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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
  • RMC

None

Deborah Finney

Foundation

1/9/15 to 31/8/19

  • Vice-Chair
  • Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee (TLC)
  • Performance Management Committee
  • Disciplinary Panel

None

Jessica McFarlane Co-opted 25/9/18 to 24/9/22
  • Chair of Resources Management Committee (RMC)
  • 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
  • RMC

None

  Roger Wilkinson

Local Authority

25/9/17 to 24/9/21

  • Health & Safety link governor
  • Disciplinary Panel
  • RMC

None

  Rev. Norman Shaw

Ex-officio foundation

1/9/16

  • Performance Management Committee
  • TLC

None

Kellie Wilson 

Co-opted

26/09/17

  • TLC

None

Michelle Massey Parent 30/1/18 to 29/01/22
  • Pupil Premium & SEND link governor
  • TLC
None
Esther Bland Headteacher 1/9/18
  • Disciplinary Panel
  • RMC
None
Rob Baker Clerk of Governors 17/4/18   None

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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 numeracy. 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.

 

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

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