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School Governors

School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education. Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school.

Our governing body is made up of;

  • 1 Headteacher
  • 5 Co-Opted Governor (currently we have 2 vacancies)
  • 1 Local Authority Governor
  • 1 Staff Governor
  • 4 Parent Governors
  • 0 Associate Members

All members sit on the full committee and additional committee are convened as required.

Our Clerk to Governors is Joanne Rainsford who can be contacted on 0115 9320741

Meet the Governors

Co-Chairs and Vice Chair

SARAH KHAN: Co-Chair of Governors

I am Local Authority Governor at Dallimore Primary and Nursery School, and I am also a joint Chair of Governors. 

I teach at Nottingham Trent University, and although my formal education and training have prepared me to engage in educational research, it is my interaction with my own three children that has given me the greatest insight into how children learn.

I am inspired by primary school teachers and am interested in contributing to the work that goes on behind the scenes to debate and suggest valuable ideas that can be carried forward to make learning enjoyable, meaningful, and measurable. 

I have studied and taught in several countries, and I bring varied educational and cultural insights. I would like to combine my background in education with my vision for a well-connected society, and contribute to meaningful developments in learning and teaching.  

Alexandra Taylor - Co-Chair of Governors

I have been a parent governor since my daughter started at Dallimore in 2019.

I enjoy being involved in developing the school. I work in a secondary school and enjoy reading, baking and exploring the countryside in my free time.

Kate Pollard- Vice Chair of Governors

I've been a parent governor at Dallimore now for over 3 years and vice governor for the past 2 years. My responsibility in the role is for Health & Safety. 

Both of my children have attended Dallimore, and I feel privileged to be involved closely with such a wonderful school.


I have previously worked in Education for 14 years and have a background in health and safety, therefore I call upon my knowledge and experience within these fields.

Parent Governors

Jamie Sampson

As a parent of three children in the school, I am pleased to be able to support Dallimore by being a governor. I am particularly interested in Pupil Premium and Sport at school and am the nominated lead governor in both areas.

I have seen first hand how supportive and nurturing Dallimore is for its students and I am very happy that all my children have had the opportunity to attend the school.

I am looking forward to continuing to help the school in future as it looks to improve outcomes for all its pupils.

I grew up in Nottingham and remember Ilkeston as the place to go for the Co-Op department store! I have degrees from the University of Plymouth and the Open University, in Business Administration and Economics and Mathematical Sciences respectively. I worked as a teacher for 10 years prior to becoming a seafarer in 2017, where I work in a logistics management role. 

Summer Nicholson

After taking part in the school’s family thrive programme, I felt that I wanted to be a part of the fantastic work they do and give back to the school. As the newest member of the governing board, I have taken on the responsibility of mental health/wellbeing lead and hope to bring forward new ideas to support the welfare of all children and staff.

For three years I have worked in further education delivering adult apprenticeships in health and social care, I feel my work role will help support my role as governor due to delivering quality training in key areas such as safeguarding, wellbeing and data protection.

Co-opted members

Angelica Celinska

I am an early childhood advocate, currently working on giving the early years sector a voice through the Early Years Educator Magazine as editor, as well as working on enhancing early years CPD by leading the programme for the Nursery World Show for February 2023. I’m also a lecturer in Early Years and in Childhood Studies at Nottingham Trent University. 


My career has consisted of working directly in early years practice over the course of ten years, across various settings ranging from private nurseries, childminding, primary schools, local authority childcare settings and outdoor learning provision. I also worked at TTS Resources as their first editor, since then I have gained training and experience in marketing, content creation, publishing, media, journalism, and educational events.

Early years education is my passion, professionally and personally, but outside of the this I have been training in Tae Kwon Do for 19 years, including competitively at international level. I’m now a Tae Kwon Do instructor and have been teaching and coaching students for the last 6 years. I love being active and try to attend weekly gym classes, as well as occasionally mountain biking, open-water swimming (in summer only!) and skiing. My other two passions include music and baking! 

Julia Barber


Hi, I'm Julia, most of you will know me from working in the school office but I am also a co-opted governor.
I have 2 children,  1 in year 5 at Dallimore Primary and 1 who attends Kirk Hallam Community Academy.
I currently live in Ilkeston but have previously lived in Kirk Hallam

I have been a school governor for4 years and previously I was a midday supervisor and a volunteer, so I feel I have a good understanding of the school as a parent and as a member of staff.

Katie Smith

My name is Katie Smith, I have been a Deputy Headteacher at Dallimore since 2012 and have been a staff governor throughout that time.  I have responsibility for the Pastoral care in school, and I also co-ordinate the Thrive provision.  The Thrive approach is a real passion of mine, and I have qualified to deliver Family Thrive sessions to parents, and more recently have completed the training to become a Thrive Trainer. 

As part of my role in school, I am the SENCO for the Early Years and Key Stage 1. I enjoy working with staff and other agencies to find new and creative ways of supporting our children who have additional needs. 

I have two children of my own, both of whom are at primary school in Years 1 and 4 near to where I live in Radcliffe on Trent.  I feel incredibly strongly that I want to work in a school and develop provision that would be good enough for my own children.  Over recent years my work with families at Dallimore has become a large part of my role.  I pride myself on my ability to build strong and supportive relationships with the children and their families in order to get the very best outcomes for all.  

Staff Governors

Rachel Crowther

I have been the Headteacher of Dallimore Primary and Nursery School for 12 years. In that time there have been many changes in the make up of the staff, governing body and, most significantly, the school building.

It is a privilege to work alongside the volunteers and staff who make up the current governing body and they provide both challenge and support as we strive to ensure the very best provision for all pupils.

Prior to becoming the headteacher at Dallimore in September 2010, I spent 11 years working in Nottingham City before taking a Deputy Headteacher role in Eastwood in 2004, becoming the acting co-head in 2009. 

Outside of school, I love going away for weekends in our camper van and taking Ruby on nice long walks. 

Matthew Gotheridge

I have taught at Dallimore for the last seven years and I am currently a Deputy Headteacher at the school. I have been a school governor throughout my time here. I have responsibility for teaching and learning at school and oversee the curriculum. I am particularly passionate about giving children the best learning opportunities and ensuring that they are well-prepared for the next stage of their education.

As part of my role, I enjoy developing our approach to the curriculum and teaching so that learning is successfully secured within the long-term memory. It has been a pleasure to develop strategies to ensure that learning sticks, and it is rewarding to see these strategies in action across the school and the difference they make to children’s retention of knowledge and concepts.

I enjoy sharing these developments with the governing body and the opportunity to respond to governor questions regarding teaching and learning and the curriculum. 


Meeting attendance

Attendance for 22-23 meetings

Attendance for 21-22 meetings