Governing Body

Welcome from the Chair of Governors

I was appointed as Chair of the Governing Body at Wilsthorpe in September 2019 but have served on the Board for some fourteen years.  Over that time there has been a marked change in the way the school operates and meets the aspirations of students, parents and carers and the wider community.  We are committed to continue to encourage the school to move forward to meet the ever changing expectations of students, staff, parents and carers, the community and the external authorities such as the Multi Academy Trust and the Department for Education.

To face those challenges, it is encouraging that we have a strong Governing Body made up of people with backgrounds in education, business, health and social services and community engagement.  We all give of our time and energy as volunteers.  School governors have been described as ‘critical friends’ so we aim to challenge and question at the same time as being caring and supportive.

Governors have to take a very strategic view of the running of the school and it is very seldom appropriate for us to be involved in specific issues, whether they are about school or about specific students or staff members.  It is a lot more useful for everyone if specific issues are handled through the relevant member of school staff.  However, if you do need to contact us this is best done in writing - by letter to the Clerk of Governors at the school address or by e mail to As the clerk is not a full time member of staff it may not be easy to contact her by telephone, but you can leave a message for her with the receptionist.


Brian Parker

Chair of the Governing Body

The Annual Governance Statement can be downloaded here.

Wilsthorpe School

Membership of the Governing Body  


Can be downloaded here

All governors are appointed for a term of four years.

Please note: If you are interested in becoming a governor, either as a parent or a member of the community, please contact the clerk to the governing body in the first instance by emailing or telephoning the school on

0115 9729421.

Wilsthorpe School Governing Body 

​Chair: Mr Brian Parker


Vice Chair: Mrs Gill Cort


Management responsibilities:

  • Agree constitutional matters.

  • Appoint Chair and Vice Chair of the Governing Body.

  • Establish terms of reference.

  • Appointment of clerk.

  • Decide which functions of the Governing Body will be delegated.

  • Consider all delegated decisions.

  • Approve the first formal budget of the financial year.

  • Appointment and suspension of governors.

  • To ensure Health and Safety is maintained.


Pupils and Personnel responsibilities:

  • Staff consultation.

  • Discipline and grievance.

  • Redundancy.

  • Staffing structure.

  • Attendance.

  • Admissions and exclusions.


Financial responsibilities:

  • School budget and financial management.

  • Financial regulations and procedures.

  • Contractual arrangements.

  • Lettings.

  • To maintain the principles of Best Value.

  • Fire Evacuation.

  • Critical Incident and Disaster Recovery plans.

0115 972 9421

Derby Rd, Long Eaton NG10 4WT, UK


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