Who are the Curbar Primary School Governors?
Jane Taylor, Chair
I was a parent governor and am now a co-opted governor. My son Isaac spent 4½ years at Curbar Primary School and is now in Year 8 at Lady Manners. My previous life involved working in Human Resources and teaching English. Since moving to Curbar I have been involved in various voluntary groups including Homestart UK, Bakewell and Eyam Community Transport and The Eastern Moors Partnership. I am on the Standards and Curriculum and Resource Management Committees. I have responsibility for Special Educational Needs and the achievement of other targeted groups of children.
Alison Thorpe, Vice Chair
I am a parent governor. I currently have a daughter Artemis in year 5 and a son, Iskander who has just left Curbar for Lady Manners. When I am not governor-ing, I work at the Foreign Office, dividing my time between working from home in Stoney and travelling down to London. My career with the Foreign Office has taken my family and me on postings in Lebanon, Macedonia and Stockholm but we are now back in Derbyshire for a while. I sit on the Standards and Curriculum Committee and am the link governor for welfare (staff and families).
Helen Walton, Chair of Standards and Curriculum Committee
I am a parent governor with three daughters all currently attending Curbar Primary School. I am the chair of the Standards and Curriculum Committee, with a specific focus on maths. In addition to School Governance I also enjoy supporting the school through volunteering and the PFTA. In addition to this I work three days a week as a Primary School Teacher in Sheffield, which offers a useful insight into school governance ‘from the other side’. Please feel free to catch me at school on Thursday and Friday pickups if you need to discuss anything.
George Wolfe, Chair of Resource Management Committee
My career was as a solicitor and administrator in local government and the Peak National Park. I responded to a request for volunteers to be school governors and was governor of another school before moving on to Curbar in 2015. I have lived in Calver for 38 years and am also involved in community transport, Matlock Music, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, Calver Weir and the local history group. I am chair of the Resource Management Committee and have special responsibility for Safeguarding and Anti Bullying.
I am a parent governor with a son, Ludo, in class 3. I have worked in education for 22 years as an arts practitioner, 15 years of which has involved managing secondary school arts departments. Recently, I have been involved writing projects in the area, including ‘Little Echoes’ and in 2016 was appointed Derbyshire’s ‘Writer in Residency’. I currently teach at Lady Manners and work as a play leader with the 623 After School Club. As a governor I am on the Standards and Curriculum Committee and have special responsibility for English.
Simon Beahan, Headteacher
I am the Headteacher at Curbar Primary School. I joined the school in September 2015 having previously worked in Sheffield as an acting head and deputy head teacher at Mosborough Primary School. Before this, I spent time teaching in other schools in Sheffield, Liverpool and the Wirral. I moved to Sheffield permanently in 2001 having previously attended the University in the mid 90’s. As the Headteacher, I am a member of all the committees.
My working life started in the electrochemical industry, I made a career change in my 30s to work in IT, working for Royal Mail as a project Manager, transferred by Royal Mail to Chesterfield in 2000 and then joined CSC. While working for CSC I acted as a Young Business Advisor supporting a disabled group based at Chesterfield College. Since taking early retirement and moving to Froggatt a few years ago, I have become involved in a number of community activities in various roles. As a governor I am on the Resource Management Committee.
Linda Berry, Staff Governor
I am senior teacher, class one teacher and SENCo at Curbar Primary school. I joined the school in 2006 having previously worked in Lancashire. I have worked in primary education for the past 25 years, initially as a Nursery Nurse then as a teacher. I have a special interest in Special Educational needs and 3 years ago added the SENCo qualification to support my role. I am on the Standards and Curriculum committee with special responsibility for English.
I am a parent of two children at Curbar Primary, one in Class 2 and one in Class3. In my professional life I am Head of Business Continuity and Security at Manchester Metropolitan University, responsible for the protection of the 36,000 students. This includes emergency planning (fire, flood, terrorist incident) and crisis management (actual or potential adverse coverage in the press or social media). I also sit on the Prevent steering group responsible for policy relating to Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015. I am on the Resource Management Committee and I have responsibility for Health and Safety.
Please see provisional governor meeting dates in the document below.
