MEET THE GOVERNORS
MR ROBERT ALEXANDER
I am a Co-
MRS HELEN CHAMBERS
RESPONSIBILITIES: GIFTED AND TALENTED STUDENTS, PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND PROVISION
I have been a school governor since 1999 across the primary, secondary and further education sectors.
I really enjoy being a link governor, which involves meeting leaders, staff and students and learning about the subject specialisms, seeing the positives but also discussing the issues and difficulties we can face. I am always amazed by the knowledge, experience and dedication of staff at all levels, not to mention the enthusiasm, good manners and hard work of the students!
It is fascinating to attend governors' meetings, which provide an insight into the school's performance & development.
Our Governors come from all walks of life and all bring their own diverse skills and backgrounds to the role. Myself, I am a Solicitor by profession so I'm used to reading and analysing large amounts of material and listening courteously to the views of others. But I can also be quite robust and vocal in challenging the school.
CLLR ANGELA CLAYDON
I am a Co-
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-
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
RESPONSIBILITIES: STUDENT VOICE, DISCIPLINE AND ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY
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-
I am currently co-
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 at Cheshire South and West College and a member of the Ellesmere Port Development Board. My hobbies include golf and bridge.
CLLR BRIAN JONES
RESPONSIBILITIES: COMMUNITY LINKS
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 JP
RESPONSIBILITIES: VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND CAREERS
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-
MISS GILL MORRIS
RESPONSIBILITIES: SAFEGUARDING AND CHILD PROTECTION
MRS CAROLINE PALMER
RESPONSIBILITIES: LOOKED AFTER CHILDREN AND GOVERNOR TRAINING
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 6th year as a Parish Councillor. I am very eager to contribute towards the running and upkeep of the school.
MR DARRYL PICKERING
RESPONSIBILITIES: PUPIL PREMIUM AND LOW SCORER FUNDING
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
RESPONSIBILITIES: SPECIAL NEEDS AND ALTERNATIVE PROVISION
I am a vice chair 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
RESPONSIBILITIES: PERFORMING ARTS AND MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
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-
CLLR KAREN SHORE
RESPONSIBILITIES: HUMANITIES AND SIXTH FORM
I am an associate governor at Whitby High School, with several years experience as a school governor and a former secondary school teacher and middle leader in humanities. I am experienced in education and bring skills in the areas of leadership and management, governance and finance.
Currently a serving councillor for the Whitby Ward, I am the Portfolio holder for Environment, the current Mayor of Ellesmere Port 2018/19 and Chair of the Council’s SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education).
I am strategic, analytical and methodical in my approach to governance and believe in adding value to the governing body, both as a ‘critical friend’ and advisor. I am passionate about the importance of education and delivering good outcomes for children and young people.
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