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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section.
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.


Who are the school governors?


The school governing body consists of the following:


  • Parent governors
  • Staff governors (including the head teacher)
  • LEA appointed governors
  • Community governors


In addition, the governing body must elect a chair and vice chair. You can contact the Chair of Governors by email at or through the school office.


What do they do?


The role of the governing body is to take a largely strategic role in the running of the school. This includes:


  • Setting up a strategic framework for the school and helping to decide the school's strategy for improvement;
  • Setting its aims, objectives and priorities.
  • Agreeing policies and targets for achieving the objectives;
  • Monitoring and reviewing aims, objectives and whether the policies, targets and priorities are being achieved;
  • Acting as a critical friend by asking questions and push for improvements as well as promoting the interests of the school and its pupils;
  • Ensure accountability by discussing and refining proposals while respecting the professional roles of the Head Teacher and other staff. In its turn the governing body answers for its actions to parents and the wider local community for the school's overall performance.


The governing body is not responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school. This is the responsibility of the Head Teacher.


Powers and Duties of the Governing Body


The governing body has general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement


  • Setting appropriate targets for pupil achievement at Key Stages 2, 3 and 4;
  • Managing the school's budget;
  • Making sure that the curriculum for the school is balanced and broadly based.
  • Reporting National Curriculum assessments and examination results.
  • Appointing the headteacher and deputy headteacher, determining how the appointment of other staff will be managed and establishing procedures for management of staff conduct and discipline and staff grievances;
  • Reviewing the school’s performance management policy
  • Managing governor's duties to pupils with Special Educational Needs under Section 317 of the Education Act 1996; and
  • Drawing up an action plan after an inspection.

Governor Profiles


Amjad Ali

I have lived in Sherwood for thirty years and have been a governor at the school for nine years. My eldest daughter started at Haydn Nursery in 2004 and my second daughter is currently in year 5. I work as an Audit Manager for a national accountancy firm and this has allowed me to work closely with the dedicated staff at Haydn, specifically around the financial and operational areas.


Caroline Bruce

As the parent of a child in Year 6, one in Year 3, and finally a third child in reception in Seely, I feel I'm in a good position to understand some of the issues facing families at the moment. I have only been a governor since 2016 but feel able to support the staff, parents and children in the continuing development of Haydn Primary. I work in a City Secondary school, and while I've had various curricular and pastoral roles, I currently specialise in teaching English as an Additional Language. I believe strongly in quality education for all, regardless of post code, class, gender or ethnicity, and this conviction informs my approach to both teaching and my role as a governor.


Dave Doherty

I’ve been a governor for several years and have lived in Sherwood since 2003. My youngest son (Ehren) is currently at Haydn while my eldest (Jared) left a few years ago.

Being a governor has given me a fantastic opportunity to contribute to the strategic direction of the school, which continues to improve year on year. My day job in public sector communications has equipped me to consider the bigger issues that affect the day to day running of the school and connected local services.

I looking forward to supporting Haydn as it keeps improving and tackling future challenges in the years to come.


Frances Rowland

I work for Nottingham City Council brokering services to schools. It was a natural progression to become a Local Authority Governor so I joined Haydn Primary’s Governing Body in 2013. In 2016 I was asked to become Chair of Governors and have been keen to rise to the challenge to keep Haydn Primary’s Governing Body outstanding. My background experience is sales, marketing, contractual work and procurement. I have worked in a number of industries including catering, software and more recently support for Nottingham city schools. I have lived overseas a few times but always gravitate back to Nottingham where I have family and friends. I enjoy being a Governor at Haydn Primary School, engaging with different aspects of the school and the staff is enriching even if the reading of multiple reports every term can be time consuming!


James Atterby

I’ve got 2 children currently at Haydn (Rosie-Jean and Alfie). I’ve lived in and around Sherwood for 15 years and am involved in youth football with Gedling Southbank Football Club. My wife Ladene runs the after school drama club at Haydn. I work in the financial services industry and as part of the local community I to help where I can by serving as a school governor for the past 3 years.


Jo Hill

I have been involved with Haydn School for over 20 years: initially as a teacher, then as a parent and governor. I currently teach at a city primary school and have a particular interest in Early Years Education. I have really enjoyed my role as governor and glad that I can continue to support the school as joint vice chair after my youngest children leave at the end of this year.


Kirsty Spencer

I’ve worked in HR for Nottingham City Council for over ten years and as part of my current role I oversee HR’s traded services to schools. I have links with a number of City schools and a keen interest in helping them to manage their staff. I’m also a busy mum to a very busy toddler! I’ve always had an interest in education – prior to joining NCC, I worked as a Key Stage 2 teacher in Nottinghamshire. I hope I can bring some of my knowledge and interest in schools, from both a teaching and support perspective, to my role as a governor at Haydn Road Primary School and contribute to its continued success.


