A visionary team to support a visionary school
The new Governance team at Eaton Primary includes national EdTech leaders as well as individuals with a strong background in safeguarding and change management.
We have deliberately set out to create a governing body which can help support the development of 21st Century teaching and learning whilst ensuring a safe and responsive environment in which our children can thrive.
The structure from April 2019 will mean that there are fewer committees and a greater focus on parental feedback and outcome data. To support this ambition we will be moving our entire governance process online and creating new ways for parents to engage with us more regularly. This will include us sharing news on the Digital Transformation case study we are running with the DfE and updates from our strategic delivery partners Discovery Education, Microsoft and Hewlett Packard.
We will ensure that our Governing Board is made up from parents, local people with skills in safeguarding and diversity together with leaders who understanding how outstanding schools are managed, and how technology can help improve pupil attainment.
Structure of the governing body 2020-2021
The Full Governing Board meets once every term and there are also four different Committees: Leadership, Management and Governance, Teaching and Learning, Finance and Building Maintenance who meet once a term.
Chair of Governors
Sean Gardner. Co-opted.
Clare Baghurst. Parent.
Andrew Davies. Member of all Committees.
Hannah Handley. Staff.
Henri Grice. LA.
Seb Kramer. Co-opted.
Paul Healey. Co-opted.
Lucinda France-Hayhurst. Co-opted.
Claire Fox. Co-opted.
Sarah Harris-Morton. Co-opted.
Daniel Porter-Jones. Parent.
Lorraine Skellon. Associate.
Sean Gardner – Chair of Governors
Sean Gardner is the founder of Gluu, a business which identifies pockets of outstanding EdTech practice in schools which are not shared with others – solutions which could both reduce teacher workload and improve pupil outcomes. Often, these solutions have been in place for an extended period, and are evidenced. The gap is that the education sector lacks a mechanism by which school-led innovation can be identified, nurtured and scaled.
Gluu aims to address this by taking 'start up' businesses within schools and expanding them to 'scale ups' in partnership with internaional education brands such as Microsoft, Britannica and Hewlett Packard and the UK's leading EdTech school, Shireland Collegiate Academy. In so doing Gluu makes the best digital teaching innovations available to schools both in the UK and internationally.
Sean is highly experienced in early stage businesses in a variety of high growth consumer verticals, Sean has won 27 marketing and industry awards, including a BETT Award for Teaching and Learning in 2017. He is particularly skilled in developing online businesses and his most recent experience prior to Gluu was as the Founder and CEO of Tute.com, an international online teaching company.
He is a Fellow of the RSA, a Trustee and Director for Abbey Gate College, plus the founder and Trustee of Trauma Response Network, a national charity supporting victims of mass trauma. He is a Non-Exec Advisor to Monva, an early stage next generation finance comparison site.
Clare Baghurst – Vice Chair
Clare joined the Eaton governing body as a parent governor in December 2018 to learn more about the lovely school her two children attend and become actively involved in decisions around its future success and development. She feels privileged to be part of such a dedicated, hard working team of staff and volunteers.
Clare's background is in administration and project coordination and she currently runs a business with her husband. She hopes that her skills and experience will allow her to support and challenge the decisions being taken, in the very best interests of all the children who come to Eaton so they can flourish in a happy, inclusive environment.
Member of all Committees
Andrew has been the Executive Headteacher at Eaton and Tarvin since March 2019 and Headteacher of Tarvin Primary School since 2010 having joined as Assistant Head and Year 6 teacher in September 2008. He is a Director of Tarvin Pre-School Nursery, has served as a Governor at Tarporley High School, and has also previously been the chair of the local headteachers group; Strategic board member of the CLTA teaching school, and held a seat on the CWAPH executive committee. He has taught in three local authorities.
Hannah is currently in her 6th year teaching at Eaton Primary School. She has been a class teacher in Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 and has taught interventions in Years 5 and 6. She currently leads science and religious education. She has been a staff governor for a year.
Prior to teaching at Eaton, Hannah taught in three different primary schools in France and taught both children and adults in Spain. She is originally from Yorkshire but moved to Chester to study French and Spanish at University before completing her PGCE to become a teacher. Hannah is looking forward to becoming a mum in 2020 and enjoys baking, gardening and walking her dog.
