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Meet The Governors

Welcome to the Governors' section!


What does the Governing Body do?

The governing body is responsible, together with Miss Busby, for the strategic management and leadership of the school. Governors also carry out particular responsibilities whilst attending 3 Governor days in school. During these days they carry out their monitoring roles linked to their assigned class and a priority focus from the school development plan. They also attend attend a committee meeting: Teaching, Learning & Improvement or Resources.

They also establish with Miss Busby and the staff the aims and policies of the school and how standards of education can continue to be improved through the school development plan and the use of the school budget. They ensure all curriculum and legal requirements are met.

Full governing body meetings are held three times through the year at the school. Copies of the agenda and minutes (of the non confidential part A of the meeting) are available at the school office.

Parents wishing to become Governors are encouraged to apply when vacancies arise.

If parents want to contact a member of the Governing Body, a letter can be left at the school office.

Governors Register of Interests

Governor Interests 2023-2024

Financial Information:


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Meet the governors


Miss Busby


Rachel Busby has been the Headteacher at Bottesford Infants for 14 years. She has a BA (Hons) in Primary Education with QTS, Manchester Metropolitan University and a National Qualification in Headship (NPQH). Rachel supports other schools in North Lincolnshire as a ‘Peer Leader’. She was previously a Consultant Headteacher for a teaching school. Rachel has a very active 7 year old son who loves football! She has a passion for sport that permeates through the school, promoting a culture of healthy and active lifestyles.

Bernadette Glabus has been a member of the Governing Body since 2015, after retiring from a career in the teaching profession.  Bernadette remains committed to children’s education and development, now doing so through her role on the governing body at Bottesford Infant School. Bernadette loves being around her family, and helping out with the “school run”. She enjoys the outdoors, meeting up with friends, practising pilates and barre,  and playing badminton. She is also a member of a local book group that meets every month.

Emma Shrimpton is a Business Executive, initially as a Procurement specialist working across multiple industries and now, 20 years on, is a Board member for a Railway company based in Doncaster, although she spends some of her week home working to reduce travel.  Emma’s work responsibilities now scope the management of the head office support functions, namely Finance, HR, Sustainability, Social Value, Marketing and Admin whilst maintaining the remit of Procurement, her initial passion!  Emma is the lead for her company’s Health and Wellbeing, and being a Mental Health First Aider, has used her knowledge to develop stress and wellbeing polices. Emma is the Co-Chair  and has used her business skills to support the school in many areas, including wellbeing.  Emma has one daughter who attended the school and since September is now enjoying the Junior school.  Emma enjoys long walks, keep fit and getting involved in volunteering, especially school trips and events.

Zoe Labourne has been the Deputy Head Teacher at Bottesford Infant School for five years where she teaches a mixed Reception/Year 1 class. She has a BA (Hons) in Primary Education with QTS from Edge Hill University and a National Qualification in Headship (NPQH). Zoe has been a SENDCO for ten years and this is something she feels very passionately about and believes every child should have the chance to succeed. Zoe loves walking her dog Bella and going on caravan holidays.

Hilary Strong has worked for the Local Authority for 47 years.  She has a Diploma in Community and Youth Work, and up until her semi retirement 11 years ago, she managed youth work projects across North Lincolnshire and was awarded an MBE in 2002 for services to young people.  Latterly, she has continued to work as a part time youth worker in Kirton in Lindsey and enjoys working as a Host at the Baths Hall.  She is also an Examination Invigilator at The St. Lawrence Academy. She has an interest in conservation in the local area and is a member of the Friends of Bottesford Beck.

Mrs McElhinneySarah McElhinney is a primary school teacher and has worked in education for 14 years.  She is currently a Year 5/6 teacher at St Peter and St Paul CE Primary School.  Sarah is a Bottesford resident and has four children - two girls and two boys.  Her eldest daughter is a former pupil of Bottesford Infant School, and her eldest son and youngest daughter currently attend the school.  Sarah joined the governing body at Bottesford Infant School in 2021.

Sarah Wheeler has worked in the education sector for almost 13 years, with the last 10 years spent working as a specialist Teacher of the Deaf. She has two active sons who keep her very busy! Both her children attend Bottesford Infant School. Outside of work, Sarah is an assistant coach for boys’ gymnastics and in her spare time enjoys baking, art, and spending quality time with her family.

Natalie Urry is a Solicitor specialising in Child Protection & family matters, having gained an LLB (Hons) in Law from the University of Hull & postgraduate diploma in Law from the University of Law. Natalie has wide experience in working with parents, acting for children and representing Local Authority's in the area within her legal practice. Recently, Natalie has become a tutor for the University of Law, training future Solicitors and Barristers. Natalie is a Bottesford resident and has four children, one of which is currently attending Bottesford Infants. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys good food with her family and friends. 

Lucinda Keal is a secondary school teacher and has worked in education for 22 years. She is currently the Head of Science at Frederick Gough School. Lucinda has a son currently attending Bottesford Infant School. As a teacher at Frederick Gough School she teaches many students who attended Bottesford Infants and enjoys working closely with the feeder primary schools. Lucinda spends her free time with her family, she loves running, baking and reading. Lucinda is passionate about improving standards in education.