The Governing Board is made up of a group of volunteers who are appointed by the Board, all have different skills and experience. The role of the governing board is a strategic one, its key functions are to:
- set the aims and objectives for the school
- set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
- set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
- monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards the achievement of its aims and objectives
- be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)
Our Chair of Governors is Carol Gotheridge. If you are interested in becoming a Governor and supporting our school please speak to the Headteacher Deirdre Malley or Clerk to Governors Jo Straw. Alternatively please email: email@example.com
The governing body is accountable for the way in which the school’s resources are allocated to meet the objectives set out in the school’s development plans. Governors need to secure the best possible outcome for pupils, in the most efficient and effective way, at a reasonable cost. Governors apply the principles of Best Value to do this.
If you would like to view the Governing Body’s Best Value statement Please click Here
Meet the team . . . . .
Deirdre Malley (Head Teacher)
Deirdre took on the role of Head Teacher in January 2017 having worked within the school for the last 16 years. Deirdre has developed strong relationships of trust with the staff, governors and fellow professionals and brings tenacity and a reflective teaching approach to lead the team forward. Deirdre is an advocate of best practices in the EYFS framework and child-centered learning ensuring all children’s intrinsic motivations are recognised and satisfied, encouraging self-motivating independent learning. Deirdre established one of the very first Forest School models in Derby, achieving national accreditation and continues to promote the development of initiatives that support and empower children and their families.
Carol Gotheridge (Chair)
Carol was a Nursery Teacher for 26 years working in nursery, infant & primary schools, before becoming a Family Learning Co-ordinator and then Peep Co-ordinator. Twenty two of these years were in Derby schools. Carol has recently retired as Peep Co-ordinator from Derby City Council. Carol led and delivered the Peep initiative within the city which was part of the core offer of the children’s centres for more than 12 years. The programme supports the city’s early intervention strategy, by working with parents/carers to improve outcomes for children.
Carol joined the Governing Board on the 29th September 2014. On the 7th February this year Carol agreed to take on the role of Chair of Governors. Carol sits on the Finance, Personnel, Curriculum and Performance Management Committees. Governor responsible for SEND & EYPP. Minute writer for Finance Committee meetings.
Term ends 23rd September 2024
Fiona Colton (Co-opted Governor & Vice Chair)
Fiona joined the Governing Board on the 29th September 2016 as a Co-opted Governor for a 4-year term and agreed to take on the role of Vice-Chair on the 7th February this year. Fiona brings a wealth of experience to the team from an early years and business perspective. Fiona is the governor responsible for Health & Safety.
Fiona is Head of Integrated Services 0-19 Locality 2 for Derby City Council.
Term ends 29th September 2026
Debbie Leeney ( Co-opted Governor)
Debbie taught at Lord Street for just over 20 years and has been instrumental in shaping Lord Street into the nursery that it is today. Debbie was voted onto the board on the 6th November 2013 and this was renewed on the 25th September 2019 for a further 4-year term.
Debbie Chairs the Curriculum Committee and is the Governor responsible for Safeguarding, Wellbeing and Data.
Term ends 30th September 2026
Lindsey Moore (Staff Governor)
Lindsey is the Senior Teacher and SENDCO at Lord Street. She has been at Lord Street since 2011 Lindsey joined the board in January 2020 for a four-year term.
Term ends 1st January 2024
Jennifer Wilson (Parent Governor)
Jennifer joined the Board in February 2022 for a two year term.
Term ends 17th February 2024
Jo Straw (Clerk to Governors)
Jo is employed at the school as the School Business Manager.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone the school on 01332 349 363
Governing Board Meetings
The Governing Board have agreed that, whilst meetings are continuing remotely, all items that would ordinarily be considered at Committee meetings will be considered at Full Governing Board meetings. These are currently being held via remotely Teams.
Full Governing Board Terms of Reference Please click here
Finance Committee Terms of Reference Please click here
Personnel Committee Terms of Reference Please click here
Curriculum Committee Terms of Reference Please click here
Register of Attendance Please click here
For the Board’s Register of Interests Please click here
Those who have stepped down from the Governing Board
Lisa Bailey – Chair of Governors/SEND Governor/ sat on all committees – stepped down – 29th January 2017
Kellie Fields – Parent Governor/Curriculum Committee – stepped down – 14th January 2017
Bob McDonald – Vice-Chair/Health & safety Governor/Performance Management – stepped down – 15th July 2016
Kim Hilton – Parent Governor – stepped down 26th July 2017
Josephine Walker – Parent Governor – stepped down 26th July 2017
Jo Zurawska – Clerk to Governors stepped down 8th September 2017
Laura Howes – Staff Governor – stepped down 31st December 2019
Sarah Horgan Governor stepped down September 2021
Jess Richmond Parent Governor Stepped down September 2021
Sue Miller-Jones LA Governor - Stepped down 4th February 2022
The number of Lord Street employees whose gross salary exceeds £100,000 or more is NIL
Link to Schools Financial Benchmarking Page Please click here