Meet the Governors

Curbar Primary School Governing Body 2017 - 18

Meet the Governors

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.

 

Raymond Griffiths

 

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.

 

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.

 

Name Category of Governor Appointing body End of term of office Committee Membership

(see key below)

Role FGB MEETINGS 2017/18
            25.9.2017 11.12.17 19.3.2018 18.6.2018
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
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
Alan Cain
Raymond Griffiths
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

Key

  • 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. 

There are no members of this Governing Body who are partners of any member of staff at the school.

 

Name % Meetings attended 2016/17 Category of Governor Appointing body End of term of office Committee Membership

(see key below)

Role
Simon Beahan 100 Ex-officio Headteacher n/a n/a S&C, RMC
Donald Leitch 100 Associate Member Governing Board 02/10/18 RMC
John Dix 57 Co-opted Governing Board 15/06/19 RMC Chair of FGB, RMC,  Targeted Vulnerable groups
George Wolfe 86 Co-opted Governing Board 17/11/19 S&C Maths
Jane Taylor 100 Co-opted Governing Board 24/09/21 RMC, S&C SEND, Pupil Premium,  Targeted Vulnerable groups, Vice Chair
Alison Thorpe 86 Parent Governing Board 22/01/20 RMC Targeted Vulnerable groups
Linda Berry 88 Staff School staff 30/09/18 S&C
Charlotte Wright 100 Local Authority Governing Board 02/10/20 RMC Maths
Helen Walton 67 Parent Governing Board 12/06/20 S&C Writing, English
Val Woollven 100 Co-opted Governing Board Resigned S&C Vice Chair of FGB, Chair S&C, Safeguarding,

There are no members of this Governing Body who are partners of any member of staff at the school.

 

New Governors 2017/18

Angie Cottie   Parent By election      

 

 

Key to committees

  • RMC – Resources Management Committee
  • S&C – Standards and Curriculum
  • TLC – Teaching & Learning Committee

Key

  • DCC – Derbyshire County Council
  • FGB – Full Governing Body
  • N/A – not applicable
  • SEND – Special Educational Needs and Disability
  • TBA – to be advised

 

 

Declared Pecuniary Interests

Name Other Schools Business/Financial 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
Steve Wyatt C2G  at Pilsley C of E, Bakewell Methodists Junior, White Peak Federation None
Val Woollven None None

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  • 2:00 pmSwimming
  • 3:30 pmAfter School sewing Club
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  • 12:30 pmChess Club
  • 3:30 pmAfter School Archery Club
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  • 9:10 amShine Award Assembly
  • 12:00 pmFiner Diners
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  • 9:10 amShine Award Assembly
  • 12:00 pmFiner Diners
  • 1:00 pmSports Day on the MUGA
  • 3:30 pmExtra Time Tennis Club
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July 16 2018
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Parents Evening Drop in

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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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