Welcome to our Governors’ section.
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and for each Governor.
Chair of Governors
Responsibilities: Pupil Premium
"My first introduction to Ravensdale Infant & Nursery School was in 2011 when my son started in the Nursery. He absolutely loved his time in the school and I was keen to get involved in some capacity. I’m now very proud to be a Governor at our school and I am pleased to be able to use my 20 years of Engineering and Leadership experience to support the Board of Governors and the wider school in achieving its aims. I’m continually impressed by the professionalism and dedication of all of the staff and the environment that they create for the children. Now my daughter attends the school and she can’t wait to get there in the morning, which is lovely to see and a true testament to the efforts of everyone involved."
Vice Chair of Governors
Responsibilities: Health and Safety, Safer Recruitment, Finance and Personnel Committee
"I am a volunteer Associate Priest at St. John's and All Saints churches. My family and I have lived in Mickleover for 35 years and my three children all spent their Infant and Junior school years at the Ravensdale Schools. I now have five grandchildren of school age although not at Ravensdale.
My professional career was in management positions for various businesses and I now aim to bring these skills to the school through the Governing Body.
I am passionate in assisting the staff in our joint aim of continually improving our school for your children's education and facilitating important supportive links to the local community."
"I have been a teacher for 28 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."
"I have worked in a variety of schools over my 17 year 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."
Responsibilities: Early Years
"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 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."
"Having lived in Mickleover for most of my life and attended Ravensdale Infant School myself, I have a real passion for the school, it’s pupils and role in the wider community.
Now as a proud Parent Governor with two children of my own attending the school, I love the opportunity to use my skills gained as a former Global Marketing and Communications Manager, and now as a Child Sleep Consultant, to support the school in achieving its goals.
I truly believe that children deserve the opportunity to be educated in a supportive and encouraging environment that enables them to be confident, inquisitive and happy learners. It is fantastic to see first-hand the hard work that goes in to creating this environment at Ravensdale."
"My family and I have been residents in Mickleover for the last 5 years and my eldest son attends Ravensdale Infant and Nursery School.
I am a Programme Manager by profession with 10 years’ experience in the energy industry. I have responsibility for managing the delivery Technical and Commercial activities for Power Stations in the UK, Mainland Europe, the Middle East and Russia.
In 2017, I was invited by Nottingham Business School to join the Alumni Fellowship Programme which I proudly accepted. Since doing so, I have been mentoring an international MBA student through year 1 of her studies and also the transition into her year in industry placement.
My aim is to bring the skills, knowledge and experience I have gained over these years to support the school in fulfilling its aspirations and provide the best platform possible for children to learn, develop and grow."
Responsibilities: Mental Health
"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. Our two children currently 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."
Mrs Louise Shaw
Clerk to Governors