My name is Jean Williams. I am presently the Vice - Chair of Governors at Newchurch and I’d like to tell you a little about being a governor.


The governing body is made up of volunteers who are representative of the parents of the school, the local community, the local authority, and the school staff. We meet regularly to make sure that the school functions well and provides your child, and all the other children at Newchurch, with the best possible experiences and opportunities of school life.


With the school leadership team we decide what we want our school to look like in the future and what kind of learning experiences we want for our children. Through our meetings and financial decisions we try to make sure that this becomes a reality to enable our children to take their place as the adults of tomorrow.


As well as meetings we might come in to talk to the children and ask them what they think about school, go along on school trips or come to support the school at events throughout the year.  All in all being a governor is an important but enjoyable role and all the governors at Newchurch are committed to helping the children of Newchurch as they Prepare to Fly.

Jean Williams


I became a local authority governor at Newchurch in September 2010.


After over twenty years as a primary school teacher, and ten years as a local authority officer delivering and supporting Special Educational Needs in all Warrington Schools, I feel I have the interest and skill set needed to serve on the governing body at Newchurch. I am presently Vice-Chair of Governors, Chair of the Curriculum Committee, the Named Governor for SEND and Inclusion and the Link Governor for Year 1. I also represent Newchurch Governors at the Warrington Governors Forum.


I am deeply committed to Newchurch Primary School both as a Culcheth resident and as the grandparent of an ex-pupil who blossomed into a bright, caring and responsible young person whilst under the care and leadership of the excellent staff here.


When not carrying out my duties as a governor I am one of the Lay Members on the Warrington Safeguarding Children Board and an active member of the Parish Church Council at Newchurch Parish Church. Any spare time I have left is usually spent knitting, sewing, dog walking and being a granny.

Naomi Simpson


I have been an active Governor at Newchurch for 11 years joining during a career break because I wanted to give back to my local community, but also to become more involved in the school I hoped my children would attend. 


I have worked for many years in the nuclear sector providing business administration and stakeholder relations support as well as managing two small businesses.  My strengths are business finance, public relations and communications projects.  I have attended the Finance Subcommittee for my whole term as a Governor at Newchurch and am the current Chair of the finance committee. During my years as Governor, I have seen many changes, improvements and successes and am proud to be part of the Newchurch team.

Anthea Ray


I have been a member of the Governing Body for three years and am at present a co-opted governor with responsibility for Safeguarding. I sit on the Curriculum Committee and the Building and Maintenance Committee and am a link Governor for Year 3. I am committed to Newchurch, as a school that puts children's learning and wellbeing at the heart of everything it does.


During my career, I worked as a secondary Science teacher in London and in Warrington having both academic and pastoral roles. I have lived in Culcheth for more than thirty years. I volunteer for the South Cumbria Rivers Trust and regularly look after my grandchildren.

Janine Dowling


I have been a Parent Governor since February 2016.  Newchurch is a successful and thriving school and I have two very happy children (one in KS1 and another in KS2).  I am delighted to be a Parent Governor - it is a huge opportunity to contribute towards shaping the successful future of our school for all of our children to ensure that they continue to benefit academically and socially through being provided with the very best educational opportunities. 


I am currently studying to be a Teaching Assistant and I am a parent volunteer at school, helping our children to progress.


My background career is in operations management with major insurers, leading change and continuous improvement programmes at a senior leadership level.  I have experience in: leading and building large teams, organisational development, strategic planning, delivering change programmes, training in improvement methodology, all aspects of human resources and recruitment, finance, budget control and supply chain. I have a BA (Hons.) degree from University of Sheffield and I qualified as a Chartered Insurer in 2003.


I enjoy spending time with my family, travelling and Pilates.

Jayne Narraway


I am delighted to be one of the staff governors of Newchurch. As the Deputy Headteacher and a practising classteacher, I am fully immersed into the working life of the school at many levels.


Newchurch has a very special place in my heart. Never before have I worked with a Headteacher, colleagues and governing body who have so selflessly and wholeheartedly worked to ensure the very best for the children in their care.


I have been a teacher for 23 years, having taught children from Early Years to Upper Key Stage Two. After beginning my career in St Helens, I have embraced many opportunities in order to ensure the very best for the schools and children with whom I have worked, as well as other schools in Warrington. For many years, I was an Early Years Moderator for the Local Authority, and I now moderate Key Stage One and have been instrumental in the implementation of the interim framework for the KS1 and KS2 SATs in Warrington. I have been an educational consultant specialising in Phonics, English and Early Years and have worked with lots of schools in Warrington in order to improve outcomes.


Without doubt my passion, other than English, is ensuring every child has a curriculum that meets their needs. I often refer to our curriculum design as a ‘Box of Chocolates’ where there is something for everyone, even if they are the only one to favour it.  The commitment to a holistic curriculum and Newchurch’s child-centred approach to education is what attracted me to our wonderful school, and what motivates me each and every day.


Even after so many years of teaching, I still believe this is one of the most rewarding and privileged jobs any person could wish for. Each day is unique; filled with many things to celebrate and share, new opportunities to take whilst preparing our children to fly.

Rachel Burns


I am a parent governor, newly appointed in February 2016. My daughter is currently in Year 4 and her younger sister started in September 2016.


I work for a large waste management company and am site manager for twelve sites in the North West region. Currently, I am responsible for the restoration of two recently closed sites. My job is varied and involves dealing with environmental, health and safety and financial aspects on a daily basis.


I attended Newchurch myself and I have many happy memories of my time at the school and now also my daughter’s. As a member of the governing body, I hope that I can contribute my time and skills to support the school to allow each child to flourish and achieve their full potential whilst having a happy school life.

Wendy Rostron


I have been a Parent Governor since May 2014 and one boy at Newchurch (Year 6) and one who has recently left. We moved to the area in 2013, and instantly liked the warm, nurturing atmosphere and the ethos of developing the whole child. I was keen to contribute to the thriving school community and offer my experience to support its continual improvement.


My background is in Science and engineering. I have been working as a Process Engineer for the last 18 years, mainly in the wastewater sector. I have had experience of recruitment and staff development as well as health and safety matters. In addition to attending full Governor meetings, I am on the Buildings and Personnel Committees, and am a Link Governor for Class 3.

Farhaana Morton


I am a parent governor, newly appointed in November 2016.  I have two sons, my eldest is in year four and my youngest recently started in reception.


When we first visited Newchurch we found the school to have a great energy and passion for its pupils and when my eldest son joined in 2015 we could see the positive impact this had on him.


I am a Company Accountant for a HR and Employment Law Consultancy Firm. My previous experience has been in R&D and Hospitality industries.


I am really pleased to be a parent Governor and hope through my skills, experience and support I can contribute to Newchurch’s continued development.