Governors

Eaton School’s teamwork extends to the school’s Governing Body.

The Governing Body

• Offers an excellent blend of parental experience and specialist knowledge.

• Are very supportive of the school’s approach and efforts.

• Are closely involved with the development of all school policies.

• Are involved in strategic planning and the financial management of the school.

They meet twice a term as a full governing body (clerked and non-clerked). Parents are always welcome to come along and see for themselves the commitment and effort our Governors devote to the benefit of the children here at Eaton.

Our Governors discharge their responsibilities diligently acting together to ensure that Eaton Primary School meets its legal requirements in a manner consistent with our Guiding Principles. Our Governors are always willing to listen to all members of the school community.

 

Julie O’Shea, Chair of the Governing Board, also Chair of Leadership & Management, and a member of Finance, Teaching & Learning, and Good Governance Committees.

 

Jan Freeman, Vice Chair of the Governing Board, also Chair of Teaching & Learning, Good Governance and a member of Leadership & Management Committees.

 

Nikki Duffell, Head Teacher, also a member of Leadership & Management, Teaching & Learning and Finance Committees.

 

The Full Governing Board meets once every half term and there are also four different Committees: Leadership and Management, Teaching and Learning, Finance and Good Governance who meet once a term. We currently have a fifth committee this is linked to the potential school expansion plans.

 

Parent Governors

Andy Hallows

Parent Governor

I was born in Manchester and began my career as a draughtsman. Currently, I am Director of Operations and Company Secretary, for a company supplying the welding industry, a company I have been with for 27 years.

I have four children, two grandchildren, my youngest two children attend Eaton Primary. My personal interests are football and golf.

I have enjoyed an active role with school PTA's past and present. I see my position as Parent Governor as an extension to this and an opportunity to assist in the continued growth and development of an 'Outstanding' primary school.

Curriculum Link Governor ICT and MFL, meet termly.

Current term of office 7th May 2014 – 6th May 2018

Member of Leadership & Management Committee. Meeting Attendance2015-2016 1/1

Full Governors Meeting 2015-2016 Attendance 0/1

Disclosure of conflict/pecuniary interest – Completed.

 

Philip Hodgson

Parent Governor

Pen Portrait Pending

Curriculum Link Governor MFL, meet termly.

Current term of office 19th November 2013 – 18th November 2017

Member of the Finance Committee. Meeting Attendance 2015-2016 N/A For Autumn 1

Member of Teaching & Learning Committee. Meeting Attendance 2015-2016 1/1

Full Governors Meeting 2015-2016 Attendance N/A for Autumn 1

Disclosure of conflict/pecuniary interest – Pending.

 

James Strachan

Parent Governor

I am married with three young children; Vincent, Ava and Francesca. Vincent attends Eaton and has just started year 2 whilst Ava has just begun her journey at Eaton in reception.

I am a professional Project Engineer currently working in the automotive sector for Bentley Motors. Previous to that I spent 14 years working at Shell Research.

Eaton is an outstanding school and a fantastic place for children to learn and develop. I became a parent governor to make a positive difference to the lives of our children, to support the community and to provide critical challenge and support to the leadership team so that we can achieve the goal of driving standards even higher.

Curriculum Link Governor DT and PE, meet termly.

Current term of office 19th November 2013 – 18th November 2017

Member of Teaching & Learning Committee. Meeting Attendance 2015-2016 1/1

Member of Good Governance Committee. Meeting Attendance 2015-2016 1/1

Full Governors Meeting 2015-2016 Attendance 1/1

Disclosure of conflict/pecuniary interest – Completed.

 

LA Governor

Henrietta Grice

LA Governor Lib Dem

 I have been a local authority governor at Eaton for a few years. Currently I am on the teaching and learning and good governance committees and have a link role to science.

The reason I wanted to be a governor was because I am passionate about education. I wanted to be a critical friend to the school and help them maintain their outstanding OFSTED.

My background is mainly in science having worked as a research scientist after university and then in chemical sales. Next I completed my post graduate certificate in Education and taught chemistry in a number of schools including locally at Tarporley High and Sandbach Girls.

My current position is as an education advisor with Quality Learning Partners, part of the local authority. I also run a wellbeing and sports therapy business.

I am a member of Weaver Valley cycling club and also enjoy running.

Curriculum Link Governor Science, meet termly.

Current term of office 7th March 2013 – 6th March 2017

Member of the Teaching & Learning Committee. Meeting Attendance 2015-2016 1/1

Member of the Good Governance Committee. Meeting Attendance 2015-2016 0/1

Full Governors Meeting 2015-2016 Attendance 1/1

Disclosure of conflict/pecuniary interest – Completed.

 

Co-Opted Governors

Jan Freeman Vice Chair of the Governing Board

Co-Opted Governor

A governor since 2006 I am currently Vice Chair, and, Chair of the Teaching and Learning and Good Governance committees and also a member of the Leadership and Management committee.

Having spent my working life as a teacher I became a governor because I wanted to continue to maintain contact with children in a learning environment. My years of experience teaching in high schools in Cheshire, Yorkshire, Birmingham, New York and Hong Kong have given me a broad understanding of education and I wanted to be able to use this knowledge for the benefit of the present generation of school children. My areas of expertise lie in sport, geography, personal and social education and counselling. I also have qualifications in T.E.F.L. (teaching English as a foreign language.) My final teaching post was as Deputy Principal at a British International School in Hong Kong.

Outside school I was a Samaritan volunteer, a charity worker for Oxfam and a marriage and personal counsellor for an organisation akin to the U.K.’s Relate counselling service.

