Meet the Governors
The governors at Sawley Junior School play an integral part in the running of the school.
The governing body is made up of a variety of individuals from different backgrounds including, local authority governors and parents. All the governors are volunteers who are committed to offering their time, expertise and support to the school.
Governor meetings are held regularly, after school roughly 6-8 times a year, although governors regularly make informal visits the school to view and monitor progress with the curriculum, environment and ethos of the school. The school governors also undergo regular training to keep them up to date with the latest issues concerning the school.
The Governors act as a critical friend to the school and are responsible for monitoring the schools performance. They work with the school to raise standards and maintain high standards of behaviour and attendance. The governors also have a responsibility to decide how the school budget is spent and to set targets for the school to continue to improve. They are committed to working with parents and the wider community.
It can be a very challenging but a very rewarding experience. The governors all believe that the children at Sawley Junior School deserve the very best. We all bring our own skills and experiences to the role and are committed to giving our time and energy to support and move the school forward.
We are proud of our school and we have the greatest confidence in recommending it to you for your child or children.
Mrs A Burton
Having been born and brought up in Halesowen on the edge of the Black Country, I came to Nottingham to complete my degree and never left! Along with Mrs Stead, I have been part of the Sawley community for a very long time. I began my career in headship working alongside the previous headteacher in 2009, taking over full time in 2010. I have watched Sawley Junior School grow and develop since I first started teaching here. It is a fabulous place to work: I have never ceased to admire the resilience, curiosity and aspirations of Sawley children and I am very proud when they are complimented about the way they conduct themselves. I feel very privileged to lead such a dedicated team of adults whose ultimate aim is to ensure high quality education for all our children.
Mrs K Bowers
Chair of Governors
I am a parent governor at Sawley Junior School and consider my role to be a great privilege. I first took this role as I had a child within Sawley Juniors and wanted the opportunity to contribute to the decisions that shape our school and impact positively on parents, pupils and staff. I was interested in how the school works and how they dealt with certain issues, I thought my HR background and skills would offer experience to support the school. I wanted to be more involved and by doing this role I have found it extremely rewarding, I get to raise queries, have a say on what our funds get spent on i.e. new equipment for our children, new buildings/alterations etc. I would encourage any parents to join us and get on board and have their voice heard. I am extremely proud of our school and what we have achieved; there are exciting times ahead as part of a great academy. Our children are the future and we need to work together to invest in them to make them great!
Term of Office 1.11.2014 to 31.10.2018
Responsibilities: Headteacher Performance Management, Attendance
Mr P O’Connor
I have been teaching the violin at Sawley Junior School for eleven years and I am also the Head of Strings at South East Derbyshire Music Centre and coach the violins in the Derbyshire City and County Youth Orchestra. I attended the Royal Academy of Music, studying violin and composition and started my musical career with the Scottish National Orchestra before moving to Yorkshire to begin teaching where I worked for Bradford music service. My family moved to Melbourne in 2001 and after a spell teaching for the Nottingham Arts Support Service I began teaching full time in south Derbyshire in 2005.
Term of Office : 1.11.2014 to 31.10.2018
Responsibilities: Headteacher Performance Management, Pupil Interviews & Monitoring, Anti-bullying link governor
Mrs L Taylor
I gained my Honours degree from the University of Nottingham, and then attended Durham University to train and qualify as a teacher. Upon completion of my course I returned home to Yorkshire to start my career teaching in a primary school near Huddersfield. I migrated south to Derbyshire in 1996 to take up a teaching post in a school near Alfreton. Seeking a new challenge I arrived at Sawley Juniors in 2010, where I immediately felt welcomed and have loved every moment since…well almost every moment! I regularly attend meetings as staff governor and aim to support fellow governors in their understanding and involvement in all aspects of the schools work and future development.
It is great to work as part of our strong team of staff and governors who are dedicated to securing the high quality teaching of skills and knowledge as well as, enjoyable learning experiences for all our pupils.
Term of Office : 1.11.2014 to 31.10.2018
Mrs H Stead
I have been a teacher here at Sawley Junior School for over 25 years. I have taught across the whole of Key Stage Two during my time here and have led a range of subjects. I have worked as part of the senior leadership team for the past 5 years and am responsible for Special Educational Needs and inclusion. I enjoy sharing my ideas and enthusiasm with the children on a daily basis and currently teach a year 5/6 mixed class.
