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Norbury C of E Primary School

NorburyC of E Primary School

Laughter and Learning in a
Caring Christian School

Our Governors 


Dr Catrin Rutland

Co-opted Governor - Chair of Governors

My name is Catrin Rutland and I am an associate professor of anatomy and developmental genetics at the University of Nottingham. Although my educational background is mostly with 17-70+ year olds, I believe the most important stages of learning start early. For many years I have been invited to visit schools and I have written several scientific papers for young people. My links to Norbury CE Primary School go back many years.

I have had the pleasure of coming in each year to talk about being a scientist and a science fiction writer, designing fun but educational days for the entire school and I love seeing the group short stories, anatomical pictures of dinosaurs and even the gummy bear DNA the children create. I am a co-opted governor, was elected as Vice Chair and now serve as your Chair of Governors. I greatly value my own education at a village school and then at a Church of England secondary school, and aim to support our children, parents and carers, and staff here at Norbury School.

Term of office:    Four year term ends 18th May 2025

Appointed by:    School Governing Body

Committees:      HR and Wellbeing, Finance, Premises and Equipment               

Relevant business and financial interests:   None

Relationships with members of staff e.g. spouse, siblings etc:   None 



Mrs Jessica Batterby

Parent Governor 

I first became involved in Norbury School after we moved to Norbury as a family from North Yorkshire in 2010. My eldest son started at school the year after. As a new family to the area,  I really appreciated the small school ethos that Norbury has, younger children were welcomed into the school by all year groups and there was a real sense of family. As my son had additional physical needs, that really helped both him and me with his transition to primary school.  

Living locally, helping out at school became a regular part of my time. I have been involved in all sorts from prop making for school plays,  support on school trips, and helping with Norbury's Well Dressing. I also served on the committee for FONSA. 

My youngest son started at Norbury six years ago, as my eldest son was making the transition to secondary school. it was around that time that I joined the governing board as a Parent Governor. I am halfway into my second term as a governor now and my responsibilities are Special Educational Needs (SEN). Being a governor is a great way to give back to the school and staffing team. I feel I am a small part helping to keep a unique primary like Norbury School going for many years to come.

Term of office:   Four year term ends 26th November 2024

Appointed by:   Parent election

Committees:     Quality of Education, Personal Development & Distinctiveness as a Church School        

Link Governor for:  SEND

Relevant business and financial interests:   None

Relationships with members of staff e.g. spouse, siblings etc:   None



Mrs Anne Woods

Foundation Governor - Vice Chair of Governors

It was a great privilege to be asked to join the Governing Body of Norbury School as a Foundation Governor. I am a parishioner and PCC member of St. Peter’s, Snelston, and have links with St. Mary & St. Barlok Church, Norbury. I have many years experience as a teacher, headteacher and governor and I hope to be able to bring the skills acquired from these roles to the FGB to benefit all areas of the future development of Norbury School and in my role as a Foundation Governor, to ensure the development and promotion of the School’s Christian foundation.

When I was a governor previously, one of the most enjoyable parts of the role was to get to know the children, staff and parents/carers by attending assemblies, church services, events and when carrying out the necessary monitoring visits required by a governor. On my visits to Norbury to date, I have seen that its countryside situation lends itself to a wonderful learning environment to develop the children both academically and spiritually and I will look forward to seeing the ‘Laughter and Learning’ at Norbury during my tenure as a governor.

 Term of office:   Four year term ends 10th October 2025

Appointed by:    Derby Diocese of Education 

Committees:     Personal Development & Distinctiveness as a Church School, Quality of Education        

Relevant business and financial interests:   None

Relationships with members of staff e.g. spouse, siblings etc:   None


Karen Braithwaite 

Dr Karen Braithwaite

Parent Governor

I joined as a governor in 2021 and am Chair of Finance and Resources Committee and also have role for oversight of pupil premium funding.

