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Our Governing Board

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    Governor Category Term of Office Profile

    Mrs Leanne Sykes


    Staff (Head teacher)


    Having joined Newhey Community Primary School many years ago in 2003, I feel honoured to be the headteacher of our wonderful school, serving the most welcoming and supportive community. Our school is a happy place to work and learn and we pride ourselves on our core school values, underpinned by our motto that: 

    ‘Together everyone achieves more’.

    Mrs Coral Aspinall Co-opted/Chair 30/11/22 - 29/11/26 I have been a Parent Governor since 2006, and the Chair of Governors since 2009. I have lived in the Newhey/Milnrow area all of my life and both of my children attended Newhey C P School. I currently work as an Engineering teacher at Stockport College and I previously ran my own business. During my time as a Governor, I have been very 'hands on' - spending as much time as possible in the school. I am very proud to be a part of the Newhey team!

    Mr Peter Gurney


    1/11/16 - 1/6/24

    Hi, my name is Peter Gurney.

    I have been a governor at Newhey community School for over 15 years initially as a parent governor when my 2 boys were at the school and then as a co-opted governor. As a governor it is my role to support the headteacher and staff in ensuring the pupils receive the best education and learning we can offer.

    I retired from my role as the Facilities Manager for Rochale Council overseeing the cleaning, catering and school crossing patrol services in 2022, and since then have been employed as a cleaner at Newhey.

    My specialisms as a governor include Health & Safety and ECO and I visit school whenever possible to support the school in these areas.

    I am immensely proud of being elected to the role of co-opted governor and being part of Team Newhey!


    Mrs Irene Davidson

    Local Authority/Vice Chair

    16/11/20 - 15/11/24

    I have lived in Milnrow for 50 years and have held a position on Newhey Community Governing Board for 30+years. I am involved in many community groups in and around our villages, including Pennines in Bloom, Friends of Milnrow Memorial Park plus many more. I also hold the position of Community Link Governor.

    Mrs Kelly Fletcher


    19/10/22 – 18/10/26

    Hi, my name is Kelly Fletcher and I have 2 lovely girls who attend Newhey CP. I have worked for the Local Authority for many years and I currently support the Children Missing Education Team. Over the years, I have supported Rochdale primary and secondary schools; working with children with behavioural needs and I hope my knowledge in these areas can support my Governor role. Outside of work, we spend lots of time as a family travelling the UK in our little caravan. 

    Mr Toby Garrity


    31/8/23 - 30/8/27

    Hello, my name is Toby Garrity and I am a co-opted member of the governing board at Newhey Community Primary School.
    I work at a large acute NHS trust as a clinical education manager, delivering clinical training to medical and dental students, medical staff, nursing staff and support staff. I am also an honorary clinical teaching fellow at the University of Manchester.
    I am privileged to be part of such a pupil focused, enthusiastic and caring team and try to use my teaching experience to support the school at every opportunity.

    Mrs Michelle Belcher


    31/8/23 - 30/8/27

    I joined the Governing Board here at Newhey CP in August 2015 and I am enjoying and learning from this role. I am happy to be part of the committee and am looking forward to helping the school to be the best it can be. I first came to Newhey CP School as a parent. I live locally and am married with three children. All three of my children attended Newhey CP and have fond memories of the school. I started my employment here as a lunchtime supervisor. I have completed lots of training over the years and continue to do so. I am now employed as a Teaching Assistant, Level 3. I have qualified in the teaching of PSHE and completed a basic counselling course. My role here at Newhey is to help support pupils’ Emotional Literacy needs both in and out of the classroom. This is a very rewarding job which enables me to take home a lot of job satisfaction. I am also a member of the eco council and school council. Out of school, I enjoy spending time with my family and especially my grandson. I enjoy making wax melts, which brings out my creative side. I also enjoy baking. I recommend Newhey CP to any parent thinking of placing their child here. I look forward to coming to work every day and feel privileged to be part of the Newhey team.

    Mrs Joanne Gray

    Staff (teaching)

    25/5/21 - 24/05/25

    I love my role as part of the Governing Board here at Newhey. We work hard to support the pupils and staff to help make the school run smoothly.
    I want to help Newhey be the best school possible.
    I really love working at Newhey and I am very proud to be part of such a great team.

    Mrs Sarah Bamford


    15/10/22 - 14/10/26

    I am a mum of two, a girl who attends Hollingworth Academy & a little boy who currently attends Newhey C P School. After working in private nurseries and schools for the last 23 years, I decided to set up a business independently as a childminder. I have been registered since June 2018 and I thoroughly enjoy this role. You may have seen me in & around school in my distinctive red uniform. I am also a 'Rainbows' leader in the local area and I really enjoy this role too. My hobbies include: dance, swimming, reading & bike riding.

    Mr Matthew Bulmer



    15/2/23 - 14/2/27

    I’m Matthew Bulmer.  Both my children have attended the school previously and are now at Hollingworth Academy.

    I am the Head of Programme Management for the School Rebuilding Programme.  Over the next 10 years we are rebuilding the 500 schools in the worst condition in England.

    As a governor I have responsibility for Achievement And Attainment, and KS2 performance.

    Mrs Pauline Thompson




    26/7/22 - 25/7/26

    When I retired as Deputy Headteacher at Hollingworth High School, I gave myself a few months to decide what I wanted to do. I applied to become a voluntary reading helper, with what is now Coram Beanstalk, and I asked if I could be specifically placed at Newhey Community Primary School.  This was because it is a feeder school for Hollingworth and I wanted to support children who needed help with their reading.

    I have no regrets at all. I am in my 14th year at the school and I still enjoy coming to try and make a difference for the children I work with.

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