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School Governors

Governors' Duties

Whilst the Headteacher has responsibility for the day-to-day running of the school, the main function of the Governing Board is to act as a critical friend in order to secure a good education for the children in a safe environment. If you are interested in becoming a Governor, please contact the school. Involvement in the Governing Board provides a challenging and interesting way of being involved in your children’s education. Free training is provided in all areas of Governor responsibility.

The Governing Board meets at least six times a year and has two main Sub-Committees:

Finance, Personnel and Premises
Curriculum and Standards

Below is a list of all our Governors, their areas of responsibility and terms of office. You will also find a record of attendance at meetings reported under Attendance at Meetings along with any Governor vacancies.


Please read the welcome letter from our new Chair of Governors, Mr. Nick Whitbread, HEREpdf button

 

 The Governing Body

  • Mr. Nicholas Whitbread - Parent Governor  (Chair)

    Mr. Nicholas Whitbread - Parent Governor (Chair)

    I became a Parent Governor in November 2016 and I have two children at Buckton Vale.

    I have lived in Carrbrook all my life and very dedicated to the community. I am a leader at the local Scout Group and lead the Beavers Colony every Monday night.

    I currently work for Rochdale Council as a Practice Manager for the Cared for Children Team. I manage Social Workers who are the lead professional for Rochdale's children who are in public care. This job means I have a lot of experience with safeguarding vulnerable children, hence why I am allocated the role of Designated Safeguarding Governor for the School.

    Outside of work and my voluntary work I enjoy spending time with my family, walking, running, football (all sports really!) and watching movies.

    I am currently the assigned Governor for Year 6.

    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    Date of Appointment:
    September 2016

    Term of Office:
    September 2019

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    N/A

    Committees Served on:
    Finance, Personnel and Premises

    School Responsibility:
    Safeguarding

    Pecuniary Interests:
    -

  • Mrs. Adele Knott     - Co-opted Governor  (Vice Chair)

    Mrs. Adele Knott - Co-opted Governor (Vice Chair)

    I have been on the governing board since 2011, when I was elected as one of four new parent governors; at the time I had a son and daughter at the school. My daughter is in her final year at Buckton Vale now and since December 2015 I have been a co-opted governor. Over the last six years I have attended most governing board meetings, been involved in the recruitment of two headteachers and become vice-chair. As a former pupil and a parent I have a strong connection with the school and I enjoy being able to play a part in its growth and development. I work as a head of languages in a large 11-18 school and enjoy having the opportunity to find out about education in a primary school, and being able to bring an insight into education at Year 7 and up.


    Date of Appointment:
    November 2015

    Term of Office:
    November 2019

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    N/A

    Committees Served on:
    Curriculum and Standards, Complaints

    School Responsibility:
    Vice-Chair

    Pecuniary Interests:
    Head of MFL, The Blue Coat School, Oldham.

  • Mrs. Lisa Wilkinson - Parent Governor

    Mrs. Lisa Wilkinson - Parent Governor

    I have been a Parent School Governor since September 2016. Within my role, I am the designated Child Protection Governor and have been allocated the Year 3 Class.

    Currently my youngest daughter attend Buckton Vale and my 2 eldest daughters attended before moving on to high school.

    For the past 3 years I have been a full time Childminder caring for children between the ages of 6 months to 11 years old, many of which attend Buckton Vale. This has enabled me to form positive relationships with both the parents and the children. Prior to this I was a Children and Families Social Worker for Manchester Local Authority, this has enabled me to build up a wide area knowledge and experience in relation to working with young people ranging from pre-birth up to 18 years of age, and from a variety of backgrounds.

    Community ethos is important to me and I am involved in various community projects such as Muddie Buddies, Operation Farm and I am also Secretary to the Incredible Edible Project and I have also taken a role in the 2017 Band Contest held in Carrbrook.

    In my spare time I enjoy gardening, reading, walking and love spending time with my family.


    Date of Appointment:
    September 2016

    Term of Office:
    September 2019

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    N/A

    Committees Served on:
    Curriculum & Standards Commitee

    School Responsibility:
    Inclusion
    (SEND, LAC, G&T, Young Carers)

    Pecuniary Interests:
    -

  • Councillor Tafheen Sharif - Authority Governor

    Councillor Tafheen Sharif - Authority Governor

    I am a Councillor in Mossley, Tameside Council, having been elected to the position in May 2016. I come with a wealth of experience in education and have been a school governor for over 15 years, as well as a strong Chair of Governors. I have also governed at a sixth form college. I have trained as a National Leader in Governance (NLG) by the National College of Teaching and Learning..

