Meet our Governors

All our governors pride themselves in being associated with Beechwood Primary and know the school well. They are here to focus on the quality of teaching and the progress and achievement of our pupils.

Our governors are in regular contact with the school and are fully involved in our school development plan. This plan gives the school a clear direction which is both challenging and realistic. There are various committees that the governors sit on and that meet regularly so that everyone has a clear understanding of what is happening within the school.

Beechwood Primary sees its governors as critical friends who are fully aware of the school's strengths and development areas.  They are fully informed about the day-to-day running and leadership within the school.

They ensure we follow correct procedures and help make the right decisions about your children's education.

Questions for the Governors at Beechwood from the Future Leaders

1. Why did you choose to be a Governor at Beechwood?

2. When you were at primary school, what was your favourite subject and why?

3. Did you have a favourite teacher at school? Describe them.

4. As well as being a Governor here, what's your job?

5. What is your favourite book or author?

6. If you won a million pounds, what would you spend it on?

7. If you got a super power overnight, what would it be and why?


Jo Stubbs (Vice Chair & Leadership and Management Chair)

1. I wanted to be part of a local school with a strong family and community ethic where children’s individuality is celebrated.

2. When you were at Primary School, I loved drama, dance and music; I always wanted to be an actress/singer dancer as a career.
3. My favourite teacher at school was my Year 6 teacher – he was funny and really took the time to understand when you needed help.
4. As well as being a Governor at Beechwood, I am a Family Service Manager with Cheshire East Family Service.
5. I love all the Harry Potter books, but I also love autobiographies. I have recently read the book Lion which I think is my current favourite book.
6. If I won a million pounds, I would buy my children a house each and go on lots of holidays.
7. If I developed a super power overnight, I would like a superpower of invisibility!!!

Donna Reed (Chair of Governors & Learning and Outcomes Chair)

1. I was asked to be a governor at Beechwood when I was supporting Mrs. McGee in the school as a Local Leader in Education. I felt quite honoured to be asked by Mrs.McGee and accepted as I feel very strongly about all children receiving the best education they can.

2. When I was at Primary School, My favourite subject was English where I developed a love of reading. I think it was my favourite subject because I especially loved listening to the stories the teachers told at ‘storytime’ at the end of the day.

3. My favourite teacher at school was Mr Redfern. He taught me in my last class in primary school – he had a terrific sense of humour and was always very kind.

4. I used to be a head teacher and after I retired I helped some other head teachers in Stoke to develop their school. But now I have five grandchildren and I look after them for three days a week – but not all at the same time! I am also a governor at Westminster Nursery School.

5. I have lots and lots of favourite authors as I absolutely love reading and my house is full of books. Among my favourite authors are J.K.Rowling (Harry Potter), Francesca Simon (Horrid Henry) and C.S.Lewis (Chronicles of Narnia) + lots of others.

6. If I won a million pounds, I would take all my family to Disneyland in Florida for a terrific holiday and save the rest for my grandchildren’s education and future.

7. If I could develop a superpower, it would be one that could make people accept other people regardless of the colour of their skin or their religion. Too many bad things happen in our world today because some people are intolerant of others and I would love to change their attitudes.


Nichola Shaw (Engagement and Wellbeing Chair & Parent Governor)

1. I chose to be a governor at Beechwood because I wanted to be more involved in the school that my children attend in order to ensure that they were getting the best education from the best teachers, staff and also have the best facilities available to them.

2. I’m not sure that I did have any favourite subjects at school; I used to enjoy them all!

3. My favourite primary school teacher was Mr Aldersay. He was kind, funny and very encouraging. He made all lessons interesting. I particularly liked how he used to read stories to the class using funny voices and facial expressions. He made the stories very exciting!

4. As well as being a Governor at Beechwood, I am a childminder, which means when other parents go to work, I get to look after and play with their little ones all day. I love it, but it can be very tiring!

5. I don’t really have a favourite book or author, but I do love to read. I read in bed every night before I go to sleep. I like mystery books and thrillers, something that keeps me thinking about what might happen next!

6. If you won a million pounds, I would firstly go on a very nice long holiday with my family. I would then pay off my mortgage, give some to my Mum and Dad, and probably buy a nice car. My husband would like a boat so I might buy him a remote control one!!!

7. If I developed a super power overnight, it would be the ability to clean and tidy with the click of my fingers. I seem to be forever, brushing, hoovering, mopping, washing, ironing, (actually that’s a lie, I don’t iron if I can help it!) I would have much more time to sit and relax if I didn’t have to clean.



Andy Hodgkinson 

1. I became a governor at Beechwood because I was asked to by the Chair of Governors and I was interested in supporting schools in Crewe.

2 My favourite subject was PE because I love football.

3 My favourite teacher was Mr Johnston because he was funny and the PE teacher.

4 My job is Chair of the East Cheshire Headteacher Association.

5 My favourite book is Sherlock Holmes.

6 If I had a million pounds, it would go towards a new centre forward for West Bromwich Albion.

7 If I had a super power it would be to help people understand people who are different to them

Luke Johnston ( Parent Governor)

1. I chose to be a governor at Beechwood  to support the school that has given a lot of investment into my child's learning. I decided that I would like to give back.

2) When I attended primary school my favourite subject was art. My reason for this is that you could be at your most creative and explore so many medias through different ways of expression

3) My favourite teacher at school was my art teacher who was always there to listen and would help in all aspects of my education if I ever had a problem .

4) My role outside of being a governor is that I work on the railway infrastructure I deal with the electric wires that allow trains to run and make sure that there is a safe system of working.

5) My favourite book is the BFG by Roald Dahl which I like to read to my children at home .

6) If I won a million pounds, I would spend it on my family making sure we all use it to have fun .

