Mrs. K. Lambert - Joint Headteacher (Monday-Wednesday)and Governor
Mr J. Bayes - Joint Headteacher (Thursday ad Friday) and Associate Governor
Rev. M. Crossman - Foundation Governor and Governor for Collective Worship

Mrs. M. Fawcett - Foundation Governor and Governor for Early Years and Church School/RE

Mrs. A. Hammond - Parent Governor and Governor for Pupil Premium and Children in Care

Mr T. Jamison - Co-opted Governor and Governor for science and IT

Miss L. McGregor - Staff Governor and school SEDNCo

Mrs. H. Pollard -Co-opted Governor and Governor for Engish

Mrs. N. Powling -Parent Governor Governor for SEN and Maths - Chair of Governors  

Mrs. C. Woodard - Co-opted Governor and Governor for Safeguarding


Nicola Powling

I am a parent and a secondary school teacher at Mildenhall College with eleven years’ experience.


I also have a Masters in Education and I am passionate about raising pupil attainment through high quality teaching and learning in the classroom.

Kathy Lambert

I have been the headteacher of Thurston Primary Academy for 10 years now which is my second headship. I now share the role with my co-head Mr Bayes.


I am passionate about primary education and have a background in Special Needs, Early Years  and have coordinated literacy in previous roles. I am a Local Leader in Education.

Prior to teaching I gained a degree in textile design and worked for a local textile company.

John Bayes

I have been the Deputy Headteacher of Thurston Primary Academy for 6 years and am now  Co-Headteacher, jobsharing successfully with Kathy Lambert.


I am a specialist maths teacher having led maths in my previous middle school.


Louise McGregor

I have been in education for 23 years, 20 of which have been as a teacher at Thurston Primary School. I am the SENDCo for the school, having trained and successfully gained SEND award 5 years ago.

I currently sit on the Governor Committee as staff governor.

Chris Woodard

With a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and over 30 years’ experience working at management level within personnel and development departments in retail, media and manufacturing, the key skills I can offer as a school governor include a knowledge of employment law, planning and monitoring financial budgets and conducting interviews.  I first became involved with the school in 2012 as a volunteer helper, and take great pleasure in seeing the development of the children. 


Tom Jamison

As a parent of three children, I am passionate about making a difference within the school. From helping drive performance, through to supporting the wellbeing of both pupils and staff, my commitment to supporting the governing body and the school is a given.


Following a 16 year career within Banking and Asset Management, I am now Managing Director of my own consultancy business supporting small and medium sized businesses achieve their goals


Andrea Hammond

I am a parent of a pupil in Year 5 and another of my children has just left to attend Upper School. I am a dental hygienist

I am passionate about primary education and am currently the governor responsible for Pupil Premium funding and for Children in Care.


Revd. M. Crossman

I have been the vicar of St Peters in Thurston and Holy Innocents in Great Barton for four years.

I am blessed to serve both parishes and enjoy visiting the schools. 




Mary Fawcett

I have lived in Thurston for 30 years and have 3 grown up children who were all educated at Thurston Upper School. I have 5 grandchildren, 2 of whom live in Australia.

I have a Geography degree from King's College, London and taught in 3 secondary schools before working as a Home Tutor for Suffolk County Council for pupils who were not attending school. I helped them return to school by building up their confidence and  setting them a goal  or achieving to the best of their ability.

I am committed to all children receiving the best education possible and  at present have responsibility for early years.

Hayley Pollard

I am a mum of two children, one at the school and one starting in September. I am also the chair of FOTS - Friends of Thurston School, a group of parents and volunteers who organise events and fund-raise to help boost the school's resources.


Contact Details

Key Documents

Thurston Church of England Primary Academy

School Lane


Bury St Edmunds 


IP31 3RY

Headteacher: Mrs. K. Lambert/Mr J. Bayes

Finance Officer/Office Manager: Mrs. J. Taliku

Telephone: 01359 230444



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