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Financial Information

Our school is benchmarked against other schools of a similar size, free school meals, number of children and employees etc. Further information can be found at the schools financial benchmarking service.


We do not have any employees at our school who earn in excess of £100k. 


Mrs Mary Kerry is our Chair of Governors. You can contact her at Woodbridge Junior School on 01773 833138.


We are very fortunate to have a committed and dedicated team of governors. Their role is crucial in the continuing success and development of Croft Infant School.


Governors                                     Appointed as                         Term of Office ends

Mrs Mary Kerry                              Co-opted  (Chair)                   Oct 2026

Mrs Sally Swain                              Headteacher

Mrs Michelle Breffitt                      Parent (Vice Chair)                  Resigned Jan 24

Mrs Jane Priestley                          Co-opted                                Nov 2026

Mrs Jane Newton                           Staff                                        Nov 2026

Mrs Gemma Slater                         Co-opted                                Nov 2026

Mr Steven Euerby                           Parent                                     April 2027 

Mrs Gail Doleman                          LA                                           Nov 2027               

Vacancy                                         Parent

Vacancy                                         Parent



The Clerk to the Governing Body is Mrs Diana Riley.


The main roles of the Governing Body are:-

  • To provide a strategic view, focus on the key issues of raising standards of achievement, establishing high expectations and promoting effective teaching and learning.

  • To act as a critical friend, provide the headteacher and staff with support, advice and information, drawing on it members’ knowledge and experience.

  • To ask challenging questions.

  • To promote the interests of the school and its pupils

  • To ensure accountability

At Croft Infant School, our full governing board meets every half term. Throughout the year we hold a minimum of 5 formal meetings where governors focus on key areas of school such as school improvement, finance and resources and teaching and learning (including data analysis).


The Chair of Governors form the Head Teacher Performance Management Committee, along with our LA advisor.

Areas of responsibility:



G Slater / G Dolman


M Kerry / S Swain


S Swain / J Newton

Health & Safety

J Newton / S Swain


J Priestley / G Slater


M Kerry / G Dolman / J Newton / S Euerby



Developing Subject Leadership



G Slater / S Euerby / S Swain

Continuous & Enhanced Provision

J Priestley / S Swain


M Kerry / G Slater / S Swain


M Kerry / J Newton / S Swain



Currently, the following applies to all of our Governing Body:

Relevant Business interests: None

Relevant Financial interests: None

Details of other educational establishments of which you are a governor: None

Relationships with members of staff, e.g. spouse, relatives: None

Governors attendance 2022-2023




The name of the school is Croft Infant School.


The school is a Community school.


The name of the governing body is "The governing body of Croft Infant School”.


The governing body shall consist of:-

  • 3 parent governors.
  • 1 LA governor.
  • 1 staff governor.
  • 1 Headteacher.
  • 3 co-opted governors


Total number of governors is 9.


The term of office of all governors is 4 years.


This Instrument of Government comes into effect on the day on which it was made, replacing the Instrument of Government made on 11 November 2014.


This Instrument was made by order of Derbyshire Local Authority on 2 November 2020.


A copy of the Instrument of Government must be supplied to every member of the governing body (and the Headteacher if not a governor).