    I am passionate and dedicated to making a difference to the lives of young people and have founded a number of successful initiatives. In a relatively short period I was recognised nationally and awarded 'Young Councillor of The Year' by the Local Government Innovative Unit for showing energy, dynamism, and a fresh approach to making positive changes to communities. I have also been awarded 'Governor of the Year' for commitment to education. I hope to add value to Buckton Vale Governing Board and enable each child to achieve his/her full potential.


    Date of Appointment:
    July 2017

    Term of Office:
    July 2021

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    N/A

    Committees Served on:
    Curriculum & Standards

    School Responsibility:
    -

    Pecuniary Interests:
    Councillor, Tameside Council.

  • Mrs Zoe Etchells - Co-opted Governor

    Mrs Zoe Etchells - Co-opted Governor



    Date of Appointment:
    July 2017

    Term of Office:
    July 2021

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    N/A

    Committees Served on:
    Curriculum & Standards, Complaints

    School Responsibility:
    -

    Pecuniary Interests:
    -

  • Mr. Gary Dean - Co-opted Governor

    Mr. Gary Dean - Co-opted Governor


    Date of Appointment:
    January 2018

    Term of Office:
    January 2022

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    N/A

    Committees Served on:
    -

    School Responsibility:
    -

    Interests:
    Mossley Hollins Governor

  • Mr. Matthew Hartley - Parent Governor

    Mr. Matthew Hartley - Parent Governor

    I became a Governor in November 2017, as both my daughter and my son attend the school.

    Growing up in Carrbrook I have fond memories from attending Buckton Vale myself and would like to help with the development of the school for all.

    I’m an enthusiastic technologist with a focus on software development. Technology is not just a job for me; it’s a way of life! I’ve acquired over twelve years' development experience, five of which have been developing medical software and applications. During my career I have designed and developed solutions within medical imaging, loan brokering, hospital bed management and beyond, on multiple platforms and in multiple programming languages.

    In my spare time I have developed games and apps for iOS and Android and I also enjoy experimenting with electronics and microcontrollers. I also go rock climbing on a weekly basis and enjoy pushing my own physical limitations in events like Tough Mudder.

    Date of Appointment:
    November 2017

    Term of Office:
    November 2020

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    N/A

    Committees Served on:
    Finance, Personnel and Premises, Complaints

    School Responsibility:
    Health & Safety

    Pecuniary Interests:
    None

  • Mrs. Sarah Blake - Staff Governor

    Mrs. Sarah Blake - Staff Governor

    I have been a teacher here since January 2008. I have taught years 1 to 5. I am very committed to the teaching and learning of all our children and love teaching.

    I have been the PE co-ordinator and I am currently the maths co-ordinator.

    My passion for the school led me to becoming a teacher governor to help lead the school to becoming an outstanding school.

    I work hard with Mrs Brown, all the staff and governors to ensure that we offer an enriched and varied curriculum for every child at Buckton Vale.


    Date of Appointment:
    February 2017

    Term of Office:
    February 2021

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    N/A

    Committees Served on:
    Curriculum and Standards

    School Responsibility:
    Educational Visits

    Pecuniary Interests:
    None

  • Mrs. Deborah Brown - Headteacher

    Mrs. Deborah Brown - Headteacher


    Date of Appointment:
    May 2017

    Term of Office:
    N/A

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    N/A

    Committees Served on:
    (Headteacher)

    School Responsibility:
    (Headteacher)