Henri has been a local authority governor at Eaton since 2013. The reason she wanted to be a governor is because she is passionate about education. She wants to be a critical friend to the school. Her area of responsibility for the academic year 2020/21 is history and geography.
Her background is mainly in science having worked as a research scientist after university and then in chemical sales. Next she completed her post graduate certificate in education and taught chemistry in a number of schools including locally at Tarporley High and Sandbach Girls. From 2001 to 2016 she worked in the advisory service for CWAC and then for it's traded service Edsential.
She now runs her own education consultancy business and a wellbeing and sports therapy business. She is a member of Weaver Valley cycling club and also enjoys running.
Seb was appointed and joined the Eaton governing body as a parent governor in July 2019. His son and daughter both attend the school.
His background is in law, compliance, regulation and litigation. He is pleased to have joined a dedicated governing body committed to continually improving outcomes for children. He will be particularly focussed on helping the body demonstrate its understanding of - and compliance with - its statutory duties.
Paul was appointed as a community governor in 2011 (guessing a bit here...). Living in Eaton, he have been a secondary/tertiary mathematics teacher (though mainly retired now) for 41 years. Currently he is assistant principal examiner for one of the A level specifications; he is also lead marker for the GCSE Maths National Reference Test and volunteers in various roles for the UK Mathematics Trust, helping run competitions and mentoring students. As well as a knowledge of education gained as a practitioner and manager during his career, he has also gained a valuable insight from his role as the county district secretary of one of the major teaching unions. An ability to add up qualifies him to be chair of the Finance sub committee!
Lucinda France-Hayhurst is a barrister on the Northern circuit. Her day-to-day work involves active scrutiny of local authority care planning for both children and vulnerable adults. She is also experienced in family and court of protection matters with a financial complexion. The nature of the work she undertakes demands a broad awareness of local authority practices and procedures, particularly with regard to safeguarding.
With three small boys who we anticipate will see their way through a primary education at Eaton, Lucinda is committed to helping the school perform to its highest potential and to ensuring that regulatory and statutory compliance is maintained in the management of the school.
Claire became a school governor in the summer term of 2017. She lives in Eaton directly opposite the school and can hear lots of fun things going on from her garden in the summer months and wanted to get involved!
She has 2 grown up children who both went to playgroup and school in Tarporley. During their younger days, she was on the committee of the Done room Playgroup and actively involved in planning events and fund raising.
She currently works for the mental health charity Mind at a small drop in centre in Winsford where she works with an interesting and diverse group of people. Prior to this, she spent many years working in learning disability services for Cheshire East Council and Cheshire County Council. Although she have worked mainly with adults, she feels that the knowledge and skills she has learnt over the years are transferrable and she is passionate about social inclusion, celebrating people's differences and challenging prejudices and discrimination.
Sarah has been a member of the governing body since January 2020. She has been a primary school teacher for 11 years and prior to that worked for The Princes Trust and The Youth Offending Service. Sarah has mainly worked in Early Years and is also a qualified SENDCo and has a Masters in Special Educational Needs. Sarah has previously served as a staff governor at a different primary school.
Sarah is currently taking a break from teaching to focus on her young family but is excited by the opportunity to apply her experience and passion for education in her role as governor. Sarah lives in the local area and is very keen for her child to attend Eaton Primary School when he is of school age. In addition to being a full time mum, Sarah also enjoys exercising and is proud to have completed all of the PE with Joe Wicks' workouts! She also enjoys crafting and sewing.
Daniel joined the Eaton governing body as a parent governor in October 2019. He wanted to become more involved in the educational experience of his two children, contribute to the decision making process to drive the school forward and help every child fulfil their potential to learn to love to learn. He is also keen to explore ways in which the school can become more engaged in the local community.
Daniel currently works at Manchester International Festival as a Philanthropy Manager. He has worked in the higher education sector across England and Wales in alumni and development roles since 2005 until moving into the arts in 2017. With extensive experience of funding, charitable organisations and partnership working across public sectors, he is excited to apply this experience to his role to support the school.
Lorraine joined Eaton in September 2019 as Head of School. Prior to that she was Assistant Head at Tarvin Primary School and Deputy Head at a school in Northwich. She has lived and studied in both France and Germany and had a career in Videoconferencing prior to starting her teaching career in 2004.
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