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Wesley Methodist Primary School Forth Road, Manchester

Structure of the Governing Body


Meeting Notes/Minutes


Meet the Governors

Tom King - Chair of Governors
Tom King
Chair of Governors
Alex Hughes - <p>Vice Chair of Governors</p>
Alex Hughes

Vice Chair of Governors

Mrs Dafter - <p>Staff Governor</p>
Mrs Dafter

Staff Governor


Gavin Greaves - <p>Parent Governor</p>
Gavin Greaves

Parent Governor

Helen Harris - Foundation Governor
Helen Harris
Foundation Governor
Rev. Chris Haines - <p>Foundation Governor</p>
Rev. Chris Haines

Foundation Governor



Tom King

My name is Tom King; I am the Chair of Governors at Wesley School.

 Why did I decide to become a governor at Wesley School?

I first got to know Wesley School nearly ten years ago when I started to help out by leading school assemblies and doing some RE lessons. I really enjoyed being in the school, so after a few years I asked the Head Teacher, Mr Hirst if I could help out in any other ways. He suggested that I become a Parent Governor, which seemed like a great idea at the time… 5 years later I can say that it was a good decision and I love every moment that I spend with the pupils and staff at Wesley School.

 What being a governor at Wesley means to me.

It means having the privilege of being involved in the life of a fantastic school, getting alongside pupils and staff to work with them as we strive to be the best we can as individuals and as a school. My role is to encourage, challenge and celebrate achievement in the school. As the Chair of Governors, my specific role is to see how the school is being led, and to keep my eye on whether the school is going in the right direction.

 What experience and qualities do I bring to the role?

I have been involved in schools work for ten years and have worked in many schools during that time, leading assemblies and RE lessons for thousands of children. I also have experience in mentoring and coaching children on a one to one and small group basis, as well as Pastoral Care with teachers and parents.

I have qualifications in Social Work, Counselling and Theology.

My specific areas on the governing body are;

As Chair of the Governing Body I have to have an understanding about all areas of school life. I also take a special interest in Safeguarding, School Finances, Pastoral Care, SEN, Literacy, the Schools Development Plan and Performance Management.

Dates of Service

Joined Governing Body as Parent Governor 19/11/2010

Appointed Chair of Governors 01/09/2015


Alex Hughes

My name is Alex Hughes. I am the Vice Chair of Governors at Wesley Methodist Primary School. My eldest daughter has progressed through the school from reception class to year six. I firmly believe the education and nurturing she has received at Wesley has allowed her to make her transition to high school confidently. My son is currently in year four and is progressing well and is happy in his class.
I have worked closely within the school for the past seven years as a member of the Parent’s Association. In this capacity, I have got to know the school well and I have seen first-hand how the staff at Wesley go above and beyond to enrich the education of the children. I have also gained an understanding of the value of the link between the school and the local community and how this impacts directly on the children’s future.
I thoroughly enjoy my role as school Governor in which I am learning about other areas of school life. My specific link areas on the Governing Body are PE and English. I ensure I attend regular Governor training sessions to keep informed and to learn what I need to know to support the school. I have work experience in management and finance and have just finished studying for an English Degree. I feel the skills I have help me to offer support where needed. Most importantly I feel the greatest contribution I can make to the Governing Body comes from being a parent. I care passionately about my children’s education, the environment they are in, and the people who care for them day to day. I count myself lucky that my children attend Wesley and am glad of the opportunity to give something back.


Dates of Service:

Appointed by the Board of Governors  as a Co-Opted Governor 12/01/2016

Gavin Greaves

My name is Gavin Greaves. I am a Parent Governor at Wesley Methodist Primary School. This is the school I went to myself and it is a real privilege to be able to send my own children here and to serve the school as a governor. 

I have extensive experience and knowledge in the construction industry, which I use to help the school in any way that I can. 


