Within our academy trust, Hardwick, as an outstanding school, is designated as a Category 1 school under DDAT's Scheme of Delegation. To find out more about the Scheme of Delegation we operate under please click here
All Board of Governors meetings are for all Governors to attend and cover Performance and Finance.  Copies of the Approved Minutes and Headteacher Reports are available upon request from the School Office.  The meeting schedule can be found below.

The Board of Governors at Hardwick Primary School are made up from three categories: -

Trust Governor - a governor who is appointed by existing governors on the basis of skills and/or experience.

Parent Governor - a governor who is appointed by parents of Hardwick Primary School or existing governors.

The definition of parent under education law covers:

  • all natural parents whether they are married or not;
  • any person who has parental responsibility for a child or young person;
  • any person who has care of a child or young person i.e. lives with and looks after the child.

The school will need to decide who comes within the definition of parent in respect of a particular pupil but generally parents include all those with day to day responsibility for a child.

Staff Governor - a governor who is appointed by members of staff at Hardwick Primary School

Currently we do not have any Associate Members on the our Board of Governors.  Associate Members are not governors, they can be pupils, school staff and people who want to contribute specifically on issues related to their area of expertise (for instance, finance) can be appointed as associate members

We have a enthusiastic and skilled Board of Governors who support the school in its aims and policies to provide high quality education in a caring and supportive environment.
If you are interested in joining our Local Board of Governors please contacted the Clerk to Governors. 
Clerk: Mrs P Miles
 Mr C Sayers
Trust Governor

I have worked in Derby since February 2009, for Derby City Council on highway/drainage activities, Normanton is an area that I know geographically very well.  I am also a Foster Carer with my wife Sharon, we have cared for several children from the Normanton/Pear Tree areas.

My commitment is to the care of children and my personal mission statement is to ensure "Children and Young People have every opportunity made available to them, to enable them to reach their full potential and experience childhood to the full"

My professional work experience for the past twenty years has been within local government covering many different manual and management roles.  I have managed and been involved in the construction of different projects.  In more recent times I investigated highway drainage surface water and flooding incidents.

Business/Pecuniary Interests declared at all meetings as appropriate to agenda items


Mr L Newby

Associate Governor

Mr J Gallimore

Executive Headteacher

I have been a Headteacher here at Hardwick Primary School since October 2012.  Previous to this I was Headteacher at Brookfield Primary School in Derby for 10 years.  I have over 20 years' experience as a teacher and I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenges and opportunities it has provided me with.  In addition to my role as Headteacher I am also a Local Leader in Education which enables me to use my experience to help and support other schools and school leaders.

Business/Pecuniary Interests declared at all meetings as appropriate to agenda items


Rani Sandhu

Head of School

I became a Deputy Headteacher at Hardwick Primary School in 2005, since I started, the school has seen many changes, including the amalgamation of the Infants and Junior Schools. Hardwick is both challenging and rewarding, and no two days are the same! I am very proud of our school’s CARE ethos.

Before coming into primary education, I worked for the National Health Service in London for 10 years as part of a team developing Cardiac Ultrasound. In this role, I was fortunate to travel to many different parts of the world. In my spare time I like walking and reading.

Business/Pecuniary Interests declared at all meetings as appropriate to agenda items

Mr A Repesa

Trust Governor

Also a Governor at Firs Estate School

Nasrat Nisa

Elected Staff Governor

Since 1991 I have been working as a teacher at Hardwick Junior school which later amalgamated into Hardwick Primary School. Throughout this time, I have experienced a lot of changes at Hardwick and in education.  I enjoy working with children and supporting them to succeed in their educational journey.

Before becoming a teacher, I worked for a local authority as an ‘Equal Opportunities Officer’, working closely with the Social Services Department. In addition, I have also been a parent governor at my children’s school.

During my spare time I enjoy cooking and reading.

Noreen Akhtar

Parent Governor

Clare Foyle

Chair Trust Governor

Clare Foyle has worked in education her whole career, initially in a data analyst role at the University of Derby, before moving into educational research. She then worked across the higher education sector in a variety of roles relating to business intelligence, planning and operational management and in universities in Leicester, London and Coventry. Her current role is at the University of Derby, focusing on the learning experience of online and apprenticeship students.

She is passionate about learning and development, and the role education can play in social mobility. As well as volunteering her time to the school as a governor, she has been a Brownie leader for over 10 years.

Business/Pecuniary Interests declared at all meetings as appropriate to agenda items

Asfa Mirza

Parent Governor

Cat Brown

Vice Chair Trust Governor

I was a Secondary Maths teacher for almost 15 years and I have recently returned to Derby after working internationally for 10 years, including at British International schools in Vietnam and Slovakia. I was very fortunate to get to teach students from all over the world and enjoyed learning about their different cultures. I currently work as a Regional Manager for a Rail Technology company.

Business/Pecuniary Interests declared at all meetings as appropriate to agenda items