St. Luke’s Board of Governors

As governors, we are pleased and privileged to be able to contribute to the success of St. Luke’s. Our role involves working together with Mrs Littlehailes and the senior management team in the strategic management of the school to ensure that it provides the best possible education for all our children, and a safe and caring environment for everyone in our community. We are actively involved in the school in a variety of ways and always enjoy our visits to share in the children’s many achievements. The role of school governor is very rewarding, as it allows us to make a positive difference to the school by helping to raise standards and serve the wider local community.

What do Governors do?

School governors play an important part in raising school standards and our main priority is to act in the best interests of all the children at St. Luke’s. We are legally responsible for the school, and have final say in policy and budget. The governors work closely with Mrs Littlehailes, the head teacher, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school, providing both support and challenge to ensure our school provides the best quality education possible.

Governors play an active role in reviewing school achievement and attainment information on a regular basis. This allows us, together with the head teacher, to be actively involved in making decisions regarding the progress towards and setting of challenging targets for better performance. The school governors also approve and monitor the impact of school policies and work together with the head teacher and staff to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of the school improvement plan. The governors also approve the school budget and staffing structure in consultation with the head. As governors, we respond to recommendations from both the local education authority and Ofsted, to ensure that every child in our school is able to achieve to the best of their ability. The governing body also holds the head teacher to account for the performance of the school and ensures that parents are involved, consulted and informed as required.


This year we have decided to try and fold the sub-committee structure into the main committee meetings, and hold these more often. It used to be 3 main meeting per year plus 3 meetings for each of the two sub-committees. This year we will hold 6 meetings.

There is a small sub-committee which meets irregularly and usually in response to unusual circumstances, known as the Development Strategy Group, this is formed from the chair, vice-chair plus optionally the head and any other governor who may have relevant knowledge, there are also working groups, who look at Ofsted preparation and the yearly headteacher’s performance management.

All governors agree to abide by our Code of Practice

Meet St. Luke’s Governors

At St. Luke’s all our governors are volunteers who represent those with a particular interest in our school, including parents, staff, the church, local education authority and the community. Our board of governors currently consists of a local authority governor appointed by Derbyshire County Council, three foundation governors appointed by the Diocese of Derby, three parent governors elected by parents with children at the school, two staff governors appointed through election by staff at St. Luke’s and up to six co-opted governors appointed by the governing body. All governors work hard for the betterment of the school, and we are particularly lucky at St Luke’s to have such a dedicated and willing team.

Deb Myhill

Deb Griffiths-Jones

  • Chair of Governors
  • Co-Opted governor
  • Named Governor for: Reading
  • Term of office: Autumn 2018 – Autumn 2022
  • Attendance 2019/20: Attended 5 out of 7

“I have one child currently at St. Luke’s with two having moved on to secondary school. I was elected as a parent governor in 2010 and was later co-opted by the governing board in November 2018. I have previously served as Vice Chair of the Board of Governors (2013 – 2019) before taking up my current post as Chair (November 2019 to present). I am also an active member of the Parent Teachers Association and served as secretary from 2011 to 2018. During this time I have been responsible for and contributed to organising numerous events to raise money for our school. I come from a science background. I have a PhD in human development, and I currently work in Rheumatology as a clinical trials manager at the University of Manchester. I have extensive experience of collecting and analysing data, and this helps me to understand the varied and detailed information about the progress and achievements of our pupils. I am passionate about being a governor and feel very fortunate that I continue to have the opportunity to help all our children and staff at St. Luke’s reach their full potential.”

Heidi Page

Heidi Page

  • Vice-Chair of Governors
  • Co-opted Governor
  • Named Governor for: Safeguarding and Looked After Children
  • Term of Office: Autumn 2019 – Autumn 2023
  • Other roles: Governor of Glossopdale School
  • Attendance 2019/20: Attended 7 out of 7

“I have served on St Luke’s governing body since 2013 as a Co-opted Governor where I am currently Vice Chair and Safeguarding Link Governor. I have one child at St Luke’s and another child at Glossopdale School where I am also a Co-opted Governor. I work at The University of Manchester as a Student Recruitment and Widening Participation Officer with responsibility for UK qualifications and assessment as well as offering prospective students and their key influencers (parents and teachers) information, advice and guidance on applying to University. I am passionate about the importance of a good education for children and it is this reason that I am proud to serve St Luke’s and Glossopdale as a School Governor – my aim is to ensure that every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential regardless of their background. I am proud that St Luke’s is an inclusive school, a school that supports and encourages children to achieve all they can.”

Foundation Governors:

Foundation governors are appointed by the diocese.The inclusion of Foundation Governors on the governing bodies of both Aided and Controlled schools is one of the distinguishing characteristics of a Church school. The Foundation Governors represent the historic link with the original establishment of the school and its distinctive religious ethos.

