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Wendy Bilbie : Co -Chair of Governors

Liz Robinson: Co-Chair of Governors

We are a committed group of people; parents, staff and members of the community, who work collectively to form the Governing Body. We give our time voluntarily to support the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team in the governance and strategic leadership of the school. Our energies are focused on maintaining and building upon the high standards of which all those associated with Springfield Junior School are justifiably proud. In particular, we work with the school to:

  • Raise standards; achieve good pupil behavior and high attendance.
  • Set the school’s aims, policies and targets.
  • Decide how the school budget will be spent.
  • Ensure school works with parents and the local community.

Many governors have firsthand experience of the school as either a parent of current pupils, parents of ex pupils or even as ex pupils themselves. Springfield Junior School has a special and unique ethos, which generates a very strong feeling of community and helps forge long-standing relationships with those supporting the school. The Enhanced Resource Unit typifies the unique ethos and confirms our commitment to inclusion throughout the school. Collectively as a Governing Body we have a wide variety of professional skills and experience encompassing Finance, Education, General Management, Human Resources, Charitable Fundraising, IT, Publishing, Volunteering and Science.

We organise our work through a structure of committees, working parties and designated lead governors. What we do as a Governing Body is described in our Terms of Reference, and the principles by which we do it in our Code of conduct for governors and governing bodies (copies available from the school office)

At the heart of all we do is the current and future wellbeing of our children, without whom we would not exist.

We pride ourselves on our transparency as an organisation and welcome any questions or enquiries into the running of the Governing Body via the school office and addressed to the Chair of Governors.

The Governors can be contacted via Wendy Bilbie on 01283 217855  or via email

Alternatively you can download a Governor Contact Request Form which can be returned to the school office.

Wendy Bilbie

wendy bilbie   Wendy is a parent governor and is currently the Co -Chair of Governors.

  Wendy was born in Burton- on – Trent in 1975. She is married to Richard and they have two boys, Jacob and Thomas.

Wendy’s favourite colour is purple and she loves anything sparkly! She enjoys going shopping – especially for shoes.

Before having her boys Wendy was a General Manager in the food technology industry.



Liz Robinson

Liz is Co-Chair of Governors, a Community Governor,  and the Chair of the Strategic Development Committee.

Liz was born in Newcastle, but has lived in Derbyshire for over 15 years now after studying at Nottingham Trent University.

Liz is a Cub Scout Leader in the village where she lives. As a Baloo, and as a Governor, she is very keen to make sure that the children’s’ education is both based on the curriculum and in everything else that life has to offer.

Liz likes cooking for her friends and loves to visit different countries and places.

“I think that life should be exciting and want to make sure that we all see that the possibilities it can offer can be endless!”

Shelagh Moody

Born in Liverpool, many moons ago, Shelagh moved to Cheshire after getting married in 1966. Shen then moved to Ashby in 1975 and to Swadlincote in 2002.

Shelagh is a retired  Regional manager for Home-Start UK.

She has been married to Colin since 1982 and is a proud parent/step parents to four adults and proud grandparent to 9 wonderful young people.

Shelagh has two cats, Lilybelle and Poppy and a dog, Max.

Shelagh loves singing and dancing, reading and crossword puzzles, new technology , travel , eating out and she loves going to the theatre and to concerts.

Helen Ainsworth


Helen is a co-opted governor. She is chair of the Audit and General Purposes Committee.

Helen has lived in Swadlincote for over 40 years, she has two children (her youngest child went to Springfield Junior School) and has bought them up as single parent.

Helen works as a Midday Supervisor and a Crossing Patrol Warden at a local school.

Helen enjoys reading, doing word puzzles and watching films as well as spending time with her children.

At school, Helen’s favourite subject was maths.

Robert McLaren
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Robert ( or  Bob, to anyone that know him!)  is a co-opted governor. He works for a local retailer in Swadlincote.

Bob chose to send his daughter to Springfield (even though it is not their local catchment area school)

When Bob is not working or spending time with his family he likes to go to Anfield to support Liverpool FC

Andrea Davis 

adAndrea is a Y5 link governor.

Andrea is married to Brian and  both are now  retired – Andrea from the NHS and Brian from the mining machinery industry.

They are both from the Swadlincote area and have two sons and three grandsons. Andrea’s youngest son came to Springfield and her youngest grandson is currently in Y4 here.

Andrea is really enjoying the challenge of being a governor and is often in school hearing readers or doing work for FOS ( Friends of Springfield) which both her and Brian are closely involved in.

To relax, Andrea enjoys reading and taking holidays in Devon.

John Barratt


John is a retired (almost) primary school teacher from Burton-on-Trent.

John has three daughters and four granddaughters who keep him and his partner, Katy, very busy.

John enjoys travelling, gardening, cinema and football. He supports Burton Albion and Wolves. John helps to manage a junior football team in Burton.

John says “ It has been a privilege to be associated with Springfield Junior School during the last few years, especially in getting to know the staff, children, fellow governors  and everyone connected with the school “

John Windsor

I was born in Wales but lived in West Africa for a number years, as a small child.

I was educated back home in Wales. As an adult I have lived in various part of the UK I have served in HM Forces, both at home and abroad.
I have lived in the area since 1997, and had two children attend this school.
My main part-time is judo, which I first took up at 9 years of age. I am a black belt and run a club in the area (new members welcomed).

I helped train my son, Robert, so he could become a national champion.

Gill Cormack DSC_1655

Gill is an associate Governor, and is Assistant Head at Springfield.

Gill has been teaching for  over 21 years and is proud to be part of Springfield. She is currently teaching in Y4.

Gill lives in the Swadlincote area with her husband and two boys. Her eldest son goes to a local secondary school and her youngest is getting ready to follow him there this year.

There has been a new addition to Gill’s family recently – a springer spaniel puppy called Floyd. He keeps them all very busy with long walks – and mopping floors!!