School Governors have a range of responsibilities. They help plan the schools future direction and can thereby help raise the standards of pupil achievement.
Governors are accountable to parents and the wider community for the performance of the Academy.
Governing Boards are established by law as corporate bodies. Responsibility for actions and decisions lies with the whole governing board and NOT with individual members. 
Governors' visits should be undertaken as part of a strategic programme to:
  • Improve governor knowledge of school, its staff, needs, priorities, strengths and weaknesses.
  • Monitor and assess the priorities as outlined in the development plan.
  • Assist the governing board in fulfilling its statutory duties.
 The Headteacher works closely with the Governing Board as its principal professional advisor. The Governing Board policy decisions will then be implemented by the Headteacher in the day-to-day running of the Academy.
Governor visits are NOT to assess the quality of teaching provision or to pursue issues that relate to the day to day management of the school other than as agreed with the Headteacher.
The Governing Board comprises representatives from the school staff, local community, Trust appointed members, parents and in some circumstances members of churches and other interest groups.

Community Governors

To represent the local community

Parent Governors

Usually parents of children attending the school

Staff Governors

Elected onto the Governing Board by staff at the school

Co-Opted Governors

Selected by the Trustees of the CLT board.

Associate Members

Appointed in an advisory capacity to enhance the experience or expertise of a committee


The Role of the School Governor

School Governors perform the most important voluntary role in education.
“A School with governor vacancies is proportionately disadvantaged. By volunteering as a governor you can help secure a positive outlook for future generations.”
As a governor you can build on your skills and learn new ones.
Other than the policy committee, the Governing Board does not have a committee structure, they meet monthly to discuss all items. Each governor can expect to give approx. 6-8 hours per month to their duties.
There are currently no associate members on the Governing Board.  However, the Governing Board do invite specialists in to provide information at meetings, where necessary.
Governors do not have Governing Board roles in other schools. 


Core responsibilities can be summarised as:

  • Acting as a Critical Friend
  • Ensuring accountability
  • Promoting high standards of education and achievement
  • Providing strategic management
  • Planning the long term future of the Academy
  • Setting the aims and values
  • Involvement with appointing senior members of staff including the Headteacher
  • Budgetary allocation and control


Who can become a Governor?

Anyone aged 18 or over can become a school governor. No specialist qualifications are needed and people from many different backgrounds volunteer for the role. If you have a desire to help give children the highest possible standard of education, have bags of enthusiasm and commitment, a willingness to ask questions and be a critical friend then welcome to our team.


A Good Governor

The most important quality is the desire to make a difference to children’s lives through education. The ability to work as part of a team and willingness to change assumptions are essential. Confidentiality and the ability to have an external perspective while having the time to get involved would make you a valuable member of our team.


Time and Commitment

You can expect to spend at least six to eight hours a month on your duties.


Governor Expenses

School Governors work on a voluntary basis, they do not get paid. However you may be paid for any expenses incurred while carrying out your duties for example travel or childcare.


Training and Support for Governors

You will be given an induction into the role of a Governor, you may be asked to attend a training event, observe meetings, and shadow existing governors. Ongoing training will be available to help keep your knowledge and skills up to date.


Dunston Primary and Nursery Academy Governing Board.

M Parkinson (Headteacher)


Trust Appointed Governors

Tina Shewring (Chair of Governors, SEND Link, Safeguarding Link)
Fiona Parsons (Vice Chair of Governors)


Community Governors

Angela Caulton   


Parent Governors

Claire Kirwan
Kerry Carranza 


Staff Governors

Katie Hanson 



Appointed By

Register of Interests

Term of Office

Tina Shewring Chair/Elected by Trust/SEND and Safeguarding Link Governor Elected by Trust None

1/2/2018 To 31/1/2022

Angela Caulton Co-opted Governor / Numeracy and Lower School Link Governor.  Governing Body

Derbyshire County Council Associate Advisor.

Museum Intelligence (Monitoring of projects HLF and education consultancy).


Retiring Date


Fiona Parsons

Vice Chair/Elected by Trust/Finance Link Governor

Elected by Trust  CLT Trustee

1/2/2018 To 31/1/2022

M Parkinson  Headteacher Through Appointment as Headteacher   03/09/2018
Katie Hanson  Staff Governor Staff None


Retiring Date

Claire Kirwan

 Parent Governor

Health & Safety Governor

Parents None


Retiring Date

Kerry Carranza

Parent Governor 

Elected by Parents None

23/01/2018 To 22/01/2022


GB Attendance 2017

GB Attendance 2016 - 2017

GB Attendance 2017 - 2018

Report from Governing Board 2014-2015 




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Dunston Lane, Newbold,Chesterfield, S41 8EY
Tel - 01246 450601


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