Outwoods Primary School


Robert Wain - Chair of Governors

Governor Category:  Parent

Appointed by:  Parents

Current term of office ends: March 2025

Register of Business Interests & other positions held:  None

Committee Membership:   

Link Responsibilities:   Premises, Health & Safety, Finance, Teaching & Learning

“I became a Parent Governor in March 2018.  I am married to Amie and have two children, Ava and Henry.  Henry attends Outwoods Primary School.  Our family includes Logan the Weimaraner and Ginger and Harriot the chickens. I decided to become a governor to take a more active role in my children’s education, to work with the school so that as a Governor, I could ensure my children and all other parent's children were getting the best education the school could offer.

I work for Molson Coors as a Systems manager working on continuous improvement of our systems and processes.  I am enjoying getting to know the school better and believe we have the right vision and ethos to give our children the best start in life”.

Samantha Atkin 

Governor Category:  Parent

Appointed by:   Parents

Current term of office ends: March 2025

Register of Business Interests & other positions held:  None

Committee Membership:   

Link Responsibilities:   Early Years, Teaching & Learning

I have two children that attend Outwoods Primary School; one in infants and one in juniors. 

I have worked with Early Years for nearly twenty years; having held a variety of posts from Senior Educarer, Preschool Practitioner and Care Manager. 

for ten years I worked at East Staffordshire Children's Centre as an Educarer, then Senior Educarer, caring for and educating many children and supporting their families. 

I have been a Governor for two years and I am passionate about supporting our school.

Arandeep Lally

Governor Category: Parent

Appointed by: Parents

Current term of office ends: November 2025

Register of Business Interests & other positions held: None

Link Responsibilities: SEND

I have one child in Year 5 at Outwoods Primary School.  I want to be more involved with the school and make a positive difference to our children's education.

I have a keen interest in the SEN department of the school and have been given the opportunity to be the SEND governor. This is a role that I am very passionate about and I am looking forward to supporting this function of the school.

I enjoy being part of our school and learning more about life at Outwoods Primary School.

I am a qualified Solicitor and am currently working for the legal department at Healthcare at Home.

I enjoy family days out, watching movies and shopping.

Graham Lamb

Governor Category: Community

Appointed by: Governing Body

Current term ends: April 2026

Register of Business Interests & other positions held:

East Staffordshire Borough Council (Councillor)

Link Responsibilities: Safeguarding, Prevent, Child Protection, On-line Safety

I am retired but used to work in Information Technology, initially in Burton but later in projects across Europe.

Since retiring I have had time to get involved in the local community. In addtion to being a Stretton Borough Councillor, I am a Strettton Parish Council and Deputy Lead Governor at the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton. I am passionate about running, you may have seen me pounding the streets, I also coach middle distance runners at Burton Athletic Club.

I was asked if I would join the Outwood Governors in 2019 and I am finding more about the challenges the school faces and how it is facing them in a positive way. I hope with my knowledge and experience I can help the school achieve its vision.

Claire Hodson-Walker

Governor Category: Community

Appointed by: Governing Body

Current term of office ends: February 2025

Register of Business Interests & other positions held: TBC

Link Responsibilities: Pupil Premium, Filtering and Monitoring and Wellbeing

I have lived in the local area all of my life, and as a child, I attended Castle Park Infants and William Hutson so have known the school for many years! I have young family members at Outwoods and de Ferrers, so I am very keen to support the school and its community.

I have worked in education for over 20 years, firstly as a primary school teacher, then as a Headteacher, and now supporting other schools in Derbyshire. As well as my work with schools, I am also a Parish Councillor for Stretton, and a Governor at another school.

My husband and I have 2 very loveable (and loud!) Miniature Schnauzers and enjoy visiting places all over the country with them. In my spare time, I am an avid reader, and I also enjoy going to the cinema and travelling when I can.

Being a Governor is a real privilege, as it allows us to support the growth and development of the next generation of young people. I am particularly interested in how we work to overcome disadvantage and help all children to get the best education and to reach their potential.

Ann Mason

Governor Category: Community                                                                                                 

Appointed by: Governing Body                                                                             

Current term of office ends: February 2025

Register of Business Interests & other positions held: None

Link Responsibilities: Curriculum 

My name is Ann Mason. I am a retired Headteacher from Dudley Borough in the West Midlands. I spent nearly 40 years working as a teacher in Dudley. My last ten years were as a Head teacher of a 3 – 11 primary school. I loved my career and am very proud of the difference I made to many children in Dudley.

