Welcome to our Governors’ section.
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.
Clerk to the Governors - Mr Chris Cafferty
Mr Cafferty is also Admin Assistant to the school. He took up post in April 2018.
Chair of Governors - Mr David Beaumont (February 2015-February 2019) (Appraisal Committee)
Mr Beaumont works for Derbyshire County Council in the Educational Psychology department.
Mr Beaumont is a Local Authority Governor
Mr Beaumont has 5/5 attendance at meetings
Vice Chair /Parent Governor - Mrs Julie Thurnham ( March 2012- March 2020)
Mrs Thurnham lives within the local community. She is also a teacher.
Mrs Thurnham has 4/5 attendance at meetings
Parent Governor - Mrs Karina Burton has been elected as Parent Governor in September 2017 (2017-2021).
Community Governor - Mrs Kate Hodnett. (September 2016-September 2020)
Mrs Hodnett joined us as Community Governor in September 2016. She is PCSO for the local area. Mrs Hodnett has 5/5 attendance at meetings.
Co-opted Governor – Ms Bianca Coombes ( September 2015-September 2019)
Parent and member of local community.
Miss Coombes has 5/5 attendance at meetings.
Mr John Ray resigned as Co-opted Governor in July 2015 (September 2013-July 2015)
Mr Ray had 5/6 attendance at meetings during his period as a Governo
Staff Governor - Miss Laura Carter (September 2018 – September 2022 )
Miss Carter is the Foundation Stage teacher. She represents the interests of the school community.
Miss Carter has 5/5 attendance at meetings
Headteacher - Miss S Street
Miss Street has been Headteacher at Mickley Infant School for 11 Years.
Miss Street has 5/5 attendance at meetings
No members of the Governing Body are related to any staff members nor do they have any business or pecuniary interests in the school. All Governing Body members have full voting rights.
Key Issues for the Governing Body of Mickley Infant and Nursery School for 2017-2018
During the year the governors have supported the school to aim to become ‘outstanding’ by using the school budget to fund all the requirements on the School Improvement Plan.
At the beginning of each meeting the Governors walk round the school to monitor issues and developments against the School Improvement Plan. This is then discussed at the beginning of the meeting and any comments or issues are raised. Progress towards the plan is then discussed.
The children enjoyed visits from various organisations - police, local churches and school nurse. Educational visits are a concern for the school and the Governing Body due to lack of support by parents. The aim is to try to address this through new funding opportunities and changing the times of the visits and also providing the opportunity to pay weekly towards the costs.
The staff Governor (Laura Carter) now reports school development from a teacher perspective at each meeting, providing the Governors with an opportunity for questions and answers from the Governing Body. The parent Governors (Bianca Coombes and Karina Burton) have been working in school as volunteers throughout the year and have provided great support in the classrooms as well as gaining an insight into the daily life of the school.
PCSO Kate Hodnett (Community Governor) has supported the school through Internet safety activities, road safety and stranger danger talks and anti- bullying activities.
Budget monitoring was a key issue especially with Pupil Premium and the Sports Funding. The budget has supported extra teaching staff, to target the children’s learning, and for physical activity experts to teach the staff and pupils a range of new skills. A MUGA (multi-use games area) has been proposed for the school site to enable children to exercise and had a hard surface for ball skills in all weathers. Planning permission was granted for this in July 2018 with an anticipated September start. This will be partially funded through an Awards for All bid alongside sports premium budget.
Safeguarding has been monitored carefully with the majority of governors attending safeguarding training at the school. All Governors have been provided with the latest Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance and asked to read and sign this. The Headteacher has changed the morning routine to a meet and greet system to welcome every family into school on a daily basis.
The Governing Body of Mickley Nursery and Infant School has fulfilled their collective and individual roles to support the school progress over the last year. Although much has been achieved the governors are always looking to improve . Bianca Coombes has attended Safer Recruitment training to support the school
Any enquiries should be addressed to Mr David Beaumont, c/o Mickley Infant and Nursery School, Milton Avenue, Stretton, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 6GG
Telephone number 01773 832707
About our Governors
I am PCSO Kate Hodnett currently based at Clay Cross police station attached to South Eastern SNT. I have worked for Derbyshire Police for 10 years and have been at Clay Cross since 2014 but before that I was based in Derby working alongside Spondon SNT 2008-2014 and Derwent SNT 2006-2008. Before joining the force I worked for Argos whilst studying public services at College.
I am Laura Carter, a teacher at Mickley Infant School. I currently teach in the Sunflower class which includes nursery and reception children with ages ranging from 3-5 years. I trained to become a teacher at Nottingham Trent University and studied Primary Education for 4 years. The last 2 years of my degree included a specialism in Early Years. I graduated in 2013 and completed my NQT year at Mickley Infant school in 2014 where I have been teaching ever since.
I am Mary Parker- Williams. I work in Early Years provision and am an Every Child a Mover leader. I have safeguarding training and hold a level 3 childcare qualification. My son attended Mickley Infant and Nursery school and I live in the local area.
My name is Sara Street and I have been Headteacher at Mickley Infant and Nursery School for eleven years. I have been a teacher for 23 years and trained in Lancashire before moving to a very large first school in Kent where I taught Year 4 children. I moved back to Derbyshire 14 years ago to become Deputy Head at Wirksworth Federation of Infant Schools before taking up Headship at Mickley Infant and Nursery School. I enjoy working with children, parents and the wider community, helping children to aspire to being the best that they can be.
I have been a local authority governor at Mickley for over fifteen years, the Chair for five ? years. I am proud to be associated with the school and the committed team of adults who work so hard to provide the best possible experience for our children and develop their learning so successfully.
I work in the Local Authority as an Educational Psychologist supporting young people excluded from school and have a teaching back ground in special educational needs. I was elected in 2015 to represent other schools in the Primary sector in Derbyshire on the Schools Forum. I believe Mickley Infant is the heart of the village and an enormous asset to the community.
My name is Bianca Coombes. I live within the local community and I am currently a stay at home mum to my 2 daughters who attend Mickley infant and nursery school. I have a level 3 childcare qualification and worked in a private nursery for 6 years. I have always enjoyed working with children and helping them achieve their goals by providing an enabling environment. Being a governor means I still get to be part of helping children get the best start in life.
My name is Julie Thurnham and have been a governor at Mickley Infant and Nursery School for over nine years. I got involved when my children started the school but carried on as a governor when they left because of my passion for education. I want all children to have the best education possible including those with Special Educational Needs. That is why I have taken on the role of being the Key Stage 1 governor and Quality of Teaching and Achievements of Pupils governor. I feel my role as governor is to always listen, analyse the results data and challenge decisions on behalf of all children in the school. I feel that every child at Mickley School has the chance to reach their full potential.