Heather Kindleysides

Heather Kindleysides

  • Named Governor for: Health & Safety
  • Term of office: Autumn 2020 – Autumn 2024
  • Attendance 2019/20: N/A

“My background is in governance, administration, training others for Life Long Learning (PTLLS), Contextual Theology (Manchester University) and working with children and families (Children and Family Worker in Withington and Openshaw).

I moved into Glossop town from Charlesworth with my youngest daughter in December of 2017. I have five children and my eldest son, daughter in law and grandchildren also live in Glossop so the wellbeing of children is very close to my heart. I worship in the Parish of Whitfield (St Luke’s) and belong to one of the Parish Growth Groups.

Although new to the role of Foundation Governor I have been an Independent Clerk since April of 2016 and have gained experience in working with Faith Schools and completed the National Clerks Development Programme in April 2018.”

Louise Wilson

Louise Wilson

  • Term of Office – Autumn 2020 – Autumn 2024
  • Attendance 2019/20: N/A

“I have long had an affinity for St Luke’s School, having previously run the Parent & Toddler group. Although I am new to the governor role, I am no stranger to working in schools; my current position is as a teacher in a special school. This requires me to be a real team player, as well as problem solver, to ensure that the students thrive. As a foundation governor, I am excited to utilise these skills whilst helping the school maintain it’s Christian ethos. I am an active member of St Luke’s church, where I serve on the Children’s Ministry team.”

Zoe Bowers

Zoe Bowers

  • Named Governor for: Collective acts of worship and Character education
  • Named Governor for: Artsmark
  • Term of Office: Autumn 2018 – Autumn 2022
  • Attendance 2019/20: Attended 7 out of 7

“A St Luke’s parent since 2010 I have come to know many of the children and staff who study and work here. I am passionate about helping our students achieve their personal best, in an environment that is nurturing and supportive. I believe that children learn best when they are happy and feel secure, and when they are able to easily access appropriate resources to support their learning. I value the prospect of working with staff and governors to enhance our school and provide opportunities for our students to grow, both academically and into well rounded members of society. I have a background in outdoor education and experience in both children’s and young peoples’ work in a variety of settings. I attend St Andrew’s Church, Hadfield, with my family.”

Local Authority Governors:

Local Authority (LA) governors are appointed by the local authority that maintains the school. They are volunteers from the local area who would like to be a governor. All such governors are primarily appointed with a view to their commitment to raise standards at the school concerned.

Laura O'Keefe

Laura O’Keefe

  • Named Governor for: Wellbeing
  • Term of Office: Summer 2019 – Summer 2023
  • Attendance 2019/20: Attended 4 out of 5
  • Background: Future Electrical Machines Manufacturing Hub Manager at The University of Sheffield

“I am the Local authority Governor for St. Luke’s appointed by Derbyshire County Council. I have a PhD in consumer behaviour and spent 8 years working at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Research at The University of Manchester before moving to The University of Sheffield in June 2019 where I manage a research hub looking at electrical machines. I am committed to making a positive difference to the education of children at St.Luke’s and feel the skills gained while working in the education sector will help me achieve this”

Co-Opted Governors:

A “co-opted governor” means a person who is appointed as a governor by the governing body and who, in the opinion of the governing body, has the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

Mark Smitham

Mark Smitham

  • Named governor for: Maths
  • Term of Office: Autumn 2019 – Autumn 2023
  • Attendance 2019/20: Attended 7 out of 7

“Having served on the governing body since 2010, and as Chair for four years, I have a vested interest in seeing the school excel, and with a background in IT and business intelligence I am well versed in reading figures and charts and knowing which questions to ask. I believe that every single penny the school receives should be spent on the betterment of the children, and I work hard alongside the senior management team and the governing body to ensure that happens.”

Claire Aspinall

Claire Aspinall

  • Named Governor for: Pupil and Sports Premium
  • Term of Office: Summer 2019 – Summer 2023
  • Attendance 2019/20: Attended 4 out of 7

“I have particular responsibility on the governing body as the governor overseeing the work the school does for students who are entitled to the Pupil Premium funding and overview of Sports Premium. I have a background in Geophysics, management consultancy and education having taught Physics at GCSE and A level for 5 years. I now work at the Institute of Physics helping to develop and run programmes which support underrepresented groups getting better access to Physics education and career pathways.”

Fiona Hall

Fiona Hall

  • Named Governor for: SEND
  • Term of Office: Winter 2019 – Winter 2023
  • Attendance 2019/20: Attended 3 out of 4

“I have previous school based experience as I was a teacher for many years, firstly in primary schools before moving on to work in a sixth form college. I now work at Staffordshire University as a senior lecturer and course leader for our Education Studies award. Education is vital to help unlock children’s potential and being a governor means I can be involved in this process in my local community. I have particular interest in safeguarding and SEND but I am happy to represent the governing body wherever it is most needed.”

