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Governor Information

Declaration of Business/Personal Interests

One Governor is related to a member of staff.

Governing Body

As a Governing Body, our purpose is to work in partnership with the school leadership team to manage the school. We take great pride in our school and share an authentic desire to achieve the best for all in our school community; children, their families and our staff.

The full Governing Body meets at least once every term and staff, parents and carers and interested members of the public are welcome to attend. We ask that you give us advance notice if you wish to attend as we may need to move to a larger room for the meeting.

Please contact school for dates of the meetings.

In addition to the full Governing Body meetings, much of the work is done in sub groups or committees and they meet on a regular basis.

Teaching and Learning
Deals with the curriculum and curriculum related issues.

Deals with the premises and budget. We seek to achieve best value and best provision within our budget. Prudent financial management means that we are in a stable financial position.

Deals with the appointment of staff and all issues related to their employment.

Each committee reviews the policies as included in their individual remits. All policies are available for anyone who wishes to read them. The minutes of all meetings, once agreed are published and are also available to anyone who wishes to read them.

All our governors are volunteers and do not claim expenses incurred during their work as members of the Governing Body.

We are fortunate to have a group of people willing to share their professional expertise and wisdom to challenge where necessary and also to support the staff. The role demands a significant time commitment but we consider it a privilege to join with the staff in providing such an outstanding environment for all the pupils. Governors also regularly attend local authority training and development sessions which enables them to fulfill their role to their best of their ability with the most up to date knowledge and training.

As a school we buy into the local authority governor support services. This includes a clerk who provides vital and efficient support.

The Chair of Governors can be contacted via the school office and will always meet with parents or carers when requested.

More information about the role and work of a school governor can be found on this Stockport Local Authority website link.

Governor Profiles

  • Sally King - Chair of Governors

    Co-opted governor appointed by the Governing Board
    Term of office: 01 Jan 2019 – 31 Dec 2022

    • Teaching and Learning
    • Staffing
    • Resources
    • Good Governance Group

    Other responsibilities:

    • Linked governor for English, SEND, Safeguarding
    • School Inspection Advisor
    • Head Teacher’s performance management

    I have been involved with Romiley Primary School for over 20 years. All 3 of my children were pupils, they had a wonderful start to their formal education and began a lifelong love of learning.

    Being a Governor enables me to put something back into the school community which has played a significant role in the life of my family.

    As a Speech and Language Therapist I am passionate about communication and speech and language acquisition and development. It is important that each child is able to access all areas of the curriculum and reach their full potential whilst at Romiley Primary School.

  • Steven Horne BSc, ACA - Vice Chair of Governors

    Co-opted Governor appointed by the Governing Board
    Term of office: 01 Jan 2019 – 31 Dec 2022

    • Staffing
    • Resources
    • Good Governance Group

    Other responsibilities:

    • Chair of Resources Committee
    • Linked governor for Numeracy, Safeguarding, Art, Assessment, Pupil Premium
    • School Inspection Advisor
    • Head Teacher’s performance management

    It has been my privilege to be a Governor at Romiley Primary School since 2009. My 3 daughters have all loved their time at Romiley and have received an excellent education in a caring and nurturing environment.

    My aim as a Governor is to support the staff as they continue their excellent work educating the whole child and to ensure Romiley Primary School continues the journey to outstanding.

    As a retired Chartered Accountant and Group Finance Director, I understand the financial constraints placed upon the school and the performance criteria upon which it is to be judged.  I have extensive recruitment and staff relations experience and most importantly, the time to devote to the demands of this role.

  • Sandra Hibbert

    Co-opted Governor appointed by: The Governing Board

    Term of Office: 24 May 2017 – 23 May 2021


    • Staffing, Resources, Teaching & Learning

    Other responsibilities:

    • Chair of Staffing Committee
    • Link governor for SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities)
    • Link governor for Health and Safety

    Relevant business interests: none

    I am delighted to be given the opportunity to work alongside the Governors, Headteacher and staff of such a wonderful school.

    I recently retired from a long career in education, spanning forty years in mainstream and special school provision. Having qualified as a secondary teacher of French and PE in 1977, I spent several years working in grammar schools and comprehensive schools in the North West of England.  In 1985, I took the decision to pursue a career in special education and joined Castle Hill School in Stockport, where I remained until April 1995.

    I then moved to a school in Manchester, where I spent 5 years as Headteacher of a school for Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD) and challenging behaviour.  In 2000, I also became Associate Headteacher of another MLD school Manchester which was in special measures and I ran the two schools until 2006, when special school reorganisation in Manchester closed both as part of the Inclusion Agenda. Since then, I have been the Headteacher of Manchester Hospital School and Home Teaching Service, a 3-18, multi-site provision for pupils with medical needs, complex mental health issues and autism.

    I have a keen interest in sport, but sadly only as a spectator these days.

  • Nicola Ward

    Co-opted Governor appointed by the Governing Board
    Term of office: 01 Jan 2019 – 31 Dec 2022

    • Chair of Teaching & Learning
    • Good Governance Group

    Other responsibilities: Link governor for Early Years Foundation Stage and Design & Technology.

    From when my son started Romiley Primary School in 2013 I knew that I wanted to be proactively involved in ensuring the school was achieving it’s full potential and providing the best possible education for all its pupils.

    I feel that my personal experience in the public voluntary sector helps me to contribute well to governing body meetings as I try to offer scrutiny and challenge on behalf of the children, parents and the community.

    Professionally I am a local government officer and my background is particularly in policy development.  I am keen to ensure that our school has robust strategic plans to continue to improve its provision and achieve its ambitions.

