Meet the Governors

Kevin Unsworth ~ Chair of Governors

I was appointed as a Co-Opted Governor of the Acorns Primary and Nursery School and Whitley Village Federated School in July 2017.
Until 2016 I was chair of Governors at my local village school, so I am no stranger to the governor role and I am really looking forward to working alongside Mrs Broom and the team.

It’s a real privilege to be part of your school. Being a governor always gives me a great sense of pride, helping support the school to nurture, develop and educate your children ready for their step into high school and beyond.


My wife, Mrs Unsworth, currently teaches in Year 1/2 at The Acorns, so whilst I am new to the governing body I am aware of all the great work the staff, children and parents have done and continue to do across both schools.

Away from being a governor I work for Lloyds Banking group, and have done for the last 20 years. When not travelling to London, or other parts of the country I like to find time to get out on my bike, and when the weather isn’t kind I tend to be at home with my head in a good book…when my 2 daughters allow me the time!

Hannah Broom ~ Head Teacher

As Executive Headteacher of the Federation, I am privileged to sit on the Governing Body and attend all Committee and Full Governing Body meetings. Our Governing Body is a pleasure to work with. They are a group of dedicated and committed people who strive to ensure the best possible outcomes for all of our pupils. We have worked hard together as a team to clarify our aims and objectives and have a shared vision of every pupil being the best they can be in school and in life.

 Geraldine Godwin ~ Local Authority Governor

I was born at Clatterbridge Hospital.  I lived and went to school in Ellesmere Port. On leaving school I joined the Civil Service in the Department of Employment as a clerical officer.

 I joined the Queen Alexander’s Royal Army Nursing Corp (QARANC) in December 1976 aged 20 to train as a Registered Nurse qualifying in 1980. This gave me an opportunity to travel all across Europe and the Far East.

I also qualified as a Registered Midwife in 1987 delivering 1769 babies into the world in my 27 year career in this field of Clinical Practice. I had a few years in the 1990s in Management and obtained an MSc in Health Informatics and Statistics during this time.

My interest and passion for history, which started at school, led me to undertake a BA(Hons) in History graduating in 2009 from the University of Glamorgan. Following a move to London with my midwifery career I undertook a MA in History of Medicine at the University of London graduating in 2011.

 I returned to Great Sutton in 2014 to work in Continuing Healthcare and I am currently employed at the Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

I am a member of Soroptimist International - Ellesmere Port Club a local group working on various fund-raising events for charity to promote the empowerment, enabling and education of women and girls. I was President of the club during 2019/2020 and the Club donated £300 to The Acorns Primary and Nursery School.  I have remained a member of the QARANC Association and was honoured  to march for the QARANC Association in the Remembrance Parade in Whitehall in November 2019.

I became a Local Authority Governor for the Acorns and Whitley Village Federated School on a four- year term from September 2019 with a responsibility for Safe Guarding.


Jane Craigie~ Co-opted Governor

I have decided to become a governor at The Acorns Primary due to being a local resident to the school. Community is very important to my family. My Husband Ken and I, both volunteer locally for charities to limit food waste and support the homeless in Ellesmere Port and Chester. Being a Governor at your school, will allow me to increase my involvement within my local area. 

I am currently working as a Teaching Assistant at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School where my husband was a Parent Governor for 7 years whilst my 2 children attended the school. During my 12 years at the school I have witnessed lots of new and exciting changes first hand. 

After taking on the role of Union Representative at Our Ladys, I feel like it is now time to take the next step and support the whole school within the Acorns and Whitley Village in their journey to being Outstanding schools. 

I look forward to an opportunity to meet with some of you to discuss plans for the future of the Acorns. 

Nic Jevons ~ Parent Governor

Through my role as an experienced teacher, I have knowledge of working in a small village school as part of a federation, as well as currently working within a large 2-form entry primary school in Widnes as Assistant Headteacher.

As a current parent of a Year 3 child and Year 1 child at Whitley Village School, I have been delighted with the support and nurture all staff provide, as well as the high attainment and progress my son has made. I would like to contribute and support the schools through the role as parent governor




  Vacancy ~ Co-opted Governor


Dawn Camp ~ Staff Governor

I joined the federation as a supply teacher, initially based in Whitley Village, in 2016 before moving to The Acorns later that year. As a school leaver, I worked in the retail banking sector in a customer facing role within personal and business banking until 2018.

My inspiration for joining the teaching profession began in 2005, when I participated in ‘Help a Child with …’ sessions run by a local college and held at my youngest daughter’s primary school.

Both my daughters had extremely positive experiences at primary school thanks to the support and encouragement they received from adults within the school. As a year 5/6 teacher and staff governor I hope to contribute towards providing the same positive experiences for all children in the Acorns Whitley Federation.



Sue Jones ~ Co-opted Governor

I recently moved into the area having lived in Derby for over 30 years. I was a governor in Derby for a federation of two diverse primary schools and wanted to continue with a similar commitment. I have taken on the role of Pupil Premium Governor.

I have taught Chemistry to 11-18 year olds for over 30 years and continue to stay up to date with all changes in education.

In my free time, I am a Brownie Guide leader and a Trainer for Girlguiding.

Martin Nield ~ Co-opted Governor

I've been a Governor at the Acorns since 1998.  During this time I've served as Chair and Vice Chair.  I also serve on the Finance, Personnel, and Premises Committee and am also safeguarding link governor. 

Before retiring, I spent 35 years in the nuclear industry in various roles, the last being responsible for training at the site. Since retirement I’ve operated as a part-time Chester Tour guide.

I feel it's very important that our schools provide the best opportunities we can for all our children.

Donna Knight ~ Parent Governor

Firstly I would like to say it is an absolute pleasure to be awarded the role of parent governor at such a wonderful school.

I have 2 children currently attending the Acorns, who both adore coming to school here and have settled in so well. I can assure you I have the school and it’s pupils best interests at heart,

During my time in this role, I aim to help the school develop and progress to build on an already brilliant reputation. As a parent governor I am essentially a representative for the parents of the school, I will take on board all views expressed to me about changes to the school and effectively voice them to my fellow governors. I am also a member of the school’s PTA. 

Di Buckley ~ Co-opted Governor; Vice Chair

When I initially became a governor at Whitley Village School our priorities were to increase numbers on roll and ensure the school was at the heart of the community. Since then there have been many challenging and exciting stages on our journey. The collaboration has gone from strength to strength and I am proud to be part of the leadership team. Through a great deal of hard work and perseverance, both schools are thriving.

The students are very proud of their schools and attitudes to learning are very positive as a result of fantastic teaching and an engaging curriculum. In my personal life, I am an English teacher at a High School and live locally to Whitley Village School. Both my children attended Whitley School and were very happy; they loved going to school there and are both thrived during their time there. 


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The Acorns Primary and Nursery School

Pooltown Road
Ellesmere Port
CH65 7ED

Main Contact: Mrs H. Broom, Executive Head Teacher

Tel: 0151 355 1546

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