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Our Governors

Mr Adrian Thornhill – Chair of Governors

 

 

Mr Adrian Thornhill         Co-opted Governor

Term of office:              03/09/18 - 02/09/22     

Roles & responsibilities:

Chair of Governors                           

Curriculum & Learning Committee

Resources & Finance Committee

 

Attendance: 2018/2019         100%

Attendance: 2019/2020         100%

   

Stanton School has played an important part in my life.  My own education began there in the 1970’s and for the past ten years I have served initially as a Foundation Governor and subsequently as a Community Governor.  Having supported the federation between Stanton and Rowsley I was delighted to have been elected Chair of Peak Tor Federation in September 2018.

 

One of my most important roles as Chair is to help both schools, each with similar characteristics but distinct identities, to learn from and build on each other’s considerable strengths.  I am confident that the experience I have acquired from building and running my own business combined with the specialist knowledge possessed by my fellow governors, many of whom work within the education industry, will help me to achieve this.

 

I have always believed in the vital importance of primary education.  Not only does it lay the foundations for the skills that are so critical to enable children, ultimately, to lead independent and fulfilling lives but it should also foster a lifelong love of learning for its own sake. I am looking forward to working with the governing body in providing whatever support we can to the Head and her teaching staff in continuing to achieve both of these goals.

 

 

Mrs Alexia Wyer - Executive Headteacher

 

Mrs Alexia Wyer          Executive Headteacher

Start of office:               01/01/2021        

Roles & responsibilities:      

Resources & Finance Committee

Curriculum & Learning Committee

Strategic Planning and School Improvement

 

Attendance: 2018/2019           n/a

Attendance: 2019/2020          n/a

 

 

I am the Executive Headteacher at Rowsley Church of England Primary School and Stanton in Peak Church of England Primary school – just up the hill. I grew up in Manchester, where I attended my local primary school and then grammar school before completing a Biomedical Sciences degree at Keele University. After my undergraduate degree I moved to Derbyshire to complete a PGCE at Nottingham Trent University and took up my first post in a very large inner city school in Nottingham. I then moved to a large Primary school in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire and then taught for nine years at a middle sized school in Heanor, Derbyshire. This is my first headship where I have taken over for a two-year secondment. 

 

I am committed to ensure that every single child succeeds and flourishes, not only academically but also socially and spiritually. I believe every pupil should leave primary school a well-rounded individual with all the skills and values needed to contribute to society and live a happy, successful life. I am committed to uphold 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.

 

 

Sarah Charker

(Resources & Finance Committee)

 

Sarah Charker               Foundation Governor

Term of office:              03/09/18 - 02/09/22

Roles & responsibilities:      

Resources & Finance Committee

                

 

Attendance: 2018/2019       100%

Attendance: 2019/2020       100%

 

 

 

 

Sarah has a background in outdoor education, she trained at the Christian Mountain Centre in North Wales but 10 years ago relocated to Derbyshire. She has worked for the Local Authority in their outdoor education department, and also freelanced for other outdoor education providers. Although no longer working in outdoor education Sarah is keen to see the continued growth of outdoor learning at Rowsley School. As a Foundation Governor Sarah is especially keen to see the Christian character and ethos of the school upheld; a school where every individual is valued.

 

Sarah is married with two children, who both attend Rowsley school. Sarah is committed to seeing Rowsley School continue to improve and grow in the coming years.

Mr Mike Lilley

(Curriculum & Learning Committee)

 

Mike Lilley                   Foundation Governor

Term of office:              03/09/18 - 02/09/22

Roles & responsibilities:      

Curriculum & Learning Committee

                

 

Attendance: 2018/2019       100%

Attendance: 2019/2020      100%

 

 

Mike is one of the three Foundation Governors of the Federation and is a member of Holy Trinity Church, Stanton In Peak.  He worked in education for many years, initially as a Secondary School teacher, teaching Science and Psychology before moving into the Further Education and Higher Education sector in management roles though retaining some teaching mainly on Teacher Education programmes. In more recent years Mike changed direction and developed a career in the Construction Industry. As one of the Foundation Governors, Mike’s role is to ensure that the Christian ethos underpins all aspects of School life.  A keen walker, Mike also enjoys skiing, church bellringing and motorcycling.

 

Mrs Samantha Pawley

(Curriculum & Learning Committee)

 

Samantha Pawley           Parent Governor

Term of office:               03/09/18 - 02/09/22

Roles & responsibilities:      

Curriculum & Learning Committee

                

Attendance: 2018/2019        100%

Attendance: 2019/2020        100%

 

 

 

 

 

I have been a resident of the area all my life, growing up at Congreave, and indeed I was a pupil at Stanton School as a child. Currently living in Birchover, my 2 youngest children, aged 7 and 10, are pupils at Stanton School. My older children are both studying at university.

 

I have worked as a Teaching Assistant in Infant Schools for the past 14 years.  I gained my HLTA qualification 11 years ago, shortly after completing my degree in Early Childhood Studies.

