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The Governing Body


Dear Parents and Carers,

On behalf of the Governing Body, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Pennine Way Junior Academy.

The Governing Body work hard to support the Headteacher, the staff and our pupils with the aim of ensuring that our school is the best it can be. We are extremely proud of the achievements of our children, the high standards they set in their behaviour and their positive attitudes to learning.

Whilst we recognise the importance of academic achievement, at Pennine Way we believe that a child’s time at school should be about so much more. With this in mind, we are delighted to be able to offer specialised teaching in PE, French and Music alongside an extensive range of curricular and extra-curricular activities and visits.

We acknowledge that our duty as Governors is to ensure that the children receive quality education at school however you, the parents, play an important role in helping the children to develop and broaden their knowledge of the world outside of the school gates. We look forward to working with you in building a strong partnership between home and school and helping our children to reach their full potential.

The role of the Governing Body is to ensure that the school’s statutory obligations are met and ensure that the vision for the school is both challenging and realistic. It is the responsibility of the Headteacher to run the school however, it is the role of the Governing Body to support and strengthen the Headteacher’s leadership and hold him accountable for the performance of children and staff.

All of our Governors bring with them a range of different skills and experiences to enhance the leadership and management of the school. Each individual Governor links with a specific area of school life and makes regular visits into school to stay fully informed.  Decisions are taken by the whole Governing Body once a term, whilst sub-committee meetings consider the more specific areas of staffing, curriculum and finance.

Should you wish to join our committed Governing Body, please contact either Hannah Falder (Business Manager) on or myself on

Yours sincerely,

Emma Gemmell

Chair of Governors

Pennine Way Junior Academy

School Address: Pennine Way, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE11 9EY

Parent Governor Vacancy

Two vacancies have arisen for parent governors on our governing body. Should you wish to place a nomination please complete the Declaration of Eligibility Form.  Nominations were due to have been received by 21st December 2023, however, there are still vacancies, so please do contact us should this be of interest to you.

Parent Governor Vacancy - November 2023  PDF

Parent Governor Nomination Form  PDF  word

Declaration of Eligibility Form  PDF  word


Governor Documentation

The Terms of Reference are contained within our Finance Manual, for more information on this please contact Hannah Falder, Business Manager on or 01283 223697.

Download Pennine Way Junior Academy Funding Agreement and Memorandum Of Association  PDF

Download Pennine Way Junior Academy Governing Body Scheme of Delegation  PDF

For additional information in connection with any aspect of the running of the Academy, please contact Mrs Hannah Falder, company secretary, Pennine Way Junior Academy, tel: 01283 223697 or email