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.






Esther Harris

Esther has been a parent governor for five years and Chair of Governors for four years at Highfield School, and was appointed Chair of Governors by The Active Learning Trust in 2016. She has been the Autism Link governor since joining the governing body, and is keen to promote effective interventions for autistic pupils.

Esther has been a resident of Ely for 15 years, and was born and brought up in Cambridgeshire. She is degree educated, with a specialism in media and communication. She founded the social enterprise The Square Peg in 2017, which supports families of children with additional needs, and has a particular interest in improving the lives of autistic children and adults through better communication and understanding. 





Irena Gibbs

Irena has been working at Highfield school/academy for the last 15 years and is fortunate to be able to say that she loves her work - the school is full of wonderful children and adults. She became a governor in October 2016 because education is going through rapid changes and she would like to be a part of this process. Her great hobby is Free Motion Embroidery in which she can use her creative skills. Irena is married with two school age children and lives in Ely. 



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.


Governor Link Roles and Responsibilities

Governor Areas of Responsibility
Esther Harris PP/LAC/Finance/Autism/H+S (temporary)
Val Manning Safeguarding/Behaviour/Attendance/Safer Employment Champion
Lorna Robinson Quality of Teaching/Pupil Progress/Careers
Amanda Rigler Curriculum/EYFS

Highfield Governing Body Declaration of Interest
Governors Meeting Attendance

Governor’s Minutes

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