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Welcome to our Governors’ section.


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

The Governing body at John T. Rice Infant and Nursery School work incredibly hard to support and challenge the school's leadership team. This support helped to secure a Good from OFSTED in 2018 and provides a healthy level of challenge to move the school forward.

Our governing body is made up of 8 members:

1 headteacher, 1 staff governor, 2 parent governors, 3 co-opted governors and 1 LA governor. There is a chair and vice chair and a headteacher.



Meet the Governing body!




Meet our Governors


Miss Ruth Palmer (Local Authority Governor)


Appointed - 25.09.2023 

Term of office - 2 years


Strategic development and Pupil committee chair & vice chair of Finance committee

Responsibility for safeguarding, English & phonics &  HT appraisal

Ruth has always had an interest in Education and is a trained teacher. She currently works for multi academy trust in their governor services and has a background in budgets, buying and selling.  She has been part of the governing body for 4 years and really does show an interest in all aspects of school. 


 Miss Keeley Hallows (Parent Governor)

Appointed 28.06.2021

Term of office - 4 years

Strategic development & pupil committee member.

Responsibility - Health and safety & PE sport funding

Keeley is a parent of  a child in Year 1 and has been active in previous years on the school's PTA. 


 Darren Sayer (Co-opted Governor) 

Appointed 12.06.2023

Term of office - 4 years

Finance and personnel committee member and strategic development & pupil committee member. 

Responsibility - 

Darren has a working history in the Armed forces, prison service & PALS service. He has recently been concentrating upon building a bungalow and has links to the building trade. He has a strong interest in Health and safety and volunteering in his local community. 


Mrs Molly Elliott-Reynolds (Parent governor) 

Vice chair of Governors

Appointed 19.04.2022

Term of office - 4 years

Finance and personnel committee chair

Molly is a parent of a child in school. She works in a local secondary school as a science teacher and has a strong interest in schools, how they are developed and transition. She has always been an avid advocate of JTR and really shows in interest in all aspects of school life. 


Mrs Joanne Smith (Staff Governor)

Appointed 12.05.2022

Term of office - 4 years

Finance and personnel committee member and strategic development & pupil committee member.

Joanne is the Deputy Head at school and leads and manages Key Stage 1. Joanne has responsibility for leading the curriculum. She lives at home with her husband and son and chocolate labrador!


Mrs Shelley Bennett (Head Teacher)

Mrs Bennett joined the school in April 2018 as the Headteacher and it is her first Headship. She worked as a Deputy Head teacher at Crescent Primary School in Mansfield for 7 years prior to taking up Headship. She is passionate about learning and relishes the opportunity to serve the children, parents and staff at John T. Rice Infant school.  During the weekends and holidays, Mrs Bennett loves walking her chocolate Labrador and spending valuable time with her family. Together with that, her hobbies include collecting pets (much to her husbands dismay!), horse riding, reading and trying to keep fit!

Governor constitution and declarations

Governors who have stepped down or their term of office has ended

Attendance at FGB 2022-2023

Finance and personnel committee & Strategic Development and Pupils Committee attendance

Please see Decision planner for remit of the strategic development and pupils committee - see bottom of page

Governors' Year End Financial Statement 2023 - 2024

Information for Governors