Palterton Primary School

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.

Business Interests

There are no business interests declared by any Governors at the present time.


Financial Interests

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
29/06/21 Extraordinary
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 2021

I became a Parent Governor in 1998 when my son was a pupil at Palterton Primary School. He has just finished a Degree. I am employed within DCC’s Children’s Services, but have 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 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 recent appointment as Chair (Sept 2017). Throughout this time I have attended Whole Governing Body termly meetings, monthly visits with Head Teacher, staff and sometimes the School Advisor to review the data, results, curriculum and standards of teaching and learning. 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 including the one in February 2017 when we were awarded ‘Good’ and feel proud and privileged be involved with the school life and promote it at every opportunity. 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 can always to been seen at school fairs, performances, including being a Judge on Palterton’s Got Talent and visiting the children in Breakfast Club on Friday mornings. 

I believe the ethos I felt on my son’s first day at Palterton 20 years ago continues to this day. 

Mrs Joanne Hinkley - Co-opted Governor. 'Community & Families' responsibility.  Term of Office until September 2023.

I joined the Governing Body in September 2015, originally as a parent governor when my son was in Year 2.  He's now at Secondary School but I chose to continue in the role of co-opted governor.  I grew up in the village and my son was the 4th generation of our family to attend the school so it continues to hold a special place in my heart.  Despite my own career being in Human Resource Management, I've always had an interest in education in some form or another and have done some voluntary work along the way.  Having a child of my own and witnessing his development first hand further enhanced this interest. 
During my terms of office, I've been involved in a wide range of activities in order to support the school in striving to ensure that all children receive the best possible outcomes and I've also held the role of Vice Chair. Termly, we attend full governing body meetings where we discuss topics such as the school improvement plan, performance data, health & safety, safeguarding and finance issues.  I've also been involved in recruitment processes, headteacher performance management, Ofsted visits, reviewing the curriculum and standards in teaching and learning and undertaken a number of governor training courses.
Being a governor of the school takes a level of commitment, responsibility and enthusiasm, but it's also a very interesting, varied and rewarding opportunity in which you're able to 'give something back' along with a group of like-minded individuals.


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' responsibilityTerm 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 have 14 years working in a childcare profession as deputy manager of a Nursery. The Nursery specialised in inclusion and my work has continued in this area, which I feel will give me relevant experiences and knowledge in my role as a Governor.

Mrs Elizabeth Dyson - Staff Governor  

Term of Office until October 2021

Mrs Ros Horsley - Headteacher Governor

Term of Office ongoing

 Julie Whittaker - Clerk to Governors

Mrs Julie Whittaker - Chair of Governors


Back Lane, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S44 6UN