Since returning to U.K. in 2001 I have lived in Eaton with my husband John where we are both active in the life of the community.

Curriculum Link Governor English and Humanities, meet half termly and termly respectively.

Current term of office 6th May 2015 – 5th May 2019

Chair of the Teaching & Learning Committee. Meeting Attendance 2015-2016 1/1

Chair of the Good Governance Committee. Meeting Attendance 2015-2016 1/1

Member of the Leadership & Management Committee. Meeting Attendance2015-2016 1/1

Full Governors Meeting 2015-2016 Attendance 1/1

Disclosure of conflict/pecuniary interest – Completed.

 

Paul Healey

Co-Opted Governor

"I was appointed as a community governor in 2011 (guessing a bit here...).   Living in Eaton, I have been a Mathematics teacher (though mainly retired now) for 37 years.  As well as a knowledge of education gained as a practitioner and manager during my career, I have also gained a valuable insight from my role as the county district secretary of one of the major teaching unions.  An ability to add up qualifies me to be chair of the Finance sub committee!"

Curriculum Link Governor Mathematics, meet half termly.

Current term of office 6th May 2015 – 5th May 2019

Chair of The Finance Committee. Meeting Attendance 2015-2016 1/1

Member of Teaching & Learning Committee. Meeting Attendance 2015-2016 1/1

Member of Good Governance Committee. Meeting Attendance 2015-2016 1/1

Full Governors Meeting 2015-2016 Attendance 1/1

Disclosure of conflict/pecuniary interest – Completed.

 

Joe O’Connor

Co-Opted Governor

“As former member of HM forces in the Corps of Royal Engineers and the Special Air Service I am passionate about the welfare of military personnel and their families after they leave the military. This was the driving force behind me founding the charity Sanctuary for Veterans, soon-to-be Transformation for Veterans.

 Since leaving the military I have accomplished the qualification of Professional Financial adviser, an internationally recognised inspirational speaker and a fully certified Trainer of NLP, Hypnosis and Master practitioner Timeline therapy. 

I regularly use these skills and experience to be an effective Governor on our Governing Board team.”

Curriculum Link Governor SEND/Inclusion, meet termly.

Current term of office 6th May 2015 – 5th May 2019

Member of the Leadership & Management Committee. Meeting Attendance 2015-2016 0/1

Member of the Finance Committee. Meeting Attendance 2015-2016 0/1

Full Governors Meeting 2015-2016 Attendance 1/1

Disclosure of conflict/pecuniary interest – Completed

 

Julie O’Shea Chair of the Governing Board

Co-Opted Governor

I became a community governor at Eaton in 2010. I am currently the Chair of Governors, a role that I have held for the last two years having been Vice Chair prior to that. I am Chair of the Leadership and Management committee and I sit on all of our committees.

I am married with three children, the youngest who is in Year 5. I am also a Parish Councillor, I feel this has huge benefits for the school and the community with projects like the youth club and the new play and games area. This project is one I have been involved in and is an excellent example of a jointly beneficial venture.

My background is design based having studied fashion; I work in the clothing industry designing garments for many high street retailers. I have vast experience of working with retailers and manufacturers worldwide and both UK and offshore production.

I became a governor because I firmly believe every child deserves the best possible outcome, to be the best they can be, and reach their full potential.

Curriculum Link Governor EYFS and Arts including Music, meet half termly and termly respectively.

Current term of office 6th May 2015 – 5th May 2019

Chair of Leadership & Management Committee. Meeting Attendance 2015-2016 1/1

Member of the Teaching & Learning Committee. Meeting Attendance 2015-2016 1/

Member of the Good Governance Committee. Meeting Attendance 2015-2016 1/1

Member of the Finance Committee. Meeting Attendance 2015-2016 1/1

Full Governors Meeting 2015-2016 Attendance 1/1

Disclosure of conflict/pecuniary interest – Completed

 

Staff Governors

 

Nikki Duffell

Staff Governor and Head Teacher

I was appointed as Acting Head Teacher in the Autumn Term of 2016.  I have previously been a staff Governor and enjoy many roles within Eaton Primary School. As Deputy Head teacher I support the Head teacher in all aspects of school management and day to day life. I have taught all year groups across the school, primarily in the Foundation Stage Class. Every day is as exciting as the next and different from the day before. Eaton is an amazing place. My own children were fortunate to attend the school and I thrive on being a part of its community and all it offers for our children and families.

Current term of office 22nd October 2014 – 21 October 2018

Member of the Leadership & Management Committee. Meeting Attendance 2015-2016 1/1

Member of the Finance Committee. Meeting Attendance 2015-2016 1/1

Member of Teaching & Learning Committee. Meeting Attendance 2015-2016 1/1

Full Governors Meeting 2015-2016 Attendance 1/1

Disclosure of conflict/pecuniary interest – Completed

 

Rachel Welch

 Co-Opted Staff Governor and Deputy Head Teacher

I am the Acting Deputy Head Teacher at Eaton Primary School and have taught the Year 3&4 and the Year 5&6 classes. I decided to take on the role as a Staff Governor as I believe it is important to represent staff at the Governor Meetings, offer advice and information to the Governors from the view point of a teacher, provide feedback to the staff and raise any questions or concerns they may have. As a teacher at the school I am able to see the valuable work that the Governors do, and am proud to be member of the Governing Body.  

Current term of office 6th May 2015 – 5th May 2019

Member of Teaching & Learning Committee. Meeting Attendance 2015-2016 1/1

Full Governors Meeting 2015-2016 Attendance 1/1

Disclosure of conflict/pecuniary interest – Completed