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Our Governors

Declaration of Interests

Governors are required to complete a Declaration of Pecuniary and Personal Interests. (This is checked each meeting) Any interests so declared will be published here:

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Governors are appointed/elected in accordance with national statutory regulations.

Click to download The Roles, Procedures and Allowances document from the Department for Education (DfE). It covers most questions that you may have about Governors.

Our Governors are:

Mr D Walton (Chair) - Co-opted

Mrs C Stroud (vice-Chair) - Parent

Mr J Green - Headteacher

Mrs L Gayton - Parent

Rev J Stober - Foundation

Vacant - Foundation

Dr D Connell - LA

Dr K Tatham - Parent

Mr S Wainwright - Co-opted

Mrs D Wallen- Staff

Dr B Jones - Associate Member

Mrs V Horobin- Clerk

Our Governing Body

The composition of the Governing Body is determined by the “Instrument of Government”. This provides for representation from various sectors of the community and there are limits on the numbers from each sector. At Mugginton  we have decided on the following composition (although this is a change from the past and may change again):

  • Parents – 3
  • Staff – 2
  • Foundation (Church) – 2
  • Local Authority – 1
  • Co-opted – 2

a total of 10 Governors, 11 with Mr Gowdridge who is a non-voting Associate Member.  The post of Clerk to Governors is curently vacant.

Governors are elected or appointed for a term of four years. Details of all the Governors at Mugginton are posted in the entrance to the school and in the Governing Body Information Sheet.

We also operate a committee structure where a lot of the work that is required of Governors is delegated to a committee. The committees have authority to take decisions within certain limits and minutes of the meetings of committees are tabled at each meeting of the Governing Body. These committees meet on a regular basis:

  • Finance Committee
  • Premises Committee
  • School Improvement Committee and
  • Marketing Committee

The Appointments Committee meets whenever a new appointment needs to be made.  The Headteacher Performance Management Group meets once a year. There are usually three or four different meetings of Governors each term; more than one every two weeks of the term.  Meeting dates are fixed well in advance and are available on the Governor Meeting Schedule.

The attendance of Governors at meetings throughout the year is available.

The Governor impact on the school during the year is recorded in the Annual Statement.

Governor objectives are reviewed each year.

All new Governors undergo an induction programme to introduce them to the school:

New Governor Induction Policy

New Governor Induction Pack

All Governors are subject to the Code of Conduct for Governors.

Governors are encouraged to visit the school, both formally and informally, to allow them to gather information to fulfill their role.  However, there are strict protocols associated with the formal visits to ensure positive outcomes. 

Formal Governor visits need to follow the guidelines in: Governor Visits Policy.

 Governing Board newsletters, a useful collection of information for Governors, including courses and training, is available on the Local Authority web site. Governors need to log in to Derbyshire Services for Schools (S4S) ( then go to the Governor support area. (Click communication then Resources then Governor Support area.)

The National College for Teaching and Leadership has an Open Access area with extensive Governor resources.

Our Governors

Dr David Connell

LA; Resources

I live in Weston Underwood and all three of my sons benefited from attendance at the school. I greatly value the excellent start in life this gave them, and support the continuation of a local village school. I have a doctorate in chemistry and spent ten years as managing director of a local technology-based company serving the textile industry, both in the UK and internationally. I have presented papers at various international technical meetings, as well as being responsible for a number of patented inventions. Though retired from full-time work, I retain an active interest in another information technology also serving textile and clothing, as well as maintaining a personal interest in computing and ICT matters.  

Mrs Lucy Gayton

Parent; School Improvement, Marketing

I have two boys at Mugginton School and a third to start in September 2018. I have worked as a teacher and Deputy Head at a number of schools in Derby City and Derbyshire and aim to bring my knowledge and experience to support Mugginton school as a parent governor. I have seen many positive changes happen since I started coming to Mugginton School 4 years ago as a parent. I believe that, as a member of the Governing Body, I can encourage and support the forward-thinking ethos of the school whilst holding the Headteacher account for his leadership and management of the school.

