The governors at Ladycross play a very important role in school. There are parent, co-opted and local authority governors. They are all volunteers, but they make a real difference.
Governors work with schools to:
- Raise standards, achieve good pupil behaviour, ensure safeguarding and maintain high attendance
- Set the school’s strategy, policies and targets
- Decide how the school budget will be spent
- Ensure schools work with parents and the local community
The Governing Body meets every month as a single group rather than operating as committees. Committees are formed temporarily, as and when required, for example when supporting school in staff recruitment. Meeting minutes are available on request from the school office.
Our Governor profiles are listed below, and all the non-staff governors also have a special interest in one or more aspect of the school:
- Child Protection, Safeguarding, Anti-Bullying and Attendance – Paul Randall
- Health and Safety – David Stevenson
- PE and Sports Premium – Alex Lloyd
- Pupil Premium and SEND – Elliott Woolley
- Performance in English – Alex Lloyd
- Performance in Maths - Prev. Michelle Dilks (position to be filled)
Governors meet with the Head or other Senior Leaders in-between formal meetings for discussions and updates on these special interests. We have an evidence file recording these meetings and showing how strong governance has a positive impact on the school. Governors do not need any qualifications, just experience of life, though governors may have qualifications and skills that they could bring to the role. Following appointment, governors are inducted and trained in their roles and attend further training to ensure they have the rights skills to help and challenge the school leaders. Being a governor can be challenging and requires commitment of time and energy, but it is also extremely rewarding and satisfying role.
If you wish to contact the chair of Governors at Ladycross, the email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair: Mr Mark Macmillan, Co-opted governor. Term of office 13.2.20 - 12.02.2024
Mark joined the Governing body in February 2020,having had 12 years experience on the governing body of another local school. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge in business, budget/target setting and team building from over 40years in the retail motor industry. He is a local man whose own children had a very happy time here at Ladycross and is determined that the school should continue to deliver an early education that will benefit the local community for many years to come.
Vice chair: Mr Tony Atkin, Co-opted governor. Term of office: 18.03.2021 to 17.03 2025
Tony has lived in Sandiacre for over 15 years and his children have all grown up locally. He brings to the Governing Body, knowledge from running his own business, previous employment and life experience. Tony wishes the school and it's pupils to succeed and believes early Nursey and infant years are where the seed of success is sown and nurtured. He has one granddaughter in infants and one due to join in Sept 2022. Tony's wish is to help the school and it's pupils to succeed to the best of their abilities and to support school in striving for greatness.
Head Teacher: Mrs Kathryn McKinley. Joined Ladycross school and Governing Body April 2020
As headteacher of Ladycross Infant and Nursery School, Kathryn is extremely proud to be able to play a key role in maintaining and developing the excellent reputation that the school has amongst the local community. Ladycross has a superb and highly committed team of governors and an extremely enthusiastic, hardworking, dynamic and talented group of staff. We all share a common vision to set goals for the school’s future and so it is a real privilege to be able to work together to help our school move forward and provide the best that we can for our children.
Dee has spent 40 years working in the education sector, starting as a secondary school history teacher before joining the middle and then senior leadership teams in schools from Portsmouth, through London, to Lincolnshire and ending in Rotherham. Dee moved from the ‘chalk face’ to working in Local Authorities and enjoyed the challenge of working with a number of schools. Initially as an Area Education Officer in Nottinghamshire, Dee worked across all aspects of running a school from the curriculum, to HR issues, to Governor Training and support, to the introduction of Local Management of Schools (LMS) and the need to develop financial expertise in Head Teachers and their SLT – fast! The challenge and the variety were exciting and rewarding. After a side-step into working for the Derbyshire Constabulary, for Education Welfare and for a Diocesan Education Board, Dee returned to Derbyshire Local Authority as a senior officer responsible for planning school provision across the County. The role covered everything from planning and designing new schools, to supporting and developing provision at others, to the toughest of decisions – school closure. When Dee retired, she felt that she still had a lot of knowledge and experience to give back and hence – the Clerk to Governors in this lovely school and yet another super team of people with whom she enjoys working immensely!
Mr Alexander Lloyd, Co-opted governor. Term of office: 18.07.19 - 17.07.23
Alex joined the Governors in July 2019 and hopes to be able to contribute to the Governing Body by utilising experience in his vocation as an engineer/project manager, specifically in aspects such as managing budgets, stakeholder management and strategy. Alex is passionate in helping to provide the very best learning experience for the young people of Ladycross by giving constructive challenge and offering support where required.
Miss Stacey Henshaw, Teacher governor. Term of office: 19.9.19 - 18.09.2023
Stacey has 7 years teaching experience across Early years and Key Stage 1 with 3 years at Ladycross Infant and Nursery school. She chose to be staff governor to allow staff in school to have a voice so that decisions can be made to ensure children have the best experiences at Ladycross.
Mr David Stevenson, Parent governor. Term of office: 16.07.2020 to 15.07.2024
Mrs Lisa Green, Co-opted governor. Term of office: 01.10.2020 to 30.09.2024
Lisa is very new to the role of school governor, joining Ladycross in September 2020. Lisa's background is in special educational needs, having worked in a school office for 15 years. Lisa is keen to help maintain the excellent standards at Ladycross school making decisions that are solely for the benefit of the children and the school.
Mrs Nitu Manan, Parent Governor. Term of office: 25.02.2021 to 24.02.2025
Nitu is a new member of the governing body having joined in April 2021. She has worked in the education sector as a secondary school teacher for over 10 years and is passionate about teaching and learning. Nitu is keen to support the school to further the progress of pupils, input into policy making and network other local schools to ensure pupils at Ladycross continue to have the best learning experience.
Governors stepped down in the previous 12 months:
Paul Randall - Stepped down in Oct 2021
Impact of School Governors
Governor meetings have continued remotely throughout the pandemic and all governors are looking forward to visiting school once COVID restrictions ease. Some of our newer Governors have therefore not yet had the chance to visit school.
One of the main aims of the Governing Body at present is to develop the school Strategy.
Developing links with Cloudside Junior School.
Ladycross Governors are looking to forge closer links with Cloudside Junior school and some meetings have already been held.
Over the past few years governors have developed a staffing strategy with the SLT that includes the recruitment and mentorship of newly qualified teachers. In 2020 governors appointed a new Head Teacher and were part of the panel that appointed a number of new members of staff in Summer 2021.
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