Welcome to our Governors’ section.
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
Dates of our Governing Body Meetings:
Wednesday 13th November 2019
Wednesday 15th January 2020
Wednesday 12th February 2020
Wednesday 1st April 2020
Wednesday 22nd April 2020
Wednesday 20th May 2020
Wednesday 15th July 2020
Mr. Ridge - Chair of Governors
My name is Adrian Ridge and I am the Chair of Governors at Forestdale Primary School. I lead a committed and hard working team of governors who are intent on placing the school at the centre of its community, working with parents to support pupils to maximise their learning potential and to become good citizens who can confidently look forward to a successful and exciting future.
I have been a governor at the school for many years, and Chair of Governors since Christmas 2016. I am a retired former deputy head teacher of a local secondary school, with over 34 years’ teaching experience.
I am married with three grown up children. I am a Stoke City season ticket holder and an avid walker.
I look forward to meeting you as parents at school events and parents’ evenings to discuss your child’s progress and to celebrate their successes.
Please feel free to stop me for a chat if you see me round school!
Dr. Bell - Co-opted Governor
Miss Chris Lea
Co-opted governor -
My name is Chris Lea and I am delighted to be the Vice-Chair of the Forestdale Governors. I am a retired teacher with nearly 30 years’ experience working with children throughout the primary age range. I have a keen interest in education and regularly volunteer at school.
I enjoy being in the outdoors and am an enthusiastic gardener. In my spare time I enjoy walks with my dog and a variety of sporting activities.
My name is Julia Gray and I am pleased to be Forestdale’s Local Authority Governor. I am a qualified chartered accountant with 17 years’ experience in NHS finance. I enjoy reading and keeping up my French language skills. I am passionate about the importance of a good education as I know what a difference that has made to my life. I am looking forward to working with Forestdale colleagues in this exciting and challenging role as governor.
Thanks to our 2 Governors, Mr A Ridge and Ms R Oak who met with many parents at our recent parents evening – please feel free to speak to them in the future!
We had plenty of ideas for our core value words and we will continue to work with parents on our vision for the school.
At Forestdale Primary we now have a set of value words which underpin our ethos, vision for the school as well as our Curriculum.
These words were chosen following consultation with children, parents, teachers and governors and, with the support of all these key stakeholders, will become embedded in the school during 2017-2018.
RESPONSIBILITY ~ RESILIENCE ~ CONFIDENCE ~ INDEPENDENCE ~ HONESTY ~ EMPATHY ~ RESPECT ~ HEALTHY ~ COOPERATION ~ KINDNESS
Following reconstitution of the Governing Body, under new guidelines, the Governing Body of Forestdale Primary School consists of the following members:
Mr A Ridge ~ Chair of Governors ~ Teaching and learning ~ Scrutiny Committee
Mrs R James ~ Headteacher
Ms R Oak ~ Parent Governor
Mrs S Willets ~ Parent Governor
Mrs P Mellor ~ Co-opted Governor Chair of Finance, Staffing & Premises
Ms C Bell ~ Co-opted Governor
Miss C Lea ~ Vice Chair Co-opted Governor
Julia Gray ~ LA Governor
Mrs S Hill ~ Staff Governor
Governors have the following responsibilities:
Safeguarding/Child Protection ~ Mr A Ridge
Safer Recruitment ~ Mrs S Hill
Special Needs ~ Ms R Oak
Looked After Children ~ Mr A Ridge
Health, Safety & Welfare ~ Mrs R James
Link Governor ~ Mrs S Hill
Pupil Premium ~ Mrs P Mellor
Equal Opportunities & Diversity ~ Mrs Hill
Finance - Julia Gray
If you wish to contact any of the Governors please do so via School either in writing or by leaving a telephone message.
Awards we have received so far.