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Contacting the Governors-

In the first instance parents are asked to contact the head teacher of the school. Should you feel your concerns remain unresolved, please make contact with the chair of governors.

List of Governors - Click for more information

Ali Whittaker

Member of Tibshelf School Senior Leadership Team

Allison Beckett

Co-opted Governor

Chair of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Committee

Link Governor to English

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As a local resident of Tibshelf and an ex student of Tibshelf School, I became a Governor to help the school support and develop their pupils so that they are able to gain the best education possible and enjoy the years they spent at Tibshelf Community School.

I am married with 4 children, 2 of my children Charlie and Olivia currently attend Tibshelf Community School, and my two older children also attended the school.

I am actively involved in the Parish of Tibshelf as I am a member of Tibshelf Parish Council and Tibshelf Community Association which organises the annual Carnival and Fireworks Display. The School is a big part of the community and I am happy to be the link between both.

In my professional life I work in Human Resources as a Manager and in my spare time I enjoy socialising and spending time with family…. which is mostly spend being a taxi driver for football matches and swimming galas!!

Andrew Dennis

Parent Governor

Vice Chair of Students and Community Committee

Link Governor to Science

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I grew up in the neighbouring village of Pilsley and have lived in Tibshelf now for 16 years. I am a past pupil of Tibshelf School and I’m proud to say that my eldest daughter, Jessica, now attends; hence my role as a Parent Governor. My term of office started in November 2014 and it expires in November 2018. As well as attending Full Governors meetings I sit on two other sub-committees: Teaching, Learning & Curriculum Committee and Students & Community Committee, for which I am also Vice Chair. I am also the Link Governor for the Science Faculty.

By profession I’m an English Teacher and so I have first-hand knowledge of what life in a secondary school is like, which I believe gives me a very useful insider’s view of how certain aspects of a school works in addition to having a purely parental point of view. My priorities are to help improve the education and welfare of all the students at Tibshelf School and I very much enjoy my role as a Governor.

In my spare time I run my own theatre company in which I act, direct and build the sets. I also enjoy all other kinds of DIY and I’m a keen photographer.

Brian Fischer

Member of Tibshelf School Senior Leadership Team

Elaine Belshaw

Parent Governor

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 I grew up in Nottingham and moved to Newton 22 years ago. I have two sons; Matthew in Year 9 and Adam in Year 6 at Town End Junior School.

I see the role of Parent Governor as a privileged opportunity to make a positive contribution to the development of the school and support the students to achieve their potential. All children deserve the best start in life regardless of background or academic ability.

I am a Registered Nurse with 30 years experience in the NHS and currently work as Governance Matron at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Family life is important to me and treasuring time with my sons while they still want to know me is a priority! Hobbies include cooking, cake decorating, gardening and walking in the countryside.

Helen Varney

Parent Governor

Link Governor to Humanities and Modern Foreign Languages

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I have two children, a daughter who is currently at University who attended Tibshelf Community School and a son who is currently in year 8. I believe all children have the right to the highest level of education available whatever their abilities and that there should be no limitations to what children can achieve.

I first became a parent governor when my daughter was at Tibshelf as I wanted to be more involved in the school, to improve my understanding of how the school works, and to be more active in my children's education, which would hopefully benefit the school and its pupils as a whole.

I have worked for the NHS for the majority of my working life as a nurse in the area of Mental Health and I am currently a ward manager. I am also an active member in the Royal College of Nursing and I am the vice chair of the regional board as well as health and safety representative.

My interests include reading, crafts, walking and travelling. I also believe that you never stop learning and have recently decided to go back to university myself and I am currently undertaking a Masters in Leadership, which leaves me little time to do much else.

Justin Hawley

Co-opted Governor

Vice Chair of Governors

Link Governor to Maths and Governor Training

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Both of my boys have benefited greatly from their education at Tibshelf – both academically and in self-esteem. They are now continuing their education away from home, exploring the world in every sense.

I believe passionately in the value of broad education, catering for the diverse needs and aspirations of children and young adults. Although our motivations for anything are usually complex, I think that it is this sense of the value of education that has motivated me to become a governor and use some of my ‘spare’ time for something worthwhile.

My professional background is in science/engineering, which hopefully complements the myriad of skills and experience in the wider governing body. In particular, I like analysis and understanding the root cause of problems.

My interests include walking, photography and DIY.

Louise Cheung

Parent Governor

Vice Chair of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Committee

Link Governor to Special Education Needs/Child Safeguarding

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An ex-student of Tibshelf and local resident, I have a son James who attends Tibshelf Community School. He has special educational needs (SEN) and for this reason this is an area very close to my heart. I believe all students, whatever their abilities, should have equal opportunities and access to the best education and childhood experiences we can offer. I am a trustee of Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice, a parent/carer-led group providing support, sharing best practice and influencing policy to help meet the needs of children and young adults with additional needs.

