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Local Academy Board

Role of the Governors

Together with the Senior Leadership Team, the governors of the Local Academy Board set the direction for the school and decides how the school budget should be spent.

The Local Academy Board makes decisions collectively on matters such as performance targets, school policies and the school’s improvement plan.  It monitors the impact of policies, reports to parents on the school’s achievements and responds to inspection recommendations.

The Local Academy Board hears appeals from pupils and staff and considers complaints.  It provides the Senior Leadership Team with support and advice, drawing on the governors' knowledge and experience. Governors ask searching questions and respect the Senior Leadership Team’s position as professional leaders of the school.

Mr Paul Hodkin - Chair of Governors (Community Governor)

  • Type of Governor: Community
  • Key Position on Governing Body: Chair of Governors
  • Term of Office: 01/02/2018 to 31/01/2022
  • Governor of Another Institution: No
  • Committee Membership: Business & Finance Committee 
  • Registered Business Interest: Wife is employed as the Assistant SENCO at the school
  • School House Link: Peveril
  • SLT Link: Mr Hall - Head of School
  • Email: chair@bolsover.derbyshire.sch.uk         
  • Postal Address: FAO The Chair of Governors, The Bolsover School, Mooracre Lane, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S44 6XA

Miss Laura Watkin - Vice Chair of Governors (Community Governor)

  • Type of Governor: Community
  • Key Position on Governing Body: Vice Chair of Governors
  • Term of Office: 03/09/2018 to 02/09/2022
  • Governor of Another Institution: No
  • Committee Membership: Business & Finance Committee
  • Registered Business Interest: None
  • School House Link: Nightingale
  • SLT Link: Mr Pridmore - Standards
  • Other Memberships: Membership to CIPD

Mrs Natalie Hardy (Parent Governor)

  • Type of Governor: Parent
  • Term of Office: 26/02/2018 to 25/02/2022
  • Governor of Another Institution: No
  • Committee Membership: Business & Finance Committee 
  • Registered Business Interest: None
  • School House Link: Arkwright
  • SLT Link: Miss Bennett - Progress
  • Named Governor: Behaviour
  • Other Memberships: Member of Royal College of Nursing

 Laura Furniss (Parent Governor)

  • Type of Governor: Parent
  • Term of Office: 22/04/2020 to 21/04/2024
  • Governor of Another Institution:  No
  • Committee Membership: None
  • Registered Business Interest: Cousin – employed as Head of Music at The Bolsover School. Cousin – employed as Receptionist at The Bolsover School
  • School House Link: Bainbridge
  • SLT Link: Mr Lyne - Engagement 

Mr Cuan Jacques (Parent Governor)

  • Type of Governor: Parent
  • Term of Office: 28/01/2020 to 27/01/2024
  • Governor of Another Institution:  Yes - Co-opted Governor at Bolsover Infant & Nursery School
  • Committee Membership: None
  • Registered Business Interest: None
  • School House Link:  Bainbridge
  • SLT Link: Mrs Knowles - Curriculum

Mr Philip Ogden (Parent Governor)

  • Type of Governor: Parent
  • Key Position on Governing Body: Vice Chair of Business and Finance Committee
  • Term of Office: 26/02/2018 to 25/02/2022
  • Governor of Another Institution: No
  • Committee Membership: Business and Finance
  • Registered Business Interest: None
  • School House Link: Bainbridge
  • SLT Link: Mrs Hayes - Systems

Mrs Mandy Chambers (Community Governor)

  • Type of Governor: Community
  • Term of Office: 11/03/2020 to 10/03/2024
  • Governor of Another Institution: No
  • Committee Membership: None
  • Registered Business Interest: Director of MJC Coaching & Development Ltd
  • School House Link: Nightingale 
  • SLT Link: Mr Lyne - Engagement

Mr Gary Edwards (Community Governor)

  • Type of Governor: Community
  • Key Position on Governing Body: Chair of Business and Finance Committee
  • Term of Office: 03/03/2018 to 02/03/2022
  • Governor of Another Institution: No
  • Committee Membership: Business and Finance
  • Registered Business Interest: Director of GT Building Solutions Ltd
  • School House Link: Peveril
  • SLT Link: Mrs Hayes - Systems

Community Governor Vacancy

We currently have a vacancy for one Community Governor

Mr Adam Mercer - Staff Governor (Teaching) and Safeguarding Governor

  • Type of Governor: Staff Governor (Teaching)
  • Term of Office: 14/05/2019 to 13/05/2023
  • Governor of Another Institution: No
  • Committee Membership: Business & Finance Committee 
  • Registered Business Interest: None
  • School House Link: Arkwright 
  • SLT Link: Miss Spence - Students
  • Named Governor - Child Protection & Safeguarding

Staff Governor (non-teaching) Vacancy

We currently have a vacancy for one Staff Governor (non-teaching)

Recently Resigned Governors

Mrs Samantha Hollingsworth (Community Governor)

  • Type of Governor:  Community 
  • Key Position on Governing Body:  n/a
  • Term of Office: 21/10/2019 to 20/10/2023
  • Appointed By: The Governing Body
  • Governor of Another Institution: No
  • Committee Membership:  n/a
  • Registered Business Interest: No
  • School House Link: Arkwright 
  • SLT Link: Mr Topley - Assistant Headteacher (Community)
Governor Committee Structure

Full Governors meet at least three times a year and the Business and Finance Committees at least twice a year.