Buxton Road, New Mills , High Peak, Derbyshire, SK22 3JS

01663 744358


Welcome to Newtown Primary School


The Governing Body have a key role to play in supporting the school. The Body meets regularly during the year and ensures the school is doing everything that is required to ensure the children are kept healthy and safe, are taught well and make progress and are provided with a broad and balanced curriculum. The Governing Body also ensures all legal responsibilities of the school are followed properly and that future plans are clear and well thought out. The Governing Body is also involved with all new school appointments and ensures the school uses its budget effectively too.

The Governing Body are volunteers from the community - some are parents, some are staff, some work within the area and some come from farther afield! They also visit the school outside of more formal meetings and help to evaluate how well the school is doing in supporting the children.

We have reconstituted our Governing Body to meet new requirements.

We are also now working even more collaboratively with our Cluster - which is named PEGS (Peak Edge Group of Schools). Governors are now meeting with colleagues from other schools to tackle issues together, offer support and find common goals. Initial meetings have made some significant steps towards the common vision of better outcomes for the children.

The Governing Body ensures the school monitors closely all aspects of provision. The Governors support the schools yearly monitoring process. The school carries out a monitoring schedule and detailed evidence, findings and reports are produced. These are published for all Governors to share on the secure area of the Governing Body area of the website. 


Our Governing Body


Staff Governors:

Mr A Parry (Head teacher)

I have been Executive Head teacher at Newtown since September 2016 and am also Executive Head teacher at Thornsett Primary School too. My recent appointments have been in small schools and I understand clearly the many benefits, and also challenges, that result. The collaboration between the two schools has been a very positive experience during the last 12 months. The knowledge, support and passion to improve outcomes the governing body has demonstrated, is a key to providing positive learning experiences for our school community.   

Miss J Williams


Co-opted Governors:

Mr S Monteath (chair)

I have been a Governor at Newtown since 2008, and been the Chair of the Governing Board and the Standards and Staffing committee since 2013. Our ethos is about helping children to flourish academically, socially and emotionally – and getting that balance right is challenging, but I find it highly rewarding.

Mrs S Woodgate (vice-chair)

I have been a Governor at Newtown since 2002, during my time as a governor I have been both Chair and Vice Chair, and Chaired both sub-committees I am currently the Vice Chair of Governors and Chair the Finance and Premises subcommittee. My background is in education and I have 38 years’ experience in the field 29 years as a school governor in all phases.  I have a particular interest in SEND and vulnerable groups.

Dr D Irving

Miss C Golightly

I joined Newtown Primary School in 2013 and teach Year 5/6. In September 2015, I became a governor. I share the role of assistant Headteacher. My role on the governing body helps to represent the staff in school and I am on the Staffing and Standards sub- committee.




14.9.2016 - PEGS Governors

11.10.2016 - Gov. Body Meeting (7pm)

18.10.2016 - Joint Committee (7pm)

4.11..2016 - Safeguarding Audit

14.11.2016 - Finance and Premises (6pm)

14.11.2016 - Standards & Staffing (7pm)

29.11.2016 - Gov. Body Meeting (7pm)

 6.12.2016 - HT Performance Management


23.1..2017 - FULL GOVERNORS (7-9pm)

10.2.2017 - JOINT COMMITTEE at NEWTOWN (1.30pm)

28.2.2017 - FINANCE COMMITTEE (5.45pm)

17.3.2017 - Meet with DCC Finance Patch Officer (am)

23.3.2017 - STANDARDS & STAFFING (7pm)

5.4.2017 - FULL GOVERNORS (7pm)

28.4.2017 - JOINT COMMITTEE (1.30pm)


12.6.2017 - JOINT COMMITTEE (5pm)

10.7.2017 - STANDARDS & STAFFING (7pm)


13.7.2017 - FULL GOVERNORS (7pm)


21.9.2017 - FULL GOVERNORS (7pm)

1.11.2017 - JOINT COMMITTEE (7pm)

9.11.2017 - JOINT COMMITTEE (6.30pm)