Meet the Governors

WHO ARE YOUR SCHOOL GOVERNORS?

As required by Government legislation, our Governing Body formally adopted a new constitution at our Full Governing Body Meeting in March 2015. As a Church school our governing body includes foundation governors appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education as well as a staff governor, parent governors and a local education authority appointed governor, 12 governors in total. Governors are generally appointed for a period of 4 years.

In order that we didn’t lose the valuable contribution of knowledge and skills made by Mrs Merison, Mr Lambert and Mrs Foulkes, they were formally appointed as associate members of our governing body, following advice from the Governance Team at Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Whilst associate members can vote on sub-committee decisions, they are unable to vote on decisions of the Full Governing Body. Mr Lambert and Mrs Foulkes are also unable to vote on staffing or finance related items and any other issue where, because of their position as member of school staff, there may be deemed to be a conflict of interest.

Our governors are:

Kathryn Magiera – Head Teacher

Term of office: continuous whilst in post as head teacher.

Graham Sheen (Chair of Governors) – Foundation Governor

Term of office: 2 August 2014 – 2 August 2018

Rachel Clarke (Vice Chair of Governors) - Foundation Governor

Term of office: 31 March 2016 – 31 March 2020

Reverend Alison Harris – Foundation Governor

Term of office: continuous whilst in post as Reverend of the Parish of St Helen, Witton and St Thomas, Rudheath

Tim Lee – Foundation Governor

Term of office: 19 November 2014 – 19 November 2018

Peter Adams – Foundation Governor

Term of office: 13th January 2014 – 12th January 2018

Lystra Landon - Foundation Governor

Term of office: 29 February 2016 - 28 February 2020

Ruth Cannon - Foundation Governor

Term of office: 02 February 2017 - 02 February 2021

Jacqui Jeffries - Local Authority Governor

Term of office: 24 September 2013 – 23 September 2017

Tracy Parr – Staff Governor

Term of office: 1 September 2016 – 31 August 2020

Catherine Bickerton – Parent Governor

Term of office: 10 November 2013 – 9 November 2017

Edward Williams - Parent Governor

Term of office: 26 October 2016 - 25 October 2020

Tammy Foulkes – Associate Member

Term of office: 17th March 2015 – 16th March 2019

Richard Lambert – Associate Member

Term of Office: 17 March 2015 – 16 March 2019

Sarah Merison - Associate Member

Term of office: 10 October 2016 – 9 October 2018

Governors introduce themselves

Peter Adams - Foundation Governor

My career has been in education – I taught in schools in the Bristol area and then in Cambridgeshire. I was a head teacher in primary schools for 22 years and then worked as a SIAMS (Church School) inspector in the East of England. All three of our children had moved to the North West, so following my retirement we moved to the Northwich area to be nearer to them. That was in 2012, so now we feel settled here and it is great to be involved at Church Walk as a Foundation Governor. Things move on very quickly in the education world and there are always new things to learn, but I hope that my experience will be useful as our school goes from strength to strength.

Catherine Bickerton - Parent Governor

I became a Parent Governor in 2013, just after my younger son started Reception. I am on the Finance and Teaching and Curriculum committees, with particular responsibility for Pupil Premium and PE. I have gained a huge insight into primary education over the past few years through attending training courses and working closely with staff and other governors. We all have different skills and experience to offer, and a shared commitment to make a positive contribution in support of all the children at our school.

I studied Law and Spanish at university, and later completed a postgraduate degree in Voluntary Action Management. Most of my working life has been spent in the charity sector and I have also volunteered extensively, in particular managing events. I am an active member of Witton Church Walk PTA and enjoy spending time in school, including supporting the School Council with their event planning. As Parent Governor I very much recognise the importance of participating in school life, as well as listening to parents’ views across the school.

Rachel Clarke, Vice Chair: Foundation Governor

I was asked to become a Governor in 2008 and became Vice Chair in 2010. My sons are currently in Year 6 and Year 3.

I was asked to become a Foundation Governor when my eldest son was just at the beginning of his school journey and I was keen to become more involved in his school life. I was already on a career break from work in the wallpaper industry. At first I thought, “I don’t know anything about education”, it was a bit daunting, however I felt I had the skills I had gained from working in industry that could benefit the school in the decision making process and as a mum I had the commitment of trying to gain the best education for my children. Being a governor was one way I could help in gaining more knowledge of how a school is managed and maintained in these challenging times.

Yes, we have to attend meetings but they are flexible and we have training courses available with support from the head and staff to improve our knowledge and gain more skills to become better Governors.

Coming from a non-school background I have learned an enormous amount about the work, dedication and involvement needed for our school to continue to improve and grow into an excellent place to learn, a happy environment where each child’s development is always first. If I can help to be part of that I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to continue that support and governance.

