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Jackie Cutchey

I have been involved in primary education for more than 40 years, spending the last 16 years of my career as Headteacher. I am on the board of trustees of two academy sponsors, both as a volunteer. I am committed to supporting and challenging schools in order to provide the best for all learners. I am proud to be associated with Grove Primary.

Rae Aldous

I have been Headteacher at Westwood Primary School since September 2012 and Executive Headteacher at Westwood Primary and Grove Primary since February 2018. Working in partnership with The Active Learning Trust, through careful recruitment of outstanding staff and targeted school improvement the Westwood Primary School was successfully lead out of Special Measures. Again in February 2019, Grove Primary school was successfully lead out of Serious Weaknesses. Both schools have been transformed resulting in a learning communities which are both happy and harmonious and where strong leadership ensures positive outcomes for all children and their families. 

Stephen Clarke

Stephen Clarke is a police officer by trade. He joined the Governing body in 2017 as a Parent Governor. In July 2019, he was asked by the Active Learning trust to become a Trust Governor. Stephen is our Governor responsible for safeguarding.

Dr Eve Hepburn

Eve's son is new to Year 5 as they have moved home to Carlton Colville, from Nottingham recently. In Nottingham she was  a co-opted Governor at his primary school since he was in Reception. She has spent 15 years employed within the mental health and criminal justice systems and have always found ways to utilise knowledge and skills gained from this, to support the school with their various projects and improvement plans. She has supported projects on mental health, SEND, safeguarding and whole school behaviour. Eve feels confident at providing supportive challenge and encouraging reflective practice. As a Governor she has supported the shcool through a number of external review processes whereby they sought to improve their function. She feels she learnt from them, a wealth of ideas for ways to assist the Senior Leadership Team, to continue to develop the school to the holistic benefit of every child in their care. Eve is keen to support and celebrate the success of the shcool as it continues it's journey

Mary Corker

Mary is a retired teacher who continues to have an active part in the life of schools. Providing children with a sound education and supporting young children to mature into well rounded adults is extremely important to me.

Sarah Holiday

Sarah Holiday is a trained Early Years Practitioner. She is currently supporting her daughter through her primary years. However, Sarah has experience of working both in schools and Early Years settings spanning over 20 years. Her interest lie is ensuring all children receive a good level of education as well as her passion for early childhood development.

Paul Usher

Paul is a qualified high school teacher who has worked within the local community. At present he is working for County Inclusive Support Services, the local authority Autism and behaviour advisory service. He brings with him his educational background and is able to support in terms of his knowledge across the whole curriculum.

Emma Hall

Emma is a Trust governor. The school is committed to ensuring positive outcomes for each and every one of the children who attends and I am proud to be part of the leadership team that supports this.

Sarah Ross

Sarah is a former Primary Deputy Headteacher and Head of School. She was also previously an Associate  Leader within the Active learning Trust developing the Teaching Institute and Research programme. Sarah currently works for a Teacher Trainer provider writing programme content.  She is studying for a PHD in Education and has a wealth of knowledge around teaching and learning, the curriculum and leadership and management.

Stephen MooreSteve is an experienced Middle Leader and KS2 Teacher. He is accountable for History, Geography and RE across the two schools. Steve is currently undertaking his NPQSL and feels that he can offer skills to the governing body whilst also experiencing another angle of leadership.
Joe Sandell

Joe joined Grove Primary in 2020 moving from a school in Hertfordshire. He is experienced governor having also served as a staff governor at his previous school. joe is also undertaking NPQSL and is looking to further develop his leadership skills.

Elliot GibbonsElliot Gibbons is a qualified teacher who is current in post as a Deputy Headteacher in a local high school. His experience and responsibilities in this role are around safeguarding, behaviour, student conduct and inclusion. Elliot predominately teaches Physical Education and has a passion for sport.  He has had active role in primary PE education, sports coaching, community work and school transition work. Elliot has been keen to support and develop his leadership through school governance. He is looking forward to supporting Westwood and Grove primary school. 
Mike QuantrillAs a child Mike always wanted to become an astronaut. Although the opportunity to work in the Space Industry never arose, he has followed a career as a secondary Science teacher, inspiring children to work hard and pursue their dreams. Mike is an experienced secondary level senior leader and he is currently responsible for standards across the schools within a local multi-academy trust. His particular areas of expertise are in curriculum development, assessment and the use of school data. Throughout his career Mike has had a strong commitment to improving the life chances of pupils and as a governor at Grove and Westwood Primaries he hopes to support the senior staff and governing body in this aim.