotics and regional defence engagement. In addition he also served in Afghanistan on Op Herrick. His current role sees his small team facilitate the UKs largest multinational maritime exercise, ensuring 250-300 personnel and 20 plus maritime units are able to effectively conduct the required training. This role involves a broad range of activities from acquiring manpower, to arranging logistics, organising information flows and controlling access to sensitive information.

Adam volunteered for his role to support the development of a strong relationship between Poplar Farm, the parents and the community. He looks forward to assisting in any way he can to continue and strengthen the positive relationships between school and parents.


Poplar Farm School Staff Governor

Reece Murphy

Mr Murphy is very excited to be teaching Year 1 at Poplar Farm. He is now entering his sixth year of teaching and has taught Key Stage 1 in two different settings, both an Infant School and a Primary School. 

Mr Murphy has experience working with children from a range of cultural and social backgrounds and aims to ensure every child gets the education that they deserve. He has always wanted to be a Primary School teacher and believes that the classroom should be a place where children feel safe and valued, allowing them to become confident and resilient learners. He is particularly passionate about mathematics and wants children to become inquisitive problem solvers through an engaging mastery approach.

Mr Murphy is extremely excited and motivated to promote a curriculum at Poplar Farm that has the child at heart!


Previous School Governors

Rebecca Reynolds

Helen Greene

Kristy Temperton

To view Governor details and attendance records for Poplar Farm LGB, please click on the documents below: