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Hurdsfield Primary School and Nursery
At Hurdsfield, we have a small, dedicated and experienced group of Governors who have a wealth of experience in school governance as well as a good understanding of the current educational climate because they have served or are currently serving on governing boards or working within the education sector. They have been appointed by the Department of Education to strengthen school governance and work closely with the Headteacher to build on the many improvements that have been made to date. They are united behind the school's aim of providing nothing short of the best for our children.
As the board is so small, they meet regularly and agenda items cover a range of issues including school finance, leadership and the quality of education our school provides our children.
Each Governor has provided a pen portrait of themselves which they have shared on our website and they are keen to engage with the school and wider community to gather a good understanding of the many areas of strength in our school as well as areas which need further development to continue our journey of improvement.
Ruth Agnew - Chair of Governors
"I first became a governor 15 years ago, as a parent governor, when my son was in Reception. A couple of years later I started working professionally with governors and managed the school governor services for Manchester City Council, Cheshire County Council and then Cheshire East Council. I left the local authority in 2014 and now work independently as a governance trainer and consultant. Before I worked with governors I worked in schools human resources and am a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Since my first governor role in 2004, I have been a governor in eight schools, including previously serving on two interim executive boards, similar to the arrangement in place at Hurdsfield at the moment. I first took up a chair’s role in 2008. As well as my new role at Hurdsfield I am currently chair of a primary academy and a governor in a special school and a secondary school.
I am looking forward to putting my knowledge of schools and experience as a governor to good use in supporting Mr Cash and his team in their ambition to make Hursdfield the best school it can be.
My son is now in his second year of a degree and I also have a daughter in sixth form. When I’m not governing or supporting governors I enjoy singing with the Warrington Rock Choir."
"Since very early in my career, I have always been involved in education and have a strong passion for supporting schools and driving rapid improvement. I started out as a secondary school teacher of ICT, and then swiftly moved into support roles in a number of schools, across the south-east. I am now a senior project manager for Advanced, and I look after the implementation of various MIS software applications at all settings, from nursery through to HE and FE establishments.
I have been governing in schools since the age of 18 and Hurdsfield is the sixth school I have governed at. I am an experienced chair and vice chair and have been involved with many different aspects of school governance over the years.
In my spare time, I enjoy photography, building model cars out of Lego and taking the occasional trip across the pond to the USA. I am very much looking forward to supporting and developing Hurdsfield Primary School; where only the best will do!"
"As a new governor at Hurdsfield, I would want to draw upon my considerable experiences as a senior manager in three schools culminating in holding the position of interim Headteacher in a secondary school serving a challenging local community. For the last 17 years, I have worked for both Cheshire and Cheshire East Local Authorities in a diverse range of roles across education and schools. My passion is to support vulnerable learners and ensuring the right resources are utilised to maximise the outcomes for every learner regardless of their abilities.
As part of my work, I have managed large budgets where savings have been required over several years as well as leading for the Authority on capital investment in schools to meet the demands of school places.
This will be my third governor appointment having recently finished a 4 year period in a primary school so I believe I have the necessary skills and experiences to support the leadership across the school to bring continued success to Hurdsfield School.
I am a sports addict and currently enjoy nothing better than a long cycle ride which involves steep climbs. The Cat and Fiddle is a personal favourite of mine! I am an avid Arsenal fan but maybe less said about that the better."
"I have worked in Primary education for the last 35 years, spending most of the last 19 years as headteacher of a number of Primary Schools, some in challenging circumstances.
I am Ofsted trained and presently work with two schools as School Improvement Partner - one here in Cheshire and the other in Manchester.
In the 1990’s I had the pleasure to work at Hurdsfield myself, initially at the old Junior school and then the amalgamated Primary, this left me with a great affinity for the school and it is, therefore, a pleasure to be a governor."
"I am a member of Cheshire East Council and Congleton Town Council, having previously served as Town Mayor for Congleton.
I am passionate about school governance and currently sit on three other local school governing bodies.
I bring a vast range of school governance experience and look forward to contributing to life at Hurdsfield where ‘only our best will do’!"
At Hurdsfield: only our best will do!