Meet the Governing Body

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A Welcome Message from the School Governors

On behalf of the Governing Body of Hope Primary School‚ I would like to welcome all visitors to our website. I hope that you will find it a bright‚ informative and welcoming place‚ just like our school!

The school has a harmonious‚ hard-working‚ calm and happy atmosphere where polite and enthusiastic pupils work hard. All staff work hard to ensure that children have a challenging and satisfying experience at school while at the same time making sure they are happy‚ safe and making good progress. These things were commented on by the Ofsted inspector.

Our role as Governors is to make sure that objectives are met and that planning for the future is both aspirational and realistic. We are here to support and encourage the Headteacher and teaching staff as a ‘critical friend’ and maintain our commitment to achieving the highest standards of education. We meet at least once a term to look at the issues which affect the school as a whole. We also have three committees: School Improvement which looks at teaching and learning in the school; Resources which covers the school budget and how it is spent and Well-Being which works with parents‚ carers and the wider community. Each committee usually meets once a term. Policies and agreed minutes of meetings are available on request.

The Governing Body is very proud of what the school consistently achieves and has a real determination to do even better in the future. We have great plans to take the school forward in the coming years and are excited about our collaboration with Edale Primary School and the mutual benefits this relationship will provide.
We look forward to welcoming all children to Hope Primary School  Should you have any questions‚ do not hesitate to contact the Headteacher or ask for a school visit‚ then you can see it for yourself!

The Governors at Hope Primary School work hard to share their expertise to guide the school forward. There are a number of ways to get in touch with us‚ by leaving a note via the School Office; or by email to All communication will be treated in the strictest confidence. We will acknowledge your comments‚ respond and report back as needed at the next full governors meeting. We all try to attend school events during the school year‚ so look out for us and please come and have a chat.

Co-Chair of Governors
Jane Scott

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Mrs Jane Scott

I moved to Hope in 2011 with my husband Richard and dog Sparky. We have two children‚ Ben and Anna. Prior to having children I was a secondary school Design and Technology teacher for ten years. I was also a mentor for trainee teachers at the school. I was appointed to the governing body of Hope Primary School in Spring 2017‚ a few months after my son started in Reception. I have been impressed with the school so far and am keen to be part of it. I am enjoying the challenge of seeing the workings of a school from a different perspective‚ and hope to be able to make a positive contribution to the life of the school. I want Hope Primary School to be the best it possibly can for pupils‚ parents/carers and staff. As a governor‚ I am happy to represent the views of parents and am friendly and approachable. You will normally find me in the playground before and after school.

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Mrs Amanda Barber

I moved to Hope Valley in 2006 and immediately fell in love with the beautiful setting.  I have four children‚ three have now left school and my youngest still attends Hope Primary. Over the last twelve years‚ I have been hugely impressed with the ethos of the school and how each of my children has many fond memories of their time at Hope Primary. I hope that my current role as a Post-16 teacher and pastoral lead will assist me to make a positive contribution to the future of the school as a governor. When I am not teaching‚ I enjoy spending time with my family‚ listening to music‚ yoga‚ supporting the local under 10s football and exploring history. 

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Mrs Lucy Bishton

Our family moved to Hope at the start of 2017. When our two children started at school‚ we were overwhelmed at how welcoming everyone was. It really helped us all to settle in. I feel that it is very important to support the school and be involved in the fantastic work the staff do. I have a strong interest in the emotional well being of the children. I was a teacher in Sheffield for many years and now work with children and adults to improve their emotional health. I am always happy to listen to any issues you have - good and bad! - and will represent the views of parents and pupils at governors meetings. When I’m not working‚ I enjoy climbing‚ running‚ yoga and playing with my kids and the dog!

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Mr Nick Faulks

I co-chair with Jane on the governing body.

My wife and I moved to Hope in 2006 but I have lived in the Hope Valley on and off since 1970. I am now semi-retired but spent my working life in IT and accounts. I am Clerk to Edale Parish Council and a Councillor with Hope with Aston Parish Council as well as being treasurer to Hope Sports Club. Education has changed over the years‚ the modern methods to teaching seem to make it more fun and progressive‚ and I hope that as a governor my skills will complement the existing team. 

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Mrs Clair Middleton-Taylor

I have three children; two currently at Hope Primary‚ and my eldest recently left to start at Hope Valley College. I grew up in Hathersage‚ moving away for college and university. We moved to Hope when we were expecting our first child‚ as myself and my husband had both loved growing up in the Hope Valley‚ and wanted to give our children the type of childhood and educational experiences that we had enjoyed. I am currently a community governor‚ and had previously been a parent governor for 3 years.  Being a governor is one of the most rewarding things I do with my time. The governing body needs lots of different skillsets‚ and I put my maths degree to good use in my key areas of budget and finance. My day job is designing IT solutions for a large international bank‚ and in my spare time (not that I have much) I like to knit‚ crochet‚ sew and design knitting patterns.

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Mrs Nadine Weston

Hello‚ I am Mrs Weston. I teach the Wise Owls. When I am not teaching‚ I like to drum‚ dance and go for a dive around the world.

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