Meet our Governors...
All state maintained primary, secondary and special schools, are accountable to their governing bodies, which in turn are accountable to parents and the community. Parent and staff representatives are elected to the governing body; the local authority appoints governors to the governing body and the relevant faith bodies appoint foundation governors in faith schools.
The governing body is responsible for the conduct of its school, and must promote high standards of educational achievement at the school.
The governing body continues to work in partnership with the Headteacher, staff, parents and students to raise standards of achievement. The governing body has a strong focus on three core strategic functions: ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction, holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its students, and the performance management of staff; and overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent. Our full governing body meets three times a year. The teaching and learning committee meets six times a year; and the leadership and management committee also meets six times a year. The governors are also involved with regular visits to the school and supporting special events.
Links to our Governors' Statement and Transparency & Accountability Statement can be found at the bottom of the page, along with the minutes of the meetings.
Our team of Governors consist of:
Alex Thompson - Chair
Suzanne Hayes - Parent Governor/Vice Chair
I have been a Parent Governor at Havannah since March 2014. I have 3 children, the eldest of whom has been through Havannah and is now at Eaton Bank Academy and the other 2 are still at Havannah Primary.
I currently work within secondary education which enables me to utilise the experience from my role and skills gained there within my governing role.
My background is in Information Management and Data Protection in which I hold a Masters Degree and an ISEB Data Protection qualification.
I was a Trustee and Treasurer for local Charity Ruby’s Fund for many years prior to joining the Governing Body.
Kath Bennett - Co-opted Governor
I have lived on Malhamdale Road for over 30 years and my two oldest children attended Havannah CP school very happily during their primary years. As a History & Politics teacher, I spent over 20 years teaching in local secondary schools & colleges and have maintained an interest in education since my retirement a few years ago. I volunteered as a governor as a way of continuing to contribute to the education of local children.
Ann Holland - Community Governor
I have been a teacher for over 40 years and am now retired. During my career I have taught all year groups - Early Years to Year 6 - teaching the full range of primary curriculum subjects. It is a job I have loved.
Throughout my career I have developed my interests in literacy and Special Needs. I have co-ordinated both these important and demanding areas by introducing and developing policies as well as promoting good practice throughout the school.
Having now retired from teaching I still play an active and important role as a school governor at Havannah by ensuring that all our children reach their full potential.
Kate Jones - Community Governor
I have worked in primary education for 11 years, as a class teacher in the Early Years, Key stage 1 and 2 and as a SENCO at Havannah School. More recently I worked as an Officer for Cheshire East Special Needs Team, and am currently working in a Macclesfield Primary School in Special Needs and Safeguarding.
Being part of the governing body has enabled me to support Havannah in a very different capacity and continue my involvement with the school. I am passionate about helping children achieve their potential through education and ensuring youngsters have the best opportunities to succeed whilst growing into responsible and caring individuals. I am really excited about continuing to work with the children, staff and families within the school community.
John Sherwood - Co-opted Governor
I have recently retired from a career in chemical engineering, firstly at AstraZeneca and then as a consultant for several companies around the world. For the last 40 years I have lived on Malhamdale Road and both my children happily attended Havannah School in the 1980s and 90s during which time I was both a parent governor and an active member of the PTA.
Deb Ball - Associate Governor
Stefanie Williams - Headteacher
Sophie Slater-Baynes - Associate Member