Tim Lee – Foundation Governor

I became a Foundation Governor in November 2014.

I have been a qualified teacher for eleven years now and teach at Hartford Church of England High School. I have held the positions of Religious Studies Teacher, Head of Religious Studies, Head of Humanities, Co-coordinator of Citizenship and Assistant Head in charge of Church of England Status. I am currently Assistant Head in charge of Church of England Status with responsibility of Religious Studies and citizenship.

Originally born and raised in a small town outside Nottingham, I moved to Cheshire to complete my further education and pursue my dream of working in education. I have spent my whole teaching career in Northwich and for the last 7 years the town has been my home. I feel I am part of and have a responsibility within the community, a responsibility to support and nurture the younger members of our locality.

Sarah Merison - Associate Member

I have been an associate member of the governing body since October 2016 having previously been a parent governor since 2004, and Chair of Governors from June 2010 to October 2016. My daughters were pupils here at Witton Church Walk, but have now moved on to secondary education with my youngest daughter starting at Hartford Church of England High School in September 2014.

I became a governor because I wanted to help school and learn more about how school and education is organised. I felt that my work as a children’s librarian and experience of working in local government
meant that I had skills and experience which I could use to make a positive impact on our school. I am also fortunate that as a part time worker I can devote a lot of time to helping in school and attending the meetings and training which are an important part of being a member of our school’s governing body.

Through my time as a governor I have learned a tremendous amount and now as an associate member I can continue to contribute this knowledge and experience as I support our new Chair of Governors, Graham Sheen as he takes on his new role, ensuring a smooth transition for our Governing Body.

Graham Sheen (Chair of Governors) – Foundation Governor

I have been a Governor since April 2009 when I was asked by the Diocese to fill a vacancy on the Governing Body. I retired from teaching in 2007 after a career spanning thirty-four years including eighteen years as the head teacher of a primary school. I am also a Parish Reader at St John the Evangelist Church, Lostock Gralam, where my wife and I have worshipped for over twenty-five years. During my time as a serving head teacher I took a Master’s degree in Church School education and I hope that my knowledge of school, particular church schools, and my interest in RE, Collective Worship and spiritual development contributes towards the skill mix within the Governing Body. I am also the well-being Governor and take my role very seriously as I believe that, although schools are primarily about imparting skills and knowledge, they are also places where all people are entitled to personal support and encouragement and are valued as individuals.
Apart from Governors' meetings I really enjoy leading collective worship, assisting with curriculum development and spending time talking to the children and staff. It's a great school to be involved with and I feel very privileged.

Lystra Landon - Foundation Governor


I was asked to become a Foundation Governor in March 2016.  I have been involved with Witton Church Walk for the last ten years and it seemed it was the right time to make the natural progression to support the Governors at this school. All three of my children have attended this school, as a result I do have experience of how Witton Church Walk's stimulating teaching environment with its variety of enrichment activities, prepares our children for life-long skills of learning.

I have been blessed with academic opportunities to achieve a Bsc (Hons) in Psychology and a Masters degree in Social Work. I hope this along with twenty years experience working with and safeguarding vulnerable children will assist me in my role as a Governor.

However I am a parent with a strong Christian faith first and foremost. I have a strong belief in Christian values and regularly attend a church in Winsford. I am also passionate about participation, inclusion and sport. 

I have the same hopes, aspirations and limitations as many of our parents and school community, so with this in mind I look forward to learning more through governance, about how we can continue to improve the outcomes for our children and school to make it an excellent place to learn.

Edward Williams - Parent Governor

I was interested in becoming a Parent Governor at the school as I fervently believe not just in the power of education for its own sake, but also its ability to enable students to forge a life for themselves and create opportunity no matter what their background. Education at its best fosters and develops ambition and talent and interest and I wanted the opportunity to help in the delivery of that in some small way. 

I have two, soon to be three children at various stages in the school so am deeply invested in supporting it in whatever way I can to deliver a first rate educational experience. I have worked variously at the BBC, University College London and a large recruitment PLC but for the last nearly seven years I have run my own recruitment business as well as being a partner in an academic consultancy for the last two and a half. Both of these roles have shown unequivocally the need for a solid educational foundation upon which to build ones career goals. I have worked with a number of schools and students locally to provide advice on how best to define and articulate what their goals are and then design a strategy that will help them achieve them. I hope and believe these experiences can contribute to the mix of skills that exist within the Governors and I will do all I can to champion the school and its pupils and give them the chance to exceed their own ambitions. 

 

Contact the School

Witton Church Walk CE Aided Primary School

Church Walk
Northwich
Cheshire
CW9 5QQ

Main Contact: Mrs T Foulkes - Bursar

Tel: 01606 288128
admin@wittonwalk.cheshire.sch.uk