Local Governing Body

Derby Cathedral School is held accountable by a local governing body and, in turn, the trust board of directors.

The role of the local governing body is to monitor the school's key performance indicators within the set scheme of delegation alongside the Headteacher and senior leaders. Each governor is linked to a key area in school. These are shown in the table below. (Please note that these links are currently under review and will be updated shortly).

The current governing body consists of:

Name Role Governor Links
Mrs H. Wetherall Chair of Governors Safeguarding, tbc
Mrs J. Lewis Vice-chair of Governors tbc
Mrs J. Brown Headteacher NA
Mrs C. Heppleston Staff Governor NA
Mr A. Jones Governor - Co-opted tbc
Prof. P. Larcombe Governor - Foundation tbc
Dean P. Robinson Governor - Ex Officio tbc
Mrs V. Seaton Governor - Parent tbc
Mrs P. Miles Clerk to the Governors NA

Full details of the local governing body including their attendance to meetings, terms of office and key contact details can be found here: Meet_the_Governors_June_2020.pdf

The governing body follows a standard agenda: Standard Agenda Governing Body of Derby Cathedral School and abides by the following scheme of delegation: Cathedral_School_Scheme_of_Delegation.pdf

DDAT Directors and Members

Full information and statutory documentation about the Trust directors and members can be found on the Key Information page of the DDAT website.

The most recent key statutory documentation can also be found here:

Annual Report and AccountsDDAT_Accounts_2019_Final_Accounts.pdf and DDAT2_Accounts_2019_Final_Accounts.pdf

Memorandum of AssociationDDAT_Memorandum.pdf and DDAT2_Memorandum.pdf

Articles of AssociationArticles_of_Association_DDAT_1.pdf and Articles_of_Association_DDAT_2.pdf

Trustees and Members: Member_Register.pdf

Directors Attendance: Director_Meeting_Attendance_2018_19.pdf

Register of InterestsDDAT_Register_of_Interests.pdf

Master Funding Agreement: Master_Funding_Agreement_DDAT.pdf

DDAT Financial Handbook: DDAT_Financial_Handbook_2019.pdf

Academies Financial Handbook: Academies_Financial_Handbook_2019.pdf and Academies_Financial_Handbook_2020.pdf (as from 1st September 2020)

Biographies of members of the Derby Cathedral School Governing Body

Chair of Governors

Helen Wetherall

Helen has over 35 years’ experience in all phases of education and different public and private sector organisations as leader, manager and as part of DfE-commissioned intervention teams.  She has undertaken leadership and chief officer roles in a variety of settings including:

  • Managing Director of AMF(UK)Ltd – Advisory and consultancy service in support of public and private sector companies associated with education
  • Assistant Director Children’s Services – Performance and Improvement, Norfolk County Council
  • Assistant Director Children’s Services - Transformation, Leicester City Council
  • Director of Property, Leicester City Council
  • Heads of Service roles for Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council, Norfolk County Council and Northamptonshire County Council
  • Client Director for Place Group, Education Consultancy
  • Manager of Excellence in Cities Programme, Doncaster
  • Head of Department for Health and Social Care, Chesterfield College.

In addition, Helen has a wide-range of experience of governance including:

  • Member of the board of governors, Doncaster College, Chair of the Curriculum and Standards committee
  • Member of the governing body, Fir Vale School, Sheffield
  • LA nominated governor for Fullhurst Community College, Leicester
  • Chair of St Matthews C of E Primary School, Stockport; Chair of Curriculum, Standards and Safeguarding Committee


Victoria Seaton – Parent Governor

Victoria was elected to join the school board as a parent governor in January 2019. She strongly believes that schools and parents/carers need to work together to ensure children are given the best opportunities in education, so they can achieve their potential.

Victoria was born in Wirksworth, Derbyshire and returned to Derby twenty years ago after completing her Nursing degree in Sheffield. She lives with her husband and two children, and spends much of her free time taking her children to local activities such as dance and football. Victoria works as a paediatric nurse, and has been based on the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham for the last 12 years, where she is a Sister. 

