CofE Primary School

Feeding Minds, Touching Hearts

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Welcome to our Governors’ section. 


Claire Bills

I am headteacher at Gunthorpe CofE Primary and am passionate about working with staff, governors and parents to make Gunthorpe the very best school it can be. I started in September 2018 and bring a range of experience from working in both inner city and county schools, one of which had over 600 pupils. We strive to ensure every child achieves their potential both academically and personally whilst at Gunthorpe and live out our whole school vision every day.


Tara Cook- 

I am the Chair of the Local Governing Body and Chair of the PPCD committee. I have been a Co-Opted Governor at Gunthorpe since September 2017.  I have previously been a governor in another local school. I am an HR professional and work within the education sector for a local Multi-Academy Trust. I bring to the Board knowledge and skills of HR, the education sector and employment law, policies and procedures.


Hayley Taylor

I have been a foundation governor at Gunthorpe school since September 2014. I am currently working at a local secondary school, however my background is retail management. I bring to the governing body working knowledge of the education sector along with HR and school finance skills.


Mel Brown

I am the Deputy Head of Gunthorpe C of E Primary School. I have worked at the school for 11 years and taught across all age ranges, leading the school for 1 year. I started at the school in Infant 1 and then moved into Infant 2. Currently I teach across the classes and thoroughly enjoy working with every child in school. Previously I have worked in other Nottinghamshire schools following the completion of my PGCE in 2003. I also hold a degree in Economics and I am currently studying towards an Executive Coaching qualification with ILM.

Within school, I lead on English and am the deputy DSL Designated Safeguarding Lead) in Mrs Bills absence. I have the role as the GDPR officer and work closely with Universities to co-ordinate all our student placements. In addition, I have also been a student and NQT mentor throughout my time at Gunthorpe.

As a parent of Primary aged children myself, I recognise the importance of developing the whole child and feel this is something that Gunthorpe children are actively encouraged to do. We hold academic achievement in high regard but not at the detriment of recognising other important achievements and talents. 


Nikki Babiarz

I am a Registered Nurse and have worked  in the NHS  for 33 years. I have been a parent governor at Gunthorpe school since 2015.I am currently the vice chair of one of the schools three governing committee's -PPCD.I am the link governor for the SEND role which focuses on the needs and  resources for children who require  special educational  support within Gunthorpe School. I bring many skills and attributes to the governing body which I have developed working as a adult nursing  sister in the Health Care setting .


Picture 1 Cam Pearson - Parent Governor / Chair of Finance