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Welcome to Hurdsfield Primary School

Our School Learning Values are: RESPECT, CHALLENGE, REFLECTION, RESILIENCE, ENCOURAGEMENT and GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP because... we are a BRILLIANTLY HAPPY school where only our BEST will do.

Our Governors

Hurdsfield Primary School Governing Board

At Hurdsfield, we have a small and dedicated group of Governors who 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 within a framework of high expectations and challenge for all.


As the board is 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.  The current Governing Body was reconstituted in February 2020.  Governors are a voluntary body of people who guide and support the strategic direction of the school. They are members of the school team and their contribution to the running of the school is highly valued.


School Governing Body

The 'Instrument of Government' states that our school's governing body shall consist of:

  • 2 parent governors
  • 1 local authority governor
  • 1 staff governor
  • 1 headteacher
  • 6 co-opted governors


The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • Set the aims and objectives for the school
  • Set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards the achievement of its aims and objectives
  • Be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)


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 that need further development to continue our journey of improvement.


Tim Haselwood - Chair of Governors (Co-opted Governor)

  • Declared pecuniary interests: Business Director at Tytherington School; Trustee and Governor at the YES Trust
  • Attendance at meetings: -/6 (2021-2022)
  • Term of Office: 4 years (5.2.2020 to 4.2.2024)

"I am a Chartered Accountant who spent most of my professional career with Deloitte specialising in audit, IT consultancy, management accounting and financial controls.  I then spent two years as Business Manager of Hollinhey Primary School in Sutton near Macclesfield and moved to Tytherington School in September 2015 where I am now the Business Director responsible for all the Business aspects of the school.  


I am also a trustee of The Yes Trust (which includes the The Fermain Academy an alternative provision school in Macclesfield), where I chair the Trustees' Finance, HR and Premises Committee.


I am married to Jan and have two grown-up daughters, one who is teaching English in China, a granddaughter, Isabella, who is 8 years old and a grandson Isaac who was born in January 2020.  We live with a lazy golden retriever, 3 alpacas who cut the grass and a wind turbine."


James Cash - Headteacher

  • Declared pecuniary interests: Member of the NAHT Headteachers' Union and eCAPH (East Cheshire Association of Primary Headteachers).
  • Attendance at meetings: -/6 (2021-2022)
  • Term of Office: Ex-Officio by virtue of role.

"As Headteacher of our amazing school, I have the honour of being a member of our schools' Governing Body.  The Governing Body has an important strategic role; setting the vision, aims and ethos of the school and ensuring that we gain the very best educational outcomes for all of its children.  My job is to work with Governors to enact our vision into the day to day running of the school.   


As a father of two primary aged children myself, I am acutely aware of the importance of providing an outstanding primary school experience for all of our children as it provides the foundations for future success and happiness.  I am passionate about ensuring that every child receives nothing short of the best-rounded education set within a framework of high expectations and challenge for all.   Our motto "only our best will do" is used across the school as a means of promoting the highest standards and highest aspirations needed to be successful.  We want to empower our children to have the confidence and skill to achieve their dreams and realise that there is no such thing as "I can't" and that with effort, practice, encouragement, resilience, patience and learning from mistakes, anyone can achieve anything!"


James Shephard (Co-opted Governor)

  • Declared pecuniary interests: None
  • Attendance at meetings: -/6 (2021-2022)
  • Term of Office: 4 years (5.2.2020 to 4.2.2024)

"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!"



Mark Bayley - Vice Chair of Governors (Co-opted Governor)

  • Declared pecuniary interests: Senior member of staff within Cheshire East Council
  • Attendance at meetings: -/6 (2021-2022)
  • Term of Office: 2 years (5.2.2020 to 4.2.2022)

"As a governor at Hurdsfield, I 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 that 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."


Mr Ken Gilliver (Co-Opted Governor)

  • Declared pecuniary interests: None
  • Attendance at meetings: --/6 (2021-2022)
  • Term of Office: 4 years (30.3.2021 to 29.3.2025)


Sarah Leary (Parent Governor)

  • Declared pecuniary interests: A teacher at Hurdsfield School is a friend; current teacher at Holmes Chapel Community Secondary School; exam marker for AQA and member of the NEU teachers' union.
  • Attendance at meetings: -/6 (2021-2022)
  • Term of Office: 4 years (5.2.2020 to 4.2.2024)

"As a parent, a teacher and someone who has lived on Hurdsfield for over 10 years, I am passionate about the children at Hurdsfield getting the best education possible to enable them to be whatever they want to be.  I believe in what the staff at Hurdsfield are aiming to achieve and I admire the way the school strives for excellence in all they do.  The ethos, care and consideration staff give the children make me beam with pride and I want to help and contribute to this as a parent governor.  I hope to be someone who is a critical friend on the governing board who questions with respect, interest and empathy; in order to ensure that the school continues to go from strength to strength.


In my spare time, I enjoy running, spending time with family and friends as well as reading.  When I can I like to watch rugby and I regularly attend HTH Church where I am involved in leading one of the children’s groups.  I love living on Hurdsfield and I want others to be amazed at what we can achieve together!"


Aimee Goonoo (Parent Governor)

  • Declared pecuniary interests: None
  • Attendance at meetings: -/6 (2021-2022)
  • Term of Office: 4 years (5.2.2020 to 4.2.2024)

"As a Parent Governor with two children attending Hurdsfield Primary School, I have many years ahead of parental interest and parent perspective.  I feel the new curriculum and changes to the physical environment of the school are really setting the groundwork for excellence.


I have attended many of the Parent Forum meetings and have previously had an active role within the PTA; helping to raise important extra funding for the school.  My two girls are very happy to go into school, and whilst this is not unusual, my eldest's experience at her very first school before we moved to Macclesfield was not so happy; Hurdsfield Primary School has provided a nurturing supportive environment in which she has begun to flourish, and is providing my youngest with the best start possible. 


As a professional Textile Artist, I have a passion for the arts and practical skills, the additions of Forest School, Yoga and mindfulness at Hurdsfield are very exciting.  In my working life, I have been a jewellery buyer; retail supervisor; credit controller, accounts assistant and was in a partnership for a jewellery and accessories business. Amidst it all, I have always been a Textile Artist and Designer.


Growing up in an army family I attended school in Northern Ireland, Germany, and in several places throughout the UK, which has provided an interesting insight into varying educational practices. 


I am thrilled to be part of the Governing Board for Hurdsfield Primary School to contribute a parents perspective, working towards ensuring that every child has a great and happy start to their education, and the opportunity to build life skills for their future."


Reverand James Gibson (LA Governor)

  • Declared pecuniary interests: None
  • Attendance at meetings: -/6 (2021-2022) 
  • Term of Office: 4 years (20.10.2020 to 19.10.2024)


"I am the Vicar of Holy Trinity Church on Hurdsfield Road. I have lived in Macclesfield for 5 ½ years and love it here. I moved up from Surrey with my wife and 2 kids who are now in High School.


As part of my Vicarly role, I come into the school regularly to help lead assemblies and we enjoy welcoming the school over to the church a few times a year for their celebration services.


I have not always been a Vicar. Before getting ordained I worked as an engineer both in the UK for Rolls Royce and the Environment Agency and overseas for WaterAid. When I am not working, I like to be out and about walking, running or cycling. Every day I am thankful to live in such a lovely part of the country.


I am by no means an expert in education, but I did go to school myself and have 2 kids going through it at the moment, so I have some idea of the opportunities and challenges both students and teachers face. My hope is that I can be of support to both staff and students, encouraging them and helping them be the best they can be."


Sally Brownhill (Staff Governor)

  • Declared pecuniary interests: None
  • Attendance at meetings: -/6 (2021-2020)
  • Term of Office: 4 years (21.10.2020 to 19.10.2024)

    A Brilliantly Happy School Where Only Our Best Will Do!