Welcome to our Governors’ section!
Mrs Abbie Wren, Co-opted, Chair of Governors
I first became involved with the Governing board in 2018 when my youngest started in Foundation. I have had experience on both committees with two years as Vice -Chair and Chair of Finance, Premises and Personnel committee. I am currently the Chair of Governors.
I run a small ceramics business from home, and I am a full-time mum of two girls, who both attended and loved their time at Portway Infants.
My background is in Early Years Education, and I have a passion for arts and crafts and the great outdoors. I hope to use my creative way of thinking, organisational skills and educational knowledge to support the school in providing a caring and stimulating environment where every child can achieve their potential.
Mrs Sarah Gibson, Co-opted, Vice Chair of Governors
I am on the Senior Management Team of a Recruitment Consultancy in Nottingham. I am a Project Manager and am responsible for setting and delivering the technical strategy for the business.
This role requires me to be extremely organised, proactive, adaptable, and have strong communication skills.
I hope that these skills will beneficial to Portway Infant School in my role as a Co-Opted Governor.
Mr Jack Cullen, Parent Governor
Keen to help the school and recognise the importance of education. Experience in project management, financial management and general running of businesses.
Actively involved in the development of early careers, including development of apprenticeship programmes, setting training plans, defining education requirements and coaching young people in the early stages of their career.
Active National Vocation Qualification (NVQ) Assessor, working with awarding bodies in Derby and complying with Ofsted regulation and experience in supporting community activities such as open days, for example.
Previous experience in young people’s education, Science Technology Engineering Maths (STEM) ambassador in local schools around Derby.
Mrs Helen Curr, Co-opted Governor
I have a passionate interest in the wellbeing of all pupils at Portway Infant School. As well as being a mother, I am an English teacher with fifteen years of experience in education.
I have also been an examination marker for ten years and a pastoral leader for five years. During this time, I have seen numerous changes to the curriculum and to the OFSTED framework.
With a background in safeguarding and coaching, it is my firm belief that excellent results can only be achieved when all members of the school community feel valued, inspired and supported.
Mrs Claire Devey, Parent Governor
I am Mum to two boys who both attended Portway Infants and thoroughly enjoyed their time at the school. So, I am delighted to be a parent governor and support this wonderful school community.
Alongside being an active member of the Friends of Portway committee, I have also been a school governor at Whitecross Nursery School for the past five years and Chair of Governors there since 2017. During that time, I have gained significant experience in school governance and supported the nursery through periods of change.
Before having my children, I held a senior position within logistics at a large retailer and have experience of contract management, project management and budget setting, which I hope will all be valuable skills to this role.
Staff Governor Vacancy
Mrs Becky Green, Local Authority Governor
Having been a parent of two children at the school and served on the PTA, I became a governor in 2004.
I have worked in the service industry, been a teaching assistant and retrained as a teacher twelve years ago.
I currently work in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, teaching and supporting schools across the city to review and improve their SEND provision. I am currently a Local Authority Governor and part of my role is to support the SENDCO.
Mr Sunil Gupta, Parent Governor
My daughter started at Portway Infants in September 2021. This short period of time at Portway Infants has shown dramatic improvement in her communication, independence and thirst for knowledge and this, in turn, has made me want to become more involved in education, not just for my child, but for all children.
The skills I have developed as a community pharmacist will allow me to offer empathy, understanding and also the ability to engage in effective teamwork with the whole board.
I believe that being accountable for our actions, valuing staff, learning from mistakes and promoting good practice will continue to create an environment where our children can thrive and flourish.
Mrs Lisa McSherry, Headteacher
I am a highly motivated and hard-working teacher with a wealth of teaching and leadership experience. I am passionate about giving children the best possible education which has led to a successful 25-year career in teaching all of which has been spent in EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage), KS1(Key Stage 1) and KS2 (Key Stage 2)
My desire to nurture and maximise the full learning potential of each child led me to join the Portway Infant team as the headteacher in September 2020, a role which I am finding both rewarding and fulfilling.
I continue to promote values of compassion, kindness, honesty and respect and ensure they infuse our learning culture.
Mrs Megan Shirley, Co-opted Governor
I became a governor in November 2016 when my eldest daughter joined the school. I have previously served as Chair of the Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee, Vice-Chair of Governors and Chair of Governors between 2019 and 2021.
I have enjoyed the opportunity to support the school in maintaining its high standards and its nurturing culture which is so important to children as they first enter formal education. I currently work as a Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, having previously practiced as a solicitor for 11 years.
Mrs Cat Smith, Parent Governor
I am keen to work as a school governor as I have a keen interest in the future and potential of all children.
With a desire to make a difference and experienced as an NHS IT Manager responsible for managing multiple teams, I deal with all sorts of personalities.
I regularly attend meetings with stakeholders at all levels; well respected in this capacity, actively contributing or challenging decisions that are not in the best interest of the organisation, yet always finding compromise.
Working in the public sector, I understand the challenges schools face with regards to resource and funding constraints.
Governing Board December 2021
Finance, Premises and Personnel Curriculum and Pupils
J Cullen H Curr
C Devey A Gilbert
S Gibson (Committee Chair) B Green (Committee Chair)
L McSherry (Headteacher) S Gupta
M Shirley L McSherry (Headteacher)
C Smith A Wren
Contacting the Governors
Either email the Chair on email@example.com or call the school office on 01332 550702.
All board members complete a Declaration of Interests form annually and currently none of our governors have any business interest with regard to school.