‘TogetherWe Achieve

‘Together We Achieve’

Meet the Governors

Amanda Quinn – Co-opted Governor
I have been a secondary school teacher for over 20 years and hope to bring this understanding of the educational environment to the governing body at Swanwick Primary School.

Gareth Hughes – Authority Governor
Hi, I’m Gareth. I’ve been a member of the Swanwick Primary School Governing body for around 8 years now. I started as a Governor as I am passionate about education and in particular, as a former pupil myself, the schools in our village. During my time as a governor I have been Chair of the RMC committee, looking after the financial, staffing and facilities aspects of the school as well as being Vice Chair of the full governing body. Outside of Governors, I work in IT for a large US firm and I like to bring my experience in this industry into how we work as governors. I also have a big love of music, particularly playing in a number of local bands so really enjoy the opportunity to come in and see the creative things our kids have been up to!

Sue Childlow – Co-opted Governor
I have worked in education for 25 years until my retirement 5 years ago in the capacity of Secretary and later as a School Business manager. I hope my expertise in this area and my experience as a member of the leadership team will assist Swanwick Primary School in its continuing success and to allow the school to carry on moving forward

Tracy Gilbert – Co-opted Governor
I have been a Governor now for 7 years and continue to enjoy supporting the school in this role. Both my children have been pupils here and have now moved on to secondary school. I believe it is important to support the school and also to offer appropriate challenge were needed, acting in the best interests of the school, staff and most importantly the pupils.

Sharon Matan – Co-opted Governor
I have been a governor for 2 years and served on the CaLC committee. I have a grandson in Y4 and another at Swanwick Pre School. I teach part time at SSSC and I am really interested in education – in its widest sense) of young people.

Judith Wing – Co-opted Governor
I am a qualified Primary School Teacher (music) and thus have had some past teaching experience. I have been a Governor for a few years now and continu my interest in education in my Governor role to seek the best for our children’s education and future.

Rebecca Cressey – Co-opted Governor
As a governor I will add a compassionate approach to the role. I believe children should be given the same opportunities and helped to achieve their very best. This needs to be a balanced and safe home life alongside a secure education. I recently finished a degree in Health and social Care which enhanced my understanding of safeguarding children, and this is a key component to the skills I will bring. I have a good knowledge to spot signs of abuse and understand the impact this can have on a child. I have basic skills in counselling also, including strong communication skills, which I am able to articulate in writing. Throughout my time at university I took part in creating a new business including considering staffing and finances, I can present information using IT and media such as power point. I work well as part of a wider team to achieve results, and can be given research tasks completed to high standards. I also have a good understanding of child development. I completed projects alone and within teams, in the public and private sector.

Mike Cutts – Co-opted Governor
“I work in the IT department for a Finance company and specialise in Data. I feel that my technical skills in this area, and my attitude for Data Analysis in a finance setting would be useful in the role a school governor.

I would also consider myself a calm, articulate person who always looks at situations and problems with objectivity, and would hope to bring these qualities to the role.  “

Adam Walker – Co-opted Governor
I joined the governing body to support the school I attended as a child and that my son now attends. Having grown up in the local area I see the role the school plays in our community and it’s a great opportunity to give something back, support the continued success of the school and the professionals who run it on a day to day basis.

Stuart Morris – Co-opted Governor
I am currently a class teacher for Year 3, Assistant Head Teacher, and Team Leader for Year 2 and Year 3. I oversee the management of Phonics in Reception and Key Stage 1. I am the school’s EVC – Educational Visit Co-ordinator.

Wayne Allsop - Parent Governor

I am a committed and proactive individual used to operating at board level. I enjoy creating strategic alliances with organisation leaders to produce effective partnership that support the delivery of key initiatives. I enjoy building and retaining high performance teams by hiring, developing, motivating and empowering the right individuals to be the best they can be.

I feel I have the skills and experience that would help support the Governing Body in moving Swanwick Primary to outstanding.

1 Parent Governor - Election process to be held when all pupils have returned to school; 

1 Co-opted Governor 

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South Street, Swanwick,
Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE5 51BZ

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