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

MR ALEX REED
Chair, 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.

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 RACHAEL MCLAUGHLIN
Co -Head Teacher Governor

I have worked at Fir Bank for over 20 years and feel very fortunate to be working with a passionate and committed team. As Co-Head and Governor at Fir Bank we aim to give our children the very  best education, as I feel a good education can open up many doors of opportunity for our children and we need to work together to make this happen.

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.

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

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 ROB WALKER
Co-Head Teacher

I am passionate about everyone at Fir Bank being able to become the best that they can be.  As a Governor and Co-Head Teacher I work hard to achieve this and I am fortunate to part of a great team

MRS LORRAINE BOWLER
Local Authority Governor

After retiring from the Civil Service, I want to use my skills and experience in helping my local community and this includes Fir Bank school. My aim is for all the children to realise their full potential and enjoy their time here

Governor Committee Details and Curriculum Responsibilities

Buildings and Finance
Chair – Mr Peter Ferris
Vice Chair – Mrs Lorraine Bowler
Mr Stephen Kirkland
Mr Paul Matthews
Mrs Rachael McLaughlin
Mr Rob Walker
Mrs Suzanne Millar

Chair of Governors
Mr Alex Reed

Citizenship and British Values Governors
Mr Paul Matthews

Clerk to Governors
Mr David Challen

Curriculum and Standards
Chair – Mr Paul Matthews
Vice Chair – Dr Rachel Cowen
Mrs Rachael McLaughlin
Miss Jennifer Wright
Mr Rob Walker
Mr Peter Ferris
Mr Alex Reed
Mrs Lorraine Bowler

Data (Year 2 & Year 6) Governors
Standard & Curriculum Committee

Early Years
Miss Jennifer Wright

Exclusions
As Required

First Committee – Reserves
As required

First Committee (Redundancy)
As required

Grievance (Second Committee)
As required

Head Teacher’s Performance Review Group
As required

Head  Teacher Performance Review Group Appeals
Curriculum & Standards

Health and Safety Governor
Mrs Lorraine Bowler

Hearing Appeals (Second Committee)
As required

Hearing Appeals Reserves
As required

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

LA Appeals
Not required

New Governor Mentor
Dr Rachel Cowan

Pupil Discipline (First Committee)
As required

Pupil Discipline Grievance (Second Committee)
As required

Pupil Premium Governor
Mrs Lorraine Bowler

Safeguarding Children & LAC Governor
Dr Rachel Cowen

SEND Governor
Ms Jennifer Wright

Staffing / Appointments(must have RASA training)
As required

Statutory School Staffing Review (First Committee)
Finance Committee

Statutory School Staffing Review (Second Committee)
Standards and Curriculum Committee

Vice – Chair of Governors
Mr Paul Matthews