Victoria has over 7 years of experience as a school governor, including sitting as a parent governor on a school board and more recently, community governor on a Trust Interim Hub board, which serves 7 Infant/Junior schools in the Derby city area.

Over the past years, she has attended a variety of training programmes and been actively involved in school monitoring, Health and Safety improvements, staff interviews, headteacher appraisal, disciplinary hearings, pupil exclusions and Ofsted inspections to name a few.

Victoria has a son at Derby Cathedral School and a daughter at another secondary school in the city. This gives her an understanding of the dilemmas currently facing parents/carers with regards to choosing a secondary school for their child, and an insight into issues facing pupils in older year groups.

Victoria very much looks forward to being involved in the growth of the new school and all the fantastic opportunities it will bring to its pupils.

Jennifer Lewis-Smith

Jennifer Lewis Smith worked for twenty years as an Occupational Therapist in a range of practice settings in Somerset and Dorset before moving into higher education where she worked for the next twenty years.  She declares a life-long passion for promoting education and personal development at all levels.

She holds an MSc in Health Care from the University of Exeter and a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (University of Brighton). She has been an NVQ Verifier and has acted as External Examiner for the Universities of Bradford and Sheffield Hallam. She has held a coordinating responsibility for Equality and Diversity within the Faculty of Education, Health and Science within the University of Derby, where she served as Head of the Therapeutic Practice subject area until 2014. She has published a number of papers and book chapters on practice development through independent, on-line and reflective learning and is also co-author with SA Bach and P Haynes of “On-line Teaching and Learning in Higher Education” (2006).

Although now semi-retired, she still works part-time supervising doctoral students at the University of Derby. She also remains very active within Europe as President of COHEHRE.  This is a pan-European organisation which pulls together universities which educate health and social care professionals.

She has been a member of the Church of England for as long as she can remember.  She was confirmed at the age of twelve and has been a regular communicant since.  She has also been a chorister and bell ringer.  She continues to worship at Derby Cathedral and has served there as a member of the Finance Committee for a number of years and also latterly as a Cathedral Warden.

She brings to the school governing body not only professional expertise in education but also long experience of the Church of England and association with the worshipping community of Derby Cathedral.

Professor Peter J. Larcombe  

Peter is the founding Professor of (Discrete and Applied) Mathematics at the University of Derby, having been appointed to the position in 2013. He holds a 1st Class (Special Honours) BSc degree in Mathematics and a PhD in Applied Mathematics, both awarded by the University of Hull in the 1980s. He has lived in Derby for 25+ years, and published well over 100 technical papers mostly within the broad area of discrete mathematics.

As well as holding past responsibility for all Mathematics undergraduate programmes at the University, he has led on various activities designed to promote the subject in schools and colleges locally - he also offers 'taster' sessions, and co-ordinates some promotional events. Peter sees his role as acting as an ambassador for this core discipline through his combined teaching, outreach and research efforts.     

In addition to regular research he has interests in some of the wider aspects of mathematical endeavour, having published peer reviewed essays on the positive role of exposition in mathematics, the unsung writing ability of some mathematicians, the emotive nature of research and publishing, the aesthetics of mathematics in research and teaching, the notion of mathematical genius, journal article standards, and links between mathematics and painting. He has also written informal Blog pieces, for the HE national flagship magazine Times Higher Education, on some current issues in the tertiary sector.   

Peter acts presently as External Examiner at Edge Hill University for the BSc degree in Computer Science and Mathematics, and also at Liverpool John Moores University for the BA degree in Mathematics and Education Studies. He has co-organised and chaired the University of Derby's first ever mathematics conferences on Theoretical and Computational Discrete Mathematics (TCDM 2016 and TCDM 2018, run biennially), and he is the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications Academic Representative for the University.   

His eldest daughter was a member of the Cathedral Girls’ Choir for a number of years, and as a choir parent he was valued for his supportive input to, and critical eye for, cathedral matters. Peter has just joined the small University Faith in Science group, which explores this theme and welcomes public debate on it.  

Given that the twin specialisms of the Cathedral School are Mathematics and Music, his presence on the school governing body will bring subject specific knowledge and broader experience in education as a supportive governor who has made the city of Derby home for himself and his family.