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Whitemoor Academy

A 'Take Care' school that encourages pupils to 'Dare to be Different'

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Profiles and Declarations


Co-opted Governors:


Kevin Bennett (Chair of Governors)

I believe education is the key to pupils unlocking their potential and future. I will draw upon my skills and knowledge to support the children and staff working at Whitemoor Academy. 


Declaration of interest: 

Area of responsibility: 

Appointed on: 01/11/2019

Term of office ends: 31/10/2023

Employment: Retired  

Attendance 2019/2020:


Nicola Darlington

Originally from Tamworth, Staffordshire, I have lived in Basford for 20 years.. My children, now both in their teens, attended Whitemoor Academy.  I work part-time at the University of Nottingham as a librarian.  I also help run the parent and toddler group, community café and children’s club at Basford Road Baptist Church.


Declaration of interest: None

Area of responsibility: Achievement of Pupils and member of the Resources Committee

Appointed on: 13/12/2018

Term of office ends: 12/12/2022

Employment: University of Nottingham Librarian (collections), supporting libraries in Engineering, Medicine and Health Sciences and Science 

Attendance 2019/2020:


Parent Governors:


Emma Owen

I grew up in Luton, Bedfordshire and moved to the East Midlands when I went to Leicester to attend university. Here I studied Fine Art, specialising in painting and sculpture. I then moved to Nottingham, where I trained as a secondary school art teacher and then worked at a local secondary school for 5 years, before having my first child. I left teaching to pursue a self-employed career, alongside being a stay at home mum, as a freelance artist and tutor. After my second child started school, I started work as a design technology technician in a local secondary school.


I am a parent governor here at Whitemoor and am very proud that my children attend the school. I am honoured to be able to work with the school in this capacity, supporting staff to  strive to provide this community with high-quality education. I am passionate about keeping the high standards already set, whilst also focusing on developing the whole child and offering great opportunities to all pupils, enabling them to experience a wide range of activities beyond just the academic.


Declaration of interest: None

Area of responsibility: Leadership and Management, Child Protection (Safeguarding), SEND/Inclusion and Artsmark Award

Appointed on: 09/11/2017

Term of office ends: 08/11/2021

Employment: TBA

Attendance 2019/2020:


Chantelle Miller

Profile: I grew up in Nottingham before moving to Manchester to study Sociology and International Development at the Manchester Metropolitan University. I graduated and pursued a career in banking before moving back to Nottingham to start a family.

I left the banking industry and began a career in housing 12 years ago. I currently work for a housing association in Nottingham where I lead & manage a team of multi-disciplinary staff.


My youngest child currently attends Whitemoor Academy. I am proud to be able to work with such a fantastic team in order to ensure that the school strives for excellence, and continues to provide a quality education, within a culture that empowers and challenges each child to ‘Dare to be different’.


It is important that every child has access to quality education and enrichment opportunities irrespective of their class, gender, ethnicity or financial status and I am passionate about ensuring that every effort is made to keep children in mainstream education so that they have the best possible start in life.


Declaration of interest: None

Area of responsibility: Behaviour and Safety of Pupils, Quality of Teaching and Child Protection (Safeguarding)          

Appointed on: 09/11/2017

Term of office ends: 08/11/2021

Employment: TBA

Attendance 2019/20:


Staff Governors:


Laura Di Martino


Declaration of interest: None

Area of responsibility: Leadership and Management

Appointed on: 01/09/2018

Term of office ends: N/A

Employment: Headteacher

Attendance 2019/20:

Rob Lord

I was born and raised in Nottingham and also trained at Nottingham Trent University doing a Primary Education degree. I have worked at Whitemoor Academy since my NQT year and have taken on a variety of roles during my time here. I am now the Deputy Head and oversee the Take Care Team which is responsible for the pastoral side to education.


My goal is for every child to feel happy, safe and supported throughout their time at this school. I also value the importance of a good education with lots of opportunities that will prepare our future generations to succeed in whatever they choose to do.


Declaration of interest: None

Area of responsibility: Leadership and Management

Appointed on: 09/11/2017

Term of office ends: 08/11/2021

Employment: Deputy Headteacher

Attendance 2019/20:

Claire Calladine

I have worked at Whitemoor for over 12 years as a teaching assistant and more recently as a HLTA.  I joined the governing body in 2017. I have worked in the world of childcare for my entire career as a nanny, childminder and mother to two children before embarking on a career as a teaching assistant after both my daughters had started school.


I am passionate about every child having the access to a good education, no matter what their background or circumstances, which will arm them with skills to give them an equal opportunity to embark on whatever career they wish to in the future. I feel that our job as a school is to expose children to as many rich experiences and memories that will last them a lifetime.


Declaration of interest: None

Area of responsibility: Early Years Provision and Training and Development of the Local Governing Body

Appointed on: 09/11/2017

Term of office ends: 08/11/2021

Employment: Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Attendance 2019/20:


Retired Governors:


Resigned from the Local Governing Body During 2018/2019

Bryan Jones (Co-opted governor)

Appointed by: SHINE Board of Trustees

Declaration of interest: None

Appointed on: 09/11/2017

Resigned on: 31/08/2019

Attendance 2018/2019:


* Note: Appointed to the SHINE Board of Trustees on 05/07/2019


Emily Lunney (Co-opted governor)

Appointed by: SHINE Board of Trustees

Declaration of interest: None

Appointed on: 09/11/2017

Resigned on: 29/11/2018

Attendance 2018/2019: