Wellfield Infant and Nursery School

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Meet the Governors

Please find below a list of our School Governors and some information about them.

 

Doctor Nicky Martins - Chair of Governors
Term of office - 24/02/2020 to 23/02/2024

Committees:-

  • School Effectiveness
  • Pay Committee
  • Finance, Health and Safety and Building Committee

Link Governor:-

  • Teaching and Learning Link Governor

Statement of relevant business and financial interest to WINS:-

  • Nothing to declare

Governor Statement:-

As a mother of two living locally, my two children were very happy young learners at WINS. Both attend secondary school now, but i am indebted to WINS for the individualised care and support that they received that in turn embedded a truly positive attitude in them both at the start of their formal schooling experience. Most importantly, i knew that my children were known, and that their physical and emotional needs were also met by the professional and caring staff at the school. As an experienced secondary teacher, i understand the ever -changing educational landscape, and feel honoured to be able to work with a school that is so dynamic and exciting. The students are central to everything that happens at WINS, and i am honoured to support the school in whatever way i can help facilitate young learners at WINS to succeed and realise their full potential within a respectful environment.

 

Mrs Lynne Farnell - Vice Chair of Governors

Term of office 22.3.21 to 21.3.25

Committees:- ● Parents and Community Committee ● Finance, Health and Safety and Buildings Committee

 

Statement of relevant business and financial interest to WINS:-

  • Nothing to declare 

 

Governor Statement:- My family has been part of the WINS community since 2016. I was honoured to join the Governing body in 2021 to share my expertise gained from working in higher education and the arts as a fundraiser, board member and coach mentor. I bring a skill set of developing and securing funds for transformational education programmes for young people, preparing and analysing complex financial information and extensive decision making at Board

level.  I'm passionate about opening educational and cultural opportunities to all and am committed to championing the supportive, creative, child centred and ambitious ethos that makes WINS such a wonderful learning environment.

 

Cllr Sue Maitland - LA Governor

Term of office 10.10.22 - 09.10.26

Committees:-

  • School Effectiveness Committee

Statement of relevant business and financial interest to WINS:-

  • Nothing to declare

Governor Statement:-

I have worked with children and young people my whole working life, throughout which i have been focused on supporting children and families to reach their full potential. Whilst in the position of district head of centre, for Manchester Sure Start Children's Centres, i became a community governor at Wilbraham Primary school in a bid to assist the school in delivering the best provision for the children and their families in Fallowfield.

Since retiring, in addition to becoming an elected member of Trafford Council, i have taken on many voluntary roles within the community such as developing and delivering a stay and play facility for children and families under five years of age, assisting at the Stretford foodbank and being a Cyril Flint befriender, that is being a friend and support to an elderly disabled person in local community.

I have a keen interest in early years education, and i am always eager to explore new, innovative and exciting ways to improve the learning outcomes of young children.

I will offer dedication and support to the children, families and staff of WINS , as looking after the best interest of young children continues to remain very close to my heart.

 

Mrs Sharon Alderson - Co opted Governor

Term of office - 3.10.21 to 2.10.25

Committees:-

  • Finance, Health and Safety and Buildings
  • School Effectiveness Committee

Link Governor:-

  • SEND Link Governor

Statement of relevant business and financial interest to WINS:-

Member of staff at WINS

Governor Statement:-

I am a co-opted governor at WINS and now a member of staff.

Being a parent, i experienced first hand the nurturing and caring nature of this wonderful school. I became a governor to help support the local community and my local school. WINS provides an outstanding education for our children and fosters strong relationships with children and their parents; as a governor i wish to continue to support the school maintain these relationships. Having previously worked as a scientist i have experience in data analysis and support the school governors in interpreting school performance data.

