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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. 

Foundation Governor (Training)


My name is Susan Young and I am a Foundation Governor. I am a representative of St Helen’s Church and help to make sure the school continues to uphold its Christian ethos. I enjoy attending a full assembly each term. I am the Governor responsible for looked after children and a member of the Standards and Learning sub-committee. My aim for the school is to make sure it continues to improve and each child reaches their full potential regardless of any special needs they may have. My hobbies include reading, swimming, baking and watching Manchester City with my husband and two grown-up children. 

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


James Jennings - information to follow.

Governors of Darley Churchtown

Name Governor Type(Appointed by) Relevant Business Interests Term of Office Other Roles and Responsibilities
Tricia Outram Ex-officio Staff member Ex-officio Executive Headteacher
Kate Bussell

Trust appointed

None declared 31.10.2022

Chair of Governors


Sophie Preston


(Staff election)

Staff member 31.08.2020 Senior Teacher
Suzanne Forster Co-opted None declared 31.01.2023 Early Years
James Jennings



None declared 31.01.2023  
Darren Lacey


(Parent election)

None declared 31.10.2020

Health and Safety


Helen Weatherall

Clerk to Governors

(Governing Board)



Alison Williams

Foundation - ex-officio

(Rev'd Stephen Monk, Vicar St. Helen's)

None declared

Ex-officio Safeguarding
Susan Young


(St. Helen's Church PCC)

None declared 31.05.2022



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