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Our Governors

Mr David Gibbs – Chair of Governors

 

Mr David Gibbs              Co-opted Governor

Term of office:             07/07/15 - 06/07/19    

Roles & responsibilities:      

  • Chair of Governors
  • Strategic Planning and School Improvement
  • Resources & Finance Committee

Attendance: 2014                N/A

Attendance: 2015                50%

Attendance: 2016                100%

 

David grew up in Northamptonshire and after attending his local comprehensive he went on to study Banking and Finance at Loughborough University. After a gap year working as an instructor at a Christian Outdoor Pursuits Centre, working with disabled and underprivileged children, he worked for Midland Bank in Nottingham as a Corporate Banking Manager.

 

He spent the next 23 years in the Royal Air Force as a helicopter navigator, much of which was spent in teaching and instructional roles. After a short period teaching maths at Lady Manners School in Bakewell, he now works for the Derbyshire Local Medical Committee, looking after the interests of all GP practices across Derbyshire. He is passionate about lifelong learning and has been extremely impressed with the caring, supportive ethos enjoyed by his daughter in her 3 years at Rowsley, which has allowed all the children to pursue their ambition of achieving excellence together. 

Mrs Caroline Poole - Executive Headteacher

 

  Mrs Caroline Poole          Executive Headteacher

  Start of office:              03/01/17         

  Roles & responsibilities:      

    Resources & Finance Committee

    Curriculum & Learning Committee

    Strategic Planning and School Improvement

  Attendance: 2014                  N/A

  Attendance: 2015                  N/A

  Attendance: 2016                  N/A

 
 

Caroline Poole is the Executive Headteacher at Rowsley Church of England Primary School and Stanton in Peak Church of England Primary school – just up the hill. She grew up in Northern Ireland, attended her local primary school and then grammar school before completing a Geography degree at university on the wild and windy north Antrim coast. After her undergraduate degree she moved to England in 1991 to complete a PGCE at Chester College and took up her first post in Leicestershire, then to an inner city school in Leicester before upping sticks to the very beautiful Derbyshire to teach in a small village school – a lot like Rowsley. Several other schools followed before taking up her first permanent Headship at Stanton in Peak.

 

Caroline is determined that all children should have an education that inspires them to become life-long learners. She believes that schools should provide children with a memorable experience, enabling them to leave primary school with all of the skills they require for secondary school and beyond. Caroline is also committed to the ethos and values of church schools where there is a strong emphasis on the development of the whole child: personal, social, moral and academic.

 

Caroline is married to a Headteacher and they have 3 teenagers and 2 black Labradors.

Dr Peter Williams – Chair of Resources & Finance

 

Dr Peter Williams     Foundation Governor

Term of office:       12/12/10 - 11/12/18                

Roles & responsibilities:      

  • Chair of Resources & Finance Committee
  • Safeguarding Lead Governor
  • Child Protection Lead Governor

Attendance: 2014            100%

Attendance: 2015            40%

Attendance: 2016            100%

 

Peter is a GP in Bakewell, lives in the village with his wife and children both of whom have attended Rowsley school. Peter was given special permission to be a foundation governor as a non-conformist. He is an elder in Church in the Peak in Matlock.

 

Peter passionately believes in local state school provision, believing that being able to walk to school, and going to a school where all the staff know every pupil gives children a great advantage in their education. He is keen to maintain the ethos of holistic education, focussing on traditional education as well as spiritual and ethical and personal development.

Mr Trevor Atkin

(Resources & Finance)

 

Mr Trevor Atkin              Parent Governor

Term of office:              07/07/15 - 06/07/19

Roles & responsibilities:      

  • Resources & Finance Committee

Attendance: 2014            N/A

Attendance: 2015            100%

Attendance: 2016            100%

 

Trevor is a mechanical engineer at Enthovens and is Derbyshire born and bred. He is very active in the Parents’ Association and responsible for getting all the excellent prizes in raffles – his quizzes are unrivalled! Trevor has two sons at Rowsley and knows just how important the role of Governor is in getting the very best for our children.

