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 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.

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 been a parent governor since  September 2018. I currently have a child in year 4 at Palterton Primary. I hold a level 4 certificate in Children's Care, learning and development. I have 14 years prior experience in working in a childcare profession as a nursery deputy manager. As well as the day to day running of the nursery, I was responsible for ensuring the curriculum ran smoothly, the nursery complied with OFSTED, had regular meetings with Early years professionals, and fulfilled my role as the setting Special Educational Needs Coordinator. 
I feel this past experience helps support my role as a school governor. 
I now have furthered my past SENCO experience and now work on a one to one basis supporting a young adult and their family with day to day care and medical requirements that they may need. 
Miss Rebecca Clarke - Parent Governor. 'Finance' responsibility. Term of Office until November 2025

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.
Mr Don Brothwell - Parent Governor. 'Community & Families' responsibility. Term of Office until November 2025
I was very pleased to have been elected as a parent governor in December 2021.
I have 2 children at Palterton school and 1 child that has progressed to senior school through Palterton.
I feel very strongly about supporting the staff, children and the governing board.
I look forward to contributing my time and experience to this outstanding school.
I am committed to attending meetings, school visits and any training courses which will enable me to assist the school and governing board.

Mrs Elizabeth Dyson - Staff Governor  

Term of Office until October 2021

Mrs Ros Horsley - Headteacher

Term of Office ongoing

 Julie Whittaker - Clerk to Governors

Mrs Julie Whittaker - Clerk to Governors


Back Lane, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S44 6UN