The Governing Board is made up of a group of volunteers, all have different skills and experience. The role of the governing board is a strategic one, its key functions are to:
set the aims and objectives for the school
set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)
Our Chair of Governors is Carol Gotheridge. If you are interested in becoming a Governor and supporting our school please speak to the Headteacher Deirdre Malley or the Clerk to Governors Joanna Zurawska. Alternatively please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The governing body is accountable for the way in which the school’s resources are allocated to meet the objectives set out in the school’s development plans. Governors need to secure the best possible outcome for pupils, in the most efficient and effective way, at a reasonable cost. Governors apply the principles of Best Value to do this.
If you would like to view the Governing Body’s Best Value statement Please click Here
Meet the team . . . . .
Deirdre Malley (Head Teacher)
Deirdre took on the role of Head Teacher in January this year having worked within the school for the last 16 years. Deirdre has developed strong relationships of trust with the staff, governors and fellow professionals and brings tenacity and a reflective teaching approach to lead the team forward. Deirdre is an advocate of best practices in the EYFS framework and child-centred learning ensuring all children’s intrinsic motivations are recognised and satisfied, encouraging self-motivating independent learning. Deirdre established one of the very first Forest School models in Derby, achieving national accreditation and continues to promote the development of initiatives that support and empower children and their families.
Attendance 5/5 Full Governor meetings
Carol Gotheridge (Chair)
Carol was a Nursery Teacher for 26 years working in nursery, infant & primary schools, before becoming a Family Learning Co-ordinator and then Peep Co-ordinator. Twenty two of these years were in Derby schools. Carol has recently retired as Peep Co-ordinator from Derby City Council. Carol led and delivered the Peep initiative within the city which was part of the core offer of the children’s centres for more than 12 years. The programme supports the city’s early intervention strategy, by working with parents/carers to improve outcomes for children.
Carol joined the Governing Board on the 29th September 2014. On the 7th February this year Carol agreed to take on the role as Chair of Governors. Carol sits on the Finance, Personnel, Curriculum and Performance Management Committees. Carol has no registered interests and her term as Chair of Governors is for 2 years.
Attendance 11/12 Full Governor meetings
Fiona Colton (Co-opted Governor & Vice Chair)
Fiona joined the Governing Board on the 29th September 2016 as a Co-opted Governor for a 4 year term and agreed to take on the role of Vice Chair on the 7th February this year. Fiona brings a wealth of experience to the team from an early years and business perspective. Fiona is the governor responsible for Health & Safety and she sits on the Personnel Committee. Fiona’s registered interest is her role within Derby City Council as Head of Integrated Services 0-19 Locality 2.
Attendance 3/5 Full Governor meetings
Josephine Walker (Parent Governor)
Josephine was elected by the Governing Board on the 16th December 2016 for a 2 year term. Josephine sits on the Curriculum Committee and her registered interest is that she is the owner of the Josephine Elliott School of Dance in Derby.
Attendance 3/4 Full Governor meetings
Debbie Leeney (Staff Governor)
Debbie has been teaching at Lord Street for just over 20 years and has been instrumental in shaping Lord Street into the nursery that it is today. Debbie was voted onto the board on the 6th November 2013 for a 4 year term. Debbie Chairs the Curriculum Committee and is the Governor responsible for Safeguarding and Data. Debbie’s registered interest is that she is employed by the school.
Attendance 11/12 Full Governor meetings
Laura Needham (Co-opted Governor)
Laura joined the team on the 29th September 2015 for a 4 year term. Laura is an experienced HLTA and has worked at Lord Street for 15 years, she brings dedication, passion and a fresh perspective to the board. Laura sits on the Finance Committee and her registered interest is she that she is employed by the school.
Attendance 7/8 Full Governor meetings
Kim Hilton (Parent Governor)
Kim joined the team on the 23rd March 2017 as a Parent Governor. Kim sits on the Finance Committee and has no registered interests.
Attendance 1/2 Full governor meetings
Jo Zurawska (Clerk to Governors)
We are delighted that Jo has taken on the role of Clerk to Governors on the 4th January 2017. Jo has worked for the school since September 2013 as a Nursery Nurse and has experience in both early years and administration.
Those who have stepped down from the governing Board 2016/17:
Lisa Bailey – Chair of Governors/SEND Governor/ sat on all committees – stepped down – 29th January 2017
Kellie Fields – Parent Governor/Curriculum Committee – stepped down – 14th January 2017
Bob McDonald – Vice Chair/Health & safety Governor/Performance Management – stepped down – 15th July 2016
Jo Straw – Clerk to Governors – stepped down 4th January 2017 (continues in her role as School Business Manager)