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MEET THE GOVERNORS


MR ROBERT ALEXANDER

I am a Co-opted governor and a long-standing member of staff who has worked in many areas of the school and have prior experience of being on the governing body of The Whitby High School and as Vice Chair of Governors in a local primary school. I relinquished a post as Assistant Headteacher and my current role is working two days a week delivering photography courses and acting as a consultant/adviser on strategic planning.


MRS HELEN CHAMBERS


CLLR ANGELA CLAYDON

I am a Co-opted Governor and the current Co-chair of the governing board.  I have been a Governor for approximately 25 years and I am  the Chair of Governors at Parkland Primary School. My children attended The Whitby High School and have since moved on to great things. I am a councillor on Cheshire West and Chester Council, and am Past Lord Mayor of Chester and Past Mayor of Ellesmere Port.  I sit on the Leadership and Management Committee.  I regularly work alongside the Senior Leadership Team and teaching staff with matters arising from a large and busy school.  I have seen a few staff and County changes over the years, but The Whitby High School has still maintained its excellent reputation and good standing in the Community. I am a retired primary school teacher, and hold a Master's Degree in Education.


MS JEMMA FALLOON

This is my first role as a parent governor, where I hope to use my various financial, planning, budgeting, motivating and communication skills I have developed whilst holding varied management roles within the retail industry. 


My son attends The Whitby High School in year 8 as did my husband from 1990-1997.

I look forward to working with parents, the board of governors, and the head teacher to deliver a fantastic place for our children to grow and develop.


MR BRYN HEELEY

I am Headteacher at The Whitby High School, assuming the role in September 2011, having spent the previous seven years at Deputy Headteacher. Prior to my appointment to The Whitby High School, I worked in a number of secondary schools across Wirral and spent time as a local authority advisor for Design and Technology.


I have held a senior leadership position in schools since 1997 and had a number of responsibilities including an overview of Teaching and Learning, Appraisal, Curriculum, Professional Development and School Improvement.  I oversee the financial performance of the school and making sure money is well spent.


I am a governor at a local primary school.  I have been a primary school governor for over thirteen years and find the role invaluable in gaining a wider perspective of education at KS1 and KS2 and how we, within the secondary sector can build on those early successes.


To offer the best opportunities to all our learners within school the role of the governing body is critical in supporting the senior leadership team, staff and students. My philosophy is to support youngsters, whatever their background or ability to achieve their best in a safe and caring environment. I look to the governing body to support me in achieving this and in developing; the school to meet the ever changing needs of our modern society.


MRS CAROLE HIBBERT JP

I have been associated with The Whitby High School for over 20 years, when my children started the school. My children had an excellent education at The Whitby High School and subsequently progressed to College/ University. My grandchildren hopefully will follow. In the early days, I was involved with the PTA, and was treasurer and vice-chair of the PTA committee. I was elected as a Parent Governor in 1995 and now as a Community Governor


I am currently co-chair of the governing board and Chair of the Student Learning & Community committee. My background has been mainly been in Administration in Education for over 15 years at Woodlands Primary School.  I have been a local Magistrate for over 20 years, all of which have given me valuable experience to bring to the job of Governor, having served mainly on the Discipline committee dealing with behaviour, Inclusion and attendance. 

I regularly work alongside the Senior Leadership Team and teaching staff with matters arising from a large and busy school.  I have seen a few staff and County changes over the years, but The Whitby High School has still maintained its excellent reputation and good standing in the Community

Away from work and school matters, I enjoy family time with my grandchildren, holidays, reading and house renovation.


CLLR MYLES HOGG

I represent the Willaston and Thornton Ward on Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council. I have served on Ellesmere Port and Neston borough Council and CWAC for over 29 years. I have served as Chair of Governors of The Whitby High School for 14 years and have served on the Finance and Staffing Committee throughout my 22 years as a Governor of the school. I am married to Marilyn have two daughters and a son and 8 grandchildren. I am also a Governor of West Cheshire College and a member of the Ellesmere Port Development Board. My hobbies include golf and bridge.


CLLR BRIAN JONES

I have been a local councillor for over 40 years, the last ten years as a County Councillor.  I have been a Labour Party member for 47 years, acting as Chairman of the Labour Group for 22 years.  I have served as a governor for local schools for 44 years, having twice served as Mayor of Ellesmere Port and Neston, and was made an Honorary Alderman of the Borough in 2008.


I have also served and chaired several committees, particularly in the areas of licencing and leisure services.  I have always tried to promote the interests of my constituents, ensuring the development of services for families, education and in particular employment opportunities.


MR PETER LEWIS

I have served on three governing bodies for over 25 years. I joined The Whitby High School Governors around 1993.


Both of my two children attended this school the last leaving in 2001, my wife also worked as a Teaching Assistant in the School.


On a personal level, I have a Master’s Degree in Education and taught for over 33 years at Wirral Metropolitan College as Programme Leader, lecturing in teacher training/education.


During my time at the College, I also served as a union representative for 5 years. I continue to work as a qualification consultant for City and Guilds.


I believe the role of a Governor is one of a ‘critical friend’. We should be as supportive as possible never losing sight that the school should help students develop academically and socially maximising all of their individual talents. Having been an employee within the education system I am also interested in the well-being of the staff and firmly believe that happy staff reflects favourably on to the students.


MISS GILL MORRIS


MRS CAROLINE PALMER

I am staff governor at The Whitby High School. I am also the CLA Governor. I work in the Pastoral Team for Windsor and York House and am very passionate about education and the future for all young people. I have served on my own children’s PTA for 10 years and am in my 5th year as a Parish Councillor. I am very eager to contribute towards the running and upkeep of the school.


MR DARRYL PICKERING

I have been a governor at The Whitby High School for eight years. I sit on the Student Learning and Wellbeing Committee and have particular responsibility for Pupil Premium. I am a parent of two children at the school.


As a Headteacher of a local primary school, I feel that I have a good understanding of the challenges facing the students of The Whitby High School and thus can work with the rest of the governing body from an informed position. I believe my role in relation to the school leadership is that of ‘critical friend,’ offering support when required with challenge when appropriate.


MS JAYNE ROBINSON

I am a parent governor and a local business owner.  I have had previous experience as a former Parent/Chair of Governors at a local primary school.  Over the few years that I served as a governor I spent a great deal of personal time attending all available training courses, seminars, Headteacher AGM and building relationships both inside and outside of school and within the local school community.  I thoroughly enjoyed the various roles.


I have a huge passion for education; I understand how vital it is in supporting the school Senior Leadership Team and staff so high standards can be achieved for all students. The skills that I offer as a parent will support children and parents in creating an enjoyable and effective school journey.


MRS JENNY SHEARER

I have a child who has Special Educational Needs.  I am quite new to governance and I enjoy learning how school works.  I am a Payments Administrator for a large Insurance Company in Liverpool and have administrative experience in Finance, HR, Fundraising and P.A./Managerial.  I attended The Whitby High School myself from 1982-1987 and I am committed to supporting the Headteacher and his team to deliver the best possible learning environment and achievements for all pupils.


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