Meet the Governors


Jill Brooks writes:

I have been Chair of Governors at Staveley since September 2013.  Before that, I was an LA governor appointed by Derbyshire County Council. I was born in Staveley and have always lived here. I attended the junior school when it was Middlecroft Junior School. I retired from teaching in March 2009 and wanted to stay involved in schools so became a governor at Staveley.

Who are the governors?

The governing body comprises: the Head Teacher, 1 Staff Governor, 5 Co-opted Governors (1 vacancy), 4 Parent Governors and 1 Governor nominated by the Local Authority. No matter which governor you ask about their work in school, they will always say the children are at the heart of any decision they make.

If you have any concerns about your child or any school related issues, first of all please speak to your child’s teacher or the head teacher. If you still have concerns you can contact the governing body via the school office, by emailing the school or by phone on 01246472325


Jill Brooks Malc Kershaw Joy Burgess
LA Governor/ Chair of Governors Co-opted Governor/ Vice Chair Staff governor
Julie Bacon Stuart Clay-Haddon Erika Thornhill
Co-opted governor Parent governor Co-opted governor
Chris Bond Sarah Cooper Kerry Wilkinson
Parent governor Parent governor Co-opted governor
Sarah Wigfield Anne Greenan
Headteacher Clerk


What do we do?

We have three main areas of responsibility:

  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure the money is well spent.
  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • To hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.

Staveley Junior School has a committed governing body. We are interested in knowing as much as possible about the school - its history and current context. We are all volunteers, and we give our time because we care about the school and the community. We have a wide range of skills, backgrounds, and interests. We make decisions that help the school to provide the best possible education, in its widest sense, for all the children in our school.


How are we organised?

All of us meet at the beginning of each term as a full Governing Body, in a formal meeting that is minuted by our clerk to the governors.

In addition, we have three subcommittees. Most Governors will be on one or two committees, and each committee usually meets once a term.



Teaching and Learning Kerry Wilkinson
Finance Malc Kershaw
Assessment Jill Brooks
Online Safety Joy Burgess


  • The Teaching and Learning Committee is concerned with data, (progress, achievement and attainment) teaching and learning and major curriculum initiatives.
  • The health and Safety ,Finance and Resources Committee looks after the school’s budget, and sets priorities for improvements to our buildings and playgrounds. It deals with the way the school staff is structured, the appraisal process for all staff, appointments of new staff and the welfare of all employees.
  • The Assessment Committee looks at new teaching and learning initiatives, which have been introduced into the classroom. Working with the Senior Leadership Team, it looks for the improvements in pupils’ learning resulting from these new ideas.
  • The Online Safety Committee includes the Online Safety Officer and the children's Digital Leader. It discusses issues concerned with online safety both within and outside of school hours.








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