Adam Daw

Adam undertook his role as Head of School at Highfield Ely in September 2017 having previously led the SEND 6th Form provision at Cottenham Village College for several years. Adam is passionate about getting the best possible outcomes for all students, whatever their starting point. In his spare time he is the busy father of four teenagers and tries to balance a love of cooking with keeping fit.







Val Manning

Val became a governor at Highfield School when her grandson started here three years ago. During that time she has played an active role on the Governing Body. Val is a retired primary school Headteacher and has also taught in secondary and special schools. She has three young grandchildren, who she loves spending time with. Her interests include narrow boating on the canals, walking her dog and writing.



Amanda Rigler
Amanda lives in Ely and joined the Governing Body at Highfield to support this ambitious school to offer the very best opportunities for the young people they work with. Amanda has a background in visual arts and cultural education. She currently works for the Arts Council England, leading on their flagship schools programme, Artsmark Award.


Lorna Robinson
Lorna lives in Ely and has two children at a local school. She has worked in central and regional government for over 16 years, mostly in education related areas. Currently she works on careers policy and employer engagement with schools and strongly believes that every young person should be aware of the opportunities available to them and the information and support to help them go as far as their talents can take them. In her spare time Lorna likes starting (but not always finishing!) craft projects, days out with the kids, a good book and a nice cup of tea.


Laura Gibbons
I have a child who attends Highfield. I am very aware of issues concerning children with SEN and their parents. I am an Admin Assistant for a local business. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends.


Madeleine Albert

Madeleine lives in Littleport and is an ordained Church of England minister. Before ordination, she worked with children and young people and is passionate about seeing children flourish. In her spare time, she likes spending time with her dog and various poultry, running very slowly and swimming (also slowly!)

Michael Holt


Tilly Newbury

Tilly started working for HLA in September 2018 and is very proud to be a part of the team. She is passionate about ensuring equal opportunities for all pupils and enabling pupils to achieve their full potential. As a Psychology graduate, she also has an interest in supporting pupil and staff wellbeing and mental health. She is a deep, critical thinker and likes to ask a lot of questions!


Highfield Governing Body Declaration of Interest

Governors Attendance Record

Governor’s Minutes

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