My partner and I moved to the East Midlands in 2019, after my retirement in December 2018, because we have family in Hilton. We have two lovely grandchildren, Ivy aged 3 and Harry aged 2, and we love spending time with them.

I offered to become a Governor at Outwoods Primary to share all the knowledge and experience I have gained over my career, to help the school continue to move forward and thrive. I live in Stretton, it is now my community, and I want to support my community. Also, I miss working with children and developing their education, and this is the perfect way I can do that now.

I enjoy keeping fit and walk each week locally or in the Peak District. I do Pilates every week and I play badminton at 3M’s club in Allestree. We also love travelling and are looking forward to getting abroad again.

I am looking forward to working with the Governing Body to support Outwoods Primary School.

Joanne Cutbush

Governor Category:  Headteacher            

Appointed by:   N/A

Current term of office ends:  N/A

Register of Business Interests &

other positions held:  None

Committee Membership:   

Link Responsibilities:   

My name is Joanne Cutbush and I have the privilege of being the Headteacher at Outwoods Primary School.  I have been part of the teaching team for 16 years when I joined as an NQT, and I have a great affinity and passion for the school, so it makes me extremely proud to be leading such a talented and committed team of staff.

Over the years, I have seen many changes to the school, but we are resilient and I am happy to say that we stand fast in our commitment and drive to provide the best education and opportunities that we can for all of our pupils.  Part of my role as Headteacher is to work closely with the governors, reporting important updates about attainment and progress of the children, ensuring they are informed of all the wonderful things that we do in school, as well actions that we are taking to improve the school further.  After digesting the information that is sent to them, they discuss any issues and pose challenging questions in their role of accountability.  The governors enjoy planned visits to the school to visit the children and observe their day-to-day experience.  I am proud to work with the governing body to make our school as special as it is.

On a personal note, I am a proud mummy to my little girl - I enjoy spending time with both her and my loved ones.  When time allows, I love to read and get lost in a book, and my passion for this is something I enjoy sharing with the children at Outwoods. 

Jayne Hunt

Governor Category:  Staff

Appointed by:   Staff

Current term of office ends: October 2026

Register of Business Interests & other positions held:  None

Committee Membership:   Staffing & Curriculum

Link Responsibilities:   None

I have served on the governing body for 11 years, firstly as a non-teaching staff governor and now as a co-opted governor.  I am the Senior Family Support Manager and Assistant SENDCo for Outwoods.  My life at Outwoods began when I joined William Hutson Junior School as a Teaching Assistant on a 6 month contract  -  18 years later, I still enjoy helping children to blossom and reach their full potential, both in and out of the classroom.

Sarah Bone (Past Governor)

Governor Category:  Staff

Appointed by:   Staff Election

Current term of office ends: June 2022

Register of Business Interests & other positions held: 

Committee Membership:   

Link Responsibilities:   

I have been a Staff Governor at Outwoods Primary School since 2018, having previously been a Governor at Castle Park Infants and William Hutson Junior School before their amalgamation.  I started work at William Hutson Junior School in the office in September 2008 for a year then came back initially on a temporary basis. I am now the Office Manager at Outwoods Primary School and thoroughly enjoy my role.  There have been many changes over the time I have been here and the school continues to develop and improve.  Being a Governor gives an insight into school’s forward planning and challenges.

Burton upon Trent has been my home town since March 2001 when we moved from Lincolnshire due to my husband’s job.  We have two children who have attended Castle Park, William Hutson Junior School and Outwoods Primary School.

Margaret Collier (Past Governor)

Governor Category:  Community

Appointed by:  Governing Body

Current term of office ends:   August 2021

Register of Business Interests & other positions held:  None

Committee Membership:   Pay & Performance Management

Link Responsibilities:   Safeguarding, Safer Recruitment, e-Safety, Prevent

My name is Margaret Collier and I am a Co-opted Governor.  I have been a school governor for over 25 years, first serving on the governing body of Castle Park Infants School and William Hutson Junior School as a parent governor.  I was involved in the amalgamation process of these two schools that resulted in Outwoods Primary School.  I have also had additional responsibilities as SEN Governor and Safeguarding governor, as well as holding the post of Vice Chair of the governing body. 

I enjoy my involvement with the school which goes much further than attending meetings and making decisions.  I have helped with school events, led the Eco projects, heard children read, cleaned and gardened.  I am not a Burtonian, but grew up in North London, trained as a paediatric nurse in London and moved to Burton when I got married 37 years ago.  I have three children who all attended Castle Park, William Hutson and de Ferrers, and now have a granddaughter who will hopefully be an Outwoods pupil when the time comes!