Our Governors are representatives of the local community, parents, school staff and the Local Education Authority. They bring a range of interests, knowledge and skills to the school whilst working in a voluntary capacity.

Our Governors

Carole Willams – Co-opted Governor

Mrs C Williams - Chair of GovernorsI am a co-opted governor appointed by the Governing Body. My 4 year term of office ends in November 2022.  Prior to becoming a governor I was a Head Teacher at a local primary school until 2007 and then worked until 2010 for Telford and Wrekin Local Authority as the deputy manager for the Schools Multicultural Development Service.
Now retired, I can dedicate my time to Newdale and there is nothing I enjoy more than visiting the school and working with the children, staff and parents at this creative and innovative school. As it states in the school’s ‘Vision Statement’ we are creating a school of ‘doers, believers and achievers’ with high aspirations and equality for all.
I am the link governor for Literacy Development, Equality & Diversity, Early Years Foundation Stage, PE, Safeguarding and the school website/E Safety. I sit on the Finance and Personnel,  Curriculum (Chair), Safeguarding Health & Safety and Strategic Committees.

Beryl Mason – Local Authority Governor

Mrs B Mason - GovernorI have been a Local Authority governor at Newdale since the beginning in 2003 and was appointed by the Governing Body. Governors had a vision for our school – that everyone at the school should enjoy their education – staff, pupils and parents. We wanted Newdale to be at the heart of the community and as the school has grown we have been able to provide wider opportunities for everyone. Newdale School and Nursery are always searching for new and better ways for our children to enjoy their learning journey, develop their independence and resilience. I Chair the Finance and Personnel Committee and am proud to still be involved with such a caring and hardworking outstanding school. My term of office expires in September 2022.

Rachel Cook – Head Teacher

Miss R Cook - Headteacher GovernorI have worked at Newdale Primary School since 2003 and been the headteacher since 2008. As the Head Teacher, I attend all governors meetings. I ensure all suggestions around school improvement are shared with staff and that information about school is shared openly with all governors.

I am passionate about continuing school improvement making our children, families and community the centre of all decision making.

Amanda Price – Parent Governor

I joined the governing body in March of 2021 and excited to be part of the health and safety curriculum team of which I am Chair.

I have been in a sales and marketing environment for over 20 years and hoping to bring my business experience into my governors role and work alongside the committed staff of Newdale helping to ensure the values of this wonderful school are continued. 


I have a daughter who is starting year 1 in September, so my passion is extra enhanced to see her grow at Newdale! 


I was appointed as a Parent Governor in March 2021. My term of office runs for 4 years. 


Michelle Bishton – Staff Representative

Mrs M Bishton

As the Deputy Head, I am the staff representative of the school and was re-elected in October 2018. I have worked at Newdale since 2007 and feel passionately about supporting children to achieve their full potential. Newdale Primary School and Nursery is a vibrant and exciting place to be and I am delighted to have an active role in shaping its future. I currently sit on the Curriculum Committee.  My term of office ends in October 2022.

Amy Newport- Co- opted Governor

miss-a-newportI am a Year 1 class teacher who joined the Governing body at Newdale in September 2016.  I have worked at Newdale since 2010 and I think it is a fantastic place to be.  All staff here go above and beyond to give the children at our school the best opportunities, experiences and education possible.  In addition to this I am also the parent and pupil voice lead, which entails carrying out a range of surveys and talking to the children about their views and opinions of things that happen in their school.  I really enjoy this role and work together with staff governors and children to make any changes to improve Newdale even further.

I am also a designated safeguarding lead (DSL) in school and so I have joined the Safeguarding and Health and Safety committee.  I feel honoured to be able to bring ideas to these meetings and work with the other Governors. My term of office ends on November 2024.

Karen Rowley – Co-opted Governor

I joined the Governing Body in November 2020. I have had a 35 year teaching career in Primary schools and hope to make use of this experience as a linked Governor on the Curriculum committee. Now retired, I can bring time and commitment to Newdale and I look forward to meeting and working with the children, staff and parents.

I was appointed as a Co-opted Governor by the Governing Body on 12 November 2020 for a 4 year term.

