Governors

David Batten MA (Cantab.)

Chair of Governors

David graduated in 1984 having studied physics at Cambridge and then trained to teach. He spent his career mostly in sixth form colleges and retired as Principal of the sixth form college in Barrow. He is treasurer of West Cumbria Dyslexia Association and is Chair of Governors at Mayfield School. He enjoys bell-ringing at a St. Paul’s Church, Irton where he is also treasurer and acting chair of the Parochial Church Council. He enjoys walking the Cumbrian fells, playing table tennis, tennis, flat green bowls and dancing, especially the Argentine tango. He is not very good at any of these things! He drives for Cumbria voluntary social car service and is a Samaritans listening volunteer. He is a member of his local Rotary Club and he it trying to learn to draw and paint, with limited success. He holds an amateur radio licence. He has Parkinson’s Disease so would appreciate your patience when he’s a bit slow!

Grant O'Townson

School Governor

Born in Cumbria, I've lived locally all my life. I qualified as a primary school teacher and worked at Hensingham Primary School between 2007 and 2011, teaching across all KS2. Being so close to Mayfield, and having 2 children in my classes on dual placements, I was fortunate enough to get to work with Mayfield staff and children throughout my time there - including the year the schools linked together to produce a brilliant Rock Challenge performance that I will never forget! In 2011, I gained my NPQH and became a Specialist Leader of Education for the primary curriculum. I then left Hensingham and moved to Northside to be Deputy Head for 8 years (five of those alongside Mrs Kidd) and then eventually became Headteacher. My proudest achievement during that time is helping take the school from Special Measures to Good in all areas and seeing the turn-around in opportunities for pupils and in their attainment. In September 2020, I decided the time was right for a career change and I made the move to GoLearn Education - a global edtech company - as their Head of English Curriculum. I now work from home, which gives me more time to be a Dad and to become more involved in other roles. I'm very proud to be a governor at Mayfield and to witness firsthand the amazing work of the staff and to get to share in the fantastic achievements of the students here. It is a real privilege and I am determined to do all I can to help the school in continuing to provide an excellent standard of education. In addition to this role, I'm also a governor at Cockermouth School too.

David Purfield

School Governor

Dave Purfield is 57 year old business owner who has lived and worked in West Cumbria for the last 30 years. He is an engineering graduate of Cambridge University and has been married for 35 years, the father of two children and has one grandchild. David works in many schools in his role as Managing Director of Westcom. In this role David manages stafff and finances. He has led numerous INSETS and training on all aspects of IT including Internet safety, filtering, various IT programmes etc. He has been a part of the leadership team of King’s Church Cockermouth for over 25 years and passionate about supporting and developing local community. David and his wife have also fostered young children and are in the process of adopting a young child. David is therefore familiar with the wider ‘care’ agenda. David has had a tour of Mayfield and was very impressed with the building and young people.

Sam French

School Governor

I joined Campus Whitehaven when it opened in January 2019, after having originally worked at St Benedict’s in a different capacity previously. I am responsible for engaging with members of the local and surrounding area to positively promote use of the Campus and its facilities. I am passionate about both young people and the power of community and thoroughly enjoy the variety of people I encounter on a daily basis. I am also in charge of promoting the Campus through use of marketing and communications activities that raise awareness and encourage community use. But I am now keen to help benefit my own IMMEDIATE Campus community. The students of Mayfield School are part of an outstanding and caring school community, where staff work tirelessly to ensure the needs of the students always come first. As mentioned, I am responsible for lead on promotion and communication for the Campus within the wider community; a responsibility that has proved incredibly successful given the continued growing success of the Campus. It is this skill of communication and ability to engage successfully with various people. I’ve always been a people person and thrive off coming into contact with people from different backgrounds. Because I deal with so many people (staff, students, stakeholders, community users etc), I always go forward with one word in my mind; listen. Listen to the people you are dealing with. Find out what they want from you and use them as a guide for how you can make this happen. After all, I want to help people, in every aspect of my job role, achieve their full potential. I moved away from Cumbria to go to university and after I graduated, I had several opportunities to pursue work elsewhere around the UK but something in me brought me back to Cumbria. I think it’s because I believe in this area and I believe in all the brilliant opportunities there are for people. It’d be easy to sit around and say ‘well nowhere in Cumbria do you get that fast paced, metropolitan vibe’ but to that I say ‘how many people get some of the views I get coming into work every day?’ I want to help continue with this positive ethos and use more of my own interpersonal skills and experience to help collaborate with others in ensuring that Mayfield School remains a highly respected and valued school within our county.

Jonny Sunter

School Governor

I started my career in education, in Bradford, straight from sixth form, where I started my employment at the school I attended, as a Special Educational Needs teaching assistant. From there I progressed to dealing with whole school pastoral elements, as i became a Head of House. I left Bradford in 2010, to relocate to West Cumbria where I started working at Solway Community School in Silloth, as a Cover Supervisor & Head of House. In 2016 I switched school & took up the role of Pastoral Head of Sixth Form & Pupil Premium mentor at West Lakes Academy in Egremont. In 2018 i switch to working full time supporting the Disadvantaged (Pupil Premium, Looked After & Post Looked After). September 2020 saw me return to Solway Community School, where I am now the Quality of Education Lead for all Pastoral elements (Welfare, Attendance, Safeguarding & Behaviour) across the 2 schools in our federation (Solway & Beacon Hill Community School). I love my work as a co-opted governor for Mayfield and find an absolute privilege to serve the staff, students & parents of Mayfield.

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