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Our Governing Body


What is it?

All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community.


The Governing Body works in close partnership with the head teacher, staff and the local authority. Whilst the head teacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.


Who are we?

The governing body now consists of:

  • The Head Teacher
  • One elected staff governor
  • One appointed local authority governor
  • Three elected parent governors
  • Three appointed co-opted governors

The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The chair and vice-chair are elected every two years at the first Full Governing Body meeting of that academic year.  Our governors meet 5 times each year for a Full Governing Body meeting.


The chair of governors is Mrs Sarah Smith, who can be contacted via the school office by phone: 01773 811465 or email: or


Much of the work of the governing body is done by committees. At The Green Infant School we have the following committees:

  • Resources and Management - They discuss and make decisions regarding staffing, budgeting, building maintenance and site health and safety.
  • Teaching and Learning - They discuss and make decisions around the curriculum and teaching and learning in school.


  • Staffing and selection panels which are set up as and when required

We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.

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Ben Harris

Elected Chair of Governors - 27.9.18 - 27.9.19

Co-opted Governor - 07.02.17 to 06.02.2021

Committee: Resource Management

Governor Responsibility: Health and Safety including Risk Assessment

                                                Building and Premises

Business Interest: None


My son is currently attending the school and we live very local to it. The reason I wanted to be involved with the school on a more formal basis is that I see the fantastic drive that all the members of staff have to make the school the best it can be for all of our children and I wanted to help in any way I could.


I have a BSc(Hons) in Quantity Surveying and I am a Principal Quantity Surveyor for a nationwide construction company – which simply means that I spend a lot of time managing  people, controlling & forecasting budgets and looking at contracts. These are all skills that I would like to think are some benefit to the school and hence my involvement in the Resource Management Committee.


In one form or another I have been involved with schools my whole life – my mum is a business manager for a Primary school, my dad is a retired College lecturer… meaning that most of our family time was spent with people in education – its amazing what you pick up and the insight you get into how a school works!


I am approachable and actually really enjoying talking to people about what we are doing as a school to continually improve things and where other people see room for development.

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Marie Faulkner

Elected Vice-Chair of the Governing Body - 11.11.2016 to 10.11.2020

Committee: Teaching and Learning

Governor Responsibility: Raising Pupil Achievements




Business Interest: None

I am a mum to three amazing children, two currently at The Green Infants. I am keen to be involved in the schools decisions to get the best for all children’s educational needs.


I was elected Parent Governor in November 2016.


I have taught in a Special School working with children with SEN for seventeen years and believe every child should achieve the best of their ability and that should be celebrated as every child is an individual.

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Tim Jaques

Appointed Co-Opted Governor 01.01.2016 to 29.02.2020

Committee: Teaching and Learning

Responsible for: Science

                                Pupil Premium

Business interests: None

I am a qualified youth worker with experience of working with young people in many schools.  I am involved with the local community and want the best for South Normanton and it's people.  I have two boys in the local schools.  I run the local Joy Derbyshire group and I am very approachable.

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Samantha Heaton

Elected Staff Governor 01.09.2015 to 31.8.2019

Committee: Resource Management

Responsible for: PE

Business interests: None

I am the elected staff governor and currently teach in the school. I have been teaching for 9 years with previous experience in Special Educational Needs and Further Education.


I have three children of my own and I strive to ensure that every child’s experience of school is a positive one. I have a special interest in the social, emotional and mental health of children and staff in school and am currently leading the school in gaining ‘Healthy School’ Status. My area of responsibility is Early Years.

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Mr Edward Skinner

Co-opted Governor - 15.11.14 to 14.11.18

Committee: Teaching and Learning

Governor Responsibility: Anti-Bullying

Business Interest: Director of Edryn Ltd

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Hannah Walker

Co-opted Governor - 15.11.14 to 14.11.2018

Committee: Teaching and Learning

Governor Responsibility: Safeguarding including E Safety

Business Interest: None

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Emma Stevenson

Local Authority Governor - 04.01.2018 to 04.1.2022

Committee: Teaching and Learning

Governor Responsibility: Anti-Bullying



Business Interest: None


I am a Bolsover District Councillor and a local authority governor appointed in April 2018 along with being employed by Derbyshire County Council working with Adult Care.


My involvement with The Green has been long-standing.  My mother was a deputy headteacher many years ago and my 3 children, who are now grown up, all attended The Green.  When my children were at the school I was a parent governor and eventually Chair of Governors.


I am involved with the community in South Normanton; including South Normanton Gala Crew, Gears of Goodwill, The Keeley Wardley Santa Walk and I try to attend various school events and other community events when possible.


I look forward to working with the Teachers and Governors and meeting parents and families during my time with The Green.

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Victoria Wharmby

Elected Parent Governor - 12.07.2016 to 11.07.2020

Committee: Resource Management

Governor Responsibility: Numeracy

                                                ICT including Data and GDPR

Business Interest: None

I am the proud mum of 2 girls. My eldest attends the Green Infant and my youngest hopefully will do in the not to distant future.


I became a parent governor 2 years ago.  It’s a privilege to be involved in helping the school  any way I can  and to work with an inspirational head  and such dedicated staff who are putting their heart and soul into improving the school for everyone. 


The Green Infant School has been a huge part of my families life and is very dear to our hearts. My Nana worked for the school for 15 years and then my Mum followed suit for 25 years. I am proud to be a governor and, in some small way, upholding the family tradition!


I am a qualified accountant and previously have worked over 15 years in Finance then for the last 5 years I have headed up a Data & Analytics team for a large retailer. As a child it was the Green Infant that first encouraged my love of numbers and learning.  So I’m delighted to be involved in the Resource Management Committee and my area of responsibility for the school is unsurprisingly Numeracy and Data!! 

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Elected Parent Governor - Donna Evans

Committee: Resource Management

Governor Responsibility: Leadership and Management

Business Interest: None

Hi I have a daughter attending the school and recently became a governor in April 2018.
I hope to draw upon my experiences within a union committee of 6 years, actively striving to improve and support action plans to improve and benefit the school and ultimately all the children attending The Green Infants.

Governor Resignations 2015/2016

Irene Fynn - 25.05.2016 (work commitments)

Karen Hyde - 07.11.2016

Matthew Stanway - 12.11.2016 (term of office expired)


Governor Resignations 2017/2018

Mark Davis - 21.11.2017 (term of office expired)

Neil Johnson - 31.03.2018 (term of office expired)

Rebecca Ballard - 26.4.18 (Work commitments)

Joanne Coope - 9.6.18


Governor Resignations 2018/2019

Sarah Smith - 27.9.18 (Family and work commitments)