Governors at Nook Lane

Structure of Governing Body

Nook Lane has a team of up to 13 people who make up the school Governing Body.

They are responsible for making sure the school provides a good quality education. Raising educational standards in school is now a key priority and governors set high expectations of what the school, its staff and pupils can achieve. Governors also promote effective ways of teaching and learning when setting the school aims and policies. They do this together with the head teacher, who is responsible for the day to day management of the school.

The governing body consists of:

  • 3 Governors who are Parents and are elected by parents at the school
  • The Headteacher
  • 1 Staff Governor elected by the teachers and support staff at the school
  • 1 'LEA' Governor who is appointed by Sheffield as the local education authority
  • 5 Co-opted Governors who are appointed by other members of the Governing Body for their skills, knowledge and expertise
  • 2 Associate Governors assist the Governing Body. They are appointed by other members of the Governing Body because of the specific expertise and experience they can contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

School Governors

Find out more about our Governors in the Meet our Governors section.

Name Role Date of Appointment & Term of Office Appointed by Relevant Business & Pecuniary interests
Mrs D.Shaw Chair of Governing Body;
Co-opted Governor
January 2015
for 4 years
Governing Body Nil
Miss M. Foster Vice Chair of Governing Body;
Co-opted Governor
January 2017
for 4 years
Governing Body Nil
Mr S. Arbon-Davis Headteacher January 2010
On going
Governing Body Nil
Mr J. Bell Co-opted Governor January 2017
for 4 years
Governing Body Nil
Dr C Carter Parent Governor March 2017
for 4 years
Parent Election Nil
Mrs L. Harris LEA Governor January 2015
for 4 years
LEA Stannington Infant School - Deputy Headteacher
Mr M Hampton Parent Governor March 2017
for 4 years
Parent Election Nil
Mrs T Harrison Co-opted Governor June 2016
for 4 years
Governing Body Sheffield City Council - Governor Support
Mr A. Kerr Co-opted Governor January 2015
for 4 years
Governing Body Nil
Mr P Naldrett Parent Governor March 2015
for 4 years
Parent Election Nil
Mrs D. Wilkinson Staff governor April 2015
for 4 years
Staff Election Nil

School Associate Governors

Associate governors have full voting rights on the committee meetings that they attend.

Name Role Date of Appointment & Term of Office Appointed by Relevant Business & Pecuniary interests
Mrs L Bullen Associate Governor;
Upper Key Stage 2 Leader & Teacher;
Assessment Lead
July 2017
for 4 years
Governing Body Nil
Mr J Chadbourne Associate Governor;
Deputy Headteacher
July 2017
for 4 years
Governing Body Nil

What do Governors do?

Governing bodies are responsible to parents, funders and the community. The governing body's main role is to help raise standards of achievement. It:

  • is accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community.
  • plans the school's future direction.
  • selects the head teacher.
  • makes decisions on the school's budget and staffing.
  • makes sure the national curriculum is taught.
  • decides how the school can encourage pupil's spiritual, moral and social development.
  • makes sure the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special needs.

Governors are at the heart of how a school operates. It is important they get things right. How they do their job affects the interests of pupils, staff morale and how the school is seen by parents and others in the community.

Governors support and challenge the headteacher by gathering views, asking questions and deciding what's best for the school. They are not there to rubber stamp decisions. They have to be prepared to give and take and be loyal to decisions taken by the governing body as a whole.

A governing body is not a supporters club. Governors are responsible for how the school is performing. Following up inspection reports is an important job. Governors should try to be ahead of the game - identifying problems and tackling them in advance.

Governing Body Committee Structure

The work of the governing body is managed through a series of committees. One meeting is held each term for each committee, along with a full governors meeting. Occasionally additional meetings are arranged where there is something specific to cover or discuss.

Each governor is a member of at least 1 committee and all governors attend the full governors meeting.

Committee Name Chair Responsibility
Strategic Diane Shaw To manage the business of the Governing Body and ensure the committee work is co-ordinated
Curriculum To be appointed To identify key issues and monitor progress related to:
  • Curriculum
  • Attainment
  • Parents
  • Community
Finance & Premises Marie Foster To identify key issues and monitor progress related to:
  • Finance
  • Premises
  • Health & Safety
Personnel Diane Shaw To identify key issues and monitor progress related to:
  • Staffing
  • Performance Management
  • Pay
Inclusion Diane Shaw To identify key issues and monitor progress related to:
  • Inclusion
  • Safeguarding

Meeting Attendance for Academic Year 2017/18

Governors are members of at least 1 committee, with some attending more than 1, so few governors will have attended all committee meetings.

Governor Full Governor Meetings Committee Meetings
Mrs D Shaw 3 12
Miss M Foster 0 1
Mr S Arbon-Davis 3 12
Mr J Bell 3 5
Dr C Carter 3 6
Mrs L Harris 3 2
Mr M Hampton 2 4
Mrs T Harrison 2 4
Mr A Kerr 2 0
Mr P Naldrett 2 3
Mrs D Wilkinson 3 5
Mrs L Bullen 3 2
Mr J Chadbourne 3 2

Link Governors

Many governors have a link role looking at specific areas of the school or curriculum and report to the full governing body.