The school has given me lots of opportunities to grow and develop as a teacher, Senior Leader and SENCo and with this in mind, I wanted to give something back. I became a governor two years ago to enable me to help and support the wider leadership of our school, I understand the importance of effective leadership and how the involvement of a wider group of people can be beneficial to this.
I am very passionate about encouraging children to experiment and experience different things, develop their own ideas and identity and share their talents with others whilst being kind, caring and considerate to all. This fits in with our whole school ethos.
I hope that my work as a governor will contribute to the continued achievements and successes for our school.
Term of Office : 1.11.2014 to 31.10.2018
Mrs E Joyce
I went to Leeds University and here I gained by Honours a teaching qualification. After graduation, I moved back to my home town of Nottingham and taught in a school in Aspley for 3 years. I joined the Sawley team in September 2017 and am currently a Year 4 teacher. I love the vision and ethos of the school and found myself wanting to become more involved. As a teacher, I love working alongside such lovely and hardworking members of staff (and the children aren't bad either!). I took on this role as I hope to contribute to the school's continuing success.
Term of Office : 11.01.2018 to 10.01.2022
Ms K Riley
I am a parent governor. I have two children: my youngest left Sawley Juniors this summer. I am an infant teacher, currently working with reception aged children so have an understanding of the issues faced by schools and the hard work that goes on to keep the standards high.
I became a governor as I wanted to take an active role in the life of the school and take a closer interest in my sons’ education.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading and socialising with friends. I also spend much of my weekends watching my two sons play football and rugby.
Term of Office : 1.11.14 to 31.10.2018
Responsibilities: Safeguarding & Child Protection,
Ms G Arnett
I am a Chartered Accountant with 11 years experience including the audit of academy schools. I’m also an ex-pupil of Sawley Junior School and an ex-pupil of Mrs Burton. I chose to join SJS Governing Body to give something back to a place I care about using the skills I have developed in my professional career. I also sit on the Willows Academy Trust Board of Directors as well as the SJS finance committee, using my accountant and audit skills to add value to both the school and the wider academy. I enjoy spending time in school, working with pupils, staff and other governors to ensure SJS remains a brilliant school.
Term of Office : 14.05.2015 to 13.05.2019
Responsibilities: Willows Academy Trust Director
SJS - Finance, Pupil Interviews & Monitoring
Ms S Henshaw
I am a parent of a child at Sawley Junior School. I have always enjoyed helping out within school and at school functions, and being involved, where I can, with my child's school and education. Being a governor has given me the opportunity to ask questions and get a better understanding of how the school and the education is run. I see myself as a friendly and outgoing person. Hopefully, I come across as approachable if anyone wants to speak with me over any matters. I hope to contribute to the school and it's success.
Term of Office: 23.06.2017 to 22.06.2021
Mrs R Hollis
I am a mother of three girls, the eldest of which attends Sawley Junior School. I have 24 years experience working within Early Years Education. I currently teach within a Foundation Stage unit in a large Primary School in Nottingham. I therefore appreciate the hard work and dedication required to raise and keep standards high. Just like every other parent at Sawley Junior School I want the very best for my children, I want them to be happy and confident learners with an "I can" attitude to life. I became a Governor to offer an objective opinion both as a professional and as a parent. I would like to help and support the school in being the best it can be for the children, staff and community.
Term of Office: 11.01.2018 - 10.01.2022
Clerk to Governors - Mrs D Redpath
`The purpose of the role is to:
• Provide advice to the governing body on governance, constitutional and procedural matters.
• Provide effective administrative support to the governing body and its committees.
• Ensure the governing body is properly constituted.
• Manage information effectively in accordance with legal requirements.
Governors who have served on the governing body over the last 12 months.
Cllr D Walton - Community Governor/Past Chairman November 2014 - January 2017
Mrs C Smith - Parent Governor March 2016 - November 2017
Company Registered No. 9093035 (England and Wales)
Registered Office: Sawley Junior School, Wilmot Street. Long Eaton, Nottingham. NG10 3DQ
Company Name: Willows Academy Trust