Church Broughton C of E Primary School

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Mr Mark Whyman - Executive Head Teacher

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Mrs Emma Smith - Parent Governor

I live with my husband and our three boys, on his family farm on the edge of Church Broughton. Our boys are in Year 4, 7 and 9 and all attended Church Broughton Primary from reception year.

I have been a parent governor at Church Broughton Primary for 8 years, chair of governors for the last two years and then recently been elected as Chair of the Dove Federation Board of Governors..

I work for Derby City Council as a Traffic and Transportation Engineer. It’s a challenging role that involves designing and implementing changes to roads and footways in the city. I also work with schools on campaigns to reduce congestion and increase walking and cycling.

I have worked with schools for over 20 years in a number of different roles; crossing children over the stepping stones in Dovedale for the National Trust, teaching secondary science in the classroom as a Science Teacher and as a School Travel Plan Co-ordinator I created and promoted sustainable travel campaigns and even had the privilege of teaching pupils to ride a bike.

Mr Gavin Wilson - Parent Governor

I have lived in Derby now for 33 years, living locally in Mickeover before moving to Church Broughton 5 years ago with my wife Sarah, and two sons, Zachary and Barnaby.

I have worked in education as a PE teacher for 16 years, working in schools in Leicester, and more locally at Derby Moor School and Littleover Community School. I am currently Assistant Head of Dept which involves developing a broad and balanced curriculum for all our pupils. I am also Assistant Head of year 7 which is a pastoral role involving ensuring the year group are safe, happy and all reaching their expected levels of progress.

As a new parent governor, I want to be able to share my knowledge of education to help assist the school in continuing to provide the excellent, enjoyable learning experience that the school currently provides.

Mrs Lucy Charlton - Foundation Governor

My role on the governing body of the Dove Federation is that of Foundation Governor. I was initially appointed in September 2020 as a Foundation Governor at Church Broughton C of E Controlled Primary School by the PPC of St Michaels & All Angels Church in Church Broughton. As a Foundation Governor, I am particularly interested in the teaching and learning of Religious Education and Collective Worship in both Heathfields and Church Broughton schools. I am also a member of the ‘Teaching and Learning’ governor committee.

As a governor, I recognise the importance of providing an outstanding standard of education for children and relish the opportunity to be able to have a positive input into the Dove Federation by encouraging the schools to strive to provide the best opportunities for all children at both schools.

For over 30 years I have worked in primary education, teaching initially in London and then Derbyshire. I have also worked for Derbyshire Local Education Authority as a Key Stage 1 moderator.

I have lived on the outskirts of Church Broughton for over 25 years and both my adult children have attended Church Broughton school.

Mr Paul Vernon - Foundation Governor

I was brought up on a dairy farm in North Shropshire, where I went to a small C of E Primary School not unlike Church Broughton. My secondary school was a large comprehensive, similar to John Port. I studied Computer Science at Warwick University and worked for IBM for 26 years as a consultant on database systems.

I live in Church Broughton with my wife. All three of our children have attended Church Broughton School, with our youngest child currently in year 4.

I am a member of the Church Broughton Parochial Church Council and the Community Plan steering group. I was a Foundation Governor for Church Broughton School for 6 years. I use my knowledge and skills to help support the success of the Federation.

Mrs Pat Laughlin - Local Authority Governor

Pat is a scientist who has worked as a Manager in a range of industries, businesses and public bodies, including Toyota UK at Burnaston, BBC Midlands and the Regional Development Agency in the West Midlands as Business Development Director responsible for economic and business growth. In this role she developed an interest in sustainable development and set up an independent research and consultancy business specialising in this area.

Pat has held a number of non-Executive Directorships in the private and voluntary sectors and is currently the Chairman of Brailsford & Ednaston Parish Council, a Trustee of the Brailsford Institute and Executive Chairman of Ashbourne Community Transport (ACT). ACT is a Charity which runs accessible bus services across Derbyshire and parts of Staffordshire for those unable to drive or use standard public transport.

She has been a Governor in Derbyshire in both primary and secondary education for many years and has a specific interest in improving literacy. Until the formation of the Dove Federation in 2021 she was the LEA Governor at Church Broughton school.

Mrs Lisa Ackernley - Staff Governor

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Mr Gary Pykett - Co-opted Governor

I taught in a primary school in Burton upon Trent for six years, working as a class teacher with subject responsibilities for History and ICT and latterly as Key Stage Two Manager. I was an NQT Induction Tutor and also worked with a number of trainee teachers during their school placements as an accredited School Based Tutor, which led to me being appointed to a one day per week lecturing secondment at Birmingham City University in the School of Education. I became a full time Senior Lecturer in Primary Education (Professional Studies and History) in April 2008 and have gained a wealth of educational experience during this time. I work in a range of schools across the Midlands, supporting trainee teachers and school based mentors. I have significant experience of external examining initial teacher education provision at various universities. Currently, I am an External Examiner for the BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS course at Staffordshire University. I have a keen interest in History; particularly enhancing the effectiveness of history pedagogy in primary schools. In addition to this, I am passionate about ensuring schools address issues around homophobia, biphobia and transphobia through a fully inclusive and challenging curriculum. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, in recognition of my extensive experience and influence in the field. I have a secure understanding of a range of issues currently impacting upon education; supported by a wide network of educational professionals. Currently I am a doctoral student, studying towards a professional doctorate in education with a focus on inclusivity through the Relationships Education curriculum in primary schools. I have lived in Hatton since 2013 and I am delighted to be working with The Dove Federation as Vice Chair of the Governing Board with responsibility for monitoring and evaluation of the School Improvement Plan . I am also a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee. I am committed to supporting the Federation to provide the very best educational experience for every child and their families.

Mrs Laura Bell - Co-opted Governor

I have been a governor for over 2 years and have two children that attend Heathfields. I am passionate about improving the education and opportunities for all children across the federation and ensuring that they are able to learn in a safe environment. In my professional life I am a HR Business Partner for a national care provider and bring to the governing board a knowledge of human resource management and safeguarding. I look forward to continuing to work with the governing board and school community.

Mrs Sarah Rea - Co-opted Governor

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Mrs Emily Christie - Co-opted Governor

I was appointed as a Co-opted Governor in Autumn 2021; and I have a child currently in Year 2 at Heath Fields Primary School.

I currently hold a senior management position, Head of Planning, within a housing development company specialising in modular construction; and am a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

I previously worked within a local government authority, for a period of twelve years, and as such I have a good understanding of protocols relating to application of government policies and the importance of confidentiality and handling of sensitive information.

I feel that my work experience to date provides me with a good grounding and knowledge that I can apply to the role of school governor; particularly with regard to HR, finance, community engagement and working effectively as a team.

Education is incredibly important to me, and I feel that children should be supported and encouraged to engage and to learn in a way that reflects their needs and interests. I think it is important to recognise that one size does not fit all, and that the more innovative and creative methods used the better.

Mr Ben Forman - Co-opted Governor

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Mrs Sophie McBride - Associate Governor

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Mr Andrew Rudge - Associate Governor

I have worked at Church Broughton C of E Primary since 2014 and took on the role of Head of School in January 2019. As a resident of Church Broughton, I am incredibly fortunate to be able to serve my community by endeavouring to make our small, village school as good as it can possibly be. I passionately believe in the power of education to improve children's lives.