School governors provide leadership and accountability in schools. At Buxton Infant School we have a Board of 12 Governors, who are collectively responsible for making the important decisions which keep Buxton Infant School running and ensure we are doing the very best we can for our pupils and wider school community. The Governing Board (GB) appoints the headteacher, decides the overall aims of the school, and sets the policies and targets which will enable the school to achieve those aims. The GB is also responsible for setting and monitoring the overall budget of the school, and provides both support and constructive challenge to the headteacher in the day to day running of the school.
Governors are not paid for their roles in schools. Some governors are parents (usually elected by the school community); some are staff at the school (the headteacher is always a governor). Some governors are appointed by the Local Authority (Derbyshire County Council) while some may be ‘co-opted’ from within the local community. We always aim to have a Governing Board which encompasses people with a range of skills and experience which will be relevant and useful to the school, for example in finance, safeguarding or data analysis. All the school’s governors share a collective desire to provide the very best start in education for the children at Buxton Infant School.
Information about each of the governors of Buxton Infant School can be found below by clicking on their photo. If you would like to contact the governors, or if you are interested in becoming a Governor, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. This email address is checked weekly. If anything is urgent, please contact the school directly.
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Jen Morton, Parent Governor, Co-Chair
I became a parent governor in September 2016 when my son was at the school. He has now moved on to the juniors, and my daughter has just started in reception. I work locally in the scientific sector, and have responsibilities including technical work, project management and leading continuous improvement. I became a governor because I wanted to help support the school as a whole, and I am happy to be a part of such a committed team of people.
Dom Smith, Local Authority Governor, Co-Chair
I’ve been a Governor at Buxton Infant School since 2013, was vice-Chair for a number of years and have been Co-Chair since September 2018. I live close to the school in Buxton town centre and my three children have all been pupils at the school. The youngest started in reception in 2017. In my day job, I’m an experienced manager in local government, specialising in planning and building cycling and walking infrastructure. I’m currently working with Chris Boardman, Greater Manchester’s Cycling and Walking Commissioner, to get the people of Greater Manchester travelling sustainably and actively. I’ve got particular skills and experience in personnel management and data analysis, which have both been useful in my role as a governor. In my spare time, I enjoy playing my ‘cello, camping holidays with my family, and riding my many bikes.
Kate Grant, Co-Opted Governor, Vice-Chair
I have been a governor at Buxton Infants since April 2014. We live just opposite the school, we are key holders to the playground and the kids all attended Buxton Nursery for several years so the Infants has been, and continues to be, very much at the centre of our lives. I work from home part-time and I became a governor because I wanted to get more involved in the local school community, better understand the challenges within primary education and hopefully be able to use my skills and experience to help others. Since becoming a governor I have taken a particular interest in tracking of standards and have been able to use some of my professional skills to help develop better systems for tracking children’s progress in literacy and maths. In 2016 I became the SEN link governor and I have been very impressed by the professionalism, commitment and dedication of the school staff to ensuring every child reaches their full potential. With all three of my boys at school I am slowly rediscovering ‘spare time’ which is mainly taken up with gardening, walking our springer spaniel and making the most of the beautiful countryside that surrounds us.’
William Annison, Co-opted Governor
I moved to live in Buxton with my partner in 2006 and I have been a governor at the school since 2016. I run my own financial services business and have two children. The youngest started at the school in 2018 and my oldest child now attends Buxton Junior School having started at Buxton Infant School. We have been really impressed with the great start our children have received to their education by attending the school, and the warm and friendly way that the children are treated. This prompted me to get involved and support the running of the school. In my spare time I enjoy cricket and rugby, and do my best with my family to make the most of the beautiful Peak District!
Laura Bowers, Co-Opted Governor
I have lived in Buxton all my life and actually attended Buxton Infants School many years ago myself! I have a little girl called Maisie who started Junior school last year and I am also step Mum to two fabulous now grown up children. I am the Manager of Buxton Nursery and have had the pleasure of working there for nearly 16 years. In my spare time I enjoy singing and running and love nothing more than spending time with my family.
Sarah Cafferky, Co-Opted Governor
I’m Jed Nicholson and I serve on the Board of Governors for the school. I also sit on the Finance Committee due to my background in business finance and administration. Leaving that behind a decade ago, I am now a marine ecologist working for The Joint Nature Conservation Committee. I love all things marine with a particular interest in sharks. I have volunteered in Scotland and the Bahamas and gained my BSc through the Open University and an MSc from Manchester Metropolitan University. I became a governor in March 2019 to give something back to the community and get involved in education as both of my daughters have or will attend the school. As a family, we like walking and camping and I like pub quizzes and comedy. My family, the dog and DIY keep me busy.
Helen Stewart, Parent Governor & Safeguarding Lead
We moved to Buxton 6 years ago and our daughter is now in Year 2 at Buxton Infants. She has had such a happy experience at the school that I wanted to contribute by becoming a parent governor. I work as a paediatrician specialising in paediatric emergency medicine and so work with children constantly and have high level training and experience in safeguarding. As a family we enjoy travel and exploring the peak district and I enjoy reading and history, inflicting visits to castles and historic houses on my family whenever possible.
Jenna Palmer, Parent Governor
I have been a parent governor since September 2018. I live in Buxton with my family. We have 3 children, one who is now a pupil at Buxton Juniors and one that is currently a pupil at the school. I am a community midwife, which gives me many skills that help in my role as a governor such as safeguarding, planning, working as a multi-disciplinary team, making difficult decisions and an awareness into early child development. In my spare time I enjoy sewing, arts and crafts and spending time with my family exploring new places.
Collette Lumbert, Parent Governor
I joined as a Parent Governor last year when my little girl started at the school as I wanted to support and contribute to the hard work that the Committee do. I have worked in education for over 20 years and am trained to L4 in Safeguarding Children. In my ever decreasing spare time (not complaining), I enjoy playing Netball and am a lover of all sport!
Angela Higgins, Staff Governor
I am a High Level Teaching Assistant at Buxton Infant School where I have worked for the past 15 years. For the past few years I have worked as part of the year 2 team supporting classes in the mornings and working with small groups of children with specific targets in the afternoons. As a governor I am on the Curriculum Committee and the Standards Committee and find that my work in year 2 supports these well. When not at school I spend my time visiting my far-flung family of 4 grown up children and 2 grandchildren!
Sarah Bennett, Associate Governor
Jude Boyd, Headteacher