School Governors

The governors at Ladycross play a very important role in school. There are parent, co-opted and local authority governors. They are all volunteers, but they make a real difference.

Governors work with schools to:

- Raise standards, achieve good pupil behaviour and high attendance

- Set the school’s aims, policies and targets – Decide how the school budget will be spent

- Ensure schools work with parents and the local community

Some governors meet with the Head or other Senior Leaders in-between formal meetings for discussions and updates. We have an evidence file that governors put information in that shows their effectiveness in school. This also contains self evaluation forms so governors reflect on their own skills and knowledge and how to improve them. Governors are inducted and trained in their roles and also attend further training within Derbyshire and through Teaching Schools, to make sure they are aware of local and national issues they need to address. Governors have also supported other schools through observations of governor meetings taking place here, modelling good practice and asking questions.

The best schools have effective governing bodies that are a part of the school team. It can be very challenging, but also extremely rewarding and satisfying.

Meetings are held in the evenings or school time. This is flexible, but there are roughly 6 to 8 meetings a year. Governors do not need any qualifications, just experience of life, though governors may have qualifications and skills that they could bring to the role.

The governors are critical friends of the school. They give ideas, opinions and ask questions about the whole of school life.

If you wish to contact the chair of Governors at Ladycross, the email is

Governor Profiles

Chair – Ian Kerr, Local Authority Governor. Ian has been a Governor of the school for 6 years, initially as a parent governor, and now as the Local Authority appointed governor. He has been Chair of the Governing Body since early 2014. Having seen two children go through the school and thrive in the fabulous learning environment that Ladycross staffs provide, Ian is keen to ensure that Governors keep the development and well-being of children at the centre of their decision making.

Miss Katy Ricketts, Teacher governor. Profile coming soon!

Mark Huskisson, Co-opted Governor. Mark has been a governor since 2006, first as a parent governor lately as a co-opted governor. He is the designated governor for the Teaching School and a member of the Resources sub-committee. He is always happy to chat and be contacted through the playground, school or other governors. 

Craig O’Keefe, Parent Governor.  Craig has been a Parent governor since February 2016. His son Logan was a key factor in him becoming a governor, because he believes his education and the education of all children is very important. Craig believes parents are very fortunate that the local area has such a fantastic school in Ladycross. Craig also has dyslexia, which was not picked up until quite late in his education. Feel free to approach Craig as he is more than happy to take questions or queries to governing body meetings.

Kelly Muskin, Parent Governor.  Kelly is a co-opted governor, and has been since Dec 2015 with many years of finance and business experience. She attends all Governing body meeting and is responsible for Health and Safety. She has lived in the community all her life and has a keen interest in the school, and its continued development,  grandparents, parents, herself and her children have all attended. Kelly is happy to be contacted at any time through the playground, school or other governors to chat and discuss anything.

Paul Randall, Co-opted Governor. Paul joined the Governors in March 2016, bringing with him almost 20 years of business experience including recent roles in business development, marketing and strategy. Paul is very keen to contribute to the development of the school and can be contacted through the school office.

Helen, Parent Governor. New to the governing body Helen has a child at the school, works in marketing communications and is keen to support the development of the school and the best interests of the all the pupils and can be contacted via the school office.

Mrs Amy Kelly is the Clerk to Governors

Impact of School Governors 2012-2017

Governor Lunches with the Children

Governors have enjoyed lunch with the children on several occasions this year. It is wonderful to talk to the children over lunch. Their individual personalities shine out when asked their opinions on – for example the quality of dinners, which sports they like to play, do they feel safe at school etc. Their responses have enabled us to understand the pupils’ view of PE funding, safeguarding and the developing links with Cloudside Junior School.


Developing links with Cloudside Junior School. Ladycross Governors have made approaches to Cloudside Junior and established a Joint Committee is currently engaged in a stakeholder consultation to help both schools develop a coherent strategy for the young children of Sandiacre.


Staff Development

Governors have developed a staffing strategy with the SLT over the past 3 years that has included the recruitment of a co -Headteacher, and the future-proofing of excellent teaching in the school by ensuring the recruitment and mentorship of newly qualified teachers.


Infrastructure developments

Changes in school roll-call (increase of 20% over the past 5 years) have put intensive pressure on the school’s infrastructure. Governors have responded by working with the School business manager to enable to replacement of all children’s toilets through the school and its nursery, the replacement of the kitchen to be able to copy with UIFSM provision and the provision of a new classroom for reception year children.


Wrap-around care and school meal provision

Governors were active in setting up a wrap-around care scheme (Ladycross Owls, which operates at 100% capacity) and were involved in the decision to outsource school meals provision to improve quality and choice, whilst ensuring value for money.