Welcome to Heath Primary School



Hello from the Governing Body

Heath Primary School (HPS) is an academy school within the Embark Federation of schools, a growing multi academy trust (MAT). Our school has a local governing body which helps the trust interpret and understand the unique local needs of our school. Our governing body works with, supports, monitors and challenges the work of the Headteacher and staff at the school as they strive to achieve the very best for all the children who attend the school.

Currently the governing body is made up of a number of senior staff from the school, and parent representatives from families who have children who attend, or who have recently attended the school. You will find further details about all the governors below. As governors we all place great value on the role of the school within the local community and aim to best prepare the children who attend the school for ‘life after HPS’.

Heath Primary School has experienced much positive change since we were last judged as ‘good’ by Ofsted in 2016. We joined Embark in 2019 and as one of the ‘founding’ schools we have a strong voice within the trust. We are lucky enough to have seen major investment in a significant programme of building and refurbishment works which will improve the structures within which our teachers teach and our learners learn. We have also, like all schools in the UK, been challenged by COVID and have changed how we do some things and positively adapted as a result. The local community is also changing with some major housing developments impacting local areas, and we aim to meet these changing needs.

As a governing body we really are at the heart of the school and aspire to steer the school effectively as it moves forwards. We are always keen to understand where there are opportunities for improvement and we welcome opportunities to speak with stakeholders. Should you have any queries, suggestions or ideas you would like to raise with the governing body please feel free to email us (enquiries@heath.derbyshire.sch.uk).

James Swain

Chair of Governing Body

Meet our Governors

JSJames Swain - Parent, term of office: 13.06.19 - 12.06.23.

My name is James Swain. In September 2021, I started a two year commitment to act as chair of the governing body at Heath Primary School. As a parent governor who lives in the local area I am committed to helping the school effectively serve local children and families and be a valued part of the local community. I am keen to make myself available to parents/guardians, staff members, children and other stakeholders to ensure that any views, ideas or concerns are taken forward with a view to improving the school experience for all involved.

I currently work as a teacher at a local residential special school working across Key Stages 2 and 3 with children who have severe social, emotional and mental health difficulties that impact upon their behaviour. I have a background in education settings both in the UK and overseas. I have also worked within private companies and been self-employed.

As a governor I hope to work with, support and challenge the school in order to keep the children safe, healthy, happy and learning. I also hope to help staff feel valued and encouraged as they set out to educate, mentor and inspire each and every one of the children. I aspire to help Heath Primary School ‘get it right’ for the children who attend the school and will support parents/guardians, children and staff at the school to achieve that objective.

Email: chair@heath.derbyshire.sch.uk


Helen Staton - LA, term of office: 13.06.19 - 12.06.23.

My name is Helen Staton and I feel privileged to be a governor 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.


Jonathan Lynch - Staff.

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.


Chris Swales - Co-opted, term of office: 08.02.17 - 07.02.25.

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.


Rachel Ottewell - Co-opted, term of office: 12.10.17 - 11.10.25.

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.


Jenny Wilkes - Associate, term of office: 01.09.19 - 31.08.23.

My name is Jenny Wilkes 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.

LW.JPGLindsay Windle - Associate.

My name is Lindsay Windle, as Business manager at Heath Primary School I attend governor meetings to both provide reports and give information on the day to day of school life as well as be a supportive member of the team. I have been at Heath since 2006 and have always enjoyed being part of a great staff team who all support the school and community .

One of my priorities is to help provide a safe and happy environment for pupils, staff and visitors to the school. I am always available to help staff, parents and pupils in any way that I can.

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Donna Watson - Parent, term of office: 13.06.19 - 12.06.23.

My name is Donna Watson and I am a parent governor. I live locally to Heath Primary School with my husband and our children, one daughter and two sons, who actually attend HPS. All three of our children have flourished since starting at HPS. I have all of the children’s best interests at heart, my own included which is one of the motivations for applying to become a governor. Another is that I wanted to devote some of my spare time to support our local community, which I feel HPS is at the heart of. 

I feel privileged to be part of the governing body and being able to experience first-hand how the school is run. I enjoy being more involved and hope that my contribution helps to support the excellent work of the school. One of my beliefs is that all children should have an equal educational opportunity in life and excellent teaching and leadership, supported by parents in paramount. I enjoy being part of the team supporting in a safe happy environment which they all love.

Nigel Twigg - Parent, term of office: 18.10.18 - 17.10.22.
Hi! My name is Nigel Twigg and I live in the village of Holmewood with my wife and two children. I have a background in manufacturing and engineering management with an emphasis on quality management, continuous improvement and risk assessment.
I currently own and manage a small business that provides on and offshore technical services to the energy industry and also installs the fibre optic infrastructure in the UK.  I previously lived in Nottingham where I volunteered for a charity involved in social justice helping disadvantaged families and children at risk of homelessness, and also helped to run a city centre youth club called Destiny. 
I have 2 children that attend Heath Primary School and my wife provides keyboard and ukulele  lessons. My children enjoy their time at school and all the extra curriculum activities the staff provide.  I have witnessed first-hand the passion the teachers and support staff have for their pupils and their desire to give them the best start in life.  I believe it is a privilege to join this team, to journey with them as a governor and to help create a nurturing, exciting and challenging environment for all the children.  I will use my skills and experience to support this school to the best of my ability!

Laura Inglis - Parent, term of office: 24.03.22 - 23.03.26.

Lorna Peltell - Parent, term of office: 24.03.22 - 23.03.26.