My name is Jean Williams. I am presently the 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.
My name is Jean Williams and 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 Chair of Governors, the named Governor for SEN and Inclusion and Pupil Premium and a class link Governor. 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.
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. My hobbies are singing, going to the theatre, knitting, sewing, reading, family genealogy and dog walking. Any spare time I have left is usually spent with family and friends.
My name is Anthea Ray and I have been a governor at Newchurch since 2013. I am a co-opted governor.
For 6 years in London and for more than 20 years at a Warrington High School I taught science, eventually becoming an Assistant Head. I feel I have the interest and skills needed to serve on the governing body at Newchurch. I am the Safeguarding Governor, the named governor for Science and Design Technology and a class link Governor.
I live in Culcheth and am committed to supporting Newchurch, its excellent leadership and dedicated staff.
As well as my role as a governor I sing in a local choir and volunteer at my grandchildren’s school. I also volunteer for the South Cumbria Rivers Trust monitoring the water quality of a local river.
My hobbies are belonging to a book group, walking and camping. In my spare time I enjoy travelling and visiting friends and family.
I am delighted to be one of the staff governors of Newchurch. As the Deputy Headteacher 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 taught children from Early Years to Upper Key Stage Two. After beginning my career in St Helen’s, 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. 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. I am currently a Specialist Leader in Education, supporting other schools with reading, phonics and early years.
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.
My name is Naomi Simpson and I became a governor at Newchurch in 2006.
I have over 20 years’ business management experience meaning that I have a wide set of transferrable skills to support Newchurch. I have worked in industry for large organisations and led small businesses.
Both of my children attended Newchurch and both have gone on to Culcheth High as well rounded students, fully prepared for the demands of secondary education.
During my time as a Governor at Newchurch I have been a member of and Chair of the Finance Subcommittee, a training link Governor and a class link Governor.
I have been actively involved in the previous two OFSTED inspections and in recruitment of a number of teaching staff. When my children attended the school
I was an active member of the PTA and Chair for one academic year.
In between working full time and being a school governor, I am busy supporting my children with their studies and extra-curricular activities.
Newchurch is a successful and thriving school and I have been a Parent Governor since 20016.
My own children are very happy here in KS2. Being a Parent Governor 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.
My background career is in operations management with major insurers, leading change and continuous improvement programmes at a senior leadership level. I have a degree from University of Sheffield, professional qualifications in Insurance and I recently qualified as a Level 3 Teaching Assistant.
I enjoy spending time with my family, travelling and yoga.
My name is Christopher Hunt and I became a co-opted governor at Newchurch Primary School in September 2017.
After over twenty years in education as a secondary school teacher, senior leader and school governor. I believe I have the interest and experience needed to serve on the governing body at Newchurch to further support the school community.
I am deeply committed to Newchurch Primary School and the local community. I believe that effective governance is about ensuring that real quality support is in place for all staff at the school, from the governing body, so that they can further develop the fantastic provision and opportunities for children at Newchurch and the local community.
When not carrying out my duties as a governor I am the proud and privileged Headteacher of Culcheth High School. My hobbies are running, reading, going to the gym and football. Every other spare minute I have I enjoy spending time with my family and travelling.
My name is Rachel Burns and I have been a parent governor since 2016. I have two daughters at Newchurch and I have seen them both thrive during their time at the school.
I work for a large waste management company as site manager, with responsibility for thirteen sites in the North West region. My job mainly involves financial management, project management, health and safety and environmental control.
I attended Newchurch myself and I have many happy memories of my time and now my daughters’ time at this school. I am proud to be a governor and work with the head teacher and staff to allow each child to flourish and achieve their full potential whilst having an enjoyable school life.
My name is Jan Appleton and I became a co-opted governor in September 2018.
I have worked in Early Years for almost 40 years, teaching in nine Warrington primary schools and as a Lecturer in Early Years at Warrington Collegiate.
Throughout my career I have mentored trainee teachers and NQTs and worked as an Associate Tutor for Chester University, supervising their students on teaching practice.
I have two grandsons, one currently in year 3 at Newchurch and the other, a former red robin, now in Year 9 at Culcheth High School. I also became a member of the Newchurch family through volunteering regularly within the school, which is a thoroughly worthwhile and enjoyable activity.
I enjoy visiting family in France, baking and reading.
I feel privileged to be a governor of Newchurch and hope that the experience, knowledge and skills gained during my career will help to support and benefit all the children and staff.
Co-Opted Governor since February 2018 my children have attended or are still in attendance at Warrington Schools so when I was approached to be a Governor I felt it was a great opportunity to give something back.
I have worked in the Education sector for 15 years and I am an Education Consultant for an Apple Solutions Expert where I work across the North West with numerous Schools to implement and deploy IT solutions.
As well as volunteering as a Governor at Newchurch I have been a volunteer at Woolston Rovers FC for over 12 years, firstly coaching a boys team from Under 7’s through to Under 17’s and I am currently assisting with coaching the Open Age Reserves Team as well as an Under 14’s Girls Team, so I have always been keen to be involved with the local community and as I said previously to give something back to the community.
Primary Schools play an important role for their students, whether it is nurturing confidence or developing creativity and skills, they provide a solid base that prepares them for the challenges’ of life in general and Secondary School, I look forward to contributing towards that alongside the strong and effective staff and Governor body that is already in place.