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Welcome to our Governors’ section.


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities for each Governor.


Tim Marshall

Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor

Responsibilities: Mental Health and Governor Training & Development

"As a former pupil of Ravensdale, and in my role as a School Governor, I am excited to support Ravensdale Infant & Nursery School in preparing its pupils for the future, particularly in the digital world we live, as well as helping the school meet its operational goals and requirements. Using my professional knowledge and experience in Business Intelligence and Digital Culture in Civil Aerospace, I hope to facilitate the school with links to STEAM and Digital learning, in fun and creative ways at Key Stage 1. My eldest 2 children used to attend Ravensdale, so I have experienced first hand the positive impact that the school is making in equipping it’s pupils to become confident and independent individuals." 



Clare Penter

Vice Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor

Responsibilities: Early Years & Safer Recruitment

  "For the past 10 years I have managed Bramblebrook Pre-School, situated in St  John’s Church in Mickleover. As an Early Years Practitioner I have a thorough understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and hope that I can offer support to the foundation stage team here at Ravensdale Infant and Nursery School. My passion is supporting children’s speech, language and communication skills which I believe to be fundamental to children’s lifelong learning. I am also part of the Derby City Early Years Safeguarding Champions Team which provide support and training to early years settings within Derby City. I hope that my skills will support the school on their journey to Outstanding."



Lorna Blanchenot


"I have been a teacher for  over 30 years and have worked in many schools, including the largest British International School in Thailand. I have a range of experience throughout the Primary phase having taught all year groups from Nursery to Year 6 during my teaching career. I have held a variety of leadership roles since 1995, now being very proud to be the Head Teacher of our school since November 2017. Part of my role as a Governor is to ensure the Full Governing Board have a clear understanding of the ways in which we are striving to improve the academic, social and everyday lives of all the children who pass through our doors."


Lucy Gayton

Staff Governor

Deputy Headteacher

 "I have worked in a variety of schools over my extensive teaching career, with roles including assistant head, deputy head and SENDCO. During a short career break, I took on the role of consultant teacher in schools across Derbyshire, supporting teachers early on in their career. I am privileged to have taken on the role of Deputy Headteacher at Ravensdale Infant and Nursery school in May 2018 and strive to bring my wide experience and my belief in developing the whole child to my role, both as a leader and as a member of the governing body."


Laura Kitchen

Parent Governor

Responsibilities: SEND

 "I have worked for 18 years as a Geography teacher in the secondary sector and for over a decade of this time as Subject Leader.  I have a secure understanding of teaching and learning, curriculum development and safeguarding, all of which will support my role as Parent Governor in helping Ravensdale Infant and Nursery School to constantly improve.  Both of my children have attended Ravensdale Infant and Nursery School."


Laura-Jane Appleton

Parent Governor

Responsibilities: PE and Outdoor Learning

"I have been a primary school teacher for 17 years in a variety of schools. I also run my own dance classes. My strengths are Teaching and Learning, however I have a good  understanding of finances, H&S and Safeguarding as part of running my own classes which will assist me in my role as Parent Governor.  My daughter is currently in Year 2 at Ravensdale Infant & Nursery School."



Daniel Liddane

Parent Governor

Responsibilities: Pupil Premium and Child Protection & Safeguarding


"I have been a Staff governor at 2 schools and have recent OFSTED experience (Spring 23).  I am experienced in chairing Annual Review meetings, and multi-agency meetings.  I am also a Deputy Safeguarding Lead (with a particular interest in online safety) and behaviour lead in my current school.  I have over 10 years teaching experience in SEND education and my current curriculum responsibilities are for maths, PE and Sports Premium.  My daughter is currently in Year 1 at Ravensdale Infant & Nursery School."


Michelle Hoyle

Clerk to Governors





Personnel, Pupils and Finance Committee:

Chair –  Alun Rowlands

Member - Tim Marshall

Member – Laura-Jane Appleton

Clerk – Michelle Hoyle


Teaching & Learning Committee:

Chair - Lucy Gayton

Member - Laura Kitchen

Member - Clare Penter

Member - Dan Liddane


Governors Attendance 2022/2023

Ravensdale Infant & Nursery School 


GovernorAppointing BodyStart and End DateAttendance FGB Meetings in 2022/23Attendance Finance Committee Meetings 2022/23Pecuniary Interest declared in 2022/23Subject/Link to Curriculum AreaGovernance Roles in other Education InstitutionsMaterial Interests arising from relationships between governors or between governors and support staff

Mr Tim Marshall

Co-opted Governor

Governing Body

Re-appointed- 01/23 - 01/27

First apt 01/19

  • Mental Health
  • Governor Training & Development



Mrs Clare Penter

Co-opted Governor

Governing Body

Re-appointed 09/20- 09/24

First apt 09/16

  • Early Years
  • Safer Recruitment

Mrs Lucy Gayton

Staff Governor

StaffN/A6/6N/ANoN/ACo-chair of Governors at another schoolNone

Mrs Laura Kitchen

Parent Governor

Appointed by existing governors06/22 - 06/26


  • SEN



Mrs Laura-Jane Appleton

Parent Governor

Appointed by existing governors11/22 - 11/265/61/2No
  • PE
  • Outdoor Learning

Mr Alun Rowlands

Co-opted Governor

Governing Body 11/22 - 11/263/62/2No
  • H&S

Mr Daniel Liddane

Parent Governor

Appointed by existing governors05/23 - 05/272/6N/ANo
  • Safeguarding
  • Pupil Premium


4 Governors resigned from the Governing Board in 2022/23:

Louise Shaw - November 22, Alex Freeman - November 22, Terri Gately - March 23 and Katie Brown - May 23.

Terms of Reference and Remit - Finance/Personnel Committee

Instrument of Government

Co-opted Governor Vacancy



Welcome to Ravensdale Infant and Nursery School!

Welcome to Ravensdale Infant and Nursery School.We are a larger than average school with children from many different areas of the city. We pride ourselves on being the only Infant and Nursery School in Mickleover.





Attendance since
4 Sept 2023 (as at 6 Oct 2023):

  • Nursery 96.49%
  • Reception 96.26%
  • Year 1 96.39%
  • Year 2 95.06%
  • Whole School 95.98%