Governors

The Governing Body of the school consists of the Head Teacher, representatives of the Local Authority, the community, staff and parents. Our aim is to support the Head Teacher and school to ensure that every child is given the best possible education according to their individual needs in a happy and secure environment. We like to see every child achieving their full potential and to this end we encourage a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular activities. We are proud of the progress that our pupils are making and look forward to further success in the future.

Introducing our Governors

MRS VIKKI ENGLISH
Chair, Parent Governor

I became a school governor through a desire to see not only my children, but all the children in attendance at Fir Bank strive and succeed.  It is a challenging yet highly enjoyable role.  I have found this role to be a great insight into how schools operate and it has been a intriguing to see the challenges that are being faced by schools.

MR PAUL MATTHEWS
Vice Chair, Co-opted Governor

My main reason for being a governor at Fir Bank is to provide the local community with a safe and well grounded school so that the local children can receive a good education in a safe and trusted environment.

MRS HAZEL MACKAY
Head Teacher Governor

I have been Head Teacher at Fir Bank for the last 9 years.  I am keen to get children outside learning though the environment and to help each child develop to their full potential.

Mr PETER FERRIS
Parent Governor

I became a parent governor at Fir Bank primarily to support the committed and hard working staff at the school through my experience and skills in the private sector. I love the school ethos of “everybody matters”, and my children enjoy their experience at the school everyday. I’m enthusiastic about continuous improvement and look forward to contributing.

DR RACHEL COWAN
Parent Governor

I am a parent governor with 2 young sons at Fir Bank. We all love Firbank and the warm and friendly atmosphere that makes the children want to come to school and try their hardest.  I’m sure that this is the key to success and that a love of learning is the first thing that needs to be instilled into children so that they can go on and reach their full potential. This is something that I am passionate about supporting for all of the children at Fir Bank.

MS JENNIFER WRIGHT
Parent Governor

I am a working mum and have two children, my daughter age 8 attends Firbank school. The school is a real breath of fresh air, the children are valued and respected as individuals.

MR STEVE KIRKLAND
Staff Governor

I have worked at Fir Bank for over 12 years and been a Governor for most of this time. I enjoy my work being on the Building and Finance Committee and being very much involved in school life.

MR ALEX REED

Co-Opted Governor

I have been teaching for 7 years having trained in KS 2/3 Education with a specialism in MFL, I also hold a Masters degree in Education.  I currently work for a Multi-Academy Trust in Manchester made up of a Primary and Secondary school where I hold the position of a ‘Director of Learning’, my focus is on Key Stage 2/3.

MRS SUZANNE MILLAR
Associate Member

I have worked at Fir Bank for 12 years. My current role is Business Manager. I have been an Associate Member of the Governing Body for over 8 years where I support the Finance Committee. I have three children and have always been interested in Education, supporting children to reach their full potential.

MRS SALLY BUNTING
Clerk to Governing Body

I am the School Administrator at Fir Bank, a role which I enjoy. I am also the Clerk to the Governing Body.

Governor Committee Details and Curriculum Responsibilities

Buildings and Finance
Chair – Mrs Vikki English
Vice Chair –
Hazel MacKay
Mr Stephen Kirkland
Mrs Vikki English
Mr Paul Matthews
Dr Rachel Cowen
Miss Jennifer Wright
Mr Peter Ferris
Ms Mamoona Hussain
All Governors to attend if available

Chair of Governors
Mrs Vikki English

Citizenship and British Values Governors
Mrs Vikki English

Clerk to Governors
Mrs Sally Bunting

Curriculum and Standards
Chair – Mr Paul Matthews
Vice Chair – Dr Rachel Cowan
Dr Rachel Cowen
Hazel MacKay
Miss Jennifer Wright
Mr Paul Matthews

Mr Alex Reed
Mrs Vikki English if required

Data (Year 2 & Year 6) Governors
Dr Rachel Cowen

Early Years
Miss Jennifer Wright

Exclusions
Mr Paul Matthews
As Required

First Committee – Reserves
As required (not Paul Matthews)

First Committee (Redundancy)
As required

Grievance (Second Committee)
As required

Head Teacher’s Performance Review Group
Mr Paul Matthews
Mrs Vikki English

Head  Teacher Performance Review Group Appeals
As required

Health and Safety Governor
Mr Stephen Kirkland

Hearing Appeals (Second Committee)
As required

Hearing Appeals Reserves
As required

Hearing First Committee {Redundancy, Discipline etc.} (nb Staff Excluded)
As required

ICT Governor
Mr Paul Matthews

LA Appeals
Not required

Literacy Governor
Mr Alex Reed

Looked After Children Governor
Miss Jennifer Wright

New Governor Mentor
As required

Numeracy Governor
Dr Rachel Cowen

Pupil Discipline (First Committee)
Mr Paul Matthews

Pupil Discipline Grievance (Second Committee)
As required

Pupil Premium Governor
Mrs Vikki English

Safeguarding Children Governor
Dr Rachel Cowen

SEN / Gifted and Talented Governor
Mrs Vikki English

Staffing / Appointments (must have RASA training)
Mr Paul Matthews

Statutory School Staffing Review (First Committee)
Mrs Vikki English

Mr Stephen Kirkland

Statutory School Staffing Review (Second Committee)
Dr Rachel Cowen
Miss Jennifer Wright
Mr Paul Matthews

Vice – Chair of Governors
Mr Paul Matthews

Work-Life Balance Governor
Mr Paul Matthews

Unit 1 Governor
Mr Peter Ferris

Unit 2 Governor
Mr Stephen Kirkland

Unit 3 Governor
Mr Paul Matthews