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Welcome to our school - full of happy, hard-working children and teachers. We want every child to participate fully, respect other people, be independent and determined in achieving excellence.


Meet the Governing Body


All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’ to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community.


The Governing Body works in close partnership with the headteacher, staff and the local authority. Whilst the headteacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings, and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.


A full review, in the form of an impact statement, will be produced by the Governing Body at the end of the academic year to review the school’s progress towards the identified school improvement priorities.


General information about the work of a school governing body, a guide to the laws affecting schools and governors and advice on how to become a school governor may be found by using the link below.

 Information for the Derbyshire  Local Offer can be found on the link below.


Welcome to our Governors' section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.


Our Governors are:

Governor Category

Carolyn BurkeChair of Governors
Becky KnowlsonChair of Governors
Rachel WhatleyVice-Chair
Lee DrewVice-Chair

Paul Schumann


Rachel Whatley

Local Authority

Emma Vanter


  Natalie Hickman Co-opted
  Becky Knowlson  Co-opted
  Dominique Theobald Teaching Staff Representative
  Lee Drew Co-opted
  Rita Patel Parent
  Martin Holland-Lloyd Parent


Governor Roles and Committees




  • Safeguarding ( Carolyn Burke & Lee Drew).
  • Special Educational Needs (Emma Vanter).
  • Early Years Foundation Stage (Rachel Whatley & Natalie Hickman). 
  • Anti-Bullying (Carolyn Buke & Lee Drew).
  • Health and Safety and Premises (Lee Drew). 



  • Finance, Personnel and Premises Sub-Committee

Natalie Hickman (Chair), Carolyn Burke, Lee Drew, Paul Schumann, Rita Patel, Julie Carter [Associate]

  • Teaching and Learning Sub-Committee

Rachel Whatley (Chair), Paul Schumann, Domanique Theobald, Emma Vanter, Martin Holland-Lloyd, Rebecca Knowlson

  • Head Teacher Performance Management Sub-Committee

Carolyn Burke and Rebecca Knowlson.

The role of a governor


The role of a school governor is to contribute to the work of the governing body in raising standards of achievement for all pupils. This involves:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff
  • overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

The individual governor has a responsibility, working alongside other members of the governing body, to the staff and pupils of the school and the school’s wider community.

Governors must have an interest in our children’s future, be willing to contribute and make a difference, respect the need for confidentiality and be able to work as part of a team. Governors must act with integrity, objectivity and honesty and in the best interests of the school.


What governors do


Governors are volunteers who attend meetings and work to further the school’s development. Together with the headteacher, responsibilities of governing bodies include:

  • developing the school’s strategic plan
  • determining aims, policies and priorities
  • setting targets
  • monitoring and evaluating
  • deciding the number of staff
  • overseeing the use of the school’s budget
  • securing high levels of attendance and good standards of pupil behaviour

Governors provide the headteacher with support and advice, drawing on their knowledge and experience. They ask searching questions and respect the headteacher’s position as the professional leader of the school.


How much time it takes up

The amount of time each person gives to the role will vary. However you will need to be willing to:

  • prepare for meetings - there will be papers that need reading
  • attend meetings - the governing body must meet at least once a term, but you may also be asked to serve on at least 1 committee - meetings are normally during the evening but may also be during the day
We currently have 1 space in our Reception class. Parents looking for places for 2022 Reception please look at the New Starters section in the Key Information tab
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