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Our Governors


We are very fortunate to have a committed and dedicated team of governors. Their role is crucial in the development of St. Giles CE Primary school.


The law states that the purpose of governing bodies in our type of school, is to “conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school” (Section 21(2) Education Act 2002).


In practice this means we have six core functions:


  1. Strategic leadership that sets and champions vision, ethos and strategy

  2. Accountability that drives up educational standards and financial performance

  3. People with the right skills, experience, qualities and capacity

  4. Structures that reinforce clearly defined roles and responsibilities

  5. Compliance with statutory and contractual requirements

  6. Evaluation to monitor and improve the quality and impact of governance

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


John Bolton - Trust Governor, Chair of Governors and link governor for Pupil Premium

I am a Foundation Governor of ‘St Giles CE Primary School ’ and am a member of the teaching and learning committee.

The school is a delightful place within which to work attended by wonderful children. As a governor of St Giles I can offer support, bought from my own educational setting, in the areas of strategic budgeting, school pupil data analysis and school performance. As well as being kept busy at school I am a keen mountaineer, mountain biker and surfer. I thoroughly enjoy any activities involving the outdoors and with my wife can often be found in the hills of Derbyshire or Lake District.

Alice Heathcote - Trust Governor and link governor for Early Reading

I am a parent of two children at St Giles Primary School and am a teacher at Walton Holymoorside Primary School. During my 16 years of teaching I have served as SENDCO and Deputy Safeguarding Lead. I teach both the Early Years and Primary Curriculums. I feel the combination of having first hand classroom experience and a parent’s perspective, will help me bring a well-balanced approach to my role of Governor. I am committed to providing high-quality teaching and learning for all children, with a particular interest and expertise in supporting children who are at risk of falling behind. I lead PSHE/ RSE, Art and Design, and the Nuffield Early Language Intervention in my own school and am particularly experienced in Phonics and Early Reading.

Claire Bailey - Trust Governor, Vice Chair and link governor for SEND and safeguarding

Claire is an experienced headteacher of a large junior school. She is our Vice Chair and our link governor for SEND.


Daniel Winter - Parent governor 


Vacancy - Parent governor

Governor Hub

All of our governor minutes, plans, records of visits and self evaluation are stored securely on Governor Hub.

DDAT Local Governing Body Handbook

Governor meetings / attendance