As a parent I believe we all have an important role to play in supporting and developing our young people. Being a governor is one way which enables me to do this.  I have worked for a number of years in the field of Marketing; I’m now self-employed as a proof-reader, trying to juggle looking for missing apostrophes and bringing up James. My interests include walking our dog, live music, salsa dancing, foreign languages and volunteering at our local cat shelter.

Louise Crowder

Member of Tibshelf School Senior Leadership Team

Mark Derbyshire

Co-opted Governor

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I have lived in Tibshelf for 12 years, married to Sarah. We have one son who attends Tibshelf Community School at the moment. I also have two step children who have attended all schools in Tibshelf. They have now both left, one is in full time employment and the other one is in her third year at University studying Law.

I have worked in an education environment for the last 11 years. I started as a Maths teacher which lasted for two years. For the last nine years I have been in a Education Management roles with the same company.

At present I'm  Head of Learning and Skills for a Private Education provider that delivers qualifications from Pre Entry to A Level for adult learners.

Mark Ratcliffe

Parent Governor

Link Governor to Modern Foreign Languages and Humanities

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Having served in the Royal Air Force for over 23 years I retired in Pilsley. Living in various cultures opened my eyes to the world we live in.

I am a strong believer in supporting your community and your child’s future.

My background is varied due to living in so many countries and doing so many different roles. I work part-time in a school environment and have served as a Governor at that school.

My daughter attends Tibshelf school of which I share an interest. My main interests are supporting Manchester City Football Club, volunteering for the RSPCA, Police Chaplain to the Derbyshire Police Constabulary.

One of my main passions is going on Battlefield Tours.

Martin Lloyd

Member of Tibshelf School Senior Leadership Team

Michael Allen

Parent Governor

Chair of Personnel, Premises and Finance Committee

Link Governor to Health and Safety and Technology

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I have lived in Tibshelf since 1991, and have served as a parent and community governor at Tibshelf Town End Junior School, and subsequently the Community School, since 2003 when my eldest son moved up from the infants. He is now studying for his A levels at Bilborough College in Nottingham, whilst the youngest is due to complete his GCSEs in summer 2016!

Tibshelf Community School is well named, as it has a fantastic community feel, together with an ability to achieve great examination results, whilst making learning, and hopefully working, fun. I am very grateful to be able to play a small part in making it such an enjoyable and successful place to be, by contributing my time to the governance of the school. When not working as a senior manager for Nottinghamshire County Council, or governing at the school, my time seems to consist mainly of organising the lives of, and tidying up after, teenagers interspersed with a few minutes each week spent supporting Derby County and reminiscing about the 1980s!

Mike Bevilaqua

Faculty Head of Mathematics at Tibshelf School

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I started teaching Mathematics at Tibshelf School in 1997 and I have been a school governor for most of this time. I became head of Mathematics in 2007 and I have overseen this very successful faculty ever since. I also run a mountain biking club at school. I regularly take groups of pupils biking in the peak district, as well as a yearly trip to Afan Forest in Wales.

Outside school I am currently walking all the 214 Wainwrights’ peaks in the Lake District as well as all the possible routes up Snowdon in Wales. I have also just started walking the 630 mile South West coastal path.

I have lived in or around Chesterfield and attended Middlecroft Secondary school. I left school at 16 and completed an Engineering Apprenticeship at E R Squires Engineering in Staveley. I then studied for my Mathematics degree at Sheffield Hallam University, before starting my career in teaching.

I am proud to be a governor at Tibshelf School and I have hopefully made many positive contributions to the lives of pupils at our school.

Mike Pollard

Headteacher of Tibshelf School

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I have been Headteacher of Tibshelf Community School since September 2014 and it is a great privilege to lead such an excellent school, particularly one that is at the heart of its local community. Although I am originally from the other side of the Pennines, my wife and I have lived in Sheffield for many years. Our three children were all educated in our local schools and we all enjoyed the benefit of that local connection. Previously, I have worked in schools in Rotherham and Nottinghamshire as well as Sheffield. My spare time is dominated by the demands of local sport – particularly football and cricket – but sadly not much as an active participant these days.

Pam Trevelyan

Co-opted Governor

Link governor to the Student Voice and Creative Arts

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Many moons ago I was a student at Tibshelf Secondary School where I spent five happy years.

Having achieved well in the newly introduced C.S.E. examinations I went on to become a cost clerk.

