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Our Governors

Mrs Claire Pass – Chair
Parent Governor 10/11/15 – 09/02/19

Claire has signed the declaration of interest / register of business interest form. Nothing to declare

I was appointed as a parent governor in November 2015. I decided to apply for the parent governor vacancy because although I am aware of the workload and time commitment involved in governorship, it is also an important and rewarding role. As a parent with sons in Year 3 and Year 1, I am fully aware that children have one chance to receive a quality education and I believe that all children should have access to this. Everyone remembers their schooldays: the impact of education lasts a lifetime.

My passion for education stems from my own experiences both as a student and as a teacher, and it has been deepened by my experiences as a parent. I have been a teacher for sixteen years. My current role includes a responsibility for ensuring high standards of teaching and learning across my school. At the moment, I am also studying for a Master’s degree in Education, with a focus on educational leadership.

I have lived in Toton for the past ten years and am pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to our local community. Being part of a committed team that shapes the educational experience of our young people is a privilege that I take seriously.

Mrs Pauline Laing
Co-opted governor, 01/12/18 – 30/11/22
Link governor for SEN

Pauline has signed the declaration of interest / register of business interest form. Nothing to declare.

I’m originally  from Kent but following my marriage I spent 10 years moving with my husband, who was in the Army, around Germany and Belgium. I moved to Nottingham in 1999 when my husband finished his career in the Army and we settled with our two children into the local area. I have had the pleasure of being a Teaching Assistant at Bispham since 2005 during which time I have worked with many children across all year groups. In my spare time I try to keep informed of issues which affect Special Needs young people and I enjoy curling up in a quiet room listening to music and reading.

I became a Governor in 2012 because I felt that my experience of being a forces’ family and a mum of two children, one who was gifted and talented and another who has Autism and is Visually Impaired , were skills which I could use to support the school and the families who entrust their children to us. My role as a governor is to link with the SENCO and keep the Governing Body informed about Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and Pupil Premium within our school.

Mrs Mary Paterson

Co-opted Governor 1/12/2016 – 30/11/2019

Mary has signed the declaration of interest / register of business interest form. It is declared Mary is a Governor at Banks Road Infants School.

Link Governor for data monitoring, Headteacher appraisal and the school’s financial value standard.

I have many years’ experience as a primary teacher and have taught Years 1-6 in Scotland and Berkshire. I have been headteacher of both an Infant/Nursery school and a large primary school which has given me an understanding of all aspects of school management and the demands placed on schools. On taking early retirement I moved to Spain where my passion for education took me back into school and a job establishing a Special Needs department in the local international school. I moved to Toton with the arrival of my grandson, Finn, who is now in Year 3. Since October I have been helping out in his class one morning each week which is a really enjoyable experience and one which allows me to become more familiar with the work of the school. In my career I have been a governor at three schools and am currently also a governor at Banks Road Infant and Nursery School where my younger grandson is a pupil.

Bispham Drive School is a good school and one which is constantly striving to improve. I am very keen to utilise my skills to support the team in achieving their aims and objectives and to help the children reach their potential.

Miss Christine Cox

Parent Governor 22/03/2018 – 21/03/2022

Christine has signed the declaration of interest / register of business interest form. Nothing to declare.

I was appointed as a parent governor in March 2018. I have lived in and around Toton for most of my life (apart from a stint working abroad!) so I am pleased to have been given the opportunity to contribute to our community in this way. I am a strong believer in the value of education, both as a parent and as a teacher of 14-19 year olds. I have been teaching for 18 years.

I have two sons attending Bispham Drive, one of whom has extra support needs so I have a particular interest in this area. I also have an interest in the delivery of maths and the use of technology within education as these are areas of professional involvement for me. They are also areas of significance given the increasingly technological nature of our society.

Keeping our children safe in this rapidly changing environment and providing them with a balanced education, whilst still meeting the demands of the curriculum and restrictions of the budget is always going to be a challenge for our schools. As part of the governing body, I hope to play my part in helping to ensure that our school gives our children the best experience possible.

Mr David Evans – Vice Chair
Parent Governor 22/03/2018 – 21/03/2021

David has signed the declaration of interest / register of business interest form. Nothing to declare.

I was elected as a parent governor in March 2018 and am very excited about the challenges that this opportunity will present. I have a long standing interest in schools and education and was even a qualified teacher in the dark and distant past!

My desire to become a governor reflects this interest but also reflects my keen interest in the local community. I am relatively new to Toton having moved here in 2015 but I have already seen what an important role the local schools play in enhancing and developing community life. I also have a son who started at Bispham Drive in September 2017 and it has been great to see first hand just how much the school has done in a very short space of time to help develop him both academically and personally.

I feel that my experiences in work and life make me well suited to the role. In my working life I am a local government manager responsible for service improvement, transformational change, performance management and policy development. I also have significant experience of assessment frameworks. Away from work I have a keen interest in sport particularly cricket, rugby and cycling. I hope these skills and experiences help me to make a really positive contribution to the ongoing development of the school.

Charlotte King – Vice Chair
Parent Governor 22/03/2018 – 21/03/2021

Charlotte has signed the declaration of interest / register of business interest form. Nothing to declare.

I was appointed as a parent governor in March 2018. I decided to apply for the vacancy because I am passionate about education and making our children’s school experience the best it can be.

I have two boys aged 3 and 7 and am a strong believer in education both in school and beyond. I completed my BSc (hons) in Psychology in 2016 and went onto complete my CIPD in Human resources in 2018, I currently work for a large motor franchise as a personal assistant.

I have lived in Toton for the last 26 years and attended Banks Road, Bispham Drive and George Spencer so I am grateful to have now been given the opportunity to contribute to one of the schools which I grew up and have very fond memories of.

Mrs Cheryl Cooper
Co-opted Governor 22/03/2018 – 21/03/2021

Cheryl has signed the declaration of interest / register of business interest form. Nothing to declare.

My first involvement with Bispham Drive Junior School was when my granddaughter moved from Banks Road here in September 2017.

I returned to education whilst raising 4 boys and achieved a degree in Business and Finance. I taught in local Colleges and became Faculty Director at South East Derbyshire College in the mid 90’s. I taught mathematics, finance and computer application for over 14 years.

I recently retired from running my own consultancy company that worked extensively with national, local and international governments covering a wide range of projects. I specialised in strategy development, regional governance, skills and education, employment and training, and laterly NHS change management.

I have always enjoyed learning, and gain immeasurably from the opportunities that education has given me. I really look forward to the privilege of being part Bispham Drive Junior School.

Ms Fiona Miller
Staff Governor 21/01/2015 – 20/01/2019


Mr Alan Kee
Co-opted Governor 01/11/2017 – 14/11/2018


Mrs Suzanne Cannell
Parent Governor 15/12/2016 – 12/06/2018


Mr Ian Craik
Local Authority Governor 01/02/2017 – 12/06/2018

The school hosts full Governor meetings twice a term. You are welcome to view the Governor meeting minutes by appointment. Please contact the school office to arrange.

Governor Attendance Record 2017-2018

Toton Bispham Drive Junior School