Meet our committed team of governors......
Peter Wood - Chair of Governors
Governor Specialism - Finance, Performance Management and Standards Committee, Numeracy, Prior Higher Achievers and Assessment.
My name is Peter Wood and I have been a Governor for approximately 12 years, the last 11 as the Chair of Governors. I originally began working as a Governor because my daughter, Emma, was at Loscoe School and I felt I could help in her education by being involved with the school. I have been helping year 6 children with their reading and math which I find very rewarding.
Sarah Tew - Executive Head Teacher
Governor Specialism - All
I became head teacher at Loscoe Church of England Primary in 2011. Before that I was a head teacher in a small village school, Kirk Langley, also in Derbyshire. I have also worked for the local authority as a literacy consultant which was a very privileged job. The time has flown by since I joined the Loscoe team! I think this is because I love the school: the children, the staff and the community. There is always something happening and we are always trying to make ourselves the best we can be. Staff and governors are so proud of our school and really believe that ‘we may be small but we can make a difference’. We make a difference to ourselves, each other, our families, our communities and the wider world. We are an amazing school family!
Mr Wood has been the Chair of Governors since I started and Mrs Giles was also a governor too. They both interviewed me in 2011. They are a huge support to our school and I am very grateful that they have been governors.
In 2017 I also started working at another Derbyshire Church School, St Laurence Primary in Long Eaton, Derbyshire. We learn a lot from each other and share many ideas.
Rachael Dean - Head of School
Governor Specialism - Moral and Spiritual Guidance and Religious Education
I joined Loscoe in September 2008 and have spent 12 very happy years as part of our team. I absolutely love our school; our parents, staff and governors all work incredibly hard to make sure our fabulous children have the best education they could possibly have.
I have been a year 4,5 & 6 teacher, maths, art, DT and RE coordinator, Assistant Headteacher and SENDCO during my time at Loscoe, and have been Head of School since 2017.
As a Foundation Governor (a representatives of the Church of England on the Governing Body) I have a special role in, and responsibility for, ensuring that the Christian character of the school is secured, preserved and developed.
Irene Giles - Vice Chair
Governor Specialism - Performance Management and Standards Committee, Moral and Spiritual Guidance and Religious Education, Christian Distinctiveness, Safeguarding and Child Protection, Looked After Children and Anti-Bullying
My name is Irene Giles and I first volunteered as a helper in Loscoe Primary School in 1997.
I became a Senior Midday Supervisor in 1999 and I also worked as a teaching assistant in Reception class for nine years until my retirement in 2017. I now help as a volunteer in Foxes Class for I day a week so my career has come full circle!
I first became a school governor in 2000, and am now Vice Chair of Governors. I became a Foundation Governor in 2015. During my long association with the school I have come to care greatly about the school, the staff and the children.
As a Foundation Governor I am helping to support the Christian ethos of the school and am helping to strengthen the bond between Loscoe Primary School and Nursery and St Luke's Church.
Governor Specialism - Health and Safety/Educational Visits, Premises/Maintenance and Continuous Provision.
Governor Specialism - E-Safety
My name is Chris Layhe-Humphreys, I joined Loscoe Primary School in September 2013. I am employed as an Assistant Headteacher and teach in a mixed Year 5/6 class. I became the staff governor in 2018, I bring an understanding of the school's ethos and culture as well as a close, professional knowledge of our strengths and areas for development.
Behaviour, Attendance and Anti-bullying: Special Educational Needs: PHSE
My name is Laura Knowlton and I joined the school as a Parent Governor in September 2020. I am proud to say I have 2 children who both attend Loscoe C of E Primary and Nursery School, my son is in year 4 and my daughter is currently in Nursery, soon to start in reception. Both Children love the school and feel part of the school community, I felt it was a good time to join the Governing body and with my experience and interest in Learning and Development take a more pro active role in the school community.
My Governor Specialisms are Behaviour, Attendance & Anti bullying, Special Educational Needs and PHSE, I will use my background in Adult Learning and Development, where I have spent many years providing training and coaching to adults in Leadership roles, to support the school. I have a passion for empowering people and bring this approach to my role as Parent Governor where I will support the school values and vision to make a difference.
Governor Specialism - Sports/PE
Hello, my name is Richard Hodgkinson and I work for a Local Authority whereby for the last 21 years I have looked after a range of parks, play areas and green spaces. I am proud to say that I have two boys who attend the school and who benefit from the support, nurture and academic enrichment that the school provides.
As well as enjoying family life I have a keen interest in photography, gardening, cycling and walking.
I became co-opted governor in April 2018 whereby my knowledge in play helped support the provision of the new and improved trim trail.
I understand the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle and currently specialise in Sports and PE. I believe the school along with the school's sports partnership offers an excellent range of sporting opportunities to all of our children.
Governor Specialism - spelling
My name is Peter Townsend and I am a retired junior schoolteacher. I became a co-opted Governor in January 2020. I taught for a total of 35 years in three Derbyshire Junior Schools, the first of which was Loscoe Denby Lane in 1978 until 1982. I hope my experience in education will be of benefit to the school of which I have fond memories. I am known at the school as “Lord Loscoe”, playing keyboard at times throughout the year to support school events. At present, I am the Governor with responsibility for spelling.
Governor Specialism -
My name is Emma Wells and I joined the school as a parent governor in April 2020. I have a son and daughter at Loscoe School, and felt the time was right to take a more pro active role in the school. It's really vital that parents views are represented in school, but also that as parents we support the school in upholding their values and vision. I'm a Project Manager with experience in Finance, Social Housing and IT and hopefully I'll bring some of this experience to my governors role.