Meet the Governors

Mr M Cordin - Co-opted Governor (Chair)

I am a parent governor and father of three, all in school. I am an IT contract project manager currently working for one of the leading global IT suppliers. Since being elected as a governor in 2012 I have witnessed pupil progress through Orchard school becoming one of the best not only in the county but in the country. It is always a pleasure to attend school during visits to see the progress of our children first hand. During my remaining time as governor I hope I can use any of my personal and professional skills to further challenge the school to be the best place for our children. I currently sit on both Strategic development and Finance committees. I am also a Head Teacher Appraisal governor. I was appointed chair in October 2016.


Term ends: 19/10/20

Ms K Frith - Co-opted Governor (Vice Chair)

I am a parent Governor and mum to two boys who are both at Orchard,   I commenced as a governor at Orchard in February 2015 and I decided to stand as a governor as I’m keen to be involved in my sons’ education and I feel that I have useful skills and knowledge to support the school in its drive for excellence in all aspects of education for all pupils.  I work as a Student Support Officer at Nottingham Trent University and I am involved in supporting students from ‘non traditional’ university student backgrounds e.g mature students, students who have spent time in care. As a parent governor I hope to be able to provide an authentic parent voice and ask questions and challenge, where necessary, to ensure that the school continues to provide the best possible educational experience and outcomes for all children.  I strongly believe that raising aspirations of all children is key to building confidence and supporting achievement and I am particularly interested in this area of work. As a new governor I am attending all committees to get a feel for the full range of work that is done.  I am enjoying learning the ropes and love visiting the school and having the chance to get to know the staff and meet children from across the whole school and share in their enthusiasm for learning.


Term ends: 1/11/2022

Mrs J Chambers - Head Teacher

I am both honoured and privileged to  now serve the children of Orchard as their headteacher and I am looking forward to continuing working with all stakeholders to ensure that:

  • the ethos of Orchard, with children at its heart, continues to thrive and move forward.
  • all children achieve their academic potential as well as being offered opportunities to unlock and develop a range of talents.
  • personal development is a priority across school to ensure children have the skills to move on and become active, positive and successful citizens
  • children work in a stimulating, safe, caring and supportive learning environment

Working with children, staff parents and governors, I can ensure that the school offers the very best for all children.

Every child can do amazing things and it will be my goal that they do!


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Mrs P Underwood - Co-opted Governor

I am the school business manager and have been so since January 2007. I previously worked for Barclays Bank for 17 years so feel highly confident with all financial and administration matters of the school.  I feel very proud of the improvements around school that I have been part of during my time here .I hope that I can continue to help and support  the children, staff and governors to ensure that Orchard continues to provide the best possible experience and facilities for all. I sit on all the sub-committees and have been an associate governor since October 2015 and was appointed as a co-opted governor on 23rd October 2018. 


Term ends: 23/10/22

Mr P Campsall - Co-opted Governor

I was a parent governor and father of two boys, and became a co-opted governor in October 2018. I am an Operational and Supplier Manager, managing a number of cash machines ensuring these are operational and meet all compliance requirements. During my time as a governor, I am looking to ensure that the school continues to meet the high standards in achievement, attendance and behaviour that it has set itself during the last few years whilst having a vision detailing what we can improve, and ensuring that staff are providing the best possible standard of teaching for the children. I sit on the full governing body as well as Strategic Development and Finance committees.


Term ends: 02/10/22

Mr P Creek - Local Authority Governor

I am the newly elected Community Governor and have two grandchildren at the school. My wife and I are now retired and moved to the area from Gloucestershire some 6 years ago to be closer to our family.  
My career was originally in engineering having gained a full five year apprenticeship as a Fitter/ Turner/Machinist gaining a Higher National Diploma in Production Engineering. This led me to work for the MoD for 5 years as a Professional and Technical Officer overseeing the build of the engines for guided weapons manufactured by Rolls Royce at their factory in Filton, Bristol.In the early 70’s I changed career paths to one of Health and Safety, ultimately working for a multinational Aerospace Company based at Cheltenham where I also became responsible for their Government Security contracts and documentation. For Health and Safety I was responsible for seven sites within the UK, based in Rugby, Newmarket, Basingstoke, Tewkesbury, Croydon and Southampton, with a total of over 5,000 employees, whereas my role in UK Government Security took me to the USA on many occasions giving talks to our US counterparts in Washington on handling classified documentation. 
I am proud of the fact that our grandchildren attend an ‘Outstanding’ school and I shall endeavour to help maintain all the great work that has gone on to achieve this standard. Having over 45 years’ experience in industry, I hope to bring a business perspective to the schools aims and objectives.  

Term ends: 17/10/21

Mr S Jackson - Staff Governor

For eight years, I have worked at Orchard and have enjoyed every minute. As a teacher, I have worked from Reception to year six in my career and have first-hand knowledge of the different requirements and needs of pupils at all ages of the primary experience.  

 This school is special and I am very proud of the children and the staff here. There is no other school like it in terms of behaviour, attainment and mutual respect. It is clear from the low staff turnover that the rest of the staff agree.  

