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Governors - Who's Who?

Mrs J Shacklock - Co-opted Governor: Chair of Governors

Committees:  Personnel & Finance, Pupil & Strategic Development and Standards. Curriculum Governor. Responsible for: Anti-bullying; Health & Safety: Complaints; Literacy & RSE; Safer Recruitment, Training Co-ordinator & Head Teacher Appraisal

"I have been a Governor since 2008 and Chair since 2011.  I was a senior buyer for a large company based in Sheffield, but when my oldest daughter reached school age I retrained as a florist and opened Wild Flowers in Selston. Having lived in the area for all of my life it's great to be in the heart of the community and to be part of Bagthorpe as a parent and a governor. As governors we have every respect for the staff and work alongside them, to ensure our children receive the best primary education, with a strong emphasis on our Core Values.  We have a fantastic environment at Bagthorpe, both indoors and outdoors and as a Governing Body we are passionate about our work to make the school the best it can be."

Miss L Kitts - Local Authority Governor: Vice-Chair of Governors

Committees:  Pupils & Strategic and Standards committees; Chair of Personnel & Finance.  Curriculum Governor.  Has responsibility for Looked After Children, GDPR, Mathematics and Complaints.

"I have now been a Governor for over 20 years, in two Nottinghamshire schools.  I work as an Educational Improvement Consultant in Nottinghamshire Primary Schools in the areas of Early Years, Assessment, Computing and Professional Development for Teachers. As a teacher, I miss working with children, so being part of Bagthorpe keeps me in touch with the day-to-day reality of school life!  As a governor I get involved in all aspects of school life and I enjoy working with our team of governors to find ways through challenging situations, whilst making sure that the children benefit."

Mrs K Jones - Co-opted Governor

Committees:   Pupils & Strategic Development, Personnel & Finance and Standards.

Has responsibility for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), Health and Safety (Records); Pupil Records.  Curriculum Governor

"I feel immensely privileged to be part of Bagthorpe, where I took up my position as governor in 2010.  My two daughters both came to the school and were so happy being part of the family feel of the school and its core values.   I have been a nursery nurse for over 13 years at a private day nursery, which is a job I love - but not as much as my most important job, which is being a mum!  As a governor I always try to focus on the individual child's development because I know how important this is.  I love being a governor at Bagthorpe and I hope that I make a difference - even if it's a small part!"

Mrs R Leader - Co-opted Governor

Committees:  Personnel & Finance and Chair of Pupils & Strategic Development.  Has responsibility for Child Protection & Safeguarding; Head Teacher Appraisal & Prevent Duty.  Curriculum Governor.

"I have worked for Derbyshire Constabulary in the control room for 14 years.  I am used to dealing with sensitive and stressful situations in a high pressured environment.  I can stay calm and am level headed keeping an unbiased opinion.  I have a real passion for education and believe all children should have a solid foundation to build on for their future.  I am able to bring many of my workplace skills including safeguarding children and dealing with outside agencies to my role.  I enjoy working in a team and helping to get the best out of the school for the pupils and community.  It is also a pleasure to be part of a team that can help to support the Head Teacher in the challenges that arise."

Mrs Y Pearse - Staff Governor and Deputy Head Teacher

Committees:  Pupils & Strategic Development, Personnel & Finance and Standards.

Has responsibility for:  English, Design Technology, Pupil Premium & GDPR DPO

"I have been Deputy at Bagthorpe since 2010, before which I spent 9 years as a LA Literacy Consultant.  I have a deep commitment to helping children improve their learning and I love the day to day challenges of being a class teacher as well as my wider role as a school leader.  This also includes my involvement on the Governing Body, where I enjoy working alongside parents and getting to know other people from our community.  Sharing ideas with people from all different walks of life gives different perspectives of what we do at Bagthorpe - and that's got to be a good thing!

Mr D Walton - Head Teacher Governor

Committees:  Personnel & Finance, Pupils & Strategic Development and Standards. 

"Since 1993, I have taught at four different Nottinghamshire schools and been Head Teacher at Bagthorpe since 2007.  The best thing about being a teacher, is working with children, but I also get to work with lots of adults too!  Our Governing Body is a strong team, drawn from many different walks of life, with a wide range of skills and experience.  We enjoy working together and have a strong, corporate view of where we are going and what we want to achieve for the children.  Our Governors help me to do a better job, by supporting me with some of the more difficult parts of my work, but at the same time challenging me to raise standards and to make our school even better for the children."

Ms I Cook - Parent Governor 

As a parent of two children currently attending Bagthorpe, I am excited and proud to work as part of the Governing Body to create the best possible outcomes for our children and the school community with the skills I bring from industry.

During the day I lead the Quality and HSE teams for a large chemical company but in the evenings and on the weekends, I juggle the rewards and challenges of a busy family life.  I know that for many children the routine, security and learning opportunities found in a well managed school environment provides a foundation from which they can grow, and also on which they can rely during difficult times.


Mrs S Cunningham - Parent Governor 

I am very excited and proud to have recently joined the Governing body at Bagthorpe.  I am mum to 2 daughters, one of which goes to Bagthorpe and the other will also attend the school when she is old enough.


I've worked for a high street bank for almost 18 years and during the past 7 years with SME's including MAT's within the education sector.  A huge part of my current role is working with local businesses in the community providing support for recovery and growth post pandemic.


I am passionate about the local community and keen to play a part in ensuring our children get the best start in their learning journey.

Mrs L Dakers - Co-opted Governor

Committees:  Pupils & Strategic & Personnel & Finance.  Responsible for Pupil Records.  Curriculum Governor.   I feel very privileged to be given the opportunity to be a governor at Bagthorpe School and am very excited to get started. Being a Secondary School teacher I have a great understanding of the education system and a real passion for educating and developing children. I believe this will help me work to support the school in many different areas. I have worked as a teacher specialising in Computing for over 12 years and it is something I thoroughly enjoy. I love to inspire children and help enable them to achieve their full potential. There’s nothing better than seeing their beaming faces on results day.

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