The Governing Body of the Harwich Community Primary School and Nursery would like to introduce themselves to you.

Valerie Metcalf

Valerie Metcalf

I am the Headteacher of Harwich Community Primary School & Nursery. I have been in this post since September 2008. However, before this date I was the acting Headteacher for over two terms and the deputy head for over a year. I have worked in the Harwich and Dovercourt area for nine years and was a class teacher at Spring Meadow Primary School.

I am also the treasurer of the Harwich Primary School Sports Association that organises many inter-school sporting activities for the children in the area. I feel that I know and understand the needs of the community well due to my experience in the area and I have a strong desire to ensure that all young people get a fair start in life and a good education that will enable them to live happy and successful lives.

I have two grown up children, both of whom I am very proud. My son, Tom, is at Durham University studying for an MSc. in Economics and Finance and my daughter, Sarah, is now a teacher in Norfolk. I also have three cats but that was unintentional – I think I am a soft touch for cats that need a home.

I enjoy reading, gardening, football and good food that I do not have to cook!

The Governing Body of the Harwich Community Primary School and Nursery would like to introduce themselves to you.

Adrian Mann

Adrian Mann

I am very proud to be the new chair of Governors for H.C.P.S & N I have been a governor at this school for over 9 years,
My role as always is to put the children’s welfare and education first along with giving the governing body a clear lead and direction, ensuring that the governors work as an effective team understanding their accountability and the part they play in the strategic leadership of the school in driving school improvement.
Working with the Head teacher by being a critical friend by offering support, challenge and encouragement, and ensuring the head teacher’s performance management is rigorous and robust.
Outside of school I work for Abellio Greater Anglia as an Area Operations Manager overseeing the running of training crew for Clacton, Colchester and Ipswich depots.
So please when you see me around the school come up and say hello and feel free to ask any questions you may have.


Kelly FensomKelly Fensom

Hi! My name is Kelly Fensom and I am one of the parent Governors’. I joined the board of Governors’ because I wanted to learn more about how the school is run and to donate my time to helping the school. I have three children at the school one in the afternoon nursery session, one in year two and another in year three.

I would like to think that being a parent myself I can put our opinions forward so if you have any thoughts please feel free to come and ask. The Governing Body of the Harwich Community Primary School and Nursery would like to introduce themselves to you.


Rachel Andersonrachelgovernor

I am Head of School at Harwich Community Primary School and Nursery and I have taught here since September 2009. I feel privileged to be working alongside such great colleagues and love the thought that I have the chance to make a difference to the lives of the children and their families in the role I play at our school.  I enjoy being a part of the school’s governing body as I now have a fuller understanding of how a school is run beyond the classroom, concerts, trips and sports days that we love so well.
I have been teaching since the year 2000 and started this rewarding career in a school deep in the South Wales valleys, where I was brought up.  I have met some fabulous people along my teaching career and I truly believe that children never forget a good teacher and I strive to be the old lady they remember when they are all grown up and I am tottering around Asda and Morrison’s in the town.
I love nothing more than watching musicals or being part of them, travelling to new places in our motorhome, being a Mummy to my little boy, Daniel and reading a good book (although now I read more Julia Donaldson books thanks to my little man).


Charlotte Curle charlottegovernor

I am a staff representative governor, as well as being a teacher at the school since 2006. I wanted to become a governor because I am interested in not only day to day school life; but I was also intrigued to know how the school is run behind the scenes. Being a governor has enabled me to see the decisions that get made on a daily basis across the school, as well as learning about the financial implications that these have. I feel that my role is important because I am representing the staff and am their voice during our governor meetings.



Margaret Pettifermargaretgovernor

Originally from Kent I have lived in Dovercourt for over forty years.  When I came here I worked at Kirby Cross Primary School until leaving to start a family.  I returned to work at Spring Meadow Primary School, when my two daughters were older, where I was employed for sixteen years mainly in Key Stage One.  In 2002 I came to teach at Harwich Community Primary School and Nursery, again as a KS1 teacher. This proved to be a very happy time in my career. I remained at the school until my retirement in 2009. Those seven years have left me with very happy memories and I am proud to have been working at the school as it developed into the amazing place it is today. It was following my retirement that I became a Governor at the school and have been pleased to play a different role in school life.


Gillian Daygilliangovernor

Hi. I am Gillian Day and I have worked at the school as Assistant Office Manager since 2001.  I am a very well known person in school and out in the community.
I first joined the governing body in 2013  because I wanted to be part of making the school a success that it is today, and also help improving the children’s education along with supporting the school staff.

My job within the school has a huge role to fulfill; I am there to support the parents and children alike to ensure that the school day is a happy day and that they all have an equal opportunity to the best education that the school provides. I feel that if the children are happy to be at school where they feel safe and secure then their parents are happy knowing that their child is succeeding to the best of their ability.

I have 2 sons and 3 grandchildren of which I have many many happy times together almost every school holiday. My youngest 19 year old son has education special needs and has had from a very young age.  As a parent I am very aware how challenging and hard work it is to ensure that your child succeeds to the best of their ability and have the opportunity to develop their own individual needs.

I am proud to be a member of a successful school and governing body, and hope to continue my role for many more years.


Kelly Warnerkellywarnergovernor

I have been a resident of Harwich all my life. I work at The Ark nursery which is local family support and centre and nursery. In this role I have worked within the communities and worked personally with a cross section of families in the area. I have 2 children who both attend Harwich Community Primary. One will be entering year 6 in September and the other will be in his second year within the nursery and then to follow on through the school.
I feel I have a lot to offer as a parent governor as not only do I have an interest for my children’s education at this setting but I also understand the want, needs and concerns of families with Harwich & Dovercourt.


Ms Joan Dear

I am a new Governor at HCPS&N and I must say that so far I have found it to be a delightfully warm and friendly environment and I am looking forward to getting to know more about the school and meeting the children.

I speak as a bit of an ‘Old Hand’ actually, as I have been in education myself for over forty years, as a teacher and in the last ten, a Headteacher, mainly in Essex schools, but I taught in Germany for a little while too, for the Services Schools. However I retired two years ago.

After a bit of a gap year with lots of travelling, including to the place where I was born -Auckland, New Zealand – which I had not seen since I was eight years old ( many moons ago) I found myself rattling around with some time to fill and for the first time in my life a dearth of children!

I have lived in Harwich for the last ten years and Governor Services informed me that new Governors were needed in our area so I decided to apply while I still had a little current knowledge regarding educational issues and I have missed the drive for school improvement, mentoring new members of staff, the children and indeed the academic year, so here I am!

I love being part of our thriving community, our environment, Old Harwich, its history and in particular living near the sea! I enjoy long walks and training my very boisterous German Shepherd Puppy, reading, travelling, the theatre, eating out and singing in a local community choir with people of all ages.

My husband too has retired from education so that we can continue with our travels, although he still drives a taxi in the local community and I have one grown up son- a writer, who is also currently studying for his PHD at Essex University.

I am very much looking forward to becoming a useful member of the Governing Body, to being part of the HCPS&N community and helping the school to continue to thrive.

Mr Steven Oxley


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