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Meet the Governors

Welcome to the governor section of Breadsall Hill Top Primary. We hope that you enjoy browsing through our governor section and learning more about our role as Governors.

We believe strongly in 'achieving together and ‘together we will govern’.

We are very passionate and ambitious for our children, our staff and our wider community. We joined Transform Trust in the summer of 2017 and together we are on a journey of improvement to make our school the best it can be.

We are striving for quality first teaching to ensure that our children have access to learning that is stimulating, engaging, exciting and fun. We want our children to believe in themselves and achieve their dreams. We want staff to feel invested in and supported and we will challenge them to ensure that our children are successful. Finally, we want our parents/carers to be confident and secure that their child is getting the best possible education and learning experience.


Local Governance Team


School Governance – our role

The purpose of governance is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance”.

Boards must be ambitious for all children and infused with a passion for education and a commitment to continuous school improvement that enables the best possible outcomes. Governance must be grounded in reality as defined by both high-quality objective data and a full understanding of the views and needs of pupils/students, staff, parents, carers and local communities. It should be driven by inquisitive, independent minds and through conversations focussed on the key strategic issues which are conducted with humility, good judgement, resilience and determination”, DfE Governance Handbook, January 2017


Governance Structure

As well as our Full Governing Body meetings we have two Committees which are the main conduit for the work of the Governors. Our structure is:

· Full Governing Board – this is where we ensure that we are fulfilling our statutory duties, monitoring progress against the school priorities, safeguarding, health & safety, risks and reviewing how effective we are as a governing body.

· Standards – this is where we look at all things data in terms of how the school is doing based on children’s attainment and progress, quality of teaching and learning, attendance and behaviour etc.

· Finance and Resources – this is where we look at all things to do with the school finances, including ensuring that we have an appropriate staffing structure in order to deliver our curriculum, how we spend our pupil premium and sports premium and how we ensure that we are meeting financial regulations and achieving best value.

Details of which Governors are on which Committee are given in the document section below.

When do we meet?

The Full Governing Board normally meets once a term. Our Committees also meet at least once per term. Dates of our meetings are also given in the document section below.

What do we actually do?

We will support the school with developing its vision, setting the purpose and aims of the school and agreeing school priorities within an agreed policy framework.

We also, along with the Trust, appoint and conduct the performance management of the Headteacher. We also serve on a range of different panels that may be needed for appeals such as school admissions, pay and disciplinary matters for both children and staff.

We monitor the school and evaluate the work by undertaking school visits to see evidence in practice and we then review these at our meetings, feeding back to the Headteacher on our findings.

Speak to the Governors:

If you have any questions you would like to speak to the governors about - please email to and one of the governors will contact you directly.

The Government has clearly outlined the core functions for school governors:

It also launched in January 2017: ‘A Competency Framework for Governance’. This document outlines the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed for effective governance, but in brief can be shown as:


Governors email address:

Meet our Governors



Mr Adrian Sutton - Chair of Governors and Health and Safety Governor

I have been a governor at Breadsall Hill Top since Oct 2017.  I initially joined the school as a parent governor but having now moved out of the area I have become a co-opted governor.


I am passionate about education and believe that all children should have the best start in life.  Having been involved with the appointment of the new head teacher I truly believe we have a leader who can take us on a positive journey and enable the school to become one that the children and community deserve.


I currently work for a Swedish bank that specialises with High net worth individuals and corporate businesses and this gives the expertise required for my role on the finance committee.


Mrs Sarah Heesom - Vice Chair of Governors - Standards Chair and Pupil Premium Governor

 I am Development Director at Transform Trust and Teaching School and am responsible for the CPD and support that is provided to schools. I am passionate about bringing out the very best in people. I have worked in Education Partnerships for 20+ years as well as having experience of setting up and running a charity and my own business. When I am not at work you will find me listening to music, ideally at a festival. I have a son who is a full-time sportsman and a daughter at university.   


Mrs Jill Wilkinson - Trust Governor and Safeguarding

Jill is a National Leader of Governance (NLG). This accreditation was awarded in July 2017 for her role as Chair for another Governing Body.


Jill is a former Primary Headteacher and former Vice Principle of an outstanding secondary school.  She was nominated as 'Inspirational headteacher' in February 2014 by her local MP. She is currently a Chief Operating Officer and Data Protection Office with responsibility for safeguarding, governance, initial adult and other specific and discrete projects. 


Ms Meghann Cummins - Parent Governor

My name is Meghann.  I am a parent Governor at Breadsall Hill Top Primary.  Two of my children currently attend this school.  I also work in the After School Provision run by the Play and Learn After School Club Ltd.  I’m really enjoying being a part of the school community in both of my roles.


Mr James Osbaldaston - Parent Governor

My name is James and I am one of the parent governors at Breadsall Hilltop Primary School and I have recently joined the Finance Committee. 


My daughter attends Breadsall Hill Top Primary and my son will be attending in the next academic year, so I am keen to take up an active role in the life of the school. Making a contribution to the day to day running of the school is a pleasure and I am passionate about supporting the school and helping the school to be the very best it can. I enjoy helping in school where I can and I’ve recently helped out with KS2 SATs and school trips.


I currently work in the local area for Sky. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, watching football and getting out and about. 


Mrs Jacqui Trowsdale - Community Governor


I am a new governor but not new to being passionate about schools and about the children of Derby.  I have been a teacher for over 15 years, leading on areas such as Maths, Assessment and Pupil Premium.  I am excited to be a governor for Breadsall Hill Top Primary School, as it is a school which I already have links with through Transform Trust.  I have seen the school go through many changes and look forward to supporting and challenging the school through its future developments to ensure the best outcomes for all children.   

In any spare time I have, you will find me reading, visiting the cinema and going to the theatre – I have a particular love of anything horror based as well as musicals (it’s not often that the two get combined!). 


Mr Matt Lawrence - Head Teacher Governor Breadsall Hill Top Primary School


Mrs Gemma Fisher - Teacher and Staff Governor