School Governors

Clearwell C of E School has a committed group of 10 School Governors.

The Governing Body is appointed to ensure the school is run efficiently and responsibly and to offer support and act as a “critical friend” to the Head Teacher.  Each Governor usually serves at least a four year term and their time and efforts are given voluntarily.

Your Governing Body

Our Governor members are grouped to represent different areas of the community;

1 Ex-Officio

1 Foundation Governors

1 Local Authority Governor

1 Headteacher

1 Staff Governor

3 Co-opted Governors

2 Parent Governors

Governors then represent the whole body on various sub-committees:

Resources and Finance
Curriculum and Standard

Governor details August 2018

Governors’ Register of attendance 2017-2018



Mrs Cilla James

Head Teacher
Sarah Kemp

Mrs Sarah Kemp

LA Governor – Vice Chair of Governors
Margaret Ralph

Mrs Margaret Ralph

Chair of Governors
Staff Governor
Kate Graham
Miss Kate Graham

Parent Governor

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Teri Chance
Mrs Teri Chance

Co-opted Governor

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Mrs Sandra Jones
Finance Governor

Miss Chris Young

Ex-Officio Governor
Sam Hughes
Miss Sam Hughes

Parent Governor

Finance Chair

The Governors of Clearwell C of E Primary have set the following principles of behaviour:-

  • As a Church of England Primary school we aim to work together to inspire and empower all our children to achieve their very best, regardless of their race, gender, class or abilities.
  • We believe good behaviour is essential to the fulfilment of this aim.
  • We believe good behaviour enables effective learning, and that effective teaching and learning promote good behaviour.
    We believe in a culture of respect for each other, the school and the community.
  • We value the importance of self-esteem and self-discipline, and work hard to nurture and foster it in our learner.
  • We believe it is important to involve parents, carers and children in establishing and maintaining good behaviour and for us all to provide positive role models.
  • We strongly believe in the principle of equal opportunities and value cultural diversity.   We will not tolerate bullying, violence, racism, sexism or any form of discrimination.
  • We have developed a clear system of celebrating successes and we implement sanctions consistently.
  • We have a responsibility to support those children with emotional and behavioural needs to enable them to be educated with their peers wherever possible.
  • We endorse the school’s behaviour policy and undertake to monitor its effectiveness and support staff in its implementation.
  • We will ensure that teachers can teach and children can learn in an atmosphere of respect, security and enjoyment.

For a copy of the School’s Behaviour Policy please click Behaviour and discipline policy 2017

Kate Graham

My family and I are new arrivals in Clearwell, but from the beginning of our time here we have always been struck by the special qualities of Clearwell School and of its enormous potential.  The school sits at both the heart of the village and its community and also has a unique and valuable community of its own.  Clearwell is a great school, but it could be a fantastic school and I really want to contribute as much as I can to help it and the children thrive and flourish – my own children included.  I have a varied personal and professional background that would help me to bring a strong set of skills to the role of Governor – a role that I would take on with energy, enthusiasm and a commitment to helping the school grow and develop.


Sam Hughes

My son Toby is in his fourth year of attending school at Clearwell and is now in Willow Class, Josh is in Oak and I am very much looking forward to Matilda attending the school in the future.  I would like to be involved as a Governor to help the school that I and my children love, to grow and prosper.  My husband and I run a very busy and multi-award winning gastro pub within the school’s locality.  It takes a vast skill set to manage this, but my key skills lie in communication and organisation.  I am responsible for the customer facing aspects of our business ensuring the smooth running of our services, events and the B&B facilities, as well as managing our 16 staff.  I also have extensive administration skills, previously working as a project support officer with the NHS.  On a personal level I am passionate about history in particular the medieval period.  I enjoy research, recently volunteering for the University of Exeter as a research assistant, working on a project looking at apologies for historical wrongdoings.


Margaret Ralph

My whole working life has been in education, having been a primary school teacher, Headteacher of three primary church schools in the SW, a Local Authority Principal Adviser and Inspector, an Ofsted inspector and finally Head of School Improvement and Deputy Director of Education for a Greater Manchester Borough.

I moved to Sling  2014 and became a Governor at Clearwell in September, 2015 having been a Chair in two Derbyshire schools previously.