About The Governors

The governing body is a group of individual volunteers from varied backgrounds who share an interest in the education of young children at Blaby Stokes school, working together in partnership with Mrs Kallquist and staff, making decisions about wide-ranging aspects of school life. See our list of Governors below.

The governors operate through whole Governing Body meetings once a term and through the functioning of three sub-committees – Premises, Curriculum, Finance, which also meet once each term. School governing bodies have an important role in raising standards of education and the wellbeing of our children in school. Their main purpose is to provide a strategic and policy framework within which schools are run.

It is the responsibility of the Head Teacher and staff to implement the plans and deliver the curriculum. The governing body is responsible for raising expectations, being a "critical friend" to the school and holding it to account.
We currently have two vacancies for local governors – if you are interested in becoming part of our team please email us or speak to Mrs Kallquist.

You can contact our Governors via admin@blabystokes.com or via the school office.

Emma Palmer - Chair of Governors

Parent Governor
Date appointed: 1 September 2016
Term of office: 31 August 2020
Last 12 month meeting attendance: 5/5

More about Emma: 

I have lived in Blaby for 12 years and have two sons at Blaby Stokes in Years 1 and 3, both of who are thriving at the school. I am passionate about education and believe that schools should not only teach children, but also develop a love of learning in pupils. As a Governor I hope to contribute to the school’s ability to do this.

I work at the University of Leicester as a lecturer, with skills and experience from my job which are useful as a Governor. I have an insight into broader educational issues and have enjoyed the challenge of developing my understanding of the primary school sector. I also have skills such as data analysis, writing reports for different audiences, preparing funding bids, and experience of quality assurance processes that I hope to put to good use on behalf of the school. Finally, I am enthusiastic and keen to help the school enhance its provision to our pupils.

Deirdre Kallquist

Headteacher
Last 12 months meeting attendance: 1/5
Term of office: Ex-officio

More about Deirdre:
I was appointed as Headteacher at Blaby Stokes in January 2012. I work collaboratively and strategically with the Governing Body to ensure that the school provides the best possible experiences for all pupils. I am a thoroughly involved member of all the sub-committees: Finance, Premises and Curriculum. I keep abreast of all new initiatives and work hard to make sure that Blaby Stokes moves with the times while still maintaining its strong ethos.

I started teaching in the early 90’s in inner city Sydney, Australia. I moved to the UK with my family in 2001 and worked at Badgerbrook Primary for 10 years, where I held the post of Deputy Headteacher for nearly 5 years. I gained a great deal of experience in my role as deputy and after completing my NPQH I felt ready for the new challenge of Headteacher. I feel my wider experiences as well as excellent teaching and a positive outlook provide the necessary tools for leading Blaby Stokes forward in the ever changing Educational Landscape.

Emily Ballard

Staff Governor
Date appointed: 8 October 2016 by staff election
Term of office: 7 October 2020
Last 12 month meeting attendance: 5/5

More about Emily:
I have recently joined Blaby Stokes as Assistant Head teacher, based in KS2, and was very keen to gain a greater understanding of school governance and leadership. I am a member of the curriculum and Finance sub committees.

I am pleased to represent the school as staff governor so I can help to ensure the best outcomes for all children at our school. I also look forward to supporting the Head Teacher and all the other members of staff who are part of the Blaby Stokes Community.
I have been a qualified teacher since 2005 and have worked in a number of schools across Northamptonshire and Leicestershire, as well as completing a master’s degree in education. I feel these experiences and qualifications allow me to work effectively as a governor.

Rev. Jane Micklethwaite

Foundation Governor
Date appointed: 1 February 2018 by DBE
Term of office: Ex-officio
Last 12 month meeting attendance: 1/1

More about Jane
I am the Rector of All Saints Parish Church in Blaby and am therefore a Foundation Governor. I have spent the past 20 years in various roles in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, including University and also Airport Chaplaincy, as well as parish ministry. While my children were growing up I was very involved in the local primary schools as a parent, as well as working alongside the schools as a church leader.

Richard Holdridge

Foundation Governor
Date appointed: 27 February 2016 by DBE
Term of office: 26 February 2020
Last 12 month meeting attendance: 5/5

More about Richard:
I am a Foundation Governor, being a member of All Saints Church, where I am both Treasurer and Churchwarden. I have lived in the area all my life, and have two children, currently at Lutterworth completing their secondary education. After 4 years teaching, I changed career and qualified as a Chartered Accountant, but spent the last half of my career involved with recruitment, student mentoring and training (both technical and personal skills).