Rev Jacqueline Stober

ex officio Foundation, Resources

I began life as a Biology teacher, also teaching General Science to Y7-Y9 in a selective church school for girls, followed by a stint in charge of pastoral care at an inner city comprehensive. I lived for many years in Canada, where I ran my own day-care and on returning to the UK retrained to teach primary Y2-Y6 in first another church school, then in a mixed pre prep and girls’ prep school. On being accepted for ministry training I continued in full time employment as a literacy support teacher working with children from five to sixteen years old in a range of settings, both small group and 1:1, so I’ve pretty well done all ages: all abilities and loved every minute, even with the naughty ones who challenge you and push the boundaries, but don’t tell them I said that! I really enjoy working with children and young people and helping them achieve their potential: I always wanted to be that teacher who made a difference in a young person’s life. Since ordination I have worked closely with the schools in my parish, and have been a governor on two schools previous to this post, serving as chair of finance and vice chair in one before coming to Mugginton.

Mrs Catherine Stroud

Vice Chair; Parent; School Improvement, Marketing

I have a child in Year 1 who loves being part of Mugginton Primary School. I really enjoy reading with the infants and have accompanied the school on a couple of trips, so when the opportunity to be a parent governor arose in October 2014 I applied. I sit on 2 committees - Curriculum Send and Marketing and am finding my feet in both. I am looking forward to supporting the hardworking staff and governors to ensure the children of Mugginton Primary School have the best possible learning experience. My background is in environmental science, working as the operations manager for a contaminated land company. After a prolonged maternity leave I now work as the QSE Advisor for a European based Rail Inspection company.

Dr Katharine Tatham

Parent, School Improvement , Resources

Dr Tatham was elected to serve on the Governing Body on 5th October 2018

Mr Seth Wainwright


I am managing director of a consultancy that provides training, coaching and conference speaking on the subject of leadership, communication skills and personal effectiveness. I speak and train globally on the subject for organisations as varied as Swiss Investment Banks and Premiership Football Clubs . One of the reasons I wanted to become a governor was so that I could use my knowledge and passion for the subject of 'performance development’ to support Mugginton school in readying pupils for their future education and subsequent careers. I have two sons, one of whom is a currently a Mugginton pupil, whilst the other will start at Mugginton in two years' time.

Mr Don Walton

Chair; Co-opted; All

I have been closely associated with education all my adult life as a teacher on two continents in both the state and independent sectors. I was also a Governor for several schools in the Southern hemisphere. I was persuaded to become a Governor at Mugginton in 2003 and then took on the role of Chair of Governors in 2005. It has been very rewarding to work with the greater school family here at Mugginton and I look forward to supporting the efforts to make education in our school the best that it possibly could be .

Staff Governors

See the Staff details on the classroom page for Mr Green (all), Mrs Wallen and Mrs Horobin (all).

Dr Bryan Jones

Associate Member; Resources

I have worked in the electronics and lighting industries and in Universities as Professor of Computing. I retired in 2004. Since then, I have focussed on my role as a Reader in a number of Parishes, including Mugginton, and as Church Warden of All Saints, Mackworth. I have been involved with Mugginton School over many years leading School Services and taking part in Open the Book and Messy Church. I serve on the Premises sub-Committee and visit the school with a particular responsibility for ICT. I am passionate about education and enabling every child to fulfil their potential. 

Mr Mark Gowdridge

Associate Member; Resources

My initial interest in the governor role was to gain more awareness and have more input into the running and development of the school which my two children attend. I am a qualified architect and run my own practice in Nottingham. These skills have been utilised in my role looking at the premises and health and safety around the school. I have been doing this for 2 years. I am also involved in liaising between the village hall (which the school uses) and the committee that runs the hall, on behalf of the school. My interests are sport related, in-particular football, where I help run the Mugginton under 11s football on a Saturday.

Mugginton CofE Primary School - Mr J Green, Headteacher - 01335 360261

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