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Cheswick GreenPrimary School

Our Governors

Chair of Governors 

Contact to our Chair of Governors

office@cheswick-green.solihull.sch.uk 

List of Governors

Structure of our Governing Body

Governor Pecuniary Interests

Governor Attendance

Remits:

Full Board

Strategy Committee

Staffing Committee

Finance Committee

Curriculum and Performance Committee

Buildings Committee

Additional information

    Link to Schools Financial Benchmarking Service

    No employees of our school have a gross annual salary of £100000 or more.

Governor Biographies

Sarah Dryden

I joined Cheswick Green Primary School as a governor in May 2021  and am enjoying being part of the school community.  I live locally in Tanworth in Arden and have two children – Bella is at primary school age and Henry is at secondary school.  Throughout their primary education, I’ve spent many years volunteering as a Forest School leader as well as running the school Imagineering club to get children excited and engaged in engineering.  As both my children will soon be in secondary education, I am keen to be part of a local school community where I can continue to offer support with my skills and experience.

I’m a busy working mum – as many of us are – working full time as an HR Director for BT.  When I’m not darting between different clubs and sports matches to support the children, I can be found running round the local lanes with my dog Rufus.

Lynda Choonpicharn

I have a long history with Cheswick Green School, dating back to 1987, when my eldest two daughters started attending the school shortly after we moved into Cheswick Green village. In September 1988, I began teaching at the school and continued until 2015 when I retired. During my working life at Cheswick, I spent some time as the staff representative on the Governing body and was delighted to be invited to return as a co-opted governor in September 2019. I am now a member of the Staffing Committee, the chair of the Curriculum and Performance Committee and link governor for e- safety.

Since retiring I have become a proud grandparent, started learning to play bridge, and continued to try to keep fit with Pilates! I also enjoy having the opportunity to travel more and try to make the most of no longer being restricted to school holidays!      

Anne Cresswell

Anne Cresswell

I have lived on Cheswick Green since 1970, one of the first people to live here.

I taught at St Patricks and for a short time at Cheswick Green. I started 2nd Cheswick Green brownie pack which I ran for over ten years. I was also involved with setting up Cheswick Green Mother and Toddler Group.

After twelve years at home with my two children, I returned to teaching in Birmingham where I became a member of the senior management team with a special interest in mathematics. I was also the staff member of the governors. I have taught every age group in the primary school age group.

Since my retirement, apart from helping with my four grandchildren and being involved with their school, I have been looking for a way to use my skills and keep in touch with education and to help the local community. I have recently been appointed as a co-opted governor and look forward to serving the school to the best of my ability.

Jane Laishley

I am the staff representative on the Governing Body. 

I started working at Cheswick Green Primary School as a Teaching and Learning Assistant in 2000. I have worked in Foundation Key Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and I am currently supporting in Year 3.

I presently sit on the Curriculum Committee and have been on the Governing Body on previous occasions serving on a variety of committees.

 Stan Proudfoot

Stan Proudfoot

I became a governor at Cheswick Green in 1996 as the governor nominated by Hockley Heath Parish Council.

Parish Councils no longer have the right to nominate governors but I am now serving as a co-opted governor.

I was privileged to be Chair of the Board from 1997 until September 2011.                                                                

My working life (before school governance) was spent in the electricity supply industry where I spent thirty years endeavouring to keep the lights on. When the industry was privatised, those of us over a certain (relatively young) age were encouraged to take early retirement. I accepted the inevitable and complied in 1992.

My involvement with the school began more than forty years ago when my son was enrolled into the then newly opened nursery. Inevitably, I lost touch when he moved on but when my connection was re-established I realised that, although much had changed, the principle of working to provide the best all-round education for the children had not. Although I am no longer Chair of Governors I support the current Chair, as far as I am able, as he leads the team in its continuing work to ensure the best possible outcome for each individual child.

I am Chair of the Finance Committee and also serve on the Strategy Committee and the Headteacher Performance Management Group. I am link governor for English.

Debbie Smith

Debbie Smith

When I became a governor at Cheswick Green Primary School, my three boys were pupils there… and as they are now respectively working/finishing Uni/embarking on an apprenticeship, that demonstrates how many years I’ve been linked to the school!
I really enjoy my role and the challenges it brings and believe it to be a real privilege. I have a true insight into how hard the children, parents, staff and governors work to make Cheswick Green Primary such a great school to belong to.
I chair the Staffing Committee and through this role I am often involved in interviewing new members of staff. I am also a member of the Strategy Committee, link governor for early years/foundation stage and joint vice chair of the Full Board of governors.
Outside of governorship, I am a part time teacher in a primary school for children with a wide range of special needs, leading Forest School across the age range and up-skilling/enthusing staff about the benefits of Forest Schools and outdoor learning. I love my Pilates and Zumba classes at the gym, am a member of a book club, and enjoy gardening and baking with eggs laid by my four chickens!

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