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 Resource Management Committee and am the link governor for welfare (staff and families).
John Dix, Chair of Resource Management Committee
My three daughters thrived during their time in Curbar Primary and are all now happily settled into Lady Manners. Professionally I started life in Quality Assurance but have now moved on and run my own business, based in Calver. I have been a governor here for over 7 years now, including a time as chair. I am on the Resource Management Committee, with special responsibility for Health and Safety.
Helen Walton, Chair of Standards and Curriculum Committee
I am a parent governor with three daughters all currently attending Curbar Primary School. I am on 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.
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 on the Standards and Curriculum Committee and have special responsibility for Safeguarding and Anti Bullying.
I am a parent governor with a son, Ludo, in class 1. 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.
I’m a paediatric clinical psychologist and I work at the Children’s Hospital in Sheffield. I moved out to Hathersage two years ago and am keen to get involved in the local community. I have previously volunteered with young carers, young offenders, and as a teacher in a school in Thailand; I am currently on the committee for Seven Hills Women’s Institute as Assistant Treasurer. As a governor at Curbar I am on the Resource Management Committee and have a special interest in computing.
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.
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.
We moved to the area from London in 2009 although my wife grew up locally. My two daughters were very happy at Curbar for several years, and are now both at Lady Manners in years 11 and 13. I have been a governor since 2012 including a spell as chair. I am now an associate member and sit on the Resource Management Committee – given my day job in banking, I spend most of my governor time looking at budgetary and financial matters.
I am a parent of a child currently in Class 1. My professional working background is in the education industry. I worked in various roles, latterly as MD, in a company supplying education resources to the primary schools market developing many of our own products and winning several major educational awards. My educational background is in Political Science and in Marketing. I am on the Resource Management Committee.
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 Standards and Curriculum Committee.
|Name||Category of Governor||Appointing body||End of term of office||Committee Membership
(see key below)
|Role||FGB MEETINGS 2017/18|
|Simon Beahan||Ex-officio Headteacher||n/a||n/a||S&C, RMC||P||P|
|John Dix||Co-opted||Governing Board||15/06/19||RMC||Chair of RMC, H&S||A||A|
|Angie Cottle||Parent from Autumn 2017||By election||PR, English||X||P|
|George Wolfe||Co-opted||Governing Board||17/11/19||S&C||Maths, Safeguarding and Anti-Bullying||P||P|
|Jane Taylor||Co-opted||Governing Board||24/09/21||RMC, S&C||Chair,SEND, Pupil Premium,||P||P|
|Alison Thorpe||Parent||Governing Board||22/01/20||RMC||Vice-Chair, Welfare||P||A|
|Linda Berry||Staff||School staff||30/09/18||S&C||P||P|
|Charlotte Wright||Local Authority||Governing Board||02/10/20||RMC||Maths||A||A|
|Helen Walton||Parent||Governing Board||12/06/20||S&C||Writing, English||P||P|
|David Jackson||Co-opted from Dec 2017||Governing Board||10/12/21||X||X|
|Alan Cain||Associate Members from Dec 2017||Governing Board||10/12/21||X||X|
|Raymond Griffiths||Associate Member from Dec 2017||Governing Board||10/12/21||X||X|
|Donald Leitch||Associate Member||Governing Board||2/10/18||RMC||A||A|
Declared Pecuniary and Personal Interests.
No governor has a spouse or partner working in or for the school.
|Name||Other Schools||Business/Financial Interests|
|Fiona Swain||C2G Pilsley C of E, Bakewell M Junior, White Peak Fed.||None|
Key to committees
- RMC – Resources Management Committee
- S&C – Standards and Curriculum
- TLC – Teaching & Learning Committee
- DCC – Derbyshire County Council
- DCC – Derbyshire County Council
- FGB – Full Governing Body
- N/A – not applicable
- SEND – Special Educational Needs and Disability
- 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 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 The governor did not attend and did not offer an explanation.
- R The governor had resigned.
- X Not yet in post.
Please contact the school office if you would like a copy of any governor minutes.