Our Governing Body

The Governing Body is made up of parents, representatives of the local community and representatives from the Local Authority. It also includes the Headteacher and a representative from teaching and non-teaching staff.

The full governing body meet once a term (6 times a year). The governors are also organised into sub-committees. At Walton Holymoorside the sub-committees are Resources (inc.Finance and personnel) Safeguarding (inc. Health and safety) and Standards (inc curriculum and assessment) these committees meet 3 times a year.

From 2015 the Governing body was required, by law, to reconstitute and the new governing body is set out below.

The Governing Body act as critical friends to the Headteacher and the school, their role includes:

• helping to set the strategy for school improvement
• monitoring the effectiveness of the curriculum and assessment outcomes
• monitoring and helping to set standards of behaviour
• interviewing and recruiting staff
• monitoring the school budget in line with school development
• ensuring the school meets all statutory safeguarding duties

The day to day leadership and management of the school is delegated to the Headteacher.

Name Governor Type Start Date End Date Other Governing Bodies
Mrs Jane Palmer-Coole Head Teacher 01-Sep-13
Mrs Elizabeth Morris Deputy – Co-opted 21-Sep-16 20-Sep-20
Mrs Jennifer Tingle Staff Governor 24-Sep-14 23-Sep-22
Mrs Audrey Broderick Authority 27-Mar-14 26-Mar-18 Brookfield Community School
Mrs Alison Finch, Vice Chair Co-opted 01-Sep-15 12-Jul-18
Mrs Helen Frith, Chair Co-opted 01-Sep-15 31-Aug-19
Mr Alan Grant Parent Governor 03-Oct-2018 02-Oct-22
Mrs Kate Staniforth Parent 30-Sep-16 29-Sep-20
Mr Jonathan Barber Parent 24-Mar-14 23-Mar-18
Mr Stephen Ball Parent 15-Mar-16 14-Mar-20
Mr Glynn Carter Parent 19-Dec-12 Resigned 13-Jul-18 Langwith Bassett

There are no business interests registered by the Governors.

Governor Pen Portraits

 Helen Frith – Chair of Governors. 

Having been privileged to be a governor at the school since 2008 and chair of governors since 2011 I have a good knowledge of our school and have seen many changes both to our school and to educational expectations during that time. I work in a Local Authority setting where I require negotiation and analytical skills which are useful skills for my governor role. As chair of governors I am committed to working with the wider governing body and school leadership team to improve outcomes for each and every child at our school so that they have the confidence and skills needed for secondary school and beyond.

Alison Finch – Vice Chair of Governors.

I have been a governor for 9 years and vice-chair of governors for 5 years. I am Chair of the Safeguarding and Head Teacher Performance Management committees. I am also part of the Finance committee and Anti-Bullying governor.

I became a school governor to help realise the schools aim to provide a great education for our children.

Having worked in the public sector for 26 years covering Finance Management, Adult and Childrens Social Care I now work as a Business & Finance Director at a local Academy Secondary School. The skills and knowledge I have gained in my career have greatly helped in my role as a School governor.

I thoroughly enjoy the role and will continue to strive to do my best for every child at our school.

Audrey Broderick – Local Authority Governor.

I moved to Holymoorside in 2006 after retiring from a life time (not the first 5yrs!) in Education.   I taught in both Primary and Secondary Schools in a London Borough before moving to the Advisory and Inspection of the same Borough.  When I retired I was the Consultant for Special Educational Needs and had taken the lead for the More Able section of Excellence in Cities.  I was involved, with the Open University, in developing qualifications for Teaching Assistants.

Children’s learning is of great importance but it is equally important that each child is seen as an individual, that they are supported and encouraged to reach their full potential, that they have access to a wide curriculum, including all aspects of the Arts and Sport and Life Skills.  I have, and will continue to give my support to Walton and Holymoorside as the School strives to give our children the best opportunities possible.M.A. A.G.S.M, Dip.Ed.(London University)

Stephen Ball – Parent Governor.

I was appointed Parent Governor in 2016. I have lived in Chesterfield all my life, and a local resident in the Brookside area. I have two children that attend WHPS.

I own and operate a family business, and hold a BA (Hons) in business. I look forward to working with all stakeholders at the school to create the best learning experience and opportunities for the children.

Jonathan Barber – Parent Governor.  

I have been a Parent Governor since 2014, and currently have 2 children at Walton Holymoorside School.  I am a solicitor at a local law firm, and have lived in Chesterfield all my life.

Alan Grant – Parent Governor

I was appointed Parent Governor in 2018 and have a daughter who attends Walton Holymoorside Primary School. I am a relatively new resident of Derbyshire, having moved up with my family from the South Coast in 2016.

I am the COO for a Derbyshire and Nottingham based legal firm, who have their head office in Chesterfield. I have extensive experience in business and am a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

My aim as a Parent Governor is to support an engaging school environment where every pupil is offered the opportunity to do their best.

Jen Tingle – Staff Governor.

I am very pleased to have been appointed as the Staff Governor for Walton Holymoorside Primary School and to be given the opportunity to support the school in an additional role. I have been a Primary Teacher for 9 years and have taught at two schools in the Chesterfield area. I have a passion for working with children and was delighted to be appointed to the management team at Holymoorside in 2014. My goal as a teacher and Governor is to strive to give every child the best education by creating a fun, inspiring environment where all children can succeed.

Kate Staniforth – Parent Governor.

I was really pleased to be given the opportunity to become a Parent Governor at Walton Holymoorside Primary School.  My children have been at WHPS for the past 11 years.  My two sons are now at Brookfield  in year 10 and 7 while my daughter is currently in year 3.

I worked in the food manufacturing industry as a Commercial Manager for 18 years, managing retailer accounts and having full P&L responsibility for a wide product range.  Managing budgets, strategic planning,  through to the management of people and customer relationships.    After having my daughter I was lucky enough to have the time and enthusiasm to get involved with school, which led me to being chair of the PSA  for a number of years.  The main reason I wanted to be a parent governor is because I care about our school and all the children in it, while continually looking and challenging ways to improve, giving all our children the best possible start in life.



Incorporating Safeguarding, premises health and safety

Jane Palmer-Coole

Alison Finch (Chair)

Stephen Ball

Jen Tingle

Elizabeth Morris


Incorporating Finance,

Personnel  and Admissions

Helen Frith

Alison Finch

Glynn Carter (Chair)

Jonathan Barber

Kate Staniforth

Jane Palmer-Coole


Incorporating curriculum, targets  and SEND


Jen Tingle

Glynn Carter (Clerk)

Helen Frith

Audrey Broderick (Chair)

Kate Staniforth

Jane Palmer-Coole

Pay and Performance (Headteacher) Alison Finch

Audrey Broderick

Jonathan Barber

Pay and Performance (Staff) Helen Frith

Alison Finch

Standing Statutory / Complaints Committee Stephen Ball

Glynn Carter

Helen Frith

Appeals Committee Audrey Broderick

Alison Finch

Jonathan Barber

Clerk to Governors Sally Shaw
SEN Governor/Looked after children/Pupil Premium Audrey Broderick
Safeguarding  Governor/Anti-bullying Alison Finch
ICT Stephen Ball
PE and Arts Kate Staniforth