Harrington Nursery School

Harrington Nursery School


Harrington Street, Pear Tree, DERBY, Derbyshire, DE23 8PE


01332 769821

Our Governing Body

Our Board at Harrington Nursery School


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At Harrington Nursery School we have a team of governors that work as volunteers to support the school.  Their role is to support and challenge the Headteacher, to help set the vision and strategic direction of the school and to ensure that our school is the very best it could be.


The Board have a wide range of responsibilities.  These include tasks such as;

  • Ensuring that the school meets its legal responsibilities
  • Setting the school budget
  • Making decisions about the school building and premises
  • Setting school policies
  • Appointing staff and making decisions about current staffing
  • Looking at how well groups of pupils are performing and ensuring action is taken if there are any concerns.


Governor Meeting Organisation

We have three Board meetings each year where all Governors attend.  A range of sub-committee meetings also take place at least once per term.  During these meetings we look at a wide range of information to find out how well the school is performing. A detailed Headteachers report is discussed at these meetings but we also look at data reports so that we can make our own decisions about how well things are going.


Governor Support

To support the work that goes on, Board Members also try to visit school as often as possible.  We particularly enjoy talking to the children about their school.  If you are interested in becoming a Board Member, please contact the school. 


New Governors

If an individual is interested in being a member on our Board they would meet with the Headteacher and discuss what they could bring to the Board, this would get shared with the Board and then invited to attend a meeting where they would be appointed.


Our Governing Body

We are proud to have a committed Board that is made up of a individuals with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. 

Please see the list below of our Board who are appointed in the Board meetings and serve 4 years as terms of office.  Staff Members are nominated on an Annual basis and parents are elected by parents on a 2 years terms of office.


None of our Board nor staff have any pecuniary personal or business interests that they or any relative or person closely connected with them, have with businesses or other organisations that may have dealings with the school.  Governors are asked on an annual basis.  This could for example include owning or having a relative work for a business that had dealings with school; having a relative work for a business that had dealings with school; having a relative working in or for school or being a governor of another school. 


If any interest a governor has could be seen to cause a conflict of interest they would be asked to withdraw from any decision making concerned.  This is to ensure that our governors can always be seen to be putting the interest of the school first.  None of our governors has any interest to declare.  We always check at the beginning of every meeting if anyone's circumstances have changed so the register is always kept up to date.


Currently we have no associate members or Governors who are at another educational establishment.


Position / Category of Board Member

Board Member Name Date of Appointment Appointed by

Committee Member Serves On




Chair of Board (Co-opted Governor)


Stephanie Everson 18/11/2021

Governing Body






I have worked with children since 1968 in both Education and Health settings.  I have recently retired after working at Harrington Nursery School for 36 years helping it to become the outstanding setting it is today.  I will continue to give support in my role as a governor especially using my knowledge of Safeguarding and SEND.



Vice Chair

(LA Governor)


 David Finn


Initially LA and then reappointed by Governing Body after terms of office ended


Resources (Chair of Resources)


I initially taught Geography in two Secondary schools in the North East.

The next 35 years I spent in Local Authority Youth Services and from 1997 to 2011 I was the Head of Youth Services for Derby City Council.

My last 8 years of work has been spent working with Homeless young people in Derby housed at YMCA Derbyshire.

I got involved with the Nursery through the development of the Nursery’s Forest School garden and saw first-hand what a wonderfully creative place this is for children to start their learning.

I am deeply passionate about challenging inequality in Society and wanting every child to have the best start in life.





Sally Greenbank





Recently appointed Acting Headteacher.   I am Passionate about the Inner City and about making a difference to the lives of the children and families in the local community. 



Parent Governor


Lucy Pegg


Governing Body




I have recently joined the governing body of Harrington, two of my children came to Harrington Nursery school and I am passionate about care and education and have been a foster carer for many years . As well as having 3 of my own children I also have 3 foster children.




Co-opted Member


Christine Malcolm


Governing Body



Although now retired I taught in Primary Schools for over 30 years.  Having experience in Early Years, KS1 and KS2 I understand the importance of an excellent Nursery education in building firm foundations for future learning.


As a governor at Harrington Nursery School for over 29 years I have seen the school go from strength to strength to become the excellent provider it is today, and I am keen to do my part to help ensure that this continues.  I want to support the school in any way I can to provide the best opportunities possible for all children so that they can reach their full potential.





Co-opted Member



Rita Archer


Governing Body






I trained through the NNEB course covering the education, health and development of children from birth to 5 years. I qualified in 1961 worked in a nursery school until my retirement. I have worked as a volunteer with the Friends of the Royal Derby Hospital for 46 years, a role which I thoroughly enjoy.

I also work with Derby Arts Festival and support adults with special needs.

During my time as a governor, I am constantly aware of the commitment and dedication of the wonderful staff and feel privileged to serve as a Governor at this outstanding Nursery School.



Staff Member



Tara Pegley-Stanger


Governing Body






Passionate about working in the Inner City, making a difference to children and families lives.

Passionate about Early Years Education, learning through play and following children’s interests.

Teacher in the Inner City for over 10 years.



Co – Opted Governor


Wendy Colebourne


Governing Body


Standards (Chair of Standards)


Worked in education for many years, starting her career as a residential worker in a children's home and then began teaching at Nightingale School. She became deputy head at Pear Tree Infant School then moved to Harrington Nursery school as  Headteacher before retiring in the Summer of 2021.

During her 12 years at Harrington Nursery Wendy was the Director of Derby Early Years Teaching School and sat on the Derby Opportunity Area Board, the Early Years sub-group and is an ex TALK Derby Ambassador.

A Well-known national figure in the world of early years learning and appointed a National Leader of Education in 2014, Wendy is passionate about early years and the importance of language and communication for children’s future life chances.



Meeting Dates;

Standards Committee - 12.10.2022

Resources Committee - 30.11.2022

Full Governors - 21.09.2022

Copies of the Approved Minutes and Headteacher Reports are available upon request from the School Office. 

The attendance at meetings can be found here.

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