Due to my experience, as well as my desire to continually improve the school to keep it special, I took no convincing to become a staff governor, where I can share the thoughts and experiences of our amazing staff to continue to give the children here the best opportunities, the most exciting experiences and the chance to unlock their potential as they strive to ‘Build a Better Me.’ 


Term ends: 30/01/2023

Mrs M Thompson - Parent Govenor

First and foremost, I am a mother to three wonderful children all of which are/were pupils at Orchard Primary School, which has made me a real champion and advocate of the school, its staff and pupils.   Relishing the opportunity to be more proactively involved in ‘Orchard life,’ I feel I have the skillset, knowledge and expertise to support the school’s leaders to drive sustained improvements in order to maintain Orchard’s outstanding reputation.

Friendly and approachable, I believe I am uniquely placed to champion the views of Orchard’s parents and will be supportive and proactive to get the very best for the children and their families. A teacher since 2001, I am passionate about teaching & learning, curriculum innovation, enrichment and enhancement.  As schools strive to meet government targets, it is imperative that important aspects of children’s education are not neglected, as we help pupils have success for today and be prepared for the challenges of tomorrow.

As a Senior Leader and Teaching & Learning Lead across a number of schools, I will bring to this role:

  • An ability to hold the school leaders to account through the accurate analysis of school performance data;
  • Challenge, to ensure that all pupils achieve their full potential and school funds are directed appropriately to improve outcomes for all groups;
  • Curiosity and criticality of the quality of education at the school;
  • Support for the school leaders in making accurate self-evaluations and the appropriate identification of areas for improvement;
  • Robust challenge to ensure safeguarding is of the highest quality;
  • Regular updates of the ever changing educational landscape.


I sit on the ‘Strategic Development’ and ‘Pupil and Personnel’ Committees.

Term ends: 27/03/2021

Mrs N French - Parent Governor

I am a parent governor and mummy to two delightful boys, one of who attends Orchard and another that I hope in the fullness of time will be lucky enough to get a place in the school. I was very pleased to be able to be part of Orchard Governing body as a parent governor. I have an avid professional and personal interest in Primary Education and I spend a lot of time engaging with current educational research to ensure that my own practice is evidence based.

I qualified as a teacher in 2009 and have had experience working in four different schools. I am currently Deputy Head in a large primary school in Derbyshire, where I am responsible for a number of roles including reading, curriculum development and pupil premium. I am passionate about education and ensuring that all children have an excellent start to their school life as this will enable them to go onto bright futures.

I am friendly and approachable and hope that during my time as  a governor I will be able to support and challenge the school in an ever changing and demanding educational climate.

Term ends: 10/02/2023

Mr S Charlesworth - Parent Govenor

As a father to 2 children at Orchard it is an honour to be apart of Orchards governing body, with the position of parent governor.

My children are now the 3rd generation to be schooled at Orchard, and the school has always had a reputation as being an outstanding school

I hope to bring a parents view to the strategic running of the school, and to ensure Orchard builds upon the successes it has achieved

I currently sit on the board of a SME manufacturer in Nottinghamshire, and I am educated in management accounting.

I owe my successes to the foundations and values I learnt during my time at Orchard, and I look forward to seeing all pupils at Orchard continue being given their own individual foundations to build into their own success in their futures.

Term ends: 4/02/2024

Mrs A Tilstone - Associate Govenor

Having worked at the school since I was an NQT in 2001, Orchard is a place I hold very dear to my heart.  I thoroughly enjoy working alongside the whole Orchard family and its stakeholders, from the wonderful children and hardworking staff to the ever-supportive parents and governors. Truly, it is a special place of learning. I am passionate about raising standards and driving the school forward. Though we are a proud ‘Outstanding’ school, we are also progressive and forward-thinking, always seeking ways to improve, and I relish being part of that drive for excellence.

I was appointed as Assistant Headteacher in July 2016 and part of that role was being an Associate member of the governing body. This gave me a real insight into the strategic development of the school. Subsequently in May 2019 I was appointed as Deputy Headteacher and in November 2019 became a co-opted governor. I sit on the strategic and pupil and personnel committees. 

I look forward to working with the new Orchard SLT team and governors to deliver the very best curriculum for our children where they all have the Opportunity to realise their Potential and achieve Success in a happy, safe and stimulating environment.

Term ends: 17/02/2021

Mrs G Truepenny - Associate Governor

Having enjoyed being a parent governor for four years until my youngest daughter left Orchard school in 2012, I decided to continue as an associate governor. I have also worked on a temporary contract for the Spring and Summer terms in the nursery as a teaching assistant since January 2013. I am a member of the Strategic Development Committee and one of the link governors with the responsibility for monitoring Special Educational Needs, Reading and Writing, Achievement at Key Stage 2 and Leadership and Management. Prior to coming to Orchard, I worked in a Foundation Unit in another Nottinghamshire school for seven years. Last year, I completed a part-time BA (Hons) Degree in Education in 2014 gaining a wide understanding of educational issues and the impact of local and national policies on day-to-day practice. As such and as a parent and member of staff, I am able to consider issues from a variety of perspectives and experience and either challenge or support the Head Teacher and staff as appropriate.


Term ends: 07/02/2021

Mrs E Akli - Parent Governor

Term ends: 4/02/2024

Orchard Primary and Nursery School
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