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 2022

Chair of Governors: 
Mrs Hayley Barsby – 16 March 2026

The Chair of Governors can be contacted via the school:

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

Tel: 01623 792327

Community Governors:


Community Governors:
Cllr M Smith (Vice-Chair)6 July 2023
Mrs K Johnson6 July 2023

Cllr T Smith


Mr J Perry

1 December 2025


5 October 2026

Parent Governors:
Mrs C Butler5 December 2023

Mrs C Noble

Mr M Hall



5 December 2023

15 March 2027


Staff Governors:
Mr A Weir18 September 2023
Mr S Denby15 September 2024
Mrs C Ayresex officio

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

Leavers in the last 12 months

Mr C Arthur – 20 March 2023


Declarations of Interest 2022-2023

East Midlands Education Trust – Trust Information (

Trust Governance Structure

Governors Attendance 2021-2022