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Our Governors

 

The Governing Body is responsible for ensuring the school is run both efficiently and effectively by the Head of School and its staff, by playing the role of “critical friend”.  The Body meets in full four times per academic year and termly as part of 2 sub-committees, which cover the school’s operational structure – ‘Teaching and Learning’ and ‘Resources’.

 

The Governors take a full and active role in the monitoring of the School Development Plan. Each Governor acts as a ‘Link Governor’ to a named member of staff and meets twice per term to focus on particular areas of the curriculum.

 

Each Governor is appointed or elected for a four-year term of office.

 

You can contact the Chair of Governors either via the school or email.

 

David Vanstone – Interim Chair of Governors
I became Chair of Governors in September 2013 after 17 years as Headteacher of a Trafford-based secondary school. As Chair I am also a Director of the Dunham Trust which enables me to represent the interests of Acre Hall alongside those of the other two local schools run by the Trust. My role is to help coordinate the work of our other governors and support staff and students in this time of tremendous change as the school improves standards, builds its numbers and moves into brand new buildings, all of which is rewarded by the tremendous welcome I get from every class when I visit during a working day.

 

Joanna Goodfellow – Head of School

 

Sue Smith – (8.05.18)

Although I now live in Timperley, most of my teaching life has been spent in Bedfordshire, working in 9-13 Middle Schools. During that time, I taught a variety of subjects, including French and Music as well as English, Maths and Humanities.

 

Whilst living in Bedfordshire, I took a short career break of about 7yrs, accepting a post in an American International School in Rome. I began by teaching general subjects, eventually replacing the Director of Music in the Elementary School, teaching Music to all age groups from 3yrs to 12yrs, in addition to having an overall responsibility for the school’s liturgical Music.

 

On my return to Bedfordshire, I joined another Middle School as an English teacher, though I continued to have an interest in Music; I was also appointed RE lead. I took over the English Department just before the onset of The National Literacy Strategy, continuing as English lead until my semi-retirement.

 

I moved to Timperley to be nearer family members, a move that has been very positive for me. I volunteer at St Ambrose School one day a week where I teach English to pupils identified as needing extra support; I’m a member if The Alma Singers which I really enjoy; I attend a WEA French course once a week and, as a U3A member, I am a member of a French conversation group. I speak both French and Italian. I still play the piano, love reading and gardening, and take advantage of Manchester’s theatres whenever I have the opportunity.

I am delighted to be a member of Barton Clough’s Governing body and hope that my experience in and continued enthusiasm for education will enable me to both support and make a positive contribution to the school’s development.

 

David Watson – (8.05.18)

 

Eve Butler – (8.05.18)

I have been working in education since 2010 and prior to this have worked in administration for banking and accountancy. I studied for a BA Hons degree at Leeds University in English Language before being employed by The Cooperative Bank. Following this I worked as a Learning Support Assistant working with children with SEN before completing my teacher training course at Manchester Metropolitan University in Secondary English. Since qualifying, I have worked in schools in varied contexts and taught ages 11-18. I am currently Head of English at North Cestrian School in Altrincham where I also sit on the governing board as staff governor. I am particularly interested in supporting the development of English and Literacy at Barton Clough as well as taking up the roll of lead governor for Safeguarding.

 

Donna Coker – Parent Governor

I am delighted to have been elected a Parent Governor for Barton Clough Primary School and thank the parents/carers for giving me this opportunity.  As Parent Governor I will act as a critical friend, representing the voice of parents/carers to ensure that school provides the best possible learning opportunities and experiences for all our children.

 

I am a mother of three children, two of whom attend this school.  I have been a qualified mathematics teacher for 20 years.  For the last 16 years, I have specialised in education for vulnerable children, especially those with Special Educational Needs.  I am confident that my experience can prove useful as a member of the Governing body.

 

I am passionate about supporting Barton Clough Primary School in my role and find being involved in the school community very rewarding.  I am generally in between playgrounds most mornings and afternoons if you want to come and chat and find out more about my role as Parent Governor, or if you want to share any compliments or concerns.

 

Lisa Adderley (8.05.18)

 

Charlotte Higgins – Staff governor (8.05.18)

 

I joined Barton Clough in September 2014 as a Newly Qualified Teacher. I spent my first year of teaching in Year 5 before moving up with my first class into Year 6. I have since spent the last three years teaching in Year 6. I am extremely proud to watch our pupils grow into excited, motivated and confident young learners ready to move into the next stage of their education and this is something I find very rewarding. In my role as staff governor I look forward to supporting the development of our school, pupils and staff and further strengthening and promoting strong relationships with families and our wider community. I am very proud to be a member of the Barton Clough team and look forward to our bright future. 

 

 

Attendance at Local Governing Body Meetings 2017/18

 

Local Board

Local Board

 

08.05.18

05.07.18

David Vanstone

Present

Present

Simon Beswick

Present

Present

Joanna Goodfellow

Present

Present

Sue Smith

Present

Present

David Watson

Present

Present

Eve Butler

Present

Present

Lisa Adderley

Present

Apologies

Donna Coker

Present

Present

Charlotte Higgins

Present

Apologies

Patrick Mather

Apologies Present

Trust representatives in attendance

Jo Appleyard

Jayne Carmichael

Nicola Toop

Emma Davies

 

 

Register of Interests

 

Name

Role

Name of Business/Associated Interest

Nature of Business

Nature of Interest

Date Interest Commenced

David Vanstone

Director (Trust)

Wilmslow Prep-School

Independent Schools

Inspectorate

Acre Hall Primary School

Trafford Safeguarding

Children’s Board

 

Prep School

Education

Education

Education

 

Director

Member Director

Chair of Board

Member

 

2013

2016

2015

2015

Simon Beswick

Executive Principal (Trust)

Nothing to declare

N/A

N/A

N/A

Joanna Goodfellow

Headteacher

 

 

 

 

Sue Smith

Co-opted Governor

 

 

 

 

David Watson

Co-opted Governor

 

 

 

 

Eve Butler

Co-opted Governor

 

 

 

 

Lisa Adderley

Parent Governor

 

 

 

 

Donna Coker

Parent Governor

 

 

 

 

Charlotte Higgins

Staff Governor

 

 

 

 

 

Co-opted Governor

 

 

 

 

 

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