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Moira Primary School Governing Body hold a wealth of experience that benefits our school community and its members are all fully committed to driving school development and therefore providing the best possible educational experience for your child.


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.



Members of the Governing Body

April 2020


Mrs Linda Wyatt, Chair

I am a Local Authority Governor and local to the area.
I grew up in Derby and after gaining my degree, I moved to Ashby to work for United Biscuits in their Research Department. I trained to be a teacher in Further Education after I had married and started a family. I worked at Burton College in various roles for over 20 years before moving to my current position as CEO of an Awarding Organisation. Whilst working at the college, I was able to make sure that young people and adults were able to have a second chance to gain the qualifications needed to build a career. The key to success in education is building a solid foundation during the primary school years so I am delighted to be able to be involved with the school and share my experience and expertise. I am the SEN link Governor and Chair of the Performance and Standards Committee.


Category: LA

Responsibility: Chair, SEN/PP/ Vulnerable groups, Science, School council, Safeguarding, Monitoring planning

Committee Membership: Performance and Standards

Term of Office: 28.02.2018-27.02.2022

Register of interest: None

Relationship with school staff: None


Mrs Laura Parker, Vice Chair

I have been a parent Governor at Moira since September 2015. Both of my children attend Moira Primary School and when the position arose to become a Governor I successfully applied. I wanted to have the chance to become as involved in school life as possible, being able to understand how and why the school runs and also being able to be involved in that was really important to me. 

I am currently sitting on the PSC (Performance, Standards and Curriculum) committee and the Performance Review Committee. I am linked to Year 3 and my associated subjects are Religions Education and IT. I also am the school's Anti-bullying governor and work closely with the school on this area,

I love being a part of the team at Moira Primary School, and coming in and seeing how well all the children are doing and what super young adults they are when they leave the school. When I am not at school or looking after my girls, I help run my husband’s business and I really enjoy cooking. 


Category: Parent Governor

Responsibility: ICT, RE, PSHE, Year 5, Anti-bullying governor, Vice-chair, Head teachers Performance Management, HR advise

Committee Membership: Performance and Standards

Term of Office: 08.09.2015 - 07.09.2019

Register of interest: None

Relationship with school staff: None



Mr John Perry


I moved to Moira in 2002, I have two boys who both attended Moira Primary School. I have been a Governor at Moira since 2009 where I was part of the group who were instrumental in getting it changed from a infant school to a primary school. It has been a great pleasure to watch the school develop to what it is today.

I am also a Town Councillor for Ashby Woulds Town Council where at present I am Deputy Mayor, as I am a Governor at Moira I am the representative for the school on the Town Council so this gives me the opportunity to report to the council on how the school is progressing or to seek help if there are any problems the school may be encountering that the Council may be able to help with.

I come into school usual every two weeks to have a meeting with Mrs Hambleton, usually to see how the school is going and if there are any issue's but sometimes I get to walk around the school and look at the lovely display's and how all the children are progressing by looking through their work.

With my job, being a governor and town council roles as you can imagine I am a very busy person, however I always find time to watch my boys play football, for myself I like to go out on my bike or go and spend a couple of hours in the gym.


Category: Co-opted

Responsibility: PE/Sports premium, Year 1, KS1, Head teachers Performance Management,

Committee Membership: Health and Safety, Finance and Personnel (Chair)

Term of Office: 28.06.2016 – 27.06.2020

Register of interest: None

Relationship with school staff: Yes



Mrs Karen Hambleton, Head teacher


I have been in education for 20 years having responsibility for a wide variety of areas from Health and Safety to Teaching and Learning, Assessment to Special Educational Needs, Finance to Professional development to name but a few. There is something very special about developing a learning environment that promotes wellbeing, achievement and high aspirations for our young children where they can progress and blossom into citizens of the future...that is what drew me to education in the first place and ultimately headship. It is crucial as a community we learn from each other, share a collective vision, question and challenge and always aspire to be the best we can be, and to do this with good grace, humility and humour! This is my philosophy not just for education but for life and I look forward to working with many more stakeholders in the future; pupils, parents, governors, friends, the wider community, to ensure that our children have the start in life they deserve, a love of learning and a zest for life.


Category: Head teacher

Responsibility: Head teacher

Committee Membership: Performance and Standards, Health and Safety, Finance and Personnel

Term of Office: 01.09.2014 – 31.08.2028

Register of interest: None

Relationship with school staff: None



Mr Thomas Holdcroft


I have recently be elected to join the governing body at Moira Primary School

Originally born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent, my wife Michelle and I moved to South Derbyshire in June 2013, shortly prior to the birth of our daughter, Evie-Rose.

Evie-Rose has attended the school since September 2018. I became a Parent Governor a year later. Having started my career as a freelance sports journalist, I have been a communications professional since 2007. My current position is Head of Marketing and Communications at Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, based at Trent Bridge.


