Welcome to the School Governors’ section of the website. We hope these pages will provide some insight into who we are and what we do.
Parents’ Survey 2017
Click here to read a letter from Richard Reece, Chair of Governors, regarding this year’s Parents’ Survey, and to view the survey results.
Who we are
The governing body comprises teachers and other staff, parents, members of the community and local authority representatives. Most governors serve fixed terms.
From time to time vacancies arise. If you are interested in becoming a school governor, please contact the head teacher for more information.
What we do
School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and other staff. Governors hold the main responsibility for finance in schools. They work closely with the head teacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.
Each governor sits on one or more committees as well as the full governing body; each committee is concerned with a different aspect of running the school. The committees are:-
- The Steering Committee (responsible for setting the committees’ agendas)
- The Resources Committee (concerned with matters relating to finance, staffing and premises)
- The Curriculum and Standards Committee (concerned with learning and achievement, and matters relating to the curriculum)
- The Pay Committee (responsible for staff performance appraisal and remuneration)
- The Joint Committee (discussing matters of common interest with governors from the Infant School)
- The Head Teacher’s Performance Committee (responsible for the head teacher’s performance appraisal)
How often we meet
Each committee, plus the full governing body, meets once a term.
The full governing body meetings are open to observers, so you’re very welcome to attend to see at first hand what we do. You can read the minutes of our previous meetings here…
- Spring Term 2014 meeting
- Summer Term 2014 meeting
- Autumn Term 2014 meeting
- Spring Term 2015 meeting
- Summer Term 2015 meeting
- Autumn Term 2015 meeting
- Spring Term 2016 meeting
- Summer Term 2016 meeting
- Autumn Term 2016 meeting
- Spring Term 2017 meeting
- Summer Term 2017 meeting
- Autumn Term 2017 meeting
Our next full governing body meeting will be on Wednesday, 11th July 2018, at 6pm in the Junior School. If you’d like to attend, please contact the school office at least seven days prior to the meeting.
Meet your governors
Richard Reece (Co-opted Governor and Chair of the Full Governing Body, responsible for S.E.N.)
I joined the governing body in 2013 and became Chair in 2014. I’m Professor of Molecular Biology and Associate Vice-President for Teaching, Learning and Students at Manchester University. Having two university-aged children, I’m passionate about education and believe strongly that all communities should have good schools. In particular, I’m keen to ensure that all children have a suitable environment and the right encouragement to reach their maximum potential. I’m also Chair of the Pay Committee and sit on the Resources Committee.
Business Interests: None. Financial Interests: None. Governance roles in other schools: Member of the Governing Body of Nevill Road Infant School.
Martin Bush (Co-opted Governor and Vice-Chair of the Full Governing Body)
I have previously had two children at Nevill Road school, who have both now left to go on to Bramhall High School. I run my own marketing consultancy and photography business and I joined the governing body to contribute to the continued success of the school through my skills and experience. I chair the Resources Committee and have been a member of the Governing Body for eight years. Business Interests: Proprietor of In The Picture, marketing consultancy and photography. Financial Interests: None. Governance roles in other schools: None.
Gillian Simm (Co-opted Governor, responsible for Governor Development)
I retired from headship in August 2017, having been a headteacher of three different primary schools, and I now work part time as an education consultant. My current role involves working with school leaders at all levels and I also deliver training for governors on behalf of Tameside Local Authority. I have been a school governor since 1988 on six different school boards. I became a governor at Nevill Road Junior School because I live locally, and I wanted to have the opportunity to use my knowledge and expertise to benefit my local community. I have been a governor at Nevill Road Junior School since October 2015. I am Chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee. Business Interests: I work as an education consultant providing support and training for school leaders. Financial Interests: None. Governance roles in other schools: None.
Sophie Kreitzman (Co-opted Governor)
I was appointed as a co-opted governor in May 2013. My role is to support the school from the community aspect. I sit on the Resources Committee and the Pay Committee. Business Interests: None. Financial Interests: None. Governance roles in other schools: None.
