The School Team:

Welcome from the Headteacher.

There are many teams of people who work at Ravensdale carrying out a range of roles including teaching, administration and pastoral care. Although it is not possible to list all staff, here are some of us.

Mrs Z Cannon
Mrs G Wright
Deputy Headteacher
Mrs D Hands
Assistant Head / Y6 Swans
Miss S Hayford
SENCO / Y6 Herons (0.5)
Mrs M Albutt
School Business Manager
Mrs M Lord
Office Manager
Mrs S Wise  
Administration / Lunchtime Staff
Mrs T Morris
Safeguarding and Pastoral Welfare Manager
Mrs T Crane (0.5)
Y3 Swifts
Mrs N Hunt (0.5)
Y3 Swifts
Miss S Dean
Y3 Robins
Mrs A Merriman
Family Support Worker
Miss C Lloyd
Y3 Kingfishers
Mrs K Wyke
Y4 Magpies
Mr J Arthur
Y4 Falcons
Miss K Florey
Y4 Woodpeckers
Mr P Watts
Y5 Hawks
Mrs C Oscroft
Y5 Owls
Miss N Dunn
Y5 Eagles
Miss I Akhtar
Y6 Flamingoes
 Mrs A Brown (0.5)
Y6 Herons

Mrs D Needham
Teaching Assistant
 Mrs S Emery
Teaching Assistant
Miss R Taylor
Sports Coach
 Mrs A Blanchon
Teaching Assistant
Mrs E Brady
Teaching Assistant
Mrs Y Bembridge
Teaching Assistant/
After School Staff
Mrs R Deakin
Teaching Assistant
Mrs Z Kininmonth
Teaching Assistant
 Mr C Stringer
Site Manager
Mike Armstrong
Clerk To Governors
Mr R Eales
ICT & Data Manager
Mrs E Ogan
Caretaker / Lead
Lunchtime Supervisor
Mr M Wass
Mrs J Fern
Catering Manager
Mrs P Mee
Kitchen Assistant
Mrs A Wainwright
Kitchen Assistant
 Mrs J Bayliss
Lunchtime Staff /
Mrs K Jeffery
Lunchtime Staff
Mrs A Wilson
Lunchtime Staff
Mrs R Stubbs
Lunchtime Staff
Mrs C Bria
Lunchtime Staff
Mrs A Halliday-Fox
Lunchtime Staff
Mrs M Yip
Lunchtime Staff
Mrs F Brindley
Lunchtime Staff


Management Structure:

Senior Management
Mrs Z. Cannon
Mrs G. Roe
Deputy Headteacher
Mrs D. Hands
Assistant Headteacher
Middle Management
Miss S. Hayford
Mrs M. Albutt



Welcome to the Governors section of the Ravensdale Junior School.
We hope that you this section provides you with the information you are seeking.

Contact our Chair of Governors (Jill Wilkinson) - E-Mail:
The next FGB meetings are planned for: 31/03/20, 19/05/20, 14/07/20.

Governance is the process by which any organisation or group organises itself in order to be able to make decisions and examine its efficiency. In schools, it is the governing body who are responsible for scrutinising decisions made in school and for driving improvement, along with the processes and policies which allows the school to work effectively and appropriately.

The Governing Board is a team of volunteers, supporting the school. We hope that we are able to:
* bring to the school different perspectives and experience, support and advice. We are not specifically qualified to be a governor but we do bring with us a wealth of experiences and do complete courses which keep us abreast of developments in education such as safeguarding
* provide a strategic view - questioning targets and priorities for the school, agreeing policies.
* act as support to the Head and Teachers and help focus on the children and help to raise the standards of achievement.
* try to ensure the happiness of the children within the school learning environment.
* act as a link between the local community, parents and the school.
* monitor policies, budgets, development plans to ensure they are on target and in place for the school to act efficiently.

As governors we meet regularly (every half term in the evening) to make decisions about school matters and to support the staff of the school in their work.
Our aim is to ensure that the School has the right school priorities. We want our school community to share our ambition and have a say in the development of these priorities. As a Governing Board, we do monitor regularly the progress of the school on its performance and we hold the leadership team to account for this performance. We try to ensure that school resources are allocated appropriately that support the school priorities.

Since the school joined Transform Trust in September 2019, we have gone through a change in terms of how we govern at Ravensdale We have restructured our meetings allowing us to focus on continuous school improvement so that we can move towards the best possible outcomes for our children in terms of their achievements and attainment. We want our children to have the best time and to have fun so that learning becomes a natural part of their lives and, by working together with you the parents, we hope that you will share in our ambition for the school to ensure that our children and staff are given the best possible support in order to achieve their potential.

