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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


Name Role Governor Type
Mrs Helen Fearn Head teacher  
Mrs Christine Merrick Chair Local Authority
Mrs Sue Bradley Chair of Finance Committee Co-opted
Ms Emily Cokayne   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


Sessions available for after Easter