An introduction from each of the Barlborough Primary School Governors

Vernon Sanderson

Co-opted Governor and Chair of Resources Committee.

I have been a Governor for over six years.

My professional career, after leaving the Army, has been mainly in law and finance.

I also serve as a Churchwarden at St. James’s church and assist at 1st Barlborough Guides. 

Kerry Towndrow-Birds

Kerry Towndrow-Birds – Headteacher Governor

As Headteacher of Barlborough Primary School, I am eager to work with the governing board and the whole school community to ensure the children at our school receive the best possible care, education and experiences.  I want our children to enjoy their time at our school and leave us ready for both the next stage of their education and also equipped to face the challenges we can experience in life.

I am a member of all committees and in my role as headteacher I submit detailed termly reports to the full governing board.  This enables the governors to have a clear and accurate picture of the work being done in school and enables them to hold me to account.

Martin Walton

Co-opted Governor and committee member for climate for learning

I have been recently appointed as a governor and I am on the climate for learning committee. I have a particular interest in the schools climate for learning and feel my time as a head of department in ICT and Business Studies in a secondary school, will assist me in supporting the schools drive to continue to improve the learning environment for all its pupils. I have a particular interest in the teaching of Computer Studies, and hope to use my expertise in this area to support the school.

I am married and have lived in Barlborough since Jan 2010. During my childhood I regularly stayed in the village during school holidays, stopping with relatives who lived in the village, so feel I know the village well.

During my work life I have worked in numerous industries at management level. I have a degree is Business and Financial Studies. For the last 15 years I worked as a teacher in secondary education as a head of department.

Away from work I enjoy riding my motorcycles, and touring Britain and the continent with friends. I also run a small motorcycle touring company, and train riders taking their CBT.

Duncan Haywood

I am a Local Authority appointed governor and joined the governors in May 2019.

I am Chair of the Standards Committee and in my spare time, I am the joint organiser of a children's holiday camp. I received an MBE for this volunteering in 2005.

Claire Birch

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Linda Watson

I joined the Governing Board as a co-opted governor in December 2020.  I have one child at Barlborough Primary School in Year 4. 

I have an MA Education degree and over 20 years experience of working in the Education Sector. This has mainly been through teaching, although more recently I have transferred my skills to private tutoring. I am extremely passionate about education and want to support the school to ensure that every child receives the very best education possible.

I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with the school, whilst continuing to build upon its excellent reputation and teaching standards. 

Sallyanne Wilson

In December 2018 I was elected as a new Parent Governor. The main reason I stood for this role is to help ensure that our children enjoy going to a school that is of a kind, caring and friendly nature, and which provides a safe environment for them to learn.

I have enjoyed spending time volunteering at the school for the last 3 years and I continue to do this as a member of the reading support team as well as helping to supervise the year 3 weekly swimming session. I would like to assure people that I am an approachable person who will listen to you and treat your ideas or concerns with sensitivity and in confidence.

I care deeply about people - and the village I have lived in for most of my adult life. I was married in Barlborough and have one son who is a year 3 student at our school. I am a qualified hairdresser, and in the past I have owned and managed my own village salon. I currently carry out the administration work for our local family business. My work enables me to be flexible and attend school as and when reasonably required.

I am passionate about the future of our children and our school, and I am delighted to have been assigned to the ‘Climate for Learning’ committee where I am looking forward to making contributions which will benefit the whole school community.

It is my aim to help support the safeguarding and learning of each and every pupil.

Tim Calcutt

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Adam Sinclair

I've been a secondary maths teacher for 11 years and have a daughter that attends Barlborough Primary. Having previously taught at the local secondary I chose to be a governor as a way of continuing to contribute to my local community.

I am part of the Standards Committee which enables me to apply my experience of data analysis and progress expectations to compliment the rest of the governing board and to ensure appropriate targets are set to raise all our children's aspirations and fulfil their potential.

Philip Webster

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Claire Gambles

 

I have been teaching Secondary Science for 15 years. In that time I have been a Governor within the Secondary School setting and am currently Subject Leader for Chemistry.  My background is in science and I studied Biomedical Sciences to a degree level at university in Sheffield.

I have lived in and around Barlborough for most of my life and was married in the local church.  My eldest child goes to the school and my youngest will join next year.

For these reasons I am eager to ensure that the school continues to be a place where young people enjoy learning and are fully prepared for their next steps in life.

Lesley Lodge

I joined the governing board as a staff governor in February 2022. I have worked at Barlborough Primary School as a teaching assistant for the past 17 years and started at Barlborough when my sons were in KS1. Both my sons now work in the education sector with my youngest son being a primary school teacher and my eldest son a school sports coach.

Providing our children with the very best education in an inclusive and supportive environment is something I am extremely passionate about. I will work to ensure that the school continues to equip our children with the tools needed to fulfil their true potential.

I very much look forward to working with the governing board and contributing to the whole school community.

New Governor

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