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** Following the updated information from the Government on 18 March 2020 VPIS are currently putting plans in place regarding the School and as soon as we know what will be happening we will be in a position to let parents and carers know **

Meet the Governors

The role of the Governing body is to help shape the strategic direction of the school and to safeguard the public interest in the school. They oversee the maintaining of and improvement of standards of achievement within our school. Governors are also responsible for ensuring that the school’s policies and administration meet statutory requirements and that our children are able to maximise the educational opportunities provided. The Governors support the school in it’s continuous drive to improve the already high standard of education provided to our children. 

 

The Governors are appointed to provide:

 

  • An independent view

  • A wide experience of the outside world

  • A visible form of accountability for the head teacher and staff of the school

  • A focus on long term development and improvement

  • Accountability to the community for the use of resources and the standards of teaching and learning in the school

  • Support for the head teacher and staff.

 

Please find details below of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor. 

 

Governors

Governors 1

Name

Mrs C Longworth 

Role

Chair of Governors : Co-Opted Governor

Appointed

26/05/2016 - 25/05/2020

Introduction

My name is Claire Longworth and I have two sons Joel and Alex who both attended Victoria Park Infant School.  Alex is now at Victoria Park Junior School and Joel is at Stretford High School.  I work as a Primary School Teacher at a primary school in Altrincham, over my career I have specialised in early years and key stage 1.  I currently teach Nursery so I feel I have a great background about young children and how they learn, I think my background helps me in my role as the Chair of Governors.  I have been on the governing body for several years and this is my fourth year as the Chair of Governors.  I thoroughly enjoy helping and supporting the school in every way I can.  I am proud to be part of such a caring and supportive school.

 

 

Name

Mrs S Quinton-Hulme 

Role

Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of Finance Committee; Attendance Link Governor; Development Governor

Appointed

14/10/2017 - 13/10/2021 [2nd Term of Office]

Introduction

I am a co-opted governor with good community links within Stretford. I have been a governor at this school since 2013. I work full time for Network Rail in Programme Controls and I specialise in governance, compliance and audit. I am a part of many community groups within Stretford including: the Chairperson for The Friends of Victoria Park, and I was instrumental in reforming, and am the current Chairperson, for Stretford Children’s Theatre. I was previously Vice Chair of Victoria Park Junior School FAF and I was a part of this school’s PFTA while my son was here. I was on the Executive Committee of 23rd Stretford St Matthews Victoria Scout Group. I have been part of community funding panels, and I played an integral part in the formation of The Friends of Stretford Public Hall. These links mean that I can integrate the school further into our community and share resources, ideas and celebrations.

I have a long family history with the school, as my grandfather, mother and myself attended this school as a child, and my son also attended. I love this school – it is a part of my life and our community and feels like family. I wanted to become a governor to help the school be the best that it can be for all the children – including my own!’

 

 

Name

Miss D Vrlec

Role

Headteacher 

Appointment

22/02/2006

Introduction

 

 

 

Name

Mrs L Walkden

Role

Deputy Head : Co-Opted Governor

Appointment

27/01/2015 - 04/10/2022

Introduction

Hello, my name is Lisa Walkden and I am a co opted governor - this means that I was appointed by the Governing Body.  As the deputy headteacher, I used to be the staff governor but when that term of office expired, I still wanted to continue working with our governors so I was co opted!!

I always tell everybody how incredibly proud I am to work at Victoria Park as we have the most interested and interesting children, supportive families, a dedicated, fun staff and a genuinely committed Governing Body.  As a teacher I am lucky enough to work alongside teachers throughout the school and be part of our children's learning journey and as a Governor, I enjoy being able to share and celebrate our schools' achievements and find ways to make our amazing school even better!

 

Name

Mrs A Cook

Role

Co-opted Governor

Appointed

17/05/2017 - 16/05/21

Introduction

 

 

 

Name

Mrs E Dempsey

Role

Staff Governor

Appointment

04/10/18 - 04/10/22

Introduction

 

 

 

Name

Mr A Patel

Role

Parent Governor 

Appointment

20/11/2017 - 19/11/2021

Introduction

The school has played a very important role in my life as I’m a former pupil of Victoria Park Infant and Junior school. My daughter has recently joined reception and as it’s brought back very fond memories of the school. I believe I can call upon my experience from my professional career to identify areas of improvement and help develop the future vision for the school. I have excellent communications skills and combined with my calm and collective approach I hope to help the school maintain high standards. I believe that parent governors have a special role to play. I would always try to assess issues\decisions from the point of view of parents/carers. I would look to work with parents\teachers\governors to help drive the continued improvement needed to provide our children with the best chance of success. I have a proven track record of managing teams and driving through change in some challenging times. I’m an IT Manager by profession and with my knowledge hopefully it will be ideal for the school as we live in a world where technology is becoming a part of everyday life.

 

 

Name

Mr K Kalina 

Role

Parent Governor

Appointment

17/05/2017 - 16/05/2021

Introduction

I have been a co-opted governor at the school since May 2017; I also have a son currently in reception class of the school (and a pre-schooler who cannot wait to start in a few years!) I work full time for AWH Legal ltd as a Solicitor dealing with litigation. Born by the seaside in Blackpool, I moved to Manchester 10 years ago with my wife for work as we both got jobs in Manchester city centre. When we started a family we moved to Stretford and specifically the Victoria Park area as we saw it as a brilliant location to live and bring up our family. Although I have only lived in the area for the last 2 years, I feel a great affinity for Stretford and wanted to get involved formally in the local community. I see being a Governor as a way for me to offer my skills as a Solicitor (and father) and try and ensure our local school and kids get the best start they can.

 

 

Name

Mrs M Aslam 

Role

Co-Opted Governor

Appointed

17/05/2017 - 16/05/2021

Introduction

I am a co-opted governor and I have 2 children who both attend Victoria Park Junior School.
I have worked in the public sector in a variety of roles throughout my career and I am currently working as a Workforce Planning and HR Performance Officer. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and socialising with friends. I have been a governor at the school since November 2013. I am the Maths and Sports link for the governors and have so far found the role to be very rewarding. I strongly believe that children will enjoy learning in a nurturing and caring environment where respect, equality and courtesy are at the core.

 

Register Of Governors Interests

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