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  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 have a number of working parties but these all operate under the ‘Essential Governance’ Committee. 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: dbathgate@lambley.notts.sch.uk

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: Serving on the Governing Body at Woodland View Primary School.
Working Party Membership: School Improvement and Self Evaluation, CPD & Leadership, HR & Personnel, HT Appraisal, Essential Governance, SLT, Pupil Progress, Pay Committee.

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. She is currently serving in this way on the governing body of Woodland View.

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: 5/6 Meetings
Register of interests & other positions held: None
Committee Membership: Finance,  Essential Governance.

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. Early on in her role as a governor, she 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, Pupil Progress, 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: 5/6 Meetings
Register of interests & other positions held: None
Committee Membership: Training Coordinator, HT Appraisal, Finance, Eco Schools, Essential Governance, Pay Committee.

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: Staff Governor
Appointed by: Staff Elected Member
Current term of office: Jan 2018- Jan 2022
Attendance: 5/6 Meetings
Register of interests & other positions held: None
Committee Membership: School Improvement and Self Evaluation, Transition, SEND & Pupil Premium, Essential Governance, SLT, Learning Challenge Curriculum.

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: 3/4
Register of interests & other positions held: None
Committee Membership: Essential Governance Committee, School Improvement: Reading, Anti-Bullying & Equality Governor.

After completing an undergraduate degree in economics, Nigel qualified as a secondary mathematics teacher in 2003 and is currently a pastoral leader at The Carlton Academy. In between, he has held middle management positions in leading international schools and completed a sabbatical year as a Governance Manager for a housing association based in the Midlands. He holds postgraduate qualifications in management, education, law, corporate governance and was Called to the Bar in 2006. Nigel has close ties to Lambley having lived in the village previously, has a brother living in the village currently and a grandfather who served on Lambley Parish Council for many years.

Catherine O’Hara

Governor category: Co-opted Governor
Appointed by: Governing Body
Current term of office: March 2018- March 2022
Attendance: 2/2 Meetings
Register of interests & other positions held: None
Committee Membership: Essential Governance, Finance Working Party, GDPR, Pay Committee.

Catherine has worked for Rolls-Royce for 15 years, and has held a number of roles in Strategy Development and Procurement which she hopes will bring some benefit to her role as Co-opted Governor. For most of this time, Catherine has led teams of Buyers, which means she brings with her a strong skillset in Leadership, People Management and a desire to achieve value for money.  Catherine lives locally and has 2 children (one at university and one at secondary school), and believes in a strong education as the gateway to children achieving their full potential in life.  Catherine enjoys meals out and cocktails with family and friends, book clubs, box-sets, gardening and has recently joined a local exercise group.

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, Essential Governance, School Improvement: Mastery of Maths, Safeguarding, SEND & LAC

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. As a Co-opted Governor, Claire is committed to assisting and supporting the on-going success and future aspirations of Lambley Primary School.

Mary Swan

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: Works as an HR Officer for Notts County Council
Committee Membership: HR, Curriculum: RE & SRE, Essential Governance, School Improvement (Developing Leadership), Pay Committee.

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: 0/6 Meetings
Register of interests & other positions held: None
Committee Membership: School Sports Grant & PE Curriculum Development, Essential Governance

With many years’ experience in education, having taught at secondary and now primary level, I am very keen to use my extensive knowledge to contribute towards the ongoing success and high standards at Lambley Primary School. Running my own businesses, I feel that I can also bring financial experience to this role. As my own 3 children have all attended, and had a very positive experience within the school, I am very pleased to have the opportunity to help other children have an enjoyable and start to education.

Liam Wiltshire

Governor category: Parent Governor
Appointed by: Parents
Current term of office: March 2018- March 2022
Attendance: 2/2 Meetings
Register of interests & other positions held: None
Committee Membership: Essential Governance, Parent Interface, IT & School Website

Liam has always worn many hats, from software engineer to business development manager, public speaker, musician and writer and is privileged to have the opportunity to put his experience to use to benefit Lambley Primary. Aside from his ‘day job’ working in the online gaming/Minecraft industry as a Senior Engineer and Business Manager at Tebex, Liam has a long-standing interest in education in a wider sense and hopes to use his experience in management, technology and the performing arts to provide a new point of view as the school continues to grow and develop.

Luke Richardson

Governor category: Parent Governor
Appointed by: Parents
Current term of office: March 2018- March 2022
Attendance: 2/2 Meetings
Register of interests & other positions held: None
Committee Membership:  Essential Governance, Parent interface, Health & Safety

Luke is a Water Risk Assessor For Nottinghamshire County Council, specialising in Legionella risk management and control. He spends the vast majority of his time visiting both County Council and Academy run schools as well as children’s centres and offices across the county, carrying out risk assessments and advising staff and building management teams on a variety of water related laws and regulations. In previous roles he has worked as a project manager for various projects, including public vaccination services and health and safety training to over 2,000 pharmacists.

Luke has two children at Lambley Primary School and has been keen to take a more active role within school life for some time. Luke offers a range of skills from working in both the private sector and now the public sector and has first-hand experience of the pressures schools face in balancing budgets and ensuring staff and pupils alike have a safe and happy place to be in.

A keen reader and history enthusiast in his spare time, Luke also likes to play the guitar and is British Sign Language Level 3 qualified (if a little rusty now).

James Roys

Governor category: Parent Governor
Appointed by: Parents
Current term of office: 15/11/16- 14/11/20
Attendance: 6/6 Meetings
Register of interests & other positions held: None
Committee Membership: Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of Essential Governance Committee, Health & Safety, SLT, Complaints, Self Evaluation, Leadership Development & CPD,  School Improvement: Learning Challenge Curriculum

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 two. James offers a diverse range of skills from working within private-sector business including human resources and business administration whilst also providing commercial experience. One of his first tasks as governor was working with fellow governors on the implementation of the new school website. He also plays an active role in ‘Parent Interface’ and fundraising, working closely with The Friends of Lambley to help ensure that the school does all it can to provide for the needs of the school community at a time when school budgets are tight.

As Vice-Chair of Governors, James is actively involved in a large number of working party groups and carries out regular visits to school in his role.

October 2018: There is one vacancy on the governing body for a Co-Opted Governor. The Governing Body will appoint this role based on the required skills and experience needed for this next phase of strategic development and school improvement.

If you are interested in this role, please contact Diane Bathgate, the Chair of Governors.

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