 

Mrs Tracy London - Co opted Governor

Term of office - 17.11.22 to 16.11.26

Committees:-

  • Parents and Community Committee
  • Safeguarding, Behaviour and Attendance Committee
  • School Effectiveness Committee

Link Governor:-

Safeguarding Link Governor

Governor Statement:-

I have been a Governor at Wellfield Infant and Nursery School since 2010, having developed an interest in supporting the school’s work when my daughter started as a pupil here. My daughter is now in higher education, i remained part of the governing body at WINS where i continue to support the head and staff to lay the best foundations in our children's education. Having previously worked as a police officer in the child protection multi agency referral and assessment unit i had the skillset to be the link governor for safeguarding at the school. As a result of my previous role and other various other voluntary roles i have awareness of the challenges that families can face. Schools now provide more than just education; they have become community hubs, whilst keeping the children at the heart of our school community together with supporting our families in all aspects of parenting. We strive to give our children a safe nurturing environment to flourish. This is why i continue to support WINS.
 


Miss Cathy Graham - Headteacher
Term of office - 1.9.11 onwards

I am now starting my eleventh year as the Headteacher of Wellfield Infant and Nursery School. I have previously held the role of Deputy Headteacher at both Flixton Infant School in Trafford and Wilbraham Primary School in Fallowfield, Manchester. I have also worked for Trafford's School Improvement Service as an Early Years Consultant.

In my role as Headteacher I spend as much time as I possibly can in the classrooms, observing and supporting the teaching and learning and getting to know the children.
This is extremely important to me as it helps to ensure that I have a sound understanding of the quality of the work going on in the school and allows me to ensure that the provision in place for each child enables them to reach their potential. 

I always endeavor to provide the School Governors with as much information as possible about the school including the welfare of the pupils, the quality of teaching and learning and the outcomes for our pupils. The governors' role is crucial in ensuring that the school's Senior Leadership Team have a clear understanding of the school's position and it's priorities as well as supporting them in continuing to drive the school forward. 

As the Headteacher of the school I sit on all of the Governing Body Committees.

Mrs Rose Fairclough - Deputy Headteacher & Co opted Governor
Term of office - 10.10.22 to 9.10.26

I have been a teacher at Wellfield Infants since 2001 and have been a governor for 10 years.
Throughout my time at Wellfield I have taught in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 and have taken on a variety of management roles taking on the responsibility of Deputy Head in 2011.
My passion is music which I feel is an essential element of the curriculum for all children from a very early age. For many years I have run a successful music group for pre-schoolers at Wellfield Infants called  ‘Mini Maestros’ . This is open to children from just a few months old to 4 years. I also run the joint infant and junior choir and am responsible for the music curriculum throughout the school.
Being a governor allows me to have a greater influence and involvement with school decisions and drive the school forwards always striving for excellence.

I am a member of the following Governing Body Committees:-

  • Finance, Health and Safety and Buildings
  • Staffing, Teaching and Learning
  • School Effectiveness (Clerk)
  • Safeguarding, Behaviour and Attendance
  • Parents, Pupils and Community


 


    Ms Clare Gosling - Co opted Governor
    Term of office - 29/09/2020 to 28/09/2024

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     I joined the Governing Body in 2016. 

    After graduating university I qualified as an accountant in Manchester. Since then I've worked for a number of banks and insurance companies as part of their finance teams.
     
    I am now the chief finance officer of Unity Trust Bank - a bank as committed to our social impact as we are to our bottom line.
     
    Both my children have attended Wellfield infants. I chose to become a governor to say thank you for the outstanding experience they have had.
     
    I currently sit on the following committee:-
    Finance, Health and Safety and Buildings (Chair)

    Ms Pam Carraher - Parent Governor

    Term of office - 1.2.21 to 31.1.25

    Committees:- 

    • Parents and Community Committee

    Statement of relevant business and financial interest to WINS:-

    • Nothing to declare

    Governor Statement:-

    I began as a governor over 7 years ago when my son was in the infants and i wanted to give something back to the school and the community, i have an insurance background and have years of experience as a manager and with people and i also volunteer for a local charity so can share these skills and offer support to WINS. The school has given such a wonderful start to not only my child but every single pupil that starts their journey of education at WINS and i am round to support and to be a part of the school.

