I am very proud to be the Executive Headteacher of two wonderful, quintessentially rural, Derbyshire schools, having moved to the Federation in November 2018 after previously working in the Bolsover area for 15 years.
I am passionately committed to improving the outcomes for all of the pupils in our Federation in order that they can reach their full potential and be proud of their achievements. I do this through encouraging a strong sense of family, a respect and tolerance of others and through an unwavering belief that every pupil can achieve - a vison passionately shared by staff in both schools.
As Headteacher, I will continue to strive to maintain and raise the standards of both schools in the Federation, ensuring that both schools, pupils and parents make positive contributions to our fabulous communities.
I am married with two children (aged 7 and 10) and in what spare time I have, I enjoy Motorcycle Trials riding, Camper Van festivals during which I can often be seen showing my campervan, fishing and walking with my family in the countryside we are very fortunate to have on our doorstep.
My name is Sarah Smith and I am the Staff Governor at Penny Acres and Wigley. I became the Staff Governor in September 2017.
I work at Penny Acres Primary School as the School Business Manager and have done so since January 2015. I have built up a good working relationship with all my colleagues. When asked if I would consider becoming Staff Governor, I saw it as an excellent opportunity to represent and support my colleagues both at Penny Acres and Wigley. The experience I have gained through being the School Business Manager enables me to assist in monitoring the financial management of the school on behalf of the Governing Body. In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit and have recently ordered 4 chickens to live in my back garden. Their names are Daphne, Jane, Florence and Dorothy.
Hi, my name is Linda Jones and for the past 3 years I have been a Governor, latterly Vice-Chair with The Federation of Wigley and Penny Acres Primary Schools. I really enjoy my role and believe that the skills and experience I bring are contributing to making a difference to the school community.
I want to support The Federation and the Executive Headteacher in continuing to develop the welfare and education of the children, staff and for the school to excel in the local area. Having retired in 2012, I felt I’d like to volunteer to read with the children and help to support their learning in school. This I did until 2019, prior to becoming a Governor.
Currently, I have three granddaughters, my eldest will soon be 14, she attended Wigley and my twin granddaughters will be in Year 6 at Wigley, come September. I also have a little grandson who hopefully in the future will also join the Wigley family. The girls were my motivation to volunteer to become a Parent Governor, as they all have, without exception, enjoyed their school days within The Federation.
Throughout my working life with the NHS, I designed and delivered both Management and Essential training for 5,400 staff both clinical and non-clinical staff. Therefore, my expertise will help to give me more understanding of the challenges that schools face.
I am a parent of three children at Wigley Primary School and Parent Governor for the Federation. I hope to bring my lifelong passion for learning and development, and experience of teaching to the role. I am eager to really get to know both schools and to gain the knowledge and skills needed to support the Federation.
It is an absolute pleasure to have the opportunity to support two wonderful rural schools in providing the best education for each and every child that attends.
I have dedicated the last few years to raising my children and helping my husband on the farm. I have discovered a new love for gardening and when I get the chance I enjoy jive and playing folk music on my violin. Although you will most likely find me reading, learning and thinking.