Trent Vale has a very active Governing Body involved in all areas of school life. The Full Governing Body meets once a term and there are additional committee meetings held termly to manage finance, health and safety, pupil, personnel and curriculum issues. The Governing Body also regularly monitors the progress pupils are making and the progress the school is making with regard to its school improvement priorities. Membership of this important body includes elected parents and teacher representatives as well as members co-opted by the Governing Body and those nominated by the Local Authority. This ensures the Governing Body has the full range of necessary skills.


Finance and General Purposes and Personnel Committee (FGP+P) – Discusses the school’s budget, staffing issues, health and safety and the general management and organisation of the school.

Strategic Development Committee and Pupils (SDC+P) – Discusses pupil progress, attainment and other related pupil issues, the curriculum and the priorities identified in the school improvement plan.

Pay Committee Following the outcomes of the appraisal process this committee decides if staff are eligible to be awarded pay increases.

Discipline Committee – This committee would oversee the process if a child was excluded.

Collaboration with Beeston Rylands Junior School

A formal contract of collaboration has been agreed between Trent Vale Infant and Nursery School and Beeston Rylands Junior School. This was initially for one year from 1st September 2016 but has been extended until 31st August 2022. Both schools will retain their separate identities and governing bodies but they will be jointly managed by one Executive Headteacher, Mrs Jackie Moss. Mrs Janine Barratt and Mrs Catherine Turner are Co-Heads of School at Trent Vale Infant and Nursery School and Mrs Sue Osborne is Head of School at Beeston Rylands Junior School. The collaboration will be overseen by a Joint Collaboration Committee comprising of governors from both schools.

Download our latest Joint Collaboration Committee Minutes

Download our Collaboration Agreement

Governors Newsletter

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Members of the Governing Body Register of Interests and Meeting Attendance

Governor’s Register of Interests

Jackie Moss (Headteacher)

Term of office:- 01/01/2006

All committees
Is the Headteacher of the school and is Executive Headteacher at Beeston Rylands Junior School.

Staff Governor
Janine Barratt (Teaching Staff)

Term of office:- 13/09/2013-12/09/2017

Is one of the Co-Heads of School at the school and is the elected staff representative.

Local Authority Governor

Co-opted Governors
Lisa Shepherd (Chair of the Governing Body)

Term of office :- 22/03/2018-21/03/2022

FGP+P; SDC+P: Discipline; Joint Collaboration Committee
Has worked for the NHS/CityCare for over 12 years as a Community Nursery Nurse with a Health Visiting Team.  She is mum to Ethan who is at Chilwell School and Flynn who is at Beeston Rylands Junior School. Her sister Michelle Gough teaches at the school and is also on the governing body. Mrs Shepherd is also a governor at Beeston Rylands Junior School.
She is now vice chair. Her main role on the governing body is to oversee Safeguarding but she is actively involved in a wide range of governor activities. She  also attended Trent Vale infant School as a child having grown up in the area. This gives her a good knowledge of the local area and community. She also have a good knowledge of special educational needs, ability to work as part of a team and willing to learn and attended courses for Governors as applicable. Her interests  include running and I do the weekly Parkrun at the weir field and my two boys also join in too. She also enjoys holidays, photography and crafts.

Rachel Beech

Term of office:- 22/03/2018-21/03/2022


Rachel was a KS2 teacher for over 15 years at Eskdale Junior School in Chilwell, where she was also a governor. Rachel is also a governor at Beeston Rylands Junior School. Rachel is the Administrative Assistant at Beeston Rylands Junior School. She is mum to Mary and George at Rylands Juniors and to James who is at Chilwell School. She and her husband have an allotment on Leyton Crescent where most summer weekends are spent as a family. Rachel is also a member of Rylands Community Church who meet at the Infant school each Sunday where she is involved in children’s care and education.

