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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 

Katharine Salisbury  - Co-opted Governor (Chair)

I have been a parent governor in Spring 2016.  As a mum of 3 children at the school and a close neighbour of the KS2 site it seemed a natural step to strengthen my connection with the school.

I have a background in Civil Engineering and Project Management.  I am a member of the HSA and I volunteer in the school.  My Link Governor roles are Health and Safetly and Safeguarding.

I love being outdoors and active and spend as much of the summer as possible camping and exploring different places with my family in our 1972 VW campervan


 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.



Cassandra Marshall - Parent Appointed Governor

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

I am one of the newest governors at Heymann.  
I became a governor in the spring of 2020. I work for the local authority and in my spare time I enjoy cooking, getting outdoors and live music
Having two children at Heymann, I felt this was a practical way in which I could contribute to the school and its community and am really looking forward to getting involved. We’ve already had a few meetings via Zoom and I am looking forward to getting to know the other governors better and helping support the school over this tricky time. 

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Ben Jones- Trust Appointed Governor

I have been a governor since July 2018. I am a solicitor at a large commercial law firm in Nottingham. My role is to promote the school, its pupils and to use my professional experience to provide an independent view and challenge within the structures of the local governing board.   

I attended school in Nottingham have lived and worked in the city since returning from university.  I am excited to work with the school to continue to deliver its values and ethos for the benefit of our community. 

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 (Class Teacher)

I have been teaching at Heymann for three years, starting in Year 1 and moving into the Year 2 team this year. Before training as a teacher, I studied psychology at university and worked as a Teaching Assistant at a SEND school. I am part of the English and History curriculum teams at Heymann, as well as being part of the staff wellbeing team. Outside school I have taken part in various community performance projects including children’s storytelling and enjoy cooking, reading and travelling to new places. Last year I 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 into my classroom environment and 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.