Co-Opted Governor
Arosha Bandara

I am a Duston resident, who works as an academic in Computing for The Open University in Milton Keynes.  Our family moved to the area in 2014, and we were very pleased when our son was offered a place at Hopping Hill because we found the school to have an excellent atmosphere for learning and a commitment to helping children achieve their maximum potential.  I volunteered to become a Governor to make a contribution to ensuring the school continues to develop as an excellent learning environment for children in Duston.  I have a particular interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education, visiting schools in the area to support this aspect of the curriculum as a volunteer STEM ambassador.  In my spare time, I enjoy playing badminton and am also learning to play the ukulele.  This second hobby was inspired by my son’s passion for music, which has flourished due to the excellent music education provision support at the school.

Chair of Governors

Parent Governor

Emily Lambert 

Having been a pupil at Hopping Hill and now as a mother of 3 children at the school it is with great pleasure I am now able to represent the school on the governing body. 

I currently work as a Lead Nurse at Northampton General Hospital where I lead a trust wide strategic initiative focused on creating a positive work environment. I am passionate about transferring this knowledge to the educational setting particularly by ensuring the pupil voice is empowered and equality for all pupils. I also hope to be able to support the school through my healthcare related skills and to inspire a future generation of health care workers. 

In my spare time I am enjoy spending time with my family, studying for my Masters in Health Research and also reading; especially with my children. I am really looking forward to supporting the enthusiastic, supportive and compassionate nature of the school as a parent governor and hope to be able to bring my innovation, creativity and parents voice to the role.

Parent Governor

Tajinder Kaur Bassan

I am a working mother of two boys, the eldest joined Hopping Hill Primary School this September and my other son is currently at nursery. Having seen my own child develop and enjoy school within months of starting, I was keen to be involved and support how the school provide the best environment for children. I strongly believe that Primary Schools have such an important role in developing children’s skills and creativity, nurturing confidence and providing a solid platform that will in turn prepare them for secondary school and further in life.

Becoming a Parent Governor I personally feel very honoured to have the opportunity to be a part of my child’s education as well as other children and playing a part in making their experience of school a wonderful, safe and enjoyable place where their learning is fun and of a high quality.  Being from a Sikh background and growing up in Leeds I hope to bring diversity and cultural experiences as a Parent Governor.  

Having several years of banking experience I hope to contribute towards making efficient decisions on budgeting for the welfare of the children and continue to keep Hopping Hill Primary at the highest level.  Outside of work I love to travel and all things outdoors with my family. 

Co-Opted Governor

David Reeves

Following early retirement from a job in IT consultancy, I volunteered with a national reading support charity who placed me at Hopping Hill. I was very impressed by the school, its atmosphere and ethos, and so when I was asked if I would consider being a governor, I was delighted to accept. Though no longer with the charity, I still try to help out at the school once a week.  I have lived in Duston for over 15 years and have two grown up children. I am a mentor for the Institute of Advanced motorists helping people improve their driving. I am a keen believer in lifelong learning and I am a magistrate in Northamptonshire.

Parent Governor

Leanne Chapman

I am pleased to be welcomed on to the board of governors here at Hopping Hill and look forward to supporting the school, sharing my knowledge and ensuring all children have a voice. As part of the wellbeing and standards committee I would like to ensure the school continues to provide a friendly and healthy learning environment for all. 

I currently have an operational role in a local nursery, which includes co-ordinating services around children with Special Educational Needs and their families, leading Safeguarding and staff development. For the last 10 years, Early Years has been not only my career but my passion, before this I had a career in hospitality management which I thoroughly enjoyed. I believe all children should be given equal opportunities to have a rich, inclusive and varied experience at school. Children should be happy and also encouraged to reach their full potential. My current role puts me in the heart of families in complex and difficult situations. I support families and children by understanding their needs and most importantly listening to them. 

Finally I am a mum to three lovely girls and in our spare time as a family we enjoy being outdoors in the parks and dog walks. I also enjoy spending time with friends, keeping fit and eating out. I look forward to working alongside the other Governors in this new role and I’m excited to see the school go from strength to strength.

