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 one vacancy for a co-opted Governor.

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
28/04/2020 Full Governing Body
14/05/2020 Full Governing Body
20/05/2020 Full Governing Body JH
29/05/2020 Full Governing Body 
25/06/2020 Full Governing Body LK
14/07/2020 Full Governing Body JH
22/09/2020 Full Governing Body


Meet the Governing Body

Mrs Trish Liversidge - Local Authority Governor. Chair with Curriculum and Standards 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. Vice Chair with Curriculum and Standards responsibility.  Term of Office until September 2023.

I joined the Governing Body in September 2015 and following a full term of office as a parent governor was co-opted back onto the governing body in September 2019.  I have held the role of Vice Chair for 2 years now.  When the vacancy originally arose, I was keen to put myself forward in order to support the school in striving to ensure that all children receive the best possible outcomes that they can during their time within it.  I grew up in the village, my son attends the school and he is the 4th generation of our family to come here so it holds a special place in my heart.  Despite my own career being in Human Resource Management within the private sector, I've always had an interest in education in some form or another.  Having a child of my own and witnessing his development first hand further enhanced this interest. 

Aside from attending termly Governor meetings where we discuss topics such as the school improvement plan, data, finance and premises, I undertake monthly visits as part of my shared responsibility with the Chair for reviewing the curriculum and standards in teaching and learning. This can involve speaking with teachers and children, observing classes, looking at children's workbooks and reviewing resources, data and results.  This coming school year I have also been tasked with providing support in the area of physical and mental wellbeing of both staff and children.  In the past, I've been involved in various recruitment processes, performance management and met with Ofsted.  

Being a governor of the school takes commitment, responsibility and enthusiasm, but it's also an interesting, varied and rewarding opportunity in which you're able to 'give something back' along with a group of like minded individuals.  I personally enjoy being involved in school life as much as life permits, be it either with my Governor 'hat' on or as a parent volunteer.  


Mrs Claire Gotteri - Parent Governor.  'Community and Families'  and 'Health and Safety'responsibility. Term of Office until December 2024

I have been a Parent Governor since December 2016 and am currently the named Governor for premises. I have one child at school and another who left for secondary school in 2017. As a Governor I hope I can support the school in being the best it can be and in providing an exciting, encouraging and safe environment for all pupils. I am a Chartered Surveyor and have worked in local government for the last 15 years. I have been able to use this experience to help me in my role on the Governing body, which includes making regular visits into school to review premises related matters including health and safety. In my free time I enjoy being with my family, gigs, cake decorating and history. 

Mrs Leanne Coupe - Co-opted Governor. Safeguarding responsibilityTerm of Office until October 2022

I have lived in Palterton village for 14 years and I have been a Community (now known as Co-opted) Governor since November 2014. I was delighted to be appointed as a Governor for the school as my son attended the school and I have always felt passionate about what a wonderful school Palterton Primary school is and also because I enjoy being active within the local community. I have recently been appointed Safeguarding Governor and make regular visits to the school to liaise with the necessary staff regarding my role with an aim to making a positive contribution to the running of the school.


Mrs Rachel Simpson - Parent Governor. 'Community and Families' 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.

Mr Lee Kirkwood Term of office until November 2023

Our newest parent Governor. Vice Principal at UTC Derby.

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