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Governors

 Our Governors

Liz Lovell - Chair of Governors 

I have been a Governor at Tupton Hall School since 2006 and have recently been elected Chair. I also chair the Students and Standards committee.

I have a background in Finance and IT. I currently work in the Charity sector as part of the IT Finance and Project team. I have a long association with the school as both of my children previously attended.

I am committed to ensuring that Tupton Hall, as part of the Redhill academy, is a thriving school where all children are given the opportunity to aspire to and achieve their full potential, both academically and personally – thus ensuring that when they leave, they are able to have choice in their future.

This will be only achieved by strong governance, outstanding leadership and teaching and full commitment to the school from students and their parents and carers.

If you have any queries or questions about any aspect of your child’s education, do contact the Head on 01246 863127 or Mrs Chapman, Clerk to the Governors at n.chapman@tuptonhall.org.uk alternatively you can write to the Clerk through the school postal address.

Debbie Shaw - Vice Chair of Governors

I have been a Parent, Local Authority or Co-opted Governor at Tupton Hall since July 2006. Previously, I was a Co-opted Governor at William Rhodes Junior School for four years.

I am the Vice-Chair of the Governing body, a member of the Strategy, Students & Standards and Resources Committees, and I Chair the Personnel Committee.  I am the nominated Governor for Attendance, Data Sub Committee and Vulnerable Children’s Group links within school.

I enjoy being a Governor, and have a keen interest in ensuring that the school is able to run as efficiently as possible, is able to raise standards, and provide a safe environment to enable every child to receive a good education and achieve their full potential.

I have worked for Royal Mail since 1987, in various finance and project roles, and have two children who attended Tupton Hall School and Sixth Form.

If you have any queries or questions about any aspect of your child’s education, do contact the Head on 01246 863127 or Mrs Chapman, Clerk to the Governors at n.chapman@tuptonhall.org.uk alternatively you can write to the Clerk through the school postal address.

David Skinner - Governor

I have been a Governor at Tupton Hall School for more than 19 years and was Chair of Governors from 2002 until 2020.

At Tupton Hall School we pride ourselves as Governors with expertise and understanding of young people.  One of the prime focuses of the reconstituted governing body is to build closer links with students, parents and carers.

Feedback from parents, carers and students is always welcome either by telephone, letter or email.

If you have any queries or questions about any aspect of your child’s education, do contact the Head on 01246 863127 or Mrs Chapman, Clerk to the Governors at n.chapman@tuptonhall.org.uk alternatively you can write to the Clerk through the school postal address.

Kathy Rouse - Governor

Kathy Rouse – Governor

Having lived in the local area all my life and as a previous student at Tupton Hall School I feel it is important to involve parents in all aspects of schooling. I've worked in education for several years and attended Derby University.  I am currently a Councillor for NEDCC for Clay Cross, North and a Parish Councillor at Clay Cross.  I have served as a Governor for 13 years at several schools in Derbyshire and would like to pass on my expertise in this area of governance.

I am committed to working with a strong governing body and raising attainment levels, moving forwards and raising standards and achievements. I believe most things are achievable by working together.

If you have any queries or questions about any aspect of your child’s education, do contact the Head on 01246 863127 or Mrs Chapman, Clerk to the Governors at n.chapman@tuptonhall.org.uk alternatively you can write to the Clerk through the school postal address.

Cathy Goodyer - Governor

I am a Community Governor and currently Co-Chair of the Business Committee, having chaired the previous Finance Committee for a number of years. I am also a member of the Strategy Committee.

I live locally in Tupton and my daughter attended Tupton Hall School. I am Vice-Chairman of Tupton Parish Council and I am also a professional musician and music teacher. I teach piano, guitar, violin, flute, singing and music theory. I teach as part of Silverwood Music School in Sheffield and in student homes in Derbyshire, Nottingham and South Yorkshire and online. 

I served as a Non-Executive Director of a NHS Trust for over 7 years and I was also the Chair of a national charity in London. I was previously a senior civil servant in the Department of Health for 12 years including some experience in the Department of Education. I was Director of National Support Teams for over 5 years, a Director of Public Health Policy for 6 years and the first Head of the cross- Government Teenage Pregnancy Unit established by the former Labour Government. I worked in the NHS for 24 years, including 10 years as Chief Executive of 3 different health authorities and prior to that as Director of Finance. I am a qualified accountant, a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and an Associate of the Royal Schools of Music. I hold a diploma in Health management and a masters degree in Public Service Management. 

I am very committed to helping Tupton Hall School become an outstanding school. I genuinely believe that every child matters and should be supported to ensure they reach their full potential while at school and to help prepare them for their lives outside of school. 

If you have any queries or questions about any aspect of your child’s education, do contact the Head on 01246 863127 or Mrs Chapman, Clerk to the Governors at n.chapman@tuptonhall.org.uk alternatively you can write to the Clerk through the school postal address.

Helen Johnson - Governor

My name is Helen Johnson and I became Parent Governor at Tupton Hall in September 2015. I am married and a mother of two children who are at Tupton Hall School.

I am a Registered Nurse and trained at Chesterfield Royal Hospital where I qualified in 1991, I have worked in many different areas of nursing both in and out of hospital and I now work in the local community as Community Matron.  I am proud to have recently been awarded the Queens’ Nurse title which is a recognition of excellence in community nursing practice.  My experience in healthcare has given me a good knowledge of the local community, its strengths and challenges. I also have many years’ experience of working with and caring for people from all walks of life and am able to adapt to new situations.

My working life is very busy and often challenging, however, I have always been fortunate enough to be able to build work around my family life, which I view as a priority.

