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.




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Governor since

Term ends


Mrs J. Palmer-Coole



Deputy Headteacher


Mrs Morris







Alan Grant




Shirley Smith



Local Authority

Mark Love




Danielle Lavelle




Stephen Ball




Kate Staniforth




Mrs J. Tingle



Clerk to Governors

Mrs S. Shaw
























There are no business interests registered by the Governors.

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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.

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.