Meet Our Governors
Chair of Governors
David Griffith "Griff" - Local Authority Appointed Governor.
I come into school frequently to help out with reading in some classes, as well as riding shotgun on interesting school trips. I've been a governor since 2000. I've been a Teacher at a secondary school in Chesterfield, managed a youth hostel/campsite for Peak Park Planning Board, a Bin Man and a Trade union shop steward & Health & Safety rep. Now: I'm retired & relishing it!!
Governor Responsibilities: Chair: Leadership & Management Committee, member of the three other committees. Named governor for environment & science, health & safety, and safeguarding.
I came into teaching late in life after having a successful career in fashion buying but after 10 years of travelling one hotel looks very much the same as another. A career change was needed so I went to the University of Nottingham to study for a PGCE. A year later, I started my teaching career at a Nottinghamshire school where I stayed for 9 years. Whilst I was there, we knocked down our old school and had a new one built. As you can imagine this was a very stressful time for all involved however the children didn't mind sharing a playground as they got to watch the diggers work. We had one very exciting day when the builders accidentally knocked down the hall wall, which they had just built. Over the nine years, I taught for 5 years in lower juniors and 4 years in upper juniors. I had responsibility for Numeracy, Assessment and P.E. One of my targets whilst at the school was to raise the profile of P.E and in particularly girls undertaking extra curricular sport. I had the opportunity to work with lots of children in this role and they became very successful working as a team and won many major tournaments in football, athletics and cricket. In fact, the girls won the Nottinghamshire County Championship three times in the last five years, which was a huge achievement. They also gave the boys a run for their money and became Football League Champions 6 times out of the last nine years.
I am a mum with three small children. My daughters are currently in Reception and Class 2. I am a social worker with over 15 years’ experience working in both child and adult care settings. I applied to be a parent governor to contribute to creating a school environment where every child feels safe, happy and confident; where strengths and differences are celebrated and where every child is supported to achieve their full potential. I’m a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee and named governor for vulnerable children.
I have lived in Tideswell since 2005. I was elected as a Parent Governor in 2013 and both my children attend BPS so I have a vested interest in ensuring that Bishop Pursglove School improves year on year. I care deeply that every child is given the opportunity to fulfil their potential and that their first years in education are stimulating and fun. The time they spend at BPS will shape our children’s academic achievements and development in the years ahead and it is the responsibility of all of us - Teachers, Governors and Parents to give them the support they need. Currently I am the named governor for Curriculum as well as being the chair of the Achievement and Standards committee and a member of the Teaching and Learning and Finance committees. Professionally I am a senior manager for a large Bank, specialising in Financial Crime Compliance.
Vicar of Tideswell - Vice Chair and Foundation Governor
Having worked closely with four village Church of England schools in my previous ministry near Ilkeston, I came to be Vicar of Tideswell in June 2013. Before ordination I taught Drama in a Nottinghamshire secondary school, and I've always valued
connections with schools as part of my parish work. I'm married to Gillian, who is also ordained. I chaired the governing body at BPS until September 2015, then moved to the role of vice chair the enable me to focus more on fostering links with the parish church and supporting the school’s RE and collective worship. I’m a member of the Leadership and Management Committee, and chair the Finance and Buildings Committee.
I have lived in Tideswell since 2013 and I have two children at Bishop Pursglove School. They (and Rachel and I) love the school. I want to see it continue to thrive and offer a full range of opportunities to all local children. I became a parent governor to offer what support I can to the staff in achieving this.
I am a member of the Teaching and Learning and the Achievements and Standards sub-committees and Named Governor for Science and for Computing.
In my work life I am a scientist and lecturer at the University of Manchester. I work in Materials Science, a field in which there is a chronic lack of diversity, and I have a particular interest in trying to understand why that is and in playing a small part in changing it. I'd like it if every child could see a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) as being open to them - something they can choose (or choose not!) to pursue as their passions dictate.
I have lived in Tideswell since 2004. Both of my children attend Bishop Pursglove School. I have been a school governor since 2016. I believe it is important that all children who attend the school are given the opportunity, in a safe environment, to thrive and fulfil their potential and enjoy learning and developing as people in order that they are fully prepared for secondary education and the world beyond. The reason why I wanted to become a governor was that I felt it was important to support the staff and children in their achievements. I am a member of three committees: Leadership and Management; Teaching and Learning; and Achievement and Standards. I am a solicitor at a Manchester City Centre firm, where I advise businesses about resolving their disputes (which Bishop Pursglove School is an enjoyable contrast to).
Let me introduce myself. We moved to England (Tideswell) 4 years ago from Spain. We came here originally to have a living experience of English life. I was on maternity leave from my job and felt this was a good opportunity to live the dream. My daughter, Paulina, was two years old at that time and she is now 6 and is enjoying class 2.
My education history is varied. My first degree was in Business and Tourism which led me to work in many countries. My career with the airlines gave me the chance to enhance my interpersonal skills. One of the most interesting tasks I had to perform was the Pilgrimage to the Mecca. I left the airline after the September attacks in NY.
I decided to pursue my interest in design and I went back to University to study Design and Architecture. After four years, I became a Refurbishment Architecture which means I look at restoring buildings. This new career gave new skills in understanding the importance of creativity in order to find better solution to address everyday issues.
Nowadays, I combine both jobs, working part-time for the airline and undertaking small architectural projects.
I applied to become a governor because I was interested to discover how an English school runs. I am now dedicated to creating a better environment for our children.
Jill McFarlane Baxter
I was born in Sheffield and completed an Environmental Studies Degree at Sheffield Hallam University. I was awarded the Council for the Preservation of Rural England Award for Environmental Studies for research carried out on lead mining in the Peak District, whilst doing this work I developed a love of the Derbyshire Dales. I moved to Tideswell in 1991. I have worked as a Human Resources and Training Manager for over 25 years. For the past 18 years I have been Group HR and Training Manager for GK Group (now trading as Perrys) , based in Chesterfield. I am also the Company's Health and Safety Manager, being NEBOSH and IOSH qualified. in 2002 soon after my daughter Emma commenced school at Bishop Pursglove I became a Governor, initially as an LEA appointee. I am now a Foundation Governor, Chair the Teaching and Learning Committee, and am a member of the Leadership and Management Committee; and named governor for race and equal opportunities. My Mum, Edith Rawson, worked as a Classroom Assistant and Midday Supervisor at Bishop Pursglove for several happy years when Emma was attending the school.
I have worked at Bishop Pursglove Primary School as a teaching assistant for 13 years. During this time I have helped many children with different needs and I feel fortunate to be part of the school team especially in my lead role, which is giving additional support to further the progress of children with Special Educational Needs. I’m a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee.