Karen Price, Chair of the Governing Body: “Historically, I was a parent governor and ultimately Chair of Governors at Milby Primary School for some thirteen years (mainly during the 1990’s) when both my sons attended the school. My sons both still have happy memories of their time at Milby. I relinquished my parent governor role when I returned to work full time as a teacher and became an Assistant Headteacher within the secondary phase. I was delighted to re-join the governing board some and I am happy to be able to share my experience of governance, education and management to help the students, parents and staff of the school. I am currently the Safeguarding Governor as well as having a focus on maths. I continue to be proud of my long association with Milby Primary School."
Claire Griffiths, Co-opted Governor: "I have three children, all of whom enjoyed their time at Milby Primary School. I work for the Local Authority in the Human Resources team focusing on Organisational Development. I have a good understanding of engaging, coaching and motivating people to get their best performance. I am passionate about education and ensuring that it encourages all children to grow and develop to their full potential. I am also keen to promote education which is inclusive and caters for children of all abilities and needs. I was privileged to join the governing body at the end of 2019."
Montie Zaman, Co-opted Governor: "I have three children at Milby Primary School and am driven by a desire to get the best for all children at the school. I have a broad interest in understanding the education system and this gives me a good basis for supporting the school’s leadership. Originally born in Birmingham, I married and moved to Nuneaton. I have been a director of a Mortgage Broking company since 2006 and have a wide understanding of market forces in the financial services industry. I feel Milby Primary School has supported my children in their journey in the education system and would like to help the school in the continuing development of its education strategy. I feel I am very privileged to be a governor at Milby Primary School."
Matthew Archer, Co-opted Governor: "I have been a member of the team at Milby Primary School for over sixteen years and am currently the Deputy Head. Teaching has always been my passion and I thoroughly enjoy my role, especially supporting other colleagues to develop their own practice. My son currently attends Milby and it has been great to view the school from the perspective of a parent. I am a new member of the governing body and I am looking forward to contributing all that I can – in this new capacity – to continue the excellent work being done here to benefit every child. Outside of school, I am a Beaver leader at a local Scout group and an avid rugby fan."
Nicky Daffern, Co-opted Governor: "I am delighted to join the team of Governors at Milby Primary School. Both of my children are former pupils and now my grandchildren attend the school. It is rewarding to see how Milby has grown over the years and is still providing such a supportive, caring environment for children to grow and learn.
I am now retired but have worked with children and young people throughout my career. I began my working life in public libraries, then moving on to work in a range of arts and cultural organisations and then for the last ten years, at Arts Council England. I'm interested in supporting children's learning and development through recognising and nurturing their individual creativity at and beyond school. For me, the ability to imagine and use their creative ability will enable young people to flourish both at school and throughout life."
Ronald Buxton (Ron), Co-opted Governor: "After retiring from HM Forces after 22 years of service and reaching the rank of Warrant Officer, I have been employed in several roles including quality manager within Group Schneider, and quality engineer within the automotive industry, alongside supporting my wife’s business within the social sector for the last 24 years. We have been married for 49 years with two daughters and I believe I am a family orientated man.
I see myself as caring and approachable, as well as eager to learn as I am new to governance. Education is the most important experience in a child’s life to mould them into future adults. My aim is to work closely with other school governors to gain further knowledge to ensure I fulfil my role effectively. My hobbies include reading and swimming, and I view myself as an artistic individual."
I have had the pleasure of teaching the children at Milby for over 16 years. During this time I have been a class teacher in Foundation Stage, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. Since 2011, I have been a member of the Senior Leadership Team and have relished the opportunities to help all children, and to drive the standards of teaching and learning. As Deputy Head, I work in close partnership with all members of the school community to raise standards and to ensure that we provide the best possible education for our children.
Marion Horsfall, Staff Governor: "I have worked as a SEN TA for 22 years, 15 of which were at Milby Primary School. In more recent years I have taken on a pastoral role supporting the welfare of our children and families. I am passionate about this role and the impact that our whole school pastoral care has in supporting the children to feel safe, happy, involved and therefore able to perform to their full potential. I was appointed as staff governor in October 2019 and am enjoying working collectively with the Governing Body to ensure that the school provides high quality education and opportunities for all the children at Milby Primary School."
