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Belton Lane Primary School

Belton LanePrimary School

Meet Our Governors


Matthew Cooper- Chair of Governors: I have three Children, two of which attend the School. Alia has just started in Reception after attending Little Explorers Nursery, and Luke has just entered Year 5. As a family, we relocated to Grantham from Kent in 2017 and choose the school due to the reviews and Ofsted reports it has received. My aim is to be able to make a positive contribution to the school and every child’s education. I aim to play an active role in helping the school to go from strength to strength.  Professionally, I am a Financial Project and Credit Manager. My hobbies are Archery, Board Games and Martial Arts.

Darren Lane: I moved to Grantham from Whitstable, Kent, in 2002. My background is in carpentry & joinery, for some years I Lectured at Grantham College in Construction and the Built Environment. My wife, Tamsin, and I run our family businesses-initially at sole trade and 2013 at Director level. As a family, we are Jehovah’s Witnesses. We believe that a great spiritual and secular education gives the best start in life. My son, Bailey started at Belton Lane School in 2015 and Bentley joined in 2017. Both children love being at Belton Lane. The pupils are friendly and the teachers professional and kind. Belton Lane School delivers a great education to the children and is somewhere we can be proud to be affiliated with. I joined the governing body in 2018 and am committed to seeing the pupils and teachers flourish.

Simon Devonald: I moved to Grantham in 2010. I am a director in a local family manufacturing business. I am a member of Grantham Round Table and through that I am involved in local charity work. My elder son, Henry started at Belton Lane School in 2018 and my younger son started in 2021. When my wife and I were looking at schools in the area, Belton Lane stood out in terms of both educational atmosphere and the aim to produce ‘all-round’ children. I joined the governing body in 2018 and am looking forward to helping the school continue its excellent progress.

Amy Cussell-Smith: I have been working in education since 2004 and have worked in a variety of different schools before Belton Lane. I spent 12 years working in inner London in the borough of Islington where I was deputy headteacher of a large multi-cultural school serving a diverse community. I have had experience of leading on curriculum development, assessment, quality of teaching and learning and safeguarding and child protection. 

It is a privilege to work at Belton Lane and be part of its growing community.

Laura Burchett: I have two children, William and Alfie.  Both joined the school from Reception, with Alfie still attending the school and William now in Secondary School.  I also attended the school when I moved to Grantham from Essex in 1996 and as much as I enjoyed attending, I can see the vast improvements that have been made since.  I am Head of Business & Executive Support for an executive search and recruitment firm who delivers senior leadership and board appointments across the education and not-for-profit sectors.  I joined the governing body in 2020 to contribute towards helping the schools' continuous growth and positive progress.