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 Mr Williams 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. Mrs Merison 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.
Vicar Andrew Ridley - ex officio Foundation Governor
Term of office: continuous whilst in post as Vicar of St Helens Church.
Ruth Cannon (Chair of Governors) - Foundation Governor
Term of office: 02 February 2017 - 02 February 2025
Rachel Clarke (Vice Chair of Governors) - Foundation Governor
Term of office: 31 March 2020 – 31 March 2024
Tim Lee – Foundation Governor
Term of office: 19 November 2018 – 19 November 2022
Sarah Merison - Foundation Governor
Term of office: 9 March 2020 – 9 March 2024
Graham Sheen – Foundation Governor
Term of office: 2 August 2014 – 2 August 2022
Michael Roberts – Foundation Governor
Term of office: 28 February 2022 - 28 February 2026
Jacqui Jeffries - Local Authority Governor
Term of office: 24 September 2017 – 23 September 2021
Tracy Parr – Staff Governor
Term of office: 31 August 2020-1 September 2024
Mrs Ioana McGreavy - Parent Governor
Term of office: 17 October 2019 - 16 October 2023
Miss Paula Harrop - Parent Governor
Term of office: 01 November 2020 - 31 October 2024
Edward Williams - Associate Governor
Term of office: 26 October 2020 - 25 October 2024
Tammy Foulkes – Associate Member
Term of office: 17th March 2019 – 16th March 2023
Associate members are appointed by the governing body to serve on one or more governing body committee. They may also attend full governing body meetings. They are not governors and therefore do not have a vote in governing body decisions, but may be given a vote on decisions made by committees to which they are appointed.
Governors introduce themselves
Rachel Clarke, Vice Chair: Foundation Governor
This is my 10th year as a Foundation Governor and I am currently the Vice Chair.
Both of my children began their education at Witton Church Walk and they have now gone on to continue their education at Hartford High School. Even though my children have left the school and I don't see the Mums, Dads and Grandparents in the playground any more, I still have a close link to the school through St Helen's Church as a Foundation Governor.
The knowledge I have gained from my years as a Governor has enabled me to continue my involvement with the decision making process on how the school is managed and maintained, also supporting other new governors with their own journey of development. Yes, we have to attend meetings but they are flexible and there are training courses available with support from the head and the staff to improve our knowledge and gain better skills to become better Governors.
Coming from a non-school background having previously worked in the wallpaper industry. 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 a 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 fifteen 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, SEND 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 15 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- Foundation Governor
I have been a member of the governing body since 2004. I was elected as a parent governor whilst my daughters were pupils here at Witton Church Walk, hard to believe how the time has flown with both daughters now at university. I was Chair of Governors from June 2010 to October 2016, a role which I was honoured to hold and which I found extremely rewarding. As my term of office as a parent governor came to an end I was invited to stay as an associate member, so that I could continue to contribute my skills and experience to help our school. In March 2020 I was appointed as a Foundation Governor and in June 2021 I was re-elected as Chair of Governors.
Throughout my years as a Governor I have seen our school grow and develop. The school has strong Christian ethos at its core and values every child equally recognising that everyone has different strengths and our role as a school is to ensure for every child ‘every door is opened and every gift is unlocked’. The focus is on ‘everyday excellence’ in teaching and learning as well as on the development of lifelong attributes in our children such as resilience, self-belief, and the importance of helping and supporting each other and our community.
In my work life I am a children’s librarian and have experience of working in local government which has meant that I have relevant skills and experience which I can bring to my role as a school governor. I am fortunate that as a part time worker I can devote a lot of time to helping in school and carrying out my governor role. I enjoy attending events, training, special celebrations and worship, but most of all I love working with the children, I help with the school library, with gardening activities and on school’s eco-council which I have been part of since it began.
Graham Sheen – 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.
Edward Williams - Associate 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.
Ruth Cannon (Chair of Governors) – Foundation Governor
I was delighted to be invited to fill a vacancy as a Foundation Governor in February 2017. I have been involved with Witton Church Walk since September 2006 when my eldest son began his education here. I have two boys who both went through Witton Church Walk from Nursery through to the end of Y6 before moving on to their high school education.
I was fortunate enough to be able to graduate from university with a combined Honours degree in Education, Theology and English. This has proved to be a very useful background for all the voluntary work I do within the school. I am now a Company Director in my husband’s company which allows me to be flexible enough to devote the time required to my role as Governor.
I am lucky enough to be able to spend time in school, particularly focusing on reading with children in Reception. I am also actively involved with the PTA having held the roles of Secretary and Chair – though not both at the same time! I remain connected to the PTA and continue to help where needed. I am a committed Christian and regularly worship at St Helen’s Church.
I am passionate about education and believe that all children should be given a wide range of opportunities, both academic and extra-curricular, within their school life. I look forward to continuing to develop my role and relish the opportunity to both support and challenge.
Ioana McGreavy - Parent Governor
I have been a parent governor since Autumn 2019. I'm originally from Romania and I have two children at Witton Church Walk. I co-lead Bethel Church Northwich, in partnership with my husband.
I deeply value the opportunity to work together with the other governors at enhancing the potential for all of our children to develop, to give them the best possible start for their future lives, and supporting our school in going from strength to strength in every area.
Holding a degree in education as well as in theology, I care deeply about the standard of education our children receive. Alongside providing a good education for our children, I am passionate about children being well-rounded individuals in the community by giving time to their emotional, spiritual and relational development.
Paula Harrop - Parent Governor
This is my first year as parent governor, I was interested to become parent governor after my eldest daughter went onto to become Head Girl in year 6, her passion, commitment and love of the school brought back very fond memories as I attended Witton church walk myself, and it has been apart of my family for many years, as well as the connections with St Helens church. I am a Christian and both my daughters were baptised at St Helens church.
My youngest Daughter still attends Witton Church walk.
Having this opportunity to work together with the other governors and support the school I value greatly, I care about the standards of education and the wide range of opportunities given to the children, whatever their background.
I work for my partner looking after his very successful business, and this allows me to be flexible to give time to my role as a governor. I am also studying in teaching and being able to volunteer at the school I am passionate about.