Governors work with the Headteacher and staff to ensure the best possible education for each and every child in the school.
The Governing body has many legal responsibilities which include overseeing the budget, appointing staff, oversight of the curriculum, maintaining and developing the school premises, Health and Safety issues. There are 3 core functions of the governing board. The Governance Handbook explains these as:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
- Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils,
- The effective and efficient performance management of staff.
Governors are all members of the local community, who are unpaid. They give hours of their time voluntarily to support the work of Woodside Primary. The Full Governing Body and sub committees meet at least every half –term. We also have a Governors day once a term, when Governors visit the school.
What do we do?
Governing bodies are responsible for overseeing the work of the school, act as a 'critical friend' to the school, working closely with the Headteacher and Leadership Team.
The Finance and Resources Committee oversee the financial management of the school, including the budget and, and how it is spent throughout the year to achieve value for money. This committee also oversees staffing, including performance management, and the management and development of the school premises.
The Curriculum Committee oversee the development of the curriculum, create and approve polices, and meet with subject leaders to ensure that priorities for school development are being carried out effectively.
All committees pay particular attention to safeguarding, as the safety and well-being of the children is paramount.
Mr Mike Nelson - Chair of Governors
Areas of Responsibility - Mathematics, Resources Committee
Mike Nelson became a Governor in 2019. Mike is an accountant at a reputable firm and he is married to Mrs Joanne Nelson, Assistant Headteacher at Woodside. Together they have two small children that they enjoy spending time as a family camping and doing sports.
Mrs Jill Berry - Vice Chair
Areas of Responsibility - Community Development, Pupil Premium, School Website, Resources Committee
Jill is the manager of Halton Lodge & Grange pre-school which is situated in the grounds of Woodside CP School. Jill has a long association with the pre-school having first worked there from 1995 to 2008. She left to manage a day nursery and completed a degree in Integrated Children and Young People's Practice. Jill returned to manage Halton Lodge & Grange Pre-school in 2013. She has three children and her hobbies are yoga, running and reading
Mr Alan Greggs - Co-opted Governor (Local Authority Appointed)
Areas of Responsibility - Special Educational Needs, Educational Visits, Standards Committee
Alan Greggs became a governor in 1999 at the request of the previous Chair of Governors and has seen a lot of changes within the school. Alan states that the reason for becoming a Governor is fair play and that every child is given a fair chance to excel, education brings a better understanding of the wider world and other cultures.
Alan's working life at present is working with Autistic Adults which he says is very challenging at times but having the skill to communicate with Autistic people relieves a lot of their anxiety and frustration which is very rewarding. Alan's hobbies are Football, Family History and Politics.
Mr Richard Collings - Headteacher
Areas of Responsibility - Headteacher, Safer Recruitment
Richard Collings has been Headteacher at Woodside since September 2011. He has been on the governing board in his position as Headteacher and prior to that as an associate member. He is a graduate of Leeds University where he studied Food Science. He later went to Crewe college to attain a post-graduate teaching qualification in 1992. Richard first came to Woodside in the Autumn of 1992 as a student and was offered a job in 1993. He has been at the school ever since. Richard's interests include caravanning, walking, jogging, music and film. He has a wife and two children.
Mr Thomas Hall - Co-opted Governor
Areas of Responsibility - Health & Safety, Safer Recruitment (trained), Resources Committee
Tom was on the governing body for some years before becoming Chair of Governors in 2015. Both Tom's daughter and youngest son attended Woodside, and his wife was employed as a Teaching Assistant at Woodside, therefore his relationship with the school goes back 26 years. He also has a grandson who currently attends Woodside.
Sadly Tom's son passed away while he was a pupil at Woodside. Tom and his wife have both stated that they felt Woodside was a pivotal part in the whole process of their son's illness. They feel that Woodside supported the whole family extremely well, including their son both in hospital and at home and that the school, teachers and governing body played an enormous part in their grieving process.
Whilst he was the Chair of Governors for Woodside, Tom stated that he quickly came to realise how passionate the team of teaching and support staff are. He particularly noted how well they carry out the school ethos of 'every child deserves an education' and also it's mission statement of 'Educating with pride, learning together'.
Tom stepped down as Chair of Governors in 2019 but remains on the board as a Co-opted Governor.
Mrs Jo Nelson - Staff Governor
Areas of Responsibility - Assistant Head, Curriculum Lead, Assessment Lead
Jo Nelson has been the Assistant Headteacher since September 2018. She first started working at Woodside in September 2011 as the Year 6 teacher and has remained the teacher of that class ever since. She graduated from Liverpool John Moore's University in 2004 after completing her teaching degree. She is married with two children and in her spare time enjoys swimming and camping.
Miss Edwina Jones - Parent Governor
Areas of Responsibility - Key Stage 2, Standards Committee
Edwina has a daughter who has attended Woodside since Reception and he has been a Parent Governor since June 2015. She is a qualified practising Midwife.
Edwina enjoys spending time with her daughter, going to the cinema in addition to taking her on days out/holidays to learn more about the history of other countries as well as our own.
Mrs Lisa Gerrard - Parent Governor
Areas of Responsibility - Resources Committee
Lisa has been a parent of children attending Woodside for a number of years and has a child who is currently in Year 3. She has 3 children who have all attended Woodside. Lisa also takes part in a lot of community work in Runcorn, as do her children.
She has always been involved in activities at Woodside. She currently helps at Breakfast Club and has volunteered her help for many school events such as school outings and fairs etc, and she is a valued member of our school.
Miss Danielle Hambleton - Parent Governor
Danielle works as a support worker helping to improve the lives of people living with dementia. She is a mother to 3 children. Her oldest has a previous pupil at Woodside before moving up to secondary school, but her two youngest are in Year 3 and Reception. She joined the governing team as two of her children are autistic and so she felt she could offer personal knowledge and experience to the SEN department of the school as well as be there to help support parents who go through similar experiences with their children. School can be difficult for children with additional needs, especially in a mainstream setting. Danielle feels that if parents work together with the school, together they make a massive positive impact.
Governors' Meeting Attendance