Meet the Governors

Curbar Primary School Governing Body 2018 - 19

Meet the Governors 2018 – 2019

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.


George Wolfe


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.


Angie Cottle


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.


Charlotte Wright


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.


Simon Beahan


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


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.


Don Leitch


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.



Alan Cain


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.


Please see governor meeting dates in the document below.


Dates for 2018-19 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.


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


There are no declared pecuniary and personal interests.

No governor has a spouse or partner working in or for the school.


Please contact the school office if you would like a copy of any governor minutes. 

Current Date

August 22 2019

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School Contact Details

Calver Bridge, Calver, Hope Valley.

Derbyshire, S323XA


T: 01433630266


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