Mrs Cox

(Curriculum & Learning)

 

Mrs Ellen Cox                Staff Governor

Term of office:              19/11/14 - 18/11/18

Roles & responsibilities:      

  • Supports Curriculum & Learning Committee

Attendance: 2014            100%

Attendance: 2015            80%

Attendance: 2016            83%

 

Ellen has worked at Rowsley School for almost 29 years and thoroughly enjoys her role as High Level Teaching Assistant. During this time she has gained valuable experience in all age groups but especially early years. She has attended numerous courses covering all curriculum areas, early years and Special Educational Needs. In 2006 Ellen completed a degree in Educare and Early Childhood at Derby University for which she received an academic award. Ellen is passionate about children realising their full potential becoming happy and confident with a love of learning. She feels it is a privilege to work with the children, families and staff of Rowsley School.

 

Mrs Anne Welch - Chair of Curriculum & Learning

(Curriculum & Learning)

 

 

Mrs Jeanette (Anne) Welch      Local Authority Governor

Term of office:                       09/10/13 - 08/10/17

Roles & responsibilities:

  • Chair of Curriculum & Learning Committee
  • Special Educational Needs Lead Governor

Attendance: 2014                  100%

Attendance: 2015                  100%

Attendance: 2016                  100%

   

 

Anne grew up in Oxfordshire and attended the local primary and comprehensive schools. She attended University of London and then Westminster College where she trained as a teacher and taught for 25 years, initially in comprehensive schools, then in special schools specialising in teaching communication skills to children with profound physical disabilities, then later to older children with autism and behavioural support needs.  During her teaching career she gained an MA in Education, an Advanced Diploma in Special Education and the National Professional Qualification in Headship. Anne held a variety of roles in schools, including Acting Headteacher and then moved to work within Children’s Services. Currently she is the Eco Schools Officer for Derbyshire County Council. Anne has taken up the voluntary role as a governor to support Rowsley School as she recognises the value of small local schools which provide good quality education and a range of experiences. Anne brings knowledge and expertise enabling governors and staff to impart the curriculum through the highest quality teaching.  

 

Mrs Joanne Giroux

(Curriculum & Learning Committee)

 

Mrs Joanne Giroux           Co-opted Governor

Term of office:              13/09/16 - 02/09/20

Roles & responsibilities:      

  • Curriculum & Learning Committee
  • Anti-Bullying Lead Governor

Attendance: 2014                  N/A

Attendance: 2015                  N/A

Attendance: 2016                  100%

 

Joanne has lived in Derbyshire all her life (with a few detours along the way), and has a strong connection with Rowsley School.  She remembers the day her mum Mrs Cox started as a midday supervisor, and even did her own school work experience at Rowsley many years ago!  

 

With a background in Health and Fitness,  Jo has managed clubs, designed gymnasiums and written articles on the subject.  She hopes a little of this passion for all things sporty can rub off on the school (watch out!). Joanne hopes that by being a governor she can assist in helping our children grow into the best they can be, in a genuinely beautiful village school.  With three children at Rowsley School, she has a vested interest in making the school a great school.

Mrs Marianne Quick

(Resources & Finance Committee)

 

Mrs Marianne Quick         Parent Governor

Term of office:              08/12/16 - 07/12/20

Roles & responsibilities:      

Resources & Finance Committee

Equalities Lead Governor

Attendance: 2014            N/A

Attendance: 2015            N/A

Attendance: 2016            N/A

 

Marianne previously served as a Local-Authority governor in  Dronfield, and is looking forward to joining the governing body at Rowsley at such an exciting time for the school. Marainne’s family have recently moved to Rowsley, and have three children, one pre-schooler, one who started in reception this year and one who has recently graduated from University! 

After having her first daughter Marianne returned to education as a mature student and studied on an Access course at Sheffield College and onto Sheffield Hallam University where she graduated with a degree in Psychology. 
 
Zig-zagging across the Pennines, Marianne has since worked in community education developing courses for non-traditional learners, overseeing a European funded participatory research project looking at the health and social care needs of adults with learning difficulties in Sheffield, and as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Edge Hill University. Marianne now works full-time as a trade union official across Yorkshire in the further and higher education sectors. Marianne has extensive experience of implementing organisational change, and also employment and education policy. 
 
