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 full Governing Body meetings.

Who are our Governors?

Governing Body as of 1 September 2020

Chair of Governors: 
Mrs Hayley Barsby

The Chair of Governors can be contacted via the school:

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

Tel: 01623 792327

Academy Trust Governors:


Cllr M Smith  (Vice-Chair)                                         20 March 2023

Mr C J Arthur                                                              20 March 2023

Mrs K Johnson                                                            20 March 2023

Parent Governors:

Mrs C Butler                                                                5 December 2023

Mrs C Noble                                                                5 December 2023

Staff Governors:

Mr A Weir                                                                     18 September 2023

Mr S Denby                                                                   15 September 2024

Headteacher: Mrs C Ayres

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


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