About Us

As the Governing Board of Buxton Primary, we would like to introduce ourselves. We are made up of co-opted governors, an LA governor, parent governors, staff governors, and a clerk to the governors. We all bring a wide range of knowledge and experience to our positions at the school with our aim being to ensure that our school provides a happy and safe environment where everyone is valued and respected.

We understand that our school is a village primary school with the community and children at its heart and govern it as such.

The Role of the Governors

The role of a governor is a simple one; it is to maintain a strategic overview of what the school should be aiming to achieve to ensure that your children receive the very best education and support they can, whilst always being happy and secure. We are committed to ensuring an excellent environment and learning opportunities for all, in a place that will provide for, and challenge, pupils so they enjoy and achieve success during their time at Buxton Primary.

As governors, we:

  • develop the ethos, vision and strategic direction of the school,
  • challenge and support the headteacher to ensure that every pupil has the best possible education
  • oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent

The Governing Body meets regularly to discuss details around school performance, development and the quality of education, staffing, premises and the budget.

In addition to maintaining collective oversight of the overall governance and performance of the school, each governor is assigned an area of particular focus such as Attendance, Behaviour, School Finances, Safeguarding, Health and Safety, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), Pupil Premium and Sports Premium. Governors make visits to the school to meet with the lead staff in those areas to review school policies and discuss future actions. Governors also visit the school regularly to learn and observe the school in action.

The governors support the headteacher in her role as being responsible for the day to day operational management of the school.

We are always pleased to hear from parents and stakeholders with views and questions. You can contact us through the school office and one of us will get back to you as soon as possible.

The Governing Board

Governing Body

RoleNameAppointed fromAppointed to
Chair, co-opted GovernorKathryn Corder2 December 20211 December 2025
Vice Chair, LA GovernorClare Broughton9 December 20229 December 2026
Co-opted GovernorJacqueline Warren2 December 20211 December 2025
HeadteacherJuliet Stops20 April 202219 April 2026
Co-opted GovernorMarguerite Heavey2 December 20211 December 2025
Co-opted GovernorJanet Cole15 February 202414 February 2028
Parent GovernorMartin Munn23 February 202322 February 2027
Parent GovernorBethany Whitwood15 February 202414 February 2028
Trust GovernorRose Syer23 February 202322 February 2027
Staff GovernorAutumn Hales8 December 20237 December 2027
Clerk to GovernorsKelly Hall  

I’m Kathryn and I have been serving as Chair of Governors since the start of 2023.  I was born in Hertford but spent the great majority of my childhood and schooling in Norfolk before training as a nurse at Addenbrookes. I enjoyed a long career in the NHS culminating in 12 years as Deputy Director/Acting Director of Nursing including membership of my Trust Board.

On retirement, I spent 6 years in Guernsey where, working alongside my husband, who was the Islands’ Lieutenant-Governor, I was heavily involved in a wide range of third sector and community organisations largely as Patron but also as an active volunteer in my own right. In this capacity, I was privileged to visit and work with all the Bailiwick schools. I also chaired the independent body responsible for scrutinising the Islands’ medical and health services. Moving to Lamas 2 years ago, I decided I would like to get involved in the local community and the opportunity arose to join the Board of Governors at Buxton Primary School. I am really enjoying being part of this lovely school.

I’m Clare and I am an LA Governor here at Buxton. Having spent all my working life to date in the corporate environment, I wanted to put those skills to good use. I’ve been a governor for almost 5 years now and it’s given me a great insight into how amazing the school and all the staff are!  Not only am I governor, but I also have a child here, and whilst wearing both the parent and governor hat can be tricky at times, I know, hand on heart, we all do the very best for all the children here at Buxton. I’m often around at drop off and pick up time, so if anyone wants to talk then please feel free to grab me.

My name is Maggi, I’ve lived in Buxton for the past few years, and am originally from Manchester. I worked both in Manchester and in Norwich for Children’s and Family Services for over twenty years.  Now I’m retired, I have 2 grandchildren and enjoy being a Nannie. My husband John used to be a teacher and we both love living in Buxton. I joined the board of governors 2 years ago as I wanted to be more involved in the life of the village.

My name is Jackie and I am a co-opted governor at the school. I have lived in the village for 4 years, with a connection to the village for an additional 6 years. I previously worked for a high Street bank for 30 years and for a charity supporting victims of crime and witnesses at court for further 10 years. I am quite a new governor – just over 2 years, it’s been a steep learning curve and I continue to get to know more about the school. I am pleased to see how well Buxton Primary is run and how happy the children seem to be here.

Hi, my name is Rose and I’ve lived in the village for just a year, previously living twenty years in Cromer and am originally from Ireland. I’ve always worked in Education, starting out as a Teacher and now an Education Adviser for the Local Authority. Both my husband and I were RNLI crew volunteers whilst living in Cromer, so when we moved to Buxton I wanted to continue to be involved in the community and joined the Governing board at the start of the year. I have 3 step-children and 1 grandchild, so understand the importance of school and how brilliantly Buxton supports children’s development.