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Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Welcome from the Governing Body


The Governing Body consists of 14 members, all from various parts of the local community and together we help to shape the vision of the school. Our work is judged by Ofsted and it’s our responsibility to hold the Headteacher and teaching team to account.


Over the last few years we have worked collaboratively to help shape the forward thinking nature of education at Heath, we have welcomed a new Headteacher and seen our teaching and learning improve, we have maintained the ‘Good’ judgement in our most recent Ofsted Inspection (February 2016) and we hope the children reap the rewards of this and achieve excellent results, develop their life skills and eventually leave heath Primary School with the skills needed to be successful learners and positive members of the local community.


We are involved in all aspects of school life including:

· Staff Appointments

· Finance

· Pupil safety and welfare

· Buildings & Maintenance

· The student voice; School Parliament, Ambassadors, Sports Leaders and the Green Team


Should you wish to contact myself, or any member of the Governing Body please feel free to email on We hope to see you at many of the school events throughout the year.


Helen Staton

Chair of Governing Body




LA Governor

Term of Office:

12.1.15 - 12.1.19

Member of Resource and Teaching & Learning Committees

My name is Helen Staton and I feel privileged to hold the position of Chair of Governors at Heath Primary School. Both of my children have been previous pupils at Heath which is when I first joined the Governing Body. I am a Deputy Headteacher of a local secondary school and have an interest in both education and the local community in which Heath Primary stands. I have served on the Governing Body for over 8 years and enjoy both challenging and supporting the school in their efforts to continue improving the educational experience of our children. Education is so much more than test results and levels and should develop key social and creative skills especially in these early years and help build confidence and self-esteem.

I am available to parents, carers and visitors to discuss any matter relating to the school and I am always pleased to receive positive feedback. Together we can help Heath Primary School maintain high standards and prosper for current children and future generations.

Helen Staton

Chair of Governing Body


Co-Opted Governor

Term of office: 12.1.15 - 12.1.19

Chair of Resource Committee

Hi my name is Martin Gunn. I have been a resident of Heath for over 13 years and landlord of The Elm Tree Heath with my family, both of my children have/do attend Heath Primary School, I have been a member of the governors since 2015, HPS is a wonderful school and I want this to continue I feel it has a great back ground and excellent reputation around. The teaching staff and support staff are a credit to teaching and bring out the best in our children and with the help of the governors this will continue and get even better. I feel that all education as businesses are facing tough times ahead that will put us to the test, but we all have the best interests of the school, pupils staff and with the support of parents we will come out of this stronger and better.


Co-Opted Governor

Term of office :

1.9.15 - ongoing

Member of Resource and Teaching & Learning Committees

As Headteacher of Heath Primary School I feel I am privileged to be able to be part of a school community that works hard to enhance the learning opportunities for our children. I have been at Heath since September 2015 and have always been impressed by the behaviour and attitude to learning of the children and how they rise to challenges. We have a strong team of governors who help to shape the future of the school.

Deputy Headteacher

Staff Governor

Term of office: 12.1.15 - 12.1.19

Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee, member of Resource Committee

Heath Primary School has been at the heart of my working life for over 16 years. I have held the role as Deputy head teacher since September 2015 and Governor role for most of my Teaching career at Heath.

I am very proud to work at Heath Primary with such dedicated staff and wonderful children. We strive every day to do our best to impact on children’s wellbeing, learning and aspirations for now and in the future.

Rachel Farnsworth






Staff Governor

Term of office 12.1.15 - 12.1.19

Member of Teaching & Learning Committee

I have taught at Heath Primary School for over twenty years. I have taught years one, two and three and really enjoy my job. My role includes being key stage one Phase Lead and curriculum co-ordinator. Over the years I have seen many changes in primary education and in the way children are taught and assessed; I am always happy to speak to Parents regarding the KS1 SATs and how we can work together to make them as stress free as possible for the children. I feel I have the experience required to be a Governor and enjoy being on the governing body at Heath Primary.

Mrs M Roberts

Associate Governor

Term of office 12.1.15 - ongoing

Member of Teaching & Learning Committee

I have worked at Heath Primary school since 2000, initially as a Teaching Assistant before gaining my qualified Teacher status in 2009. I am the early Years Foundation Stage Phase Lead and also lead the phonics delivery at school. I am proud to be a part of the Heath Primary School community and really enjoy both the teaching and the relationships built up with children and parents at the school. 

A little unknown fact is that I have a pet tortoise called Turbo who often comes to visit my class.

Miss S Garbutt

Co-Opted Governor

Term of office 8.2.17 - 8.2.21

Member of Resources Committee


My name is Chris Swales, and I am very grateful to have been appointed to the Governing Body in January 2017, joining at a particularly exciting time for Heath Primary School. I am a Head of Department at a high school in Nottingham, having previously worked at schools in North Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Across these schools I have had first-hand experience of the role a high quality education, along with outstanding care and guidance, plays in shaping the future aspirations of children.

My son recently started at HPS, where he has absolutely thrived. For me, being part of the Governing Body means that I can work alongside the school staff and leadership, to play a part in supporting many other young people in this community, allowing them to thrive, and achieve their potential at this fantastic school.

Co-Opted Governor

Term of office 12.10.17 - 12.10.21

Member of Teaching & Learning Committee

My name is Sally Amans. I have a daughter who is currently in reception class, after attending Heath nursery. I have loved seeing her confidence and ability grow whilst being nurtured throughout her time at HPS. She really enjoys school and the opportunities that she is given here.

I have been a secondary school teacher for 14 years and have also recently taught vulnerable adults in a local community setting. I enjoy the every day challenges that teaching brings and find it a rewarding job. As a local resident, I am passionate about providing support for our school and wider community. I’m committed to getting the best from children and helping them to excel. As a governor, I am pleased to have the opportunity to help guide the school and contribute towards its continued success.


Co-Opted Governor

Term of office 12.10.17 - 12.10.21

Member of Resource Committee

My name is Rachel Ottewell. I am a local farmer’s wife, living on a very busy working farm close by to Heath Primary School.

I have been working in retail management for a large local department store for the past 10 years, focusing mainly on Sales, Finance, Health and Safety, Audit, Loss Prevention, Training and Cash Handling. I have worked at around 6 different branches completing different roles within the company. My favourite being Operations Manager.

I have 2 children that attend Heath Primary School, one in Year 2 and the other in Nursery. They both love coming to school every day and are thriving through the education they have received so far. As a part of my role on the school governors, I would like to try to be a support to the professionals who run the school on a day to day basis but also to see it continue being the best that it can be for not only my children but the rest of the children that do and will attend Heath Primary School.



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