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Chair of Governors - Duncan McAllister

Being a chair of governors is a key role in the leadership and management of our school. To be effective, I need a good understanding of the role and its responsibilities so that our school gains maximum benefit from the work that I do. An effective chair of governors:

• works with the headteacher to promote and maintain high standards of educational achievement

• ensures that the governing body sets a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction for the school

• with the governing body holds the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and for the performance management of staff

• ensures oversight of the financial performance of the school and effective use of the schools resources

Vice-Chair of Governors - Alex Makinson

I’m a relatively new governor to Hoole CofE Primary and someone who is not well known around the playground given that I don’t have any children at the school. Whilst I am new to Hoole, I’m not to governance in general. I’ve been involved with schools for the last eighteen years or so in one capacity or another. I’ve sat on several local governing bodies as well as acting for dozens of schools professionally. My profession is in accountancy and I’m a Partner in a local firm of Chartered Accountants called UHY Hacker Young. This enables me to bring my skills of finance and data to the school. I have a passion for education and I’m a firm believer that every child deserves the right to a good education, and with education comes opportunity and success in life.

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Reverend John Kirkland

I became a Governor of the old All Saints Infants and St James Junior Schools when we moved to Chester in 1995 and continued as a Governor at Hoole CE Primary when the new school opened. During that time I have held a number of roles, most recently as Chair of Staffing Committee, and I have a concern for the well-being of all the staff at the school. I am regularly in school as part of the Church team from All Saints which has the privilege of leading assemblies in Key Stages 1 and 2 on Wednesday mornings.
I am married to Kate, who is a secondary school teacher, and have four children, the youngest of whom was a pupil at Hoole Primary some years ago.
I am also the Vicar of All Saints and I am keen to see how we can develop and express the Christian ethos of the school, working together in partnership in the local community.

David Williamson

I have been in education for 9 years as a teacher of mathematics and have a real passion for the profession. I currently have two daughters in the school, one in KS1 and the other in KS2. I look forward to driving the school forward in my role, and hopefully have a positive influence on the school and its students.

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Chair of SIC - Andy Avery

I have recently re-joined the Governing Body after a few years break. I have been connected with the Hoole CE Primary and it’s previous incarnations since 1997 and love being part of the school community. I’m looking forward to being part of the School In The Community committee as well a  supporting the RE and Church Schools ethos.  I work for Hoole Baptist Church as a Children’s and Family Worker end enjoy living and working in the wonderfully vibrant community that is Hoole.  

I have lived in Chester since coming here to study in 1993 and very much consider it home even though I grew up down in Surrey.  I loved Chester from my very first visit when I came for my university interview so it’s no surprise I’m very happy here.

Away from work, I love music – both listening to and playing a range of instruments. I always enjoy being outdoors.  Give me mountains or a beach and I’ll be happy for hours J I’m also the unofficial ambassador in Chester for the mighty Woking Football Club (who? I hear you say) having been a fan since my youth and was delighted to find another Woking fan locally so we can travel to games together when they play in the North West.

Chair of Staffing - Jolene Weaver

I am Chair of Staffing and have two children at school. This is my first role as a School Governor but I have a range of experience in governance serving as a trustee for a number of charities over the past 10 years.

I have always been involved in learning having qualified as a Primary School Teacher before moving onto to teaching adults. My current role is as a Development Manager for a local charity working with health services to overcome health inequalities. I have worked on a number of educational projects with different charities which helped me to develop skills that I now utilise as a Governor, such as ensuring quality in education and developing strategy.

I believe that all children should be able to access high quality teaching in their local area; learning from others from diverse range of backgrounds. I feel that a good education provides children with the opportunity to use their own strengths to grow and develop into positive members of society and I work as part of the wider governing body to ensure that our school is supporting all of our children to achieve this. 

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Elaine Robertson

You may already know me through my role here in school as Learning Mentor, whereby I offer Pastoral care and support to children and their families. I firmly believe in an inclusive approach to Education and that all children are valued and nurtured and have the opportunity to achieve their goals.

I am a Staff Governor with the responsibility for Staff Well-Being, and I am a member of the School in Community governors’ sub-committee.

I am married with two grown up children, who both attended Hoole CE Primary some years ago.

This is my second year as a Governor, and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead working with the other Governors to ensure our school goes from strength to strength.

Carole Frost

I first became involved with Hoole Primary (then known as All Saints Infants ) as Pre-school Treasurer over  20 years ago when my oldest son joined the nursery being the first of my three sons to attend the school.   Three years later I became a Foundation Governor  appointed by All Saints Church where I am a member of the congregation.  After a four year break I was reappointed in 2015.

My current work is as a science and environment tutor for the Open University where I teach adults with a wide range of educational experience. This  has helped me realise that everyone  should  have the opportunity to have a good education whatever their background which provides my main motivation for being a school governor.  At present I hold positions on the Curriculum and Finance Committees.   

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Chair of Curriculum - Charlotte Edwards

I became a Governor in March 2016. My daughter was then in reception and I wanted to put something back in to the school where my children attend and provide support during these challenging times and from a personal perspective learn more about the education my children would be receiving.  

I work full time in Manchester for an Insurance Broker and am a Chartered Accountant. Day to day I manage a large team and am the finance representative on all our large projects so can provide a lot of support to the school in different areas. I hope to work with the other Governors to support and the challenge the school to be the best it can be.

Chair of Finance - John Peacock

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John is a Parent Governor with a wide range of experience in business matters.

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