About Us

Meet the Governors

What does the Governing Body do?

The Governing Body at Lambley Primary School is made up of members of the local and school community, all acting on a voluntary basis. We have a mixture of local authority, parent and staff governors as well as members who have been co-opted from the local community. Each member brings a different perspective and set of skills to the governing body.

We are responsible for ensuring that the school is run to promote pupil achievement and constantly striving to make sure every child reaches their full potential.

We provide strategic management, act as critical friends and ensure accountability. We work closely with Mrs Vicky Dilnot, the Headteacher, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school.

We are required to have a strong focus on three core strategic functions and when a school is inspected by Ofsted, the governing body is required to provide evidence that governors are fulfilling these three core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Please take a look at our Governors Impact Report 2016 17

 

How is the Governing Body Organised?

In March 2015 we amended our instrument of government (which sets out the size and composition of our governing body) to update the number of governing body members to [13] as follows:

  • 3 parent governors (who are elected by parents and carers of children at the school);
  • 1 Local Authority governor (who is nominated by the Local Authority and appointed by the governing body based on his/her skills and experience);
  • 1 staff governor (who is elected by staff at the school);
  • 8 Co-opted governors (appointed by the governing body based on skills and experience).
  • The Headteacher (who is a permanent member of the governing body)

As well as attending formal Governing Body Meetings (2 x per term) we all play an active part within school and attend governor training sessions on various educational issues to help us in our role. We are also responsible for ensuring that our school policies are reviewed regularly, ensuring compliance with relevant regulations/legislation.
If you would like to email the Chair of Governors, the address is: dibathgate@btinternet.com

Who are our Governors?

Diane Bathgate
Chair of the Governing Body

Governor category: Co-opted Governor
Appointed by: Governing Body
Current term of office: 01/03/15 – 28/02/19
Attendance: 6/6 Meetings
Register of interests & other positions held: None
Working Party Membership: School Improvement and Self Evaluation, CPD & Leadership, HR & Personnel, HT Appraisal, Essential Governance, SLT, Pupil Progress.

Diane has been a governor at Lambley for over 20 years, joining initially as a parent governor when her 2 children went to the school. She has been Chair of Governors for the past 15 years and has seen the school through many changes. She is very positive that the team of governors and staff we have at present are all dedicated, committed individuals who are working collectively to deliver the best possible outcomes for the children that come to Lambley Primary School and this is something she is passionate about.
The local authority have pulled together a group of skilled and experienced governors with a thorough understanding of good strategic governance to help other governing boards. As and invited member of the Nottinghamshire Support Governors (NSG) Diane plays an essential role in the strategy to improve governing bodies across Nottinghamshire; by mentoring a governor, sharing expertise, or joining a governing body as an additional governor. This is an exciting opportunity both for her own personal development but also to help others grow and develop the challenging role of being a governor.

Claire Gavagan
Vice Chair of the Governing Body

Governor category: Co-opted Governor
Appointed by: Governing Body
Current term of office: 01/03/15 – 28/02/19
Attendance: 4/6 Meetings
Register of interests & other positions held: None
Committee Membership: School Improvement and Self Evaluation, Finance, Parent Interface, Essential Governance, SLT, Complaints.
Claire has previously worked in school finances, delivering financial training to governors developing a deep understanding of schools finances from a local government perspective. She has always been interested in becoming a school governor, so when the opportunity arose she jumped at the chance. Still working at a Strategic level in Finance within Local Government, Claire brings financial expertise to the Governing body, as well as partnership working, being part of a commercial departmental leadership team and supporting multi million pound budgets. She has enjoyed establishing the ‘Parent Forum’ and giving parents and pupils a voice and a place for feedback on the school.

Vicky Dilnot
Headteacher

Governor category: Headteacher
Appointed by: automatic appointment in role as Headteacher
Current term of office: A permanent member of the Governing Body
Register of interests & other positions held: None
Committee Membership: School Improvement and Self Evaluation, Supporting Working Parties, Finance & Budget, Parent Forum and Pupil Voice, Essential Governance Policy Review Group.

