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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."

Matthew Archer, Co-opted Governor: "I have been a member of the team at Milby Primary School for over twenty years and am incredibly proud to be the current headteacher.  Teaching has always been my passion and I thoroughly enjoy my role, especially supporting other colleagues to develop their own practice and driving standards across the school.  My two sons both attend Milby and it has been great to view the school from the perspective of a parent too.  I am an established member of the governing body and I enjoy contributing all that I can 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."


Amy Coates, Co-opted Governor"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.  Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two daughters. I love to travel and thrive on being able to use my experiences of other countries and cultures back in the classroom."


Janice Rowstron, Staff Governor: “I am very proud to obtain the role of staff governor at Milby Primary School. I have been a teacher for 21 years and have taught at Milby since 2020 and during this time, I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching across Key Stage 1 and 2, specialising in music and RSE/ PSHE learning across the school. I feel passionate about creating and facilitating memorable learning experiences for pupils.”

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 three children currently at Milby.  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 Eardley, Co-opted 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 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."


Duncan Harvey - Co-opted Governor: "I joined the governor board at the start of the 22/23 academic year and am also a member of the resources committee.  I have a son who attends the school and I am pleased to play a small part in supporting the school, leadership team and staff as a governor."


Anthea Lawton, Co-opted Governor: "Hello, I am Anthea Lawton.  I have worked in education for 18 years in Birmingham and Leicestershire.  I have just taken on my first Headship in South Leicestershire and am loving the challenge and new learning and the chance to get to know a great bunch of children.  

I am a qualified SENCO of 10 years and am an advocate for inclusivity within schools.  I am looking forward to working with Milby Governors and being part of the Milby community."

Declaration of interests for governors for the year 2022/2023


NameTypePositionCommitteeStart date - current termEnd dateAppointing bodyPecuniary/Business Interest
Matthew ArcherHeadteacher All13-Oct-21Ex OficioEx OficioEmployed at Milby Primary School as Headteacher
Lindsay BanesParentLink governorAll27-Jan-2126-Jan-25ParentsHeadteacher at St. Paul's Primary School
Leanne BuckleyParentLink governorTeaching and learning19-Nov-1918-Nov-23Parents 
Amy CoatesCo-optedDeputy HeadteacherAll15-Jun-2214-Jun-26FBGEmployed at Milby Primary School as Deputy Headteacher
Nicky DaffernCo-optedLink governorAll07-Dec-2106-Dec-25FGB 
Claire GriffithsCo-optedVice-chair, safeguarding governorTeaching and learning27-Jan-2126-Jan-25FGB 
Marion HorsfallStaffLink governorTeaching and learning15-Oct-1914-Oct-23StaffEmployed at Milby Primary School
Karen PriceCo-optedChair, link governorAll27-Jan-2126-Jan-25FGB 
Faiha SirajParentLink governorTeaching and learning27-Jan-2126-Jan-25Parents 
Roger WillcoxAssociateChair of resources committee, H&S governorAll06-Dec-17 FGBOwn business providing ad hoc caretaking services to the school