Our Local Governing Body is made up of a membership of 9 members:
6 Foundation Governors
2 Parent Governors
1 Teaching Staff Governor
1 Non- Teaching Staff Governor
Head of School Executive Headteacher (Ex-Officio)
What do the Local Governors do?
The three core functions of the Governing Board are:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils and the performance management of staff
- Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent
To find out the pecuniary interests of our Local Governors please download the document at the bottom of the page.
Ms Tania Sanders
Chair of Governors
My name is Tania Sanders and I have been a Foundation governor at Bishop Lonsdale Primary School since before the school was made an Academy in 2013. I am currently Chair of the Governing Board and sit on both the Finance and the Strategic Committees. I have responsibilities for Safeguarding, Children in Care and the Early Years. I also work with a group of other governors to monitor the effectiveness of the school as a church school.
I trained as a teacher many years ago at the former Bishop Lonsdale College of Education and I am now retired. In my spare time I enjoy walking and I lead a French conversation group for the University of the Third Age (U3A). I am also a member of St. Luke’s congregation.
Mr Duncan Ellingworth
Vice Chair Governors
My name is Duncan Ellingworth and I was appointed as a parent governor in November 2018. I have three children, George who is Year 3, Matilda who is in Year 1 and Henry who will be joining them at school once he is old enough.
As a governor I currently sit on two committees, the Finance committee and the Strategic Development committee. I am Chair of the Finance committee and have a responsibility for the Pupil Premium funding. I am also Vice-Chair of the Governing Body. At each meeting, I question the school leaders on each of these areas, with the aim of working together to ensure that the children receive the highest quality of education and care and that these standards are maintained.
I am an accountant by trade and currently work at a practice on Burton Road. My hobbies include darts, snooker and the (not so mighty at the moment) Derby County!
Mrs Emma Davis
My name is Emma Davis and I am one of the Parent Governors. I’ve been a Governor since 2011. I have a daughter in Year 4. Being a Governor means that I can contribute to the running of the school by having a supportive input into developing and improving the quality of education provided. It’s a very rewarding experience and I would recommend it to anyone who gets the chance to take on the challenge.
In my private life I work full time as a Customer Experience Strategy Manager at East Midlands Railway – which means that I carry out research to understand Customer opinions and where they would like to see improvement and project manage the change within the business. I’m also accountable for the quality of service that we provide to our disabled community and work to make their experience the very best it can be. I enjoy what I do immensely – partly because of my love of trains!
In my spare time I love reading, watercolour painting and watching 1940s black and white films.
Mr Matt Heywood
My name is Matthew Heywood and I was appointed a Foundation Governor at Bishop Lonsdale Primary school in January 2017.
I have children in Year 5, Year 2, and reception and from the first visit my wife and I appreciated the holistic vision of the school, and the smooth transitions between year groups.
As a governor, I have responsibility for Health and Safety and attend Full Governing Body meetings. I feel I am able to add to the governors’ experience, as I have been a teacher for 20 years both in primary and secondary settings. Currently I am a Music Teacher and Assistant Head of Year 8 at Littleover Community School.
Outside of education I like spending time with my crazy children and enduring wife, doing many outdoor activities. I have taken part in mountain marathons and love bicycles.
Rev Anita Matthews
My name is Rev’d Anita Matthews and I was appointed as a Foundation governor in September 2018. I have been involved with Bishop Lonsdale for a number of years, contributing to the RE curriculum and Worship. I am also involved in overseeing the Derbyshire/Kolkata School links programme which Bishop Lonsdale participates in. I am on the Strategic Development Committee, and on the SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) Committee. I am a member of Derby SACRE (Schools Advisory Council for Religious Education). Currently I am Acting Vicar of St. Peter’s in the City of Derby and Lead Chaplain for Derby City Centre Chaplaincy. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, going to the cinema and sharing food with friends.
Mrs Gail Moore
Non-Teaching Staff Governor
My name is Gail Moore and I was appointed a staff governor at Bishop Lonsdale Primary school in May 2020. My areas of responsibility are Pupil Premium funding and behaviour. As a governor, I aim to bring my staff viewpoint to each meeting to help our school to be the best it can possibly be for everyone.
I currently work in early years as a teaching assistant. I have worked at Bishop Lonsdale for 35 years, so sometimes I feel a bit old when I have parents who I taught now bringing their own children to school! In my spare time I’m a season ticket holder for Derby County and enjoy a Saturday afternoon cheering on the Rams.
Mrs Mel Preston
Hello, my name is Mel Preston and I was appointed a foundation governor at Bishop Lonsdale Primary school 3 years ago. Currently I am on the Strategic Development Committee and my areas of responsibility are Parental Engagement and Maths.
I have 3 children at the school, in years 5, 4 and 1. In my role I attend governors’ meetings and ask challenging questions of the senior leadership team about their plans for the school and how these will have an impact on the environment at school and the ways in which our children learn.
Mrs Frances Prockter
My name is Frances Prockter. I am a Foundation Governor and I was appointed a governor at Bishop Lonsdale Primary school in Autumn 2018.
Currently I am on the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) and Finance Committees and my areas of responsibility are Behaviour and Attitudes of students. I am a retired cello teacher, so I continue to play in musical groups. In my spare time I am busy with voluntary activities involving the church and the environment. I have am also a Lay Canon Emeritus of Derby Cathedral having served for the 5 years allowed for each Lay Canon. I have 3 children and 9 grandchildren.
Mr Paul Reed
My name is Paul Reed and I was appointed a Foundation governor at Bishop Lonsdale Primary school in September 2020. When I started at Bishop Lonsdale Primary School, I was pleased to be invited to take on the role as Governor with responsibility for our SEND provision. As the SEND Governor I see it as my role to question, review and if necessary, challenge the school’s SEND provision and checking that the provision meets the needs of every individual child. I believe it is the responsibility of us all to ensure that the school is able to provide and maintain the highest quality SEND provision.
I am employed as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Derby in the Social and Community Studies Department. My interests are adventurous sports, accessible activities, rugby, motorbiking and supporting Derby County with my youngest son. I have two children and five grandchildren.
Miss Sarah Brownhall
Head of School
Mr Malcolm Hetherington
Teaching Staff Governor