Meet Our Governors

Derry Drake 
Hi, I am Derry Drake and I teach in Year 3. I am in my first year of teaching at Balby Central and since joining the team I have seen great dedication from staff and students. I have previously worked as an SEN Transition coordinator overseeing the journey of around 300 students from Year 6 into Year 7. I have also worked as a Teaching Assistant - with an additional lunchtime support role - across LKS2, UKS2, KS3 and KS4. I have experience of running a range of interventions to ensure all pupils had made
the appropriate progress. I hope to bring my knowledge of various roles within school into this role to ensure that everybody has a voice and can contribute to Balby Central’s journey. I am passionate about every student having the opportunity and encouragement to be the best that they can be.

Ian Straw
I am Ian Straw (CMgr MCMI) and I have spent over 25 years working in a variety of businesses in the private, public and laterally the third sector. Each of these sectors have
provided me with an insight into a diverse and varied approach to Management and Workplace Organisation and Development. During the past 8 years, I have worked with The Vulcan to The Sky Trust, their strap line “Honouring the Past Inspiring the Future”, aims at engaging young people in STEM based
activities and by default opening up a diverse and exciting world of Engineering. I enjoy the outdoors and a variety of sports whilst supporting good causes and looking at fund raising opportunities.

Katy Parker
I am Katy Parker and I have recently been appointed as a Parent Governor. I have had a lot of experience working within schools in various different roles. I have also just been asked to be a Literacy Champion for Doncaster Stories. All of which will help in my joint Link Governor role of Teaching Learning Assessment. I have a deep personal and professional commitment to improving the standards of education for all. I am very proud to be part of Balby Central Primary Academy and it is a privilege to be part of the Governing body

Luke Liddle
Hi, I’m Luke and I am excited to be joining Balby Central Primary Academy as a co-opted governor. Whilst this is my first governorship, I work in education, running the Independent Schools Cultural Alliance (ISCA). Our mission is to bring students and teachers from all over the globe together to learn about global cultures. At ISCA we encourage our students to be global citizens and believe that every child should be supported to be the best they can be. When I found out that Balby Central Primary was looking for new governors, I looked on the website and was delighted to see that the main ethos of Balby Central was the same as ISCA - to encourage all children ‘to be the best they can be’. I thought it would be great to support a school that shares this ethos. I am hopeful that my experience working with children from all over the globe and bringing different cultures together will help me in my new role as a part of the Governing body. I was born in Sheffield before moving to Surrey for school. I returned to Sheffield for University, met my wife here, and have lived in Sheffield ever since. I am a keen footballer and have worked as a fitness coach in my spare time. I am really looking forward to getting to know Balby Central and offering my support to help the school give every child an opportunity to truly be the best they can be.

Niall Balmer
I’m a co-opted governor at Balby Central Primary Academy. In my normal working role, I cover many aspects that overlap with education and school life – in particular, school finance and education staffing. I am originally from the North East but have been living in Doncaster for the past 6 years supporting schools and multi academy trusts across South Yorkshire with their staffing requirements. Whilst I am interested in all areas of education, I am most interested in ensuring that all students enjoy coming to school and get the most out of their experience. I hope that my experience and passion for education adds as much value to Balby Central Primary Academy as it exudes.

Stephen Burnage
I’m Steve Burnage and I am pleased to be joining the governing body of Balby Central Primary Academy as a co-opted governor. My background is in teaching, learning and educational leadership. Having served as a secondary headteacher for a number of years, I now run my own business as an education consultant, trainer, inspector and leadership coach; working with schools and school leaders across the world in improving the life chances of learners. Outside of my work in education, I’m a professional musician and, in partnership with my wife, I run a large Doncaster choir called ‘Simply Voices’.

Balby Central Primary Academy

Littlemoor Lane, Balby Doncaster DN4 0LL

Balby Central Primary Academy, Littlemoor Lane, Balby Doncaster DN4 0LL


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