Market Drayton Infant & Nursery School

‘An excellent, happy school, where we enjoy learning’

Governors: Who we are...

Who we are.


NamePostTerm of OfficeBusiness Interests
Samantha ScottExecutive Headteacher Ex-OfficioOngoingPartner Trustee Board Member. Mother employed in Site Team
Kerry SimmonsHead of School Ex-OfficioOngoingHusband employed in Site Team
Julie Meijueiro (Chair)Co-opted GovernorUntil 25/10/2024None
Ros Thomas (Vice Chair)Co-opted GovernorUntil 03/06/2026None
Matthew Hughes                   Trust Board RepresentativeUntil 31/03/2023None
Andy WatkissTrust Board AppointedUntil 31/05/2026Director of Mount Lane Day Care Nursery Ltd
Sarah KynastonCo-opted GovernorUntil 31/03/2023None
Cath JamesStaff GovernorUntil 17/11/2023None
Pete WilliamsParent GovernorUntil 24/10/2023None
Laura PittParent GovernorUntil 25/05/2025None

Julie Meijueiro, Chair of Governors

My name is Julie Meijueiro, Chair of Governors and I work for Early Help in Children’s Services for Shropshire Council as a Parenting Practitioner. I have previously had 13 years’ experience of working in primary schools both as a member of staff and as a governor. My specialty is in teaching children with specific learning difficulties namely Dyslexia, supporting both children and their parents as well as the wider community and have a wide knowledge base in Safeguarding.
I am passionate about supporting children’s happiness and early intervention within their education journey enabling them to reach their learning potential regardless of their backgrounds. I fully support the Empower Trusts Vision of being able to Inspire, Empower and Achieve.


Samantha Scott, Executive Headteacher 

My name is Samantha Scott, I have been the Executive Headteacher over Market Drayton Infant and Nursery School and Market Drayton Junior School since September 2020. I am committed to improving the education and standards within our schools and beyond. Through collaborative work across the two schools, we have developed a broad, balanced curriculum, underpinned by our values, to provide a clear curriculum offer that runs from early years, through to the end of Key Stage 2.  

I am dedicated to working collaboratively across schools in Empower Academy Trust and beyond.  I have worked with the local authority as a consultant headteacher, worked with the teaching school to secure a bid for early years’ development in North Shropshire.  I currently represent North Shropshire academies on the Central Policy Group with the Local Authority.  


Kerry Simmons, Head of School


Ros Thomas, Vice Chair


Matt Hughes


Sarah Kynaston 


Andy Watkiss


Cath James, Staff Governor


Pete Williams, Parent Governor

My name is Peter Williams, Parent Governor, and I’m a senior civil servant, currently Deputy Director of Specialisms for the Government Internal Audit Agency, leading teams that audit most central government departments (including the Department for Education).

I live just around the corner from Market Drayton Infant and Nursery School and have sons currently in year 1 and at the nursery.

I’m passionate about using my professional skills and experience to support the school as it works to enable children to fulfil their potential. I’m frequently inspired by the school’s leadership and staff and am entirely confident that this is a setting where my children, and others, will learn, thrive and be happy.

I see my role as being a two-way means of communication between the school and parents, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if I can help in any way.


Laura Pitt, Parent Governor



Attendance at Governors' Meetings 

Governor Name PostAutumn 2020Spring   2021Summer 2021Autumn 2021Spring    2022Summer 2022
Julie MeijueiroChair - Co-opted üüüA ü
Ros Thomas Vice Chair – Co-opted üüüüü  ü
Matthew Hughes Trust Board Representative üAüü ü
Samantha Scott Executive Headteacher üüüüü  ü
Kerry Simmons Head of School üüüüü  ü
Andy Watkiss Trust Board Representative AüüAü 
Sarah KynastonCo-opted üüüüü  A
Pete WilliamsParentüüüü A
Laura PittParentüüüüü  A
Catherine James Staffüüüüü ü