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Meet our Governors

Joanne Taylor-Riley

My name is Joanne Taylor-Riley and I am the newly appointed Chair of Governors. I am lucky to have two children attending here at St. Georges, Joshua in Year 6 and Jacob in Year 4; I believe their experiences here at such a special primary school, will help them to achieve their full potential, enabling progression into high school with a good foundation of knowledge, self confidence and respect for others.

Initially, I undertook the role of Parent Governor; I now represent St. George’s C.E. Church as a Foundation Governor.

Although more hard work than you initially imagine, I firmly believe being a part of the Governing Body here at St. George’s is a positive experience where we work very hard as a whole team, in supporting the teaching and support staff, to ensure the school continues to develop and grown helping all pupils to be the best they can be. I am extremely interested in all aspects of Education and have just completed a two year Batchelor of Arts (Hons) Degree in Education which I passed with first class honours. Currently I work as a Specialist Support Assistant within another Primary School in Tameside, which allows me to see education from a different angle. I am passionate in supporting St. Georges to ensure that they have high expectations for all children and every step of progress is celebrated however small it may seem.

Objectives 2016-17
1. Increase the Governing Body understanding of Ofsted inspection.
2. Undertake safeguarding at 'further level' to meet the requirements of your position as Chairperson of the Governing Body.
3. Promote new approaches to improve Governor/Parent links.

Tricia Walker

My name is Tricia Walker and I am part of the governing board as the Headteacher.

I have been at St George’s since 2000, initially as deputy head and then as headteacher. I am very proud of our school community, its strong Christian ethos and dedicated staff team. My role on the governing board is to work with all the governors to develop the school to be the best we can be. I try to ensure governors are provided with information and feedback about how we are doing and give them opportunities to see for themselves what we do to raise standards for our children. 

It is very exciting to be realising our vision of creating lifelong learners who ‘love to learn and learn to love’. I try to help the governors to understand and support the experiences and opportunities we provide at St George’s that inspire and empower our children to be the best they can be and allow them to make the choices they want for themselves in life. 

Bob Taylor

My name is Bob Taylor and I am the Local Authority governor.

 I have a long connection with both St George’s school and church, My children went to St George’s and that’s when I became a governor, first as a foundation governor, then as a local authority governor. I have a background of finance and business and chair the finance committee, having been chair of the full Governing body previously. At school, my favourite subject was maths and I love doing tricks with numbers.

Objectives 2016-17
1. Increase attendance at Full Governing Body meetings.
2. Support committee members for an increase in challenge and scrutiny.
3. Register for GEL training and complete training for 'Headteacher's Performance' and 'Discipline and Grievance' Committees.

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.

Objectives 2016-17
1. Active participation in the review of academy options.
2. Complete 2 to 3 training modules in the current academic year.
3. Active participation in agreed committee/working group/panel meetings.

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.

Jeff Moysey

Until my retirement I was a GP in Hyde for 28yrs and I have been a Foundation Governor at St. George’s for more than 15yrs.  Over that time I have been proud to see so many children blossom as a result of the education and experiences they have had there.  
I attend the United Church in Hyde where I am a Trustee and Lay Preacher.  One of the great strengths of the Governing Board is that it represents a broad range of religious traditions. I think this is important as it emphasises St. George’s ethos as a Christian school.  
Both my children attended St. George’s from nursery to year 6.  They gained a great deal from their time there and it remains a privilege to be able to contribute to the life and activities of the school in return.
Not surprisingly I am involved in Health and Safety matters in the school, and also analysing the data which relates to the educational achievement of the children.  I am always keen to encourage those who have special gifts and talents.
When visiting classrooms I am always impressed with the lively atmosphere and everything which is taking place.  I especially enjoy the Christmas and Easter services as well as the end of year performance all of which show the love which the children have for their school and the confidence which they have in their own abilities.

Objectives 2016-17
1. Support the new Chairperson in the safeguarding role.
2. Undertake training in the 'Prevent' and Ofsted Inspection modules.

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.

Objectives 2016-17
1. Complete the review of the governance documentation.
2. Review and revise meeting agendas to allow greater focus on key matters and to improve information flows.
3. Support the new Chairperson by taking on a fully active Deputy Chair role.

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’.

Sue Barber

Hello.  My name is Susan Barber and I am a Foundation Governor here at St George’s School.

I attended St George’s whilst at Primary school myself; this gave me a good foundation for my Christian faith.  Both my children went through the school before moving on to high school and I currently have three relatives still attending.

I became a Parent Governor in 2013 and transferred over to a Foundation Governor in 2016, prior to my younger daughter moving on to high school.

I have worked in Early Years within Tameside for over thirty years and have been supporting families of pre-school children with Special Educational Needs for over fifteen years.

I love being involved with St George’s and visit assemblies, link with a class and have a special interest in SEN and the Foundation Stage.  The distinctive Christian ethos is very special to St George’s and the children do ‘love to learn and learn to love’ within school.  It is a privilege to serve on the Governing Body and support such a dedicated staff team and great school.

Objectives 2016-17
1. Take on the role of buddy/mentor for new governor.
2. Take on the link governor role for SEN
3. Provide detailed list of all training to date covering the last three years. Undertake two additional GEL training modules.

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.

Carol Richardson

My name is Carol Richardson and I am an Associate Member, having previously been a Foundation Governor for over 12 years.  I attended St George’s myself many years ago, and both of my sons also attended the school.

I am currently a Churchwarden at St George’ s church and I am very keen to keep the school’s Christian ethos at the centre of everything they do, as I believe that is what makes this school so special.

I really enjoy being a Governor and value every opportunity I have to come in and see for myself what is going on.  I am linked with the current Year 2 and pop in to see them once a term and try to keep in touch as best I can.

I love the atmosphere in school where everyone is so welcoming and polite. As the school motto says it truly is a place where everyone “learns to love and loves to learn”.

Objectives 2016-17
1. Encourage governors to regularly provide updated training details for the training register.
2. Explore options for further development of the Ethos working group.

Sue Nykorak

Objectives 2016-17
1. Take on the role of Deputy Chair of Finance and Staffing Committees.
2. Take direct responsibility for liaison with consultant providing Headteacher performance and pay review.
3. Continue governor development through 2 additional GEL training modules.



Shalima Bibi

Objectives 2016-17
1. Gain experience as a link governor working with a mentor
2. Provide a list of training already completed.
3. Commence GEL training and complete 2/3 modules.