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Adrian Phillips
Diane Carroll
Rev. Andrew Wilkinson
Simon Mitchell
Julie Cliff
Christine Fleet
Diane Thompson
Matthew Armstrong
 

Adrian Phillips - Chairman of Governors

   I have been a foundation governor since 1999 and my two children have both been pupils at St Michael's.   I am committed to maintaining the strong Christian foundation of the school, which has been so much part of the school's consistent high standards and long term success.   I have gained wide ranging experience in the governance of primary education, served on most of the  sub-committees and chaired the Governing Body since 2007.   From my professional life, I have considerable experience of project and performance management; financial management of multi-million pound budgets and managing major capital and asset management schemes. I have an in-depth knowledge of public sector human resource management.  

   I passionately believe that we have the opportunity at St Michael's to provide all our children with an outstanding primary education and thus prepare them to make the very best of their lives.

 

 

 

 

Diane Carroll - Headteacher

I was appointed headteacher of St.Michael’s on Wyre CE Primary School in April 2016, having previously been deputy headteacher of Bolton-le-Sands CE Primary School, near Carnforth. I have been a teacher throughout my professional career, of over 25 years, teaching classes from Reception to Year 6. I believe in working closely with my governors, staff, parents and, most importantly, the children. Within my current role I continue to teach the children, which, I feel, is a significant part of my position.

The work of the governing body is crucial to the management and organisation of the school.  I am fortunate to have a team of committed governors, representing the church, diocese, local authority, parents and staff.  This team is determined to promote the best possible educational provision for the children, both curricular and extra-curricular, working closely with the staff and having the support of parents.   In any school, but particularly a village school, it is vital that the local community is an active part of its life and development, and the governing body at St. Michael's on Wyre fulfills this role successfully.

 

 

 

The Reverend Wilkinson - Ex-officio

I am vicar of St. Michael's on Wyre and I am proud to serve in a parish with a church school of the reputation of St. Michael's - we are fortunate in so many ways. I am particularly interested in the combination of academic excellence with wonderful pastoral care, that an outstanding school like ours is able to fuse together.   It puts a smile on my face whenever I come into school to lead worship, meet with other governors, or just have a cup of tea in the staffroom. 

Please feel free to stop me and have a natter in the car park.

 

 

Simon Mitchell - Parent/vice-chairman
  My family and I moved to St. Michael's on Wyre in 2009 and were immediately welcomed by the village and church communities. We are so pleased to have found such a delightful village to raise our family and feel especially fortunate to have such an amazing school on our doorstep. All 4 of our children now attend the school. Having worked in the manufacturing and service sectors for over 25 years, I am now a senior manager at a Computer Based Testing company based in Manchester. I manage a team which are responsible for capacity planning, site recruitment & set-up, technical support and warehousing & logistics, across Europe, The Middle East and Africa. I have also headed-up several global initiatives for the company which, most recently, has included a £2M capital expansion in India.

I look forward to using my skills and experience to support the school and ensure that it continues to provide our children with the best possible start in life.

 

Matthew Armstrong- Staff Governor

 

I was appointed Year 5/6 teacher at St Michael’s-on-Wyre CE Primary School in 2016, having previously taught at Westgate Primary School, Morecambe, for three years, where I taught in Year 4 and Year 5. I feel privileged to work at such an outstanding school with a brilliant staff team and am proud to be a part of the governing body to further help organise and manage the school. I am passionate about ensuring that the children at St Michael’s receive the best possible education, both curricular and extra-curricular, and being a part of the governing body will help with this vision.

  Julie Cliff - Foundation Governor

As a  former pupil of St. Michael's on Wyre CE School, I am very proud to now be a governor.  I have been a governor since 2007 and became one to pursue my interest in education, and develop a greater understanding of the school's role in giving the right environment, care and support to maximise the pupils' potential, as I believe the first few years are so important in developing skills and developing the children's passion for learning. I currently chair the Learning and Teaching sub-committee. I am also governor with responsibility for Special Educational Needs, Early Years and Music. 

 I am married and have two children; my son now attends high school but previously attended St. Michael's on Wyre School.  He remembers his days at primary school as being those which gave him much more confidence and a sure foundation on which to build the rest of his schooling.   I have spent most of my life living in, or close to, the village and I am aware of the valuable relationships the school has with the church and community.  My career, for 26 years, was with the Education Department of Lancashire County Council, as an administrator in such areas as Special Education and Student Loans, which included administering allowances for disabled students attending Higher Education institutions, and checking eligibility for loans on residential and financial grounds. I also had responsibility for arranging funding for talented students in the Performing Arts.  I have been a housewife since the birth of my daughter and am a keen gardener. 

In recent years I have been a volunteer helper in the Reception class.

I feel very privileged to assist in the school's development – it is a great experience and an honour to be helping to ensure that the school continues to operate to the highest standards.

 

 

Christine Fleet -Foundation Governor

I was appointed Foundation Governor by Blackburn Diocese in 2007.  I was a primary school teacher for 31 years, 30 of which were spent in the same Church of England school, where my areas of speciality were Art and Display and Religious Education, and where I served as a teacher/governor on the staffing interviewing panel. I am very proud to be associated with St. Michael's on Wyre School, as my husband and I both attended the school, as did both my parents, and my mother-in-law, who later became a teacher there.  The long family connection is very important to me, and I have witnessed the school going from strength to strength. I am happy to support the school in any way I can, attending not only governors' meetings but also plays, concerts, social occasions and community lunches.  The school is at the heart of village life.  I serve on the Learning and Teaching and Vision and Values sub-committees and hope that my own professional experience can, in some way, be of use to the school.

 

  Diane Thompson - Foundation Governor

It is a privilege to be part of the school's development and I am looking forward to my duties. I was appointed as a governor at St. Michael's on Wyre CE Primary School in 2014. I was elected to represent St. Michael's Church, where I attend.  I have three children - all have completed their time at St. Michael's School.  I am an ex-civil servant, as a law clerk, with experience of managing and preparing complex cases, and providing support to witnesses.  I currently manage the family farm and caravan park accounts.  These are situated on the outskirts of the village. 

 

Ben Shoulders - Parent Governor

 

I became a parent governors in September 2019 when my son started school. I was a teacher at Shakespeare Primary School in Fleetwood for seven years during which time I also fulfilled the role of staff governor. I left teaching in 2017 to run my own business in engineering but couldn't let myself get too far away from the fun of school life! Having enjoyed a successful career as a teacher, I look forward to sharing my experiences to best serve the friendly folk of St. Michael's on Wyre. 

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