“Our vision is nothing less than realising the full potential of every single student at Murray Park.” “At Murray Park we will enrich the lives of our students through a focus on learning and a diverse curriculum delivered by inspirational staff. We aim to be an outstanding school, fulfilling the aspirations of the local community.”

Students work well together and relationships are respectful and harmonious - OFSTED 2014


Parent Governors

Ian Bennett
Claire Simmill-Parker
Jayne Warner
Jacqui Fowler
Fiona Williams

Local Authority

Derrick Tuplin 


Rebecca Somes

Staff Governors

Jan Woolley

Partnership Governors

Joe Sim
Brian Stephenson

Co-Opted Governors

Paul Davies
Derek Crocker 
Anthony Ussher
Mark Fowler

Full Governors
Key Role of the Governing Board: Members:
  • Ensure clarity of vision, Ethos and strategic direction in supporting the delivery of the schools vision
  • Contribute support and monitor the school’s Development Plan
  • Contribute support and monitor the school’s self – evaluation and understand its strengths and weaknesses
  • Provide challenge and hold the head teacher and other senior leaders to account for improving the quality of teaching, pupils’ achievement and pupils’ behaviour and safety
  • Use performance management systems, including the performance management of the head teacher, to improve teaching, leadership and management
  • Ensure solvency and probity and that the financial resources made available to the school are managed effectively and provide value for money
  • Operate in such a way that all statutory duties are met and priorities approved
  • Use the pupil premium and other resources to overcome barriers to learning, including reading, writing and mathematics
  • Engage with key stake holders including developing working relationships with local industries, hospitals, other educational establishments and other businesses to authenticate and contextualise the pupil experience in such a way as to inspire learning

J. Sim (Chair)

B. Stephenson (Vice Chair)

R. Somes

J. Warner

F. Williams

M. Fowler

C. Simmill-Parker

D. Tuplin

P. Davies

D. Crocker

A. Ussher

J. Fowler

I. Bennett

J. Woolley

Meeting Dates
  • 20th September 2016
  • 22nd November 2016
  • 13th December 2016
  • 24th January 2017
  • 28th March 2017
  • 18th July 2017

Monitoring Progress Committee
Key Roles of the Committee: Members:
  • Pedagogy and Practice
  • Assessment
  • Teaching
  • Quality of Teaching
  • Target Setting
  • Achievement
  • Curriculum

P. Davies (Chair)

R. Somes

J .Sim

J. Warner

F. Williams

C. Simmill-Parker

Meeting Dates
  • 27th September 2016
  • 15th November 2016
  • 17th January 2017
  • 28th February 2017
  • 4th April 2017
  • 13th June 2017

Pupil Support and Safeguarding Committee
Key Roles of the Committee: Members:
  • Behaviour and Attendance
  • Inclusion and Learner Support
  • Pastoral Care
  • Every Child Matters
  • Safeguarding
  • Student Voice
  • Parent/Carer Voice

D. Tuplin (Chair)

R. Somes

J. Sim

J. Warner

F. Williams

C. Simmill-Parker

Meeting Dates
  • 18th October 2016
  • 29th November 2016
  • 14th March 2017
  • 6th June 2017

Finance, Personnel and General Purposes Committee
Key Roles of the Committee: Members:
  • Management of Finance and Resources
  • Personnel
  • Health and Safety
  • Building and Maintenance

B. Stephenson (Chair)

D. Crocker

R. Somes

J. Sim

D. Tuplin

A. Ussher

M. Fowler

Meeting Dates
  • 13th October 2016
  • 26th January 2017
  • 9th March 2017
  • 27th April 2017
  • 29th June 2017

Chairs Group Committee
Key Roles of the Committee: Members:
  • Progress of School Development Plan
  • Quality of Leadership and Management
  • Overseeing strategic items for committee structure
  • Impact of Governance
  • School Status

F. Williams (Chair)

J. Sim

P. Davies

R. Somes

B. Stephenson

D. Tuplin

Meeting Dates
  • 4th October 2016
  • 6th December 2016
  • 21st March 2017
  • 11th July 2017


The Eight ‘Link Governor’ Roles

Link Area Governor Link Staff Link Reports to Relevant Committee
Careers Mark Fowler Maureen Bathurst Pupil Support & Safeguarding
Community Link - VACANCY - N/A Pupil Support & Safeguarding
Safeguarding (Child Protection) Derrick Tuplin Becky Somes Pupil Support & Safeguarding
Inclusion (SEN, Pupil Premium) Fiona Williams Becky Somes Pupil Support & Safeguarding
Health and Safety Joe Sim Heather Halford Finance & General Purpose
Higher Ability Derek Crocker Trish Bowler Monitoring Progress
Literacy Jacqui Fowler Hazel Boyce Monitoring Progress
Training - VACANCY - Hazel Boyce Full Governors

Governor Attendance 2016/2017 (Updated May 2017)

Governer Attendance Matrix 2016-17 June Update

Governor Attendance 2015/2016

Key: (Re) = Resigned (de) = Deceased

Governors Terms of Office

Name Governor Category Terms of Office
Ian Bennet Parent 10/05/17 - 09/05/21
Derek Crocker Co-opted 08/04/14 - 07/04/18
Paul Davies Co-opted 20/12/15 – 19/12/19
Jacqui Fowler Parent 10/05/17 - 09/05/21
Mark Fowler Co-opted 31/05/16 – 30/05/20
Rebecca Somes Headteacher 01/05/17 - 30/04/21
Fiona Peirce-Williams Parent 08/04/14 - 07/04/18
Joe Sim Partnership 01/09/15 – 31/08/19
Claire Simmill-Parker Parent 31/05/16 – 30/05/20
Brian Stephenson Partnership 01/09/15 – 31/08/19
Derrick Tuplin LA 09/02/14 - 08/02/18
Antony Ussher Co-opted 11/11/15 – 10/11/19
Jayne Warner Parent 08/04/14 - 07/04/18
Jan Woolley Staff 05/06/17 - 04/06/21

