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Welcome to the CAN Schools Federation. We are two well-established, teacher-led nursery schools supporting children and families in Derby.
Opening Times and Session Costs
Opening Times:8.00am - 6.00pm (parents can drop off from 7.30am)
Session Costs:£5.00 to £5.25 per hour booked within our published session times


Welcome to our Governors’ section

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

Contacting the Governing Body


You can contact the governing body via Claire Spink, Clerk to the Governors at


Or the Chair of Governors on


NameRoleGovernor Type
Mrs Helen FearnHead teacher 
Mrs Christine MerrickChairLocal Authority
Mrs Sue BradleyChair of Finance CommitteeCo-opted
Ms Joanna Quaye Co-opted
Vacancy Co-opted
Vacancy Parent
Mr Andrew Gilmour Co-opted
Ms Brenda Whittaker Co-opted
Mrs Tyler Jackson Parent
Ms Helen Watson Staff
Vacancy Co-opted
Vacancy Co-opted
Mrs Sam Molloy Associate Governor
Mrs Claire Spink 

Clerk to the Governors



Governors contribute to the work of the governing body in ensuring high standards of achievement for all children in the school.  They do this by:

i. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

ii. Holding school leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils

iii. Holding school leaders to account for the performance management of its staff

iv. Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and ensuring and making sure its money is well spent


For more information please visit the National Governors Association website



There are two committees of governors which support the work of the governing body.


Standards and Curriculum

Responsible for the schools' curriculum, including Special Needs provision

To recommend the schools' self evaluation

To recommend the Schools' Improvement Plan and targets for monitoring

To develop and review and policies relating to standards and curriculum


Finance, Resources and Premises

To monitor the financial sustainability of the schools

To write a five year budget plan for approval by the full governors

To provide support on all matters relating to the school premises

To ensure that the schools and the governing body comply with relevant Health and Safety legislation and responsibilities


Don't forget to apply for your 30 hour code if your child turns 3 by the end of December.