Lord Street

Lord Street

Nursery School

Welcome to Lord Street Nursery

Lord Street Allenton, Derby, DE24 9AX


01332 349363

Our Governors

Our Governors

The Governing Board is made up of a group of volunteers, 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: admin@lordstreet.derby.sch.uk

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.

Carol has no registered interests and her term as Chair of Governors is for 2 years.


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’s registered interest is her role within Derby City Council as Head of Integrated Services 0-19 Locality 2.


Debbie Leeney  ( Co-opted Governor)

Debbie has been teaching 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.


Lindsey Moore (Staff Governor)

Lindsey is the Senior Teacher and SENDCO. She has been at Lord Street since 2011 and her registered interest is that she is employed by the school. Lindsey joined the board in January 2020 for a four-year term.


Jen Wilson (Parent Governor)

Jen has no registered interests. Jen Joined the Board in February 2022 for a two year term. 


Jo Straw  (Clerk to Governors)

Jo’s registered interest is that she is employed at the school as the School Business Manager.

Contact: admin@lordstreet.derby.sch.uk or telephone the school on 01332 349 363


Register of Attendance Please click here

For the Board’s Register of Interests please click here 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


School Finance

The number of Lord Street employees whose gross salary exceeds £100,000 or more is NIL

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