Mr Greg Brome – Chair
I am a co-opted governor. My background is in Human Resources and I am able to bring my business skills to benefit the Governing Body and school.
I am passionate about education and the importance of each child reaching their full potential. I am proud to be associated with Dame Tipping School with its Christian ethos and to help the school in these challenging times to provide an excellent education for all pupils to prepare them for the future.
Revd. David Anderton – Vice Chair
I have been Vicar of St James’ and St John’s Church since March 2016. I’m married to Emma and we have two adult sons, a daughter Martha who’s just started at secondary school and two young grand-daughters. I was a governor of two primary schools (one Church of England, one Community) in my previous post and bring with me an understanding of the challenges facing schools in maintaining and improving standards. My passion is to see children reach the fullness of the potential they are born with without prejudice or discrimination and believe the SEN link role I have is important in that. As governors it is our role to enable and support Dame Tipping School in playing its part to the full helping your children be ‘the best that they can be’ in all aspects of their life. As a foundation governor I have a particular role in helping to develop the school’s Christian ethos.
Mrs Eve Knightbridge
Eve has been a Governor at Dame Tipping for over 20 years and has served on the finance and curriculum committees. Eve previously worked as a Special Education Needs Support assistant at St Edwards Primary school and is an active member of the church of St James and St John’s Havering-atte-Bower.
Mrs Sarah Bimpong
I am a co-opted governor. I am a trained Medical Anthropologist with experience working in education, healthcare, welfare and service delivery settings that promote integration, equality, equity, diversity and inclusion.
As a parent of ethnic minority background in Dame Tipping School, I have worked with the school to promote cultural diversity.
Having had 3 of my children attend the school (the oldest now studying at university and the youngest still at the school), I have witnessed the many positive changes that the school has undergone over the years. I am very passionate about representing and supporting views in a process that is fair, inclusive, transparent, diverse and pupil-centred, ensuring the school reaches its full potential.
Mrs Marcia Hagon
Marcia has a background in security management in the higher education sector including budgetary control. Marcia is currently undertaking the Bar Professional Training Course to become a barrister and is particularly interested in the provision for children with special educational needs or vulnerabilities.
Mr David Denchfield
After working in banking for 5 years, David returned to full time education where he completed a BA (Hons) in Business Studies. Following this, he undertook a PGCE and began teaching in primary education. David has taught in 6 state schools in two authorities. Whilst working as Deputy Headteacher at Great Berry Primary in Essex, the school was graded Outstanding for the first time and is widely recognised as a lead primary in Basildon. The school also successfully converted to an academy during this time.
Upon completion of the NPQH, David was awarded his first headship at Benhurst Primary. Within his first year of headship, David successfully led the school from Requires Improvement to Good. Three years on, the school is now firmly working towards Outstanding. In 2014, Benhurst’s excellent work was recognised and the school expanded from 1½ FE to 2FE. Benhurst Primary is now widely known for its forward-thinking ethos and has worked extensively with many local, national and international schools and businesses in its constant drive for excellence. David also held the position of Executive Headteacher for another local school during a period of prolonged absence of the substantive Headteacher.
David is an active member of the local Cluster group, has been a governor in four schools and holds a position on the Schools’ Funding Forum for Havering.
Mr Paul Claydon
Paul studied History and Literature at Essex University and completed a PGCE at Anglia Ruskin University. Paul began teaching English in Essex in 2007. He has taught in 5 state schools, 2 of which were successful in moving out of Special Measures. At Chelmer Valley High School, he was Deputy Head of Sixth Form and Deputy Head of English when the school was graded Outstanding by Ofsted and grained its highest GCSE results to date. He worked as Head of Faculty at Frances Bardsley, securing the school’s best results at GCSE in English under the new specification to date. Paul then moved on to take on Leadership roles, supporting Primary Schools in their leadership and improving quality of teaching across the Academies, ensuring that they were able to secure improvements. Having enjoyed his time at Frances Bardsley, Paul returned to work as Lead Practitioner, co-ordinating and developing support work for schools in English, Maths and Science.
Most recently, Paul has been working with Maths Departments to provide support and collaborative opportunities for Heads of Maths and NQTs. Paul is able to offer strategic and practical support having successfully led English Departments and been part of Leadership teams since 2011.
Amy Holmes (Acting Head Of School)
Amy studied Theatre Arts at De Montfort University before completing her Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Wolverhampton University. After moving to Essex from the Midlands in 2010, she started her teaching career as a Year 2 teacher at Warren Primary School in Thurrock. As a school which has a larger than average number of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Amy has a firm understanding of equality and inclusion. In 2011, Amy worked with the Royal Opera House and completed the creative teacher programme, which sparked her passion for promoting and delivering a creative curriculum. Amy’s first middle leadership role was as a Key Stage 1 Phase leader and English lead, which she took on in 2012 and she further developed her role as a Middle leader in 2014, when she became a Key Stage 1 lead moderator for Thurrock Local Authority. In 2015, Amy became a Teach First Mentor, training two outstanding trainees.
Amy joined Dame Tipping Primary School in September 2017 as Deputy Head teacher and Year 1 and 2 class teacher. In the past 2 years, Amy has developed her role and has been responsible for successfully leading Teaching and Learning and Assessment across the school. Most recently she has taken on the role of Head of School and is excited about the journey that the school is on. She is keen to support the children, staff and wider community to live out the Core Christian Values whilst also ensuring that each and every child is provided with limitless opportunities to become the best that they can be.