The Governing Board for Ravensdale Junior School

Consists of the following:
· The Headteacher
· The school business manager
· 4 Parent Governors - A person with a child attending the school, who is not employed by the School or Local Authority
· 1 Transform Governor - A member of the Trust who is not employed directly by the school.
· 2 Staff Governors - Head teacher/Staff and non-teaching staff are included in this category.
· 3 Co-opted Governors - Co-opted governors are selected by the Governing Board and will be selected on their skills and experience pertinent to the needs of the school.
· 1 associate governor member- a member of the SLT for the school.

Our Governors:


Jill Wilkinson

Jill has been involved in school governance since 2005. She is also the Chair of Governors at Pear Tree Junior School and is on the Governing Body of three other primary schools – of whom are part of the Transform Trust and most of within Derby.

Jill is a former Primary Headteacher and former Vice Principal of an outstanding secondary school. She was nominated as ‘Inspirational headteacher’ in February 2014 by her local MP.

She is currently a Chief Operating Officer and Data Protection Officer with responsibility for safeguarding, governance, data protection, policies and is the Chair of the Trust’s Guardians Group (all things safeguarding).


Margaret Lord
Staff Governor



I am a non-teaching member of staff and work in the school office. I have also worked as a Teaching Assistant and prior to that as a Buyer for various large companies. I have been a primary school Governor for 15 years, having started as a parent Governor at the infant school. My main areas of interest include finance and SEN. My daughter currently works as a peripatetic music teacher in school.


Zoe Cannon



I became Head Teacher at Ravensdale Juniors in April 2016, having previously been a Deputy Head at another local school for several years. In my previous role I was SENCo (special educational needs co-ordinator) and my curriculum specialisms were music and maths.
Ravensdale is a very special place to work and I feel extremely fortunate to be supported by such a dedicated, professional and friendly staff and governing body


Claire Kinder

Parent Governor



I joined the governing body in September 2018 as I wanted to become more actively involved in school life at Ravensdale and give something back to a school that has given so much to my two daughters; providing them with a wealth of wonderful opportunities both in and out of the classroom. My eldest daughter has now moved on to secondary school and my youngest is currently in Year 4.
I have been teaching in Derby City since 2002 and I am a member of the Senior Leadership Team at my current school where I am the Phase Leader for Years 5 and 6 and Deputy Safeguarding. I have recently worked as a Derby City Champion for pupils with English as an Additional Language and am currently the 'Teaching for Memory' lead. I am passionate about all children achieving to their potential and about providing them with the skills they need for the future. 

We live in the area local to the school and we enjoy a very active – and chaotic – family life.


Shamim Ahktar

Parent Governor



I have worked with Derbyshire County Council & Derby City Council for People Services (Education) for over 26 years. Children’s Education has always been an interest to me and being a parent emphasises it even more. I like to be involved in helping to improve the education of pupils. With good number of years working for the education sector, I have a good background with knowledge of other schools. I have always been passionate regarding the importance of Education as I know that it can transform the lives of children. As a mother myself, I recognise how vital it is for parents to share the responsibility of educating children with school and for parents to understand the difference they can make by being involved in their child’s education. I have 2 boys, one at Ravensdale Infant and one at the Junior School. I enjoy socialising with family and friends and enjoy long walks with my family.


Sue Morrison

Community Governor



I joined the Board in 2018 shortly after I moved to Mickleover with my family. I have worked in education for over 20 years and am the Head of the Centre for Student Life at the University of Derby. The Centre includes the University library and careers service and works with people thinking about going to university and with students throughout their studies and beyond. I am passionate about the positive impact of education; whether it is to gain knowledge, skills and confidence, to make a difference to our communities or to develop in a career. I would like to share my expertise with the school to ensure that all children have the opportunity to enjoy learning.


Helen Fordham –
Trust Governor


Tracy Morris –
Staff Governor


Rachael Taylor –
Parent Governor



I have lived in Mickleover most of my life and attended Ravensdale myself. I now have two children currently at the school and greatly enjoy the opportunity to be actively involved in the life of the school. I am passionate about excellent quality teaching and learning opportunities, and believe that all children should have access to a broad range of enrichment experiences. I have spent over 20 years in Marketing Communications roles for global companies, charities and local government. I am also a Child Sleep Consultant working with young families.


Gemma Roe –
Deputy Head (Associate Member)


Melanie Albutt –
Associate Member



Governor Attendance:

Register of Interests:

Governor Resignations:

Name Position of Governing Body Date of Resignation
Rosie Heaps Community Governor 10/02/2020
Jason Coupland Community Governor 09/10/2019