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.
Our governors are:
Mrs Helen Stokes
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
Chair of governors
My name is Claire Knott and I’m the Vice 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
Vice Chair of Governors
My name is Amy Cartwright. 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 Waterthorpe school who have progressed from nursery and are now in Year 2. I am committed to the school and enjoying and sharing my children’s school experience.
Mrs Sara Shaw
My name is Sara Shaw and I am a parent governor at Waterthorpe. I have 2 children one currently at Emmanuel and one at Waterthorpe. 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
My name is Vicky Fitzpatrick, I am a parent governor at Waterthorpe. I have 2 children currently attending Waterthorpe. My son in Y2, and daughter in Y1. 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.
Mr Lee Greenwood
Co-opted ~ Manager at Crystal Peaks
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
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 ~ School Staff & ECO/School Council Leader
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 and a co-opted governor. If you are interested please leave your details with the school office. Our Chair of governors, Mrs Lisa Michie, will then get in touch with you.