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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:
The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:
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.
James Shephard - Chair of Governors
"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!"
James Cash - Headteacher
"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!"
Mark Bayley - Co-opted Governor
"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."
Tim Haselwood - Co-opted Governor
"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."
Sarah Leary - Parent Governor
"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
"As a new 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."
Tina Ramsey - Staff Governor
"I have been a member of staff at Hurdsfield Primary School since January 2018 and joined the office team here at the school. My background is in finance and accounting, having worked within a range of administrative roles in different organisations. However, what drew me to apply for the role here at Hurdsfield was the ability to work with a team of professionals and families to make a real difference to the lives of young children.
I am a mum of three teenage boys who I have seen grow up through the education system and I understand the importance of a solid education which sets children up for life. I fully embrace the school's desire to provide nothing short of the best for its children and I enjoy being part of the team which is delivering this vision.
As a member of the office staff, I have regular contact with many of our families and I am the first port of call for all of our parents/carers at school. I feel that I have a unique perspective as to the needs of the school within my role and I am looking forward to offering my views, support and challenge as a member of the schools governing board.
Outside of school I am an avid Formula 1 fan and enjoy supporting Manchester City. As well as this I also enjoy being a mum and watching my sons play lacrosse and take part in their sporting teams."
At Hurdsfield: only our best will do!