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Chair of Governors (Reading Governor)


My name is Kate Bussell. I have 3 children, all of whom are at Churchtown, in Reception and years 4 and 6. I work for Derbyshire County Council in Human Resources for four days per week. In my spare time I like to cycle, walk or run. I am currently chair of governors and a member of the RMC. I am Pupil Premium governor and have responsibility for reading. I wanted to join the Governors to ensure that Churchtown children enjoy being at school and to help Churchtown be the best it can be.


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Teacher Governor (Senior Teacher)


My name is Sophie Preston and I am the school’s staff governor. I currently teach Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children in Class 1. 


I am an experienced class teacher and previously I have also been a KS1 assessment moderator  for other schools. My specialist subjects are mathematics, music and art.


Parent Governor (Health and Safety)


My name is Darren Lacey and I was elected to be a parent governor in September 2016. I attended this school when I was a child and now 2 of my daughters attend here also.  My experience is within commercial property design and maintenance.  I am the named school governor for health and safety and attendance.


I have worked for the local authority in their Architectural Design Office and further as a Building Surveyor looking after the maintenance and improvement of school buildings. I have valuable experience in project management, building defects diagnosis and building design. 


Through my experience within the local authority, I have gained a multitude of contacts and had the pleasure of dealing with a variety of different people. After being a pupil at this school, I am thankful for this opportunity to use the skills I have gained and put back into the school to move it forward, 'to be the best it can be.'   

Foundation Governor (Safeguarding)


My name is Alison Williams. I am a foundation governor, but was previously a parent governor. I am the named governor for safeguarding. I have 3 children, the  youngest of whom left Churchtown in 2016 and my involvement with the governing body goes back to 2003 when my eldest started in reception.  I have played a very active role in the life of the school, serving on both the finance and the teaching and learning committees as well as being chair of governors for 6 years. As a primary school teacher at another small Church of England Primary school, I am able to bring my skills, knowledge and understanding of the education system when asking challenging questions and holding the school to account. My role as a foundation governor means that I make links with St Helen's church where I attend. I am particularly keen to support the headteacher and the staff as they continue to develop the Christian ethos of Darley Churchtown and our links with the church. 

Co-opted Governor (Early Years)


My name is Suzanne Forster. I retired as a primary school head teacher in 2018 and was co-opted as a governor in January 2019. I spend my time volunteering in Derby and have recently spent time in schools in India.


I love travelling and especially enjoy exploring new countries and finding out about the lives of the local people. I passionately believe in all children receiving the best possible education and having opportunities to excel in all areas of the curriculum.

Parent Governor


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