Our Governors

Current Vacancies
  • Co-opted Governor Vacancy
  • Parent Governor Vacancy
  • Staff Governor Vacancy
  • Foundation Governor (Ex-Officio)   

Governors Declaration of Interests

Register of Business Interests for the Governors of Cromford Primary School 2021-2022

Governor Name

Governor Category

Term of Office Expiry

Nature of Business/
Personal Interest

Gill Donaldson


31st Aug 2023

None declared

Glyn Knighton


3rd Oct 2023

None declared

Alison Whittaker


14th July 2025

None declared

Gill Ambrose


30th  Jun 2022

None declared

Julie Taylor


31st Aug 2025

None declared

Liz  Foster



None declared

Stephanie Watson

Local Authority

26th April 2025

None declared

Chris Smartt


2nd July 2023

Wife (Alys Smartt) 
rents school hall private use

Simon Gough-Rundle


7th Oct 2022

None declared

Philip Curzon


25th Feb 2024

None declared


The Governors of Cromford Church of England Primary School

All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, to ask questions and ultimately to represent the school community.

The Governing Body works in close partnership with the Headteacher, staff and the local authority. Whilst the Headteacher is, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.

Governing Body meetings

The Governing Body holds five governor meetings in an academic year to meet and review the progress of the school.  The Governing Body meetings for 2021/22 are as follows:

  • Thursday 23rd  September 2021
  • Thursday 25th November 2021
  • Thursday 31st  March 2022 – Budget Approval
  • Thursday 5th May 2022
  • Thursday 14th July 2022

The Governing Body also has Committees to deal with specific details of governing the school.  These committees report back to the Governing Body meetings. 

Named Governors

A number of governors are also ‘Named Governors’ with responsibilities to review curriculum and other areas of the school’s role.  Each named governor meets the subject leader in school who is responsible for that subject area.

Governing Body Information

In December 2014 the governing body elected to reconstitute under ‘The School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012’.   The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The Chair and Vice-Chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year.

The Chair of Governors is Gill Donaldson who can be contacted via the school.

The Vice-Chair of Governors is Stephanie Watson.

The Governing Body is made up of 13 governors divided into 5 governor categories.