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Nicky Ling

I joined Ranelagh Primary School as Headteacher in January 2018, however, Ranelagh is a school I know well having taught here from 1999 to 2004. Ranelagh is a very special place to me and I am delighted to return here to lead the school on the next part of it's journey.  Although Early Years trained, I have taught across the primary age range in a variety of schools and in a variety of roles.  I have a passion for teaching English; a love of  reading and the Arts.  When I am not at school, I love walking my two dogs and travelling.


David Plowman

I am now retired after a working life that included a management career involving customer service,HR and Finance. I was born on Chantry and have lived in the area most of my life. As a Governor, and particularly as Chair, I wish to support the school in its vision and values. It is important that every pupil at Ranelagh enjoys their education and is enabled to become the best person they can. This can only be achieved by providing the necessary resources and supporting the pupils and staff at all times.

Sue Thomas

I've been a governor at Ranelagh since the mid nineties when I was councillor for Chantry. I was chair of governors for 17 years seeing many changes, with four head teachers!  During this time I've been a governor at Sidegate Primary and two Pupil Referral Units in Ipswich, all of which gave me valuable experience in my role as critical friend at Ranelagh with the challenges facing schools.  My enduring interest in education has been about the importance of children's early years and the crucial part this plays with their future development.  I'm retired now but have worked in the NHS; was a county councillor for 20 years; led the partnership that developed early years and childcare in Suffolk. Also being a Trustee at Suffolk Family Carers encouraged me to be young carers champion at Ranelagh.

Heidi Austin

I have two children who are pupils at Ranelagh School, one in key stage 1, 1 in key stage 2. I have been a parent governor since 2015. As a parent I value the inclusivity and the feel of community at Ranelagh, I love that our children learn and achieve in all areas of their development and the opportunities that they are offered in music, art and sports that build their skills, their confidence and their abilities to work alongside each other, and the impact this has on their learning in their core curriculum subjects. I am proud that our children feel happy and safe and want to come to school. My primary interest as a Governor, alongside our strategic responsibilities, is the development of learning and opportunities for disadvantaged children. At home I love to read, go to the cinema and spend time with friends and family.

Eileen Allpress

I have had a long career in Primary education. On my retirement from headship in 2016, I joined West Ipswich Teaching School as a Project Manager. This role involves providing school based support and CPD with a main focus on Early Years and SEND. I also workwithin Ipswich Research School as a Research Director. This role involves supporting practitioners from all settings to engage in evidence informed research to improve practice, with key links to Ipswich Opportunity area.

Gary Morgan

Having spent my early life growing up in Lancashire, I moved to Suffolk in 2016 following a management career that has taken me around the UK. Having previously enjoyed being a school governor, I applied to the local authority in order to continue what I consider vital work in the community, supporting a local school, educating the future generation. As a governor I would like to use my skill set to support the senior leadership team at Ranelagh in achieving the goals and vision of the school, specifically focusing attention on the school resources to support modernisation. Whilst not working I enjoy martial arts and walking my dog in the great Suffolk countryside.

Olga Hopper

I am originally from Russia where I qualified as a Teacher of German and English as a foreign language. I Completed SCITT Primary in Ipswich and obtained a Master’s degree at Ruskin University, Cambridge.  I started at Ranelagh Primary as a volunteer 15 years ago, a long but exciting journey! I have undertaken lots of different roles at Ranelagh over the years, now I am the Assistant Headteacher and this year became a Senior Leader of Education in Suffolk

Since arriving in the UK in 2002 I have always been an active member of the community. Initially I worked as a translator and interpreter for Translation & Interpreting Project in Ipswich. I then became a trustee for the Race Equality Council. I helped to build up the Russian Supplementary School in Ipswich and had my own Russian language show on Ipswich Community Radio. For the last five years I have been running “Achievers” Supplementary School, on Saturday mornings, for children with English as an additional language.

I fluently speak 4 languages, love travelling, reading, painting and swimming.

Alexandra Sivriu

I am originally from Romania and have moved here to undertake my studies at University of Suffolk in Events and Tourism Management. I am currently working for the University as a Student Experience Ambassador where I work closely with different academic teams and university services to enhance the student experience and make their voice heard. During my years at the University of Suffolk I have mentored students and shared my knowledge with them. As a Governor I would like to share my knowledge and skills with the board in order to achieve the school’s goals and vision.