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Howitt Primary Community School

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Our Governors

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


The Governing Board is made up of elected members of the community; these are voted in by the Governing Board. Parent governors are nominated and votes are taken from parents.


All governors, along with the headteacher, are responsible for the management of the school. In executing its responsibility the Governing Board meets regularly in order to address such issues as employment of staff, the school building, financial management, curriculum and assessment, behaviour and discipline. Each year the Governing Board completes an Annual Statement that outlines the work of the governors and the development of the school. We also complete a regular update for parents (see links below).

Our Governing Board

Co-chair of Governors

Mrs Carolyn Wood

Re-elected: 11.06.20

Attendance 2019-2020: 100%


Up until my retirement in 2016, I worked for Derbyshire County Council for 26 years and during that time, I held a number of roles including headteacher, School Improvement Adviser and Ofsted Inspector. Throughout my professional career, I have always been passionate about ensuring that all children achieve their potential in their school life and in supporting them and their families to this end. In my role as a School Improvement Adviser, I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to work closely with Howitt Primary Community School in shaping its future so, when I retired, I was delighted to be asked to join the governing board and support the school from a new and exciting perspective. I really enjoy coming into the school on a regular basis and meeting with and chatting to the children, staff and parents.


Co-chair of Governors

Mrs Jane Bowley

Re-elected: 27.02.2018

Attendance 2019-2020: 100%


I was proud to be re-elected as co-chair of governors at the start of this school year.

I have a strong background in education. Before I retired, I taught in primary schools for thirty-eight years and I was a school governor for thirty-six of those years.

Being the Deputy Headteacher at a nearby school also enabled me to gain a good knowledge of this area. I had lots of opportunities to work with Howitt Primary Community School and to join in activities with them.

During my career I was; the co-ordinator for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Designated Child Protection lead, Maths co-ordinator and Literacy co-ordinator. I was also Acting Headteacher for some time.

I continue to enjoy being a governor at Howitt Primary Community School and a being part of the Embark Academy.  I work hard to do the best I can for the school including: taking part in further training, monitoring visits and contributing to action plans, policies and  reviews.

The school staff and senior leadership team always give us a warm welcome and the motivation and enthusiasm they have for the progress of the pupils is infectious.

Of course, the pupils are at the centre of everything we do. I often have the opportunity to talk with them and they are always polite and give lots of helpful feedback and ideas.



Mrs Lynn Pilling

Re-elected: 13.02.2019

Attendance 2019-2020: 100%


I was appointed as class teacher at William Howitt Junior School in 1997. I became acting headteacher of the Junior School in 2006 after the retirement of the current headteacher. I was appointed the deputy headteacher of Howitt Primary Community School after William Howitt Junior School and Mary Howitt Infant school amalgamated in 2007. I became acting headteacher at Howitt Primary Community School after the sudden death of the then headteacher and I was appointed as the headteacher in January 2016. 

It has been hugely rewarding working with governors, staff and children at Howitt Primary Community School over the years. I am totally committed to providing the children in our continuously improving school with the best education and opportunities that I can, working together with the whole school community.

I am very proud to work at Howitt Primary Community School with such a committed and hard-working staff and have relished the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of developing Howitt Primary Community School into the good school it is today.  

We are moving into some exciting times as we have become part of the Embark Multi Academy Trust with six other schools. This will continue to give our children many more new and varied opportunities and experiences as they move through Howitt Primary Community School.

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Co-opted Governor

Mr Darryl Richardson

Re-elected: 11.12.2017

Attendance 2019-2020: 75%


I have been a governor at Howitt Primary Community School for over ten years. I was a parent governor at the school whilst my son was a pupil. I am now a co-opted governor. I was a pupil here and remember that time with great fondness. It just seemed right to get involved in trying to help the school and Howitt Primary Community School children to thrive and succeed.


Co-opted Governor

Mr Brian McBean

Re-elected: 8.04.2019

Attendance 2019-2020: 100%


I am a teaching and learning assistant at a secondary school and have been involved on the governing board for many years and my family have had three children attend Howitt Primary Community School. I enjoy playing an active role in the life of the school and strive to give all children who attend Howitt Primary Community School my support. I am passionate about helping young people achieve their potential through education and ensuring youngsters have the best opportunities to succeed whilst growing into responsible and caring individuals.


