The Joseph Whitaker School benefits from very strong governance from a dedicated, skilled and experienced Board.

The role of school governors is to set the strategic direction for the school, to hold school leaders to account for improving performance and to make sure money is well spent. Our Governors are representatives of the local community, parents and elected school staff.   They bring a range of interests, knowledge and skills to the school and they all work in a voluntary capacity.   They have responsibility for overseeing the strategic framework of the school including setting policies, approving the curriculum and overseeing the school budget.

The Governing Body works as a team with shared responsibilities. Governors never make decisions on their own, nor do they act as individuals.

Governors meet on a regular basis and their work is conducted through meetings of either the full Governing Body or smaller committees as follows:

  • Academy Trust Board
  • Pupils and Achievement
  • Personnel and Finance

Who are our Governors?

Governing Body as of January 2016:

Chair of Governors: 
Councillor C P Barnfather

The Chair of Governors can be contacted via the school:

c/o The Joseph Whitaker School
Warsop Lane
NG21 0AG

Tel: 01623 792327

Governors appointed by the Academy Trust:

Cllr C P Barnfather (22 June 2016)
Mr J A Eden (23 January 2017)
Mr R Evans (23 January 2017)
Mr C Morgan (2 November 2019)
Cllr M Smith (1 May 2019)
Mrs J Staton (2 November 2019)
Mrs K Turner (30 April 2016)
Mr D Wakelin (31 October 2018)

Governors elected by parents:

Mr W Bates (30 April 2016)
Mrs A Hancock (27 November 2016)
Mr C Arthur (17 March 2019)
Mrs K Johnson (17 March 2019)
Mr D Brennan (2 November 2019)
Mr R Corder (2 November 2019)
Mr P Whitlam (2 November 2019)

Governors elected by staff:

Mrs D O’Connor (1 May 2019)
Ms H Maiden (1 May 2019))
Mrs S Linnell (27 November 2016)

Headteacher: Mr D Bell

Note: Dates indicate when a Governor’s current term of office will end.