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Birchwood's Governing Body consists of able and committed governors who are passionate about the school and the place it holds at the centre of the local community. "There exists a very open and honest relationship between leaders and governors. As a consequence, governors understand the school’s current priorities and the improvements that leaders have identified. They readily challenge leaders and visit the school to check on progress towards those priorities" (OFSTED 2016).  Governors, along with leaders, are constantly looking to further develop the strategic links that the school has with other schools and the community. 

3 Core Functions of the Governing Body

Birchwood Governing Body


Chair of Governors                      Mr Paul Hesketh (no pecuniary registered)


Vice Chair of Governors              Mr Mike Phelan (pecuniary - wife is employee)


Local Authority                             Mr Paul Firman (Sports Premium Ambassador) (pecuniary - daughter and   grandaughter employee)


Parent Governor                          Mrs Jan Siddall (Named Governor for Safeguarding, SEND Ambassador &                                                       Pupil Premium Ambassador) 

Parent Governor                          Vacancy

Parent Governor                          Vacancy

Parent Governor                          Mrs Lynsey Westaway (Named Governor for Safeguarding & Sports                                                                   Premium Ambassador)


Staff Governor                             Mrs Sara Gale


Executive Head                           Mr Steve Cloke

Head of School                            Mrs Melanie Davies


Observer                                      Mr Ross Challis

Who's Who
Picture 1 Mr Hesketh Chair of Governors
Picture 2 Mr Phelan Vice Chair of Governors
Picture 3 Mr Firman
Picture 4 Mrs Siddall
Picture 5 Mrs Westaway
Picture 6 Mr Cloke
Picture 7 Mrs Davies
Picture 8 Mr Challis
Picture 9 Mrs Gale
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All of our Governors are attached to subject leaders in school as well as looking at provision for vulnerable pupils (SEND and Pupil Premium) and checking that safeguarding is effective.  Our very active Governing Body have a range of skill sets from across the community (for example, decades of Headship experience of Primary, Secondary and PRUs to strategic leads of international expertise).  

Currently the Birchwood Governing Body is full but if you are interested please come as an observer, it is best to contact our Chair of Governors in the first instance via the office. 


Our governors regularly send out a school community newsletter, please find the latest here.

Spring 2019 Governor Newsletter