Governing Body

The Governing body meets once a term and there are additional committee meetings held termly to manage finance, health and safety, pupil, personnel and curriculum issues. The Governing body also regularly monitors the progress pupils are making and the progress the school is making with regard to its school improvement priorities. Membership of this body includes elected parents and teacher representatives as well as members co-opted by the governing body and those nominated by the local authority. This ensures the Governing body has the full range of necessary skills.


Finance, General Purposes and Personnel Committee (FGP+P): discusses the school budget, staffing issues, health and safety and the general management and organisation of the school.

Strategic Development Committee and pupils (SDC+P) – Discusses pupil progress, attainment and other related pupil issues, the curriculum and the priorities identified in the school improvement plan.

Pay Committee– Following the outcomes of the appraisal process this committee decides if staff are eligible to be awarded pay increases.

Discipline Committee- This committee would oversee the procedure if a child was to be excluded.

A formal contract of collaboration has been agreed between Beeston Rylands Junior School and Trent Vale Infant and Nursery School. This is initially for one year from 1st September 2016. Both schools will retain their separate identities and governing bodies but they will be jointly managed by one Executive Headteacher, Mrs Jackie Moss. Mrs Janine Barratt and Mrs Catherine Turner are Co-Heads of school at Trent Vale Infant and Nursery School and Mrs Sue Osborne is Head of School at Beeston Rylands Junior School. The collaboration will be overseen by a Joint Collaboration Committee compromising of governors from both schools.

Governors Newsletter


Members of the Governing Body, Register of Interests and Meeting attendance

Jackie Moss (Executive Headteacher)
Term of office:- From 01/09/2016

All committees
Is the Executive Headteacher of Beeston Rylands Junior School and Headteacher of Trent Vale Infant School.

Chris Jones (Chair of Governors)

Term of office: 29/11/2019 – 28/11/2022 – co-opted governor

SDC+P, FGP+P, Joint Collaboration Committee

Chris is the dad of Emily who is currently a pupil at Beeston Rylands and William who is a pupil at Chilwell School. He is a careers adviser who works at the University of Nottingham and has previously worked with children and young people in schools and colleges in Derbyshire. Chris enjoys music and singing with the Nottingham Trent University Choir as well as walking and cycling in the local area with his family.

Jodie Lopez (Vice Chair of Governors)

Term of  office: 22/03/2018 – 21/03/2022 – co-opted governor

SDC+P, Joint Collaboration Committee, Training Co-ordinator

Jodie is an ex-primary school teacher who taught at schools in South East and East London. She now works as an Educational Consultant and Trainer specialising in educational technology and primary assessment. Jodie is also a judge for the national Teaching Awards. Jodie moved to Beeston Rylands with her family in 2014, although her dad has lived here since she was 8 so she knows the area well.

Jodie has two sons – Phoenix attends Trent Vale Infants and Lorcan is just 1 year old so both future pupils.

Jodie is a self-confessed geek and you will never find her too far from technology although her family now rightly gets the lion’s share of her time.

Rachel Beech 

Term of  office: 20/04/2019 – 19/04/2023 – co-opted governor


Rachel was a KS2 teacher for over 15 years at Eskdale Junior School in Chilwell, where she was also a governor. Rachel is also a governor at Trent Vale Infant and Nursery School. Rachel is the Administrative Assistant at Beeston Rylands Junior School. She is mum to Mary and George at Rylands Juniors and to James who is at Chilwell School. She and her husband have an allotment on Leyton Crescent where most summer weekends are spent as a family. Rachel is also a member of Rylands Community Church who meet at the Infant school each Sunday where she is involved in children’s care and education.

Michelle Gough
Term of office:- 20/04/2019 – 19/04/2023 – co-opted governor

Michelle is a teacher at Trent Vale and also an ex pupil. She lives in the local community and is also a member of the Trent Vale Infant School governing body. Her sister Lisa Shepherd is also a co-opted governor on the governing body.

Jamie Harper

Term of office: 09/11/2015 – 08/11/2019 – staff governor

Jamie is a Year 6 teacher at Beeston Rylands

Michael Jackson (Chair of the Joint Collaboration Committee)
Term of office :- 17/11/2016 – 16/11/2020 – Local authority governor

SDC+P; Joint Collaboration Committee, safeguarding governor
Michael is a full-time student who believes that education is life-long. He has three children and has been a Headteacher of four primary schools and a middle school. He has been a governor at various primary and secondary schools and at Bilborough College. He has experience of teaching In Foundation Stage, KS1 and KS2 and in secondary schools. He has lived in Beeston since 2012. His interests include long distance cycling, foreign travel and reading. He is also a governor at Trent Vale Infant School.

Sue Osborne

Term of office: 19/11/2015 – 18/11/2019 – co-opted governor


Sue is a Year 6 teacher and Head of School at Beeston Rylands

Lisa Shepherd
Term of office:- 17/11/2016 – 16/11/2020 – co-opted governor

SDC+P; Joint Collaboration Committee
Lisa has worked for the NHS/CityCare for over 12 years as a Community Nursery Nurse with a Health Visiting Team. She is mum to Ethan who is at Chilwell School and Flynn who is at Beeston Rylands Junior School. Her sister Michelle Gough teaches at Trent Vale Infant School and is also on the governing body. Mrs Shepherd is also a governor at Trent Vale School.
She also attended Beeston Rylands Junior Schol as a child having grown up in the area. This gives her a good knowledge of the local area and community. She also have a good knowledge of special educational needs, ability to work as part of a team and willing to learn and attended courses for Governors as applicable. Her interests include running and she does the weekly Parkrun at the weir field and her two boys also join in too. She also enjoys holidays, photography and crafts.

Gareth Williams

Term of office: 18/11/2015 – 18/11/2019– co-opted governor

SDC+P,  SEN governor

Gareth is a Principal Lecturer in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. He teaches developmental psychology, statistics and research methods. He is an active researcher in the area of children’s reading, writing and spelling development. His daughter is a pupil at the school. Gareth also enjoys running and is often out at weekends training for half marathons.

Chris Aldridge


Term of office 29/11/18 – 28/11/22 – parent governor

Chris is a retired biologist, and a former specialist in aquaculture and rural development. Prior to retirement, he spent four years as a volunteer in south-west China, designing and implementing poverty alleviation projects on national nature reserves. He is an alumnus of the Environmental Leadership Program 2005 at the University of California, Berkeley. He has a special interest in rationalising the understanding by school pupils of the nature of poverty and crisis. He has two adult children, and a son at BRJS.


1 x parent governor

1 x co-opted governor

What our parents say:

"The children develop a strong bond with their teachers, and there is good evidence of the vision of the headteacher." "The opportunities provided for the children are excellent." "The headteacher goes the extra mile to make sure that parents feel involved, supported and satisfied with their children's experience of school." "We are delighted with the excellent standard of teaching." "Abigail really enjoys going to school and has made really good progress."
Beeston Rylands Junior School