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Meet the Governors

Joan Ryan

My name is Joan Ryan and I am a Foundation Governor

I have spent over 40 years working in the industry, health, local government, environmental, charity and not-for-profit sectors in various roles working up to the positions of Director and/or Chief Executive Officer. I have also been a Non-Executive Director of small local charities/not-for-profit organisations as well as spending 12 years as a Non-Executive Director of a local social housing organisation and 7 years as a Governor at Tameside College.

I was recruited to be a governor as part of a local drive to get business skills into schools and as my Grandson was a pupil at St George’s I was more than happy to respond to a request to join the Full Governing Board. I feel it is a great privilege to bring my skills and experience to the education sector and particularly as I am now involved with a primary school where the seeds for the foundation of excellence are sown so that our pupils achieve all that they can in their educational development.

Barbara Hollington

Hello - my name is Barbara Hollington and I am a foundation Governor. I am very proud to be a Governor of St George's School because of its educational standards, Christian ethos and the way all the staff make all the children feel special and important.

I have strong connections with the school and the church. My two children went to st George's school from the age of 4 in the Nursery through to Year 6 and enjoyed their time there. My husband and I are licenced lay ministers at the Church and have been for nearly 30 years.

I am a retired teacher and it is wonderful to still be connected with education and children and to see how they progress through the school and grow in confidence and stature due to the nurturing environment of the school.

Nicola Hewitt

My name is Nicola Hewitt and I am Deputy Headteacher at St George’s. I have previously worked in two other schools and came to St George’s about 10 years ago as Deputy. I have always lived in Hyde and have a good understanding of our school community. I am a practising member of Central Methodist Church in Hyde and enjoy worshipping there with some of our children from St George’s.

I am on the Governors as an associate member which means I work with the Governors and Mrs Walker to ensure that we provide the best teaching and learning we can at St George’s, for all of our children. I am also a member of the strategic group and the data team which look at the standards in school and how well we are performing.

I am currently studying for my NPQH which is a leadership qualification in education. This is very challenging and is helping me to think about planning and decision making on a more strategic level. In school I love singing and think music is really important for all children. I also love art and enjoy drawing, painting and making things with the children. I run the Ethos Group, along with Mrs McKeown and Mrs Coley, which is a really important group in helping our school to be a school where children ‘love to learn and learn to love’.

Alison Oldham

Hello my name is Alison Oldham and I am the staff Governor.

I have two children who both attended St. George’s Primary School so I understand the strong ethos of the school both as a parent and an employee.  I volunteered at school before deciding to re-train over 10 years ago.  I come from an administrative background and this has helped in in many aspects of my role, especially for the paperwork and organisational skills required for my role as Assistant SENCo . I have a particular interest in children with Special Educational Needs and was fortunate to recently study Specific Learning Difficulties at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Having been appointed as a staff governor, I consider one of my key roles is to provide a link between staff and governors, as well as giving a staff perspective on issues raised.  I enjoy having the opportunity to be able to take an active role in the support, development and the on-going challenges of raising standards.

Fiona McKeown

My name is Fiona McKeown and I am an associate member.

I have been involved with St. George's since 2002 when my first child started in Reception. I supported the school as a parent and worked as a volunteer. I became a Parent Governor and brought my faith and health perspective to the school. Since working as a Learning Mentor, I have a special interest in behaviour and wellbeing. I am proud to be part of a school with such a strong Christian ethos and work to ensure this is shown daily in our pastoral care of staff and pupils. My role as associate Governor is to feedback to the Board on areas where I have direct responsibility and to help with strategic planning and vision.

Love to learn and learn to love




St George's C of E Primary School

Diocese of ChesterChurch Street, Hyde, Cheshire SK14 1JL

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