Meet the Governors

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Chair of Governors—Phil Haywood

Governor-Phil-Haywood

I have been a Governor at Heathfield for 10 years.  I am a former pupil and I am passionate about this school.  My goal is to ensure that every child gets the best education and start in life.  I will be challenging the school in my role as Chair to ensure that this goal is achieved.

Vice chair—Julie Nicholson

Governor-Julie-NicholsonI first became a governor when my son started at Heathfield in Y1….. He’s now 16. I really wanted to be part of his education journey and felt being a Governor would be the best way. To have an insight into the inner workings of the school and the amazing job the staff do is truly amazing. In my day job I work for a Bank and my finance background has really added value to the governing body when we are discussing budgets and how the money will be spent. In my time as a governor I have seen the school grow and become a fantastic place not just for education but a place for lasting friendships to be made. From first seeing the foundation unit plans to seeing it being built, used and enjoyed by the children has been such a proud moment. Now the next phase of the school development with the new build is a really exciting time for us all and will enhance our children’s education experience.

Parent Governor -Amelia Fraser 

I was elected as Parent Governor in October 2014 and I have loved being part of the team. I have two sons, my eldest is currently in Year 2 and I hope my youngest will be lucky enough to be a part of Heathfield School when he is ready to begin his education in a couple of years. My role as Parent Governor is extremely important to me and it is a responsibility I feel very lucky to have. Our children are very precious and they deserve the best opportunities we can give them. Heathfield is an exceptional school with a very committed staff. Each one of them, whatever their role, has the very best interests of the children at heart. Being a member of the Governing Body gives me an insight into how the teachers and staff aim to achieve the goals. I hope to continue fulfil my role to the best of my ability and representing your views as parents to help Heathfield continue to improve and become an even better school that it already is.

Co-opted Governor – Lisa Newcombe

I am a Co Opted Governor, with a daughter currently in Year 3 at the Kersall Drive Campus.  I wanted to become a part of the Governing body as I feel that as a full time working parent I miss out on so much. I am a firm believer that every child should have an education and all children should be given the same opportunities and experiences whilst at school. The governing role allows me to see how the excellent teachers at Heathfield are dedicated to ensuring that all children achieve their potential and are provided with the skills and tools to excel in life. The role allows me to play a part in influencing change and my background in Health & Safety  helps ensure that the children can learn in a safe environment.

  Co-opted Governor – Karen Papp

My name is Karen Papp, I’m the Learning & Attendance Mentor at Heathfield Primary and have been on the Governing Board since November 2007. Being on the Governing Board allows me a holistic overview of how the school is maintained and managed, allowing me to appreciate the dedication and commitment of the Heathfield staff to create a stimulating and challenging environment. To me, the Governing Body is the instrument by which we challenge ourselves that we are providing the very best for our families to enable our pupils to have the tools they need to learn and achieve their full potential.

 Co-opted Governor – Clair Taylor

I am co opted  governor, I have 2 daughters, aged 18 and 13. I was impressed with the wonderful ethos and learning environment that Heathfield provides from when I first registered my eldest daughter at the nursery in 2003. When a governor vacancy came up in 2009 I embraced the chance to learn more about how the school is run and how I could support staff in championing the high standards and opportunities that are available for the children and families of Heathfield. Professionally I am a senior staff nurse, with 20 years experience of team work, leadership and management. I think healthcare and education have lots of parallels, giving me an understanding but a different perspective, my insightful contributions,  I hope, help with decision making and plans that can enable the school to go from strength to strength and promote the safety, well being and  educational success of the children.

Co-opted Governor – Pete Cumberland

I was appointed as a Co-opted governor of the school in 2016. I have been a governor in several schools within Nottingham over many years. I was a pupil at Heathfield many years ago when I think it used to be called Scotland Road School. I was pleased to become involved with the school again as a governor after so many years and have found it to be interesting to see how the school now operates in today’s ever changing political and financial climate.

My main aim as a governor at Heathfield is to support the senior management and staff   in providing the children with the best possible education in order for them to achieve their potential, before moving on to secondary education. Also, for the children to be happy and feel safe within the school.

Co-opted Governor – Gareth Hicks

I have taught at Heathfield since 2007 and have been Head of School at the Scotland Road campus since 2016. I am proud to work at Heathfield and am passionate about the school. As a member of the school’s senior leadership team and governing body I feel I am well placed to support the school moving forward to build on the fantastic provision that is already in place for our pupils. I am delighted to be part of a board of governors that has such a passion for Heathfield and that continually challenges each other to ensure the very best outcomes for the school.

Staff Governor – Julia Dickens

On appointment as Deputy Headteacher of Heathfield Primary in September 2014, I welcomed the opportunity to become a member of the Governing Body of the school.  I value the importance of having a group of individuals, with a range of skills and backgrounds, representing the children, parents, staff and community of the school.  I hope to support all stakeholders in ensuring we provide the best possible education for the children at Heathfield.  I am currently Head of School at our Kersall Drive campus.