     

     

     

    Mr David Moodie

    Term of office: 10.10.22 to 9.10.26

    Committees:-
    • Parents and Community Committee
    • Finance, Health and Safety and Building Committee (Chair) 
     
    Statement of relevant business and financial interest to WINS:-
    • Nothing to declare

    Governor Statement:-

    I began my journey with WINS in 2018, initially as a parent governor while my two children attended Wellfield and have since transitioned to a co opted governor as they moved to the Junior school.

    My role is centred on practical governance, leveraging my first hand experience as a parent within the school. My objective is to constructively contribute to the school's strategy and operations, emphasising pragmatic and effective educational outcomes. Additionally, my professional background in business consultancy informs my approach, bringing a unique perspective to the governing body.

     

    Karen Evans - Teaching Assistant/Staff Governor

    Term of Office 4/11/20 to 4/11/24

    Committee:-

    • Parents and Community Committee
    • School Effectiveness Committee

    Statement of relevant business and financial interest to WINS:-

    • Nothing to declare

    Governor Statement:-

    Since arriving at WINS as a higher level teaching assistant over 8 years ago, my passion for making a difference to the children's attainment, safety and most of all enjoyment has been at the forefront of everything i do. In addition to this i am a committed member of the staff team and devote my time and energy into the role of staff governor and am always striving for the best possible outcome for our children, our staff and our outstanding school.

    Being part of the governing team and contributing to the school's vision with the aim of continuously improving the quality of education and to raise standards for all our children is what it means for me in my governing roles.


    GOVERNORS NO LONGER IN POST WHO HAVE SERVED IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS

     

    Mr Muhammed Sultan - Co opted Governor

    Term of office - 07.02.17 - 06.02.21

    I joined the Governing Body in 2017 as a Co-opted Governor to help support the local community and excellent work school does to trim and shape pupils for better future along with ensuring staff training and success.

     

    I have done degree in IT and Finance. I have worked with Fortune 500 companies and I am currently working for Towergate Insurance as an Infrastructure Project Manager.

     

    I currently sit on the following committee:-

    - Finance, Health and Safety and Buildings

     

    Governors that have left

     

    Mr Adam Speers - Co opted Governor

    Term of office: Feb '18 to May '21

    I originally came to Wellfield Infants several years ago when I worked as a Sports Coach, running lunchtime and after school clubs for the children. I then worked at Wellfield Infants as the Manager of the Wishing Well Out of School Club before moving on to a new role elsewhere. I always felt strong ties with the school and wanted to still play a part so offered to support them in the role of School Governor.

    I am a member of the following committee-

    - Parent, Pupils and Community (Clerk)

     

     

    Mr Andrew Western Co opted Governor
    Term of office - 29/09/2020 to 10/10/2022

    I have been a Governor at Wellfield since 2007, currently serving as a Community Governor. I was initially appointed to the school as an LA governor, due to my involvement in local politics.
     
    I became a governor because I’ve always been interested in education policy and practice so it was a natural way for me to explore my interest. 
     
    In my professional life, I am a full time Labour Councillor for Priory Ward and Leader of the Opposition on Trafford Council.
     
     I am a member of the following Governing Body Committees:-

    • Safeguarding, Behaviour and Attendance
    • School Effectiveness
    • Parents, Pupils and Community
    • Pay Review Committee (Clerk)
    • Headteacher's Performance Management

     

     

     

    This is to declare that no employee of the school earns above 100k per annum. 

     

    The link to the schools financial benchmarking service on the government website: 

    https://schools-financial-benchmarking.service.gov.uk/School?urn=106313


    INFORMATION REGARDING THE GOVERNORS' BUSINESS INTERESTS AND ATTENDANCE AT MEETINGS CAN BE FOUND BY SELECTING THE APPROPRIATE DOCUMENT BELOW.
     

     

    If you would like to speak to one of our governors please contact Mrs Johnson in the office on 0161 962 1828 to arrange an appointment

     

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