The Friesland Governing Body is a group of people totally committed to Friesland School, its future and holding the Headteacher and Leadership Group of the school to account. We are fortunate to have a very experienced Governing Body that comprises individuals with different business backgrounds and a variety of skills and attributes. The Full Governing Body of the school meets six times in the course of the school year as do its two sub-committees: Resource and Strategy.
Meet the Governors
I was first elected as a parent Governor in 2002, shortly after my son started at Friesland school, but have continued as a co-opted governor since he left school. My roles are as link Governor for SEND, Pupil Premium and Looked After Children. These roles are particularly appropriate as my experience as an Associate Professor in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Nottingham, where I teach and carry out research. In particular, my familiarity with data is of great assistance in analysing and understanding the information about pupil progress which is such a key part of a governor’s role today. I am proud to have seen the continuing development of Friesland school over these years and its continuing role in the local community.
I was co-opted on 25 September 2018 after serving over ten years as a Parent Governor on the governing board. I currently chair the Resource sub-committee. I have over 30 years business experience working locally in commercial banking and am able to contribute some experience and expertise from this background in dealing with the intricacies of a school budget.
I was a local authority governor at Friesland School from 2012 and was co-opted on 25.9.18. I have always worked in education both in England and abroad. My final role at a large comprehensive school in South Derbyshire comprised time as both Head of Mathematics and Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for data and assessment.
Upon retirement, I was determined, in addition to travelling, walking, reading and spending time with grandchildren, to maintain my links with education and to contribute to the local community. Hence, my role as a school governor and being a member of the South Derbyshire bench since 2010. Both roles I find stimulating and challenging. With my experience in data and assessment, I am Vice Chair of Governors.
Challenges in education still remain for each and every youngster to achieve their full potential and I am proud on my continuing involvement in trying to achieve that goal.
I have been involved with Friesland School since 2005 having had four children attend the school. Having attained a BSC(Hons) Combined Science plus an MBA higher degree, I am currently a project manager for an engineering company in Derby, having previously managed operations for large corporations in the UK.
More recently I have served for over 12 years as a Parish Councillor in the Borough of Erewash. I am also one of the trustees of the Risley Educational Foundation Trust.
My name is Andrew Durrant. I have been a governor at Friesland school for the past 5 years. Before that I was a governor at a primary school for 5 years. I have a daughter at Friesland. With regards to education, after a slow start I now have degrees and a PhD in engineering. With regards to my financial experience, I started an automotive electronics business and after 15 successful years now employ a total of about 25 staff, split between offices in the UK, Sri Lanka and USA, with exports going all over the world. With regards to my premises experience, I managed the building of our offices and workshops, and more recently designed and built us a new home. I did not particularly enjoy my formative years at school, partly due to being dyslexic. As such my main priority is to ensure that Friesland maintains high academic behavioural standards, whilst supporting all students irrespective of their ability and educates in a way that is both enjoyable and engaging.
I have two children at Friesland School and third child at a local primary school. Currently employed in the banking sector, I have previously worked in training and development and spent a short time teaching in FE whilst studying for a PGCE. I am actively involved in Friesland’s PTA and have spent time as a parent volunteer in my child’s primary school.
I have two daughters currently at Friesland and another daughter and son at Firfield Primary. At weekends I enjoy watching the Moto GP. My professional background is secretarial and I now assist with my husbands company. I am an active PTA member and enjoy the social side this brings. I am keen to contribute towards the continued success and improvement of Friesland, so as students can reach their potential.
My name is Sally Edgar, I have 3 children 2 of which are currently at Friesland school, and one that has finished her GSCE and moved onto college. I am new to the role of governor as this will be my first year. I currently work in a secondary school supporting Deaf students, so I feel I will be able to bring both a parent and teaching perspective to this role. I feel being an active member in the community is important, as I am also a member of the Friesland PTA and involved with Breaston in Bloom.
I was co-opted on 24/6/19. I have two children, attending Friesland SchooI and a local primary school. Having spent the first part of my career in financial services, I am now self employed as a business coach and trainer, delivering professional training, coaching and consultancy to businesses and individuals in the East Midlands.
I have been at Friesland since 2003, initially as Assistant Headteacher: KS5, then as Deputy Headteacher and since 2009 as Headteacher. Before I came to Friesland, I worked at De Lisle Catholic Science College in Loughborough where I was a staff governor as well as Head of Post-16. I sat on various committees and was on the panel that appointed the previous Headteacher there. As Headteacher governor at Friesland I attend every sub-committee meeting and Full Governors meetings. The role is a fascinating one. It is my job to keep the Governing Body informed about everything Friesland and also to develop Governors’ skills to be able to challenge me as Headteacher and hold the Leadership Group of the school to account. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family. My son is at university in Manchester and my daughter is at Friesland. My wife runs education in a local secure unit. I am also an avid fan of Arsenal Football Club and attend games whenever I can fit them in!
I have worked at Friesland School for 11 years and over this time my job has really developed. I support the Performing Arts Department and recently co-directed the Lower School Show; Matilda. I co-ordinate many of the trips at Friesland and overseas the rewards trips and our activities week that takes place at the end of the Summer Term. A big part of my role now is Transition Liaison and I spend a lot of my time out at the local feeder schools delivering performing arts workshops. I am also the mentoring coordinator and therefore work closely with the pastoral team.
I am Assistant Head of Science with responsibility for KS3 Science. I have been teaching for ten years now – before which I was a self-employed software developer working on contracts for a variety of companies in the UK and in Europe. It was while working in Brussels that I was inspired to switch to a career in teaching by my children’s primary school. I am passionate about all the sciences, but teach mainly Physics. I teach a voluntary GCSE course in Astronomy after school.
In my free time, I am a keen orienteer, and train for this sport by running as often as I can. I can often be found reading about the history of science.
For full details of the Governor membership, please click here: Governor Membership
There are currently two vacancies for co-opted governors – if you are interested in finding out more information about how to be a governor, please contact the clerk to governors – Sarah Whitaker on firstname.lastname@example.org