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Our dedicated team of Governors


M Marriott - Chair of Governors, LA Governor

I am really proud that I can help to keep William Lilley a brilliant place for our kids to learn together as the LA Governor. I’m father to three – Alfie and Noah, both who had their 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.


M Smith - Co-opted Governor 

I was lucky enough to join the Governing body in 2017, soon after my daughter had started school. 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.


W Kent - Co-opted Governor



B Cameron - Vice Chair and Co-opted Governor


J Jenkins - Co-opted Governor, School Business Manager


A Tainton - Parent Governor


S Bauyumi - Parent Governor


B Gregory-McCourt - Parent Governor


T McMahon - Staff Governor

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 SENDCo, 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.


Mrs S Beardsley - Head Teacher


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. Our school is a tight community and we have many strengths which hold us in high regard in Stapleford and beyond. As a 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.

The Role of the School Governor


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.