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 is initially for one year from 1st September 2016 until 31st August 2018. 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 Collaboration Agreement

Download the Minutes of the Special Meeting of the the Trent Vale Governing Body

Download out latest Joint Collaboration Committee Minutes

Governors Newsletter

Governors Report to Parents 2017 Page 1

Governors Report to Parents 2017 Page 2

Governors Report to Parents 2017 Page 3

Governors Report to Parents 2017 Page 4

Members of the Governing Body Register of Interests and Meeting Attendance

Governors’ Register of Interests

Jackie Moss (Headteacher)
Term of office:- 01/01/2006

All committees
Is the Headteacher of the 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
Eric Kerry
Term of office:- 28/06/2015-28/06/2019

FGP+P; Discipline
He was a student at Trent Vale in the late 1950’s, has lived in the Beeston area for most of his life and has his own small sales and marketing consulting company. He trained as a management accountant and has an eye for detail. He is experienced in corporate governance in the public, private and third (charity) sectors. His interests are current affairs, local community projects and sport. He is also a governor at John Clifford Primary School.

Co-opted Governors
Lisa Shepherd (Chair of the Governing Body)
Term of office :- 01/01/2015-31/12/2018

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.

Sarah Williams
Term of office:- 07/06/2016-06/06/2020

FGP+P; SDC+P; Joint Collaboration Committee
Is an Assistant Head Teacher at Chilwell School and has been a parent governor at Trent vale for over 5 years. She has three children and lives in Beeston Rylands. She has a good understanding of school assessment data and supports the school with its monitoring of pupil progress and attainment.She is a keen runner and last year completed the London Marathon to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Her weekends are generally spent at the side of Rugby pitch, watching her sons play.

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

SDC+P; Pay Committee
Is a retired primary school Assistant Headteacher. He was a school NUT representative for over 25 years and has served on a governing body for over 15 years. He was a colleague of Mrs Moss’ at her previous school and they have remained friends.He has experience of analysing primary school assessment data and has the ability to analyse and review complex issues objectively.He has a good understanding of current education policy but also enjoys reading, music, photography and painting.

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

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; SDC+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 (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.

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

Is a teacher at Trent Vale and also an ex pupil. She lives in the local community and is also a co-opted governor at Beeston Rylands Junior School which is our partner junior school. Her sister Lisa Shepherd is also a co-opted governor on the governing body.

Sarah Kaye (Vice Chair of the Governing Body; Chair of SDC+P)
Term of office :- 01/01/2015-31/12/2018

Started as a parent governor 7 years ago and now works at the school as a Teaching Assistant and Midday Supervisor. She is Chair of the Strategic Development Committee. 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
Lisa Sharples
Term of office:- 30/03/2015-29/03/2019

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.

Gareth Williams

Term of office:- 27/02/2017-26/02/20121


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 Trent Vale. Gareth enjoys running and is often out at weekends training for half marathons.

Georgia Cavanagh-Fletcher

Term of office:- 27/02/2017-26/02/20121


Grew up in Beeston, going to local schools and Bilbrough College, before moving to Newcastle upon Tyne to study nursing and midwifery. She is a currently a practicing midwife. Her work has provided her with experience in working with families, training and assessing students, and safeguarding. Her two children attend Trent Vale Infant’s. Out of work, she enjoys exploring with her family, live music and running, cycling and swimming.

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