School Lane, Ashbourne, DE6 5HZ
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Chair of Governors : Mrs N Johnson 

Nicky has recently joined our Governing Body and currently works as a Cost Accountant for a small engineering company based in Leicestershire.

Nicky has spent 9 years as a Trust Appointed Governor in the Reach2 Multi Academy Trust family, where Nicky was also Chair of Governors for a number of years.

Mr D Powell :Vice Chair (Co-opted Governor)

Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant Don spent much of his career working for National and International Corporations, holding several senior Finance and Commercial roles.

Don was actively involved in youth football in the Derby area for over 20 years and is a qualified FA coach and referee.

Don is involved with various projects in the Midlands to restore and safeguard significant Inland Waterway sites, including the historic Dudley canal and tunnel network.

Don was appointed as a co-opted governor in November 2020.

SO Govs

Mrs S Oakley (Staff Governor)

Mrs Oakley was appointed as a Class 2 Teacher at Sudbury Primary School in April 2016.

She is the subject leader for English, History and Geography and joint leader of Music, Art and DT.

Mrs Oakley has a BA with hons in Humanities, gained at The Open University, and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education achieved at University of Derby.

Mrs I Hall (Parent Governor)

Izzy was appointed parent governor in June 2021. From a young age she wanted to be a sheep farmer and went to college to study ND Hill farming, HND Agriculture and then a Bsc inAgricultural Studies.

Once her studies were complete she returned home to the family farm.

She now manages and shares the business with her parents and has experience of being a farm manager on an organic beef and sheep farm and has also worked on Dairy farms, calf rearing and relief milking.

She is married to a Dairy farmer and they have twins that attend Sudbury Primary School.

As well as farming Izzy likes making things on her sewing machine, enjoying the great outdoors and doing lots of craft activities with her children.

Mrs J Horan  (Parent Governor)

Julie is a part qualified accountant and works full time at Rolls-Royce.

I previously volunteered as chair of FOSS but decided to leave the role to join the governoring board at Sudbury Primary School.

I have 3 children who attend the school and expect my 4th child to attend in September 2024.



Mrs C Buckle (Parent Governor)

Claire has been a parent governor since September 2023, and has two children who attend Sudbury Primary School.   She is the Head of RE at a secondary school in Derby, and has experience with working with a wide range of ages and abilities, from primary pupils to teaching adults entry-level Maths and English. Claire has been working in education for over 13 years and alongside RE has taught Geography, History, ICT, PSHE, ASDAN and Enrichment.

     Governors area of responsibility

       Nicky Johnson - Safeguarding, assessment and tracking, staffing, website audit

       Don Powell - SEND, Health and Safety, Premises, cyber security, GDPR, Finance

       Julie Horan  -   Maths

       Isabel Hall - Outdoor Learning/Eco, EYFS, foundation subjects

      Claire Buckle - Behaviour and English


Our governing body is representative of both our school families and our wider community. It is represented by governors of a wide range of ages, gender, religion and physical ability. As such, we are confident we reflect our families and our community.  We also consider diversity to mean the diverse skills and knowledge that our board possess as well as the diversity of their protected characteristics. We are fortunate to have a board which consists of a variety of knowledge, skills and experiences including backgrounds in education, business and finance. Together they make sound, knowledge based decisions for the efficient running of the school and children’s education.