Parent Governors:

Parent governors are parents of pupils at school, and are elected by other parents. However, a parent governor is a representative and not a delegate of parents. They are there to work in partnership with the headteacher, senior leadership team and co-operatively with other governors to raise standards and improve outcomes for all children.

Rachel Claydon

Rachel Claydon

  • Named Governor for: Computing
  • Term of Office: Autumn 2018 – Autumn 2022
  • Attendance 2019/20: Attended 7 out of 7

“I have worked in and around schools as a parent governor for a number of years and watching schools develop and thrive is hugely rewarding.
My three children are all at St Luke’s and I wanted the opportunity not only to help support and develop the school but to represent the parents perspective.
I have work professionally as a IT procurement manager for over 20 years and thrive working as part of a team to make a difference”

Chika Jones

Chika Jones

  • Term of Office: Autumn 2020 – Autumn 2024
  • Attendance 2019/20: N/A

“I have two children at St Luke’s school and have been an active part of the school community since 2016. I’m currently the vice chair of the Parent Teacher Association and love meeting new parents and students. Previous to lockdown I was running the Parent Toddler group which was a lovely way to introduce prospective parents to the school. Presently I work at the school 2-3 days a week as a midday supervisor which gives me great insight into the daily running of the school. I’m very happy to be involved with such a lovely school as a parent and now as a governor. I look forward to working with the governing body to ensure all the children have the best opportunities that we can offer. I’d like all the children to go to school excited to learn and feel safe and supported in their environment.”

Roger Barrett

Roger Barrett

  • Term of Office: Autumn 2020 – Autumn 2024
  • Attendance 2019/20: N/A

“I have two daughters at St Luke’s and I have seen how they have grown, developed and loved their time at the school. I feel passionately that this school is very special and I want to play a part in making sure every child has an education which encourages and supports them to achieve all they can. To help in achieving this, I am very keen to ensure, alongside the other parent governors, that the Governing Board benefits from a strong parental viewpoint. With over 20 years professional experience as a Chartered Engineer, the last 12 as a Director of Operations within large, multi-national companies, I have the wide-ranging skills and leadership experience to enable me to contribute fully to the St Luke’s Board of Governors in a variety of areas.”

Staff Governors:

Staff Governors are elected by the staff. As an employee, the staff governor has a unique insight into the activities of the school. The staff governor brings to the governing body an understanding of the school’s ethos and culture as well as a close, professional knowledge of its strengths and weaknesses. Staff must have a voice on the governing body so that they can contribute, in partnership with other governors, to the strategic development of the school. The staff governor serves as a useful link between the staff and the governing body.

Alice Littlehailes

Alice Littlehailes

  • Head teacher
  • Term of Office – N/A
  • Attendance 2019/20: Attended 7 out of 7

“I am the Headteacher of St Luke’s CE Primary School – a job I love. I have been teaching for over 25 years and still consider myself to be very fortunate to be doing the job I do. It is always a pleasure to come to school and work with the lovely young people and staff of St Luke’s.”

Staff Governor

Emma Hillier

  • Term of Office: Autumn 2020 – Autumn 2024
  • Attendance 2019/20: N/A

“Emma is Deputy head and has been working at St Luke’s for many years. She was a staff governor several years ago and has served as interim Head in the past. She is an outstanding early years teacher and runs our reception class.”

Clerk to the Governors:

Jill Hukin

  • Term of Office: N/A
  • Attendance 2019/20: Attended 3 out of 3

Jill can be contacted via the school office.

Declared Interests

At the start of each governors meeting, there is a requirement that each governor declares in writing any conflicts of interest they may have with any agenda items for that meeting. In this way they can be excused from the discussion and any vote. This includes any business interests (for example if you run a stationery company, you might exempt yourself from a discussion about where the school gets its paper supplies from), or any other governorships held elsewhere.

The Governing body must now make details of any “declared interests” public.

Please see below the declared interests for St Luke’s Governors for the academic year 2019-20

  • Autumn 2019: No interests declared
  • Spring 2020: No interests declared
  • Summer 2020: No interests declared

Meetings in 2020/2021

The following dates are for governors’ meetings:

  • 01 Oct 2020
  • 10 Dec 2020
  • 11 Feb 2021
  • 25 Mar 2021
  • 27 May 2021
  • 08 Jul 2021

Ex-Members’ Attendance

Governors are required to publish attendance figures for the previous school year, even for governors who have since left the board. The following people were governors during the previous academic year:

  • Tom Rank, Foundation Governor, Attendance 2019/20: Attended 4 out of 5
  • Glynn Jones, Foundation Governor, Attendance 2019/20: Attended 3 out of 4
  • Claire Sproulle, Parent Governor, Attendance 2019/20: Attended 0 out of 3
  • Jo Meek, Parent Governor, Attendance 2019/20: Attended 7 out of 7
  • Catharine Byron, Staff Governor, Attendance 2019/20: Attended 4 out of 4

Governor Training

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