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 Pam Miles

Ms Clare Foyle

Chair Trust Governor

I have worked in education for the whole of my 15 year career, initially as a data analyst at the University of Derby, before moving into educational research. I then worked in strategy roles at De Montfort University, Coventry University and University College London. Following a return to the University of Derby to work in online learning and apprenticeships, I moved back to University College London to lead the Strategy Delivery Account Management team. 

My roles have enhanced my skills in data analysis, financial and strategic planning, business intelligence and institutional research. I am passionate about learning and development and the role that education can play in social mobility. As well as volunteering my time and expertise to Hardwick Primary School, I am a Brownie Leader and a trustee at Derby Museums.

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


Mr Jonathan 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 30 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 DDAT Derby City Hub Director which enables me to use my experience to help and support local schools and school leaders within the Trust.

Executive Headteacher at Hardwick and St James' CofE Junior School and DDAT Derby City Hub Director.

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


Mrs 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 Clive 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 Adem Repesa

Trust Governor

Head of Service for Derby City Council's New Communities Achievement Team. Also a Governor at Firs Primary School.

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


Mrs Nusrat 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.

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


Cat Brown

Trust Governor

I was a Secondary Maths teacher for almost 15 years and I have now 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.


Ayesha Ajmal

Parent Governor


Sadia Shazadi

Parent Governor