Link Area Governor
Computing Mr M Hampton
Data Mr A Kerr
Integrated Resource To be appointed
Literacy Mr P Naldrett
Maths Mrs D Shaw
Safeguarding Dr C Carter
Special Education Needs and Disabilities Mrs M Foster
Sport Mr J Bell

There are other roles that governors hold within the structure of the governing body.

Governor Role Governor
Governor Training Tracey Harrison
Head Teacher Performance Management Marie Foster
Diane Shaw
Pay Committee Marie Foster
Diane Shaw

What governors have been doing in school recently ...

  • Reviewing Academy proposals and options.
  • Finalising the decision on joining a Family of Schools Academy.
  • Meeting with Academy leaders and tracking progress of the Academisation process.
  • Carrying out a governor skills audit.
  • Setting the school's budget for the new financial year 2018-2019.
  • Completing the school's financial value standard.
  • Governors have participated in a health and safety tour of the school.
  • Reviewing the 2018 SATs results.
  • Reviewing progress across all year groups.
  • Maths learning walk around school by the Maths link governor.

Meet our Governors

Diane Shaw

I was elected parent governor at Nook Lane in 2008 and I am now a co-opted governor. I have been chair since 2014. I live in Stannington with my husband and 2 children.

My children both attended Nook Lane and are now in secondary education and beyond.

I have worked in professional and managerial roles in IT in both the public and private sector for over 20 years. I am currently a Business Analysis Manager at a Sheffield-based telecommunications company.

Dr Caron Carter

I am a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education at the Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University. I teach both undergraduate and postgraduate students and undertake research in the field of Education. I have been at Hallam since 2007.

Before this, I taught children in the primary age range for eleven years and served as Assistant Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and Acting Headteacher.

I was elected parent Governor at Nook Lane in 2017 and recently became vice chair. I am passionate about making a difference for children. My son attends Nook Lane and is currently in Y5.

Steven Arbon-Davis

I qualified as a teacher in 2001 and I started my teaching career at Arbourthorne Junior School and then in Arbourthorne Primary following the amalgamation with Arbourthorne Infant and Nursery School. I thoroughly enjoyed my job at Arbourthorne in my various roles as a Key Stage 2 class teacher, English leader, Upper Key Stage 2 leader, SENCO and then Deputy Headteacher.

I was appointed as Headteacher at Nook Lane Junior School in the summer of 2009 and I started in post in January 2010. I love working at Nook Lane. My goal is that every child at Nook Lane is happy and fulfilled and develops a love for learning.

I believe that being a Headteacher is chiefly about serving the local and wider community. During the selection process for my job, I said that I wanted to, "put down some roots and commit to the school community." Nine and a half years in, I feel that I have been true to my word and I look forward to leading the school in the coming years.

John Chadbourne

My name is John Chadbourne and I have been teaching in Sheffield for over twenty years. I began my teaching career at Pipworth Junior School, before moving to Malin Bridge Primary School where I worked as part of the Senior Management Team as Upper Key Stage Two Leader.

Currently, I am Deputy Headteacher and an associate governor at Nook Lane Junior School, where I have worked for twelve years. I am also a governor at Stannington Infants.

Tracey Harrison

My name is Tracey and I am a single mum. I joined Nook Lane Governors in July 2016.

I became a governor for a number of reasons, one because my child goes to Nook Lane and I wanted to ensure she got the best education in a school which is also warm and caring, two, because I work in the School Governance Improvement Service for Learn Sheffield and I wanted to learn more about what it was like as a governor and three, because I wanted to offer my services in a role which is voluntary but is worth millions to our children in Nook to help them to be the best they can be.

Jim Bell

I'm a Civil & Structural Engineer, working as a designer in the built environment ... working on Cities and Buildings, passionate about how good design can change lives and the environment.

I have over 20 years' experience of major projects, redevelopment and regeneration. My work has involved icons like Wembley Stadium and working in countries from France and Russia to the Middle East.

Much of my focus right now is on the cities of the Northern Powerhouse and the UK, and my interest and specialism in Arena design can take me anywhere in the world. In Sheffield I was responsible for the engineering design of The Diamond building at the University of Sheffield, and am currently working on the regeneration of the Heart of the City II project.

I am also involved in community and professional outreach through Board advisory and governor roles.

Liz Harris

My name is Liz Harris and I am Deputy Headteacher at Stannington Infant School which feeds into Nook Lane.

I have worked at Stannington Infant School for 9 years and have been on Nook Lane's Governing Body for the same length of time. Before that I worked at a Primary School in Derbyshire.

Being part of both Stannington and Nook Lane's Governing Body helps to strengthen the links between both schools and make the transition from one school to another as seamless as possible.

Matthew Hampton

My name's Matt, and I live in Stannington with my wife Rachel and 2 daughters; Beth and Imo.

I work for a large Finance institution as an IT manager. I'm a parent governor at Nook Lane with a focus on the Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

I applied to be a school governor because I want to help and support my local school in producing happy, confident and smart children though the early stages of their education.