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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.

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.

2017-18 Attendance for possible meetings; Full Board and Committees.

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

88% Matt Simper.

77% Liam Mason.

75% Steve Gent.

66% Sonya Wright.

Full Governing Body Meeting:

Name 11/10/2018 28/11/2018 7/02/2019 21/03/2019 May Meeting Cancelled 11/07/2019
Jane Brandon      
Christina Diffin  ✓    
Carol Moore Chair  ✓    
Helen Wilson Vice Chair  ✓    
Stephen Gent    
Marie Willis  ✓    
Matt Simper    
Liam Mason  ✓ Resigned      
Sonya Wright    

Committee Attendance:

Finance, Premises, Health & Safety and Security Committee:

Finance Premises Health & Safety Terms & Remits 2018-19

Name   21/11/2018


Jane Brandon    
Christina Diffin    
Carol Moore Vice-Chair   
Stephen Gent Chair  

Standards & Curriculum Committee:

Standards and Curriculum Terms & Remits 2018-19

Name   12/11/2018 21/01/2019 May Meeting Cancelled  
Jane Brandon      
Christina Diffin      
Liam Mason Vice-Chair   ✕ Resigned  
Helen Wilson Chair    

Pupils & Personnel Committee:

Pupil and Personnel Terms & Remits 2018-19

Name   6/11/2018 6/03/2018 3/07/2018  
Jane Brandon    
Christina Diffin    
Matt Simper  Vice- Chair  
Marie Willis Chair  
Sonya Wright     

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