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Who's Who

Click here for details of our Governing Body structure.

Please find below a little information about each of our Governors.

  • Every Governor has a 4 year term of office.
  • Parent Governors are elected by parents.
  • Staff Governors are elected by staff.
  • Co-opted and Local Authority Governors are appointed by the Governing Body.

If you are interest in joining our Governing Body then please come into school, telephone or e-mail Mrs Gratton.

Sarah Bacon (Staff Governor)

In October 2012, I had the pleasure of joining Langwith Bassett Primary School as a teacher. Currently, I teach our Year 1 and Year 2 children within Class 2. In addition to this, I am also a member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Special Educational Needs Coordinator and am responsible for maths and RE within he school.

I am thrilled to be the Staff Governor because I am very proud of the developmental journey our school is undertaking, and I want to support our continuing improvement for the benefit of all the children.

Sal Berry (Co-opted Governer)

 I have a Diploma in Sport Psychology, a BA (Hons) and a PGCE. In addition to this, I am also a Year 6 teacher in a local school and am incredibly passionate about the education of primary children. I enjoy working alongside the Headteacher and our able team of governors to move the school forward, working in the best interests of both our children and the wider community.

Glynn Carter (Local Authority Governor)

I am thoroughly delighted to have been appointed as the Local Authority Governor to Langwith Bassett Primary School and to be given the opportunity to serve the school. My wife and I have lived in the Chesterfield area for almost 30 years and our 4 daughters are all Chesterfield born. Before retiring, I spent 20 years working in industry, selling, designing and then implementing large scale industrial technology projects across Europe.

By using my experience gained within industry, in combination with nearly four years of experience as a Parent Governor at a local school, I will strive to serve the children well. My goal is to work together with my fellow Governors and school staff to create the best opportunities and deliver the best education possible for the children of Langwith Bassett Primary School.

Reverend John Draycott (Co-opted Governor)

I have been Rector of the East Scarsdale Team consisting of St Luke - Whaley Thorns, Holy Cross - Upper Langwith, Holy Trinity - Shirebrook and St Michael - Pleasley, for the past four years.  I live on Rectory Road and since Reverend Karen Bradley has joined me I am able to concentrate on Whaley Thorns and Langwith areas.  I have had the pleasure of delivering assemblies within Langwith Bassett Primary School and enjoying their services in Holy Cross Church at the various festivals of the year. 

I love the pupils of Langwith Bassett Primary School, their sense of humour and pleasant nature. When I heard the school was looking for governors I took the opportunity to become a member of the Governing Board.  

I entered the ministry of the Church of England in 1999, prior to that I worked for many years on the shop floor of a textile company.  I worked for many of these years on a three shift pattern and I am a dad to two children - not that they are now!  I hope that my life experiences may help the school towards its endeavours to help the students to reach their potential.  

Paul Stockdale (Chair of Governors)

I am a Commercial Driver Training Consultant and a lifelong resident of the area. I have strong family links to Langwith going back over a century and it's been my home for almost 8 years. Langwith Bassett Community Primary School is very close to my family's heart as my daughter is currently in Year 6, my wife is employed as a part-time Teaching Assistant and I have had the pleasure of serving as a Parent Governor since 2012, including 1 year as vice-chair. 

Our children deserve every possible opportunity to learn in a stimulating, safe and secure environment and I am confident that our current Aims & Ethos sets the foundation to ensure that when our children leave us, they have been nurtured and provided with the skills needed to ensure they are prepared for their next stage of learning.

Our Governing Board provides strategic leadership and accountability in school; we hold the main responsibility for the finances of our school and we must ensure that money is well spent; we set aims and objectives for our school; we set the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives and we monitor and evaluate the progress our school makes towards achieving those aims and objectives. Furthermore, as a Governor, I'm never afraid to ask the difficult questions when needed! Although the role of a School Governor is becoming an ever more demanding one, it is a role that I am both privileged and proud to hold.

Helen Turner (Staff Associate Governor)

I joined the school in January 2013 as a teacher in Class 3 and moved to Class 4 in September 2013. I have over twenty years experience in teaching in both primary and middle schools throughout Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. I also work for Derbyshire County Council as a Key Stage 2 Writing Moderator. In January 2014 I became a Senior Leader at the school and in July 2014 became an Associate Governor. We have a very happy school that benefits from a supportive team of staff and governors. I have really enjoyed my time here so far and look forward to seeing what we can achieve for our children in the future.

Sally Wheatley (Vice Chair of Governors)

I was delighted to be appointed by the Governing Body of Langwith Bassett School in April 2016. I have a commitment to the local area, having lived within the District of Bolsover for over 25 years.

I have a professional background in the NHS as an Occupational Therapist, which has provided me with many years experience working in a range of clinical, managerial and professional leadership roles. This has led to me being particularly interested and committed to promoting the physical health, mental health and general well-being of children and young people, as well as raising their own personal aspirations.

To the best of my ability, I will use my knowledge, skills and experience to make a positive contribution to achieving the best possible outcomes for local children.

Paul Plastow (Associate Member)

 I have lived in the local area all of my life.  Myself and my 4 brothers all attended Langwith Bassett Primary School many years ago, and my wife is now the Dinner Lady at the school. I have fond memories of attending Langwith  Bassett and really enjoyed my early school years.

I am currently the Site Manager at Shirebrook Academy and Stubbin Wood School.  Previous to this role I worked in engineering.

I was asked if our site team could offer our services to Langwith Bassett.  I had a meeting with the Headteacher and all of the fond memories of my time at the school came flooding back!  It is still the same friendly, warm and comforting place.  The children’s behaviour was impeccable and I quickly bought into the Headteachers vision for the school.

I was asked if I would join the Governing Board as an Associate Member.  It was a decision that didn't take me too long to agree to do.

I hope I can assist the school particularly with my experience and knowledge of Health and Safety and building management.


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