Governors Communication Strategy

Click on the link above for details of the membership and duties of the committees.

The governing body at Carfield Primary School is committed to ensuring that all children have a safe and happy environment in which to develop and learn.  We are happy to receive any feedback or answer any questions that you may have. If you wish to contact the governing body, please do so through the school office or school e mail.

All of the governors sign an annual statement of pecuniary interests declaring that none of the members has a financial or business interest in the school.

Members all attend 3 full governing body meetings  a year and each sits on a sub-committee to focus on specific areas of school governance.

Strategy Committee – This group makes strategic decisions for the school and sets the agendas for the other sub-committees in line with the school improvement plan.

Finance, Premises, Health and Safety – This group holds the management and Head to account for the standard of the buildings and resources, the health and safety of all who use the school and the budget to improve the outcomes for all pupils and staff.

Curriculum and Standards – This group monitors and assesses the impact of the school improvement targets against national expectations and past performance. The governors are encouraged to visit and observe the daily life of the school to ensure that the children receive the best.

The Chair of Governors can be contacted at

The Full Governing Body Committee: 

Alexandra Goodwin – Chair of Governors

I started as a parent governor in 2014 and became Chair of the governing body in September 2017. I have since moved over to become a LA (Local Authority Governor) elected by the LA and governing body. I also Chair the standards and Curriculum committee. I have a son who is currently in Y4. In my professional role I work as a Manager in one of the UK’s largest electrical retailors and as such I bring several transferable skills to Carfield. I have extensive experience in coaching and mentoring, analysing complex data and strategic planning.

Wendy Edwards (Executive Head Teacher)

I am very excited to be leading the newly formed federation between Carfield Primary School and Bankwood Community Primary School.  Both schools will be working together to provide a rich and exciting curriculum for our children. Staff will benefit from sharing expertise across the two sites.

I have a Bachelor of Education in teaching, a Master’s degree in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities(SEND) and over twenty years’ experience in school leadership.  As a lifelong learner I enjoy  keeping  updated with current practice in order to meet the requirements of the new curriculum and recent changes in OFSTED inspections.  I am also the proud mother of three grown up boys and in my spare time love to read, listen to music and visit the theatre. Walking in green spaces is also a favourite and allows me the mental space to work strategically and creatively across the two schools.

Currently, I am Executive Headteacher of Carfield Primary School and Bankwood Community Primary School and a local leader. As local leader I have the opportunity to support locality schools with peer, pupil premium and SEND reviews.   Also working with the locality we can support new initiatives into the schools and provide opportunities to access funding pots and/or training.

We made many improvements last year, not least achieving a, ‘GOOD’ grade at Ofsted. We continue to drive the curriculum to ensure that it motivates children and inspires young minds to have high aspirations.

Richard Nicholls – Vice Chair of Governors (Parent Governor 2016)

I have been a Parent Governor at Carfield since 2016 and have two children at the school. I am the link Governor for Pupil Premium children and Vice Chair to the Full Governing Body as well as working on the Health & Safety and Finance committee.

In my professional life I work on analysing qualitative and quantitative information to create innovative solutions that deliver the best outcomes for stakeholders whilst ensuring value for money.

Kate Souper (Parent Governor 2013)

I’m a co-opted governor, having been a parent governor for four years since Dec 2013. My background is in health, in both hospital patient care and public health, and in co-ordinating health and social care services for young people. So whilst I approach whatever I do in a person-centred way, I’m good at standing back and seeing the bigger picture and how best to move forward.

Joe Noble (Co-opted Governor 2017)

I joined the school governing body in September 2017 as a co-opted governor for a term of 4 years. As a governor, I have a link responsibility for English and safeguarding. I am a member of the finance, premises and health and safety committee. I have a daughter in Y1 Zebras. I work as a director of an intellectual property law firm and previously managed children’s care services.

Tracey Turpin ( Staff Governor 2012)

Tracey is a Higher Level Teaching Assistant and also represents the staff at Carfield. She works across the whole school and can inform the Governors on matters of discipline, learning interventions and standards of resources.

Sarah Anderson (Co -opted Governor 2016)

I became a co-opted governor in 2016 and chair the Finance, Premises and Health & Safety Committee. After starting my working life as registered nurse, I subsequently retrained in order to move into business management and I have over 20 years experience working in a senior management capacity across the NHS hospitals in Sheffield. I have held a range of roles providing me with extensive experience in strategic and capital planning, project management and the prioritisation of scarce resources in an ever changing, politically demanding sector. My work has involved working across multiple organisations with people from a wide range of clinical and managerial disciplines.
I am also a Trustee, the Chair of the Business Development Committee and a member of the Finance and Performance Committee of Sheffield Hospitals Charity.

Sarah Morley (Co-opted governor 2017)

I joined the Governing Body in 2018 and I have 1 child currently at the school. I am involved with staff well-being and the standards and curriculum committee. I have 20 years experience working as a teacher (in Secondary and sixth form)  and in 2015 I  moved into being a full time psychotherapist – working primarily with survivors of abuse. I firmly believe that successful institutions prioritise good relationships at the heart of what they do and I am keen to ensure this stays on the agenda at Carfield.

Eve Harden (Parent Governor 2017)

I have been part of the governing body since 2016, when my child started at Carfield. I’m the link governor for EYFS and also part of the standards and curriculum committee. I’ve taught at secondary school for 15 years. I’m currently Head of Learning zone and oversee six subject areas, including the humanities. I really value my role as parent governor and feel privileged to be part of the Carfield team.

Cathy Czauderna (Parent Governor 2018)

I joined the Governing Body at Carfield in 2018. I have a daughter at the school and a son who will start in September 2019.  I am the link Governor for Carfield Friends and also sit on the Standards and Curriculum committee.  I am committed and passionate about making school an exciting and enjoyable place to learn and grow.  I currently work at a local secondary school in a pastoral role and am responsible for student’s wellbeing, attendance, behaviour, and safety.

DebbieFulk (Associate Governor) – Assistant Headteacher

Liz Smith (Associate Governor) – School Business Manager