Marianne is passionate about education and firmly believes in giving people every opportunity to engage in learning at all stages of life. Marianne is committed to supporting the school's staff and pupils, so that it can continue to be a vibrant and happy place to work and learn at the heart of the local community. 

 

Mrs Lisa Stephenson

(Curriculum & Learning Committee)

 

Mrs Lisa Stephenson         Co-opted Governor

Term of office:              01/01/17 - 31/12/20

Roles & responsibilities:      

  • Curriculum & Learning Committee

Attendance: 2014                  N/A

Attendance: 2015                  N/A

Attendance: 2016                  N/A

 

 

 

I was parent governor at Stanton-in-Peak Primary School for 8 years, a role which I have very much enjoyed and learned from. My two children are now at Lady Manners and I am very interested in continuing to be a governor for a local small school. I have been impressed by the inclusive ethos of Rowsley School from the school website and the emphasis on the whole child and community – an ethos which I am passionate about.

I have worked in education for 21 years. I taught as a primary teacher for 5 years before training further to become an Educational Psychologist, working for Nottinghamshire Local Authority for 16 years. I think that these experiences have been helpful in being a governor, adding to the knowledge and experience within the governing body and helping me to learn more about the governing body role. I am looking forward to getting to know the school as a co-opted governor.

Mr David Findley

(Resources & Finance Committee)

 

 

Mr David Findley             Co-opted Governor

Term of office:               01/01/17 - 31/12/20

Roles & responsibilities:      

  • Resources & Finance Committee

Attendance: 2014                  N/A

Attendance: 2015                  N/A

Attendance: 2016                  N/A

   

 

Dave has worked in education for almost all his career and has been on school governing bodies for many years. For the last eight years Dave has been on the governing body at Stanton in Peak School and he has now joined Rowsley as a Co-opted Governor.

 

Dave’s interest is in primary education and the opportunities it can offer to all children. He taught infant classes for 16 years before becoming a Headteacher and loves to see children learning in a constructive, supportive environment. Dave is particularly interested in the teaching of science and music.

 

Dave has lived in Bakewell for about 10 years and is now retired. Dave is an accomplished double bass player and has played in orchestras for many years and still enjoys performing in public. When not practising, or reading, much of Dave’s time is taken with doing up his rather old house.




 

Rev'd David Mundy

(Curriculum & Learning Committee)

Rev'd David Mundy          Foundation Governor

Term of office:              08/08/12/16  - 07/12/20 

Roles & responsibilities:      

  • Curriculum & Learning Committee

Attendance: 2014                  N/A

Attendance: 2015                  N/A

Attendance: 2016                  N/A

 

 

The Rev’d Dr David Mundy is Assistant Curate in the Benefice of Bakewell with Rowsley, Ashford and Sheldon.  Prior to starting ministry in the Church of England in 2015, David worked for over 25 years in international development. David is married to Lesley, a registered Childminder, and they have two grown-up children, Andrew and Sarah.  David and Lesley live in Hadfield, on the north-western edge of Derbyshire.  David has been a Parent Governor and subsequently a Foundation Governor at St Andrew’s VC Junior School in Hadfield; he served as Chair of Governors for two years.  As a Governor, David wants Rowsley Primary School to be a place where everyone – children and adults – can flourish.  In a culture which has a tendency to focus on ‘results’, he is keen that the importance of relationships and values essential to human flourishing is not lost.

Dr Claire Mead – Clerk to Governors

 

Dr Claire Mead                     Clerk to Governors

Term of office:                    01/03/14 - current     

Roles & responsibilities:      

  • Clerk to Governors

Attendance: 2014                  100%

Attendance: 2015                  100%

Attendance: 2016                  100%

 

Claire is the Clerk to the Governors and is employed by Derbyshire County Council to support the governors, by documenting meetings and key decisions made, and providing advice on procedures and legislation. The Clerk to Governors is the only paid member of the governing team. Claire has been Clerk to Governors since 2014. She originally qualified as a Conservation Biologist in 2008. She is now a full time parent and lives in Rowsley with her family and three house bunnies. Her two children attend Rowsley C. of E. Primary School.

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