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The Governing Body


The Governing Body of South Normanton Nursery School is comprised of representatives of the LEA, the Community, Parents and Staff.


All Governors complete a business interests form annually, a copy of the business interests register can be viewed on the link at the bottom of this page.


The Full Governing Body meets four times a year, and throughout the year Governors meet regularly as 2 active committees – the Resource Management Committee (RMC) and the Teaching and Learning Committee (T & L). Each Committee then feeds back to the Full Governing Body. From September 2019, all members of the Governing Body now sit on the Teaching and Learning Committee.


We currently have a vacancy for a Parent Governor, if you are interested, please speak to Peter or Moira (March 2020).



Our Governing Body is made up as follows:-



Governor Type

Appointed By

Term of Office

Committee Membership

Area of Responsibility

Siobhan Johnston

LA LA 08/10/2019 to 07/10/2023 RMC and T & L

Chair of Governors

Behaviour; Safety; Anti-Bullying

Emma Chamberlain Parent Parents 19/10/2017 to 18/10/2021  T & L

Vice-Chair of Governors

SEN; Headteacher Performance Management; 

Gareth Holmes Parent Parents 20/11/2018 to 19/11/2022 RMC & T & L TBC
Vacancy Parent Parents TBC TBC TBC

Peter Hallsworth



Whilst in post

RMC and T & L

Day to day running of the school

Laura Topliss



21/10/16 to 20/10/20

RMC and T & L

Chair of RMC

EYPP; Health and Safety; Finance

John Cox



06/02/19 to 05/02/23

T & L

Headteacher Performance Management

David Ramsay Co-opted Governors 06/02/19 to 05/02/23 RMC and T & L Headteacher Performance Management
Ruth Davison Staff Staff 05/05/2020 to 04/05/2024 T & L




The Governing Body of South Normanton Nursery School has NO associate members.


Clerk to the Governors

Moira Houston

c/o South Normanton Nursery School

01773 810876

Governor Pen Portraits

Find out a little more about our Governors at South Normanton Nursery School

Name and type of Governor 

Reason for becoming a Governor A glimpse into my life ....

Peter Hallsworth


I am the Headteacher of the school and I work closely with the rest of the Governing Body in ensuring that we have a clear strategic direction and vision and that we provide the best care and education for our children. By working together and ensuring that we have a clear plan of why and how we can develop, we will continue to make South Normanton Nursery School the best it can be.  I spend time out of school with my family going to the theatre and taking long walks. I am a big football fan, previously running two football teams. I also go to watch my favourite team with my son. 

Siobhan Johnston

Chair of Governors

LA Governor

I applied to be a Governor because I really want to help our amazing nursery continue to be outstanding. Placing my daughter in this nursery was the best thing we've ever done and watching her develop is amazing. I wanted to help ensure that many more parents get to experience this and that we don't stand still but continue to move the teaching and nursery forward. I've worked in the public sector for a long time and believe in creating somewhere where every child can develop and be the best they can. In my spare time I love to ice-skate particularly with my daughter. I am working in improving my figure skating. I enjoy walking in the Peak District and getting out and about and exploring the local area. I love to be active and don't like to stay still for too long!

Emma Chamberlain

Vice of Governors

Parent Governor

Coming from a background in Neighbourhood Policing, I understand the importance of positively influencing and inspiring young minds. I have a history of Volunteering, mainly within children’s centres, working closely with families to build long term relationships.

I moved to South Normanton In May 2017, and felt it was a perfect opportunity to get involved and share my experience to further improve an already fantastic nursery.

In my spare time I enjoy seeing family and friends. I especially enjoy supporting my daughters with their hobbies. As a family we enjoy spending time outdoors walking our Labradoodle in the Derbyshire countryside and holidays to Whitby. I am the enthusiastic renovator of our century old home and painting furniture. I am very passionate about charity work and helping others.


Parent Governor

To follow

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Gareth Holmes

 Parent Governor

I have two reasons for being a Governor. Firstly, I believe that we should strive to maintain and develop community - an integral part of this is our schools. Secondly, as a parent myself, I want I our children to receive the best education provision possible. It is for these reasons I'm pleased to serve on the Governors at South Normanton Nursery. 

I live in the village with my wife and children and work full time in elite sport. 

John Cox

Co-opted Governor

The majority of my Grandchildren have attended South Normanton Nursery and I have seen first hand how they have benefitted from the early years of education. Also the dedication and care of staff to the children has made me want to be a part of an outstanding nursery and help contribute towards its aims and practices.
I am a retired electrical engineer, married with 11 grandchildren (7 girls/4 boys). The majority of them are school age but there are 2 left still to attend nursery. I am probably better known to many as ‘Santa’ with South Normanton Gala, which I totally enjoy taking part in. 

Laura Topliss

Co-opted Governor

I wanted to be a Governor to play a part in supporting an outstanding nursery school and help ensure that excellent standards of learning are maintained.

I enjoy music, theatre, walking/running, travel and photography.

David Ramsay

Co-opted Governor

My eldest son attended the nursery in 2017/18 and the level of teaching, support and development he received was exceptional. I was really keen to get involved in the school and when I was asked about becoming a Governor I was more than happy to support. My sole aim is to support in any way I can to ensure that the school continues at the outstanding level. I have two younger children that are both registered to attend and after seeing first hand the difference it has made to my eldest son, I will do all that is asked of me as a Governor to ensure that continues for not just my own children, but those in the community as giving young people the best start to their educational journey is vital.

I work as Continuous Improvement Manager for Wilko, which is all about improving business process. Outside of this I have 3 young children that keep me very busy, so spending time with them on various family days out is always good fun. I am also a big football fan and love going to watch Aston Villa.

Ruth Davison


(T & L Lead)

Staff Governor

I am the Teacher, Leading on Teaching and Learning and work full time in nursery. I am a Co-opted Governor and have been a member of the Governing Body since my appointment as teacher back in 2007. I see my Governing Body role as very important. Firstly stepping up as Acting Headteacher to maintain our high standards at nursery and then supporting our new Headteacher, but also helping to keep the rest of the Governing Body well informed of the teaching and learning in nursery. I am able to share with the other governors, from first hand experience, how as a staff we have the highest expectations for every child and maintain the highest possible standards for all the children in nursery as we prepare them for a life of living and learning. Outside of nursery, I love spending time at home with my family and exploring the countryside around my home. I enjoy films that make me think and songs that make smile and I listen to live music whenever I can.