Welcome to Heath Primary School



Hello from the Governing Body

The Governing Body consists of 11 members, all from various parts of the local community and together we help to shape the vision of the school. Our work is judged by Ofsted and it’s our responsibility to hold the Headteacher and teaching team to account.

Over the last few years we have worked collaboratively to help shape the forward thinking nature of education at Heath, we have an established Headteacher and seen our teaching and learning improve, we have maintained the ‘Good’ judgement in our most recent Ofsted Inspection (February 2016) and we hope the children reap the rewards of this and achieve excellent results, develop their life skills and eventually leave heath Primary School with the skills needed to be successful learners and positive members of the local community. 

We are involved in all aspects of school life including:

  • Staff Appointments
  • Finance
  • Pupil safety and welfare
  • Buildings & Maintenance
  • The student voice; School Parliament, Ambassadors, Sports Leaders and the Green Team 

Should you wish to contact myself, or any member of the Governing Body please feel free to email on enquiries@heath.derbyshire.sch.uk. We hope to see you at many of the school events throughout the year.

Helen Staton
Chair of Governing Body

HelenMy name is Helen Staton and I feel privileged to hold the position of Chair of Governors at Heath Primary School. Both of my children have been previous pupils at Heath which is when I first joined the Governing Body. I am a Deputy Headteacher of a local secondary school and have an interest in both education and the local community in which Heath Primary stands. I have served on the Governing Body for over 8 years and enjoy both challenging and supporting the school in their efforts to continue improving the educational experience of our children. Education is so much more than test results and levels and should develop key social and creative skills especially in these early years and help build confidence and self-esteem.

I am available to parents, carers and visitors to discuss any matter relating to the school and I am always pleased to receive positive feedback. Together we can help Heath Primary School maintain high standards and prosper for current children and future generations.

MartinHi my name is Martin Gunn. I have been a resident of Heath for over 13 years and landlord of The Elm Tree Heath with my family, both of my children have attended Heath Primary School, I have been a member of the governors since 2015, HPS is a wonderful school and I want this to continue I feel it has a great back ground and excellent reputation around. The teaching staff and support staff are a credit to teaching and bring out the best in our children and with the help of the governors this will continue and get even better. I feel that all education as businesses are facing tough times ahead that will put us to the test, but we all have the best interests of the school, pupils staff and with the support of parents we will come out of this stronger and better.


As Headteacher of Heath Primary School I feel I am privileged to be able to be part of a school community that works hard to enhance the learning opportunities for our children. I have been at Heath since September 2015 and have always been impressed by the behaviour and attitude to learning of the children and how they rise to challenges. We have a strong team of governors who help to shape the future of the school.


My name is Chris Swales, and I am very grateful to have been appointed to the Governing Body in January 2017, joining at a particularly exciting time for Heath Primary School. I am a Head of Department at a high school in Nottingham, having previously worked at schools in North Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Across these schools I have had first-hand experience of the role a high-quality education, along with outstanding care and guidance, plays in shaping the future aspirations of children.

My son attends HPS, where he has absolutely thrived. For me, being part of the Governing Body means that I can work alongside the school staff and leadership, to play a part in supporting many other young people in this community, allowing them to thrive, and achieve their potential at this fantastic school.


My name is Sally Amans. I have a daughter and son who are currently attend Heath Primary School. I have loved seeing their confidence and ability grow whilst being nurtured throughout their time at HPS. They really enjoy school and the opportunities that they are given there. 

Before becoming a primary school teacher I previously taught at local secondary schools and I have taught vulnerable adults in a local community setting. I enjoy the every day challenges that teaching brings and find it a rewarding job. As a local resident, I am passionate about providing support for our school and wider community. I’m committed to getting the best from children and helping them to excel. As a governor, I am pleased to have the opportunity to help guide the school and contribute towards its continued success.


My name is Rachel Ottewell. I am a local farmer’s wife, living on a very busy working farm close by to Heath Primary School.

I have previously worked in retail management for a large local department store, focusing mainly on Sales, Finance, Health and Safety, Audit, Loss Prevention, Training and Cash Handling. I have worked at around 6 different branches completing different roles within the company. My favourite being Operations Manager. I now work as part of the school office team three days a week.

I have 2 children that attend Heath Primary School. They both love coming to school every day and are thriving through the education they have received so far. As a part of my role on the school governors, I would like to try to be a support to the professionals who run the school on a day to day basis but also to see it continue being the best that it can be for not only my children but the rest of the children that do and will attend Heath Primary School.

My name is Jenny Flavell and I am the Deputy Head Teacher at Heath Primary School. I am a proud to be a member of such a wonderful school community and I am thrilled to have been given the chance to join the governing body. My own daughter has recently started at Heath, within the two year old provision. There is a warm, caring atmosphere around the school and the children are enthusiastic and engaged in their learning. All staff in school go above and beyond for the children and I am excited that I am in a position, as a governor, to support the school in a wider capacity.