Roger Willcox, Associate to the Governing Body: "Both of my children received their early-years education at Milby. Now in their late twenties, they each have very good jobs, so I have no misgivings about the decision to attend what has always been an excellent school. As a house-husband, with my wife in full-time employment, once the children were asleep, I had plenty of time to devote to Milby and, in the years since 1990 I have been chair of the Playgroup management committee, chair of the Nursery & Kids’ Club management committee, chair of governors at Milby First School, Chair of the governing body set-up to oversee the merger of Milby First and Middle Schools, chair of Governors at the fledgling Milby Primary School, Clerk to the Governing Body and part-time School clerical assistant. At the end of 2017, I decided that I had probably “done my bit” and resigned from the governing body. The headteacher and the chair of governors then asked me if I would become an associate. As such, I have no voting rights, but can attend any governors’ meeting in an advisory capacity. I was very flattered by the invitation, and happily accepted the position. I continue to assist the school in various ways and, as always, I am very happy to help the Friends of Milby Primary School, whenever I can."
Leanne Buckley, Parent Governor: "I have 2 children currently at Milby and a third who I hope will start when she’s older. It is important to me to support the school to continue to be a positive community where children are given the opportunity to express themselves. I believe in supporting the whole child and that all children are different, that time should be taken to understand each of them. I taught for 11 years in the secondary classroom. I now have my own business where my purpose is to help students know their goals, get to their next steps and recognise all of the choices and opportunities that lay in front of them. I believe that my teaching background gives me an awareness of what we can expect from schools and the professionals that work in them whilst also balancing this with student and staff wellbeing. I feel privileged to be in a position where I can both support the school but also question, when necessary, to ensure it’s the best environment for our children."
Lindsay Banes, Parent Governor: "I have two children at Milby Primary School and they both thoroughly enjoy going to school. My priority is that all children have the opportunities to be the best they can possibly be and receive the education they deserve. I share Milby’s vision that school should be a place where children can be safe, happy and achieve their full potential. I have been a teacher for many years, and more recently, a Deputy Headteacher. I find my job incredibly rewarding and thoroughly enjoy seeing children flourish as they learn and discover life skills. Through the role of parent governor, I hope to support the school in continuing to provide excellence in education and to develop further the relationships between the parents and the school."
Declaration of interests for governors for the year 2021/2022
|Name||Type||Position||Committee||Start date - current term||End date||Appointing body||Pecuniary/Business Interest|
|Matthew Archer||Headteacher||All||13-Oct-21||Ex Oficio||Ex Oficio||Employed at Milby Primary School as Headteacher|
|Lindsay Banes||Parent||Link governor||All||27-Jan-21||26-Jan-25||Parents||Deputy Head at Stockingford Academy|
|Leanne Buckley||Parent||Link governor||Teaching and learning||19-Nov-19||18-Nov-23||Parents|
|Ronald Buxton||Co-opted||H&S governor||All||27-Jan-22||26-Jan-25||FGB|
|Amy Coates||Co-opted||Deputy Headteacher||All||15-Jun-22||14-Jun-26||FBG||Employed at Milby Primary School as Deputy Headteacher|
|Nicky Daffern||Co-opted||Link governor||All||07-Dec-21||06-Dec-25||FGB|
|Claire Griffiths||Co-opted||Vice-chair, safeguarding governor||Teaching and learning||27-Jan-21||26-Jan-25||FGB|
|Marion Horsfall||Staff||Link governor||Teaching and learning||15-Oct-19||14-Oct-23||Staff||Employed at Milby Primary School|
|Karen Price||Co-opted||Chair, link governor||All||27-Jan-21||26-Jan-25||FGB|
|Faiha Siraj||Parent||Link governor||Teaching and learning||27-Jan-21||26-Jan-25||Parents|
|Roger Willcox||Associate||Chair of resources committee, H&S governor||All||06-Dec-17||FGB||Own business providing ad hoc caretaking services to the school|
|Montie Zaman||Co-opted||Link governor||All||24-Sep-19||23-Sep-23||FGB|