Ladycross Infant and Nursery School

School Governors

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 committee, with the minutes available on request to the school. In 2016 Governor attendance at meetings exceeded 85%. 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 – Michelle Dilks
  • PE and Sports Premium – Alex Lloyd
  • Pupil Premium and SEND – Elliott Woolley
  • Performance in English – Alex Lloyd
  • Performance in Maths - Michelle Dilks

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

Governor Profiles

Chair: Paul Randall, Local authority. Date of appointment 14.03.16. Term of office: 4 years

Paul joined the Governors in March 2016, bringing with him almost 20 years of business experience including recent roles in business development, marketing and strategy. Paul was elected to the Chair in 2017 and is very keen to contribute to the development of the school and can be contacted through the school office.

Attendance at 2018-19 governing board meetings: 93%

Mr Alexander Lloyd, Co-opted governor. Date of appointment 18.07.19. Term of office: 4 years

Attendance at 2018-19 governing board meetings: Not applicable

Mr Elliot Woolley, Parent governor. Date of appointment 17.9.18. Term of office: 4 years

Attendance at 2018-19 governing board meetings: 92%

Mrs Michelle Dilks, Parent governor. Date of appointment 18.07.19. Term of office: 4 years

Attendance at 2018-19 governing board meetings: 100%

Miss Stacey Henshaw, Teacher governor. Date of appointment 19.9.19. Term of office: 4 years

Attendance at 2018-19 governing board meetings: Not applicable

Mr David Stevenson, Parent governor. Date of appointment xx.x.xx. Term of office: 4 years

Mr Mark Macmillan, Co-opted governor. Date of appointment 13.2.20. Term of office: 4 years

Mr Tony Atkin, Co-opted governor. Date of appointment 19.3.20. Term of office: 4 years

Mrs Lisa Green, Co-opted governor. Date of appointment xx.x.xx. Term of office: 4 years

Vacancy, Parent govenor

Governors stepping down in the previous 12 months:

Emma Limbrick, Parent Governor, stepped down 21.11.19

Katy Ricketts, Teacher governor, stepped down 18.7.19

Mark Huskisson. Co-opted governor, stepped down 17.10.19

Daniel Farthing. Parent governor, stepped down 14.7.19

Impact of School Governors 2012-2020

Governor Lunches with the Children

Governors have enjoyed lunch with the children on several occasions this year. It is wonderful to talk to the children over lunch. Their individual personalities shine out when asked their opinions on – for example the quality of dinners, which sports they like to play, do they feel safe at school etc. Their responses have enabled us to understand the pupils’ view of PE funding, safeguarding and the developing links with Cloudside Junior School.

Developing links with Cloudside Junior School. Ladycross Governors established a Joint Committee with Cloudside Junior and is currently engaged in a stakeholder consultation to help both schools develop a coherent strategy for the young children of Sandiacre.

Staff Development

Governors have developed a staffing strategy with the SLT over the past 3 years that has included the recruitment of a co Head Teacher, and the future-proofing of excellent teaching in the school by ensuring the recruitment and mentorship of newly qualified teachers.

Infrastructure developments

Changes in school roll-call (increase of 20% over the past 5 years) have put intensive pressure on the school’s infrastructure. Governors have responded by working with the School business manager to enable to replacement of all children’s toilets through the school and its nursery, the replacement of the kitchen to be able to provide over 200 hot meals a day as part of the Government’s universal infant free school meals programme, and the provision of a new classroom for reception year children. In 2017 Governors were able to help the school adapt the space previously occupied by a Surestart centre to create an Early Years specialists development centre.

Wrap-around care and school meal provision

Governors were active in setting up a wrap-around care scheme (Ladycross Owls, which operates at 100% capacity) and were involved in the decision to outsource school meals provision to improve quality and choice, whilst ensuring value for money.

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