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 became a Parent Governor twelve years ago when my daughter, Rachel, was in Year 1, because I wanted to be part of the school that was going to be so influential in the lives of my children. I have watched my three daughters flourish and grow whilst at Bishop Pursglove Primary School. When my tenure as a Parent Governor ended I was invited to serve as a Foundation Governor. I have seen the school through several changes of Headship and through many Ofsted inspections. My background in Systems Analysis and IT helps me to understand the criteria by which the school is judged and to analyse and monitor the information that the School collects to determine the strategic direction of the school. I work full time as a professional which helps me appreciate the pressures and challenges facing the Management team of the school, as a parent I am very aware of the role of the school for parents and children. I am looking forward to seeing the school thrive and be graded as an Outstanding school in all aspects. I’m a member of the Leadership and Management and Achievements and Standards Committees.
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.
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 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.
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.
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).
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.