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Governing Body

The Governing Body have a key role to play in supporting the school. The Body meets regularly during the year and ensures the school is doing everything that is required to ensure the children are kept healthy and safe, are taught well and make progress and are provided with a broad and balanced curriculum. The Governing Body also ensures all legal responsibilities of the school are followed properly and that future plans are clear and well thought out. The Governing Body is also involved with all new school appointments and ensures the school uses its budget effectively too.

The Governing Body are volunteers from the community - some are parents, some are staff, some work within the area and some come from farther afield! They also visit the school outside of more formal meetings and help to evaluate how well the school is doing in supporting the children.

We have reconstituted our Governing Body to meet the needs of the Federation..

We are also now working even more collaboratively with our Cluster - which is named PEGS (Peak Edge Group of Schools). Governors are now meeting with colleagues from other schools to tackle issues together, offer support and find common goals. Initial meetings have made some significant steps towards the common vision of better outcomes for the children.

The Governing Body ensures the school monitors closely all aspects of provision. The Governors support the schools yearly monitoring process. The school carries out a monitoring schedule and detailed evidence, findings and reports are produced. These are published for all Governors to share on the secure area of the Governing Body area of the website. 

Our Governing Body

Staff Governors:

Mr A Parry 

I have been Executive Head teacher at Thornsett since September 2010 and am also Executive Head teacher at Newtown Primary School too. My recent appointments have been in small schools and I understand clearly the many benefits, and also challenges, that result. The collaboration between the two schools has been a very positive experience during the last 12 months. The knowledge, support and passion to improve outcomes the governing body has demonstrated, is a key to providing positive learning experiences for our school community.

Mrs R Belli 

I have a long association with Thornsett Primary School and am Assistant Head teacher. I have much experience in teaching across the whole of the Primary age range and I have a keen interest in Music too.

Mrs C McGuckian

I joined Newtown Primary School in 2013 and teach Year 5/6. In September 2015, I became a governor. I share the role of assistant Headteacher. My role on the governing body helps to represent the staff in school and I am on the Staffing and Standards sub- committee.

Mrs H Petters

I have had a very happy and lengthy association with Thornsett Primary School. As a Higher Level Teaching Assistant I get to spend time not only supporting teachers, but leading learning during the week for all the children. This gives me a real insight into the needs of the children across the school.

Miss J Williams

I am a Higher Level Teaching Assistant and also spend time leading learning in every class at Newtown. Again, this gives me the opportunity to experience the strengths and needs of all the children at Newtown.

Parents Governors:

Mrs A Kendall

I am a parent governor at Thornsett Primary School as well as being the Chair of the Premises and Finance Sub-Committee. I  live in New Mills with my husband and my daughter. I have worked within mental health services in the NHS for the past 12 years in a range of roles including Business Development, Strategic Planning and service development. I am passionate about ensuring that children have a good foundation in primary education to provide them with the greatest opportunity to flourish and achieve their potential.

Mrs R Collins

I live in New Mills with my husband and two children. I have worked as a primary school teacher for 12 years so can bring my enthusiasm and knowledge of my job to this role. So far as governor, I have attended a New Governors course and Ofsted Ready training. I have attended a range of other courses at work including safeguarding.Vacancy from Feb 2017.

Mrs P Pearson

Originally from the West coast of Scotland, I moved to New Mills in 2004, and I love it here. I live with my husband, and two sons who both attend the school. I have worked in learning in Museums and Visitor attractions for 15 years and I am lucky to still learn something new every day. I would like to support the school to inspire a love of learning in every child.


Miss R Bowen

I have recently joined the governing body and have one child at Newtown Primary School, with another due to start in September 2019.


Co-opted Governors:

Mr S Monteath (chair)

I have been a Governor at Newtown since 2008, and been the Chair of the Governing Board and the Standards and Staffing committee since 2013. Our ethos is about helping children to flourish academically, socially and emotionally – and getting that balance right is challenging, but I find it highly rewarding.

Mrs S Woodgate (vice-chair)

I have been a Governor at Newtown since 2002, during my time as a governor I have been both Chair and Vice Chair, and Chaired both sub-committees I am currently the Vice Chair of Governors and Chair the Finance and Premises subcommittee. My background is in education and I have 39 years’ experience in the field and 30 years as a school governor in all phases.  I have a particular interest in SEND and vulnerable groups.

Mr A Barrow (vice-chair)

My name is Alan Barrow, I am married to Sue and we have one grown up son Ian. I was an Electrical Engineer by profession but I am now retired. I am a High Peak Borough Councillor for New Mills East Ward and have been a governor at Thornsett Primary School for some 12 years and Chair for the last 2 years. My interests include working our allotment and helping on my friends farm. If you would like a chat about anything at school give me ring.

Mrs A Clarke

Originally from Norwich, I now live in Hayfield. I have a longstanding interest in education and was a primary school teacher for 25 years prior to taking up my present role in Tameside, as Divisional Secretary for the National Union of Teachers. My current job gives me the opportunity to speak to teachers and headteachers working across a range of educational settings, which provides me with a useful insight into the operation of a variety of schools.

Dr R Webber 

I have a PhD in English Language and Education and have worked as an education adviser for over thirty years in many third-world countries. I am currently working part-time for the European Union on curriculum development in Tajikistan. I have two primary age grandchildren and am eager, through being a Thornsett Governor, to support the development of the very best education system for primary school children in England.

LEA Governor

Dr L O'Keefe

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