Duke Street Nursery School

"Our children and families are at the heart of everything that we do"

Duke Street and Chorley Highfield Federation Governors


The instrument of governance states that the term of office for our parent governors is 2 years. 



Mrs Hellen Hull (Chair of Governors)

Federation of Duke Street & Highfield Nursery School

I have  worked across the spectrum of Lancashire County Council Children Services for over 37 years

I started my career in nurseries and schools as a qualified Nursery Nurse , then worked as an Extended services  Manager at Duke Street Children centre and more recently as a Team Manager for Children and Families Wellbeing service  [ Early help ] .

My career  has spanned the range of birth to 19 years, I believe in supporting young parents or those less confident to develop their strengths for the benefit of their children.

I will be active and available to you as parents, to the staff team and to  undertake visits and engage with your children as they learn.

I am passionate about the Outstanding work undertaken in your Federation of Nurseries  [ Highfield and Duke street ] and I have been part of the journey in maintaining these standards as an active Governor for the last  10 years , and as your Chair of Governors I will continue to guide and support the excellent work and team .

Contact bursar@dukestreet-nur.lancs.sch.uk and your email will be forwarded directly to Hellen Hull.

Mrs Helen Belbin (Governor)

Federation of Duke Street & Highfield Nursery School


Previous experience in the following roles: Headteacher; Senior Adviser for Early Years, Lancashire County Council (LCC)

Extensive experience over career has included:

  • provided training for governing bodies, including headteacher appraisal, senior appointments, school self-evaluation, Ofsted;
  • managed school budget as a Headteacher, handling complaints, grievances and appeals; formative and summative school data analysis and reporting to parents, governors, senior staff and Ofsted; curriculum leadership overall as Headteacher; experience as SENCo; responsible for statutory assessment as Headteacher; qualified and experienced early years moderator; experienced LCC SATS Monitor, including investigation of allegations of malpractice;
  • introduced traded early years services to support responsibility for LCC’s £500k early years budget annually;
  • experienced appraiser and bought in as external advice to support Headteacher appraisal annually in schools across North Lancashire; data analysis and reporting LCC’s early years data;
  • strategic lead for LCC’s Training Programme and support for early years staff in schools and nursery settings.


Dr Elizabeth Klavins (Governor)

Federation of Duke Street & Highfield Nursery School


Liz has worked in Lancashire Primary and Nursery Schools since 1982.  As Headteacher of an integrated Maintained Nursery School and Children’s Centre for 27 years she came to view leadership as a continuous process of learning.  

She is passionately committed to the development and sustainability of nursery education that enables young children to reach their full potential and become motivated learners.  She worked for over ten years as a School Adviser in Lancashire’s School Improvement Service encouraging colleagues to reflect individually and co-operatively on the effectiveness of their work with children and families. 

Liz now continues to work part time as a School Adviser for Athena Education Ltd. She became a governor at Duke St and Highfield Nursery Federation in November 2019 when her grandchildren became pupils at Duke St Nursery.


Email : l.klavins@dukestreet-nur.lancs.sch.uk



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 Name Date of Appointment  Business and Financial Interest

Nominated Governors



Governor at other establishment 

 Sue Conron

Head Teacher

05/04/2019  Friendship -E Dennard, past employee of Duke Street and of LCC finance team



 Member of Staff

(Highfield and Duke Street)




Dr Elizabeth Klavins

Co-opted Governor


18/11/2019 Related to M Klavins-Bridge Curriculum - Specific Areas

Related to another Governor 



Mrs K Stephens

Vice Chair

Chair of Curriculum Committee




None to declare



Health and Safety (Duke Street)




Hellen Hull

Chair of Governors

Chair of Resource Meeting

Co-opted Governor


05/04/2019 - 04/04/2023  None to declare


Child Protection/ Safeguarding






Mrs J Imrie

LA Governor

20/06/2022 Durrels House Finance Limited, Financial Management, Director - - No



Parent Governor






Mrs H Belbin

Co-opted Governor


05/10/2022 - 04/10/2026

Achieve Change and Engagement (A.C.E)

Non executive director





Mrs L Phillips

Staff Governor

11/01/2023 - 10/01/2027 - - Current member of staff - Assistant Head Teacher and SENco - Duke Street Nursery School No


Miss Claire Murray

Co-opted Governor

05/04/2019 - 04/04/2023  None to declare Staff Governor (Highfield)

Member of staff

(Highfield Nursery)



Mrs Natalie Sinclair

 Co-opted Governor


05/04/2019 - 04/04/2023  Governor at St.Wilfirds Academy Standish N/A

Deputy Head Teacher

(Highfield Nursery)


Mrs M


 Co-opted Governor


20/04/2020  Daughter of Dr E Klavins (Chair of Governors)

Governor Training

Website Compliance (Duke street)

Parent Governor and related to another Governor Yes


Co-opted Governor


Mrs J Berrisford

Co-opted Governor

05/04/2019 - 04/04/2023 Digisculpt - Digital design (Spouse of owner) N/A No


Co-opted Governor

Ms C Alston

Co-opted Governor

18/01/2021 None to declare Curriculum (Prime Areas) No


Miss K Kirk

Parent Governor


11/11/2022   None to declare   

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