Dates of Service:

Appointed to Governing Board as a Parent Governor 09/02/2016

Helen Harris

My name is Helen Harris, I am Foundation Governor at the School and have been since the beginning of 2015.   I work in the school Kitchen as a Catering Assistant and I also run the local Beaver Scout Group at Wesley Church of which quite a few Wesley school children attend. The reason I became a Governor is to be able to strengthen the link between the school and the church.  


Dates of Service

Appointed to Governing Board as Foundation Governor 21/01/2015

Chris Haines

My name is Reverend Chris Haines, but all the children and staff know me as Reverend Chris. I am the minister of Wesley Methodist Church on Ainsworth Road, as well as of Bridge and Close, the other two Methodist churches in Radcliffe. I have been a Foundation Governor for three years, since moving to Radcliffe to begin ministry here, and have special responsibility for corporate worship and RE, as well as recently becoming Link Governor for Modern Languages.


Dates of Service

Appointed to Governing Body as Foundation Governor 29/11/2012

Joan Brain

My name is Joan Brain. I was recently appointed Foundation Govenor at Wesley Methodist Primary School.

I am a retired teacher with 45 years experience of working with primary school pupils with SEND.

I have a passion for the teaching of reading and have been an accredited Reading Recovery for the last five years of my career.

I am currently sharing those skills by volunteering at the school, working with Y1/2 pupils.

I am a member of Wesley Methodist Church.

Juliet Menzies

My name is Juliet Menzies and I am a Parent Governor, here at Wesley. 

Ever since my first dealings with the school, I have been impressed by the dedication and passion of all the staff, to provide a wonderful learning environment for the pupils.  I have been totally drawn to the school and it’s ethos and so much so, that since my son joined in September 2016, I have become heavily involved in the Parent’s Association and try to spend a good few hours each week in school, listening to children read and supporting in class. 

I currently work part-time in another local Primary School and have done so for the past 10 years.  I began my career in schools as a class based Teaching Assistant, however over the last 3-4 years, my role has become more specialised and I now run intervention groups related to Social Skills, Fine & Gross Motor Skills, Dyslexia, etc.  In addition, I support the SENCo and Inclusion/Safeguarding Teams with the administration for their areas.  Prior to working in education, my background was Human Resources and working in overseas offices for a holiday company. 

I see myself as a very caring, compassionate, supportive and encouraging individual with a good understanding of how schools work and who is passionate about education, which I hope alongside my knowledge and skills, will stand me in good stead for this role. 

Of course, having a child in Yr1 means I also have a personal interest in the successful progress and vision of the school and am keen to support the school, staff and children to reach their full potential.  I have the desire to help see all children succeed and enjoy school life, irrespective of their academic ability. 

My role as a Parent Governor will be to help support staff in any way I can, celebrate successes and help ensure that the school is being well led and continues to foster good links with the local community.  I will aim to help keep standards high and promote the positive nature of the school.   

I am very proud to say that I am a parent of a child who attends Wesley Methodist Primary School. 

Maxine Horne

My name is Maxine Horne. I am a Parent Governor at Wesley Methodist Primary School. As a parent of two children at the school and as a Radcliffe resident, I am keen to support Wesley to serve the children and the local community in the best way possible.  My day job is a full time researcher employed by the University of Salford. I use my research skills to support staff at the school evaluate research into new practice and collect evidence for OFSTED and the local authority around new or current practices in the school. My main area of work for the governing body is around data and assessment. I am also linking up with the Early Years provision. 


Dates of Service:

Appointed to Governing Board as Parent Governor March 2017

David Howard

My name is David Howard. I am a Parent Governor At Wesley Methodist Primary School. I became a Governor so that I could use my skills and experience to benefit the school and help the children to have the best education possible. It is a privilege to be able to give something back and to be part of school life. 


I work as an office manager for a firm of accountants, and have experience and skills in administration and systems management. Amongst other things, I oversee the governor's training needs and all areas of IT in the school, including the school website.   


Dates of Service:

Appointed to Governing Board as a Parent Governor 03/2017