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 active on the board of Governors for 4 years. Presently, I Chair the Learning Committee and I also am the Link Training Governor.

My professional background is as an Art Teacher for 20 years with experience in Secondary and Further Education.

I have two daughters who attend Manor Road and I have had the pleasure to visit many classes to run Art lessons, I have enjoyed working on Gifted and Talented Art projects and I have offered Yoga and meditation classes.

I thoroughly enjoy being part of the Governing team supporting the whole school and the local community.

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.

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.