Our Governors

Our Governing body consists of

  • 3 Parent governors
  • 1 Local Authority governor
  • 1 Staff governor
  • 1 Headteacher
  • 6 Co-opted governors

Alison Hardman-Charles – Co-Chair of Governors

I have been a senior lecturer in education at the University of Derby for 12 years. Before that I trained to be an English teacher and taught across Staffordshire for over 10 years. I hold a Masters’ degree in Education and am soon to complete my Doctorate in Education. Through my work with both under-graduate and post-graduate student teachers and qualified teachers, I am involved in a diverse and disparate range of schools – from Nursery to High Schools and from SEND Schools to alternative educational settings. It is an absolute privilege to visit and observe highly effective practice across the East Midlands and to learn from those with whom I come into contact. I am proud to be a Governor at Beaufort as I have invested a huge amount of commitment to raising standards of teaching and learning in all our partnership schools through collaborative ventures with staff, students and children alike.
The governors are very supportive of the school’s staff, children and families. If you would like to talk to governors about any aspect of your child’s school life, please let the school office know so we can get in touch.

Marion Close – Co-Chair of Governors

I was Headteacher at Beaufort Primary School before I retired about ten years ago. I therefore have great commitment to the pupils who attend Beaufort and their families. I feel very privileged to be serving as a co-opted governor at this school.
I was a parent governor at my own children’s primary school many years ago and in recent years I have been a governor at my granddaughter’s primary school so have some experience and training in school governance.
I look forward to meeting pupils and their families on my visits to the school.

Libby Partridge

I originally became a parent governor when my two children were at Beaufort. I have been a governor for 20 years now and my children moved on long ago!
The excellent learning and care they received at Beaufort has helped them to grow into well-rounded adults who achieve to the best of their ability and are caring, kind and considerate to others. I hope that I can continue to support the school so that all the pupils have the same quality learning and support that my two received. I was the Manager of Becket Children’s Centre for Derby City Council until 2012.
I am now a serving magistrate in adult criminal court and currently undertaking training to become a magistrate in the family court.
I am Chair of the Finance Committee and also sit on the Personnel Committee. I am the Governor with responsibility for Maths and Assessment throughout the school.

Lynne Biggs

I am Lynne Biggs and have been a co- opted Governor for a while. This is my second term of office. I am the Governor  with responsibility for Children with Special Needs. I also sit on the Health and Safety committee and the Personnel committee.

Helen Watts

I have recently become a co-opted governor and am very pleased to be involved with the school in this capacity. I have worked abroad in several schools as a teaching assistant and taught ESL to primary aged children. I was also a parent governor whilst there. Since living in Derby, I have worked as a midday supervisor and teaching assistant at Beaufort where my son is currently attending. I have always enjoyed working with children and aim to support the school to the best of my abilities.

Lucy Mills

I’ve worked as a teacher at Beaufort since 2004, starting off in Early Years and more recently teaching in Key Stage 1. I decided to qualify to be a teacher as I really love working with children and helping them to understand new things. Before I did my teaching qualification, I took a degree in Geography and for this reason I particularly enjoy teaching children about other countries and cultures.
Since September 2015 I’ve been in the post of Assistant Head (EYFS and KS1). I’m really enjoying the new challenges that this role brings, it’s especially nice to be a part of Early Years again. Our Early Years outside area project is under way now and I’m excited to see the new outside learning area in action soon. With so many positive changes happening at our school all the time, it’s a really great place to work and be a part of.

Suzi Millward-Sadler

I have one daughter who attends the School. Since she started in Reception I have been volunteering in the Nursery once a week whilst working part time. As a governor I serve on the finance and personnel committees and am also involved in EYFS.

Matt Ross

I am Matt Ross. This will be my first term as Parent Governor at Beaufort Primary School. I am serving on the Health & Safety/Premises Committee and Finance & Pay Committee. I have two children at the school and have nearly 5 years experience working as a Teaching Assistant.



Governor elected Sep 2017

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