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  • Headteacher: Mrs A Burton
  • Deputy Headteacher: Mrs L Taylor

Meet the Governors

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

Community Governor

Chair of Governors

I am a Community 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 31.10.2022 

Responsibilities: Attendance/Change and Finance



Mr P O’Connor

Community Governor

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 31.10.2022 

Responsibilities: Safeguarding


Mrs D White

Community Governor

I have recently joined the governing body of Sawley Junior School as a Community Governor.  I live locally and am passionate about supporting the local community in any way I can.  I am keen to use my skills to support the teaching staff and governing body in any way I can.  I feel strongly about giving young children the best possible start and a breadth of opportunities from an early age and look forward to supporting with this.  I have a background in supply chain management and hope to put my process improvement, decision making and leadership skills to good use in Sawley


Term of Office : 21.04.2021 to 20.04.2025

Responsibilities : RSE



Mrs L Taylor

Staff Governor

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 31.10.2022 

Responsibilities: Finance




Mrs H Stead

Staff Governor

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 31.10.2022 

Responsibilities:  SEND / LAC / Pupil Premium / Inclusion


Mr J Hemsley

Parent Governor

I am a parent of a child who is currently in year 4.  I have lived in Sawley for many years and have until recently acted as a Governor and Trustee for a local secondary school, which I believe gives me a good understanding of how the school runs.


Professionally, I am a career railway engineer, working both in the UK and internationally and believe that all children should have a good understanding of science and technology.


I am both pleased and privileged to be given the chance to support the school, staff, parents and children through this role.

Term of Office : 22.03.2021 to 21.03.2025

Responsibilities : Anti-Bullying


Mrs C Scott

Parent Governor

Vice-Chair of Governors

I am a parent of two children, one who is now in secondary school and one who is currently in year 5.  I have lived in Sawley for many years and feel I have a good understanding of how the school and local community come together.

Within my professional career I have performed several senior roles that have given me skills and experience that I can apply to the Parent Governor position.

I am both pleased and honoured to be given the chance to support the school, staff, parents and children through this role.


Term of Office : 22.03.2021 to 21.03.2025

Responsibilities : SEND / LAC / Inclusion / Pupil Premium


Mr E Webb

Staff Governor

Born in Staffordshire and raised in Leicestershire, I decided to enter the profession of teaching after being, variously, a Lab Technician for a concrete company, a Lifeguard, an Estate Agent and a Sales Representative, I was accepted to study teaching at Liverpool where I graduated with a first class degree in Primary Teaching. 

I have worked throughout the East Midlands within teaching, with experience in Special Educational Needs Coordination, senior teaching roles and coordinating many areas of the curriculum from Science to Design and Technology. 

It is since being at Sawley junior School that I have returned to my first passion – Art and Design.  I feel very honoured to have received the confidence of my colleagues in being asked to be a representative for their views and the views of the student on the Sawley Junior School Academy Governing Body.

Term of Office : 5.05.2022 to 4.05.2026

Responsibilities : TBC






Clerk to Governors 

`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.


Mrs E Joyce -Staff Governor - Term of Office -11.01.2018 to 10/11/2022

Ms L Pickering - Parent Governor - Term of Office 17.05.2018 to 16.05.2022




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