Who we are



Iain Smith

I was very pleased and honoured to be elected Chair of the Governing Body at the School this year. I have lived in Chesterton for 8 years now but I have been in the Cambridge area for over thirty five. I am originally from Glasgow, am a physicist by training but have practised as an engineer most of my professional life. I retired in April 2013 from TWI in Abington and this has allowed me to devote time to the role of Chair.


My other main activity is fusing and slumping glass to make plates and bowls. Some of you may have seen my studio during Cambridge Open Studios in July this year. If you are interested in this subject, please get in touch.


My three sons were educated at William Westley School in Whittlesford and then at Sawston Village College, Hills Road and Long Road Sixth form colleges before going on to various universities. I was a parent governor at William Westley for two years. I now have six grandchildren, all primary school age or younger.


I am enjoying the opportunity of working with the Head and her staff in the development of Shirley School as I am a firm supporter of the state education system. It provided me and my family with excellent starts in life. If anyone would like to share any ideas for Shirley and its future, I’d be pleased to talk to you. Please contact me through the Clerk, Miss Owen, at the School.


Iain Smith, Chair, Shirley GB.


Louisa Meynell 

I have been a governor at Shirley school since November 2010.  I have one child at the school in year 4 and the other is in year 8 at North Cambridge Academy, having been at Shirley from Nursery to year 6. 

I believe strongly in the school's inclusive ethos and feel that the three school rules: 'Be kind, Be Safe, Be responsible' is useful guidance that will hopefully follow children beyond school life.

Most of my work experience has been in Social Care, supporting adults with learning disabilities. I now work as a TA at Shirley School.

As a governor, I have joined the Standards Committee and am currently Chair of this committee. 

Governor information
Please click on the document below for a full list of governors including date of appointment and term of office.

Reverend Ruth Adams
I am a local vicar, working in St George’s Church. Shirley is the third school that I have been a governor in. The three schools
have all been very different: Park Street C of E School in the centre of Cambridge, which is a small 4 class school, Bar Hill
School, which is a village school and now Shirley, a larger city School.
I love being part of a community and working together with others to make the school a very positive place to be.
I particularly care about each child knowing that they matter and so really like Shirley’s focus on equality.
Each governor is given specific areas to focus on when they visit the school. Mine is Safeguarding.
You will find me in Shirley doing assemblies, governor visits or attending events like the wonderful Reception Cafe and the class
performances just before Christmas.
I love talking to people so please come and say hello.

Martin Campbell  
I am currently and have been for the last three years the Principal of North Cambridge Academy.  I am privileged to have had my application accepted to be a governor at Shirley Community Nursery and Primary School.  I have worked in the city of Cambridge for 14 of the last 17 years serving as head of English at Coleridge Community College and Vice Principal at Parkside Community College before moving to my first headship at Kettering Science Academy.  This was an all through school 4 to 18 and therefore I have had experience of KS1 and 2 pupils as well as Key stage 3,4 and 5 pupils. I very much enjoyed working with younger pupils and feel that my experience at Kettering may help the governing body of Shirley school.  I am very much looking forward to visiting pupils and experiencing the multi-facetted nature of this wonderful community school.  I have been very impressed with the organisation, transition and standards of pupils from Shirley and I do expect to learn how this excellent school manages, sometimes against the odds, to produce well rounded and hardworking pupils.  I am looking forward to supporting, in this first year as a governor, the SEND delivery and getting grips with how Shirley manages such good outcomes in this area. 
Nicole Went 
I became a parent governor in September 2015, so I’m still finding my feet. There is a lot to take in. I have a son at the Shirley, and I hope I can make a positive contribution in keeping the Shirley such a good and welcoming school.

I’m from the Netherlands originally, and I’ve lived in Cambridge for about 20 years now. I work part time as a translator, and so have an interest in languages. Together with other governors I’m on the Standards Committees for writing and curriculum.