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Welcome from the Governors


Welcome to our school. We are very proud of the achievements of our pupils and staff, and as a governing body want to do our utmost to support all at the school in building on the high standards already achieved. Our school is rated ‘Good’ with Ofsted, and we continually strive to maintain and improve this strong position.


At the same time, we ensure that our pupils have other experiences to remember through the wide variety of activities that are available, from school shows to film clubs, from after school sports to residential trips for every year group. We are very grateful to have such a vibrant and committed staff who deliver these valuable elements over and above their classroom role.


Our governing body is fully engaged with the school, and committed to its roles. All governors are volunteers and we thank them for their time.


We are always happy to hear your view and comments, so please feel free to contact us via  the school office or at



Mrs Louise Carpenter - Staff Head Teacher

Hello, I am Louise Carpenter, the Head Teacher here at Farnsfield St-Michael's CE Primary. I have had experience on the Governing Body at my previous school, where I was the staff governor for 5 years. I have worked with foundation governors, parent governors and those from the diocese to successfully focus the strategic development of the school. I look forward to working closely with the Governing Body here at St-Michael's to develop connections with the church and community, actively involve parents within school life and to ensure that every child flourishes in our care. I am excited for what the future holds as we work together to achieve the greatest success! 

Mrs Jennie Fieldwick -  Chair of Governors - Foundation (Diocesan Board of Education) and Parent - term ends 27.9.21  - Appraisal Governor, SEN Inclusion and behaviour Governor, Safer Recruitment Governor.

Hi, My name is Jennie Fieldwick. I am currently the chair of Governors at Farnsfield St Michael’s C of E Primary school. I have one child, Hannah, who is at St Michael's.  I am a primary school teacher currently working in the north of the county. I am passionate about education, especially ensuring that all children are able to celebrate the progress they make, whether they reach age related expectations or not. Outside of education, I enjoy lots of different activities such as crafting, archery and walking.

Mr Darren West - Parent Governor and Deputy Chair (Child Protection and Complaints) Term ends 18.10.21 

Hello everyone, my name is Darren West and I am a Parent Governor. I live in Farnsfield with my wife, Louisa and daughter Lula, a pupil at the school in year 4. We moved into the village in May 2015 and have been made extremely welcome and so far the best move we have made as a family. I am a Prison Governor currently seconded to Prison Service Headquarters. I have worked in the prison service for a total of 28 years, working my way through the uniform ranks and at prisons with varying complexities and security categories. I was delighted to be elected onto the board at St. Michael's. It is so refreshing for me to spend some time with nice people doing things for nice people. It is a great opportunity for me to have an impact upon the ongoing progression of our children and seeing them flourish in a safe, decent environment and encouraging them to love to learn. Away from work, spending time with my family is the most precious thing to me. I love my sport, especially football, and I am a keen Leeds United fan, please don’t hold that against me!!

Ian Griffiths - Foundation Parachial Church Governor Term ends 4.12.22

Ian moved to the area in October 2016 and worships at St Michael’s Farnsfield.  He is a member of the Church Parochial Church Council and was appointed as a Governor of the School in December 2018.  Ian has been involved in the Governance of Church Schools and Academies both at a Secondary and Primary level for over 30 years.  Ian is currently Vice Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education and is a member of Southwell & Nottingham Educational Trust.  Most of his working life was spent working in the Higher Education sector primarily as an IT Director but in his later career running companies on behalf of Universities.  Outside of education he is currently a trustee of Papplewick & Linby Village Hall and has just joined the Independent Monitoring Board for Morton Hall Immigration Referral Centre.  Formally he was for 10 years Chair of Papplewick Parish Council.  As a committed Christian, Ian has held a number of roles for his local Church.  After over 50 years of playing League Cricket Ian is now appointed as a Panel Cricket Umpire.



Rev. Chris Pearse - Ex-officio Foundation Governor

I moved to Farnsfield in the summer of 2019 to be the Priest in Charge of Farnsfield, Kirklington (with Hockerton), Maplebeck and Winkburn. In this role I have been given a special focus upon developing some new worshipping communities within Farnsfield, one of which (now called 'Connect') aims to build on the strong relationship between the school and the church and enable more children and families to explore and grow in faith together. I am delighted to serve on the board of governors as part of my role and to be able support St Michael's school as it continues to provide an excellent and rounded education for all its pupils and develop its Christian distinctiveness. I have two children (one of whom is in Year 1 at the school) and before kids, I used to have some hobbies too (music, footie, comedy - I still try and do some of these things occasionally!!)


Kate Weaver - Parent Governor (Health Safety, B&A Club, Pay Progression) Term ends 21.11.22 

Hello, my name is Kate Weaver and I am a parent governor. I have a daughter called Ester here at St Michael's School currently in year 2 and she loves it. I'm really proud to be a member of the governors' team and to be able to support the school. I work for the NHS  as a Business Development and Contracts Manager and also support my husband to run our own business. So it's great to be able to use my knowledge and skills to help support the school in providing a fantastic education and a happy school environment for all our children.


Louise Watson - PCC Governor

I have lived in this lovely village for almost four years now and have two children in school here. I am part of the congregation at St Michaels Church and really enjoy singing in the church choir. I have worked in education for around twenty years and currently work part time. I am very excited to be part of the governing body at St Michael's.










Helen Lewis - DBE appointed governor

Hello! My name is Helen Lewis and I am one of the Foundation Governors (DBE) at Farnsfield St Michael’s. I am also a teacher at the school, currently teaching Year 6, and lead on both PE and Christian Distinctiveness. I joined the St Michael’s family at Easter 2016 and, since that time, I have been fortunate enough to teach every year group from Year 2 up to Year 6. I am so proud, and privileged, to be a part of this special school community and to serve the children and families in the village of Farnsfield and surrounding areas. Outside of school, I love spending time with my family and friends, getting involved in activities at my church, shopping, eating cake, exploring new places and watching sport. I am excited to use my passion, skills and faith even further by serving as a Governor, and continue to see the children, staff, families and wider community flourish.



Nicole Wilson - Staff Govenor

Hello! My name is Nicole Wilson and I am the staff governor here at St Michael’s. I have been working at the school for 7 years now, gradually taking on more roles and responsibilities. I am currently a phase leader for Foundation and Keystage One, but have also lead in Lower Keystage 2. During my time here I have predominately taught Years 3 and 4, but have experienced teaching in all the year groups through PPA cover throughout the years. I feel so proud and honoured to be staff governor here, being able to contribute to the wider running of the school. I am excited by this opportunity to help our school to continue to grow and flourish. Outside of school I have two little ones who keep me very busy, a little boy who has just started school himself and a little girl who is 18 months.

All Governors have voting rights on their respective committees and no Governor declared any relevant business interest. No Governor or their family is related to any school staff.