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Our Instrument of Government consists of the following:
Constitution (9 Governors)
3 Parent Governors
1 Authority Governor
3 Co-Opted Governors
1 Staff Governor
1 Head Teacher
Chair of Governors – Carol Moore
Hello. My name is Carol Moore. I am married with two grown up children and have lived in Derby most of my life. I have recently retired as a Primary School Headteacher. I thoroughly enjoyed my job and loved working with children and their families, helping and supporting them in making a positive difference to their lives. I enjoy meeting people. I volunteer at our local church Toddler Group. I like to spend my time walking, reading, gardening and meeting up with friends. As a new member of the Governing Body of Cavendish Close Infant and Nursery School, I am keen to offer my knowledge and experience and support the school in any way I can.
Vice Chair of Governors – Helen Wilson
Hello. My name is Helen Wilson. I began my teaching career in an Infant and Nursery School in Nottingham in 1986. Since then I have held a variety of roles and responsibilities including opening a new nursery unit, being a part of the Senior Management Team in a Primary School, training the next generation of Teaching Assistants and currently my role is Programme Leader of a practice based degree programme at the University of Derby.
Throughout my career it has always been a privilege and joy to work with children and young people, supporting them in their journey in becoming architects of their own growth and maximising their learning opportunities along the way. Every day brings something new! As a very new member of the Governing Body I am hoping to become actively involved in the daily life of Cavendish Infant School and I am really excited to work alongside the whole school team in supporting the school in any way I can.
Marie Willis – Community Governor
I am Marie Willis and married to Robert. We have two grown up children Rebecca and Jonathan and two grand sons, Josh who is in the Junior school and Adam who is in Year 2. I have lived in Chaddesden for most of my life, and have always had a keen interest in children and believe that they should be given the opportunity to achieve their maximum potential. I feel privileged to be able to serve as a governor and sincerely hope that the input I can give as a governor will be of benefit to the school.
Stephen Gent – Parent Governor
I am Stephen Gent, I have lived in Chaddesden for the past seventeen years and prior to that I grew up and lived in Long Eaton.
I am married and have two children, one has been through the school and the other is currently attending. I am a Civil Servant and work in Nottingham. I was very impressed with the quality of teaching and caring culture of the School and wished to help out in any way I could, so joined as a School Governor and thoroughly enjoy the role.
Matt Simper – Parent Governor
Hi, I’m Matt Simper and was made parent governor in the spring of 2017. I’m married to Carly, and we have two children, one of which is due to start Reception in September, and the other will begin in the nursery at the same time.
We moved to Chaddesden from Essex in the summer of 2015, so I could take up my current job as Families Minister at St. Mary’s Church. It was through this role that I first came into contact with the school, and was hugely impressed with what I saw. That impression was confirmed when our eldest child joined the nursery in January 2016. When the opportunity to join the governors came up earlier this year, I felt like the ideal way to support the place that would be playing such a key role in the lives of our children in the coming years. I hope I can be of some use!
Christina Diffin – Staff Governor
I began my teaching career here at Cavendish Close Infant and Nursery School in 1999. Over the years, I have taken on many different roles and responsibilities. I have proudly been the Deputy Headteacher since 2007. Every day, I smile, laugh and share achievements with our wonderful children and dedicated staff. It is a privilege to see our children shine during their time with us.
I dedicate quality time to supporting our most vulnerable children and their families. I am constantly reflecting on how we can improve our provision to ensure that every child reaches their full potential.
I provide a balance of challenge and support to our teachers and Teaching Assistants. I am dedicated to working collaboratively towards ambitious targets.
I have two beautiful and bright daughters that attend an Outstanding Derby City Primary School. They love learning and are delighted when I am able to visit their school as a Parent Governor. Serving as a Governor on two Governing Bodies is both rewarding and challenging.
I am committed to being an effective governor and sharing in the strategic leadership of the school.
Liam Mason – Local Authority Governor
Hello, my name is Liam Mason and I am a new member of the Governing body of Cavendish Close Infant and Nursery School. Myself and my Sister both attended Cavendish Close Nursery and Infants School almost 25 years ago and both have very special memories of our time here.
My two young Nieces both go to Cavendish Close, one is in year 1 and one has started in the Nursery this year, both girls have exceeded and thrived since they started.
I work as a Probation Officer full time and specialise in young adult behaviour. In my experience, it is often identified how early learning and school experiences contribute and influence decisions made in later life. Therefore, I recognise how important early learning is essential to future development and success. I am very proud to be a part of such an accredited school and will be fully committed and embrace my role as a Governor, like all the Governors at Cavendish Close, the children are at the heart of what we do.
2016-17 Attendance for possible meetings; Full Board and Committees.
100% Esther Heath (Retired 18/3/17), Marie Willis, Matt Simper.
93% Jane Brandon.
90% Steve Gent.
88% Helen Wilson.
87% Christina Diffin.
81% Carol Moore.
50% Liam Mason.
33% Kerri Selby (resigned 17/07/2017).
Full Governing Body Meeting:
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Finance, Premises, Health & Safety and Security Committee:
Standards & Curriculum Committee:
Pupils & Personnel Committee:
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