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Heymann Primary & Nursery School

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Types of Governors and Committees

Parent governors

Parents, including carers, of pupils are eligible to stand for election as governors. Parent governors are elected by other parents at the school. If insufficient parents stand for election, the governing body may appoint parents.

Staff governors

The headteacher is a staff governor by virtue of their office. Other staff, both teaching and support, may become governors as long as they are paid (volunteers do not qualify). Staff governors are elected by the school staff. Any election that is contested must be held by ballot.

Trust Appointed governors

LAs are encouraged to appoint high-calibre governors to schools that need the most support and to appoint candidates irrespective of any political affiliation or preference. Authorities may appoint minor authority representatives, e.g. district and parish councillors, as authority governors.

Community governors

Community governors are appointed by the governing body to represent community interests. They can be individuals who:

  •  live or work in the community served by the school
  • are committed to the good governance and success of the school even though they do not work or live close to it.

 The definition of community governor is wide. People from a business or professional background and minor authority representatives can be appointed as community governors.


 Source: Department for Education

Also see Register of Business interests at the bottom of the page.


 The Governing Body 


Cassandra Marshall - Parent Appointed Governor (Co-Chair)

I have been a parent governor at Heymann for little over a year. In a previous life, I worked as a Business Analyst & Project Manager in Local Government for 18 years before leaving to work for a local business.

I have 3 children, the older 2 are now at The West Bridgford School. All 3 have loved their time at Heymann and I wanted to be able to contribute to the school and becoming a parent governor seemed a sensible way to achieve this. I have a keen interest in educational matters and strongly believe in a fair education for all.

To date, all but one meeting has been over zoom.. I am really looking forward to there being more opportunities to meet the other Governors & school staff face to face and for us all to work together to continue the on-going improvement and success of Heymann Primary School

Rachel Edge - Parent Appointed Governor (Co-Chair)

I have been a parent governor at Heymann for four and a half years, I really enjoy the role and being able to contribute to and support the school in a way that fits around work and family life.

My background is in data protection, working in the public sector. I live and work locally and have a child at Heymann and one who has been right through, is now at secondary and loved her time at Heymann.

In my spare time (whatever that is!) I enjoy cooking, travel and being outdoors, providing the weather is “just right”.


Katharine Salisbury - Co-opted Governor 

I have a been a governor at Heymann since 2016 when I was appointed as a Parent Governor, I served as Chair of Governors for around 6 years and now sit on the Local Governing Body as a Trust Appointed Governor.

I live with my family on Waddington Drive, close to the KS2 site, and I have 3 children who have all attended Heymann and now go to The West Bridgford School. My professional background is in construction and project management and I am currently the Health and Safety Link Governor for the Local Governing Body.

I am passionate about supporting Heymann to be the best school it can be enabling its children and staff to grow and thrive. I enjoy spending time in school and engaging with the staff and children to review and develop school processes.


 Chris Turner – Trust-Appointed Governor (Vice-Chair)

I am currently the Deputy Head Teacher at Nottinghamshire secondary school with a responsibility for Children’s Services, inclusion and vulnerable groups.  I have worked in both informal and formal education settings for 15 years, and the last 8 as a qualified teacher. I began my career in support roles in schools and have further leadership experience in special education, working with young people experiencing social, emotional and mental health needs, as well two further SLT posts in mainstream secondary education. I am passionate about school improvement and developing the life chances of pupils, and in particular, those experiencing barriers to learning.


I currently have one daughter at Heymann we hope her younger sister will attend the school in the future.



Mr Shujahat Aslam- Trust Appointed

I currently work as a senior finance manager in the NHS and prior to that worked within the local authority as a finance manager for 15 years. I have also been an Audit Committee member for a NHS hospital. 

My three children all studied and really enjoyed their time at Heymann and one of my daughters has followed a career in teaching. 

 Being a School Governor is my way of contributing back to the community I live in to ensure that other children can have the same excellent primary school experience that my children had.

I enjoy volunteering and am also the Chair of the Nottingham Council of Mosques.


Mr Charlie Lee- Trust Appointed



Mrs Mel Noble- Parent Appointed Governor

I’m a newly appointed Parent Governor (January 2024). I wanted to become a Parent Governor because my son has loved his time at Heymann and being a governor was a way I could give back and add value to the school. I believe that all children at Heymann should continue to get the opportunity to become the best version of themselves within an inclusive and safe environment.

My background is HR where I have over 25 years of experience mainly within the private sector. Some of my roles have also involved governance and safeguarding.

Outside of work a lot of my spare time is spent watching football! I’m a season ticket holder for Nottingham Forest with my son, and both my son and husband play in football teams.

Steve Arnold- Trust Appointed Governor

I have been a co-opted governor since November 2019 and live locally in West Bridgford.  My background is in education where the last 19 years of my career were spent as headteacher of two local schools.  I retired in the summer of 2019.   My three daughters went to school in West Bridgford so I am really pleased to be able to play a continuing role in supporting education locally, especially during these difficult times.  My link governor roles are safeguarding and school data.  In my spare time I enjoy travelling, the theatre and cinema, and playing golf, all of which have been curtailed somewhat recently.

James Farmer- Co-opted Governor

I've been a governor since November 2017.  I’m excited about working with the other members of the Governing Body and the school going forward.
I currently work for Nottingham City Council as a Senior Emergency Planning Officer, responsible for planning, training and exercising of the Council’s corporate response to major emergencies and planning and facilitating disaster response and recovery.


Andy Sawford- Staff Governor (Deputy Head)

I joined the school in 2003 and having taught in years 3, 2 5 and 6, I am currently with out of class in my role as one of the school's Deputy heads. I am also part of the school's English team and Sci-Tech team, who have responsibility for curriculum development across the school. I am the school's e-safety lead and am keen to develop our children's ability to use technology safely.

I have a primary-school aged daughter and a pre-school aged son. I have a keen interest in badminton, rock climbing and ICT.

Cora Whitney- Staff Governor (SENCO/Assistant Head)

I have been at Heymann since 2016, and have taught across Key Stage 1. I am currently based out of class, having taken on the role of SENCO and Assistant Head full time in 2023. I currently still teach in Reception one morning a week. Since being at Heymann, I have been a part of the history and English curriculum teams and now oversee our Inclusion Team. The Inclusion Team aims to offer support to pupils and parents where children may have additional needs, have English as an additional language or have any additional barriers to accessing education. Outside school I have taken part in various community performance projects including children’s storytelling and enjoy cooking, reading and travelling to new places. I have previously volunteered in Greece, teaching English and providing support and resources to refugees looking to be integrated into the community. I am hoping to do more of this work in the future both abroad and within my own community and carry this dedication to celebrating diversity across the school.


Lynda Noble- Head Teacher

I have been a head teacher for 14 years. My first headship was in a Nottingham City School and I joined Heymann in 2005. I am also a Local Leader of Education which means that our school gets the opportunity to work closely with other schools which require support and with HMI.

 I want all of our children to be the best that they can be in all aspects of life and work hard to ensure that our school environment is a supportive and happy place for people learn. It is important that our school is at the heart of the community it serves working closely with other schools in the area and local services. It is an exciting time for our school as we begin to work over two sites.
I have three children who attend The West Bridgford School.