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    QEGS Governing Body

    The Governing Body consists of a number of committees;

    • Curriculum: Tasked with monitoring tracking and evaluating rates of progress by all students and ensuring that a broad and balanced curriculum is available and accessible to all students.

    • Wellbeing: Tasked with monitoring tracking and evaluating behaviour, attendance and general well-being of all students. Ensuring Safeguarding is complied with and managed effectively for Students and Staff and monitoring performance of staff and other HR matters .

    • Resources: Tasked with monitoring and evaluating the school budget to ensure best value for money is achieved in areas of expenditure and ensuring that the school grounds and buildings are fit for purpose to deliver a good educational experience for both the students and staff.

    The Governors

    Matt Atkins Teaching Staff

    Matt Atkins

    Is a Staff Governor (Teaching). Matt has been on the Governing Body since 2010 and has worked at the school since 2005. He is a Geography teacher and the KS5 Progress Leader.

    Employed by and Position Held: KS5 Leader at QEGS

    Other Positions Held: None

    Personal relationships with staff at QEGS: None

    Financial Interests: None

    Hospitality: None

    Helen Baker Co-opted (Chair of Governors)

    Helen Baker

    Helen was elected as a parent governor in 2014. She is a chartered accountant and has worked with many businesses in both practice and industry. She has lived locally since 1999 and owns a retail business, Stepping Stones Shoes, in Ashbourne. Helen was elected as Chair of Governors to QEGS in 2017. She has previously been a governor at Ilam primary school.

    Helen is the Chair of the Resources Committee and the Chair of Governors.

    Employed by and Position Held: Owner at Stepping Stones Shoes in Ashbourne

    Other Positions Held: None

    Personal relationships with staff at QEGS: None

    Financial Interests: None

    Hospitality: None

    Duncan Ballard Church Appt

    Duncan Ballard

    Duncan moved to Ashbourne to be Rector of the Ashbourne Group of Churches and Area Dean of Carsington at the beginning of 2017. He studied Pure Physics at Sheffield university and began his working life with the National institute for the Blind, later setting up his own company working with deaf blind adults and children. His then became a vicar, studying at Llandaff in Cardiff, and now enjoys life immensely with his wife and three dogs, terrorising the local walkers! Duncan is also Governor of Clifton primary school, and has a special interest in disability, looked after children, and everyone on the edges of society. The Rev Duncan Ballard is a Church Appointed Governor.

    Employed by and Position Held: Rector of Ashbourne Group, Area Dean of Carsington

    Other Positions Held: Governor at Clifton Primary School

    Personal relationships with staff at QEGS: None

    Financial Interests: None

    Hospitality: None

    Marcus Caton Foundation

    Marcus Caton

    Marcus is a Foundation governor representing the Old Trust. Originally from Australia, Marcus married an old Ashburnian and now lives locally with his wife and three children who all attend a local primary school. Marcus has worked in education for over 20 years and currently is the Head of Sixth Form at The Long Eaton School.

    Marcus is the Chair of the Curriculum Committee.

    Employed by and Position Held: Teacher/Head of Sixth Form at The Long Eaton School

    Other Positions Held: Parent Governor at Osmaston Primary School

    Personal relationships with staff at QEGS: None

    Financial Interests: None

    Hospitality: None

    Scott Garrity Headteacher

    Scott Garrity

    Mr Garrity is now in the 21st year of his career in education which has included teaching and leading teams in Merseyside and Cheshire, eventually arriving at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Ashbourne Derbyshire, in 2002. Following a succession of promotions he was appointed as Headteacher in February 2016. He feels proud and privileged to lead QEGS in the next chapter of its journey. Mr Garrity attends all Governor Meetings, Standing and Sub Committee Meetings.

    Employed by and Position Held: QEGS Headteacher

    Other Positions Held: None

    Personal relationships with staff at QEGS: None

    Financial Interests: None

    Hospitality: None

    Kerry Grady Parent

    Kerry Grady

    Kerry is a parent governor and has 2 children currently at QEGS and 1 at a local primary school. She has worked as a children's occupational therapist in the NHS for over 20 years.

    Employed by and Position Held: NHS

    Other Positions Held: None

    Personal relationships with staff at QEGS: None

    Financial Interests: None

    Hospitality: None

    Jeanette Hart Community

    Jeanette Hart

    Is a Community Governor representing the QEGS Partnership Schools. Jeanette has been the Headteacher of Osmaston CE (VC) Primary School since 1999 and is also Chair of the Dove Valley Primary Schools Association. Prior to this she was a Deputy Headteacher in two large inner-city primary schools in Derby. Jeanette attended QEGS as a pupil and the two of her four children are students here.

    Employed by and Position Held: Headteacher – Osmaston Primary School

    Other Positions Held: Governor at Osmaston Primary School

    Personal relationships with staff at QEGS: Yes

    Financial Interests: None

    Hospitality: None

    Nick Moore Co-opted

    Nick Moore

    Nick lives in Ashbourne and has a son in the school, and also two other children were at QEGS in the past. Nick is a director of an investment and asset management company and works in operations.

    Employed by and Position Held: BAM PPP UK Ltd – Operations Director

    Other Positions Held: None

    Personal relationships with staff at QEGS: None

    Financial Interests: None

    Hospitality: None

    Paul Oakes Foundation

    Paul Oakes

    Paul is a Foundation Governor representing the Old Trust. He has three daughters, two who have studied at QEGS and have since gone into Further Education and one daughter remaining. Paul attended QEGS as a student and has spent 30 years in the construction industry, the past 20 of them in site management.

    Employed by and Position Held: Contracts Manager – Darfish Ltd Construction & Development

    Other Positions Held: Committee Member on The Old Ashburnian Society

    Personal relationships with staff at QEGS: None

    Financial Interests: None

    Hospitality: None

    Colin Smith Parent

    Colin Smith

    Colin is a parent Governor and has 3 children who have studied and left QEGS and one son remaining. He has been a co-opted Governor at Parkside School for many years.

    Employed by and Position Held: Rolls Royce – Group President

    Other Positions Held: Governor at Parkside Junior School

    Personal relationships with staff at QEGS: Yes

    Financial Interests: None

    Hospitality: None

    Claire Ward Parent

    Claire Ward

    Claire lives in Hognaston and has 2 daughters at QEGS. Claire is a Social Worker and has worked in Special School Education for over 20 years. Her current role is to manage a Family Support Team for an organisation called Umbrella, who support families of children with special educational needs and disabilities.

    Claire is the Chair of the Wellbeing Committee.

    Employed by and Position Held: Umbrella - Lead Information, Advice and Family Support Worker

    Other Positions Held: Secretary of D Ward Developments Ltd

    Personal relationships with staff at QEGS: None

    Financial Interests: None

    Hospitality: None

    Richard Watson Parent

    Richard Watson

    Richard Watson is a parent governor at QEGS and sits on the Wellbeing committee. Prior to QEGS, from 2004 he was a parent governor at both Parkside and Osmaston primary schools and was Vice Chair of Governors at Osmaston from 2009-2014. He is a Retired Detective Constable with the Derbyshire Constabulary and continues to work in a staff role at Police Headquarters.

    Employed by and Position Held: Retired Detective Constable – Derbyshire Constabulary

    Other Positions Held: None

    Personal relationships with staff at QEGS: Yes

    Financial Interests: None

    Hospitality: None


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