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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.


Copies of governing body agendas, minutes and reports are available on request via the school office.

Chair of Governors

Ellie Williscroft

Parent Governors

Aidan Cole-Baker
Emma Jepson
Michelle Stevenson
Sarah Armitage

Community Governor



 Elaine Jones

Staff Governors

Jo Martin
Louise Tomlinson

Mrs E Williscroft - Chair of Governors

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 S Armitage

I have lived on the Dales for nearly 20 years, and through my 3 children have seen the school change over the years.

For the last 4 years I have been proud to be part of the school as a parent governor. I have 14 years banking experience, and currently work in the Building sector, both roles have enabled me to help the school develop.

In my spare time, when I’m not running the children to Ballroom lessons or football, I enjoy running half marathons, cross stitching, Gardening and visiting local National Trust sites with my family.


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 Jepson

I have 2 daughters at Dovedale and have been living in Long Eaton for the past 11 years. I am an experienced Primary School teacher, who is currently taking a career break to spend more quality time with my family. I have 10 years of teaching experience to draw on and I hope that this helps me to be a good Governor. Whilst regularly volunteering at Dovedale I see the exciting opportunities that the teachers offer our children and the enjoyment and enthusiasm that they all have for learning.

In my free time I enjoy getting out and about with my family and exploring new places. We walk a lot and love to see what the local area has to offer and its always made more enjoyable if our adventure ends with a cup of tea and a slice of cake.

I am looking forward to becoming more involved with the school and being part of the team.


Ms M Stevenson

I am very passionate about Dovedale having grown up locally and attend the school myself in the 80s/90s. I have a son who started Dovedale in 2015.

I have worked in adult education for over 18 years specialising in quality assurance and compliance. I hope my experience in this field will enable me to support the school in its desire to continuously improve.

In my free time I love doing yoga, baking, watching movies, eating cake, country walks and meals out.  


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!