    Pecuniary Interests:
    None

  • Mr. John Cesarz - Co-opted Governor

    Mr. John Cesarz - Co-opted Governor


    Date of Appointment:
    November 2018

    Term of Office:
    November 2022

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    N/A

    Committees Served on:
    Finance, Personnel and Premises

    School Responsibility:
    Attendance, Educational Visits

    Pecuniary Interests:
    None

  • Mr. Arron Leech - Co-opted Governor

    Mr. Arron Leech - Co-opted Governor


    Date of Appointment:
    November 2018

    Term of Office:
    November 2020

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    N/A

    Committees Served on:
    Curriculum & Standards

    School Responsibility:
    Pupil Premium

    Pecuniary Interests:
    To be confirmed

  • Mr. Charles Brand - Co-opted Governor

    Mr. Charles Brand - Co-opted Governor


    Date of Appointment:
    20th March 2019

    Term of Office:
    19th March 2023

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    N/A

    Committees Served on:
    Finance, Personnel and Premises

    School Responsibility:
    -

    Pecuniary Interests:
    To be confirmed

  • Mr. Andy Wilkinson - Parent Governor

    Mr. Andy Wilkinson - Parent Governor


    Date of Appointment:
    20th March 2019

    Term of Office:
    19th March 2022

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    N/A

    Committees Served on:
    Finance, Personnel and Premises

    School Responsibility:
    -

    Pecuniary Interests:
    To be confirmed

  • Mrs. Alison Leigh - Resigned from post

    Mrs. Alison Leigh - Resigned from post

    I am currently a serving Primary Headteacher in Oldham, with over 28 years of experience working in schools. Living in the local area, my daughter attended Buckton Vale and during that time, I served 4 years as a parent governor. I am now pleased to be serving on the Governing Board as a co-opted governor. I have a great interest in education and believe passionately in its importance and value. My wealth of experience as a teacher, Headteacher, parent and governor means I am well equipped to offer both support and challenge to the school. I am highly committed to working hard to achieve the best outcomes for the children at Buckton Vale Primary School.


    Date of Appointment:
    23rd November 2015

    Term of Office:
    -

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    November 2018

    Committees Served on:
    Finance, Personnel and Premises

    School Responsibility:
    Pupil Premium Link

    Pecuniary Interests:
    Headteacher, Oldham MBC.

  • Dr. Gavin Wayte - Resigned from post

    Dr. Gavin Wayte - Resigned from post

    I joined the governing body in autumn 2016, the year my daughter entered the reception class at Buckton Vale. I have lived in Mossley for around a decade, having moved from south Manchester, being attracted by the open air, views and community atmosphere.

    As a freelance composer and conductor, I work in media and live performance with different partners all round the country, and the world. I also work in education, teaching composition at Chetham’s School of Music, lecturing in music at the Royal Northern College of Music and leading arts projects.

    I am the designated enrichment governor for Buckton Vale, focusing on arts, sports and development activities additional to the school’s central curriculum.

    I am the assigned governor for Year 5.


    Date of Appointment:
    26th September 2016

    Term of Office:
    -

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    November 2018

    Committees Served on:
    Finance, Personnel and Premises

    School Responsibility:
    Enrichment

    Pecuniary Interests:
    -

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 Attendance

Full Governing Board Meeting: 2017 - 2018
 
Oct '17
Nov '17
Jan '18
Mar '18
Jul '18
Sarah Blake
✓ 
 ✓
Deborah Brown
✓ 
 ✓
Gary Dean
N/A
N/A
✓ 
C
Zoe Etchells
 ✓
✓ 
Matthew Hartley
N/A 
 
 ✓
✓ 
Adele Knott
 
 C
 ✓
 
Alison Leigh 
✓ 
✓ 
Tafheen Sharif
N/A 
✓ 
 ✓
Gavin Wayte
C
DNA
Nicholas Whitbread
✓ 
 ✓
Lisa Wilkinson
 
✓ 
 

 

Governing Board Meeting: 2018 - 2019
  Full Pay Curr Full Full
  Sep ' 18 Oct '18 Nov '18 Dec '18 Jan '19
 Sarah Blake
 
C
 Deborah Brown  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓
 John Cesarz  N/A  N/A  N/A  ✓  ✓
 Gary Dean       DNA  
 Zoe Etchells C   ✓   ✓
 Matthew Hartley  ✓ ✓  ✓  ✓  APOLS
 Adele Knott       ✓ 
 Arron Leech  N/A  N/A  N/A  ✓  ✓
 Alison Leigh  ✓ ✓   ✓  N/A  N/A
Tafheen Sharif  ✓  ✓ APOLS
Gavin Wayte        N/A  N/A
Nicholas Whitbread  ✓
Lisa Wilkinson  ✓    ✓


KEY: 
 ✓ = Attended   C = Absence consented   DNA - Did not attend   APOLS = Apologies sent

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