Publication of Governor’s Details and Register of Interests
The Governors and Associate Members of Curbar Primary School recognise that we hold an important public office and as such strive to operate at all times with transparency and have the well-being of the children and the reputation of the school at heart. As a result, we publish up-to-date details of our governance arrangements here on the school website.
This information includes all the names of the Governors, what category of governor they are and which body appointed them. It states each individuals term of office according to our constitution. It names the committees that each governor serves on and any specific positions of responsibility held.
Each individual Governors attendance at the Governing Body and Committee meetings over the last academic year is also published here.
We also acknowledge here any relevant business, pecuniary or material interests, including relationships which have potential to cause a conflict of interest.
Our code of conduct clearly states what is expected of the Governors of Curbar Primary School and is reaffirmed yearly.
Please refer to the downloadable document for this information.
|Category of Governor||Appointing body||End of term of office||Committee Membership
(see key below)
|*Associate members do not have voting rights at FGB meetings.||All terms of office for FGB members, save Ex Officio members, are for four years.||8.10.2018||17.12.2018||18.3.2019||24.6.2019|
|Simon Beahan||Head Teacher||Ex-officio||n/a||S&C, RMC||P||P||P||P|
|Jane Taylor||Co-opted||Governing Board||24.09.2021||S&C, RMC||Chair, SEND, Pupil Premium, Targeted Vulnerable Groups
|Alison Thorpe||Parent||Elected unopposed||22.01.2020||S&C||HTPM, Welfare||P||P||P||P|
|Helen Walton||Parent||Elected unopposed||12.06.2020||S&C||Chair S&C
Writing, SIP and Standards English
|Linda Berry||Staff||School Staff||7.10.2022||S&C||SEND||P||P||P||P|
|Angie Cottie||Parent||By election||13.11.2021||S&C||PR, SIP and Standards English||P||P||P||P|
|Charlotte Wright||Local Authority||Governing Board||02.10.2020
|S&C||SIP and Standards Maths||P||P||P||P|
|George Wolfe||Co-opted||Governing Board||17.11.2019||RMC||Chair RMC
Safeguarding and Anti-Bullying,SIP and Standards Maths
|David Jackson||Co-opted||Governing Board||10.12.2021||RMC||P||P||P||P|
|Alan Cain||Co-opted||Governing Board||7.10.2022||S&C||H&S||X||P||P||DNA|
|Raymond Griffiths||Associate||Governing Board||10.12.2021||RMC||X||P||R||R|
|Donald Leitch||Associate||Governing Board||08.10.2022||RMC||–||–||–||–|
|John Dix||Associate||Governing Board||15.06.2019||RMC||A||–||–||R|
Sub Committee Attendance:
|RESOURCE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE||12.11.2018||11.2.2019||4.3.2019||21.5.2019|
|George Wolfe (Chair)||P||P||P||P|
|In attendance: Linda Berry||P||P||P||P|
|STANDARDS AND CURRICULUM COMMITTEE||22.10.2018||21.1.2019||16.5.2019||10.7.2019|
|Helen Walton (Chair)||P||P||P|
- DCC – Derbyshire County Council
- FGB – Full Governing Body
- N/A – not applicable
- SEND – Special Educational Needs and Disability
- H&S – Health and Safety
- S&C Standards and Curriculum Committee
- RMC Resource Management Committee
- TBA – to be advised
Key to Governor Attendance:
- P Present
- A Apologies tendered and accepted: governors have to explain to the Full Governing Body why a meeting cannot be attended and those present at the meeting have to decide whether to accept the reason offered because a governor who, without the consent of the Full Governing Body, fails to attend their meetings for a continuous period of six months, is liable to disqualification. Acceptable reasons include illness; hospital attendance or admission; work commitments; pre-booked holidays and family emergencies. Associate Members (who also serve on committees) are not bound by these rules
- AD Apologies Declined: the reason given for non-attendance is not accepted by the Full Governing Body at their meeting.
- DNA Did not attend.
- X Not yet appointed
- R Resigned
|Name||Other Schools||Pecuniary and Personal Interests|
|Fiona Swain||C2G Pilsley C of E, Bakewell M Junior, White Peak Fed., Baslow St Anne’s Junior School.||None|
There are no declared pecuniary and personal interests.
One governor has a spouse working in the school.
Please contact the school office if you would like a copy of any governor minutes.