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Meet the Governors

The Governors are the strategic leaders of our school and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. The Governing Body should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent



Membership is for a term of four years


Current Membership:

Mrs Emma Bond

Mr Andrew Wood

Chair of Governors


Local Authority Governor/ Chair of the Resource Management Committee

Mrs Claire Cadogan         

Foundation Governor/ Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee

Mrs Jacalyn Evans 

Associate Governor

Mrs Sarah Porter

Foundation Governor / Vice Chair

Dr Mark Wood

Parent Governor

Mrs Amanda Whittlestone

Parent Governor

Canon David Perkins

Ex Officio

Mr Andrew Lavery

Foundation Governor and the Duke of Devonshire's representative

Ms Josephine Coyne

Foundation Governor

Mr Chris Hubbuck

Foundation Governor


Governor Biographies 


Sara-Kate Townsend- Staff Governor

I have recently come to the role of staff governor following 3 years working as Key Stage 2 teacher and leader; English and Assessment Lead at Pilsley. I have taught for 18 years throughout the primary range, in both Oxfordshire and Derbyshire. I feel very lucky to call Derbyshire home and enjoy walking our beautiful countryside with my husband and our black Labrador- Sam. 




Josephine Coyne - Foundation Governor

I became a Foundation Governor in 2016.  My background is in further education and management.  As well as teaching business related subjects, I have developed new courses, designed standards, moderation procedures and led a cross college lesson observation programme.  I have held roles as management information systems manager, college quality manager and curriculum manager for Business and Computing; all supporting students, managing teams and budgets. Throughout my professional career, I have also worked with different business partnerships across the UK as a management consultant, mainly in training and development.


I sit on the Teaching and Learning Committee with responsibility for Safeguarding practices and Early Years education.  I believe it is important to put the pupil at the centre of all we do and I feel privileged to have joined the Governing Body at Pilsley C of E School.  I am married with three children and enjoy activities that involve people and the great outdoors.




Chris Hubbuck – Foundation Governor

I have lived on the Chatsworth Estate all my life and have worked for the past and present Duke and Duchess of Devonshire for 36 years.  I live with my wife, Claire and daughter Niamh, who is 14 years of age and attends Lady Manners School.  We, as a family, enjoy walking with our pet dog, Poppy, holidaying in our caravan and collectively, we are enthusiastic about the countryside and environmental issues.  I am an avid sports fan, particularly cricket and enjoy the odd game at Chatsworth with friends and colleagues.


I am the Chair for the Pilsley Parish meeting.  I am passionate about community and enjoy the various challenges that come with the role.  I am absolutely thrilled to have been asked to become a Foundation Governor at Pilsley C of E Primary School, which my daughter and I both attended and very much look forward to contributing to the school.

Our Governing Body meets at least once per term, although we have established two sub-committees who meet on a more regular basis and have their own specific Roles and Responsibilities.  The Resource Management Committee (RMC) deals with teaching and non-teaching staffing issues, budget setting, Premises and Health & Safety and ensuring the School gets the best value.  The Teaching & Learning Committee (TLC) deal with all aspects of the curriculum, teaching and learning, pupil progress and target setting. 


Please click the documents below to see terms of office, attendance at meetings and  personal and percuniary interests.









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