Lons Infant School

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On behalf of the Governors of Lons Infant School, welcome to our Governors' page.

Here we will tell you a little about all our Governors and their roles.


The School Governors work alongside the staff to fulfil our school aims of providing a high standard of education, together with a caring, family atmosphere, of which we hope you all feel apart.


The school and Governors will continue to give your children the start they deserve and a school

they can be proud of.


The School Governors usually meet six times a year, but if you would like to contact the School Governors, please either speak to a Parent Governor if you see them in or around school, or email the Clerk to Governors, Mrs Philippa Walters, via or by contacting the school office.


If you are interested in becoming a School Governor, please either speak to Mrs Walters or visit:


Governor Vacancies:

Co-opted Governors

We are currently looking for a new co-opted governor to join our friendly governing body. Our governors come from a range of different backgrounds, skills and experience but all share a common interest of wanting the best possible education for the children in our school.


We would be delighted to hear from anyone who:-

  • Is interested in children’s education and the performance of the school
  • Is community spirited and would like to represent the community
  • Has spare time and the energy for the role
  • Is able to work well as part of a team
  • Has an enquiring mind and the confidence to ask questions and debate issues that affect the school
  • Can consider matters objectively and make informed judgements


These volunteer positions are open to parents/guardians or other people from our community. Co-opted governors are not elected by a parent election but are instead appointed directly by the governing body.


What is the role of the governing body?

  • Helping to set and review the schools strategic direction and agreeing targets for improvement
  • Holding the headteacher and school leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure public money is well spent


What does the role offer?

  • A chance to develop your own personal skills
  • Access to a programme of free training in respect of education/governance matters
  • A sense of achievement in helping make a difference to children reaching their potential
  • The support and guidance from fellow governors


In looking to fill these vacancies we are particularly interested in applications from people with education experience or management skills and also people who can occasionally visit the school during the day, although please do not be put off if you do not have these skills. What is more important is enthusiasm, interest and the willingness to learn.


If you are interested or know of somebody else who would be then please contact Mrs Walters in the school office for an informal chat on 01773 744319 or by emailing


Governors are essential for the effectiveness and success of the school and it is an extremely rewarding and fulfilling role.

Lons Infant School Governing Body 'Who's Who'

Aimee Adams - Parent Governor

Aimee lives in Marehay with her husband and daughter (currently in Reception). She enjoys be out and about locally with their two dogs. She is an avid runner who has a sweet tooth! She is very excited about becoming a Parent Governor and is looking forward to becoming more actively involved in our school community. 


Aimee is a midwife and has worked in Risk and Governance for just over two years. 

Cheryl Benn - Parent Governor

Cheryl is a primary school teacher and has been for over 10 years. She lives in Ripley with her husband, two daughters and her dog. She loves to be in the outdoors and exploring the Derbyshire countryside with her family.


As a parent governor at Lons, she is looking forward to becoming part of the school community and helping to provide the best start for the children at our school. 

Emily Cartwright - Staff Governor

Emily joined Lons Infant School in September 2018 having moved back up to her home county, Derbyshire.


She lives with her two dogs, Honey and Nutmeg, and can often be found running with them in the countryside or relaxing with a mug of tea in the garden. 

Tony Holmes - Vice Chair

Tony has been the Local Authority Governor for the school since 2016 and is our vice chair of Governors. He is a councillor for Ripley Town Council and Amber Valley Borough Council. 


He is a member of various community groups in Ripley, including Friends of Ripley Greenway and Ripley Music Festival. 


He lives in Ripley with his partner Lyndsay and can often be found out and about walking their dog.

Paul Moss - Chair of Governors

Paul is Chair of Governors at Lons Infant School, having served on the Governing Body since 2016.  Paul is also a member of Amber Valley Borough Council and Ripley Town Council.
Paul is married with one child and lives in Marehay.  He is also an Intellectual Property & Commercialisation Manager at the University of Derby.  Prior to this, Paul was a caseworker for Nigel Mills, MP for Amber Valley, helping constituents with a wide range of issues.

Sophie Taylor - Co-opted Governor

Instrument of Governance

Former Governors in the last 12 months:

Justine Norton - Parent Governor until 7th September 2020

Lorna Purser - Clerk to Governors/Associate until 19th June 2020