Meet the Governors



Mrs Nadine Siddall

I am a retired teacher with 10 years experience in Yorkshire and 15 in Suffolk.I am currently the Chair of Governors and it is a great privilege to hold this position.  I strongly believe that our children deserve to be in one of the best schools in the country.  All the governors and I will relentlessly drive towards improvement and excellence to achieve this ambition. My priority is for all the children to have strong Literacy skills, to be supported and challenged to achieve success.

Mrs Brenda Smith


I was born in Halesworth and went to Edgar Sewter Primary School as a child. Having left Suffolk to study, I took up my first teaching job in Hampshire before travelling and working in Africa. Eventually, I returned to Suffolk, where my children were born and as they grew up I spent 15 very happy years teaching Science at Halesworth Middle School. In 2008, I went to work in the Middle East and since my return I have taught in local high schools and become a STEM ambassador. I am also enjoying getting involved as a governor of the fantastic school that Edgar Sewter has become.

Mrs Dawn Stanborough


After working at Edgar Sewter for a number of years supporting children with their education and all round development I moved on to a local college to teach and assess childcare students. I strongly believe in the holistic approach to working with children. Their health and wellbeing is fundamental to the enjoyment of education and can inspire them to achieve their own personal goals. I like to keep up to date with current research and practice and recently undertook mental health first aid training.



Miss Katherine Milk Head Teacher

I have been in education for 20 years, working in both Norfolk and now in Suffolk. I started my teaching career at Fakenham Junior as a newly qualified teacher, jumped over to Mulbarton and then to Attleborough Junior spending 6 very happy years there. In September 2011 I took up a deputy headteacher post, with the responsibility for SEN, before deciding to move across to Suffolk. I have been headteacher at Edgar Sewter Primary since September 2013 and in April 2018 I was made the acting headteacher at Bungay Primary. Since May 2019 I have been the Executive Headteacher of both schools. Working amongst such enthusiastic and energetic children and dedicated staff is a constant source of joy to me and I consider it a privilege to be part of both schools, which provide the very best for every child in school.


Lisa Wood
Deputy Head

I have been the Deputy Head at Edgar Sewter for over 13 years and am very proud to be a part of such a lovely school.  We work hard as a team to provide the best possible all round education we can for the pupils.  I am responsible for assessment, the curriculum and attendance, among other things!  In my spare time I run a local cub group and I enjoy swimming and days out with my children.




Chantal Theobald


I work within the local community for NFU Mutual as the Agency Office Manager and I have 20 years’ experience in the Financial Services industry. I have a daughter at the school and I have a son who will be joining reception in the new school year. I want the best education for every child at Edgar Sewter Primary, in a caring environment where every child can achieve their full potential. I believe that excellent communication between parents and the school is essential and key to keeping all parties engaged for the good of the children. I am an enthusiastic, motivated individual and I am excited to join the team of governors to help make a difference to the education of the children at Edgar Sewter Primary School.




Jane Wilson

I was born in Halesworth and attended Edgar Sewter as child. My own grown up sons also began their educational journey at the school and I now have a daughter in reception. My working life has been very varied from administration, hospitality through to working as a Family Support Practitioner for Children’s services. During my time as an FSP I developed a passion for working with children and families. I believe every child deserves to have the same opportunities and experiences wherever possible in life and especially in education. I feel it is the schools role to help children become well rounded not only academically but also socially and emotionally. I am excited to join the governing team at Edgar Sewter  Primary and look forward to being part of its future.



Roy Emmerson



I was born and have spent most of my life living in Halesworth. Four generations of my family have attended Edgar Sewter, including my two children and myself. For the last 16 years I have worked in Local Government and education roles, currently I am a Grants Officer at Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council and previously as the Learning Support Manager at Lowestoft College.  Having previously served a 6 year term as an Edgar Sewter School Governor, I am really pleased to be re-joining the very dedicated, motivated and professional team of staff and governors at the school.