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Declaration of eligibility to serve as a parent governor

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.

Rachel Allaway – Parent Governor

Hi, I am Rachel Allaway and I became a Parent Governor in Autumn 2019. I am a Primary school teacher and have been working in schools Full-time and Part-time since September 2001. I have had experiences in the Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Since starting my teaching career, I have held a number of roles and responsibilities, which include PE coordinator, Year group leader, Pupil Premium lead and student and volunteer mentor.

I have lived in and around Chaddesden for over 30 years and now live nearby with my husband and two wonderful children. My son is currently in Year 1 and my daughter attends a local Nursery 1 day a week.

I feel excited and privileged to be a part of such a thriving school that offers exciting, nurturing and thought provoking experiences to children from many different backgrounds. I am passionate about helping young children to believe in themselves and achieve well in their bright, ambitious futures.

Caroline Howett – Staff Governor

Hi, I am Caroline Howett. I began my teaching career in 1994 in Liverpool and moved to Derby after meeting my husband. I have taught at Cavendish Close Infant School for 16 years and have recently taken on the role of Interim Deputy Headteacher.

I am passionate about providing quality education for our very youngest children and enjoy building relationships with families when they first come to our school. I have supported other early years settings across Derby City to reflect on and improve their practice particularly around speech, language and communication and physical development. I am currently a Talk Derby Champion for the Derby Opportunity Area.

I enjoy being active and spending quality time at home with my husband and two children as well as visiting my family in North Wales.

I am so proud of our wonderful school and feel privileged to be part of our school community. I am committed to being an effective governor and sharing in the strategic leadership of the school.

Sonya Wright – Parent Governor

Hi, my name is Sonya, I joined as a parent governor recently when my eldest son joined reception at the school last year (2017).

Since joining, his reading and language skills have excelled, and his confidence has blossomed. The school put so much effort into the children there, it felt only right to be a part of it, to help support in any way I can.

My background is customer service and continuous improvement, but currently I work as a project manager for a group of estate agency businesses, delivering the new data protection legislation.

I was born in London (a Greek Cypriot) and came to derby when I was 5, currently I live in Oakwood with my husband and 2 boys, I enjoy trampolining, baking cakes and photography.

I look forward to supporting the school and having the children at the centre of everything we do, so the school continues to excel.

2018-19 Attendance for possible meetings; Full Board and Committees.

100% Christina Diffin, Carol Moore, Marie Willis, Helen Wilson.

92.3% Jane Brandon.

87.5% Matt Simper, Steve Gent.

75% Sonya Wright.

66.6% Liam Mason (Resigned).

Full Governing Body Meeting:

Name 24/10/2019 12/12/2019 05/02/2020 02/04/2020 21/05/2020 09/07/2020
Christina Diffin        
Caroline Howett  ✓      
Carol Moore Chair  ✓      
Helen Wilson Vice Chair  ✓      
Stephen Gent Resigned    
Marie Willis  ✓      
Sonya Wright      
Rachel Allaway  ✓      
Nicola Tusa      

Committee Attendance:

Finance, Premises, Health & Safety and Security Committee:

Finance Premises Health & Safety Terms of Reference 2019-20

Name   25/11/2019


Christina Diffin        
Caroline Howett        
Carol Moore Vice-Chair       
Stephen Gent Chair Resigned    

Standards & Curriculum Committee:

Standards and Curriculum Terms of Reference 2019-20

Name   02/12/2019 09/03/2020 15/06/2020  
Christina Diffin        
Caroline Howett        
Rachel Allaway Vice-Chair       
Helen Wilson Chair      

Pupils & Personnel Committee:

Pupil and Personnel Terms of Reference 2019-20

Name   13/11/2019 03/02/2020    
Christina Diffin      
Caroline Howett      
Nicola Tusa      
Marie Willis Chair    
Sonya Wright  Vice- Chair    

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