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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors' section. 

All Governors are volunteers and at our school we have 3 types of Governor:

1: Parent Governors- Parent Governors are elected by the parents of children at the school, where only one parent applies then this parent will be accepted on to the governing body if there skill set is appropriate..

2: Staff Governors- Staff Governors are elected by the staff at the school.

3. Community Governors –representatives from the community. These may also be parents but also may have no connection with the school.

The Head teacher attends all Governing body meetings.

We ensure that our Governing body has a broad set of skills and each Governor is required to complete a skills audit. Each Governor has a linked teacher who they discuss particular curriculum areas with in their monitoring role. The Governors write a report on their allocated curriculum areas each year and monitor the action plans with their linked teacher.
The Governors are required to attend pertinent induction and training and are given training information on the schools own monitoring and assessment systems.


Our Governing body is active and scrutinises financial and curriculum developments, questioning and supporting the Head teacher in her day to day running of the school to ensure best practice, value for money and strategic planning.

Two members of the Governing body and the Head teacher are also on the board of directors of Willows Academy Trust.


All our Governors undertake induction training and safeguarding training. They also attend training to improve their knowledge in different areas including data analysis.

Chair of Governors

Chair of Governors 1 Terry Wallace

Parent Governors

Parent Governors 1 Aidan Cole-Baker
Parent Governors 2 Sarah Armitage
Parent Governors 3 Stuart Stevenson

Staff Governors

Staff Governors 1 Jo Martin
Staff Governors 2 Louise Tomlinson
Staff Governors 3 Matt Davies

Mr Terry Wallace

I am a retired grandfather with two grandchildren currently at the school. Since retiring my involvement in the school has kept me busy. Being a school governor is really enjoyable and I have taken a great deal of pleasure from the experience I have gained and the time I have spent with the children. My other pastimes are gardening, travelling and cycling.


Mr S Stevenson 

I have lived on the Dales estate for 15 years and have two daughters attending Dovedale Primary School.
I work as a civil servant for the Army looking after finance & personnel issues for a reserve regiment which has it's headquarters in Bilborough and squadrons all over the country.
In my spare time I enjoy swimming, walking and watching most sports.
I became a governor in 2013 as I wanted to take an active interest in my daughters' education and support the school as much as possible.


DR A Cole-Baker 

I am an Engineering Specialist in Nuclear Materials, managing long term Research and Technology programmes and part of the leadership team within the organisation I work for. As a parent governor, I wanted to have the opportunity to get involved helping Dovedale School develop, benefiting the pupils that attend.
I am interested in, amongst other things, cycling, running, music, motorbikes, taking things apart and putting them back together (hopefully without too many “spares” left over), geocaching with my children and getting out and about in the wilds.


Mrs E Williscroft

I was born in Bingham and attended Toot Hill Comp.
When I left school I qualified in Business Studies on a Youth Training Scheme at an Entertainment agency. I then worked in mortgage arrears for the Nottingham Building Society and for the last 15 years have worked as an Assistant Supply Manager for Boot International supplying the best of Boots products to countries all around the world.
I have a son who is currently in reception and another son who will join in Sept 16. Shortly after Oscar started in Paris class I became a Parent Volunteer and loved the involvement it gave me in the school and I wanted to extend my support to the school by becoming a Parent Governor.
My pastimes are reading, getting out and about in the great outdoors and baking cakes (when not dieting!).. I really dislike Ironing and Weeding!!!


Mrs E Jepson




Mrs L Tomlinson

I have been a teacher at Dovedale for many years and have never felt the urge to teach elsewhere when it is such a friendly, happy school allowing me to enjoy my job as much as I do.

When I’m not at work I am busy at home being a mum to my two children Jacob and Chloe. As a family we enjoy caravan holidays as often as we can. We have our own touring caravan which goes everywhere from Wales, Lake District, Devon to Scarborough and even Holland! I enjoy coastal walks and exploring new places.

Any other spare time I get means I can visit family and meet up with my friends for coffee and cake!


Miss J Martin

I am very much a local person, having lived in Wollaton all my life. I began my career as a teaching assistant, while working full time in a primary school I did a degree in Childhood Studies part time at Derby University. I then went on to do a PGCE, also at Derby University. I have now been teaching at Dovedale for 10 years, every year has been different but equally as enjoyable, I feel privileged to be part of the Dovedale Team.
My main hobbies are music, I love to sing and play the flute and am an active member of Music for Everyone where I help to lead youth choirs and sing in the festival chorus. I also have a rather 'lively' border terrier dog, Basil, who I enjoy walking on Wollaton Park or if time allows in the country!


Mr M Davies

I have been a teacher at Dovedale for the past ten years, having previously taught at schools in West Bridgford and Stapleford. In my spare time I follow the misfortunes of Nottingham Forest, coach football with my sons' teams and try to stave off an expanding gut in the gym.