Teacher Governor

Mrs Hannah Snow

Appointed: 27.02.2018

Attendance 2019-2020: 100%


I have been a teacher governor since February 2018 and I am so proud to be part of the amazing governing team that we have.

I have worked at Howitt Primary Community School for over 10 years and I have taught in year 5 and year 3.

My inspiration to teach came from volunteering at an autistic holiday play scheme whilst I was in 6th form. Seeing the children develop over the two weeks was a rewarding experience and made me realise that I wanted to pursue a career in teaching.

I am passionate about helping children achieve their potential through education and ensuring they have the best opportunities and experiences to succeed, whilst growing into responsible, hardworking and caring individuals.

As a teacher governor, I believe I can inject the reason and voice of both teachers and pupils into the conversations we have and the decisions we make.



Co-opted Governor

Mrs Louise Lacey

Re-elected: 14.02.2019

Attendance 2019-2020: 100%


I am very proud to be serving my third term as a governor. My responsibilities as a governor are Safeguarding/Child Protection/Anti-Bullying/Looked After Children/School Council.  I have worked at the school as a teaching and learning assistant for 7 years and am now currently working in the school office as a business assistant. I have almost 30 years clerical/administration experience. Both my two children have attended Howitt Primary Community School.  

Co-opted Governor

Mrs Deborah Walker

Elected: 12/9/2019

Attendance 2019-2020: 75%




Parent Governor

Mrs Donna Walters

Re-elected:: 27.02.2018

Attendance 2019: 75%


I have been a parent governor since April 2014. I have two daughters who attend school, one in key stage 1 and one in key stage 2.
I took on the role as I wanted the opportunity to understand more about Howitt Primary Community School and help support the school in achieving the very best for the pupils.


Associate Member

Deputy Headteacher

Mr Martyn Fearn

Re-appointed: 5.3.20

Attendance 2019-2020: 100%


I have worked in education in Derbyshire for over 20 years and during this time I have had a number of roles, including in leadership and management. Having joined Howitt Primary Community School as Deputy Headteacher, being an Associate Member gives me the chance to work alongside other governors from a variety of backgrounds, to support the school and its community.


Associate Member

Deputy Headteacher

Mrs Clare Rhodes

Re-appointed: 5.3.20

Attendance 2019-2020: 50%


I am proud to say that I am one of the deputy headteachers at Howitt Primary Community School. I have been in post since April 2016 and I am passionate about supporting headteacher and staff to drive the school forward. I feel that it is a real privilege to work in such a friendly school with a fantastic staff team and supportive governing board.

I joined the teaching profession in 2003 and during this time, I have had a number of fulfilling roles across Key stage 1 and Key stage 2. I am committed to ensuring that our school provides the very best opportunities for all of the children.


Parent Governor

Mr Joe Harvey

Appointed 11.06.20

Attendance 2019-2020: 75%


I have been a governor at Howitt Primary Community School since 2016 and really enjoy being part of a team dedicated to making sure Howitt Primary Community School is the best it can be. I have one child at the school and as a parent, I believe I can inject the reason and voice of parents in to the conversations we have and the decisions we make. I am an experienced solicitor working in private practice in Derby. I really feel that I can use my vast experience to support and help to drive this fantastic school forward in this exciting time.



Clerk to the Governors

Mr Rob Moore


I have been a clerk to school governors now for almost 15 years. I first started in early 2004 by simply offering to help a school out for a few weeks when they found themselves without a clerk.  As is with many such offers to help, I am still at that school as clerking is a role that I have come to enjoy as I feel it’s my turn to give back to the community and I am now clerking at several schools within the county. I have been the clerk to governors at Howitt Primary Community School since 2015.





Minutes of the full Board of Governors and committee meetings are public documents. If you would like to see any of the minutes, please ask at the school office.


Dates of future board and committee meetings are available on our school calendar, published here.


How you can contact the governing board


We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents and carers.


Any enquiries for the Governing Board should be addressed to:

Mrs Carolyn Wood, Co-Chair of Governors or Mrs Jane Bowley, Co-Chair of Governors, Howitt Primary Community School, Holmes Street, Heanor, Derbyshire DE75 7FS.