Manor Road School Governors

The strength of our governing body is in the collective knowledge, experience and expertise of its members.


The main roles of the governing body are:

1. To provide a strategic view

We help to decide the school’s strategy for improvement so that our children learn most effectively and achieve the highest standards they can.

2. To act as a critical friend

We support and advise the headteacher and staff but we also monitor and evaluate the schools effectiveness by asking challenging questions.

3. To ensure accountability

We are responsible for ensuring good quality education in the school. We are answerable to the children, parents, local community and the Local Authority for the performance of the school.


The Governing Body

Our governing body is made up of:

  • 1 Local Authority Governors
  • 7 Co-opted Governors
  • 2 Parent Governors
  • 1 Staff Governor
  • The Headteacher



We have several committees, the main two are:


The Resources committee has responsibility for Health and Safety and school buildings, staffing and finance. Our duties include monitoring all building related plans, drawing up the staffing structure, ensuring performance management arrangements are carried out and preparing and monitoring the school budget.


The Learning Committee advises the Headteacher and the Governing Body on matters concerning the school curriculum. Our main duties are to ensure that the curriculum meets statutory requirements, to contribute to curriculum aspects of the School Development Plan and to monitor pupil progress and set attainment targets.

Pen Portraits

Rachael Anderton

My name is Rachael and I am a newly appointed governor at the school.

You may spy me in the playground, dropping or picking up my daughter who attends the school, usually with our cocker spaniel in tow.

Working with families from various backgrounds to support their health and wellbeing, I am looking forward to supporting the school in this role.


Caroline Burnell

I am Caroline Burnell and I really enjoy being a Govenor at Manor Road.

My son is a pupil in the school and he is thriving under the excellent education and care that is provided by the staff.

I feel that a key indicator of the success of the school, besides achieving high standards, is how happy and resilient the children are.

I really enjoy regularly visiting the school and observing classes, as it is apparent how the children are enjoying the activities in lessons, and how dedicated the staff are.

I wish that my lessons at school had been as interesting, although it was a long time ago!

I am regularly on the playground at drop off and pick up if ever you would like a chat or have a suggestion.

Matthew Carey

I am a co-opted governor, co-opted in February 2023 until this end of February 2027.

I live in the local community and bring a legal background to my role as a governor.

I have responsibility for Pupil Premium.


Karen Haydock

My name is Karen Haydock and I have been an active member of the Governing body for 7 years, I presently am the Chair of Governors, the Safeguarding and SEND Governor.

My professional background spans 25 years of teaching, from volunteering in Primary, teaching Secondary school for 18 years and Pre-degree and A level in further education.
I have a background in Person Centred Counselling and teaching Yoga, which influence my positive beliefs good well being and mental heath. I also work in the local Parish Church as Sunday School leader and Safeguarding officer.
My family has been taught at Manor Road and I feel it is a privilege to work along side a great team of dedicated teachers and staff. I thoroughly enjoy being in the Governing Board, supporting the school and the wider community.

Adam Hayhurst

My name is Adam Hayhurst; I am a co-opted governor at Manor Road.  I live in the local community with my wife and two children both of whom attend Manor Road.

I have been involved in education in one way or another for the last 15 years, 12 of which have been as a Science Teacher in local high schools, and hope that my experience can provide support and be useful over the next few years.

I look forward to working with the other governors and staff at school to continue to provide pupils with the best opportunities to achieve their full potential.


Nick Hodson

I am a Parts Manager in a local car dealership and I started as a Parent Governor in 2005. I am currently Chair of Governors and I have been for the past 11 years and also Governor for Safeguarding . I have held most positions from Chair of the Learning Committee to Educational Visit governor and served on lots of sub committees.  A lot has changed since the 1970’s when I attended Manor Road and the school is constantly evolving. I have had 4 of my children attend Manor Road.

Jennie McDonald

I am a parent to two children at Manor Road and live locally in the Whittle area.

Whilst I knew the school from a parent perspective, I am valuing getting to know the school in a different aspect. In my short time as a governor, I can already see how much hard work both staff and children alike, contribute to the school.

My background is working within Human Resources, and I currently work in an education setting. Working with education already, I have a sound understanding of Safeguarding and Keeping Children Safe in Education.

I hope that my knowledge, skills and experience will add value to both the governing body and school.

Kirsty Monks

My name is Kirsty Monks and I am the Local Authority appointed governor. I attended Manor Road as a child, albeit many years ago, and am very happy to be back here and in a position to be able to support the school and its pupils and families.

I currently work in education and provide support and advice to a large number of schools across the country in relation to regulatory matters. I have a strong background in safeguarding and wider areas of inclusion and have a firm belief if supporting children to achieve their best outcomes is life. I look forward to serving you during my time in post at the school.

Katey Walker

I am pleased to be taking on the role of parent governor from Spring 2024.  I have two young children, one who is currently in reception at Manor Road and one who attends a local nursery.  I am a full time primary school teacher and have worked in education for the past 10 years.  I began my journey in a large foundation setting and have worked in Year 5 and 6 for eight years.  I am passionate about teaching and learning as well as the welfare of children and their day to day experiences.  I believe that every child should enjoy their education and that school should be a place which champions diversity and challenges stereotypes.  I hope to be able to bring knowledge from my professional experience to the role but also to support the governing body through my insights as a parent.

Kim Whittle

I live in Whittle Le Woods with my husband and our two dogs and regularly come into school to listen to readers in reception class which I find very rewarding

Now happily retired, working life for me involved lots of travel at home and abroad as I pursued my career in sales and marketing. I’ve been lucky to work for a number of major international manufacturing companies in senior management roles, leading teams, preparing and managing budgets, devising and implementing business strategies and taking care of customer relationships. Recreationally, I’ve always enjoyed creative pursuits and these days I have more time to explore lots of arts and crafts and top of the agenda right now is trying my hand at pottery.