Walking in the wild, pupils posed in nature

Originally Dame Catherine’s was run as a parent-teacher cooperative, which reflected the desire to provide a personal and inclusive environment in which the children, their families, and the staff could work together. This desire is still central to the school’s ethos, and the involvement of parents is vitally important. The school is run by a School Management Team, comprising of teaching staff, elected parent representatives and non parent trustees, and is run as a limited company.

The management team

Headteacher: Lorna Harvey

Co-chair-persons: Amanda Harmer & Salli Gosling

Personnel/Secretary: Jane Dawn

Finance Coordinator: Steve Harcourt

Recruitment & communications: Amanda Harmer

Non-Executive: Jose Raine, Christina Oppenheimer & Salli Gosling


Dame Catherine Harpur’s School Foundation, Rose Lane, Ticknall, Derbyshire, DE73 7JW

Tel: 01332 862792


The teaching team

Lorna Harvey (B.A. Joint Hons German and Linguistics, PGCE, NPQH)

Headteacher & Key Stage 2 teacher (SENCO and Designated Lead for Safeguarding)

Deb Bates (NNEB, B Ed Hons) 

Reception and Key Stage 1 teacher

Fay Younger (NNEB )

(EYFS SENCO and deputy designated lead for safeguarding)

Tracey Savva  (level 3 qualified in supporting teaching and learning)

Teaching Assistant

Bria Adlington  ( level 3 CACHE diploma supporting teaching and learning in schools)

Teaching Assistant