If you have any queries or questions about any aspect of your child’s education, do contact the Head on 01246 863127 or Mrs Chapman, Clerk to the Governors at n.chapman@tuptonhall.org.uk alternatively you can write to the Clerk through the school postal address.

Andrew Rouse - Parent Governor

I whole-heartedly believe that through teamwork, effort, great communication and a sincere commitment from the parents and governing team, we can support the leadership team and the staff at Tupton Hall to make our school a great place for the children to develop, learn and reach their true potential.

I have a long standing and affectionate relationship with the school from attending here as a student through to seeing both of my children being educated here.

I was raised and have lived in the area all my life and currently work as a Production Manager for Molson Coors the Brewers.  I recently retired from a role in the Fire and Rescue service where I spent many years working as part of a very successful team and I also had the privilege of managing the team of firefighters at Clay Cross.  After almost 31 years in the role and having worked very closely with and supporting the education of thousands of children in many schools, I am no stranger to the challenges we face supporting the amazing children who live in North East Derbyshire.

I have a wide range of professional experiences to contribute to the team but my role as a firefighter has kept me in touch with the needs of our community and kept my feet firmly on the ground.

I feel privileged to work alongside a team of very dedicated and committed teaching staff and experienced governors who support the school and I’m personally looking forward to developing and learning some new skills on the way.

Children deserve the right to a fair and inclusive education and at the same time feel safe to mature and grow in a familiar environment where they can be treated with respect. I will do everything possible to support the staff and the school to facilitate the best possible learning environment for every child.

If you have any queries or questions about any aspect of your child’s education, do contact the Head on 01246 863127 or Mrs Chapman, Clerk to the Governors at n.chapman@tuptonhall.org.uk alternatively you can write to the Clerk through the school postal address.

Beverley Lawrence - Parent Governor

Beverley Lawrence

My name is Beverley Lawrence. I am one of your nominated parent governors for Tupton Hall School. I have two children my daughter is in year 8 at THS. My son who has additional needs (ASD) is in year 3 primary in Clay Cross. I have been given this opportunity to write a little about myself and why I wanted to be a part of the Governors board at THS. 

 

Why did I want to be a parent governor?

I wanted to support my local secondary school where my daughter attends in ensuring that the schools plans and actions for students from the most academic through to those who struggle with education in some way whether that be due to additional needs, friendships or external pressures were supported. I am looking forward to being involved in supporting the governors and the community in keeping THS inclusive, supportive and accessible to every child. Whilst, learning the role of parent governor role of an academy, what responsibilities and support I can assist in providing back to the school and the students.

 

Why does inclusivity and encouragement to every child mean so much to me?

I was born in Birmingham in the late 80’s had a strong accent until I moved to Chesterfield at the start of Junior School. My school experience was not what it could have been. Bad memories of struggling to keep up and manage with school demands. Teenage years brought home life strains as well as lack of support from the majority of my teachers the usual feedback would be ‘loads of potential if she could just apply it’.  The secondary school I attended (not THS) didn’t even advise on my options to further my education. Leaving school I went away worked hard trying to find my career path built my confidence and ended up working for Chesterfield Magistrates Court for 12 years. This is where I found my passion. Learning to understand the complexity of the Law to support administratively, I saw the clear gap in social justice the lack of support for parents with children with additional needs being able to access support, funding or basic educational support. Anyone who has been through the educational health care plan application for a child to access support in an educational setting will understand the frustration and confusing system the government and local authorities are working within.

 

What did I do about it?

The skills and confidence I gained within the Magistrates court gave me access into further education and having spent time at university now in my final year of my undergraduate Law degree and applying for my LLM masters and LPC to qualify as a solicitor. I understand that accessibility, inclusivity, encouragement to progress is thankfully the norm and the historic attitude of supporting only the most academically gifted in pursuing a career long gone. However, as with anything being learnt. Continuous improvement, challenge and adaptability is needed to ensure no stagnation can occur. So I am offering my skills, my experience and my determination to the community, to the school governing board, staff and students as a whole.

 

I look forward to working with the governing body and staff in assisting with their plans in keeping THS a great school to go to and one the community can be proud to have. Lastly, I hope now you can put a name to face and as a return in person gatherings become more frequent that parents, children and staff will say hello when they see me around the school.

 

If you have any queries or questions about any aspect of your child’s education, do contact the Head on 01246 863127 or Mrs Chapman, Clerk to the Governors at n.chapman@tuptonhall.org.uk alternatively you can write to the Clerk through the school postal address.

Claire Archibald - Parent Governor

Claire Archibald

Claire Archibald has three children, aged 17, 15 and 11 who all attend/attended Tupton Hall school. Claire is a non-practicing solicitor and currently works for Derbyshire County Council as a Data Protection Officer for Schools. Prior to her current role she was a School Business Officer in a small Primary School in Derbyshire. She is very active in the local community, and lived in Tupton before moving to Ashover. She has acted as the chair of a Residents Committee in Tupton, been a Brownie leader in Wingerworth and even did a stint as the Junior Fixtures Secretary at Tupton Rugby Club. She is a member of Ashover Brass Band, playing the cornet and runs their social media pages. She is also a trained bereavement counsellor. Her family try to avoid going to the local Tesco with her as she stops to talk to people she knows in nearly every aisle!

If you have any queries or questions about any aspect of your child’s education, do contact the Head on 01246 863127 or Mrs Chapman, Clerk to the Governors at n.chapman@tuptonhall.org.uk alternatively you can write to the Clerk through the school postal address.

Governor Vacancies

  • Parent Governor – to be advertised in due course
  • Staff Governor (teaching) – to be advertised in due course
  • Staff Governor (non-teaching) – to be advertised in due course

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