Meet the Governors

At Cross Farm Infant Academy, we have a wonderful team of dedicated governors who support us with the strategic planning and running of the school. 

JK pic3Mrs Jen Knight – Chair of Governors, Achievement Lead

I became a governor to help ensure that Cross Farm is the best it can be, and that our children experience the best start in education that they can. I am very proud to be working with an amazing team of staff and governors to help maintain and grow Cross Farm. My role is to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction for the school, as well as overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent. I lead on achievement, using my expertise in my working life – and a love of data - in this area to ensure the school is effectively supporting children’s education.

I have two children who have been through Cross Farm. I have worked in the NHS in Berkshire since 2001 - my background is quality improvement. I also run an electrical installation business with my husband, based here in Frimley Green. Outside of work and school, our whole family are big fans of ice hockey.

 Rae2Mrs Rae Baker-Wisbey.   Co- Vice Chair of Governors 

Having spent 25 years working extensively in the Theatre and TV industry as an Actress, I now lead an almost calmer life as a Mum of 3 children , Director of Theatre Rocket performing Arts and as a lecturer of Voice at Chichester University. Two of my children have experienced the wonderful setting of Cross Farm and I am proud to belong to its vibrant community and that of the Kite Academy. I originally joined the Cross Farm Governing body in 2014 as a Parent Governor. I am hugely passionate about SEN, diversity and inclusivity in education and have learned many things in my original role as SEN Governor. I am now a Co opted co-Vice Chair along side Grahame Sherwin with a responsibility for monitoring Safeguarding in the academy. I have been a volunteer Reading Buddy Lead for 5 years and created the Park and stride campaign in 2015. I aim to help uphold the Cross Farm values and respond to important decisions being made at Cross Farm with creativity as well as bringing the views and feelings of the school community into focus. Every one matters and I hope to continue to support the children of Cross Farm in accessing a unique learning journey.

Grahame SMr Grahame Sherwin. Co-Vice Chair of Governors Having spent over 45 years in various IT roles across the globe I am enjoying a very busy retirement and am very pleased that, as part of that, I am a governor at the wonderful Cross Farm and am co-opted co-vice chair of governors alongside Rae Baker-Wisby. I am presently responsible for monitoring the finances of the school and also looking after the regular health and safety inspections across the school. In addition to these activities I offer personal coaching as part of supporting the wellbeing of all staff across the school. I have two grandchildren who have been through Cross Farm and have seen first-hand well rounded education that this school provides for all the children who pass through the gates of this place.
Tracy sMrs Tracey Street
Mum to Michael (15), Isabelle (10) and Rebecca (8). I have had a connection to Cross Farm Infant School for a number of years as all 3 of my children have progressed through the school. Having previously lived in Gresham Way, the school has not only been part of our family life but part of our local community and has always been seen in a very positive light.
I have been a Governor at the school for the past 2 years and find it a rewarding role. Having been a parent and a governor, and for the past year I have also been a staff member as part of the breakfast ‘Toastie’ club. It’s interesting to view the school from different angles and I find this helps to share experiences and give an un-biased point of view when supporting the students, teachers and the school as a whole.
My career history has included 14+ years within the NHS working within various hospitals. Overseeing multiple admin departments which directly influenced patient care and experience. Over the years I have been involved in leading and supporting various teams through change implementation and new ways of working whilst still ensuring services are delivered to high standards.
In more recent years I now work with my husband and we run a couple of companies dealing with mobility supplies and the movement of freight. Very different to my previous work experience but I now have the extra freedom to spend with my family and get involved in other ventures such as being a Governor and working in breakfast club.
My time as a Governor has been interesting and gratifying in so many ways. I look forward to the year ahead as we further develop strategies to assist the amazing teaching team who support the development and learning of the children at Cross Farm

JamesMr James Fraser-Murison I’m a director of learning at a local sixth form and have been working in education as either a teacher or manager within the post-16 sector for the last 14 years. I’ve become a governor as I wish to be a part of my son’s future by working within the Cross-Farm and Kite academy and to help deliver an engaging curriculum at this excellent school. It’s clear that Cross Farm is well supported by both excellent teachers and support staff and another reason why I want to work on making sure our local school remains the best at what it can deliver. I’m hoping my experience and enthusiasm will help with my role as the new curriculum portfolio holder within the Kite academy to help bring exciting and contemporary lessons to Cross Farm as we prepare our young children for the next important step of their lives.

Louisa2Mrs Louisa Durkin - Staff Governor I have been teaching for more than 20 years in the UK and abroad, and across both Key Stage 1 and 2. I joined Cross Farm as a Year 2 teacher in September 2018 and became a governor here a term later. It is interesting to be involved in the school in a way that is different to being in the classroom each day and to be involved in the ‘behind the scenes’ element of school life. An important part of my role is to be the link between staff and governors at Cross Farm.

James2Mr James Titley-Rawson - Academy Head I have worked in education for more than 10 years, and joined Cross Farm as the Deputy Head Teacher in January 2019 and became Academy Head in September 2019. Our Governors play a vital role in the running of our school, making key decisions and upholding our values. I am proud to work with our governing body, as Cross Farm continues to go from strength to strength.

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