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Walton On Trent C of E Primary and Nursery School

Living | Learning | Laughing

Meet the Governors

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 contact Miss Sharp on 01283 716151 or 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. 


Mrs K. Hickman

A little about our Governors


Mrs Karen Hickman   - Chair of Governors


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.


Dr Cindy Fear       - Vice Chair         


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.


Mr Jameel Mann                


Term of office 21.02.21 - 21.02.2025


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. 



Mrs Samantha Toft            


Term of office 20.10.2020 - 20.10.2024


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 - awaiting confirmation from the Diocese for new term of office


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 Susanna de Jongh         

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! 

Scheduled Governor Meetings

Key Policies for Governing Body

Minutes of Meetings

Please contact Miss Sharp if you would like to see copies of the minutes from Governor meetings.

01283 716151 or 

Historical governor data


Gemma Anderson

Co-opted governor

Term of office 10.10.2017 - Resigned 04.03.2021