Emma CaulfieldTerm of Office 12/06/18 - 12/06/22 Chair of Governors
Emma Caulfield is presently Chair of Governors at Parrs Wood High School. She has worked in primary education for 25 years as a middle and senior leader. She was a primary school teacher & middle leader for eight years and worked as School Improvement Officer for Manchester City Council for five years (Primary English and Intensifying Support Programme). She has also held the roles of School Safeguarding Lead and of Primary English Lead for MCC. She works widely as a Key Stage 1 moderator. Emma was a primary school governor for five years including two years as Chair, during which time the school was graded 'outstanding' by Ofsted. She holds the NPQH qualification and an MA in Education · For the last seven years Emma has been a primary literacy consultant and is a published author on literacy related matters in primary education.
Jason DobsonTerm of Office: 27/02/19 - 27/02/23 Co-opted
Mark McElweeTerm of Office: 09/06/20 - 09/06/24 Parrs Wood High School Headteacher
I came to England in 1993 to study Biology at the University of Manchester and subsequently discovered a passion for teaching whereby I undertook a PGCSE at MMU. I have now been in education for almost 25 years, holding a wide variety of pastoral and academic leadership roles along the way, starting as a Teacher of Science. I have worked at two schools but have had the opportunity to work with some of the best leaders of education in England. I am a Specialist Leader of Education, focusing on curriculum development.
I joined Parrs Wood High School in 2009 as an Assistant Headteacher and now as Headteacher I believe in our mission to improve the lives of our children by instilling in them our core values of Community, Creativity and Achievement.
Francis MarkusTerm of Office: 27/02/19 - 27/02/23 Co-opted
Francis was co-opted onto the PWHS Local Governing Body in February 2019, and is currently Vice-Chair. He is employed in the Research Team of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), undertaking work to inform the policies of the elected mayor of Greater Manchester and those of the ten Greater Manchester local authorities and partner agencies. This includes supporting the development of new ways to deliver public services, in particular through a focus on early intervention and prevention. Francis works extensively with data and has expertise in developing and implementing performance assessment approaches. He also helps to develop new investment models to support service delivery and achieve value for money.
In addition to this experience, Francis worked for more than ten years in primary and secondary schools, teaching instrumental music and delivering some classroom-based sessions. He also undertook creative arts education projects for a wide range of participants including children, disabled and homeless people. As a classical musician, he performed extensively throughout Britain and overseas.
Francis has an MA (Distinction) in Governance and Public Policy from the University of Manchester, and first class degrees from the University of London (Politics and Society) and Royal Academy of Music (Graduate of the Royal Schools of Music).
Sacha GottliebTerm of Office: 02/12/20 - 01/12/24 Co-opted
Sacha has worked with young people for over 30 years. She began her career as a youth worker in London and then Manchester. From there, she worked with children and families managing a number of initiatives designed to bring together health, education and social care for better outcomes for families in several Greater Manchester boroughs. After having her own children, she returned to work for ChildLine which led her into the field of mental health. She qualified as a counsellor in 2013 and has since managed an IAPT service, worked in private practice and supervised helpline staff. She currently delivers training for a national children's mental health charity, counselling with young people and supervision for NHS counsellors, voluntary sector staff and school senior leaders. She is a governor at two high schools.
Ruth ByrneTerm of Office; 03/11/20 - 02/11/24 Co-opted
Ruth has 20 years' experience in teaching and 16 years in leadership. She has taught in all year groups across the Primary School phase. Before becoming Deputy Headteacher at Beaver Road Primary School, she was Assistant Headteacher teaching in Year 6, which enabled her to develop a good understanding of effective transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3. Ruth will be central to making closer links with Parrs Wood High School in various curriculum subjects.
As Deputy, Ruth's main priority is leading the whole school's curriculum development. She believes passionately that every child is entitled to an inclusive curriculum where their attainment, experiences and skills are developed to their full potential. Ruth's school is a Gold Rights Respecting school. She holds the roles of Designated Teacher for Looked After and Post Looked After children, Designated Teacher for Mental Health and Well Being line manager for the SEND Co-ordinator, PSHE lead and family engagement officer at Beaver Road. This experience and responsibility gives her the expertise to make her an effective and supportive Governor.
In her spare time, Ruth is kept very busy looking after her two young boys. She loves to play netball, keeping fit at circuit classes and baking.
