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Netherthorpe School



Governance at Netherthorpe School

The Academy Improvement Board for Netherthorpe School is part of a delegated structure within the Cavendish Learning Trust. 

Our Academy Improvement Board (AIB) is structured to reflect the requirements of the school and includes key governors that oversee specific areas of responsibility. The AIB has designated associates linked to Safeguarding, Quality of education, Behaviour and attitude, Personal development, Leadership and management and Post 16. All associates have responsibility to oversee SEND and Pupil premium within their delegated areas.

The Academy Improvement Board Governors for Netherthorpe School have a wide background of experience gained in both Public and Private sectors, bringing together a range of skills.

The names, categories, attendance, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor are detailed further on the Cavendish Learning Trust Website. 

Structure of the AIB


Mrs Helen McVicar

Chair of the Academic Improvement Board and Foundation governor Representative 

Mrs Rachel Swann

Vice Chair and co-opted Governor

Mr Vernon Sanderson

Trust Governor (Chair of the Trustees)

Mrs Karen Robinson

Staff Governors                                                                 

Mrs Bev Catlow

Miss Shannon Crooks

Parent Governors

Mrs Jenny Nightingale-Newton

Mrs Jenny Tongue

Mrs Yvonne Wright

Co- opted Governors                                               

Mr Mark Smith

Miss Carly Waterhouse

Representative from the Duke of Devonshire            

Mrs Gill Hart

Clerk to the Governors

Mrs Valerie Whitham


Their main role of the AIB is to support the Headteacher and the staff – the phrase often used to describe this role is ‘a critical friend’. We help them to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life.


The key document used for this are the School Improvement Plan (SIP) and the Self Evaluation Summary (SES). The SIP sets out a strategic plan for the


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