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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors' Section.

Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing body is key to the effective running of our school.

What do governors do?

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and are involved in the appointment of other staff.  It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the head teacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.

Each individual governor is a member of a governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body.  Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body.  

The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)


Julie Breedon - I am the Chair of Governors.  

I have been a governor for 17 years and my four children have all attended our school, the last of whom is now at the National Academy.  As well as attending meetings, I am also the link governor for SEN and meet regularly with the SEN co-ordinator, Mrs Hazeldine.  I also do voluntary work in school each week.


Nic Johnson - I am the Vice Chair of Governors and a Foundation Governor, appointed by the local church.  I have two children at the school and I have now been a Governor for a few years.  As well as attending full governors meetings, and working parties, I am a member of the Strategic Development Committee.  On this committee we work to continuously improve the school for all the children.


Helen Tuckwood - I am a Foundation Governor, appointed by St Mary Magdalene’s Church.  My three children have all attended our school and my daughter is now at the National Academy. I am the link Governor for Maths and I attend full governors meetings and working parties.


Bob Gow – I have been a Local Authority Governor at Hucknall National C of E for 11 years.   This means I have been appointed by Nottinghamshire County Council to fulfill this role.  When my children were young they also came to the school.  I chair some of our committee meetings.


Malcolm Handley – I am Chaplain for the school and am also a Foundation Governor, representing the congregation and vicar at St. Mary Magdalene’s.  In my role as Chaplain I visit the school every week to lead collective worship.  I also attend various committees, especially those relating to Pupils.


Mrs Jenner – I am a member of support staff at the school and have been a member of the Governing Body for a few years.  My role in school is as Cover Supervisor, which means I work in classes across the school.  I have worked at the school for many years and my children came to Hucknall National.


Mrs Brown – I have been a Staff Governor for quite a few years and provide information for the other Governors about what is happening in the school.  I then ensure that the actions the Governors have requested are acted upon.  I am also the Deputy Head Teacher.


Krista Hemsley - I am a Parent Governor, elected in March 2014.  I have two children who currently attend our school and one who is at the National Academy.  I attend full governor meetings and I am also a member of the Personnel, Finance and General Purpose Committee.


Sophia Popham - I have been a Foundation Governor since September 2014.  This means I have been appointed by the diocese.  I help out in school one morning a week.


Joanne Smith - I am a foundation governor appointed by the local church in September 2014. I have a daughter that attends the school and I am the link governor for EYFS.
I am interested in giving children the right foundations for them to make good progress through school and believe the school has a lot to offer young children as they start their education.


Bev Dellaway - I am a Foundation Governor at the school.  I am also a Link Governor for Religious Studies and also the Training Co-Ordinator for the Governing Body.  It is my responsibility to provide details of suitable courses for the Governors to attend in order for them to fulfil their responsibilities as Governors for the school.  My daughter attended the National Primary School and is now at the Academy doing her GCSE's.  With my family I attend Watnall Road Baptist Church on a regular basis.


My name is Rachael Burn and I am a foundation Governor appointed in April 2016. I have two children, Meabh is at National Academy and Henry will be starting school in 2017. I was delighted to be appointed as Governor and I can’t wait to start playing a role in helping our school to achieve greater and greater things.


Edd de Coverly – I am a parent governor, elected in March 2017. I currently have two children at the school and work with the other governors to ensure our children receive the best and most rounded education they can. I attend the full governors meetings and contribute to a number of the sub-committees.

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