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Meet the Governors

Mrs June Elwell (Chair)


I have been a Governor at Morley appointed by the Local Authority for many years. My home town is Blackburn in Lancashire and, after studying for a degree and working as a teacher, I came to live in Morley Almshouses Lane with my family. My three children are now grown-up and have fled the nest – so have I, since I now live in Breadsall.

To help my fitness I go swimming with friends twice a week at Heanor Leisure Centre, but it could be said that we exercise our tongues as much as our bodies.

I am a member of St. John's Methodist Church in Allestree and my interests,other than education, include politics, football, which I like, and cricket, which I love. And, I must confess, I prefer the music of Cole Porter to that of Coldplay.


Kate Marsland (Headteacher)


Kate Marsland has been Headteacher of Morley Primary School for 9 years. Originally from West Yorkshire, where she taught for over 20 years in both city and more rural schools, she moved to Derbyshire in 2007 to take on the role, and to be nearer to her younger sister who had been ill. Kate has taught every year group in primary education, and particularly loves those days in school where she can get into class and work with the children. The teaching side is the part she likes best. Her favourite subjects are history, environment/citizenship/PSHCE, music, maths and English. She prefers not to have to cover anyone’s art lessons as the children are well aware of her skills in this area!


Kate works part time as a Local Authority advisor. She is also a National Leader in Education, and leads on Initial Teacher Training for Synergy Teaching School Alliance where she sits on the Executive Board. All of these roles bring additional funding into school which supports the children’s learning. She also serves on the Executive Board of the National Association of Headteachers, and the committee of the Derbyshire Small Schools Association.


Kate has served on 3 different governing bodies, in various roles. She quite enjoys number crunching, but prefers to be outside with the children. Kate is incredibly proud of the children and staff of Morley Primary, and is honoured to serve as their Headteacher.

Mrs Eileen Swan

Mrs Jan Pierce

Jan Pierce is the Headteacher of Pinxton Village Infant Schools Federation. There are two infant schools in the federation however one is a very small school which has grown from having 28 pupils in 2009 when Jan started, to having 55 on role.


She has worked with schools in Derbyshire, Sheffield and Nottingham City supporting with developing effective systems and structures, performance management, data analysis, accurate self-evaluation, coaching staff and triangulation.


Jan began her teaching career in a junior school in Derbyshire in 1991 and has since also taught in Nottinghamshire at a first school, a primary school, an infant and nursery school and then took up her first head teachers post in Derby City.


She has been the Director of Synergy Teaching School since September 2014 and she leads the 4Derbyshire Alliance which is made up of over thirty schools. She leads on School to School support ensuring accurate deployment is made of the systems leaders that are affiliated. As a National Leader of Education she has experience of working with colleagues and schools across the primary phase.


She has been a Governor at a special school in Derbyshire and two primary schools in Nottinghamshire. She has over 15 years of being a Governor and she leads on the Early Years at Morley Primary School.

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