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Meet the Governors

Curbar Primary School Governing Body

Curbar Primary School Governing Body

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.


Kelly Scott


I am a parent governor with a son, Sebastian, in class 1.  I work for a charity called Teenage Cancer Trust as Head of Youth Engagement and Participation which is home based with frequent travels to London, but am also a qualified primary teacher (I trained at Curbar) and worked at Hathersage Primary School teaching key stage 2.  I am involved in the Standards and Curriculum Committee with responsibility for Music and Modern Foreign Languages.  Whenever possible, I enjoy supporting the PTFA and have found it a great way to meet people in the village.  I usually do pick up on Fridays and most mornings, so please do stop for a chat if you would find it helpful. 



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.



Simon Beahan, Headteacher


I am the Acting Executive Headteacher at both Curbar Primary School and Longstone Primary School.  I joined Curbar 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.  In September 2020, I joined Longstone CE (VA) Primary School as their Acting Executive Headteacher until the end of August 2021.


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.


Charlotte Cooper


I am a Local Authority Governor and live in Curbar, running a smallholding and free-range egg business with my husband. A journalist by training, I mostly write about rural issues. I was invited to play a part at Curbar by the chair of the governors after volunteering at the Curbar Commotion and am also involved in Curbar Parish Council, Baslow Village Hall Committee, Baslow Players and Chatsworth Players.  I am on the Resource Management Committee and am the link governor for PE.



Amy Hughes


Information to follow…



Please see provisional governor meeting dates in the document below.


Governor meeting dates for 2021 -22


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.


Curbar Information for school website – October 2021


Name Other Schools Pecuniary and Personal Interests made 2020-2021 Pecuniary and Personal Interests made 2021-2022
Simon Beahan Executive Headteacher Longstone C of E Primary School None None
Linda Berry None None None
Charlotte Cooper None Freelance journalist, business interests: director Peak Media Ltd, Peak Pure Ltd, member of NUJ. Freelance journalist, business interests: director Peak Media Ltd, Peak Pure Ltd, member of NUJ, member of Curbar Parish Council
Alan Cain None Wife, J Cain, works at Curbar Community School AC Director and Vice-Chair of national Association of Healthcare Security (NIAHS) and member of Security Institute and the Emergency Planning Society.

Wife, J Cain, works at Curbar Community School

Angie Cottle Access to Work Support Leader Lady Manners School; Playleader 623 Club. Playleader 623 Club- no fixed hours Retired as a governor.
David Jackson None Member Baslow Garden Society, Froggatt Horticultural Society and Grindleford Horticultural Society Member Baslow Garden Society, Froggatt Horticultural Society and Grindleford Horticultural Society
Kelly Scott 2020-2021 Trustee of Eyam and Grindleford Pre-School None None
Jane Taylor None None None
Helen Walton Teacher – Hunter’s Bar Junior School None None
George Wolfe None Business – GA Wolfe Trust Management.

Member of Calver Weir Restoration Project

Matlock Music Society

CCF Local History Group

Member of Calver Weir Restoration Project

Matlock Music Society

CCF Local History Group

Fiona Swain Also Clerk to Governors at  Pilsley C of E, Bakewell Methodist Junior, White Peak Federation., Baslow St Anne’s and Longstone C of E Schools None None




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/invited to attend
  • R Resigned


RESOURCE MANAGEMENT COMITTEE 9.11.2020 8.2.2021 17.5.2021
George Wolfe (Chair) P P P
Simon Beahan P P P
Jane Taylor P P P
David Jackson P P P
Alan Cain P
Charlotte Cooper P P P



STANDARDS AND CURRICULUM COMITTEE 12.10.2020 25.1.2021 27.4.2021
Helen Walton (Chair) P P P
Simon Beahan P P P
Jane Taylor P P P
Angie Cottle P P P
Linda Berry P P P
Kelly Scott P P A




CURBAR-LONGSTONE JOINT COMMITTEE (With Chasca Twyman and Mark Taylor, Longstone CE VA Primary School)


(With Ian Pykett, Mark Taylor and Tony Stirland (Longstone CE VA Primary School), Gayle Shiels (DCC -Senior Adviser School Improvement) and Linda Wainscott (Interim Director Derby DBE)


Simon Beahan P P
Jane Taylor P P
George Wolfe P P
Helen Walton P P







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.       28.9.2020 7.12.2020 1.3.2021 29.4.2021 19.7.2021
Simon Beahan Head Teacher Ex-officio n/a S&C, RMC P P P P P
Jane Taylor Co-opted

Chair of Full Governing Body

From [2017]

Governing Board


24.09.2021 S&C, RMC SEND, Pupil Premium, Targeted Vulnerable Groups


English, Reading, Writing, Spelling and Grammar

Helen Walton Parent Elected unopposed



Continued per Covid 19 arrangements.


Re-elected 23.9.2020








S&C Chair S&C

SIP and Standards WP Maths

Linda Berry Staff


School Staff

First elected 1.10.2014



7.10.2022 S&C SEND + Subject-Leaders P P P P P
Angie Cottle Parent By election


13.11.2021 S&C PR, SIP and Curriculum including PSHE, PE, RE, RSE P P DNA P P
George Wolfe Co-opted

Vice-Chair of Full Governing Body from 16.3.2020.

Governing Board


Further co-opted



22.9.2023 RMC Chair RMC

Safeguarding and Anti-Bullying.

History and Geography

David Jackson Co-opted Governing Board


10.12.2021 RMC Computing, Design and Technology P P P P A
Alan Cain Associate from 11.12.2017

then Co-opted.


Governing Board

Co-opted 8.10.2018


7.10.2022 S&C 2018-2019

SCC 2019-2020



Charlotte Cooper Associate from 7.12.2020

Local Authority (endorsed as approved)

Governing Board

[Approved 20.9.2021]

19.9.2025 RMC PE, RE, RSE, PSHE X P P P P
Kelly Scott Parent Elected 23.9.2020 22.9.2024 SCC Modern Foreign Languages



Current Date

May 20 2022

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School Contact Details

Calver Bridge, Calver, Hope Valley.

Derbyshire, S323XA

E: enquiries@curbar.derbyshire.sch.uk

T: 01433630266


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