Resigned Governors

Name Governor Category Terms of Office Date Stepped Down
Robin Williamson Parent 21/10/14 - 20/10/18 06/09/16
Adam Gomes Co-opted 30/06/15 – 29/06/19 19/09/16
Teresa Day Staff 08/10/13 - 07/10/17 06/01/17
Trandeep Sethi Co-opted 31/05/16 - 30/05/20 01/02/17
Debbie Stewart Parent 22/11/16 - 21/11/20 12/02/17
Martyn Owen Headteacher 08/09/15 - 07/09/19 30/04/17

Register of Interests

Name Position Name of Business/Body Nature of Interest Any Relationship With Staff Date Declared
Ian Bennett Parent TBC TBC TBC TBC
Derek Crocker Co-opted N/A N/A N/A 20/09/2016
Paul Davies Co-opted N/A N/A N/A 27/09/2016
Jacqui Fowler Parent TBC TBC TBC TBC
Mark Fowler Parent N/A N/A N/A 13/10/2016
Fiona Peirce-Williams Parent N/A N/A N/A 20/09/2016
Joe Sim Partnership N/A N/A N/A 20/09/2016
Claire Simmill-Parker Parent N/A N/A N/A 27/09/2016
Rebecca Somes Headteacher N/A N/A N/A 05/06/2017
Brian Stephenson Partnership N/A N/A N/A 01/11/2016
Antony Ussher Co-opted N/A N/A N/A 22/11/2016
Derrick Tuplin LA N/A N/A N/A 13/10/2016
Jayne Warner Parent N/A N/A N/A 20/09/2016
Jan Wolley Staff TBC TBC TBC TBC

Governors Code of Conduct

Please use this link to view: Governors Code of Conduct

Introducing The Governors

I am a Co-opted Governor with a daughter in Year 11.  I am a former secondary Headteacher and was head of school improvement at Derby City Council before retiring from full-time work.  I currently work part-time for the Derby Education Improvement Partnership which is a collaboration between all the city’s secondary and special schools.

Paul Davies

Co-opted governor


I am a professional engineer working at Rolls-Royce, where I have responsibility for developing the capability of a large team of engineers. I am also a trustee of a small charity.

Derek Crocker
Co-opted governor


I gained a degree in Chemistry from Aston university  in 1971 and then worked in the plastics and rubber industry for 20 years. I then retrained as a teacher and taught in a number of schools in Birmingham and Derby.

After retiring from teaching I was elected as a councillor for the Mackworth ward where I served a four year term. During my time as a councillor I joined the governing body of Murray Park.

I am married and have two grown up children and four young grandchildren.

Derrick Tuplin

Local Authority governor


I have spent the last 20 years looking after my 3 children all who have been or are at Murray Park. The oldest is now in her last year of university studying a BSC in child nursing, my son has left this year and has gone on to study A levels at 6th form and my youngest is in Year 9.

I have a strong interest in SEN and pupil welfare at the school and have just become the link governor for inclusion. I have been involved with a number of student panels and interviews. Over the past year I have been on a number of training courses to further my knowledge in this area.

Fiona Williams

Parent governor


I have worked for 10 years full time prior to having my children. I now work part time and have done so for the last 17 years. Working part time has given me the opportunity to be involved with my children and their school. I have one child who has just completed GCSE’s at Murray Park and is now pursuing a chosen career path at college and my second child is currently in Year 9. 

Jayne Warner
Parent governor


I am a retired Director of Works Southern Derbyshire District Health Authority and Director of Works and Facilities Manager (Full Board Member) for the Derby City Hospital Trust / Royal Derby Hospital. I was previously a school governor at Littleover Community School and have now been Chair of the Governor Body of Murray Park School for 4 years.

Joe Sim

Partnership governor and Chair of the Governing Body


I am a professional engineer and worked at Rolls-Royce for over 30 years. During my career I carried out a number of roles including leading large teams of engineers and programme managers in delivering capital projects around the world. Both of my children have attended Murray Park School, the youngest finishing in year 11 in 2013.

Brian Stephenson

Partnership governor


I am a Solicitor and Non-Practicing Barrister. I am currently Legal Counsel for CEVA Logistics, looking after the UK, Ireland and Nordics regions.

Prior to going in-house I spent many years working in private practice, both in the City of London and also in regional firms, including heading a commercial department. Prior to law I had a career in finance and was a manager at Lloyds Bank.

Antony Ussher

Co-Opted governor


I am a psychologist-in-training with a son in year 8. I have spent 20 years within IT, first as a programmer with Rolls-Royce and later with HP and am now studying at the University of Derby where I am building a speciality in health psychology. I currently volunteer with the guided reading programme at the school and help the university deliver its Widening Participation programme to schools across the region, including the hugely success Maths Raising The Grade year 11 revision activity.

Jacqui Fowler

Parent Governor


I am now retired and have always been involved with the education of my children from my eldest 30 year old son to my youngest 12 year olf. From PTA Chair to parent governor sitting on the finance and recruitment sub committees.

I bring with me experience of parent governing and 22 years as a warehouse, customer service and service department manager overseeing 29 employee. I am patient, hopefully easy to approach and a very good listener, who is not afraid to ask questions when I donot understand what is going on.

Ian Bennett

Parent Governor