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Would you like to support the successful running of our school?

Would you like to develop your own skills and experiences?

Do you have qualities that can help to make William Lilley even better?


Please contact Mrs Beardsley on or Mike Marriott Chair of Governors on for more information...


The role of the school governor is demanding but very rewarding and is a good way to give back to the local community.  School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set our school's aims and policies. 


Key roles of governors:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.

  • To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.

  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.


 They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Determining how the school's budget is spent.

  • The appointing and dismissing of staff.

  • Hearing appeals and grievances.

  • Forming policy on the school's curriculum and collective worship.

  • Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline.

  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe.

  • Setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies. 


Our dedicated team of Governors




Hi, I’m Mike, and I’m really proud that I can help to keep William Lilley a brilliant place for our kids to learn together as a co-opted governor. I’m father to three – Alfie and Noah, both who had his three years and moved on to Fairfield now, and little Sophie who will be a pupil here in years to come, so I really want to help everyone at the school - pupils and staff - to do the best they can!

I have worked with children and teenagers with emotional difficulties for many years, and now lecture in psychology at Nottingham Trent University, so I hope I can bring some useful skills to my role at the school. Please always feel free to approach me if there is anything that you would like to say about the school, good or bad – I promise to do everything I can to help.




Hello and thank you for visiting our website. I became a member of the Governors' team in 2004 and have had the huge privilege of being the Chair of Governors since 2008 to 2017. Throughout this time I've seen many changes, but I'm pleased to say that the school's core values of having fun, respecting others, being happy, safe and successful have remained, making William Lilley a fantastic school to be involved with.

I lead responsibility for health and safety and emergency planning. I find that being a William Lilley Governor is often busy but very rewarding as we are always welcomed in school and our work is greatly appreciated.

My two daughters attended William Lilley, initially in Nursery and then Infants, some years ago. It was seeing at first hand the incredible dedication of the school staff that made me want to do something in return and become a governor - something I've never regretted. Both my daughters are now at George Spencer Academy but still fondly remember the wonderful times they had in the early stages of their education.

I hope you enjoy reading the profiles of our very dedicated and friendly team of governors. Please don't hesitate to to have a chat with any of us if you would like to know more. We can be contacted via the office if you can't find us in school.




For me William Lilley is the epitome of a great school which has a strong community spirit. As a parent I feel that the school is able to develop and deliver a programme of activity with good learning outcomes because of the creative teaching approach, which aims to embrace different learning styles. Having planned and delivered informal learning sessions outside of the classroom I understand how important it is to use a variety of engagement techniques to get the best out of young people and how essential it is to work collaboratively as a team to ensure that everyone works towards the same goals. I hope therefore to use my experience to support the school with its ambitions to nurture, inspire and motivate.










I was lucky enough to join the Governing body in 2017, soon after my daughter had started reception. The school’s nurturing values and inspiring teaching had a huge impact on my daughter’s confidence and enthusiasm for learning. It’s therefore been a real privilege to play a part in helping the school to maintain and further develop its ethos in a way that benefits so many more children.
My main area of responsibility as a governor is in monitoring the quality of teaching, learning and assessment. Having previously been a teacher for many years, including experience as a head of department, I hope to draw on such experience in ensuring William Lilley continues to thrive as a supportive, successful family for staff and children alike.







Since joining the team at William Lilley Infant and Nursery School in 2016 as Deputy Head teacher and Staff Governor, I am proud to be part of the school’s development and the clear successes that we are working so hard towards.

I have a very clear focus which underpins every role I undertake within school and that is to ensure that every child reaches their potential. Through my role as SENCO, I ensure that necessary adaptations are made for each child to thrive within our school. I strive to ensure that I lead by example in the classroom, through a creative approach and am a direct link between the staff and the Governors within school. 

Being on the Governing Body allows me to have well rounded understanding and further drive towards the strategic direction that the school is heading in, whilst ensuring this is fully embedded into the staff roles through our aims and policies.




I joined William Lilley in September 2010 as Deputy and since joining the team, I have taught children from Reception to Year 2 whilst also supporting in the strategic development of the school.

I feel incredibly privileged to now be leading the school forward into our next chapter. Out school is a tight community and we have many strengths which hold us in high regard in Stapleford and beyond.

As school we are always looking at how we can enhance our provision in order to provide the very best education for every child and I am vigilant in driving forward improvements with our dedicated staff team.

My role on the Governing body enables me to share and consolidate this vision, ensuring that all children achieve their potential in an enjoyable way.