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Meet the Governors


Welcome to Ripley Junior School Governors' page! This page will tell you who the Governors are, what their roles are, and a little about them.


At Ripley Junior School the Governors play an active part in ensuring the success of the school. Each Governor is linked to either a subject  at our school or an improvement priority, and some also have responsibility for overseeing other areas such as Safeguarding and recruitment.


What do the Governors do at Ripley Junior School?

Part of the role of a school Governor is helping make important decisions for the school. These decisions involve looking at how the school spends its annual budget, ensuring the school meets the requirements of the national curriculum, setting targets and monitoring achievements. The Governors are also involved in areas such as staffing decisions and ensuring that the school premises are well maintained. Overall, the Governors aim to do whatever they can to be supportive of the school, its' staff and all of the children and families.


The Governing Body is responsible for ensuring that it is run to promote pupil achievement.


Its duties include:

-  setting strategic direction, policies and objectives;

- approving the school budget;

- reviewing progress against the school's budget and objectives;

appointing, supporting and critically questioning the Headteacher.


Who are the Governors?

The Governing Body of Ripley Junior School is made up of the school's Headteacher, elected members of school staff, elected parents and selected representatives of the local community.


How are the Governors chosen?

Parent Governors are elected by other parents at the school, school staff Governors are elected by their colleagues and community Governors may be chosen by the rest of the Governing Body.


When do the Governors meet?

The Governors usually meet once per half term. Meetings take place in the evenings in school.


How can you get your ideas across to the Governors?

You can approach the Governors directly if you see them in and around the school, or you can contact us in writing via the school office. Alternatively, you can email the Clerk to Governors, Laura Swift, at


You can find out more about becoming a Governor by visiting Derbyshire County Council Governor page at or by emailing Mrs Walters.



Who's who?

Ripley Junior School Governing Body Who's Who, Terms of Office & Business Interests


Our children at RJS asked our Governors these questions, in order to find out a little more about them:


What is your role as a Governor of our school?

Why did you decide to become a Governor?

How will you help to develop our school?

Describe yourself in three words.


Here are their answers...


Julie Critchlow

Role - Chair of Governors


Why? - I decided to become a Governor as I wanted to offer support to the best school in the area! Having seen all three of my children through Ripley Junior School and how much they enjoyed their time there, I wanted to ensure that this continues for the upcoming generations of the Ripley area.


3 words - committed, passionate and friendly.


Roland Emmas-Williams

Role - Co-opted Governor


Being a school Governor is a very responsible position, making sure that the school is being run effectively and ensuring that the school is meeting all the requirements set by the Local Authority.


I am on the Resources Committee which is responsible for monitoring and controlling the school budget each year so that we use our resources effectively and for the benefit of the children.


I also work with the PE coordinators with regard to spending the schools' Sports Premium budget which helps to ensure that each child is encouraged to take part in physical exercise.


Why? - As a local councillor, I decided to become a Governor at Ripley Junior School as I wanted to make sure that the educational system is the best for the children of Ripley and their parents.


How will I help develop school? - I hope to develop Ripley Junior School into the best in the area by helping and striving to improve the quality of education given to our pupils and supporting staff in achieving our aims.


3 words - caring, dedicated and helpful.


Naomi Hopwood

Role - Vice Chair and Elected Parent Governor


I have been a Parent Governor for 3 years at Ripley Junior School, having previously been a Parent Governor for 4 years at Lons Infant School. At the moment I work part-time as a carer, and I have children who have all been to Ripley Junior School, the oldest of whom is autistic.


Why? - I really enjoy having a close connection with the school my children attend and, as an experienced teacher myself. I think that Ripley Junior School is a wonderful school with very caring staff and a fantastic headteacher, and see it going from strength to strength.


How will I help develop school? - I feel I have useful skills and knowledge to be able to contribute to the Governing Body of Ripley Junior School.


3 words - enthusiastic, supportive, passionate. 



Paul Wardle

Role - Co-opted Governor


As a school Governor I have responsibilities to oversee, through the Governing Body, the effective running of the school and ensure that the school meets all of the requirements set out by the Government. I am also on the Resources Committee who have responsibilities for monitoring the financial performance of the school against the school budget. This entails making sure that our scarce resources are spent efficiently and wisely.


Why? - I became a school co-opted Governor because I thought it was time for me to put something back into the system that I benefited from so much during my educational years and that my experience during my working life would be useful.


How will I help develop school? - I will help to develop Ripley Junior School by bringing my experience to the rest of the Governing Body, working hard to continuously improve the quality of education given to our Ripley Junior School pupils.


3 words - educated, experienced and senior citizen!


Lorraine West

Role - Staff Governor


Why? - I am passionate about helping the school move forward, to ensure we provide the best for our students. Being part of the committed team who work here is an honour and we strive to deliver a first class education. 


How will I help develop school? - I have worked at Ripley Junior School for over 10 years and feel my experience is beneficial to the schools' improvement. I feel that collabrative working will guarantee we can continue to go from strength to strength.


3 words - approachable, friendly and committed.


Former Governors in the last 12 months:



Jo Spray

Lorraine West 


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