Instrument of Governance:
Headteacher: Ex Officio
5 Co-Opted Governors
1 Authority Governor
1 Staff Governor
4 Parent Governors

Ex Officio:
Jo Fantarrow: Headteacher  Business Management Committee

Co-Opted Governors:

Arosha Bandara, Vice Chair of Governors: Business Management Committee (Chair)

Lisa Richards: Member of both committees as and when required

David Reeves: Standards & Wellbeing Committee

Leah Brothers, Standards & Wellbeing Committee

Local Authority Governor:
Valerie Brambley, Business Management Committee

Staff Governor:

Wendy Jones: Standards & Wellbeing Committee

Parent Governors:
​​Tajinder Kaur Bassan: Business Management Committee

Matthew Mills : Business Management Committee

Emily Lambert : Chair of Governors & Business Management Committee

Leanne Chapman: Standards & Wellbeing Committee

Associate Member:
Michelle White: Deputy Headteacher

LEA Governor

Val Brambley

I have been a governor here since 2006.  Northamptonshire County Council gave my two sons an excellent education so in return I volunteered to become a governor and was recommended to Hopping Hill.  Since  retiring from the Police Welfare Department, I am able to visit during the school day and also come to hear reading. When I first came I knew no one here but now feel part of the community and support the school wholeheartedly.

Co-Opted Governor

Leah Brothers

Parent Governor

Matthew Mills

We moved to Duston in 2013 and have been very impressed with the education that both our Children have received at Hopping Hill. Not just
academically but also socially, whether it be with trips out, residentials or learning to play an instrument. 

Having worked within the sign industry for over 13 years, I am currently the Managing Director of a Northamptonshire based sign manufacturer.

The school has a strong team of governors and I am looking forward to helping the school maintain the high standards it has in place.  It is a privilege to be appointed as a governor and I am excited about the challenges ahead.

In my spare time i enjoy playing golf at Northampton Golf club and also taking the children for golf lessons there on a Sunday morning.


As a Duston resident and mother of three young children, I felt that becoming a parent governor at their school gives me the opportunity to have an active and significant role as a voice of the parents on the governing body.
With over 18 years of teaching experience myself, from Year 8 to Year 3, I know that I can assist and support the various challenges the governors and staff face, in order to further help the school continue on its important journey.
As part of the Standards and well-being committee I will work alongside staff and governors to challenge new ideas and help focus on raising standards and promoting the personal development and well-being, of all learners.
In my spare time I enjoy exercising: from boot camp to running and even the occasional ‘Tough Mudder’. In the ‘quiet’ times, I try to catch up on a good book and will read almost anything. Family time is also important so alongside welly boot walks and trips to the cinema, I enjoy baking and decorating cakes even though they don’t often last long in our house!
It is a privilege to use my skills to support Hopping Hill Primary School, staff and children whilst on the Governing Body. 

Staff List

Natalie Beasant  Teaching Assistant

Sarah Bevan Class Teacher

Julie Bovell Teaching Assistant

Lana Brady  Attendance Officer

Donna Brown  Teaching Assistant

Zoey Caldwell Class Teacher

Michelle Clayton Finance Assistant

Tracy Clifford  Lunchtime Supervisor

Lee Coates Class Teacher

Helen Collett  Teaching Assistant

Rebecca Cronin Family Support Worker

Simon Cuming  Class Teacher

Charlotte Daly  School Business Manager

Liz Doughty SENCO

Jeanette Doughty  Teaching Assistant

Louise Everitt  Class Teacher

Jo Fantarrow Headteacher

Gemma Fuller  Class Teacher

Niamh Gibson Class Teacher

Louise Glaze Class Teacher
Claire Harvey Teaching Assistant

Lisa Hickling Lunchtime Supervisor

Sarah-Jayne Hodgson  Teaching Assistant

Rebecca Houghton Class Teacher

Wendy Jones Class Teacher

Annette Joyce Lunchtime Supervisor

Karen Kelly Teaching Assistant

Susan Landeman  Teaching Assistant

Laura Lloyd Class Teacher

Penny Lyon Lunchtime Supervisor

Laura Mallard Teaching Assistant

Tracy Mallen Teaching Assistant

Cheraine Marriott Early Years Support Staff

Becky Martin Class Teacher

Trudy Massey Teaching Assistant

Ashleigh Massey Early Years Support Staff

Emma McGee Early Years Phase Leader

Alice McIntyre Class Teacher

Louise Mellor Behaviour Support Assistant

Maxine Morris Lunchtime Supervisor

Gillian Newman School Administrator

Danielle Nossa Phase Leader

Lorraine Pedley Early Years Support Staff

Sophie Peters Early Years Support Staff

Heather Pettit Lunchtime Supervisor

Vicky Plowman Behaviour Support Assistant

Lisa Richards Phase Leader

Karen Risk Sports Coach

Sarah Sayer Teaching Assistant

Linda Scott Teaching Assistant

Maureen Tee Early Years Support Staff

Claire Underwood Nursery Teacher

Hayley Wager Teaching  Assistant

Catherine Wardell Class Teacher

Michelle White Deputy Headteacher

Elaine Wilson Teaching Assistant

Juleen York Class Teacher