Lisa Sharples

Term of office:- 30/03/2019-29/03/2023

Is a new parent governor having joined the governing body in spring 2015. She works full time in the NHS in a role covering workforce and organisational development, and in her spare time is also involved with the Board of Nottingham Mencap. Through her work, she has experience in project management, change management and strategic planning and enjoys problem solving. She is committed to the values of the school and the nurturing environment that enables children to thrive. She enjoys spending time with her little boy in the kitchen, walking down by the river or reading stories.

Deidre Bagley

Term of office :- 22/03/2018-21/03/2022

SDC+P; Pay Committee
Is a retired teacher who currently organises a local group for 0-5 year olds called ‘Rainbows’. She has strong links with the local community having lived in the area since she was 6 years old. She has a wealth of experience of working with children, young people and schools, and still acts as an invigilator at Chilwell School. She is involved with both the Rylands Community Church and Rylands Methodist Church. She also enjoys trying to trace her family history.

Darrell Todd (Chair of FGP+P)

Term of office :- 01/01/2015-31/12/2018

FGP+P; Discipline; Pay Committee; Joint Collaboration Committee
Is a retired trade union official who has been a governor at Trent Vale for over 10 years. He has also been a governor at Chilwell School and Peoples College giving him over 20 years of governor experience. He has a good understanding and experience of premises management and monitors the health and safety of the school. He has lived within the community for over 40 years and he enjoys regular visits and holidays. Both of his children went to Trent Vale and his grandchildren currently attend Trent Vale and Rylands Junior Schools.

Michael Jackson (Vice Chair of the Governing Body; Chair of the Joint Collaboration Committee)

Term of office :- 01/01/2015-31/12/2018

FGP+P; Joint Collaboration Committee 
Is a full-time student who believes that education is life-long. He has three children and has been a Headteacher of four primary schools and a middle school. He has been a governor at various primary and secondary schools and at Bilborough College. He has experience of teaching In Foundation Stage, KS1 and KS2 and in secondary schools. He has lived in Beeston since 2012. His interests include long distance cycling, foreign travel and reading. He is also a governor at Beeston Rylands Junior School.

Gareth Williams (Chair of SDC+P)

Term of office:- 27/02/2017-26/02/2021


Is a Principal Lecturer in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. He teaches developmental psychology, statistics and research methods. He is an active researcher in the area of children’s reading, writing and spelling development. He is also a co-opted governor at Beeston Rylands Junior School and his daughter is a pupil at Rylands Junior. Gareth enjoys running and is often out at weekends training for half marathons.

Sarah Kaye

Term of office :- 22/03/2018-21/03/2022

Started as a parent governor many years ago and now works at the school as the Office Manager.  She has a strong commitment to improving education for all children. She has good problem solving and communication skills. Her young family keep her very busy and she has an interest in several local junior sports groups. She loves going for long walks in the countryside with her dog.

Parent Governors

Jon Wynn

Term of office:- 05/10/2018 – 04/10/2022


Originally from Pontefract , West Yorshire but now live in Beeston where my two sons , Jimmy and Rudy Oliver-Wynn attend Trent Vale . I am currently Head of World Studies at Magnus Church of England Academy in Newark where I teach Spanish and French. In my spare I am a keen traveler and trekker having just completed the Inca Trail in Peru and part of El Camino de Santiago in Spain. I am also a keen Arsenal fan though spend most of my time taking my eldest to watch Forest!


Alistair McPherson

Term of office:- 27/02/2017-26/02/2021


Is a lecturer in English for Academic Purposes at the University of Leicester, where he splits his time between teaching and management responsibilities. He previously worked in Italy, Portugal and Hungary, where he taught English as a foreign language both to adults and children from primary age upwards. In his free time he is a keen motorcyclist.

What our parents say:

"The children develop a strong bond with their teachers, and there is good evidence of the vision of the headteacher." "The opportunities provided for the children are excellent." "The headteacher goes the extra mile to make sure that parents feel involved, supported and satisfied with their children's experience of school." "We are delighted with the excellent standard of teaching." "Abigail really enjoys going to school and has made really good progress."
Trent Vale Infant and Nursery School