  • Cathy Moss-Bye

    Associate Governor

    Committees: Teaching and Learning and Development Governor.
    Relevant Business Interests: None
    Other responsibilities: Link governor for History, Geography and Most Able Learners.

    Membership of Other Educational Establishments: Supply teacher in Tameside, Stockport and Greater Manchester and Team Leader & CPD presenter for Eduqas exam board.

    Interests and Experience related to Governors:
    I am a secondary school history teacher, and have worked in many different schools, with children of different backgrounds and abilities, both in the UK and abroad. I spent seven years as Head of History at an Ofsted graded ‘Outstanding’ school in Camberwell, London and whilst there I studied an MA in Education focusing on education systems in other countries and provision for Gifted and Talented pupils.  I also worked for 3 years as a supply teacher in the Australian High school system.

    What made you decide to become a Governor at Romiley Primary School?
    I was a pupil myself at the school and now have two children, a boy and a girl, in the Juniors and Infants, respectively. I therefore wanted to be involved in school life and wanted to support the ethos of the school as being a happy, caring environment where the whole child is developed and every child matters.

  • Gemma Nurcombe

    Parent Governor appointed by parental vote

    Term of Office: 11 May 2017 – 10 May 2020

    Committees: Staffing, Teaching and Learning, Resources

    Link governor for English (shared with Sally King) and Modern Foreign Languages

    Relevant business interests: none

    As a qualified solicitor, my background in law has given me lots of experience of understanding policies and interpreting complicated documents. I have experience across a range of legal areas including recruitment and HR issues as well as Health and Safety and risk assessments.

    When my children started at Romiley Primary School I was keen to use my time and skills to support the school. I love being a volunteer reader with the infants and it has given me a valuable insight into the school.  As a governor I will use my skills to ensure the school continues to provide a high quality all round education for our children.

  • Anthony Woodings

    Term of Office: 25th June 2020 – 24th June 2024

    Committees: Staffing, Resources

    Link governor for TBC

    Relevant business interests: none

  • Jenny Healey

    Term of Office: 25th June 2020 – 24th June 2024

    Committees: Staffing, Teaching & Learning

    Link governor for TBC

    Relevant business interests: none

    I have been a teacher for many years and am currently Head of Maths at a secondary school in Stockport.  I know how much of a difference attending an excellent school and having caring and passionate teachers can make to a child.  It has been a joy to witness this with my two children who love coming to Romiley Primary School each day.  Without exception, all of the staff involved with them over the last 7 years have been wonderful. 

    I am pleased to have been given the opportunity to give something back to the school.  I want to help ensure it continues to develop and nurture each and every child whilst providing a well-balanced and broad curriculum

  • Cath Pierce

    Associate Governor


    • Staffing, Teaching & Learning.
    • Relevant Business Interests: None

    Other responsibilities: Link governor for PSHE, PE & Wellbeing.

    I have two children at Romiley Primary School and I am committed to ensuring that all children get the best out of their time at Romiley Primary.  I believe it is essential that each child not only receives a high standard of education but that they are also seen as an individual, and the whole wellbeing of the child is provided for.  I am honoured to be involved in the development of the school and contribute to the community in which I both live and work.

  • Will Drain

    Associate Governor
    Term of office: 10 Oct 2018 – 09 Oct 2022

    • Staffing
    • Relevant Business Interests: Parents own ’The Music Man’ business which provides maintenance and repair of school brass band instruments.

    I am ordained in the Church of England as a Priest and am currently serving as the curate for St Chad’s church in Romiley. Prior to ordination I was a secondary school teacher for ten years, during which time I taught Design & Technology, ICT & Computer Science, Music, and Careers/Citizenship. I was also a head of year which involved overseeing pastoral care, along with attainment, behaviour and attendance. I believe the skills and experience I have gained both within my teaching career and as an ordained minister are useful to bring to the governing board of Romiley Primary School.

    I really value the learning experiences that children receive within the school community and those beyond in the wider community. I love the way that Romiley Primary School engages with the wider community and the opportunities that the children are given to learn beyond the classroom. As a governor I will use my skills to ensure that the school continues to provide high quality, holistic education for all its children.

  • Ben Clarke

    Staff Governor appointed by: Staff vote
    Term of Office: 01 Nov 2020 – 31 Oct.2024

    • Teaching and Learning
    • Good Governance Group

    I have worked as a teacher at Romiley Primary School since 2019. I am currently a year 4 teacher having previously worked in year 1. This has enabled me to gain greater knowledge of the key stage 1 and 2 programmes of study and how they are delivered in school.

    I strongly believe that children should be treated as individuals within a happy, secure environment whilst experiencing a broad and exciting curriculum. I am enthusiastic about the creative arts and in particular music as they give children the opportunity to develop different skills.

    My role as staff governor is to help to ensure that Romiley Primary continues to provide an engaging and inclusive curriculum for all. Furthermore, I feel that I will be able to provide a link between staff and governors through giving an insight into the inspiring teaching that takes place at Romiley.

  • Mel Oxer

    Support Staff Governor appointed by: Staff vote
    Term of office: 25th June 2020 – 24th June 2024

    Committees: Teaching & Learning

    I have worked as a teaching assistant at Romiley Primary School since 2012. During this time I have worked closely with staff and children across the age range, from Nursery to Year 6.

    My passion is to ensure children continue to experience and enjoy the wider curriculum in school, including outdoor learning activities, Forest School and food technology. In addition to this I lead and mentor the School Sports Ambassadors who enable our children to access structured lunchtime activities.

    As a Support Staff Governor, I have the personal experience and knowledge to allow me to represent the views of staff and children at governing board meetings, ensuring the best outcomes for all.

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