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. 

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Nont Iamkamphaeng ~ Parent Governor

I am a parent of a pupil at Whitley Village School, who is currently in KS2. My daughter is currently attending Whitley Preschool and will be joining the school in September 2022. 

 I am a big believer in the power of Education, and strongly believe that this is fundamental for the development of every child. I am passionate in a holistic development of a child, covering all aspects of learning and developing including academic, health and wellbeing – physical and mental, which is becoming more important given the impacts of the Pandemic, social, emotional and spiritual development. 

 In my current role, I am able to fully utilise my belief and passion to support children and young people across Cheshire and Warrington. I have been employed with Active Cheshire, a local Charity with the aim to improve the health and wellbeing of local residents through heathy living. I have been employed as a Strategic Lead for Active Kids since 2013 and I have worked directly with over 200 primary schools across Cheshire and Warrington to support the schools to implement and deliver health and wellbeing plans that are unique to each school. In doing so, I have been able to work with and influence, from senior leaders to operational staff, to utilise health and wellbeing as a key agenda to support overall development and improvement of the school. I have been working directly with Whitley Village School and The Acorns since September 2018 on various projects and initiatives to embed physical activity and healthy living into all aspects of the school and beyond.  

 Through my role, I have been able to gain a sound understanding of the education system in the foundation stage. However, I believe that undertaking the role of a Parent Governor would further enhance my knowledge and understanding of how a school operates, including financial performance, governance, policies, etc. I believe that acquiring the knowledge and skills through this role would strongly support my personal and career growth.  

 Having worked for a Charity over the last 8 years, I have developed a strong understanding of governance, finance, and policies implementation – skills which I believe would add value to the board of governors. Along with my invested interest in the community at Whitley and my passion for improving health and wellbeing of local children and young people, I have that I can contribute positively to the Federation.   

 

 

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  Chris Woodward ~ Co-opted Governor

I studied law at Newcastle University and then did the legal practice course in Manchester. I started my career at a criminal law firm in Manchester before moving to London to work for PwC for a couple of years doing forensic accounting. After that I started my training contract to qualify as a lawyer. I became a commercial real estate lawyer and did that for a few years but decided I wanted to work for myself, so I now run a small legal recruitment business. In terms of skills, I’ve had exposure to legal research, due diligence, drafting contracts, negotiating, recruitment processes, basic accounting, and some insight into HR / Employment procedures.

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 - Vice Chair

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. 

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Gareth Blunden ~ Co-opted Governor

I'm Gareth, Dad to a Whitley KS1 Pupil who has some additional physical needs, and has been excellently supported by the School since becoming a pupil last year.

Professionally I'm a Construction Design Manager, with experience of leading a design team across a number of School and Education projects. This has given me exposure to a number of different educational settings, and the views and ethos of different schools. My job has given me plenty of experience in problem solving, and being flexible to adapt to new information.

I wanted to become a Governor in order to give back to a federation that has been a great help to my family, and believe I can use my professional experience to bring assistance and appropriate challenge to the Schools to provide the best possible outcomes for the children. Although I've no Governing Body experience, I'm familiar with similar situations and have experience in helping Public Sector customers ensure compliance with their policies and standards. 

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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
head@acornswhitleyfed.cheshire.sch.uk

SEN Contact: Mrs K Bentley

SEN Email: senco@acornswhitleyfed.cheshire.sch.uk

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