Name Category Appointed By Term of Office Committees
Cathy Graham Acting Headteacher Governors from 01/09/21 All Committees
Rex Beech (Vice Chair)
Co-opted Governors 29/06/20 – 28/06/24 Finance & Services
Staffing & Standards
Tom Cusack Co-opted Governors 17/06/19 – 16/06/23 Finance & Services
Andrew Wood – Chair
Co-opted Governors 16/09/19 – 15/09/23 Staffing & Standards
James McShane Local Authority LA 12/03/18 – 11/03/22 Finance & Services
Hayley Aston Parent Parent 17/10/19 – 16/10/23 Staffing & Standards
Lindsay Howard Co-opted Parents 03/12/19 – 01/12/23 Staffing & Standards
Sally Wood Parent Parent 17/10/19 – 16/10/23 Staffing & Standards
Kate Nield
Parent Parent 06/03/20 – 05/03/24 Staffing & Standards
Sarah Nesbitt Staff Governors 30/01/20 – 31/12/24 Finance & Services
Staffing & Standards

Register of Governors Interests

Governor Entity Nature of Connection
Cathy Graham Wellfield Infant and Nursery School Headteacher 09/2021
Rex Beech (Vice Chair)
Brentwood School Governor 10/2020
Tom Cusack None 03/2021
Kate Nield
Turing NW Maths Hub Maths Hub 12/2018
James McShane
None 10/2020
Lindsay Howard Bowden Prep School Employee 04/2021
Sarah Nesbitt None 10/2018
Andrew Wood Wife is TA at the School Personal 04/2021
Hayley Ashton None 03/2021
Sally Wood None 10/2020



Cathy Graham

Rex Beech

Rex Beech

Andrew Wood
Andrew Wood

Attendance at Governors Meetings 2019-20

Our Governors

The governing body of Wellfield Junior School has developed into a strong, active group of people committed to supporting the school to be the best it can be. Governors regularly attend training courses run by Trafford Governor Services, and one governor is a member of the local authority funding forum. Governors’ terms of office run for four years from the date of appointment and it is a voluntary role.

Our governors have responsibility for many different areas, such as finance, staffing, curriculum and achievement. They review and approve new policies, receive reports on different aspects of school life, review pupil progress and attainment, set and approve an annual budget to name but a few. Governors have attended parents meetings, conducted visits to school to see lessons and meet staff and children, as well as supported the school in a host of different ways. Far from being a “rubber stamping” body, the governors have the role of a “critical friend”, offering a range of skills and insights, reflections and challenges to the school, with the aim of ensuring it is led and managed well and fulfils its statutory roles.

Ofsted’s view: The governance of the school:

“The governing body has a comprehensive understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses and is fully involved in driving improvement. It ensures safeguarding requirements are met so that pupils are safe. Governors take part in a wide range of relevant training to maintain their effectiveness. The budget is managed efficiently. Governors hold the school to account for the way the funding for pupils supported by the pupil premium is used to raise their achievement. They have an accurate view of the quality of teaching. Governors know how leaders check how well staff are doing to improve their expertise, reward good teaching and tackle any underperformance.” (January 2014)

“The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Wellfield is a calm, safe and purposeful school where pupils are well behaved and want to learn. You, staff and governors are willing to learn too. You are open to advice and support, including from the local authority and your school consultant, and are keen to benefit from outstanding practice in other schools. During your headship, you have galvanised the support of staff and governors. They are all highly positive, supportive, and optimistic about the clear direction in which senior leaders are taking the school.” (October 2018)

At Wellfield Junior School, much of the work of the governors is divided between two committees, the Staffing and Standards committee and the Finance and Services committee. These meet at least termly, usually a few weeks before each of the Full Governing Body meetings.

At Wellfield Juniors the Governing body is comprised of 12 governors:

  • 6 co-opted governors
  • 1 local authority governor
  • 3 parent governors
  • 1 headteacher
  • 1 staff governor