Marriage, a move to Yorkshire for six years & the birth of my two sons prevented me from working, but on returning to Tibshelf I gained employment as a midday supervisor at my old school where I spent a further enjoyable seven years enjoying interaction with the students & staff.

Both my sons were educated at all three Tibshelf Schools, as was I.

I am particularly proud to be a governor of this welcoming, caring, hardworking school.

I am now retired from Holmlea Home for Older People, having spent 28 years as the business services assistant also incorporating some occasional care work.

My hobbies are writing - mainly light hearted poetry & short stories & painting.

In 2008, with the help of friends, we produced a book of my poetry which raised around £2000 for charity. £1100 was donated to the Teenage Cancer Trust, £760 to the local church & several smaller amounts given to other charities. A further book was produced for sale for the Headway charity for people with brain injuries. I am hoping to produce a further book of my poems for other charities.

Paul Riley

Co-opted Governor

Link Governor to Vocation Education and Student Voice

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As a Derbyshire lad I moved to Newton with my wife in 1988 and my daughter Ellen joined the family in 1990. When Ellen moved up to Tibshelf school in 2001 I started to become more and more involved in the school until I was finally persuaded to become a Governor in 2002. Although I have really enjoyed my 13 years as a Governor there have also been some very difficult matters to deal with during that time.

As a result of my own bad experiences of Grammar School education (bullying, apathetic teaching, archaic facilities, etc), I have been determined to ensure that every Tibshelf student shall be provided with a safe, happy, high quality learning environment in order that students of ALL abilities can develop to achieve their full potential in life. Now that we have moved into the new school, I am confident that we are very close to achieving that ambition.

Although I have now retired, my previous career was in Road Safety and involved educating poor drivers to improve their skills and ensuring the road network was a safe environment for all road users. It also involved going into infant and primary schools to provide students with the knowledge to stay safe on the road network.

As well as being a Tibshelf Governor I am also a member of Rotary International (helping the less fortunate members of society) and Donnington Safety Marshalls Club (ensuring the safety of racing drivers at the circuit). As a member of Kirkby Rotary Club I was able to be involved in establishing mock interview experience for Year 11 students at Tibshelf, an experience that all students found helpful in understanding the next stages of their path through life.

When I am not Marshalling, with Governors or Rotary I like to spend my time travelling around and visiting new parts of this country and travelling to new places abroad. I also enjoy going to the cinema and theatre and I like listening to all types of music. I am a rubbish cook but I am not bad at ironing!

Pete Kenworthy

Member of Tibshelf School Senior Leadership Team

Ruth Spencer

Parent Governor

Chair of Governors

Link governor to Student Groups, Citizenship and PSHE

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Having grown up locally in Clay Cross, we moved back to Derbyshire specifically for Tibshelf School and I have two sons James who attends Tibshelf Community School and Luke who attends Newton Primary School.

I am a strong believer in contributing to our local communities and have previously served on other committees and work voluntarily with Childline. As a parent I am passionate about giving our children a happy and safe place to learn in an educational system to achieve the very best they can.

I have worked for a number of years in Management and Personnel with a top supermarket, but re-trained and qualified in 2010 with a Therapeutic Diploma in Counselling and currently work with students and staff at Nottinghamshire College.

My interests include spending time with the family and our dog Poppy, supporting most sports but especially Ice Hockey, cinema, food and theatre when I get the chance!

Sarah Keenan

Parent Govenor

Vice Chair of Personnel, Premises and Finance Committee

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Many people know me as Thomas and Edward's mum! They both attend Tibshelf community school now. I have always supported the local schools and community and being Parent Governor is my latest role. I am a Newton girl myself and attended Tibshelf school a 'couple' of years ago! I studied Engineering at Leeds University and returned to the area with my husband when my dad sadly died suddenly. My dad, Roger Hazzledine, was Chair of Governors for a number of years. He inspired me to get involved! The school does a fantastic job in preparing so many young people for the outside world not just academically but by believing in them and allowing them to believe in themselves! Being a governor and 'critical friend' of the school is a very rewarding role! I enjoy the financial analysis of the school as that is my background now as I am a director of my husband and my own business. 

Steve Marvin

Parent Governor

Chair of Student and Community Committee

Link Governor to Pupil Behaviour, Well-Being and PE/Sport

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I have lived in Tibshelf for over 25 years married with a son and daughter who both attended Tibshelf Community School I have been a governor for for over 9 years, 8 years as link governor to PE. I am also involved in the Behaviour and Well Being of students linking to attendance and exclusion and a small mentoring program that I link to the exclusion meetings which has helped some children to maintain their place at the school.