Vicky Dilnot first joined Lambley Primary School’s Governing Body as an associate governor when she took up post as Deputy Headteacher in September 2011. Since then, she was appointed to the post of Headteacher in September 2014 so her current role on the Governing Body is to provide governors with the information they need to effectively carry out their role as strategic leaders.
Prior to working at Lambley Primary, Vicky has taught in Nottinghamshire Schools and worked as both a Leading Maths Teacher and Local Authority consultant, supporting schools in raising standards and improving pupil outcomes. She is passionate about teaching and learning and ensuring pupils develop a love of learning and are given every opportunity to go on and be as successful as they possibly can in the future. With a background in Psychology and experience supporting children in a therapeutic capacity, Vicky brings knowledge and experience of how agencies work together to support children’s welfare, learning and development.

Lawrence Milbourn

Governor category: Local Authority Governor
Appointed by: Governing Body
Current term of office: 02/02/16- 01/02/20
Attendance: 6/6 Meetings
Register of interests & other positions held: None
Committee Membership: Training Coordinator, HT Appraisal, Finance, Website, Eco Schools, Essential Governance.
Lawrence is now retired after teaching Physics and Electronics at a local Sixth Form College for nearly forty years. He is the Governor Training Coordinator and helps the school look after its website. Lawrence has lived in the village for over sixteen years and is a Parish Councillor and Village Flood Warden. He believes that an excellent school is the most important element in maintaining a healthy and prosperous village.

Rebecca Watson-Shardlow
Deputy Headteacher & SENCO

Governor category: Co-opted Governor
Appointed by: Governing Body
Current term of office: 01/03/15 – 28/02/19
Attendance: 2/6 Meetings
Register of interests & other positions held: None
Committee Membership: School Improvement and Self Evaluation, Transition, SEND & Pupil Premium, Essential Governance, SLT, Learning Challenge.
Rebecca is a co-opted governor who joined the Governing body in September 2014. Rebecca has been teaching for over 11 years after qualifying from Nottingham Trent a University with a Bachelor of Arts degree before completing a Schools Centred Initial Teacher Training qualification to become a primary school teacher.
In September 2014 Rebecca moved to Lambley Primary School to commence her role as Deputy Head. Rebecca has a keen interest in Special Educational Needs, having completed her accreditation enabling her to be the schools Special Educational Needs co-ordinator.

Nigel Wildgust

Governor category: Co-opted Governor
Appointed by: Governing Body
Current term of office: November 2017- November 2021
Attendance: Newly appointed (1/1)
Register of interests & other positions held: None
Committee Membership: Essential Governance Committee

Sarah Hancock

Governor category: Co-opted Governor
Appointed by: Governing Body
Current term of office: 01/03/15 – 28/02/19
Attendance: 6/6 Meetings
Register of interests & other positions held: None
Committee Membership: Essential Governance Policy Review Group, Looked After Children, SEND & Pupil Premium, Pupil Progress.

Claire Davis

Governor category: Co-opted Governor
Appointed by: Governing Body
Current term of office: 15/11/16- 14/11/20
Attendance: 6/6 Meetings
Register of interests & other positions held: None
Committee Membership: Parents Forum and Parents Interface, School Improvement (Mastery of Maths, Safeguarding.
Claire has worked in Local Government Legal Services for over 16 years since qualifying as a Solicitor and brings to the Governing Body extensive legal knowledge and experience in safeguarding children, family and child care law. For a good part of this time, Claire has also led her legal team and thereby also brings with her, strong leadership, performance management, strategic and other management skills.
Claire has a huge passion and commitment to ensuring that our pupils receive the best possible education to help them reach their full potential in a safe, caring, supportive and effective environment. Having only recently been appointed as a Co-opted Governor, Claire is very much looking forward to assisting and supporting the on-going success and future aspirations of our school.