Manisha Amera Yasin

I have lived in Sherwood for 22 years during which time I have raised a family in this wonderful community. I also work as an Occupational Therapist within the local area and enjoy the challenges that this brings.

For me, the concept of 'giving back' was very appealing. So when the vacancy of a governor for the school was advertised, I felt compelled to apply and was successfully nominated. I have now been a part of the governing body for 4 years. Two of my children attend the school and one will be starting next year. Coming from an ethnic minority background is also greatly valued by the school as I feel that I can bring forward concepts and ideas from an alternative perspective. For me being a governor means being a critical and supportive friend to the school and I look forward to seeing Haydn go from strength to strength.


Philip Molloy

I have had a 15 year relationship with Haydn Primary and been a governor there since May 2006. My career in education and role as governor helps me keep abreast of policy and legislation. I find being a governor an important role which contributes to the continuing success of Haydn Primary.


Sarah and Pat Fielding

We were formerly joint Head Teachers of a large Primary and Nursery School in Leicester and then more recently, three large Primary and Nursery Schools in the City of Nottingham. We have significant experience of working with schools in challenging circumstances and were jointly responsible for successfully removing all three schools from an Ofsted category over a six year period. We remain jointly responsible for Haydn Primary School, now accredited as a National Support School and judged outstanding at its inspection in 2013.

In October 2014 we were appointed joint Directors of Education for the City of Nottingham. We have also been accredited as Inspectors working on behalf of Ofsted, Local Leaders and National Leaders of Education.

We have fulfilled a range of roles to includes External Advisers (CEA), Primary strategy Consultant Leaders (SDSA), Succession Planning Consultants (City of Nottingham/City of Birmingham), Regional Consultants (SSAT).


Our particular areas of interest are in developing leadership and management, school improvement, professional development and outcomes for learners. We are passionate about succession planning and in all of our schools we have worked hard to recognise talent and create opportunities for staff at all levels in order to best meet the needs of the children and families they are responsible for, and accountable to.

Being both Governors and also accountable to a Governing Body has helped us clarify the attributes of effective and successful schooling. Our governing Body exercise its right to challenge, its members commit significant expertise and together with senior leaders help drive the school’s improvement agenda. School governance has the capacity to give its members real insight into the mechanics of running school – we would recommend it to both staff, parents and members of the local community and thoroughly enjoy working alongside the Governing Body at Haydn to deliver a dynamic, broad and exciting curriculum.


Sarah Maloy

I've been a Governor at Haydn for over two years and it's great to still have involvement with school as my two children have now moved onto secondary education. I came into a Governing role to support Haydn Primary as a school that not only nurtures children's creativity and love of learning but, as a central part of the local community, equips children for their life outside of school. I've recently taken up the role of joint Vice Chair where I aim to contribute further to continuing success of our school and developing the potential of all children who attend here. From my day job I bring my experience as a primary teacher with a specialism in Early Years education to support school. I also have project management experience from various roles in local government, I've worked as a research scientist and also taught adult learners in the Sherwood community.


Teresa Mason

I have worked at Haydn for 20 years and during that time have been the Key stage 1 lead, literacy lead and the EYFS lead. My present role is Head of School. I am passionate that all children at Haydn fulfil their potential and become happy confident life -long learners. Currently, I am an Early Years Moderator for the local authority and have supported other schools in the city developing practice in the Foundation Stage. I am trained as an Ofsted Inspector and was accredited by Liverpool Hope University.

I am enjoying the challenge of the Head of School role. I feel privileged to work at Haydn with such talented colleagues and wonderful children.


Lisa Paulson

I have been a teacher at Haydn for over 18 years as well as being a parent to four children who have all been privileged to have attended the school through their primary years. Most of my teaching career has been spent in the Early Years and I am currently the Early Years Lead, teaching in F2. I have found the experience of working with children at this time in their school lives to be tremendously rewarding - it is a joyful thing to be part of a child's first steps in their journey through school. I am looking forward to my role as staff governor and hope that I can make a positive contribution to the continued success of the school.


Adele Williams

I have had three children at Haydn, though one has now moved on. I have lived in Sherwood for about twelve years and I’m now a local councillor for the ward.

I volunteered to become a school governor because I’m committed to education that is inclusive and supports children to develop to make a great contribution to our community and our city. Their wellbeing is central to that and I hope that I can support the school’s staff to maintain their focus on creating a secure and supportive environment that helps children to develop as creative, resourceful and confident members of our community.

I hope to be a link between parents and school and welcome contact directly.




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