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Meet the Governors of Middleton Primary School

School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education.

Picture 1 Sam Summers, Chair
Picture 1 Rachel Roberts, Headteacher

I am proud to be the Headteacher of Middleton Primary School, having previously been a teacher, Assistant Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher here.

Middleton has recently been recognised as an ‘outstanding’ school by OFSTED, a recognition we are thrilled with because it reflects the consistent hard work of all the children, staff, parents and governors.

I am very passionate about primary education being the foundations of success for our children. I am very ambitious for the future of Middleton and believe every child that comes to our school has the right to leave us completely equipped to enjoy the challenges of secondary education.

Picture 1 Tara Trail, Staff Governor

Tara graduated from a small teacher training college in Southampton with a B.Ed. hons degree with French. She began her teaching career at Streetfield Middle School in Dunstable, where she was a class teacher with responsibility for teaching French across the school. She relocated to Exmouth when her first son, Sam, was a year old and taught at Whipton Barton Junior School in Exeter, where she continued to teach French but also discovered a passion for SEND and became the SENCO. After her second son, Joe, was born the family moved to Brittany, where Tara worked as an English language assistant in a French high school.

The family moved to Milton Keynes in 2005 and Tara has worked at Middleton ever since, teaching in various different year groups including EYFS and Year 6. Tara has led several subjects at Middleton including French, Geography and Global Education and her roles have included SENCO, Assistant Head and she is currently a Deputy Head but teaches in year 6 in the mornings.

Tara is an SLE for Special Educational Needs and is currently working towards gaining her NPQH qualification.

Picture 1 Peter Neale, Governor

Educated as an Engineer, Peter served in the Army for 29 years and was a Civil Servant for 10 years.  In both careers, he specialised in Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Project Management and leadership.

Peter and his wife, Liz, have lived in Middleton since 2000.  After retiring in late 2011, Peter was recruited as a Governor for Middleton Primary School.  He joined the Finance and Personnel Committee and became its Chair in March 2014.  Peter is the link Governor for Maths, Science, Design & Technology and Health & Safety.

Peter has no family connection to Middleton Primary School, but has 2 grandchildren of primary school age, living in Torquay.  His 2 daughters are both teachers, one at an all-through Special School in Torquay and the other at a primary school in Worcester.

Picture 1 Tony Holland, Governor

Tony Holland has spent the last 20+ years as a consultant for a large international technology company, where he currently works on harmonisation between world-wide standards, industry and with UK and EU governmental policy and regulation.

For a number of years Tony has also been the director of a Management Company operating in the property sector.

Tony has been a governor at Middleton for 6 years and has been subject link governor for curriculum subjects including Science, Art and Music, regularly reviewing these subjects with the subject leader form the school to monitor the quality and effectiveness of the subjects being taught. He is also the chair person for the PPC committee and the vice-chair to the local governing body.

In July 2018 Tony’s son saw the end of his 7 year journey at Middleton and left to move on to Oakgrove to start his next educational chapter with strong SATs to support him.

Picture 1 Sam Crooks, Governor

Sam Crooks came to Milton Keynes to work at the Open University and subsequently the University of London.  He has also worked in France developing the student exchange Erasmus programme for the European Commission, and running the (then) largest full time MBA programme in the world outside America.

He has been a governor at Middleton since the school’s inception in 2003 and is currently the school’s Safeguarding governor.

He is a qualified teacher and holds a Master’s degree in Education.  He has been a councillor in this area for over 20 years and twice been Leader of the Council.  He is currently Deputy Mayor and will be Mayor in 2019 - 20.  He is also a magistrate and a trustee of the Parks Trust.  He was the first chair of the city’s Community Relations Council.

Picture 1 Tina Gray-Rampello, Parent Governor

My name is Tina Gray-Rampello and I currently have 2 children at the school. I have a thorough understanding of the education sector due to my career and have had experience of teaching and consulting in primary schools in various regions.

I currently work as a School Engagement Manager for the Royal Opera House Bridge supporting schools in engaging with creative and cultural learning across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. I am very passionate about children and young people having access to good quality arts and culture provision and the impact this can have on a child’s development. Within my role I support schools in curriculum design, Artsmark, CPD and networking with local and national cultural organisations.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, studying, playing music and also work as a vocal coach at a local musical theatre academy.

Picture 1 Charlotte Copperwheat, Staff Governor

I grew up in Bedfordshire and graduated with a BEd in Primary Education from Bedfordshire University. Since my teacher training I have taught in EYFS, both at my previous school and at Middleton, and I am currently enjoying the challenge of a teaching a new year group in KS2. I have led a range of subjects, including music, MFL and English.

I put myself forward for the role of staff governor as I felt that this rewarding opportunity to work alongside the governing body and contribute to decisions would develop my understanding of the strategic management of the school beyond the classroom, as well as allow me to play an active part in ensuring the best outcomes are provided for the children at Middleton.


Picture 1 Tina Sood, Parent Governor

Tina and her husband have lived in Monkston since marrying in 2009 and moved there, in part, knowing that the location was ideal for raising a family due to the excellent schools in the surrounding area. They have a little boy who now attends Middleton Primary School.

With a 17-year career in Human Resources, Tina currently works as a Senior Consultant offering HR Consultancy and Outsourcing services to a variety of organisations and sectors across the UK. Whilst balancing a busy work and home life, Tina had a desire to be involved in and play a positive role in the education of children in the local community.

As such, Tina joined the school’s Governing team as a Parent Governor in 2018 and is the link for English, Modern Foreign Languages and Library.

Middleton Primary School’s Local Governing Body

The Local Governing Body works very closely with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team to ensure the very highest quality of teaching and learning throughout the school. They have strategic oversight of the school’s development and act as a critical friend to the school’s work. The core duties of the Local Governing Body are:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school its students.
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
  4. Ensuring the highest standards of teaching and learning.
  5. Ensuring the highest standards of safeguarding and welfare.


The current members of the Local Governing Body are:

Mrs Sam Summers (Chair of Governors)

Governor and Director of Kingsbridge Educational Trust (KET)

Mr Peter Neale


Mr Tony Holland

Governor, Member & Director of KET

Mrs Rachel Roberts

Headteacher, Governor & Director of KET

Mr Sam Crooks


Mrs Tina Sood 

Parent Governor

Mrs Tina Gray-Rampello

Parent Governor

Mrs Tara Trail

Staff Governor

Miss Charlotte Copperwheat

Staff Governor


The Clerk to the Local Governing Body is Mrs Julie Mason

The Accounting Officer is Mr Peter Barnes, CEO of the Kingsbridge Educational Trust (KET)



To view a copy of the Register of Pecuniary and Business Interests please see below.


To view a copy of Middleton Primary School’s Academy Trust and Governing Body Attendance for 2018-2019, please see below.

For further information about our Governors please see: About Us / Key Information / Academy Information.