Our governing body is currently made up of the following members:
|Mr Rob Knight - Chair||1 of 1|
|Mrs Lora Marsden - Vice-Chair (Parent)Mr Damian Collier||0 of 1|
|Mrs Anna Wheaver (Principal)||1 of 1|
|Mrs Claire Birchall - Associate Governor (Vice-Principal)||1 of 1|
|Mr Damian Collier (Staff)||1 of 1|
|Mr Tony Dayson (Parent)||1 of 1|
|Mr Chris Brislen (CEO St Bart's MAT)||1 of 1|
|Mrs Claire Shaw (Lichfield Diocese)||0 of 1|
|Mr Stephen Watson||1 of 1|
Please read on for a little information about each governor:
Mr Tony Dayson
My name is Tony Dayson and I am pleased to have recently joined the governing body at Knutton St Marys as a parent governor. I currently work at Chesterton Community Sports College as an assistant site manager.
My background is in electrical engineering within the coalmines and I spent 37 years at Silverdale mine so I know the area, the families and the need for a school that gives all children the very best opportunity to learn and grow. I have a grandchild at Knutton St Marys in Year 1 and therefore have a strong commitment to the school.
My role is to support the school and contribute to the governing body by bringing a balanced view when decisions are being made. I believe this will help to secure the very best education that the school can provide, by ensuring everyone knows what they need to do and have the necessary resources to support the changes and developments.
Mr Chris Brislen
Chris Brislen is the Executive Principal of Belgrave St Bartholomew’s Academy, a National Teaching and Support School and is the Chief Executive Officer of the St. Bart’s Academy Trust. Chris has a Masters Degree in Education Management and has worked in education for 34 years in over 12 different schools.
Chris has been a substantive headteacher of three primary schools over the past 18 years, with numerous deployments in schools in difficulty. His experience includes successfully leading 4 schools out of special measures (Marlfields, Congleton; Grange, Stoke on Trent; and Oakefield and Cranberry, Cheshire East). Chris specialises in language and literacy, raising pupil achievement and school leadership and developing effective staff teams. He is also a qualified leadership coach and professional mentor. He is married with two daughters and lives in Cheshire.
Mr Damian Collier
Damian is currently the Year 5 teacher at our school, part of the Central Management Team, and has been with us for over 3 years now. Prior to working at Knutton St Mary’s he spent 5 years at Seabridge Primary School, where he also served as a staff governor.
Damian has 3 children who have all progressed through our school and he has a long affiliation with Knutton St Mary’s as a former parent governor and volunteer (in fact it was volunteering at Knutton that made Damian pursue a career in teaching). As someone who has lived in Knutton for the majority of his life, Damian realises the importance of Knutton St Mary’s being a successful school and providing the best opportunities for the children in our community.
Prior to teaching, Damian had a successful career in transport management, working for companies such as DHL and Exel Logistics, responsible for managing the Networking dept. He also managed the bar at Knutton Ex-Servicemen’s Club at one point.
Mrs Anna Wheaver
With over 20 years experience as an outstanding class teacher, Mrs Wheaver is a highly effective practitioner with a wealth of experience across a range of settings..
Since joining Bursley Primary School in 2001, Mrs Wheaver has been instrumental in developing and implementing policies and systems which helped the school achieve an 'Outstanding' Ofsted judgement. She was also an integral part of the team that managed the school through its transition to Academy status, giving her the necessary skills to lead our school as we move towards becoming an academy.
In October 2015, Mrs Wheaver was appointed to the role of Headteacher at Knutton St Mary's.
Mrs L Marsden - Safeguarding/LAC link
I am Lora Marsden, vice-chair and parent governor. I am married with two daughters. My youngest is in year 2 at Knutton. The eldest is now at high school. I have worked as a Civil Servant for 18 years working in various government departments.
I have seen Knutton St Mary’s go through many changes over the last few years so became a Governor to provide a parent’s point of view and, more importantly, to support the Head teacher, staff and governing body to be able to make our school even better, making sure every child at Knutton St Mary’s can continue to Succeed and Shine.