We have places available in our Nursery and Reception for September. Please contact the school for more information.

Our Governors

No members of staff at our school earn more than £100,000.

What does a Governor do?

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We currently have vacancies for 2 Parent Governors, click here for more information: Parent Governor Vacancy

Our Instrument of Government Consists of the Following:

  • Constitution (9 Governors)
  • 3 Parent Governors
  • 1 Authority Governor 
  • 3 Co-opted Governors
  • 1 Staff Governor
  • 1 Head Teacher

Declaration of Eligibility to Serve as a Parent Governor

Governors’ Business Interests & Membership Information

Chair of Governors – Carol Moore

Appointed by the Governing Board

“Hello. My name is Carol Moore. I am married with two grown up children and have lived in Derby most of my life.I have recently retired as a Primary School Headteacher. I thoroughly enjoyed my job and loved working with children and their families, helping and supporting them in making a positive difference to their lives. I enjoy meeting people. I volunteer at our local church Toddler Group. I like to spend my time walking, reading, gardening and meeting up with friends. As a new member of the Governing Body of Cavendish Close Infant and Nursery School, I am keen to offer my knowledge and experience and support the school in any way I can.”

Vice Chair of Governors – Rachel Allaway

Appointed by Parents

“Hi, I am Rachel Allaway and I became a Parent Governor in Autumn 2019. I am a Primary School Teacher and have been working in schools Full-Time and Part-Time since September 2001. I have had experiences in the Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Since starting my teaching career, I have held a number of roles and responsibilities, which include PE coordinator, Year group leader, Pupil Premium lead and student and volunteer mentor.

I have lived in and around Chaddesden for over 30 years and now live nearby with my husband and two wonderful children. My son is currently in Year 1 and my daughter attends a local Nursery 1 day a week.

I feel excited and privileged to be a part of such a thriving school that offers exciting, nurturing and thought provoking experiences to children from many different backgrounds. I am passionate about helping young children to believe in themselves and achieve well in their bright, ambitious futures.”

Jerry Pearce – Community Governor

Appointed by the Governing Board

“I have been a Local Councillor for Chaddesden Ward since May 2019. Cabinet Member for Streetpride, Highways and Parks from May 2021 and Derby County season ticket holder.

I was a Cub Scout Leader for 20 years in Long Eaton, before moving to Chaddesden around 15 years ago.  I love the area, hence why, when I was offered the chance to be a Local Councillor I jumped at the chance as I knew that the other Councillors were building a great Community spirit in the area.  I am a regular (not too regular!) at the Wilmot Arms in Chaddesden and I am the Quizmaster there on a Thursday evening.  I know a lot of the school’s parents, with me coming into contact with them in my council role and also bumping into a few (!) at the pub.

Some of their concerns have been brought to my attention and I have campaigned to get a modernised crossing on Wood Rd which I am glad to say is due for renewal in the Feb half term 2022.  Parking and speeding around all the schools in the area is a major concern and we are in regular contact with the Local Police SNT and the Council’s PPO team to try and combat this.”

Nicola Tusa – Community Governor

Appointed by the Governing Board

Introduction to follow.

Caroline Howett – Staff Governor

Appointed by staff

“Hi, I am Caroline Howett. I began my teaching career in 1994 in Liverpool and moved to Derby after meeting my husband. I have taught at Cavendish Close Infant School for 16 years and have recently taken on the role of Interim Deputy Headteacher.

I am passionate about providing quality education for our very youngest children and enjoy building relationships with families when they first come to our school. I have supported other early years settings across Derby City to reflect on and improve their practice particularly around speech, language and communication and physical development. I am currently a Talk Derby Champion for the Derby Opportunity Area.

I enjoy being active and spending quality time at home with my husband and two children as well as visiting my family in North Wales.

I am so proud of our wonderful school and feel privileged to be part of our school community. I am committed to being an effective governor and sharing in the strategic leadership of the school.”

Claire Parker – Parent Governor

Appointed by parents
Hi, I’m Claire Parker and I’m a newly appointed Parent Governor. I have lived in Oakwood for the past 20 years and now live with my husband Chris and our 2 children. Our daughter has just started in Reception, and our son attends a local nursery. I work for a brewery in Burton-upon-Trent, which I love. I qualified as a Chartered Accountant 16 years ago and now work in a more commercial role. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, reading and walking.
This is my first experience of being a Governor and I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity. I am excited to be able to play a role in the school community and work hard to give our children the best education. I hope that the passion and dedication that I can bring to the role will help the school continue to excel.

Philip Wright – Parent Governor

Appointed by parents

Hello, I’m Philip Wright and I’m a new Parent Governor.  My wife and I moved to Derby in 2010 and we have a daughter who has just started in Nursery.

I work as a Service Desk Manager for a multinational software company based in Castle Donington.  In my spare time I enjoy theatre, playing and listening to music, exploring new technologies and spending time with my family.

I’m thrilled at joining the Governing board and look forward to being involved in the community and supporting our school, the staff and the children.

Rebecca Petronzi – Community Governor

Appointed by the Governing Board

Hello. My name is Rebecca Petronzi and I am a Lecturer in Education at the University of Derby.  I am a qualified primary teacher and taught at Cavendish Close Infant and Nursery school for four years before beginning my current role in training new teachers. I work with various schools across the region and am actively engaged in academic research. Within the UoD’s Primary Teacher Education department, I am the subject leader for English. I have a particular passion for early reading and systematic synthetic phonics. I am currently working with Derby Book Festival on a diversity through literature project which is supporting to ‘decolonise the curriculum’.

I am thrilled to be able to support the school in continuing to grow and develop. I know from experience the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to help every child succeed and thrive – I feel very privileged to be able to serve as governor and hope to support the strategic vision of the school. 

2019-20 Attendance for Possible Meetings; Full Board and Committees:

100% – Christina Diffin, Carol Moore, Marie Willis, Helen Wilson, Caroline Howett, Rachel Allaway

83% – Sonya Wright

50% – Steven Gent (Resigned), Nicola Tusa

Full Governing Body Meeting:

Name 6/10/2020 Virtual 1/12/2020 2/02/2021 29/03/2021 18/05/2021 13/07/2021
Christina Diffin -
Caroline Howett -
Carol Moore (Chair) -
Helen Wilson Apologies sent Resigned - -
Rebecca Petronzi - -
Marie Willis Resigned - -
Sonya Wright Apologies sent Resigned - -
Rachel Allaway (Vice Chair) -
Nicola Tusa -
Claire Parker - -
Philip Wright - -
Jerry Pearce NA NA NA NA -

During the Coronavirus Pandemic, committee meetings are postponed and Full Board meetings are taking place remotely.

Committee Attendance:

Please be aware that during the Coronavirus pandemic, the guidance is that governing boards meet virtually for full board meeting’s only and committees do not meet at this time.  Committee members listed below are from 2020, these will be altered once committee meetings are allowed to take place.

Finance, Premises, Health & Safety and Security Committee:

Finance and Health & Safety Terms of Reference 2019-20

Christina Diffin - -
Caroline Howett - -
Carol Moore (Vice Chair) - -
Vacant - - -

Standards & Curriculum Committee:

Standards and Curriculum Terms of Reference 2019-20

Christina Diffin - -
Caroline Howett - -
Rachel Allaway (Vice Chair) - -
Vacant - -

Pupils & Personal Committee:

Pupil and Personal Terms of Reference 2019-20

Christina Diffin - - -
Caroline Howett - - -
Nicola Tusa - - -
Marie Willis (Chair) - - -
Vacant - - -