Who We Are

Ms Gwen Roe (Co-Chair)

I became a school governor partly because of lots of posters at work saying how important the role is. Having spent a life time working with children (although not in education) I thought it was a good way of continuing to use my skills and maintaining my interest in wanting the best for the children of our community. I strongly believe in the ethos that it takes a village to raise a child and want to be a part of a community that keeps children safe and offers them opportunities to be the best they can be. I live locally and am a foundation governor providing a connection with St Mary’s church.

Mrs Nicola Lancaster (Co-Chair, Chair of Resources)

I am currently a parent governor at school and I live within the Fritchley community and have done for several years. My experience is not educational however I own local independent businesses and I am a Mummy to two young children at Fritchley school. The reason I chose to become a governor was my desire to make a difference in every child’s learning experience and to make it as positive and enjoyable as possible.

Mr Nicholas Brown (Vice Chair)

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Mrs Melissa Worthy (Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee)

I have over 17 years of experience in an educational setting; I have been an Advanced Skills Teacher, Head of Mathematics and Assistant Principal in a Derby Secondary School. I am currently a maths tutor working with the National Tutoring Programme, Out of Hours Tuition and Kip McGrath. Most importantly, I am parent to two Fritchley pupils.

Mrs Katy Heavens

I am a foundation governor at Fritchley school and have been since 2020. My background is in hospitality management and most recently setting up and running a business with my husband. I have two children that attend Fritchley school. Fritchley school is an inviting and caring school set within the heart of a small village. I believe that the values and ethos of the school will enrich and nurture the lives of all that attend. Combined with that, the school has dedicated members of staff and I happy to be supporting them, alongside the board of governors, to help the school be the best it can be whilst looking after the best interests of our children.

Mrs Diane Fretwell

I am one of the school Foundation Governors who represent St Mary’s Church. I was licensed as a Reader by Derby Diocese in 2005 and have led services at St Mary’s regularly since then. My favourite services to lead are those that involve children and families.

Until lockdown, I visited Fritchley School often to take assemblies and I hope to resume this pattern very soon.

Before my retirement, I was a full time Mathematics teacher in both the Secondary and the FE sector, both in UK and in Jamaica (West Indies). I still support a few local teenagers with their mathematics on a tutoring basis. My favourite moments when teaching are when I see the look of delight on a student’s face when that Epiphany moment arrives, the penny drops and they say “Oh! I get it now!”

Miss Claire Burrows

I have a background in education and am a primary school teacher. My passions are early years education and outdoor learning. I am a qualified level 3 forest school practitioner and see first hand the opportunities the great outdoors provides children of all ages. I strongly believe that the well being of both children and staff is paramount to ensure positive learning environments. I think we have an amazing school and strive to do all I can as a governor to support it.

Mr Ian Smith

I have helped at school for a number of years with events and supporting the caretaker. I am now pleased to be a Foundation Governor and part of the Resources Committee. My business background is in banking, finance and commercial insurance. I have acted as treasurer to a number of local clubs and societies including Derby Rowing Club for 10 years. I have spent much of my life working with young people as a cub and scout leader and as a licensed FA Junior Coach.

Mrs Jemima Thawley

I am a local authority governor and attended Fritchley school as a child. I have always lived in the local area and am deeply invested in ensuring the best for the children growing up within our community. As a senior leader in secondary education I have a keen interest in teaching and learning and ensuring that the needs of all children are met in education to allow them to achieve their full potential.

Miss Vanessa O'Shea

I am a staff governor. I have worked within education for over 20years and joined Fritchley in 2015. I love teaching the children and being part of the Fritchley School family. Outside of school, I like having family time with my children, walking with my dog and running whilst nattering with a friend.

Mrs Rosie Turner


I am very proud to be the headteacher of Fritchley CofE (Aided) Primary and Nursery School. I have been teaching for over 20 years and have enjoyed teaching EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. I love being outside and spend my weekends gardening, watching my sons play different sports, walking my dog and playing rugby for a local team.

Mr Robert Moore

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