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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



Gary Lambert


Health and Safety, Performance Management

Jeff Vaughan


English - Reading, Writing, SPaG, Phonics,, Discovery (History, Geography and MFL), Innovation (Computing and DT), Behaviour/Attendance, Performance Management
Brian BarnesMaths, Science
Louise BlythEnglish - Reading, Creativity (Music and Art), Safeguarding/LAC, School Council
Jordan DennisFinance, Safeguarding/LAC
Sally EdmondsStaff Governor
Nicola McNaughtHealth, Understanding - RE, SMSC, British Values, Pupil Premium, Sports Premium
Louise WhiteheadSEN, Intervention, Whole School Assessment
Hannah WilkinsonTBC
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 2022-2023)


Gary Lambert (Chair)

2 of 2

Brian Barnes2 of 2
Louise Blyth2 of 2
Rob Cook2 of 2
Jordan Dennis1 of 1
Sally Edmonds2 of 2
Fiona Jones 2 of 2
Nicola McNaught2 of 2
Jeff Vaughan (Vice-Chair)2 of 2
Louise Whitehead1 of 1
Hannah Wilkinson0 of 0

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:  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: Co-opted

Appointed by:  Governors

Date joined: June 2022

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

Register of Interests & other positions:  None


Retired BT manager educated in Scotland at Perth Academy and St Andrews Uni. Lived in Newark for last 22 years.


Governor Category: Parent

Appointed by:  Parents

Date joined: July 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: Co-opted

Appointed by: The Governing Body

Date joined: November 22

Current term of office:  30/11/22 - 29/11/27

Register of Interests & other positions held: None


My connection to the school is through my eldest who started in 2021. I asked to join the governing body to offer my skill set and to promote the happy environment the school offers.


Being a qualified accountant, I want to input my finance background into ensuring we are running the school as efficiently and practicably as possible.


Outside of school I enjoy travelling with my wife and two children.


Governor Category: Staff


Appointed by:  Staff

Date joined: September 2018

Current term of office:  26/09/2022 - 25/09/2026

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.



Governor Category: Co-opted


Appointed by:  The Governing Body

Date joined: March 2019

Current term of office:  30/11/2022 - 19/03/2023

Register of Interests & other positions held: None


  • Both of my daughters have now left Winthorpe School, but I am still passionate about the school's 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.



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.



Governor Category: Co-opted


Appointed by: The governing body

Date joined: November 2o22

Current term of office: 30/11/22 - 29/11/27

Register of Interests & other positions held: None


I have been teaching for 20 years and have taught in both Primary and Secondary settings in the local area. I am a qualified SENCO and was a senior leader at the last school I worked in. My current role is as a Specialist Advisory Teacher for the Communication and Interaction Team which is part of Schools and Families Specialist Service for Nottinghamshire County Council.
I am passionate about education and in particular, inclusion for all children and young people and feel that my knowledge, skills and experience will help to support the governing body to ensure the pupils of Winthorpe Primary school have access to the best education they can.


In my spare time, I enjoy baking and cooking for friends and family.


Governor Category: Parent

Appointed by: Parents

Date joined: Nov 22

Current term of office:  30/11/22 - 29/11/27

Register of Interests & other positions held: None