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Governors are the largest volunteer force in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards.  The School Governors represent different aspects of our community.

As Governors we are interested in your view of the school and any improvements you would like to see take place.

The Governing Board of our school plays an important role in supporting the Headteacher, school staff and parents/carers.

Together with the Headteacher, the Governors help set the future direction for the school and decide how the school's budget should be best spent to facilitate this.  They also make decisions on performance targets, school policies and the school's development plan.


Staff Governors

A staff Governor can be any member of staff, teaching or support and is elected by other members of staff.

Miss Julie Kirk - term of office: Whilst in post

Miss Paige Farley - term of office: 14.7.2023 - 13.7.2027


Foundation Governors

As a church school, our Foundation Governors, are appointed through the local church, St Mary's.

Mrs Lynn Penson - term of office: 15.09.22-14.09.26

Mrs Sophy Barnes  - term of office: 20.07.23 - 19.07.27


Co-Opted Governors

Co-Opted Governors are appointed to represent the local community interest in the school and can also include representatives from the local Parish Council.

Mrs Sarah Wallis  - term of office: 16.03.23 - 15.03.27

Mrs Sue Rix  (Chair of Governors) - term of office: 17.09.20 - 16.09.24



Parent Governors

Any parent/carer of a pupil at the school is eligible to stand for election as a Parent Governor for the school.  Other parents/carers elect the Parent Governors.

Mrs Claire Ganthony (Vice Chair of Governors) - term of office 27.1.2023 - 26.1.2027




Local Authority

Local Authority Governors are appointed by the Local Authority and can be from any walk of life, and not necessarily live in the area.

 Mrs Elaine Brennan (Co Chair of Governors) - 27.4.2023 - 26.4.2027


Associate Members

Associate members of our board who bring skills and expertise, but do not have voting rights.

Mrs Susanna Bradbury - term of office 15.9.22 - 14.09.26

Miss Harriet Head - termo of office 19.10.2023 - 31.07.2023



Any of our Governors can be contacted via the school office, or via enquiries@crich-inf.derbyshire.sch.uk. 

Governor Annual Statement and Impact Report 2022/23

Governors for 2023/2024 have no declaration of Interest.  

Attendance for 2022/23

Our Governing Board

Several years ago, we adopted the “Circle Model” as our model of Governance, which means that we meet as a full board on a more regular basis – we plan for 9 times a year, and we do not have specific committees. We have link governors who look at different aspects of our responsibilities in more detail. Their recommendations are taken to
full Governing Board for discussion/approval. Link Governors have responsibility for reporting back to Full Governing Board within 2 distinct areas – Curriculum & Learning and Finance & Resources. 
In addition to their Link roles on, Governors observe class teaching, undertake school visits/ learning walks. We undertake an annual skills audit, to confirm that we have a good range of skills, experiences and backgrounds, reflecting our local community. This also gives us an opportunity to address any training needs we may have, and how they can be met.

C&L - Curriculum, Assessment & Data
  • Scrutiny of pupil progress and attainment data, monitor the quality of impact of our interventions to support pupils who need additional assistance with their learning.
  • Opportunity to discuss the new marking scheme and how the implementation of Bookmark evening has impacted on the school/parent information flow.
  • Outcome of Learning Walks to understand the impact of school improvement priorities.

Mrs Sue Rix & Mrs Claire Ganthony

F&R - Facilities, Equipment, Health & Safety

  • To develop and approve a school buildings strategy and contribute to LA Asset Management Planning arrangements.
  • Ensure that Health & Safety Audits are completed within school and any subsequent action plan is monitored and acted upon.
  • Review the fabric of the school, both internal and external and ensure that any work required is discussed at FGB and budget discussions undertaken.

Miss Paige Farley

C&L - Distinctiveness, Religious Education & Collective Worship

  • The key areas of responsibility are centred on if we are meeting the needs of learners as a Christian School;  looking at the impact of collective worship and the Leadership and Management of a Church School.
  • Any action as a response to our SIAMs inspection.

Mrs Sophy Barnes & Mrs Lynn Penson

F&R - Finance & Budget

  • Set and recommend approval the formal budget for the school.
  • Challenge that the budget and financial procedures are robust, and that the school is getting value for money.
  • To agree annual action plans and monitor how school premiums are spent (i.e. PE and sports premium, and the pupil premium).

Mrs Susanna Bradbury & Mrs Sarah Wallis

C&L - Inclusion, Equality & Safeguarding

  • To establish and approve a special educational needs (SEN) policy.
  • To ensure statutory compliance with Keeping Children Safe in Education and its associated policies including adopting and reviewing annually the child protection/safeguarding policy and relevant procedures.
  • To complete an annual Safeguarding Review ensuring any follow up actions are monitored and completed.
  • Monitors the impact of the use of our Pupil Premium Funding and Sports Funding and monitors the quality of teaching throughout the school.

 Mrs Sue Rix

F&R - Personnel, Staffing, Appraisal & Performance Management

  • Embedding ambition and driving involvement.
  • Teaching and Learning; Tackling weaknesses; Promoting learning and wellbeing; Equal opportunities

Mrs Sarah Wallis, Mrs Susanna Bradbury & Mrs Sue Rix