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Ryhall CE Academy

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Meet the Governors

Mandy Rogers: Chair of Governors  

Foundation Governor

Elected as Chair in May 2016. Responsibility for: Ethos (Chair); Curriculum Standards; Collective Worship; Religious Education; SMSC; PSHE. Early Years Governor. 

I am delighted to be part of the Governing Board and enjoy working closely with Ms Walker, the school staff and interacting with the children. I retired as Headteacher of a primary school in 2013, so have an in-depth understanding of teaching and learning, as well as policy and procedure.

In the world today it is vital that children receive an outstanding academic education and the skills and knowledge to support them in living happy and safe lives in the 21st Century. As a Church of England school, our Christian foundation is a vitally important part of this learning.  

As governors, our role is ensuring clarity of vision and strategic direction. We support and challenge the Headteacher, looking at the educational performance of all children and the performance of all staff. We also oversee financial management. Please click on  the following link to find out more about the role of governors.

It is a pleasure to be part of a vibrant and developing school community.


Gale Waller: Vice-Chair of Governors 

Foundation Governor

Church School Standards Committee and Curriculum Standards Committee (Chair). SEND Governor

I became a Foundation Governor at Ryhall in the summer of 2015 having previously served in a similar capacity elsewhere in Rutland for 8 years and for 4 in Hertfordshire.  I began my working life as a secondary school teacher and ended it working for the Audit Commission as a lead for children’s services.  Now I am retired much of my time is taken up as a Rutland County Councillor for Normanton Ward and I also chair Rutland’s Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education.  I am married and have a daughter who is  a secondary school Head of Music.

Victoria Crosher  

Co-opted Governor

Finance, Personnel and Health & Safety Committee, Designated Safeguarding and Looked After Child Governor.

I have been a member of the Ryhall Governing Body since Summer 2014  and as well as the Full Governing Body , I  sit on the Finance,  Personnel, and Health & Safety committee. I am the Safeguarding and Looked After Child Governor.   


Until my recent retirement I worked in education for 40 years and I am keen to ensure that the excellent schools in the east of the County are not overlooked! As well as helping Ryhall to get to our ambition of an 'outstanding'  judgement from Ofsted,  I also enjoy walking, travel, cooking and  craft.


Kevan Fryett  

Parent Governor 

Curriculum Standards Committee and Parent Voice.

I’m a father of two boys who are both pupils at Ryhall CE Academy and I serve as a Parent Governor. I’ve lived in the village of Ryhall for the last 10 years. My family and I like to get involved all aspects of village life and I particularly enjoy gigging in the local pub where I play the drums. I have 20+ years of teaching experience in secondary education and am currently employed as a Head of Science in a secondary school. 

I have a long-standing interest in the education of the children in our village which has been the main reason for immersing myself into my governor role.  My aims for the children of Ryhall are to have access to a world class education and I strongly believe that Ryhall CE Academy has the ingredients of a truly outstanding school. I hope that my work in this leadership capacity serves to ensure outstanding outcomes for all.


Claire Hicks  

Staff Governor (Teaching) 

Church School Standards Committee

I have taught at Ryhall CE Academy since 2008 and became staff governor in 2014 to be able to represent staff views to the governing body. In addition to this, I am also the Curriculum Leader for Mathematics, Religious Education and Collective Worship. I want the children at our school to achieve the best they possibly can and leave us well prepared for the next stage of their education, with lasting, happy memories of the years spent with us.

Jane Fenn 

Staff Governor (Support Staff)

Curriculum Standards Committee






Kimberley Griffin 

Parent Governor

Finance, Personnel and Health & Safety Committee

I am a parent with a daughter in Year 4 and a son now in year 7 having just started secondary school; I have now been involved with the school for over 7 years.  Many of the parents know me as the Chair of the PTFA, a role I have held for the last 4 years which is shortly coming to the end of office. I have enjoyed the relationships that the role has allowed me to build with parents across the school and through this I have been able to demonstrate my willingness to continue a high level of support through governance. I understand the need for parents to have a voice and their importance in assisting and supporting the school in setting the strategic direction. 

My husband is an Arable Farmer around Ryhall & Rutland Water, and I have recently taken on the role of helping to run the Rutland & Northants Training group. 


Andrew Nebel

Co-opted Governor

Finance, Personnel and Health & Safety Committee

Andrew has lived in Ryhall since 1985 and his 2 daughters were educated at Ryhall School. His career has been in Marketing & Communications; initially with well know brands such as Brooke Bond, Oxo, Thomas Cook, BUPA and Green Flag, before finding his dream job as a director of the children’s charity Barnardo’s where he spent 12 happy years. On retiring he became a non-executive director of Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, around which he has built a busy portfolio including being a trustee of 3 charities and other part-time roles in the health and regulatory sectors.

With 3 young grandchildren, I’m interested in making a contribution to help improve the lives of all children and hope I can apply my life experiences in a way that will help all at Ryhall CE Academy and serve our local community.


Kayleigh Compton

Co-opted Governor

Curriculum Standards Committee

Kayleigh has close links with the Ryhall community; she grew up here, attended this school and still has family living in the village so spends a lot of time here.

She works as a Management Consultant, with projects taking her worldwide, helping organisations be the best they can be.  Her background in project, change management and leadership will be useful in supporting the school in setting and fulfilling the strategic direction.  She had a passion for supporting education (whilst not in the teaching profession herself) and is a coach for trainee teachers in leadership and also mentors sixth form students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

I feel really privileged to have joined such a bright school as a governor. I’m excited that it will contribute to my enthusiasm for supporting education, in helping all children to receive the education and life skills for the future they deserve.  I hope that my business experience combined with my love for the Ryhall community will make a positive contribution to the school. 

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Ryhall CE Academy

Church Street

Ryhall Stamford