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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 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 two children at the school, Grace in year 6 and Hannah in year 4. I have been a governor for 5 years. 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."



Valerie Baguley Staff Governor (Training, Safer Recruitment and B&A) Term ends 24.4.21


Abigail Emsley - Foundation Parochial Church Council Governor (Appraisal and GDPR) Term ends 26.5.22


Hi, I’m Abigail Emsley and have been serving as a governor at St Michael’s since May 2018. I have two young children: Rupert, age 5, who is in Foundation, and Arthur, age 3, who can’t wait to start school like his big brother! I have worked in education since 2008 and currently work at a large secondary school as Head of Sixth Form. I have been part of the Farnsfield community most of my life, having grown up here, and feel incredibly privileged to be in a position to both support and challenge the school to ensure all children have the very best start in life through their time at St. Michael’s. Outside of education, I love spending precious time with my family, enjoying the great outdoors and making memories.

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! 

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.