 

I have been a member of the Stanton PTA since 2012, and was Chair for 4 years until 2017.  This I feel shows how dedicated and committed I am to supporting Stanton School. I have been a Parent Governor, initially with Stanton School, but now with Peak Tor Federation, for almost 2 years, a role which I enjoy very much.  I have shared responsibility for Parent and Community Engagement and look forward to promoting increased links between both Schools going forward.

Mrs Marianne Quick

(Resources & Finance Committee)

 

Mrs Marianne Quick         Parent Governor

Term of office:              03/09/18 - 02/09/22

Roles & responsibilities:      

Resources & Finance Committee

Equalities Lead Governor

 

Attendance: 2018/2019            100%

Attendance: 2019/2020            40%

 

I have been a parent governor for three years since my son Archie began reception class at Rowsley school. I am lead Governor for Equality & Diversity, Data Protection Officer for the federation and alongside the other parent governor from Stanton, we share responsibility for parent and community engagement. We are keen to build upon the links between both schools as the federation develops. We have for example, already set out proposals for a shared after school club and joint fundraising events.

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I have previously served as a Local-Authority governor in Dronfield and work as a full-time trade union official in Universities and Colleges. I have extensive experience of employment legislation and education policy and I’m particularly passionate about the provision of quality, fun and accessible learning at all stages of life regardless of background.

 

I have three children currently at different stages of their education journeys. My eldest daughter Gabriella is a post-graduate student, studying to become a barrister, Archie is in the midst of his primary school adventure at Rowsley and my youngest daughter Maisie joined the school from September 2019. I therefore have a long-term investment in the school as both a parent, governor and a local resident. I have also very recently become a member of the Rowsley Village Hall management committee.

Alongside my fellow governors, I am committed to supporting the staff and pupils of both schools, so that they can continue to be vibrant and happy places to work and learn at the heart of their local communities.

 

Iain Hegarty

(Resources & Finance Committee)

Iain Hegarty                 Co-opted Governor

Term of office:              03/09/18 - 02/09/22

Roles & responsibilities:      

Resources & Finance Committee

             

Attendance: 2018/2019       100%

Attendance: 2019/2020       100%

 

My involvement with the schools began in 2013 when I became a Parent Governor at Stanton. Since then I have acted as a co-opted Governor both at Stanton and now with the federation.

 

I passionately believe that education is key to a child’s chances in life, widening their opportunities and choices.  Our son is now at Lady Manners, but his seven years at Stanton has given him a great start in life. I want to help ensure that all the children who attend both Rowsley and Stanton schools are able to get the same excellent grounding. The teachers and staff at both schools are doing a great job in providing our children with terrific teaching and a special learning environment. I feel very privileged to be able to support them in their work.

Amanda Ibrahim

(Curriculum & Learning Committee)

 

Amanda Ibrahim            Co-opted Governor

Term of office:              01/12/20 - 02/12/24

Roles & responsibilities:      

Curriculum & Learning Committee

             

Attendance: 2018/2019       N/A

Attendance: 2019/2020       N/A

 

 

 

 

 

I currently have one child in the infant class at Rowsley and my son moved on to Lady Manners in 2020 after joining Rowsley in Year 4. We moved to the area from Derby city in 2017 and it was the best thing we ever did. We love it here! 

 

I have worked in education since 1999 when I qualified as a primary school teacher. In the years since then I have worked in a range of primary schools, adult education settings and even taught English in Barcelona. 

 

I currently work for a national awarding organisation as a quality assurance manager ensuring that colleges, schools and other educational providers are compliant with qualification and Ofqual regulations. This means that I have plentiful experience in developing assessment strategies and internal quality assurance procedures which I hope will be of benefit to the federation.

 

Of course I also love working with children, so am looking forward to spending some time in school as part of this role.

Thomas Hurford

(Curriculum & Learning Committee)

 

Thomas Hurford            Co-opted Governor

Term of office:              01/12/20 - 02/12/24

Roles & responsibilities:      

Curriculum & Learning Committee

             

Attendance: 2018/2019       N/A

Attendance: 2019/2020       N/A

 

 

 

 

 

Having moved to Warren Carr in 1985 aged two, and now living in Stanton-In-Peak with my wife and two sons, I consider myself a lifelong resident of the parish with only university accounting for any significant time away. After training in Furniture and Product Design and working in related industries, I accepted my first role in education as an Art and Design technician at Chesterfield College.

 

A natural progression onto a PGCE in Engineering followed and lead to four years of teaching in secondary schools across Sheffield and Derbyshire. More recently, a period of employment on the Haddon Estate as a carpenter/joiner afforded me the time to complete a part time MST in the History of Design. Presently my working week is occupied by lecturing at Nottingham Trent University and working for myself on a range of design and construction projects. Away from work I enjoy family walks and bike rides, playing darts for the pub and my latest hobby, gardening!

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: 2018/2019             100%

Attendance: 2019/2020             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 at Rowsley since 2014, and now to the Governing Body of the Peak Tor Federation starting in 2018. She originally qualified as a Conservation Biologist in 2008. She is now a full time parent and lives in Rowsley with her family and four house bunnies. Her daughter attends Rowsley C. of E. Primary School.

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