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Meet the Governors

Welcome …


On behalf of  Djanogly Northgate Academy’s Governing Body, I would like say welcome to our new children and parents and welcome back, for another year, to all our returning children and parents.


For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Gayle Aughton and I am very proud to be the Chair of Governors here at Djanogly Northgate and Djanogly Sherwood Rise. 


I have lived in New Basford for over 20 years raising my family.  During the day I work full time for the Local Authority.  I believe that it is the fundamental right of all children to receive an outstanding quality of education. As Chair of Governors I am committed to working with  staff, children and parents to achieve this goal.

What do the Governors do?


The role of the Governing Body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:


set the aims and objectives for the Academy
set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
monitor and evaluate the progress the Academy is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
be a source of challenge and support to the Executive Headteacher and Heads of School (a critical friend)

Who are DNA’s Governors?


Gayle Aughton (Chair of Governors)

Dora Kostiuk (Local Authority Governor)

Helen Kenney (Parent Governor)

Susie Lambert (Parent Governor)

Sunita Rathore (Staff Governor)

Anthea Rolfe (Parent Governor)

Mark Vickerstaff (Staff Governor)

Naser Amin (Parent Governor)

Featured Governor:


My name is Mark Vickerstaff.  At the beginning of November I joined Djanogly Northgate Academy’s Governing Body as a Staff Governor.


Prior to teaching, I was the Regional Director for an environmental charity in Birmingham.  Then I became a teacher and have taught in Shanghai, China for 5 years and in Brisbane, Australia for 2 years.


I am currently a Year 1 Class teacher. I am also the Health and Safety Governor for Djanogly Northgate.


Outside of school – I am married with two daughters -7 years and 6 months. I enjoy sport and would love to spend more time on the golf course. I am an avid follower of Nottingham Forest.


Why I wanted to be a governor – I wanted to make a difference to the children of Northgate.  These children are our country’s future.  I want to give them the best opportunities in life to ensure they are ready for the challenges ahead.


If you see me around school, please say ‘Hello’ and if you have any questions, please don’t be afraid to ask.

How do I contact DNA’s Governors?


You can contact the Governors by:


Via the Clerk to Governors – Holly Pickering –
You can also get in touch with Governors via the main school telephone number and we will then contact you:  Northgate – 0115 9156896/Sherwood  - 0115 9421301

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