Welcome to our Governors’ section.
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.
If you are interested in finding out more about being a member of the Governing Body, please pop in and speak to Mrs Rowe. We are always on the look out for people who are interested in supporting the strategic direction of the school.
A welcome from the Chair of Governors
On behalf of the Governing Body, I warmly welcome you to Walton-on-Trent CE (C) Primary and Nursery School. Our Governing Body is made up of individuals with varying skills and qualities, but who all have a commitment to the school, ensuring that the school’s motto: ‘Living, Learning, Laughing in God's Love’ is a reality for every pupil and that they may enjoy the very best primary education possible in a caring, happy and stimulating Christian environment. If you wish to contact me personally, I can be contacted through the school office on 01283 716 151, or via our address- Walton-on-Trent CE (C) Primary and Nursery School, Coton Road, Walton-on-Trent, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE12 8NL.
A little about our Governors
Dr Cindy Fear
Term of office 30.11.2015 - 29.11.2019
Re-appointed 20.11.19 - 19.11.2023
I've been a parent governor for five years at Walton, serving as the SEN/D governor for the last three of those years. I enjoy working with the dedicated team at Walton, and as a governor I want to do what I can to help all our children reach their full potential and flourish while they are at our school.
Miss Jessica Hickman
Term of office 20.03.2017 - 19.03.2021
I am a foundation governor at Walton. I am an office manager at a heritage site and am currently completing a part-time Masters degree in Public History and Heritage. I am also a qualified teacher after completing my teaching course at the National Forest Teaching School and part of my role at the heritage site involves planning educationl activities for school visits. I thoroughly enjoy my role as governor and appreciate the opportunity to bring my experience and knowledge of teaching and learning to the school. Daughter of Karen Hickman, Chair of Governors.
Mrs Karen Hickman
Term of office 01.09.2015 - 31.08.2019
Re-appointed 01.09.2019 - 29.08.2023
I am very proud to be the chair of governors at Walton on Trent school and enjoy working with the staff and pupils to make this a wonderful learning environment for the pupils to be in.
I am also a senior sister working for the NHS and have been a nurse now for 31 years. I have two children, one of whom is also a governor at Walton, is a qualified teacher and works for the national trust and the other is a student at University of Middlesex studying Psychology as well as working in administration for the NHS. Both of my children went to a primary school within the trust followed by attending John Taylor High School so I have been familiar with schools in the trust both as a governor and as a parent.
Mr Jameel Mann
Term of office 22.02.17 - 21.02.2021
I am delighted to be appointed as a governor at the school and am looking forward to the rewarding challenges ahead. Having recently moved to the village, I am committed to helping the school maintain an environment in which pupils can fulfil their potential and have many opportunities to progress their individual talents.
Mr James Gardner
Term of office 20.03.2017 - 19.03.2021
I am the Director of Key stage 4 and designated safeguarding lead at the JCB Academy. I'm also the Director of personal development,physical education and Science. I have received LAC training, am a CEOP Ambassador, completed the SENCO specialist certificate and Level 4 Multi Agency Safeguarding training. I have 12 years in the profession developed through teaching of Physical Education, being Head of house for 6 years before becoming an assistant head teacher. I have the Teaching leaders degree, achieving high commendation. I also conducted two research projects winning National awards with EEF and ESLL leadership awards.
Mrs Samantha Toft
Term of office 21.10.2016 - 20.10.2020
I am a teacher representative on the governing body. I have worked at Walton for 6 years and I have witnessed many changes as the school has grown from strength to strength. I see it as a huge privilege to teach and work in a school with such a hardworking team. I am committed to supporting the school as it embraces the many rewards and challenges that may come in educating our children for life.
Mrs Dawn Charles
Term of office 18.10.2017 - 17.10.2021
I'm delighted to be able to serve Walton School as a Foundation Governor, particularly supporting the school in the area of RE and it's Christian Ethos. I love the school and want to support it in any way I can. I am one of three people who lead The Community Church, a Christian church that meets in Stapenhill and I'm also Vice Chair of The Church in Burton, which connects church leaders from all denominations together. My background is in journalism but by far my most important role now is that of a mum - to my teenage step daughter and my son who is at Walton and he loves it!
Mrs Helen Mansfield
Term of office 20.01.2020 - 19.01.2024
Mrs Susanna de Jongh
Term of office 24.11.2017 - 23.11.2021
I am a mum of two children at Walton School and am pleased to get involved behind the scenes, to help ensure that all our children continue to have a happy setting in which to learn and grow.
I have a good deal of experience in the voluntary sector, having Chaired and been on the Board of Trustees of a successful voluntary-run pre-school for around three years, overseeing the management of the setting whilst also being a parent representative.
Now that my children are school age, I'm excited to be able to transfer the experience I've gained volunteering as a Governor.
Mrs Claire Bellman
Term of office 14.01.2021 - 13.01.2025
Hello, my name is Claire Bellman, I am a secondary teacher of more than 16 years and having been a Head of English & Drama for 11 years and a Head of Sixth Form for two, I am now Assistant Head Pastoral and Designated Safeguarding Lead at a local independent school. I am also a subject expert for OfQual and an experienced examiner. In my spare time, I can mostly be found running the river path to Branston or curled up with a good book. I feel passionately that every individual should be able to achieve their potential, and that schools should be able, and enabled, to foster curiosity and a love of learning in the next generation. I am well versed in what universities and employers are looking for in prospective students and am well aware that these skills cannot be embedded early enough in the curriculum. One of my main passions is encouraging interest in the super-curricular: learning that goes above and beyond the curriculum. I look forward to learning from the whole team at Walton: the governing body, the staff and the students alike, and to sharing my knowledge and experience of school life in return. My family moved to the village in 2018 and my daughter started in Hedgehogs this September. I am so impressed by everything Mrs Rowe and her team are doing, especially in the current circumstances, and can’t wait to see it go from strength to strength in the coming years. The future’s bright at Walton Primary!
Mrs Sarah Rowe
I was appointed in September 2015 as Headteacher of our school. I am extremely proud to be the Head of such a caring and friendly school with very enthusiastic children and staff! Prior to my role at Walton, I have taught across the Primary age range in three different schools. I was awarded the status of being an Advanced Skills teacher supporting other teachers across the country, worked for the School Improvement PE team for Staffordshire County Council and spent 2 years as Deputy Head before being appointed as the Headteacher for 3 years in Nottingham. I love my role at Walton and it continually excites me to be at the forefront of its development.
Minutes of Meetings
Please contact Mrs Rowe or Miss Reynolds if you would like to see copies of the minutes from Governor meetings.
Historical governor data
Term of office 10.10.2017 - Resigned 04.03.2021