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Winthorpe Primary School

Learning together, growing together

Our Governors

School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children's education.  Their role is voluntary.  They contribute to the strategic direction of the school and hold the senior leaders to account by monitoring the school's performance.  


The governing body has specific responsibilities including:

  • Ensuring that the school meets its statutory responsibilities and that the children attending the school are safe;
  • The conduct of the school;
  • Setting and agreeing targets in standards and achievement;
  • Overseeing the implementation of the School Improvement Plan;
  • Ensuring the school has a curriculum policy, in particular the teaching of national curriculum subjects and religious education and deciding on the provision of sex education;
  • Statutory responsibility regarding special educational needs (SEN);
  • Ensuring policies relating to the school’s operation are prepared, agreed and reviewed regularly;
  • Ensuring compliance with equality legislation;
  • Providing information for parents;
  • Financial management;
  • Personnel matters including staff appointments as appropriate;
  • Management and maintenance of buildings;
  • Health and safety;
  • Pupil discipline and behaviour;
  • Monitoring and evaluating the activities of the school.

Governing Body Members


Fiona Jones (Chair)Safeguarding, Looked After Children, Whole School Assessment and Tracking, Performance Management,   Maths, Reading

Jeff Vaughan


English - Writing, SPaG, Phonics,, Discovery (History, Geography and MFL), Innovation (Computing and DT), Behaviour/Attendance, Performance Management

Gary Lambert


Science, Health and Safety
 SEN, EYFS Assessment and Provision
Brian BarnesTBC
Louise BlythEnglish - Reading, Creativity (Music and Art),
Sally EdmondsStaff Governor, KS1 and KS2 Assessment
Nicola McNaughtHealth, Understanding - RE, SMSC, British Values, Pupil Premium, Sports Premium, School Council
Rob CookHeadteacher


If you would like to get in touch with the governors please do so through the school office or Headteacher.  Governing body minutes are available to view by appointment by contacting the school office.

Attendance at governor meetings (academic year 2021-2022)

Fiona Jones (Chair)6 of 6
Margaret Allman5 of 6
Brian Barnes2 of 2
Louise Blyth5 of 6
Michele Cammack2 of 2 (term of office ended 30DEC21)
Rob Cook6 of 6
Sally Edmonds6 of 6

Gary Lambert

6 of 6

Nicola McNaught5 of 6
Jeff Vaughan6 of 6

A register of interest is taken at each governing body meeting.


Chair of Governing Body

Governor Category: Co-opted


Appointed by: The governing body

Date joined Governing Body:  December 2015

Current term of office:  31/01/2019 - 30/01/2023

Register of interests & other positions held:  sits on Nottinghamshire County Council Schools Forum (matters relating to total Schools' Budget), University of Lincoln Board of Governors (co-opted member - Audit Committee)


I joined the governing body in December 2015.  I have 1 daughter at Winthorpe, Abigail in Year 6 and my eldest is at high school.  My motivations for being a governor are to contribute my skills, experience and time to support the school and the school's leaders in doing the very best job they can for the children and the local community. 


I work for an international bank in corporate governance and oversight.  My background is in financial risk management and regulatory compliance.  In my spare time I do a lot of running, cycling and gardening.



Governor Category: Co-opted

Appointed by:  Governors

Date joined: 2022

Current term of office:  16/06/2022 - 15/06/2026

Register of Interests & other positions:  None




Governor Category: Parent

Appointed by:  Parents

Date joined: 2021

Current term of office:  15/07/2021 – 14/07/2025

Register of Interests & other positions:  None


Both of my boys attend Winthorpe school – Charlie is in year 5 and Jamie is in year 3. I’m originally from Nottingham, where I was raised by two teachers and we’ve lived in Winthorpe village since 2015.  I’ve joined the governing body as a parent-governor as I’m passionate about contributing to the community I live in.  Beyond Mum duties I find myself in the very new career as a published author. I also have over a decade of experience in the corporate environment - where I worked in various sales, marketing and project management roles – and am hoping this experience and expertise will be of use to the school.


My passions are people feeling known, authenticity and efficiency and in my free-time you’ll find me dreaming about my next book or project.


Governor Category: Ex-officio

Appointed by: By virtue of office

Date joined: September 2016

Current term of office:  01/09/2016 -

Register of Interests & other positions held: None


Prior to joining Winthorpe I was Deputy Head at Caythorpe Primary School for 5 years and previously taught at Cherry Willingham Primary School, Lincoln.


Out of school I enjoy all team sports, particularly rugby and football, and also enjoy going to watch live music gigs. I’ve recently started trying to get a bit fitter, and like setting myself challenging targets. This year I’ve ran my first ever 10k race and half-marathon, and my next goal is a 100 mile cycle ride! My two lovely children keep me very busy, but if I can find the time I find a DIY project or pottering at the allotment rewarding pastimes.



Governor Category: Staff


Appointed by:  Staff

Date joined: September 2018

Current term of office:  26/09/2018 - 25/09/2022

Register of Interests & other positions held: Teacher and SENCo, Parent Governor at Carnarvon Primary School


I have worked at Winthorpe for the last 17 years.  During this time I have taught all of the age groups and been SENCo.  I would like to work closely with the Governing body to ensure the best provision for our children.


Out of school I enjoy trying to keep fit, cooking and travelling.  I am kept busy by my two children and their many sporting activities!  I am also a governor and volunteer at their school.




Co-Vice-Chair of Governing Body

Governor Category: Co-opted

Appointed by: The governing body

Date joined Governing Body:  February 2021

Current term of office:  25/02/2021 - 24/02/2025

Register of interests & other positions held: None  


My daughter, Tabitha,  joined the school in September 2020,  so I have a strong interest in the education that all of the children receive and in the success of the school.


I work as a Project Manager in the Civil Service and, having joined the Governing body in February 2021, hope that the skills I’ve developed professionally will allow me to support the school for many years to come.


In my spare time I have a passion for cooking, enjoy muddy walks with our 2 dogs and hold a season ticket which allows me to occasionally enjoy supporting Nottingham Forest!


Governor Category: Parent


Appointed by:  Parents

Date joined: March 2019

Current term of office:  20/03/2019 - 19/03/2023

Register of Interests & other positions held: None


I have 1 daughter in Winthorpe, (Lily, Year 6) and I joined the governing body because I am really passionate about the school, its future and the pupils.


I have over 16 years experience in the Telecoms industry, working as a project manager and I am hoping to be able to bring these skills to the role.  Networking, problem solving, sales and communication are some of my strengths.


Outside of work I love working out, raising money for charity (successfully climbing Ben Nevis being my most recent challenge), socialising and spending time with my friends and family.



Co-Vice-Chair of Governing Body

Governor Category: Co-opted


Appointed by: The governing body

Date joined: May 2019

Current term of office: 21/05/2019 -20/05/2023

Register of Interests & other positions held: Exam Invigilator at Newark Academy 


I live in Balderton and my connection with the school is through my granddaughter,
who has now moved to Newark Academy, and my grandson who is now in year 3. I
asked to join the governing body because I see the school as a happy, caring
environment where the children are encouraged to achieve their full potential and I
wanted to be part of the team that enables this ethos to continue.


After a very successful 38 year career in the Royal Air Force, during which time I served at many units within the UK and overseas, I now enjoy my time looking after my grandchildren when needed, tending my allotment and playing golf.