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Meet the Governors

On behalf of all Governors, welcome to the Duke of Norfolk Primary School!

 

As school Governors, we have an important role in monitoring the safety, welfare and education of all our children. To do this, we work as a team with staff, parents/carers and children in an open and caring atmosphere where everyone feels valued.

 

We are justifiably proud of the achievements of our children across the curriculum, and of the high standards maintained in both learning and behaviour. We, as a governing body, take our role very seriously and will always put the needs of the children first – after all, it is why we are all here !!

 

In terms of our role, Governors have responsibility in ensuring that school planning is ambitious yet realistic, and that the school operates in an environment conducive to learning. We support and encourage the Headteacher, and all staff, to ensure each pupil has the best opportunity to learn and progress. Whilst we are involved with a variety of issues, such as monitoring finance, developing policies, building/grounds maintenance and assisting with staff appointments, our most important role is to ensure the welfare and promote the education of our pupils.

 

The School Development Plan is at the heart of Duke of Norfolk School’s vision and ethos. It details our aims and objectives for the ongoing development of the School. Our priorities focus on the following four areas:

 

  • Quality of teaching – continuous development of teachers to deliver more outstanding lessons
  • Pupil achievement and progress – enabling excellent progress for pupils by providing challenge at all levels
  • Behaviour and safety of pupils – developing the role of the School Council and citizenship
  • Leadership and management – developing our senior leadership team, subject leaders and the governing body

 

Please take the time to browse our school website, where you will find more information about the school and us as a Governing Body.

 

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all parents/carers and staff for the support and encouragement they give to both the “Dukes” children and the school. For children, this support nurtures key social and creative skills, especially in these early years, and helps build confidence and self-esteem. Parent interest and support in promoting the school is invaluable, and ensures Dukes has a strong partnership with the local community.

 

It is our aim to be a governing body that is both visible and approachable, and so I am happy to speak with any parent, carer or visitor to discuss any matter relating to the school; and I am always pleased to receive positive feedback. Together we can help the Duke of Norfolk maintain high standards and prosper for current children and future generations.

 

Best regards,

 

Peter Parkin-Child
Chair of Governors

Our Governing Body  

 

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

 

Name

Type of Governor

Terms of Office

Roles

Business Interests

  Peter Parkin-Child

Parent

1/9/15 to 31/8/19

  • Chair of Full Governing Body (FGB)
  • Performance Management Committee
  • Disciplinary Panel

None

Deborah Finney

Foundation

1/9/15 to 31/8/19

  • Vice-Chair
  • Literacy (Writing) Link Governor
  • Performance Management Committee
  • Disciplinary Panel

None

Jessica McFarlane Co-opted 25/9/18 to 24/9/22
  • Finance Lead Governor
  • Safeguarding, Anti-Bullying & PREVENT link governor
None

  Cilla Hollman

Co-opted

1/9/15 to 31/8/19

  • EYFS link governor
  • Performance Management Committee
  • Disciplinary Panel

None

  Roger Wilkinson

Local Authority

25/9/17 to 24/9/21

  • Health & Safety link governor
  • Disciplinary Panel

None

  Revd Dr David Mundy

Ex-officio foundation

1/10/18

 

None

Kellie Wilson 

Co-opted

26/09/17

 

None

Michelle Massey Parent 30/1/18 to 29/01/22
  • Pupil Premium & SEND link governor
None
Jennifer Godwin Parent 15/11/18 to 14/11/22
  • Literacy (Reading) Link Governor
None
Jonathan Lingham Parent 15/11/18 to 14/11/22
  • Numeracy Link Governor
None
Jill Ford Staff 15/11/18 to 14/11/22   None
Esther Bland Headteacher 1/9/18
  • Disciplinary Panel
None
Heather Kindleysides Clerk of Governors      

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Parkin-Child

Having two children in the ‘Dukes’ family, I am keen to support and contribute to the school as best I can; and feel the role of parent governor allows me to do this. In terms of the skills/experience I hope I bring to the table, I previously worked within Corporate Banking before moving into the HR profession; and am currently Head of HR for one of the UK’s largest recruitment companies. I have regular involvement in corporate strategy and policy implementation/revision, alongside dealing with management information and analytics. In terms of my involvement as a governor, I am currently Chair of the Governing Body and a member of the Pay and Performance Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

Deborah Finney

I love Duke of Norfolk and I am very proud of our children and our teaching team. I have two children at the school and understand how difficult and stressful it can be for busy parents to access information about your child’s learning and then to work out how best to support them. I currently Vice-Chair of the Governing Body. I am also a link governor for literacy so your children may see me occasionally visit their classrooms.

