Governor Information


The role of the school governor is demanding but very rewarding and is a good way to give back to your local community.  School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school’s aims and policies.

If you would like to speak with any of our governors please call at the school office with your details and we will arrange for someone to contact you.

Our governing body is constituted of different types of governors, each of whom offer different skills to the governing body.

Governors meet termly for a Full Governing Body Meeting. Meetings are also held regularly to evaluate and plan for school improvement. We have three committees:

  • Steering ~ this covers whole school issues, finance, staffing, premises and health & safety
  • Curriculum ~ this covers all matters relating to the curriculum and pupil progress
  • Pay ~ this covers matters relating to staff performance management and pay

Our governors each have a linked class/year group with whom they maintain contact through emails, letters and visits. Governors also have additional identified responsibilities such as Safeguarding or Special Educational Needs.

Please click here for Governor attendance at meetings.

Our governors are:

Mrs Helen Stokes3  Headteacher My name is Helen Stokes. I am Headteacher of Waterthorpe NI. I have worked at Waterthorpe since 1997 and been Headteacher since 2000. I enjoy my job and have seen children grow up and bring their own children back to our lovely school. I work closely with the other local schools and sit on the Westfield Community Trust Board. I firmly believe that collaboration with other schools and the local community is essential in working to provide the best opportunities we can for all our children.

I have two grown-up sons and two very lively cocker spaniels. In my spare time I enjoy going for long walks in the country, gardening and reading. 

Mrs Claire Knott

IMG-Claire Knott

Parent Governor

 Chair of governors

Responsible for: Safeguarding and looked After Children 


Current Term of office: 4/11/15 to 31/8/19

Current Groups: Parental Engagement and SEND

My name is Claire Knott and I’m the Chair of Governors. I am a parent governor at the school and I have three children; a son and a daughter in Emmanuel and  a daughter who attends Waterthorpe.  I like going out on long walks in the countryside and seeing new places, my favourite places to go are to the zoo or to walk around really old buildings.  I also love cooking.

Mrs Amy Cartwright

Amy Cartwright


 Parent Governor

Vice Chair of Governors

Current Term of office: 11/12/15 to 10/12/19

Current Groups: Reading and Phonics

 My name is Amy Cartwright and I’m the Vice Chair of Governors.  I am 37 years old and live in Waterthorpe. I have lived in this area for over ten years. I work as a Solicitor. I have two children at Emmanuel school who have progressed from Waterthorpe Nursery, through the Infant School and are now in Year 3. I am committed to the school and enjoying and sharing my children’s school experience.

Mrs Sara Shaw

Parent Governor Current Term of office: 26/1/17 to 25/1/21

Current Groups: Pupil Premium and SEND

My name is Sara Shaw and I am a parent governor at Waterthorpe. I have 2 children who are both currently at Emmanuel school.  In my spare time I love to read books and spend time with my family.  I regularly volunteer in school and enjoy hearing the children’s ideas when I am working with them.

Miss Vicky Fitzpatrick Parent Governor Current Term of office: 23/1/17 to 22/1/21

Current Groups: Pupil Premium and SEND

My name is Vicky Fitzpatrick, I am a parent governor at Waterthorpe.  I have a son in Y3, at Emmanuel, and a daughter in Y2 at Waterthorpe. In my spare time I enjoy all types of crafts, especially sewing and design.  I enjoy baking and cake decoration.  I love spending time with my family where we regularly visit the coast.  I am a committed volunteer at the school where I regularly assist with children’s reading.  I love listening to the children and watching them progress. 

Mrs Helen Gray Parent Governor Current Term of office 15/5/18 to 14/5/21
Mr Lee Greenwood

Lee greenwood

Co-opted Governor

Manager at Crystal Peaks

Current Term of office: 1/9/15 to 31/8/19

Current Groups: Reading and Phonics

 I am a governor at Waterthorpe and the Manager of the local shopping Centre at Crystal Peaks. I became a governor at Waterthorpe several years ago and I am also the Chair of the Westfield Community Trust.

I really enjoy working with the school and helping to shape and develop the education of the children. I am in a fortunate position of being able to link the school up with the business community, through my role as Manager at Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre, and to help provide a range of opportunities through my employment role. I regularly visit the school and I enjoy listening to the views of the children through my class governor responsibility.

Mrs Shelly Appleby

Shelly Appleby

Staff Governor

Responsible for: Governor Training


Current Term of office: 1/9/14 to 31/8/18

Current Groups: Reading and Phonics

My name is Shelly Appleby I have worked at Waterthorpe Nursery Infant School since 1996 and for most of that time I have been the staff representative on the governing body. I have taught in all the year groups over the years and currently teach in Year One. I am also the Key Stage One Leader.I have three daughters who I enjoy spending time with. I like to go camping, when the sun shines and like nothing better than sitting in my camping chair reading a good book.

Mrs Suzanne Marriott


Co-opted  Governor Current Term of office: 1/9/15 to 31/8/19

Current Groups: Pupil Premium and SEND

My name is Suzanne Marriott and I have been a School Governor since 2003. I first became involved at Waterthorpe as a parent when my 2 sons attended the school. During this time I was a volunteer then went on to being a student there before becoming a member of staff. During this time both my sons and myself received a lot of support and I became aware of the hard work and commitment of the staff.  I decided I would like to become a School Governor because I wanted to ‘put something back’ into the school and contribute fully in supporting the school in raising standards and improving the education of the children.

We have a vacancy for a Parent Governor, a Local Authority Governor and two Co-opted Governors. If you are interested please leave your details with the school office. Our Chair of governors, Mrs Claire Knott, will then get in touch with you.