Local Schools Board (LSB)

  Mrs P Townsend
Chair of LSB
(Appointed by GB/board)
  Mrs J Nadarajah
Vice-Chair of LSB
(Appointed by GB/board)
  Mrs J Blatherwick

LSB Member

(Appointed by GB/board)


Mr G Duller

LSB Member

(Appointed by GB/board)


Mr I Thomas

LSB Member

(Parent appointed by GB/board due to no election candidates)


Mr A Caress

LSB Member

(Appointed by GB/board)



LSB Member


Mrs A Giles

LSB Member

(Parent appointed by GB/board due to no election candidates)


Mrs E Moorcroft

LSB Member

(Elected by school staff)


Mr C Heathcote


(Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal)


Role of the Local Schools Board (LSB)

The Local Schools Board exists for the benefit of the school and is responsible to the parents of every pupil. Our LSB members have a key role to play in helping Isaac Newton to provide the best possible education for all of its children. The LSB members work closely with the school and the Trust to ensure that high standards of provision and attainment are maintained and improved.


The LSB members are very supportive. They give freely of their time to help improve the quality of education provided. Parents are represented on the governing body by democratically elected LSB members who are happy to hear your comments at any time. 


Local Schools Board Meetings

The LSB meet 4 times a year but are able to call meetings should there be important school business to discuss or exceptional circumstances.  


They can be contacted by addressing correspondence to:


Mrs J Ingle (Clerk to the Governing Body)
Isaac Newton Primary School
Dysart Road
Grantham NG31 7DG


Mrs Pam Townsend

Curriculum, Pupil Progress & MHWB

I was born in Perth, Scotland. I have lived in several different towns and cities both in England and Scotland before settling in Grantham which has been my home since 1983. I enjoy reading, sewing and and learning how to paint as well as taking the occasional walk. My husband and I also look after our young grandson one day a week - what a joy!

I have been a teacher since qualifying in 1978 working in a variety of schools in Humberside, Yorkshire and finally here, in Grantham. Although, while training I chose to focus on primary education, I have spent my career working in middle and secondary schools.

I joined Walton Academy (formerly Walton Girls’ High School) in 1985 as a temporary teacher and retired in 2015 as Assistant Headteacher, responsible for pastoral care, behaviour and safety, primary liaison, marketing, trips and visits, displays and anything else I was asked to do! After retiring I continued to work at Walton as a supply teacher and putting up displays as required. I have now, finally, stopped teaching although I still do a little display work.

I have been a Governor at Poplar Farm School since it opened three years ago. I was excited to be part of a brand new school and thoroughly enjoy being a Governor which is why I was delighted when I was asked to consider the role of Chair at Isaac Newton. I feel that Governors have a unique and privileged role to play in helping schools to be the very best they can be, by acting as critical friends and being on hand to provide support to staff, parents and children.

When I visited the school recently I was struck by the enthusiasm and caring attitude of the Headteacher and felt that he echoed my own beliefs about the absolute importance of pastoral care for each and every pupil as well as his high expectations of all stakeholders to ensure the success of Isaac Newton.

Mr Ashley Caress

Health & Safety

I work in education and currently hold the position of Head of School. My role includes responsibilities such as teaching and learning, curriculum offer, absence management, health and safety and working in close partnership with external professionals to ensure the very best provision for all pupils. I am also a Specialist Leader of Education. As part of my role as a governor, I currently have responsibility for Health and Safety. Additionally, I was involved in the interview process for both the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher positions. Also, I carried out a SATs inspection to ensure the procedure was adhered to accordingly. I am thoroughly enjoying being a member of the governing body and I am committed to working collaboratively with the team for the benefit of all pupils and the school community.

Mrs Julia Nadarajah

Safeguarding & School Food

I'm Julia Nadarajah and I am a co-opted governor with responsibility for safeguarding and curriculum.

I worked in children's social care for many years and, since 2002 , in the Safeguarding and Review teams in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. My role was as an Independent Reviewing Officer and this entailed ensuring that children were kept safe and enabled to reach their full potential whilst in care. I will retire in November 2019 and this will help me to devote more time to my roles as a governor at both The Isaac Newton Primary School and Ancaster Church of England Primary School and also as the Safeguarding Officer for the East Loveden Group of churches.

I am very pleased to have the opportunity to work with the wonderful children and staff at The Isaac Newton Primary School and I look forward to observing the progress of the children as they make their way through the school .

Mr Gary Duller


I have been involved in education all my working life and qualified as a primary school teacher in December 2014. I am passionate about ensuring all children are given the best educational opportunities and that these are broad and varied. Currently I am employed as Maths and P.E. coordinator at an outstanding primary academy in Stamford. I am a big football fan supporting Nottingham Forest, I also DJ in my spare time too! Having been born and raised in Grantham I look forward to using this opportunity to support the education of children in my local area.

Mrs Jo Blatherwick

Pupil Premium, Behaviour & Attendance

I am a lawyer by background, but now work as a Deputy Registrar conducting weddings and sit on the monitoring board of a local prison, as well as being a Mum of five.I have been a governor at several local primary schools for the last 14 years and am very pleased to be able to lend my experience to Isaac Newton. I am committed to doing my bit to ensure that all children have access to the best possible opportunities for learning.

Mr Ian Thomas


Mrs Annette Giles


I am a mother of two boys, ages 15 and 9 years. Both children have attended Isaac Newton. During this time, the school has done so much for my children to help nurture and realise their potential. I applied for the post of parent governor to ensure that every child in school has the same opportunities and positive experiences.

I am keen to become a voice for the parents/ carers, as communication is vital to being able to meet expectations from both the families and school, to ensure a bright, happy future for our children. Some may recognise me as a familiar face around the school. I volunteered for 2 years, initially listening to children read, then completed my teaching assistant qualification and was able to secure a position within school and I absolutely love it!

Mrs Emma Moorcroft

Staff Governor

I have been teaching for twelve years and I have been lucky to have spent nine of those years at Isaac Newton. I have worked in many year groups throughout the school and I feel that I have a good understanding of the needs of the children attending the setting. My current roles in school are maths coordinator, educational visits coordinator and year 4 teacher. I have two children myself one who currently attends the school. I am looking forward to new role as staff governor.

Mr Chris Heathcote


I’ve been teaching since 2012 and have had the pleasure of working in some fantastic schools including: Barrowby, Long Bennington and Claypole, where I held the role of Deputy Headteacher. I am very familiar with Grantham, having grown up in a small village nearby, and it’s a real privilege to be able to give something back to the community through my work in schools and now as Headteacher of Isaac Newton Primary School.

I went into teaching because I wanted to make a difference and have always held the belief that every child has the right to a fantastic education, enriched with memorable and inspiring lessons and experiences. It’s through this that children can develop a real love of learning and can achieve more than they ever could have imagined!

I feel truly privileged to have been given the opportunity to continue to shape Isaac Newton Primary School and I look forward to helping every child unlock their full potential and grow into unique, independent and creative thinkers.

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