7) My super power would be time travel so I could see things that are in the past and if I forget anything I could pop back and remember what it was.

Sam Hart (Staff Governor)

1. I put myself forward to be a staff governor so that I can become even more involved in the school and see things from a different perspective.

2. My favourite subject at school was music. I love music in all its forms and I enjoy the challenge of playing an instrument; drums are my favourite.

3. When I was at school, the head teacher was my favourite teacher. He was very supportive to me and we still speak occasionally today.  

4. As well as being a governor, I am currently one of the deputy designated safeguard lead and also a teaching assistant.

5. I do not have a favourite author, however, I enjoy reading psychological thrillers.

6. If I won a million pounds, I would buy myself a top of the range convertible Mini; my mum a bungalow; and my son a quad bike with a big field to ride it on.

7. My superpower would be to be able to read people’s minds.


Su Garbutt

Julia Cargill

1. I chose to be a governor at Beechwood school as I had just retired from teaching at the school and wanted to continue being involved with some part of it.  Mrs Harper asked me if I was interested in becoming a governor and I was delighted to accept.

2. My favourite subject at primary school was English and drama.  I loved and still love reading and I wanted to explore all the different books there were and become a good writer.  As a teacher, English was still my favourite subject and encouraging children to love books gave me such satisfaction.  I also loved putting on productions at Beechwood with music and dance.

3. I don’t think I ever had a favourite teacher but I do remember two or three who encouraged me and gave me the confidence to try different things.   I wasn’t very confident when I was young and had been to lots of different schools which can be hard.

4. I was a teacher for 19 years but I’ve now retired.   I loved teaching at Beechwood; I do miss all the children and teachers but I’m also enjoying going for coffees, going walking with my dog, reading when I want to, taking up Nordic walking and I can now do these things during the week!

5. This is a really difficult question as I read so many books.  As a child I loved any adventure or real life stories.  When my children were small, one of my favourite times of the day was when I read to them before bedtime.  I got to love Roald Dahl, Harry Potter books and Horrible Histories.

6. If I won a million pounds I would travel to lots of different countries with John, my husband.  I would help my sons buy a house each and help my family if they needed it.    I don’t think I would spend it all at once, but think carefully about what else I would like to do.

7. If I was a superhero, I would ensure that nobody could hate other people just because they were different; there would be no homeless people and there would be food for everyone.    Everyone would be loved.

Charlotte Cartlidge

1. I wanted to be a governor at Beechwood because I wanted to contribute to a local school that puts the needs of the pupils first.

 2. When I was at primary school my favourite subject was PE as I loved being outdoors in the summer.

 3. I did have a favourite teacher at school, they were funny, approachable and were passionate about teaching and that showed in his lessons everyday.

 4. I am a Lead Practitioner in ICT at Adelaide School and am a year 7 teacher.

 5. My favourite book is Harry potter. I read this when I was a teenager and loved imagining Hogwarts and all of the characters.

 6. If I won £1 million I would spend it on my friends and family.

 7. My super power would be time travel so that I could travel back in time to all past events to experience them first hand.


Beechwood Primary School Governors 2018/2019

Chair of Governing Board: Mrs Donna Reed

Vice-Chair: Mrs. Joanne Stubbs

DFE No: 895/2693  Cheshire East LA 
Beechwood Primary & Nursery School, Meredith Street, Crewe CW1 2PH 

Tel: 01270 214490


Office Term Dates

Committee Membership

Subject Link Responsibility

Declaration of Interest

Governor Type & Appointing Body










Mrs. Donna Reed

(Chair of Governors)




Leadership & Management

Learning and Outcomes


Headteacher PRP Panel #

Staff PRP Panel


Core Curriculum Strand

‘Diminishing the Difference’ Governor


Vice-Chair of Governors at Westminster Street Nursery

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by Governing Body

Mrs Joanne Stubbs





Leadership & Management (CHAIR)

Learning & Outcomes

Appeals Panel

Finance Representative

Creative Curriculum Strand

Safeguarding Governor

Employed by Cheshire East Council

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by Governing Body

Mrs Sara Harper




Leadership & Management

Learning & Outcomes

Engagement & Wellbeing



None Declared




Miss Sam Hart





Engagement & Wellbeing **

Creative Curriculum Strand



Staff Governor

Appointed by School Staff

Mrs. Nichola Shaw




Engagement & Wellbeing (CHAIR)**

Appeals Panel

Creative Curriculum Strand

Beechwood Family Tree

None Declared

Parent Governor

Appointed by Parents

Dr. Andy





Leadership & Management


Core Curriculum Strand

Chair of ECAPH

Governor at Daven  and Bridgemere

Member of Shrewsbury Academy Trust

Chair of members for the Learning for Life MAT


LA Governor

Appointed by Cheshire East Council

Mr. Luke Johnston




Engagement & Wellbeing Engagement & Wellbeing Strand None Declared

Parent Governor

Appointed by Parents

Mrs. Su Garbutt




Leadership & Management Governor Training Programme Employed by Cheshire East Council

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by Governing Body

Mrs. Julia Cargill




Learning & Outcomes


Core Curriculum Strand


None Declared

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by Governing Body

Mrs. Charlotte Cartlidge





 Learning & Outcomes




Co-opted Governor

Appointed by Governing Body

Current Governor Vacancies: September 2018




Beechwood Family Tree  PTA includes school parents/carers  and staff.

Finance Group: Headteacher plus in attendance is the Schools Finance Team Budget Officer and the School Bursar. This group feeds into the Leadership and Management Committee termly.

# Headteacher PRP Review panel: Also in attendance is the School Improvement Partner (SIP)

Contact the School

Beechwood Primary School

Mrs. S. Harper - Headteacher
Meredith Street

Tel: 01270 214490
Fax: 01270 251529