Governors

Chair of Governors

Alice Hodges

As a parent and secondary school teacher, I have a deep-rooted belief in the importance of high quality education for all. I have been a governor at Shirley Warren since 2008 and in that time I have seen first-hand how the school and nursery provide a strong foundation of education and skills for the children as they move through the school and beyond. The school’s dedication to well-being and their vision to improve the lives of the whole community resonates strongly with me. My role as a governor has given me the opportunity to support and challenge the leaders and staff to continue to provide the best for the families of Shirley Warren. I have had the privilege to work alongside past and present governors who dedicate their spare time to help maintain the high standards that are expected at Shirley Warren.

Chair of governors can be contacted through the school office

Vice-Chair of Governors

Catrin Watkins 

My name is Catrin and I am the Vice Chair and am a Parent Governor.  I am grateful to have this opportunity to be able to be involved in the educational journey of all the children who attend the school.  As well as being a mum, I am a research nurse, where I use attention to detail to ensure that patients are cared for using best practice while high quality work is produced.  I hope to be able to use some of these skills in this Governor role, as the school seeks to continuously improve and provide a nurturing learning environment. 

Clerk to the Governors

Susie Rosie

'I have been Clerk to the Governors at Shirley Warren since 2000. I have 4 children, all of whom went to the school at various times between 1997 & 2019. I think clerking enables me to support the school in a very practical way, as well as supporting the local community that I live in.'

Governors

Zoe Newton - Head Teacher 

 

Sophia Neofytou 

I am currently Acting Assistant Headteacher and Science Leader at Shirley Warren Primary School and Nursery. I have four years experience as a staff governor. When asked why I wanted to become a co-opted governor for our school, the primary reason that came to mind was that I believe in our school and want to contribute to make a difference. I would like to support our school in achieving our aims and objectives beyond the support of being a member of staff. I aim to have a positive impact on our pupils, staff and school and I can share my knowledge of the curriculum, assessment and teaching and learning. I have the chance to bring my knowledge as a Class Teacher and Senior Leader, as well as previous experience as a Learning Support Assistant to the process of governance, to support the Governing Body in shaping our strategic policy and vision.

Sally Spicer

With my recent knowledge in local government as a city councillor and a back ground of 18 years in early years, I really wanted to put my knowledge to good use in the role of a governor. My son also attends the school so it's great to be involved in the improvement and progression of the school in which he attends. I also really enjoy working in the community to make a difference

 

Helen Goodall

My name is Helen Goodall and I am the staff Governor at SWPNS. I feel truly honoured to have this role. Since starting at the school in April, I have felt extremely welcome by all the children and staff. Our school has a real community feel and I know we aim to give our children the best education possible. 

I am looking forward to supporting the school on its journey to improve the lives of our children. I am an excellent listener and team player, which is vitally important in education. I use an ‘open door’ policy with my parents, as I know you are the key to our children succeeding. I hope this will help staff and parents share their views with me in my new role, inevitably to improve the outcomes for our children.  

This is my ninth year of teaching. During my career I have worked in primary and infant schools and run a nursery. I have had leadership roles such as Head of Literacy, Manager,  NQT mentor and led whole school improvement for Speaking and Listening. I am currently a Year 1 teacher and leader of our new subject Relationships and Sex Education. I hope that my skills and experiences will enable me to support and develop the school strategically over the next four years.

Nicole Drysdale

My name is Nicole Drysdale and I recently joined the governing board in April 2020

I am a Senior Area Manager for the co-operative childcare, and I support 45 nurseries around the country. I have 22 years of experience in the Early Years and I feel my knowledge in this area can help me in the role of school Governor.

I hope to support the school in making sure all children can reach their full potential through high quality teaching and learning. I will also be supporting as a SEND link Governor Making sure I challenge appropriately around the school’s provision and strategies to support all pupils.