The school governors at Meadow Community Primary School are all volunteers drawn from the community and staff of the school.
The governors have a vital role in the leadership and management of the school. The governing body sets policies and takes strategic decisions about the direction of the school and deployment of resources. It also closely monitors performance and drives standards including those for safeguarding children.
As the accountable body for the school being a governor is an onerous and responsible role.
All operational matters are the preserve of the head-teacher.
Please see below for our governor pen portraits and information pertinent to governor operations.
Dr Sharon Smith
Co-Chair of Governors
Mrs Kate Field
Co-Chair of Governors
I have been a Parent Governor since 2018 when my daughter started her time at Meadow. I am a Chartered member of the Institute of Personnel and Development and have 20 years of HR experience having worked within both the private and public sector. I am able to bring my skills and experience to the Governing body in order to ensure the school leadership team is supported and challenged appropriately as we work to ensure the delivery of the school strategic plan. I am committed to supporting the school in its continuous improvement and to ensure it makes a positive difference to all pupils by providing a safe, happy, fun and fulfilling education and that also supports them to develop life long skills.
I am Chair of the Resource Committee and sit as a member of the Staffing Committee both of which enable me to challenge and ensure the school is effectively managing resources and is financially robust. My link area of the curriculum as a Governor is Reading. I enjoy working as part of the Governing body and look forward to seeing Meadow continue to flourish.
Mr Alex Kozyra
Vice Chair of Governors
Mrs Sarah Curtis
I have been a teacher for 29 years, the last 12 years as headteacher at Meadow Primary.
I have taught at a several primary schools in West Sussex, Cheshire East and Cheshire West from large two form entry schools to small rural schools with only two classes.
My passion is supporting pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEND). I led a Moderate Learning Difficulties Unit for 6 years and have been a SENCo for the majority of my career. I currently sit on the SEND panel making decisions about EHCPs and I'm part the Local Authority SEND Strategy board and also the School Forum High Needs Funding Committee.
I'm also a parent governor at Upton-by-Chester High school.
I am immensely proud to be the headteacher of Meadow. It is a special place and despite being a large school I feel we are a close community.
Mrs Rachel Hounslow
I am a teacher and co-opted governor here at Meadow Primary. I began my teaching career in 1996 in a primary school in Runcorn, before moving to Meadow Primary in 2001. I originally took on the role of Maths Lead and then the Assistant Headteacher position. I continue to be the Maths Lead and I’m also the Designated Lead for Safeguarding.
Since September 2019 I have also been the Primary Lead for the Cheshire and Wirral Maths Hub. This role involves me working with primary schools across the whole of the Wirral, Cheshire West and Chester, Halton and Cheshire East with the ultimate aim being improving the teaching and learning of maths in schools.
I am also a co-opted governor at another local primary school.
Mr Craig Stringer
I was recently appointed as a parent governor in October 2021 and will be sitting on the Resources Committee. I’ve worked in the financial services sector for 15 years, with my expertise falling within financial lines insurance. With this experience I hope to bring a different perspective to the governing body.
Mrs Jacqui Roberts
I joined Meadow governors 2 years ago after working in the business sector for over 30 years. I have a wealth of experience in finance, planning resource and health and safety. I am passionate about being involved in all aspects of school life and helping to build and maintain a happy, fun and all inclusive learning environment.
Mr Nick Snelham
I have over 20 years experience of programme, project and policy management across a range of organisations with the majority of that time spent working for public sector organisations including the Home Office, Health & Safety Executive and the Office for Nuclear Regulation. My roles have provided me with skills and knowledge in strategy and policy development, operational performance management and the delivery of change across a variety of organisations. I am currently responsible for the project delivery function within the Riverside Group – one of the largest housing associations in the country. I was previously as a trustee of Liverpool Lighthouse – an urban arts charity based in Anfield, Liverpool – for 3 years. I look forward to developing further in my role as governor and supporting Meadow’s continuing mission to provide the best educational experience possible.
Mrs Amy Kendrick
As a parent, I have been involved with Meadow for over 10 years, my son has now moved on to alocal high school and my daughter is currently in Year 4. I have been a Parent Governor since 2018.
My career has always been in education and training, delivering and managing a wide range of training programmes and quality assurance roles alongside this. I have always been passionate about learning and ensuring that all individuals have access to the best possible education and opportunities in life.
I currently sit on the sub-committee for Premises/Health and Safety and more recently I have become the governor with responsibility for Pupil Premium.
I enjoy being part of the Governing Body and I am committed to supporting Meadow to continue to be the outstanding school it is.
Mrs Stacey McDowell
I have two children who attend Meadow and was appointed as a parent governor in 2022. Before joining the Governors I was already committed to supporting Meadow through weekly voluntary work, this role now allows me the opportunity to have a positive impact on the education and safety of all the children at Meadow.
Mr Marytn Haxell
Mrs Laura Bladen
Mrs Emma Gore
Chairs of Governors communication
Introduction Letter from Joint Chairs of Governors
Autumn term 2021
Spring term 2022
Summer term 2022
Governor Impact Statement 2022-2023