Helen Walters (Co-opted Governor, responsible for Numeracy Learning)
I joined the Governing Body in 2011 because I wanted to understand more about how the school operates and to see if I could help in any way. I have a son and daughter who both went through Nevill Road and are now at Bramhall High School. I’ve particularly enjoyed supporting the head teacher in developing the school so that all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential. I work for Stockport Council in the Economic Development and Regeneration Team. I am Chair of the Joint Committee and sit on the Curriculum and Standards Committee. Business Interests: None. Financial Interests: None. Governance roles in other schools: None.
Linda Holt (Local Authority Governor)
My day job consists of all areas of recruitment, including assessment centres, psychometric testing and competency-based interviewing. I recruit all paid and volunteer positions for the Plaza Theatre in Stockport. I’m also Councillor for Bramhall North, which takes up the bulk of my time.
Marion Ridd (Parent Governor, responsible for Safeguarding)
I was voted in as a parent governor in January 2016. Both of my children have attended Nevill Road and my daughter is now in Year 6. I have been a music teacher for twenty-one years, working in three secondary schools, and have been head of department in two. In the last four years, I have been fortunate to be able to change to primary education on a freelance basis. With such a long-standing background in education I have seen the many changes that have happened over the years and understand too the pressures that schools and teachers find themselves under. I hope to be able to support Nevill Road through the various changes and challenges that the future may bring. Business Interests: None. Financial Interests: None. Governance roles in other schools: None.
I represent the staff at Nevill Road Junior School in my role within the governing body. I joined the school, as a class teacher, in 2015 and since then have taken on the responsibility of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities co-ordinator (SENDCo). Now teaching in year 6, I have a clear understanding of the expectations of all children in school. I am passionate about ensuring we provide the best possible education for our children in a nurturing and welcoming environment and I am committed to helping the school progress. I sit on the Curriculum and Standards Committee. Business Interests: None. Financial Interests: None. Governance roles in other schools: None.
Rita Hesford (Co-opted Governor)
I joined the governing body in January 2017 and became the Development Governor in January 2018. I am also a member of the Resources and Pupil Progress committees and have recently become the PE and Sport link Governor. I am a Physical Education and Sport professional working for Youth Sport Trust and Association for Physical Education and I am a passionate about the impact, which PE and Sport can have to ensure healthy lifestyles for all young people. Business Interests: None. Financial Interests: None. Governance roles in other schools: None.
Nick Kokkinis (Co-opted Governor)
I joined the governing board in September 2016 as a co-opted governor and have extensive experience of education having worked in the past as a teacher and as a professional officer for the National Union of Teachers. I am passionate about providing the best possible educational experience and opportunities for all our children and proud to serve my neighbourhood school. Currently I serve on most of our committees including Pay, Resources, Curriculum and Standards and the Joint committee with the Infant school. I have also taken up the role of Health & Safety governor. Business Interests: None. Financial Interests: None. Governance roles in other schools: None.
Elizabeth Owen (Parent Governor)
I am currently a non-practising solicitor, and part time sewing teacher. I have worked in several large law and accountancy firms, specialising in tax, trusts, and corporate law. My son is currently in year six, and is enjoying his time at Nevill Road Junior School. I became a governor in 2016 as I feel that a good, well rounded primary education gives a child the confidence and self-esteem to achieve their true potential as they go on through education and life. I sit on the Resources Committee. Business Interests: None. Financial Interests: None. Governance roles in other schools: None.
I am a member of the Governing Body in my role as joint Chair of Governors for the infant school and am keen to ensure that the two schools adopt a similar ethos and the transition from the infants to the juniors is a smooth one. I am a Criminal Lawyer and have my own business. As an advocate I want to ensure that the best interests of the children are protected and their voices are heard.
Business Interests: Director of Parkhouse Law Limited. Financial Interests: None. Governance roles in other schools: Joint head of the infant school.