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Meet the Governors

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

Welcome letter from the Chair of Governors

  

The Duke of Norfolk CE Primary School Governors

Please find below a list of our school governors, their role and their terms of office.

Name

Type of Governor

Terms of Office

Roles

Business Interests

  Rebecca Silcock

Parent

25/9/14 to 24/9/18

  • Chair of Full Governing Body (FGB)
  • TLC 

None

  Peter Parkin-Child

Parent

1/9/15 to 31/8/19

  • Vice-Chair
  • IT link governor
  • RMC

None

Deborah Finney

Foundation

1/9/15 to 31/8/19

  • Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee (TLC)
  • Literacy link governor
  • Performance Management Committee
  • Disciplinary Panel

MMU provision of CPD for teachers

Jessica McFarlane Parent 25/9/14 to 24/9/18
  • Chair of Resources Management Committee (RMC)
  • Safeguarding & PREVENT link governor
None

  Cilla Hollman

Co-opted

1/9/15 to 31/8/19

  • Eco link governor
  • EYFS link governor
  • Performance Management Committee
  • Disciplinary Panel
  • RMC

None

  Roger Wilkinson

Local Authority

25/9/17 to 24/9/21

  • Health & Safety link governor
  • Disciplinary Panel
  • RMC

None

  Sandra Simm

Staff

21/11/17 to 20/11/21

  • TLC

None

  Rev. Norman Shaw

Ex-officio foundation

1/9/16

  • Performance Management Committee
  • TLC

None

  Richard Wilkins

Parent

10/10/13 to 9/10/17

  • SEN link governor
  • Pupil Premium link governor
  • Disciplinary Panel
  • TLC

None

  Robert Smith

Parent

22/11/16 to 21/11/20

  • Numeracy link governor
  • TLC

None

 Kirsty Hood

Parent

22/11/16 to 21/11/20

  • Anti-bullying link governor
  • Performance Management Committee
  • RMC

None

Kellie Wilson 

Staff

26/09/17

  • TLC

None

Ann Montgomery Headteacher 1/1/14
  • Disciplinary Panel
  • RMC
None
  Clerk of Governors     None

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rebecca Silcock                                                   

It is lovely to see the children looking happy and enthusiastic as they arrive at the beginning of the school day, and as a parent I am keen to see the school continue to thrive and improve. I have two children, one who is currently in year 6 at The Duke of Norfolk School, and one who has now moved on to secondary school. I am the Chair of Governors and have been a governor since 2014, serving on the Teaching and Learning Committee. As a scientist, I have a particular interest in maths and science in education. I am one of the parent volunteers who test the children on their mental maths, and I have even braved the mud and helped out with Forest Schools.

 

 

 

 

 

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 Vice-Chair of the Governing Body, a member of the Resources Management Committee, and the link governor for IT.

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 chair the Teaching and Learning Committee so have been getting to grips with the new curriculum and the additional expectations placed on our children. 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 Resources Management Committee, the Disciplinary Panel and the Performance Management group, 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandra Simm

Having been a Commercial Insurance Broker for over 20 years, I had a change of career when starting a family.  I spent 5 incredible years immersing myself in being Mum. When my first child was in Year 1 at Dukes I began volunteering in the classroom.  I was Secretary of the Dukes PTA for a number of years and as my second child started in Reception I joined the staff as a midday supervisor.  After studying for a qualification as a Teaching Assistant I was taken on in a temporary role at first and was then delighted to be offered a permanent position. I have worked with all year groups in school, supporting children and teaching staff. My current role is full time in Reception with the youngest children and I have found working in the Early Years to be enormously rewarding.  The children never fail to amaze and astonish me. I am proud to say that every day we are providing the support children need to be happy, confident and enthusiastic about school, giving them the foundations they need to be life-long learners. I am thrilled to be a staff governor, giving me further opportunity to help give the children at Dukes the best stepping stones towards their future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rev. Norman Shaw

I was born and brought up in Glossop, but for over thirty years I worked at various locations in Local Government and Public Utilities. During this time I was involved with the work of Education Business Partnerships, spending time in schools and colleges as a mentor and also in the provision of work experience for students. Following retirement, I was ordained priest in the Church of England and now serve as OLM Curate in the Parish of Glossop. I look forward to serving as a Foundation Governor, and hope to contribute to the life of the Duke of Norfolk School.

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Wilkins

My two daughters are thriving in the activities, challenges and experiences that they have been given at The Duke of Norfolk Primary School. I am fortunate to be able to contribute in some way to the school that has given them such a great start to their education, in my role as a parent governor. My specific role is the SEN link governor where I bring experience from secondary science teaching over the past 15 years. I am a committed Christian and really want to do my part in sharing God’s love with my community. I am an active member of FLAME a missional team from St. James’s church, Whitfield and am committed to seeing the C of E status in the school maintained and strengthened. 

 

 

 

 

 

Kirsty Hood

I have two children at Duke of Norfolk and have always been keen to support the school in whatever way I can. Being a Governor enables me to be involved in the school community and to support the Duke of Norfolk on their journey to outstanding. I ensure that I meet my responsibilities through providing constructive challenge and enquiry in addition to being a source of guidance.  As a Head of HR in the NHS I have a passion about the quality and performance agenda in our public services and use my professional experience to support the direction of our school. I am the link Governor for Anti-Bullying in School and I am involved in the school mental maths programme. I am proud of the Duke of Norfolk school community and the effort that parents and teachers alike put into making school a positive learning experience.

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Smith

Duke of Norfolk is not just a school it is like a large family. I am proud of the school and the contribution that it makes to the upbringing of pupils and to Glossop as a whole. My eldest son has attended for several years and my youngest will be starting in September 2018. I would not think of sending either of them to a different school. I see how hard all of the staff work and how much they care for all of the children. I also see how much effort is put in by parents, volunteers, the Board of Governors and the PTA to support the school and all of the pupils. I have helped out with mental maths for the past three years it is a pleasure to work with the children and to be able to give a little something back to the school. We should all have an interest in the welfare of all of our children and being a governor helps me to fulfill this role. I will shortly be taking over the position of numeracy link governor.

 

 

 

 

 

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. 
'Enjoyment, Effort, Excellence'
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