Meet the Governors

Curbar Primary School Governing Body 2019 - 20

Meet the Governors 2020 – 2021

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 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


I am a parent governor.  I have two children at Lady Manners who previously attended Curbar.  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, Vice Chair, 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.


Angie Cottle


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.


David Jackson


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.


Alan Cain


I am a parent of two children at Lady Manners School, both of whom previously attended Curbar Primary. In my professional life I am a Resilience Manager responsible for emergency preparedness, resilience and response (EPRR) for Greater Manchester NHS. This includes emergency planning for disruptive events including severe weather, flooding, fire, power failures and terrorist incidents. I also provide advice to Clinical Commissioning Groups in regards to Prevent.  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.


Dates for 2020 -21 meetings


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

Resigned 24.6.2020

S&C SIP and Standards Maths P P P P
George Wolfe Co-opted Governing Board 17.11.2023 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
Simon Beahan P P P P
Jane Taylor P P P P
David Jackson P A A P
Don Leitch P A DNA A
Raymond Griffiths P P A R
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
Simon Beahan P P P
Jane Taylor P P P
Angie Cottie P P P
Linda Berry P P P
Alison Thorpe P P A
Alan Cain DNA DNA A
Charlotte Wright P P A



  • 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
Simon Beahan None None
Donald Leitch None None
John Dix None None
George Wolfe None None
Jane Taylor None None
Alison Thorpe None None
Linda Berry None None
Charlotte Wright None None
Helen Walton Teacher None
Angie Cottle Teacher None
David Jackson None None
Alan Cain None None
Raymond Griffiths None
Fiona Swain C2G Pilsley C of E, Bakewell M Junior, White Peak Fed., Baslow St Anne’s Junior School. None



Governor attendance information 2017 – 18 and Pecuniary Interest Declaration 2018 – 19


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. 

Current Date

September 20 2020

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School Contact Details

Calver Bridge, Calver, Hope Valley.

Derbyshire, S323XA


T: 01433630266


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