I previously held the role of Media and Communications Manager for Derbyshire Police and have collaborated with charities including the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation, Safe and Sound and the Trent Bridge Community Trust. As a somewhat late developer academically who has gone on to enjoy a successful career, I believe a primary school’s most critical role is shaping the core values of each child in its care, moulding them as people every bit as much as encouraging here-and-now educational attainment. As a sports fanatic with a passion for rugby league (Warrington Wolves) and football (Port Vale) as well as cricket, I am a big believer in the benefits, both in terms of leadership & discipline, as well as exercise, that sport can bring to young lives.


I am a habitual 6am riser and self-confessed workaholic, but love nothing more than spending family time with Evie-Rose and Michelle. Watching Evie-Rose develop her own young love of cricket is something that brings me particular joy.


Category: Parent Governor

Responsibility: ICT/Website, Year 2, Publicity and communications

Committee Membership: Health and Safety, Finance and Personnel

Term of Office: 25.02.2020 -

Register of interest: None

Relationship with school staff: None



Mrs Danielle Lewis


My name is Danielle Lewis and I teach in year 4. I live with my husband and 2 children and we have a few pets - Ted the dog, Fluffy the cat, Ernie the tortoise, four chickens (Deirdre, Priscilla, Hyacinth and Flower) and Mr & Mrs Fish. My favourite colour is pink and my favourite foods are Cadbury's chocolate and baked beans (not at the same time).


Category: Co-opted

Responsibility: Deputy Head teacher, Safeguarding, Leadership Team

Committee Membership: Performance and Standards, Health and Safety

Term of Office: 09.02.2015 - 08.02.2019

Register of interest: None

Relationship with school staff: None 

Mrs Vicky Santy


My name is Vicky Santy and I teach in Year one at Moira. I love children's books and sharing them with my class. You will always be able to hear us telling our latest story with actions!

Out of school I try to spend as much time as possible with my family. Together we enjoy our beach holidays, camping, days out, baking and an occasional run! I was very lucky to live on a farm as I grew up and this has given me a love of animals and the countryside (tractor driving is fun but not my strong point!) At home we have a cat called Tigs and two guinea pigs called Poppy and Bubbles to keep us company!


Category: Co-opted

Responsibility: Acting Head, Leadership Team

Committee Membership: Performance and Standards, Health and Safety, Finance and Personnel

Term of Office: 15.06.2017 – 14.06.2021

Register of interest: None

Relationship with school staff: None



Mrs Laura Smith


I am an Inclusion Manager at a primary school in Derby and have worked in education for the last five years. I began my career teaching Year 5 and 6 children at a primary school in Burton, becoming a maths specialist teacher and specialist leader in education. In this role, I have had the privilege of working to support and deliver training to a range of primary schools and teaching colleagues, particularly in developing maths provision. I am also a qualified SENCo and in my current role have responsibilities for children with SEND, behaviour and safeguarding. I hope to put these skills to use as part of the governing body to continuously support the vision and future of Moira Primary School. In my life outside of schools, I am a keen runner and love taking part in productions with ‘The Burton Musical Theatre Company’.


Category: Co-opted

Responsibility: Maths, Year 4

Committee Membership: Performance and Standards, Finance and Personnel

Term of Office: 15.06.2017 - 14.06.2021

Register of interest: None

Relationship with school staff: None



Mrs Alison Johnson

I have been working in education for twenty years and have taught in all year groups from nursery to year six. I have specialised in literacy and am passionate about children developing a love of reading. I am also an Inclusion specialist and have worked as a consultant supporting Staffordshire schools.


Category: Associate

Responsibility: Advisory capacity - Education

Committee Membership: NA

Term of Office: 14.09.2017 – 13.09.2021

Register of interest: None

Relationship with school staff: None



Mrs Lindsay Earp


I qualified as a teacher in 2006 and taught in KS1 at a local school, before moving to Derby and teaching Reception in 2009. During this time, I became head of Early Years and went on to teach in Pre-school. After my first child was born in 2013 I became Assistant Head Teacher and had responsibility for SEND across KS1 and the EYFS. In this role, I line managed a number of both teaching and non-teaching staff and worked with the school governors on numerous committees including, SEND, Health and Safety and Building, Grounds and Maintenance. I was also involved in the development of a brand new Infant and Nursery building. Since then, I have had another child and decided to take some time to concentrate of my young family. I now work 2 days a week in a year 2 class and I am very much enjoying this busy time, raising my young children and being a class teacher! I became a Parent Governor here at Moira in 2017 after my son started in Reception. I hope to utilise the skills and experiences I have acquired over my career to support the school in becoming the best it can be! I enjoy spending my precious free time discovering new places, walking with my family and shopping!


Category: Parent

Responsibility: French, EYFS, Safeguarding, Head teacher’s Performance Management

Committee Membership: Performance and Standards

Term of Office: 30.11.2017 - 29.11.2021

Register of interest: None

Relationship with school staff: None




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