Abercrombie Primary School

Meet the Governors

Mr G Carter

Chair - L.A Governor

I am thoroughly delighted to have been appointed LA Governor to Abercrombie Primary School and to have now been given the opportunity to serve the school as the Chair of Governors. 

Growing up in central Manchester in the 1960's may not sound like heaven, but they were halcyon days. Inspirational teachers operated in often challenging environments to provide me and many others with opportunities for which I will be eternally grateful. I was not always a willing student, but I can now reflect on what was a wholly positive experience.

Janet and I met in Sheffield in 1984 and were married a few years later. We have lived in Chesterfield for over 35 years and our four daughters are all Chesterfield born.

A brief, deluded period of time saw me teaching Physics in Sheffield secondary schools. During that period, I quickly learnt that I hadn't the patience, aptitude, or stamina to be a teacher!

The discovery of my shortcomings as a teacher then allowed me to spend twenty glorious years in industry selling, designing and implementing large scale industrial technology projects across Europe.

 Early retirement is now allowing me to put something back into the education system from which I have truly benefited. I now want to ensure that your child fulfils their true potential and is happy in doing so. I hope to serve them well.

Mrs J Brunt

Vice - Chair - Co-Opted Governor

I have been a Governor at Abercrombie School for 4 years now; it is an excellent school and I'm very pleased to be part of the school community.

I have a background in education and health and am a retired professor. Since retiring I have been elected as a Council representative for the Ward of St Helen's where Abercrombie School is situated and I know that the school is seen as a very valuable part of the St Helen's and wider community.

Mrs T Gannon

Head Teacher

I am very proud to be Head teacher at Abercrombie Primary and Nursery School. It really is a fantastic school, full of wonderful children, dedicated staff and a challenging governing body.

This is my second headship and I thoroughly enjoy managing and leading Abercrombie. I am passionate about education and have been a teacher for over 25 years. I have been Headteacher at Abercrombie Primary School since 2013. 

I see my role as ensuring that the children at Abercrombie reach their full potential whilst being supported in a caring and nurturing environment. As a school we encourage a love of learning through a well- planned, creative and engaging curriculum.

Although my role is varied and extremely busy I always ensure that I am available for anyone to chat about school life.

Our Governing body is dedicated and continually focuses on whole school development.

Mrs K Dobson

Deputy Head Teacher - Staff Governor

I have been Deputy Head teacher at Abercrombie Primary School since 2011 and I feel very privileged to be part of such a wonderful, supportive and caring community. I am passionate about teaching and learning and I have always thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of school life throughout my 28 years in Derbyshire schools. I have been a Governor for over 15 years and I very much appreciate the responsibility that comes with this important role. As Teacher Governor at Abercrombie, I represent the staff on the governing body and I am also a member of the Performance and Standards committee. As part of this group, I feel I can help to answer the challenging questions other Governors ask, clarify priorities and policies and help interpret data.

I very much believe that every child deserves the best education and pastoral care we can provide and I know my fellow governors share these values and actively work to ensure this for all Abercrombie children.

Miss C Bracegirdle

Parent Governor

I became a parent governor at Abercrombie Primary School in November 2016. I am looking forward to being involved in the development and decision making of such a fantastic school.

I have a son in year 4 and a daughter in Year 1. I have spent the last 10 years working as an accountant in the NHS, as a result of which I am on the Resources Management committee.  Prior to this, I worked as a primary school teacher.

Mrs A Kelly

Parent Governor

I am a parent of two boys who started the school in September and the fundamental reason for wanting to serve on the board of governors is to make a meaningful contribution to children’s education.

I am qualified accountant with 17 years of finance experience and, work locally for a charity.

My skills and expertise in financial management will be put to good use ensuring school resources are used in a manner that maximises their effectiveness.

Mrs L Wallace

Parent Governor

As a parent of a child at Abercrombie and another who will soon be attending, I wish to be part of the team maintaining the high standards that the school has.  Ensuring the best for our children and an enjoyable working environment for the staff.

I have been in education for 12 years and have specialised in Early Years and am now EYFS Lead. During my career I have worked with nursery and reception aged children including two special needs schools, where I worked with a different range of needs

Miss M Thorpe

Co-Opted Governor

I was a Social Worker for children for 45years. I am passionately committed to ensuring good outcomes for all children and while I believe that this is best done within families, for those who lack familial support, school can be a place of safety & reassurance of their self worth. Education generally enables a child to see beyond their own horizons, to develop knowledge, new experiences & feelings of self worth.
In my retirement I want to continue to be a part of ensuring this positive educational experience for children even in a small way, as a school governor.

 Mr C Beech

Co-Opted Governor

I’m married to Karen (since 1994) and have two adult daughter’s, one training to be a vet and the other a tattoo artist! I lead a church that I founded in Chesterfield called Redeemer King and also run two international charities with a particular focus on tackling deprivation. I’m a big believer in community and want to help where I can. It’s a privilege to be a governor at Abercrombie and support where I can the amazing staff and leadership.

Dr S Rackham

Co-Opted Governor

I have two children at Abercrombie Primary and am very privileged to be part of this excellent school which delivers such high quality education.

I work as a local GP, am a amateur fitness fanatic and a member of Chesterfield Community Church.

Mr O Campbell


I studied Medical Microbiology and have been involved in both research, training and teaching. I have been in the field of education for close to two decades teaching and motivating children as well as adults reach their highest potential. This is why I am excited to have been given the opportunity to serve on the board of governors for Abercrombie Primary school Chesterfield.

My daughter recently joined the school and it has been a truly rewarding experience for her and I am pleased with the dedication of all staff to see the development of the total child.

I would be glad to offer my professional contribution in improving student learning outcomes. Every child deserves quality education and I am eager to join the rest of the team to see this become the reality for every child here.

Abercrombie Primary school provides an enabling environment for this and I am glad to be a part of this great team.

Ms M Burton

Co-Opted Governor

I am currently a Teaching assistant within the school, I have been working at Abercrombie for the past 4 years. Previously to working at Abercrombie school I worked in Higher education for 11 years. I was a lecturer, then progressing to a quality advisor within Apprenticeships.

When I am not working, I am also a foster carer for Derbyshire County Council and have been for the past 8 years. Fostering has been an enjoyable but challenging part of my life that has allowed me to work with children with challenging behaviours. This has supported my current role in many ways. I am the mother of 4 children who have successful careers with 2 of them giving me grandchildren.   

Mrs J Jilavu

Assistant Head - Associate Member

I have been a teacher at Abercrombie since 2013 and am currently teaching in year 6. My additional roles in school are KS2 Manager and Maths leader.

I was recently voted as an Associate Governor and have been attending governors' meetings since 2015. I am also a member of the Performance and Standards Committee.

Ms J Mellors

Clerk to Governors

I have worked  in the  education sector since 2002 and have been the school's Business Manager and Clerk to the Governors since January 2016.

I enjoy the variety of the busy office and enjoy assisting the Head Teacher, Governors and all staff in ensuring the already high standards of the school is retained.

Governors are contactable through the school on

01246 232425

or email


Abercrombie Primary School, Higher Albert Street, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 7QE

01246 232425