Governors

Governors

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

Parent Governor

Co-Chair of Governors


I was appointed as a parent-governor when my eldest daughter joined foundation in 2017/18. It’s been a fantastic way to be more involved at the school and to use my background in education positively. I’ve been a teacher (secondary English) for 15 years and have taught in both schools and online, I have a MA in Teaching and Learning and recently completed a Doctorate in education. It’s great to bring these skills to the board and to be able to give something back to our school community.


In my spare time (which is rare now I have two small girls at home) I enjoy baking with my eldest, days out in neighbouring North Wales and an occasional trashy Netflix binge for some mindless escapism. I also enjoy being involved with the FOMPTA committee too.


Since joining the governing body I have sat on the resources and teaching and learning sub-committees and I also have become the governor with responsibility for SEND. It’s been an absolute pleasure to work with the rest of the governors to support Mrs Curtis and the Meadow team in maintaining excellent progress and high standards across the school.



Mrs Kate Field

Parent Governor

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

Co-opted Governor

Vice Chair of Governors


I have been a Co-Opted Governor at Meadow since April 2020; however, I have been part of the Meadow community as a staff member for the eight years prior to this. My previous post as Assistant Headteacher and associate member of the Governing Body has enabled me to see the school continue to strive and succeed over the past eight years. Now in my role as Co-opted Governor, I am very much committed to supporting the school in continuing this success and in delivering high levels of education for our pupils, both academically and socially. I am committed to ensuring that we as a governing body work to support and challenge and ensure the high standards of education for all of our pupils, within both their academic and social education. Meadow holds a special place in my heart and I feel very privileged to continue to support the school and its future.


My background is within education , having previously taught in the East Riding of Yorkshire for two years prior to my appointment at Meadow. I have also worked as a Specialist Leader in Education for English and as a KS2 writing moderator for the Local Authority Moderation Team. I currently work as part of the School Intervention Team at the Local Authority, where I coordinate strategic support for schools and the LA’s statutory duties within moderation and assessment at Key Stages One and Two. My current position and experience in education enables me to support the school within the Teaching and Learning Committee: this enables me to bring challenge within ensuring the highest standards of teaching and learning for all pupils at the school.



Mrs Sarah Curtis

Headteacher Governor


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

Co-opted Governor

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

Parent Governor

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.


I’ve got a long affiliation with Meadow, having been a former pupil and now, both of my boys attending the school.


I’m incredibly proud to support Meadow and look forward to working alongside the rest of the governing body, assisting the school in its continued growth and development.


Mrs Jacqui Roberts

Co-opted Governor

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

Co-opted Governor

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

Parent Governor

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

Parent Governor

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.


My skills and background are within education, I was a Deputy Head Teacher with 13 years teaching experience. My passion is the teaching and learning of Maths. I was a Primary Mastery Specialist and worked very closely with the North West 3 Maths Hub, delivering Maths training for a number of schools and School Direct Training programmes. I look forward to working with Mrs Curtis, the Senior Leadership Team and the rest of the Governing Body to support, challenge and continue the outstanding practice that is already in place at Meadow.


Mr Marytn Haxell

Staff Governor


I have been a primary teacher since 2015 and I was appointed as a teacher governor at the beginning of 2019. I am currently teaching in Year 3 and I have been the computing and E-safety lead for the past three years. I hold ambassador roles with BT Barefoot, CEOP e-safety and Computing at School (CAS) where I help to support and train other teachers. I also run a local National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) community for Chester and Ellesmere Port which aims to support local primary teachers with the teaching of computing.


I am originally from Margate in Kent but have been living in Cheshire for the last six years. I love being a teacher and am very proud to be a part of the Meadow family.

Mrs Laura Bladen

Co-opted Governor


I am the Year 3 teacher at Christ Church C of E Primary School and have taught at the school for 8 years. I am a member of the Senior Leadership Team, currently holding the responsibility of Maths, History and Pupil Premium Lead.

I fully understand the need for effective links between staff and the governing body. During my time at Christ Church I have worked closely with my own governing body, forming a strong working relationship with the Pupil Premium link governor.

I am excited to join the governing body of Meadow Primary School, and feel privileged to be part of such a dedicated team who strive for the best for all.

Mrs Emma Gore

Parent Governor


I was appointed as a governor in 2022. I have two children who attend Meadow. During my children’s time at Meadow I have helped out at various FOMPTA events and really enjoy contributing to the school community.

I have been a science teacher in Flintshire Secondary Schools for the last 15 years, where I teach science at KS3 and specialise in teaching physics at KS4. After finishing my combined science degree, I then went on to complete a PGCE and then a PGDip in education, leadership and management. Prior to moving to my current post I was a head of department for several years.

I look forward to working with the rest of the governing body to support the school in achieving its goals, to provide the best possible learning experience for all our children.



Chairs of Governors communication

Introductory Chairs letter

Introduction Letter from Joint Chairs of Governors

September 2021

Autumn Term

Autumn term 2021

Spring Term

Spring term 2022

Governor letter July 2022.pdf

Summer term 2022

Governor Impact Statement 2021_2022.pdf

Governor Impact Statement 2022-2023

Governor Information

Governor attendance 2020 - 21 (1).pdf
2021-22 Meeting schedule.doc.pdf
Governor Register of Interests (1).pdf
governor-code-of-conduct.pdf
instrument-of-government.pdf
joint-chair-of-governors-terms-of-reference.pdf
Meadow Committee Membership 2021_22.pdf