I have worked in the Financial and Professional Sector for over 16 years and now work in Higher Education. I try to ensure that my experience in financial management, marketing, legal, HR and negotiation continue to help the school.

 

 

 

 

 

Jessica McFarlane

After completing my law degree, I enjoyed a career for several years  in social housing management. However,shortly after the birth of my daughter I took a complete change  of direction to set up my own home based childcare provision for local families. I really enjoy my job and working with both the early years age group and school aged children on a before and after school basis.  In addition to this, I am a  Magistrate and have sat at various courts over the past nine years. The school and the community in which the children are growing up in are very important to me and I hope to use  my skills and experience to support the governing body and ultimately benefit our school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cilla Hollman

I have been a Governor at this school since 1999, first as a Parent Governor, then a Local Authority Governor and now as a Co-opted Governor.  In this time I have carried out a wide range of roles as link governor for different areas, and I was Chair of Governors for several years.  I am currently a member of the Pay & Performance Committee and the Disciplinary Panel, as well as link governor for Eco-schools.  I also volunteer to hear reading and to help develop mental maths.  I am a firm believer in the importance of collaboration between school and community, because those wide-eyed small people who come in at such a young age will one day be our community’s leaders and supporters, and it is our responsibility to give them a strong vision and ethos that will enable them to fulfil their roles as adults.

 

 

 

 

 

Roger Wilkinson

I first became a Governor at the Dukes when my children attended the school some 30 plus years ago. I have always believed that as Governors we are there to ensure our children get the best start in their educational life as possible. Over the years I have worked to ensure the school has maintained its good working relationship with the Education Authority and partners, ensuring we are providing the right environment for our children to learn in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revd Dr David Mundy

As Priest-in-Charge of Glossop Parish Church of All Saints, the parish church for ‘Dukes’, I am the ex-officio Foundation Governor. It is my role to help the school maintain its distinctive Christian ethos as a Voluntary Controlled Church of England School in a way that is respectful of the diversity of beliefs represented within the school community – pupils, parents / carers, staff, governors. I have over ten years’ experience of serving as a governor at two schools, including as Chair of Governors. Before ordination I worked for more than 20 years in international development, providing support to national and international NGOs and to governments. I am married to Lesley, a registered childminder, and we have two grown-up children, Andrew and Sarah.

 

 

 

 

 

Kellie Wilson

I came to the Duke of Norfolk School 12 years ago as a newly qualified teacher, after graduating with a B.Ed (Hons).  I began teaching in Year 1, fresh-faced and full of idealised notions of what education should be.  I am now Deputy Head Teacher and I can honestly say, I am still just as passionate and determined to provide the best experience for our children that I possibly can - for every single child. I teach Year 6, head up Key Stage Two, and I also lead maths across the school.  I am very proud to be part of our ‘Dukes’ Family’ and feel privileged to spend my days working alongside such hard-working staff, dedicated governors, and of course, amazing children. 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle Massey

My daughter started at the Duke of Norfolk School in September 2017 and I have been amazed at her passion for learning ever since. I became a governor shortly afterwards and I am now link governor for Pupil Premium and SEND. It is exciting to see how the school has embraced the new SAT tests and it is a privilege to see how the Dukes cares for and provides for all pupils. I have been a local secondary school teacher for 14 years and this experience really helps me to focus on the school's outcomes and vision for a happy, successful learning environment.

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Godwin

My children’s future is of utmost importance to me, I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to make a difference in the education of not just my three children, but the school as a whole. I would hope my professional experience in various marketing roles and most recently owning and running my own small business, coupled with my voluntary role as a leader with Girlguiding UK, would be of great benefit. I hope to be an asset to the school, dedicating my time to be a proactive and effective school governor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Lingham

 

I am a father of three and my eldest son is currently in year one. I became a parent governor in 2018 and enjoy the opportunity to help play a small part in supporting the school’s development.  I’m currently Head of Marketing for a large automotive group. I believe my enthusiasm, energy and background in communications can benefit the School Governing Body.

We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.

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