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Jackie Cutchey

I have been involved in primary education for more than 40 years, spending the last 16 years of my career as Headteacher. I am on the board of trustees of two academy sponsors, both as a volunteer. I am committed to supporting and challenging schools in order to provide the best for all learners. I am proud to be associated with Grove Primary.

Rae Aldous

I have been Headteacher at Westwood Primary School since September 2012 and Executive Headteacher at Westwood Primary and Grove Primary since February 2018. Working in partnership with The Active Learning Trust, through careful recruitment of outstanding staff and targeted school improvement the Westwood Primary School was successfully lead out of Special Measures. Again in February 2019, Grove Primary school was successfully lead out of Serious Weaknesses. Both schools have been transformed resulting in a learning communities which are both happy and harmonious and where strong leadership ensures positive outcomes for all children and their families. 

Lauraine Barnes

I joined Westwood Primary School in April 2015 initially as a class teacher and member of the Senior Management Team. During 2018, I was appointed as Assistant Headteacher and in July 2019, I was appointed as the Deputy Headteacher.  I am passionate about helping to shape the future of the young people I am lucky enough to work with and am committed to supporting all of Team Westwood and Team Grove as we continue on our journey to becoming an outstanding schools. 

Stephen Clarke

Stephen Clarke is a police officer by trade. He joined the Governing body in 2017 as a Parent Governor. In July 2019, he was asked by the Active Learning trust to become a Trust Governor. Stephen is our Governor responsible for safeguarding.

Dr Eve Hepburn

Eve's son is new to Year 5 as they have moved home to Carlton Colville, from Nottingham recently. In Nottingham she was  a co-opted Governor at his primary school since he was in Reception. She has spent 15 years employed within the mental health and criminal justice systems and have always found ways to utilise knowledge and skills gained from this, to support the school with their various projects and improvement plans. She has supported projects on mental health, SEND, safeguarding and whole school behaviour. Eve feels confident at providing supportive challenge and encouraging reflective practice. As a Governor she has supported the shcool through a number of external review processes whereby they sought to improve their function. She feels she learnt from them, a wealth of ideas for ways to assist the Senior Leadership Team, to continue to develop the school to the holistic benefit of every child in their care. Eve is keen to support and celebrate the success of the shcool as it continues it's journey.

Mary Corker

Mary is a retired teacher who continues to have an active part in the life of schools. Providing children with a sound education and supporting young children to mature into well rounded adults is extremely important to me.

Sarah Holiday

Sarah Holiday is a trained Early Years Practitioner. She is currently supporting her daughter through her primary years. However, Sarah has experience of working both in schools and Early Years settings spanning over 20 years. Her interest lie is ensuring all children receive a good level of education as well as her passion for early childhood development.

Paul Usher

Paul is a qualified high school teacher who has worked within the local community. At present he is working with Developing Experts, a web based learning platform for Science. He brings with him his educational background and is able to support in terms of his knowledge across the whole curriculum.

Emma Hall

Emma is a Trust governor. The school is committed to ensuring positive outcomes for each and every one of the children who attends and I am proud to be part of the leadership team that supports this.

Sarah Ross

Sarah is a staff elected governor. She joined Grove in September 2017 as the new Deputy Head Teacher. She has been part of a successful leadership team ensuring Grove Primary was taken out of Serious Weaknesses. Sarah has many strengths and is an outstanding teacher specialising in Upper Key Stage 2.


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