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Governing Body

The Governing Board of a school is responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers good quality education and that children are safeguarded. Working with the Head Teacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management of the School, the Governing Board determines the School's aims and policies.


The Governing Board is responsible for holding the Head Teacher to account for pupil attainment and progress, performance management, financial performance and the Board have a number of duties which include the appointing and dismissal of staff, ensuring pupil and staff are safe, hearing appeals and setting standards.  As a minimum, termly meetings are held, and the minutes of those meetings are available on the website.


The following people are currently on the Governing Board at Hallwood Park Primary School:


Martin West MBA (Education) – Co-opted Governor, Chair since July 2015.  

Appointed 6th July 2016. Term of Appointment: 4 years.        


Martin has worked in Halton for 20 years, initially with Cheshire County Council and since 1998, with Halton Borough Council.  During that time he has been responsible for overseeing the delivery of Governor Support Services for schools in Halton, and worked with and supported a number of schools, including Hallwood Park, on a range of issues including School Admissions, Capital Development, Early Years, Technical Support, Policy & Performance, Transport, and School Organisation.


Gill Bennett – Co-opted Governor, Vice-Chair.

Appointed 6th July 2016. Term of Appointment: 4 Years.


Gill is a resident of Halton. She qualified as a primary teacher in 1986 and worked in 4 primary schools in Liverpool, including as Deputy and Headteacher, for 16 years. During this time she developed an interest in assessment and pupil tracking and in 2002 this led to her first post working for Halton Borough Council. Following a number of years as a school improvement adviser and senior adviser Gill was appointed as Halton’s Head of Service for Education, a position she held until February 2016. Following 30 years of fulltime employment in education and school improvement Gill is now establishing herself in a new role as an independent consultant and trainer.


Through her role Gill has volunteered to sit on a number of governing boards in Halton and was co-opted onto Hallwood Park Governing Board in July 2015. She is committed to education and enjoys her role working with the other governors of Hallwood Park School.



Councillor Alan Lowe – Local Authority Governor

Re-appointed 21st May 2018. Term of Appointment: 4 Years


Alan is a Councillor within Halton Borough Council for the Halton Lea Ward, and has been a Governor on Hallwood Park School since circa 2004.  In addition to being a governor at Hallwood Park, he has also been a Governor on a number of other Schools since 1990 including The Heath school where he served 2 years as the chair.  Alan is at present an elected Councillor for the Halton Lea ward of the Council which includes the Hallwood Park Estate.



Vickie Webster – Parent Governor

Appointed 19th March 2015. Term of Appointment: 4 Years


I have lived in Runcorn since January 2000 after a short spell living in the south of England. I have had two children already come through Hallwood Park School. One who is now training to be a Chiropractor and the other who is half way though doing her A Levels. My son, who is now 8, is also in Hallwood Park School in year 4. I enjoy socialising, shopping and spending time with my family.


Elspeth Deane BA (Hons) PGCE– Staff Governor

Appointed 7th November 2014. Term of Appointment: 4 Years


Elspeth is a staff governor and has worked at Hallwood Park since 2007, spending the majority of her career teaching in the Early Years. She also has responsibility for leading Science and ICT within the school, and is a member of the Early Years Foundation Stage Moderation team for Halton. 


Kay Goodwin – Head Teacher


Kay has taught since 1986 in several schools in the North London area. Most recently she was Deputy Head Teacher for eleven and a half years in a larger primary school. She has led a lot of school improvement work over the years, developing aspects of teaching and learning, which has resulted in the raising of standards.  She also had particular responsibility for behaviour and attendance. Kay took up post as Head Teacher at Hallwood Park in January 2016.


Russell Fletcher – Associate Governor, Deputy Head Teacher


Russell has been Deputy Head Teacher at Hallwood Park for five years. Before working at Hallwood Park he was a National Strategies consultant, employed by a neighbouring local authority, and has over 20 years’ experience of teaching.


Rosie Leck - Parent Governor

Appointed 15th November 2016. Term of Appointment: 4 Years


I have lived in Runcorn for most of my life and have previously been a Governor at another Runcorn Primary School.  I have 4 children, 3 of whom are past school age. However, my youngest currently attends Hallwood Park School. I work full time and love to spend time with my family whenever I can.  I also enjoy gardening and baking.






Governors’ allowances (schemes for paying)


In accordance with the School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances) Regulations 2013, the Governing Board at Hallwood Park Primary School and Nursery have resolved not to receive/claim any such allowance.

Governance Roles in Other Schools


Martin West (Chair)


Gill Bennett (Vice-Chair)

Bridgewater Park Primary

Farnworth CE VC Primary School

Palace Fields Academy

Vickie Wester


Alan Lowe


Kay Goodwin


Elspeth Deane


Russell Fletcher


Rosie Leck


Attendance at Governing Body Meetings