My desire is that children at Stokes are given a fantastic start. Not just academically but in their experience of sport and the creative arts, where they can develop in a safe, supporting and encouraging environment.I am a keen follower of cricket, and am currently Secretary of Countesthorpe Cricket Club.

Steve Roddy

Foundation Governor
Date appointed: 1 September 2017 by DBE
Term of office: 31 August 2021
Last 12 month meeting attendance: 3/3

 

More about Steve:
I have been a Primary School Headteacher for the past five years having previously been a deputy Headteacher at two schools in Northamptonshire.
I am currently a member of the Board of Education for the Diocese of Leicester, sit on the Executive Committee of Leicestershire Primary Heads and am a member of the Leicestershire and Rutland Sport Headteacher steering group. I also work collaboratively with the Rutland Primary headteachers who feed to Uppingham Community College and have chaired Market Harborough and Kibworth Development Group 15 for the past two years.
I am passionate about creating the very best outcomes for young people and I am keen to support the school moving forward.

Olive Hillier

Local Governor
Date appointed: 30 January 2010 by governor election
Term of office: 26 February 2020
Last 12 month meeting attendance: 5/5

More about Olive:
I have been a Governor at Blaby Stokes School for the past eight years. I have an association with the school as my own three children attended Stokes and now my grandchildren as well. I'm involved with Blaby U3A which is the other end of the age spectrum as it is an organisation providing interest groups and learning in a fun way for older people. As I firmly believe education is from the cradle to the grave I enjoy working with both young and old people. My working life was in education too so I feel well qualified to be a Community Governor at such a happy school and to see the children start on their educational journey.

Steve Jones

Parent Governor
Date appointed: 6 May 2015 by parental election
Term of office: 5 May 2019
Last 12 month meeting attendance: 4/5

More about Steve
I have 2 daughters at Blaby Stokes. Both are very happy and are thriving at our school. I am very proud of what they are achieving, and with the way the school is enabling their development in all areas by providing a positive and safe learning environment.
I am privileged to be in a position to support, and where necessary challenge, our schools decision making to facilitate the very best education for all of our children.

I feel that, as an IT consultant/engineer with over 25 years of experience, my skills are a great asset to our school. I am able to help and give advice on any IT issues, including helping to achieve the best value possible with our schools IT budget. I feel it is very important that a schools IT system should meet the needs of all staff and pupils and should be an effective, safe and efficient resource, instilling confidence in all users of the system.

Andrew Maxwell

Parent Governor
Date appointed: 21 June 2017 by parental election
Term of office: 20 June 2021
Last 12 month meeting attendance: 4/4

More about Andrew:

My son has flourished since he joined in his reception year and thoroughly enjoys his learning. He feels happy and secure at the school and it is for that reason that I wanted to make a contribution to the school through the role of Parent Governor.
For the past three years I have worked in the secondary education system. During that time I gained an understanding of what is expected of students making the transition from KS2 to KS3. I have been privileged to gain this experience in a school rated as Outstanding by Ofsted. I’ve now started a teacher training course with the hope of pursuing a career in teaching secondary English. I hope the insight I have of the education system will benefit my role as Parent Governor.
Prior to working in education I ran my own retail business, this position meant I had to work within budgets, analyse data and appraise employee performance which are all skills that I hope to use to benefit the school.

Vacancy

Local Governor

Vacancy

Local Governor

Committees and Previous Members

Committees:

Finance: D Kallquist, O Hillier, R Holdridge, E Ballard
Curriculum: D Kallquist, E Ballard, S Jones, E Palmer, A Maxwell, Z Warner, S Roddy
Premises: D Kallquist, S Jones, R Holdridge, J  Micklethwaite

Declarations of Interest:

Owing to the composition of governing body being drawn from local public and private sector organisations, transactions may take place with organisations in which a governor has an interest. Governors have a legal responsibility to avoid conflict between their business and personal interests and those of the school and to declare any interest. 

Register of interests - Sept 17 >

Previous members of Governing Body within the last 12 months:

Louise Bent, Parent Governor - End of term 17 March 2017
Grenville Gibbins, Foundation Governor - End of term 30 June 2017
Pam Smith, Co-opted Governor - End of term 30 September 2017
Lee McKean, Parent Governor - End of Term 9 October 2017
Bev Philps, Co-opted Governor - End of Term 29 January 2018
Louisa Coleman, Co-opted Governor - End of Term 29 January 2018