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Episkopi Primary School British Forces Episkopi BFPO 53 Tel: (00357) 25963425 Fax: (00357) 25963825
    • Children at the heart of all we do

    School Governors' Committee

    Who are they?

       Sqn Ldr Ema Bean,Chair of Governors (more info to follow!)


       Mrs Muriel Hoole, Vice Chair & SGC representative for English.  Muriel Hoole is a retired primary school teacher who has been volunteering weekly at Episkopi Primary School since arriving in Cyprus in 2007.  She has taught in the UK and in SCE schools in Germany, where she met her husband in Soest many years ago.


       Mrs Dawn Synnuck, SGC representative for Creative Arts.  Dawn is the Principal Speech & Language Therapist for BFC, based in Episkopi.  She has worked as paediatric specialist S&LT in the NHS and independent practices for over 25 years. Her jobs have included: Co-founder/director business in Spain to support additional needs and S&LT in international schools, Manager for S&LT MOD Germany, Director of Education for School of S&LT Newcastle University and Head of Learning Enrichment at Hanover International School.


        Mrs Gill Marsden, SGC representative for Maths.  Mrs Marsden is a secondary school English teacher who has taught full-time in the UK and part-time in Germany (in between having four children!).  She is SGC Governor for Maths and has been adopted by Year 6!  Her 3 boys are all in Episkopi Primary School and baby Lucy can't wait to go too!


       Mr Richard Hoole After 36½ years Regular Commissioned Service in the Royal Corps of Signals, spent mainly in the UK and Germany, Lieutenant Colonel Richard Hoole retired to Cyprus in January 2007 with his wife Muriel, a retired Primary School teacher.  They had previously purchased land in Parekklisia to the East of Limassol and had a timber-framed house from Finland constructed, moving-in just before Christmas 2007. 

    Richard’s involvement with Episkopi Primary School stems from Muriel’s volunteering on Fridays at the school and her subsequently being invited to become a Governor in 2015 and then being appointed as Deputy Chair. Richard volunteered to become Clerk of the SGC and took up the appointment at the beginning of 2017.


       Mrs Julia Heydon-Wells, SGC representative for English. Julia worked as a publisher of children's and young adult books by authors such as Francesca Simon, Axel Scheffler, Michael Morpurgo and Paul McCartney. She writes the blog Far Flung Family about her family's adventures in Cyprus. She has a child attending Episkopi Primary School.

      Mrs Egrinah Foroma, SGC representative for English.  Mrs Foroma has a Social Work background and has worked in various service provision settings prior to moving to Cyprus with her family. In March 2018 she joined the school teaching team as a Learning Support Assistant. Her daughter is a student in Episkopi Primary School. 


       Father John Nelson, SGC representative for Science.  Father John has been a Catholic priest for 35 years in the Diocese of Portsmouth, where he has worked in a number of parishes and served as a school governor in 9 different schools.  He served for 28 years as a Reserve Chaplain with an army medical unit until September 2018 when he switched to regular service for a 3-year posting to Cyprus.  He is currently the Padre with 2 Mercian and is based in Episkopi Station. 


     Sqn Ldr Shep Matungamire, SO2 J6 Branch HQ BFC, SGC representative for Maths.

    Sqn Ldr Matungamire has served for over 17 years in the Royal Air Force as a Communication Engineering Officer.  He has worked as a STEM ambassador in the UK and is keen to continue his involvement whilst based in Cyprus.  Shep has 2 daughters currently attending Episkopi Primary School.



       Capt Nige Garcia, SGC representative for Creative Arts.


     CSgt Leighton Shirton, SGC representative for parents' groups.


     Mr Tony Hynes, CJPU, SGC Safeguarding Representative


    What do they do?

    The School Governors take an active role in supporting and developing all aspects of Episkopi Primary School.

    There are regular School Governance Committee meetings, chaired by Sqn Ldr Andi Reid, where the governors meet together with the Head Teacher and Deputy Head, to share ideas and discuss how the school can continue to maintain its excellent standards, to find out what is happening across curriculum subjects and the whole school and to keep going forward.

    Each governor is assigned to a curriculum area and joins the teachers to discuss their planning, targets, assessment and additional activities within these areas. This is an excellent opportunity for the governors to get to know how their area/subject is delivered throughout the school and to be part of these highly motivated, positive sessions (and be in awe of how hard the teachers work and their commitment to providing the best for the pupils!).

    Every year group has “adopted” a governor, so we are involved with these children, their classes, lessons and events  - getting invited to fun activities (sports’ day, theatre trips, concerts) as well as regular lessons. It is a privilege to share time and work with happy children and dedicated staff!

    Dawn Synnuck

    Governor for Creative Arts – Episkopi Primary

    Principal Speech & Language Therapist


    If you would like to contact the Governors, please email

    1. English Team Meeting Mins 040518
    2. EY Curriculum Meeting 2018 05 10
    4. SEN FOCUS GROUP Minutes 040518
    5. HT report for SGC Feb18