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Osmaston Primary School Governors

Our Governors

Current Governors (as at January 2018)

Father Leonard Young - Chair of Governors

Ms Margot Davison - Vice Chair of Governors

"I have been a teacher all my career. My experience as a class teacher, senior leader and head teacher has given me the opportunity to work in a range of schools in very different settings. I currently work for Derbyshire County Council, within the Integration Pathways Team – supporting young people and families following permanent exclusion. In this highly rewarding work, I can draw on experience and knowledge from a lifetime of work with children. I feel privileged to meet families at this difficult and often upsetting time and support them through the journey back to school.

I have worked with Osmaston as a fellow headteacher and been a governor at Osmaston Primary School for a many years. The ethos, welcome, and inclusiveness of the school to children and families of all abilities, backgrounds and aspirations is one of its strengths. The children are a delight to spend time with.

As a governor I have seen and shared in its many successes and determination to overcome significant changes and challenges. I look forward to continuing my role as a governor into 2018 as the school continues its endeavour to provide the very best education for the children of Osmaston.

I can confirm that I have no business or financial interests linked to the school and that I am not a governor at any other school."

Ms Louise May - Parent Governor

Mr Thomas Mitchell - Co-opted Governor

“I graduated in 2010 with a degree in Youth and Community Development from Leeds Beckett University.  I spent several years working in local communities and education including as a; teacher of Tai Chi, Sexual Health worker and Arts and Crafts Facilitator.   I have also been lucky enough to work in schools overseas in India and Australia, as well as for the Walt Disney Company in the USA.  I am looking forward to being able to assist and advise as Osmaston Primary grows from strength to strength in the years to come.  I can confirm that I have no business or financial interests linked to the school and that I am not a governor at any other school.

Mrs Vickie Rock - Staff Governor

Mrs Wendy Baxter - (Interim) Head Teacher

"After a long career in the NHS, I re-trained as a secondary school teacher in 2005.  In 2010 I was accepted onto a government funded scheme to 'fast track potential head teachers of challenging schools' and took up my first headship position five years ago.  Since then I have worked as a head teacher in a number of different schools, all in challenging circumstances.  I have also been a governor at my own children's secondary school in the past.  I am passionate about ensuring that children get the very best education possible so that they are set up to have a choice of careers and have a happy and productive life.  I can confirm that I have no business or financial interests in the school and am not currently a governor in any other school.  I do work as a trainer for GL-Assessment but am paid a fixed fee per session by the company and am not in any way involved in sales."

Governing Body Arrangements

Our Governing Body meetings are usually held in the evening on a half termly basis and dates and times can be provided upon request. We attend training sessions and seminars to help us keep up to date with changes in schools and education and to help us do our job effectively. We also go into the school to meet with the head teacher, other members of staff and pupils to help us find out how the school is progressing towards its targets.  At the present time, due to our small size, we do not operate any additional committees or sub-committees, but rather one or more governors is allocated to a meeting as required.

The clerk to the governors position is currently vacant and we are recruiting to this position.  If you wish to make contact with any of the governors then please approach Ms S Simpson in the school office in the first instance and she will direct you to the most appropriate governor.

If you wish to know more, or are interested in becoming a governor at some point in the future, please contact in any of the ways outlined in the 'contact us' page of this website.  You may also wish to have a look at the latest guidance for governors published by the DfE which explains in detail the role of the governing body.

The Governing Body of Osmaston Primary School can comprise up to nine Governors as follows:

1 Headteacher
2 Parent Governors
4 Co-opted Governors
1 Staff Governor
1 Local Authority Governor


Headteacher - our Headteacher is a member of our Governing Body by virtue of their office.

Parent Governor - is a parent or carer of a registered pupil in our school at the time of appointment. Each Parent Governor must possess the necessary skills to contribute to the effective governance and success of our school.

Co-opted Governor - is a Governor who demonstrates the necessary skills to contribute to the effective governance and success of our school.

Staff Governor - is a member of staff (teaching or non-teaching), who at the time of appointment is employed by Derby City Council under a contract of employment.

Local Authority Governor - our Local Authority Governor is nominated by Derby City Council but appointed by the Governing Body. He / she must have the required skill set to contribute to effective governance and the success of the school. An individual eligible to be a staff governor cannot be a local authority governor.