A quote from our recent Grandparents' Lunch: "Just letting you all know ... you did an amazing job today at the grandparents meal: food - great! Children's behaviour - great! Most of all what wonderful caring learning environment you all belong to. Thank You!"

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Welcome to Hurdsfield Primary School

Our Behaviour for Learning Code: RESPECT, CHALLENGE, REFLECTION, RESILIENCE, ENCOURAGEMENT and CITIZENSHIP because... At Hurdsfield: only our best will do!

Our Governors

Hurdsfield Primary School and Nursery

Governing Board


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 to work independently as a governance trainer and consultant, until taking up my current role in September 2019 as Head of Governance for the Co-op Multi-Academy Trust. 


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 primary, secondary and special schools, and 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.


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 Hurdsfield the best school it can be.


I have two children, both at university. When I’m not governing or supporting governors I enjoy singing with the Warrington Rock Choir."


James Shephard

"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

"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."

IEB Terms of Reference (May 2019)

Governor Declarations of Interest

Governor Attendance from May 2019 to date

At Hurdsfield: only our best will do!