I believe that Norbury is a welcoming, enjoyable and fun place for children to thrive and learn and I hope to bring fresh new ideas to the school that will help maintain the extremely high standards already in place. I am also keen to ensure that the head teacher and all staff members feel fully supported so they can maintain their hard work and commitment to the school.  I enjoy the oversight of the school that being a governor provides, and I feel I can use my skills to contribute positively to the School.  I am particularly interested in optimising the use of our budget and seeking new ways to supplement it, and also to support the excellent sporting attainment we have seen develop in the School more recently.

I have worked in Higher Education for nearly 20 years, being part of a small team that set up the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, which now is rated as the best school of all universities for its student experience.   I am Head of Operations with responsibility for strategy, planning, innovation, finance and the student lifecycle; I also teach business and entrepreneurship.  It is interesting for me to see the difference in government funding between my Veterinary School  (c. £20k per student) and primary Schools (c. £7k per child), and how in both cases it's important that every penny counts to deliver excellent outcomes. Prior to joining Nottingham I was Head of Geology research for an oil company, having trained professionally as a geologist.

Term of office:    Four year term ends 18th April 2025

Appointed by:    Parent election

Committees:      Finance, Premises and Equipment, Quality of Education Committee

Link Governor for:  Pupil Premium

Relevant business and financial interests:   None

Relationships with members of staff e.g. spouse, siblings etc:   None



Mrs Jackie Young

Parent Governor

I have recently been appointed as a Parent Governor at Norbury.  My oldest daughter currently attends the school and my youngest will be starting in September.  Norbury has been a big part of my life as I attended the school myself, and we have plans to move back to the village shortly.  As a Governor I am enjoying learning more about the school, and supporting where I can.

Term of office:    Four year term ends 24th January 2026

Appointed by:   Parent election

Committees:       Finance, Premises and Equipment 

Relevant business and financial interests:   None

Relationships with members of staff e.g. spouse, siblings etc:   None



Miss Rosemary Mountain

Parent Governor

I am delighted to have the privilege of contributing towards the sustained development of Norbury Primary School as a Parent Governor from March 2023.  

I was a primary school teacher for nine years teaching across the primary age range and in varying and changing schools. I co-ordinated multiple whole-school initiatives and improvement areas as Literacy Lead and PE and Sports Coordinator. I now work as Office Manager for an IT services company being involved in many aspects of the business including HR, compliance, quality assurance, accounting, marketing and customer service. 

My family and I moved to the area in 2021 and my eldest child started at Norbury in the reception cohort of 2022. I therefore look forward to many years to follow of involvement in the school. 

Within the Norbury Governing Body I am the Safeguarding Link Governor and Sports Premium Link Governor. I also sit on the Quality of Education and Finance, Equipment and Premises committees.  

I have a strong affiliation with the school’s vision and values and commit to promoting these with integrity through my role as governor. 

Term of office:    Four year term ends 22nd March 2027

Appointed by:   Parent election

Committees:       Finance, Premises and Equipment, Quality of Education

Link Governor for:  Safeguarding, Sports Premium

Relevant business and financial interests:   None

Relationships with members of staff e.g. spouse, siblings etc:   None


Mr Sean Price 

LA Governor

I have recently been appointed as the LA Governor at Norbury Primary School and it is a privilege to work alongside some incredible individuals, all of which are dedicated to the core values that Norbury so special.


As an entrepreneur who founded companies in the IT sector and now consults globally with organisations in the technology and finance sector, I feel I bring a specific set of relevant skills to Norbury and as such sit on both the Finance and HR committees.


 Having grown up overseas and moved from small rural schools to larger institutions I can appreciate the uniqueness of Norbury and everything it has to offer. Over my career, I’ve served as chair, trustee and board member to businesses and charities, both in the private sector and public sector. 

Term of office:    Four year term ends 17th January 2027

Appointed by:   Schools Governing Board

Committees:       Finance, Premises and Equipment, HR & Wellbeing

Relevant business and financial interests:   None

Relationships with members of staff e.g. spouse, siblings etc:   None



Katherine Collins - Clerk to Governors