Natalie DanielsTerm of Office: 30/11/20 - 30/11/24 Parent Governor
Natalie has over 15 years' experience of teaching in a range of settings and across a range of subjects, including Sociology, PSHE and Citizenship She has been an Assistant Headteacher for 3 years, working on improvements in the Quality of Education in this role. Natalie is currently working at St Ambrose Barlow RC High School in Salford and is a parent governor, with one child currently attending Parrs Wood High School.
David MidgleyTerm of Office: 29/06/20 - 29/06/24 Staff Governor
Mr Midgley has been teaching History since 2001 and has been at Parrs Wood since 2006. He has taught a wide range of students from a variety of backgrounds and contexts in his years teaching. Mr Midgley is currently the head of History and Ancient History at Parrs Wood, which is one of only two state schools in the North West to deliver Ancient History. He has had significant experience of Ofsted inspections as both a class room teacher and governor and has been with Parrs Wood through its journey of improvement. Additionally, Mr Midgley has worked as an examiner, undertaken educational projects for the Learning and Skills Development Agency, developed interactive digital lessons ideas for the DfE and was part of team that created the Think History series of text books for Heinemann Publishing. Mr Midgley is also a member of the Joint Association of Classical Teachers and the Historical Association and is currently working with Manchester Museums to develop curriculum links between secondary education and Museums in the region. He has been a staff governor since the disbanding of the Parrs Wood IEB.
Catherine McCrohanTerm of Office: 10.02.21 - 10.02.25 Co-opted
Catherine McCrohan MA, DPhil, FRSB
Catherine is Professor in Biological Sciences at the University of Manchester. In a previous role as Associate Dean in Life Sciences, she was responsible for undergraduate recruitment, admissions, degree programme delivery, and examinations and assessment, as well as co-curricular activities to enhance employability. She is currently Academic Director of the University College for Interdisciplinary Learning. The College delivers interdisciplinary courses that are open to undergraduates across the University, and which address 21st century challenges such as global sustainability, mental health, equality & diversity and cybersecurity. As a member of the teaching executive of the University, Catherine has a broad knowledge of the higher education landscape (including current issues consequent on the pandemic) as it relates to student fees, applications and admissions, teaching quality, student wellbeing, and graduate employability.
Alia Ali-BeagTerm of Office: 31/03/21 - 31/03/24 Parent Governor
Alia's Background is in the Banking Industry and has over 15 years of extensive Finance and Leadership experience. This included possessing high levels of professional authority, producing finance reports including budgeting and finance reconciliation, personal discretion and being accountable for risk management which demonstrates accuracy in compliance to all internal and external regulatory systems. Alia also has a lot of experience in Training/Coaching and Development and is currently a Quality Assurance Assessor for Barclays Bank who is responsible for overseeing the delivery of great outcomes by stakeholders to clients with the provision of constructive feedback and relevant training where necessary. As part of Alia's leadership role, she has been an Ambassador for citizenship where Alia has pro-actively encouraged community outreach on behalf of the company and built relations with the wider community. Alia's particular interest has been delivering sessions on money management, Evolution of banking and technology and CV Writing Skills workshop to schools, colleges and universities. More recently Alia has been elected as a workplace representative. All of which shows Alia is an effective communicator to a wider audience.
Alia is also an elected School Governor at Longsight Community Primary School since 2015 where her children previously attended. Alia has proactively been involved in the school's important decision-makings and has regularly taken part in Governor visits/walk around, class observations. Alia has contributed to the annual School Improvement Plan and volunteered in Charity events and Summer Fairs to ensure Governor presence and involvement which is one of the school's strengths on the OFSTED report rated as Good twice consecutively in short space of time with it being a fairly new school. More recently Alia was involved in the decision making of early start and finish times of the school which proved to be successful and beneficial for teachers, pupils and parents. Alia was extremely forthcoming in informing parents of pupils of LCP about the importance of RSE (Relationships & Sex Education) in which she received great recognition.
Alia has two children who attend Parrs Wood High School and resides quite closely to the school. As a governor with her experiences, Alias aspiration is to influence a motivated and approachable environment for teachers, pupils', governors and parents by contributing towards the school's continuous improvement, to strengthen the reputation and to ensure pupil attainment.