Amanda Lowe – Co-opted Governor

I am very honoured and privileged to have been Co-opted a Governor by the board on the 12 November 2020 at Newdale Primary School for the next 4 years.

I have a 35 year varied business management background. I have 3 Grown up children, one of which I can proudly say is a year 3 teacher at this very school. I have always had a vested interest in the wellbeing of children from pre-school to secondary and volunteered my knowledge and skills according to the setting whilst my children were growing up having lots of fun along the way.

I now manage a flooring shop in Oakengates as well as a small sewing business. I can’t wait to support the school and bring my enthusiasm, passion and commitment any way I can to assist the school’s first class education and all that it provides for its children and staff.


Anthony Smith – Co-opted Governor

I was appointed to the Newdale Governing Body in March 2021 by the Governing Body on 11th March 2021 and currently sit on the curriculum committee.  I am excited to contribute to the school and be a part of its ongoing success. I was elected as the Chair of Governors on 11th November 2021.

My daughter is in Year One and she is excited to be a part of the school’s community.  I have worked in education for over ten years and currently work as a consultant supporting schools and academies on the business side.

My term of office ends in March 2025.

Jacqui Wordsworth – Co-opted Governor

I am governor appointed by the Governing Body. My 4 year term of office ends in November 2025.  Prior to becoming a governor, I was a Head Teacher at a local primary school until 2004 and then worked as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Schools until 2017. During my time as an HMI I had the privilege of visiting numerous school witnessing some outstanding educational practice. I worked for many years helping leaders of struggling schools to improve their leadership skills and develop their curriculum offer. Additionally, I was a member of the subject and survey team’s specialising in phonics and religious education. Now retired, I can dedicate my time to Newdale.
I am the link governor for Phonics and religious education ,  I am a member of the curriculum committee.

Mr Simon Evitts – (Resigned 11/11/2021) – appointed by the Governors on 12th November 2020.

Mr Matthew Bewick (Resigned 7/12/2020) – Appointed by the parents on 1st February 2017 for a term of 4 years.

Mrs Jane Frost (Resigned 9/7/2021) – Appointed by the parents October 2017 for a term of 4 years.

We have link governors for the following areas:

Literacy, Numeracy, Pupil Premium, Early Years, SEND (Special Educational Needs), Gifted and Talented and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural, Information Communication Technology, Health & Safety, LAC (Looked After Children), Child Protection/Safeguarding and Continuous Professional Development.

Message from the Chair of Governors.

As Chair of Governors, it gives me great pleasure in welcoming you to Newdale Primary School & Nursery. We are a highly committed and active Governing Body who place equality, inclusivity, care and wellbeing at the heart of everything we do. The most important measure of our effectiveness as a school, is the amount of progress (both academically, socially and emotionally) pupils make during their time at Newdale. Governors regularly visit the school to meet with staff and children. Our core functions as Governors are:-

  • Setting the strategic vision and direction of the school.
  • Holding the Head Teacher to account for the school’s educational performance.
  • Ensuring financial resources are well spent.
  • Safe guarding and health and safety

As parents and carers you are very much part of our whole school community and we value your thoughts and comments. We very much look forward to working with you over the coming months and years. If you have specific questions or comments for the Governing Body, please do not hesitate to make contact via the school office.

Carole Williams, Chair of Governors

More Information

Committee Membership 2021-2022

Finance & Personnel, Salary & Grading’s
Mrs B Mason (Chair)
Mrs C Williams
Mrs K Rowley
Clerk– Mr J Griffiths
Safeguarding & Health & Safety
Mrs A Price (Chair)
Miss A Newport
Mrs Bishton
Mrs Lowe
Clerk– Mr J Griffiths
Mrs C Williams – (Chair)
Mrs M Bishton
Mrs Rowley
Mrs Wordsworth
Mr A Smith
Clerk– Mr J Griffiths
Complaints and Appeals
Any 3 eligible governors linked to availability
PDC & Staff Dismissal
Any 3 eligible governors linked to availability
Mrs C Williams

Governors Action Plans 

Governors action plan 2020 2021

Evaluation of Governors action plan 2020 2021

Governors Documents

Governors login