Mary Swan

Governor category: Co-opted Governor
Appointed by: Governing Body
Current term of office: 15/11/16- 14/11/20
Attendance: 5/6 Meetings
Register of interests & other positions held: Works as an HR Officer for Notts County Council
Committee Membership: HR, Curriculum: RE & SRE, Essential Governance, School Improvement (Developing Leadership)
Mary has worked in local government for many years providing HR support and training to schools and corporate managers. She hopes her knowledge of school HR policies and current education issues can help the governing body provide the necessary support and challenge to the school. In addition to this Mary’s three children have all attended Lambley Primary and she is very keen to support the school to enable it to continue to provide the high standard of education and positive school experience that her children enjoyed.

Nicola Warren

Governor category: Co-opted Governor
Appointed by: Governing Body
Current term of office: 15/11/16- 14/11/20
Attendance: 5/6 Meetings
Register of interests & other positions held: None
Committee Membership: Looked After Children, Curriculum Development, Essential Governance

Katherine Hall

Governor category: Staff Governor
Appointed by: Staff
Current term of office: 17/5/16- 16/05/20
Attendance: 6/6 Meetings
Register of interests & other positions held: None
Committee Membership: School Improvement (Mastery of Maths), Essential Governance, Parents and Community

Catherine Church

Governor category: Parent Governor
Appointed by: Parents
Current term of office: 28/09/15- 27/09/19
Attendance: 6/6 Meetings
Register of interests & other positions held: None
Committee Membership: Parent interface and Parent forum, Safeguarding, Essential Governance, School Improvement (Reading and Phonics)
Having lived in Lambley village for most of her life and attending Lambley Primary herself for a short time as a child, Catherine has a strong affinity for the school and is passionate about her ‘Parent Governor’ role. For the majority of her working life she has worked with children in schools in various capacities from teaching to administration and most recently here at Lambley Primary as ‘supply midday supervisor’! She frequently comes into school to help out which has already given her a great insight into day to day life here in school. She has a lovely bond with our staff and children. In her parent governor role, Catherine is involved in work with the ‘Safeguarding’ and ‘SEND’ teams as well as being a point of contact for our new ‘Parent Forum’ so feel free to grab her in the playground for an informal chat if you have any comments you would like to put forward for discussion!

James Roys

Governor category: Parent Governor
Appointed by: Parents
Current term of office: 15/11/16- 14/11/20
Attendance: 5/6 Meetings
Register of interests & other positions held: None
Committee Membership: Essential Governance, Website, School Improvements (Learning Challenge
James is a Director of a local business working within the Gedling Borough. He joined the Governing Body in November 2016 as a parent-governor having a son at the school in key stage one. James offers a diverse range of skills from working within private-sector business including human resources and business administration whilst also providing commercial experience. He has immediately began working with fellow governors on the implementation of the new school website and is looking forward to playing an active role in the ‘Parent Forum’ with his fellow parent-governors whilst settling into the role fully during the coming months.

Katie Swift

Governor category: Parent Governor
Appointed by: Parents
Current term of office: 4/3/16- 03/03/20
Attendance: 5/6 Meetings
Register of interests & other positions held: None
Committee Membership: Essential Governance, Parents Forum, Parents and Community Interface
Katie has worked at Boots for over 10 years and has spent the majority of this time working within strategic planning; leading a team of planners on the development of both long & short term plans. With this comes experience in facilitating big groups of senior leaders and effective meeting management – transferable skills in any environment! When an opening for a parent governor came up in 2016, Katie jumped at the chance to get involved and add value. Still within Boots, Katie now works within the Global Consumer Brands division looking after Global Skincare (including No7) – a role which looks at global markets, brand marketing & creative development, multi million pound budgets, visual merchandising and global insights. She has enjoyed getting involved with the Parent Forum, the finance workstream, and more recently been involved in a collaboration with WE Schools (an organisation which works with children on education & awareness of social issues).

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