Our Governors

The Full Governing Body meet 6 times a year to discuss the Headteacher’s reports and any other business. School Governors are responsible for the management of the school. They work closely with the Headteacher and staff to ensure that the school achieves its aim of giving every child the best possible education in a happy and caring environment.  

Responsibilities include, deciding how the school budget is spent, maintaining the buildings and playgrounds, monitoring the school’s academic performance, appointing new staff, deciding policies on a variety of issues and planning for the future.


As a Governing Body we are always striving to improve the Curriculum, quality of teaching facilities and opportunities within learning for each and every child.

Teaching and Learning Criteria: Its main purpose is to discuss and monitor all aspects of the school work around pupil attainment and progress, ensuring that the school’s curriculum is broad and balanced and meets the statutory requirements.

Resource Management Criteria: This committee’s main purpose is to ensure that the school spending remains within budget and that all funds are spent wisely to best meet the needs of the pupils. Health and Safety of the school site is also part of this committee’s remit. 

The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The chair and vice-chair are elected biannually at the first meeting of the academic year. All governors to a school’s Governing Body must be elected or appointed.

Ladywood Primary School's Full Governing Body 


ML SarahTaylorMarkJames AimeeSlater MissSpeake JamesHunter                                     Mrs Hickling

  Melanie Lawson     Sarah Taylor          Mark James         Aimee Slater     Amanda Speake     James Hunter        Craig Vitale   Adam Spence        Sheila Hickling


Name “Pen Portrait” Governor Type Areas of Responsibilities Appointment Date Term of Office Business Interests, Inc. Governor   roles in other Educational Establishments

Governor Attendance 2018/19

Out of 7 meetings

Melanie Lawson “I became the Headteacher at Ladywood in 2009 following a Headteacher   position at a small local school. I grew up locally and have been teaching for over 25 years.” Headteacher



Health & Safety

Performance Management

Pupil Progress

N/A N/A Governors at Kirk Hallam Community Academy. 7/7
Sarah Taylor “I am Chair of Governors here at Ladywood. I have been a school   Governor for a number of years now and really enjoy giving something back to my local community. I live in Ilkeston and have 3 children; 2 at university and 1 still at school. I own and manage a local day nursery and as a family we are involved with Ilkeston Rugby Club. In my limited spare time I enjoy gardening, keeping fit and reading.”

Co-opted (Chair)


Headteachers Performance Management


Looked After

11/2/2019 10/02/2023 Owner and Manager of Pines Day Nursery. 5/7
Amanda Speake “I have been a Governor for many years. I am a Teaching and Learning Assistant at Ladywood Primary School. I have 2 children who currently attend KHCA”




19/11/2015 18/11/2019

TLA at Ladywood Primary School.

Involved in Big Local and Big Kirk Hallam.

Craig Vitale "I was previously a Governor at Ladywood but due to increased workloads, had to resign my post and have now returned. My current role within the Governing Body is Health and Safety which is my main role as a Contracts Manager/Estimator for a construction company. I have worked within the construction industry for 25 years, in which time I have worked closely with local authorities and other Governing Bodies."


Health and Safety

 21/11/2017  20/11/2021




James Hunter "Originally from Bradford, I have lived in Kirk Hallam for the last 16 years. I am married and was a fireman for over 30 years. My interests are DIY, astronomy, tinkering with electronics and painting. I also sit as a magistrate in the Derby Courthouse. I have God children at Ladywood and St. John Houghton who I regularly collect and drop off. I have only recently been appointed a Governor but I am looking forward to serving the best interests of the pupils and staff."

Local Authority

Health and Safety

 21/11/2017  20/11/2021


Adam Spence "I am currently Head of Computing and Business at Kirk Hallam Community Academy and have taught there since 2005. Before teaching I worked in the Banking sector. I have two children at primary age which provide me with an insight into primary education.  In my spare time I enjoy running and discovering new bands and artists."



21/11/2017 20/11/2021 Teacher at Kirk Hallam Community Academy


Aimee Slater “I am a Learning Mentor and Staff Governor at Ladywood School. I have been a Governor for over a year and enjoy how it enables me to develop the school through my knowledge of SEN and PE. I coordinate the lunchtime and   after school clubs within school and run several clubs myself. I have 2 children. I am an avid reader and in my spare time I like to run and play netball."


Pupil Premium

5/10/2017 4/10/2021 Learning Mentor at Ladywood Primary School 6/7
Mark James "I am a parent of 2 children at Ladywood and St. John Houghton and have lived in Kirk Hallam for the past 10 years. I have always been involved in Scouting and have run a Scout Troop with my wife for many years. This Summer we are finishing running the Scouts but I hope to continue my passion for supporting young people by joining Ladywood's Governing Body. For work, I am a regional manager for a retailer specialising in Human Resources and I hope these are some of the skills I can bring to the Governing Body and help the school continue to succeed."


(Vice chair)

Standards and Outcomes

Headteachers Performance Management

 23/1/2018  22/1/2022 Spouse - Learning Mentor at Ladywood Primary School


Sheila Hickling Associate N/A 7/9/2018 6/9/2022 School Business Manager at Ladywood Primary School 7/7

Governors who have stepped down from office in the last 12 months:

Dawn Eason

There are 4 Co-opted Governors who are appointed by the Governing Body
There are 2 Parent Governors who are elected by Parents and Carers
This is 1 Staff Governor who is elected by staff
This is 1 Local Authority Governor, who is appointed by the Local Authority
The Headteacher is a Governor by virtue of her office
There are Associate Governors who are appointed by the Governing Body
There are 9 Governors in total. Associate Governors have no voting rights

Copies of minutes from Full Governing Body meetings can be made available on request.  

If you want to be part of Ladywood Primary’s Governing Body please enquire about any vacancies.

To write to the Governors, please contact:

Mrs V Herbert

Clerk to the Governors

Ladywood Primary School

Oliver Road

Kirk Hallam




The Private School Fund 2016/2017 has been audited and Governors have approved.

The Private School Fund 2017/2018 has been audited and Governors have approved

The Private School Fund 2018/2019 has been audited and Governors have approved

Parents Evening Questionnaire Table of Results November 2017 

Parents Evening Questionnaire Table of Results November 2018

Parents Evening Questionnaire Table of Results November 2019