Appletree’s Governing Body has representatives from all sections of our community. Some are elected by the Local Education Authority (LEA), some are members of the local community and/or its organisations, some are members of staff, and some are parents of children attending the School or Centre. Our Governing Body strives to provide the best education, childcare and family services to the children and families in Lancaster.
As vacancies on our governing body arise, we advertise within the school and on SGOSS, a DfE governor recruitment website.
Our current Governing Body members are:
Valerie Pearson, Chair
Christine Branscombe, Head
Lesley Matthews, Governor
Firdauwse Essa, Staff Governor
Natalie Sutcliffe, Staff Governor
Rose Martin, Governor
Laura Matthews, Governor
Alison Love, Governor
Elizabeth Gardner, Co-opted Governor
Andre Dohnalek-Parkinson, Governor
Margaret Weatherill, Governor
Emily Lyons Hutchinson, Governor
Governors meet at Appletree once a term to discuss the management of the school. The governing body also has 3 committees which meet once a term. These committees focus on different aspects of the school’s management:
Learning & Development Committee: governors who attend this meeting look at the teaching and learning that goes on in the school
Alison Love – Chair Person
Emily Lyons Hutchinson
Finance, Buildings, Staffing, Health & Safety Committee: governors who attend this meeting focus on the financial management of the school, the staffing structure, the maintenance of the building and look at how well the school manages health & safety
Andre Dohnalek-Parkinson – Chair Person
Collaboration Committee: governors who attend this meeting look at how well the federation with Stoneygate Nursery & Children’s Centre in Preston is working.
Valerie Pearson – Chair Person
Governors can be contacted via the office at Appletree Nursery School – please call us on 01524 64132 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to arrange to speak to a governor.