Our School Governing Body
Our Governing Body is made up of 1 staff Governor, 1 Local Authority Governor, 3 parent Governors, 3 co-opted Governors and the Headteacher. We currently have two vacancies for parent Governors.
Our Governing Body has three main functions:
Ensuring Clarity of Vision and Strategic Direction
Holding the Headteacher to Account
Overseeing the Financial Profile of the School
If you wish to contact the Governors you can contact the Chair at the school address:
Back Lane, Palterton, S44 6UN
Any correspondence will be passed to the Chair of Governors confidentially.
There are no business interests declared by any Governors at the present time.
There are no financial interests declared by any Governors at the present time.
|Date||Nature of Meeting||Apologies accepted||Non-attendance|
|21/09/21||Full Governing Body|
|15/07/21||Full Governing Body|
|08/06/2021||Full Governing Body|
|27/05/2021||Full Governing Body|
|06/05/2021||Full Governing Body|
|02/03/2021||Full Governing Body|
|01/12/2020||Full Governing Body||LKi EDy|
|22/09/2020||Full Governing Body|
Meet the Governing Body
Mrs Trish Liversidge - Local Authority Governor. Chair with Safeguarding responsibility. Term of Office until November 2022
I became a Parent Governor in 1998 when my son was a reception pupil at Palterton Primary School.
I have continued to be an active Governor since being appointed, transferring to Co-Opted and then Local Authority Governor. I was Vice-Chair for several years before my appointment as Chair in September 2017. Throughout this time, I have attended Whole Governing Body termly meetings, weekly visits with Head Teacher, staff and sometimes the School Advisor to review the data results, curriculum, and standards of teaching and learning. Part of my role is to undertake relevant training courses, review policies and procedures and Head Teacher performance management. Visits to observe lessons, speak to the children regarding their targets and work, parents and curriculum leads are very insightful, informative, and supportive during the recruitment process ensuring that the most suitable person is appointed.
I have steered the Governors through several OFSTED Inspections and feel proud and privileged be involved with the school life and promote it at every opportunity.
I am employed within DCC’s Children’s Services, previously having 30 years’ experience working in Education so have a good understanding of early years, both Key Stages, SEN, Safeguarding and the Local Authority’s expectations.
I feel I continue to have a great deal of experience to offer the school and involve myself in all aspects of school life ensuring that all the children are receiving a good standard of education and nurture enabling them to reach their full potential.
I am often seen in school, FOPPS events, performances, including being a Judge on Palterton’s Got Talent and accompanying the children on the residential to White Hall.
I believe the ethos I felt on my son’s first day at Palterton 25 years ago continues to this day.
Mrs Joanne Hinkley - Co-opted Governor. 'Community & Families' responsibility. Term of Office until September 2023.
Mrs Claire Gotteri - Co-opted Governor. 'Curriculum & Standards' responsibility. Term of Office until December 2024
I have been a Governor at Palterton school since 2016. My daughter is currently in year 6 and my son left for secondary school in 2017. I grew up in the village and have close links with the school and local community. I joined the Governing Body as I wanted to help support the school to be the best it can be by providing an exciting, supportive and safe environment for all.
My current responsibility is for Curriculum and Standards, which I share with another Governor. Previously I have had shared responsibility for Health & Safety and Community & Families. In addition to the termly meetings I also regularly visit the school. In the past this has been to review policies relating to my role at the time or to walk around the school to review premise related matters. It’s great to be able to see day-to-day school life first hand. One of my previous visits was to talk to the former year 6s before leaving for secondary school. It was fantastic to hear the positive experience they have had during their time at the school and their suggestions and ideas to benefit future years.
I have worked in Local Government for nearly 20 years as a Chartered Surveyor and even though my background is not in education I find that I can use my own experience in the role.
Mrs Leanne Coupe - Vice Chair with 'Health & Safety' responsibility. Term of Office until October 2022
I am delighted to have been on the governing board at Palterton Primary School since November 2014. My son attended the school and I have always felt passionate about what a wonderful school Palterton Primary is. I lived in the village for 15 years so have a good idea and understanding of the community in which the school is based. I am committed to supporting our fabulous school by making regular visits, attending meetings and supporting the Head and staff through my role as a Governor. I am proud of what the school has achieved and strive to ensure that, along with my fellow governors, the school and its pupils reach its full potential.
Mrs Rachel Simpson - Parent Governor. 'Curriculum & Standards' responsibility. Term of Office until September 2022
I am delighted to be appointed to become a parent governor at Palterton Primary School. I have two children, my daughter attends year 2 and my son will be joining reception in September 2022. My partner grew up in the village, with his family still living in the village. He also attended Palterton Primary School himself as a child. We live in the village and I’m originally from Bolsover. We have close ties in the local area and Palterton.
Why I chose to be a parent governor, I always want the best experience to enable all our children to be set up for success in life. For children to thrive, be safe and be happy. I’m keen to support our community for the future of our children. I hope to be a voice for others.
My back ground is all elements of HR, Learning & Development. I have a real passion for supporting others, fairness and equality. I’m experienced working with large diverse people and organisations. I am currently a Senior Development Consultant working with multiple clients and sectors. With a simple focus of enabling them to be the best that they can be and better than they thought they could be.I’m really excited to get involved and get to grips with this role.
Mrs Elizabeth Dyson - Staff Governor
Term of Office until October 2021
Mrs Ros Horsley - Headteacher
Term of Office ongoing
Mrs Julie Whittaker - Clerk to Governors
Back Lane, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S44 6UN