Welcome from the Chair of Governors
Welcome to the Governor pages the Springfield website. Hopefully they will give you a good understanding of what we do and who we are.
Governors play a vital role in the Springfield Community. Formally, we have three key roles: strategic input to support Mrs Chard in her leadership role for Springfield; a focus on the attainment and progress of all children, ensuring that education and learning meet the needs of all; and finally oversight over the efficient and effective use of financial and other resources. Most importantly, we agree the annual budget for the School and thus have a direct influence over what the resources are spent on.
Springfield Governors have a wealth of experience, knowledge and skills that we use to support school. We have a formal constitution and the board is made up of representatives from parents (3), the head teacher (1), staff (1) and the local authority (1), who are working together with our co-opted governors (8), all acting in the interest of Springfield. None of the Governors can act on their own, not does any Governor represent a particular point of view or group within Springfield. There is a total of 14 Governors on our Board.
We meet four times a year and have three committees to support our work. The committees mirror our roles, covering Finance and Asset Management; Effectiveness (pupil progress) and Staffing, Teaching and Learning. The committees meet more often and allow individual governors to develop areas of expertise and/or use their skills and experience. To support the delivery of the School Development Plan, we also take an interest in particular issues such as Literacy, Math, EYFS, SEN and safeguarding. Throughout the year, we will tell you about we do through the Governors’ Corner in the Newsletter.
So please check regularly for updated information. You can contact me and the Governors via Mrs Chard and/or the School Office.
Ms Pernille Kousgaard
I have been a governor since October 2012 and have been involved in both Finance and Buildings committee. As a governor for parent liaison, I attend PTA meetings and help at fund raising events to form links between parents and governors of Springfield. I am also looking forward to serving in the working group for the next phase of Springfield’s outdoor development.
My son Faysal is currently Springfield and I have recently set up my own architect’s practice.
Jennie Brown - Staff Governor
I have been a teacher for over ten years now, working in a number of different schools in the north west of England and also for a year in Australia. I started working at Springfield in 2012 and knew immediately that this was the school I wanted to stay at! I am passionate about PE, it was my specialism at university and I have always been heavily involved in sport, both in and out of school. I am proud of how I have further raised the profile of sport at Springfield and also very much enjoy my role as team leader. Working at Springfield is definitely fast paced; it is full of hardworking, dedicated staff and children, and I relish being part of the team.
Alison Chard - Headteacher
I have worked in education for 23 years, as a teacher, deputy head and now headteacher. Arriving at Springfield in 2001 I have taught throughout school, led new initiatives, residentials, teams of staff and now the school itself, which I am immensely proud of. I am passionate about education and our local area, being born and educated in Sale. Springfield's mission statement "Caring, Learning and Achieving Together" is something I feel drives every aspect of our school and underpins our unique ethos which many visitors and staff comment upon. Springfield is a fantastic, hard working school, where there is never a "normal day", being surrounded by committed, inspiring staff and diligent, motivated and enthusiastic children.
I am proud Mum to two Springfield children and joined the Springfield Governing body as a co-opted governor in November 2015. I work in fundraising and donor relations for the University of Manchester and am responsible for both the strategic direction and operational execution of the University’s major giving, regular giving and donor relations activities. The University actively encourages staff members to become school governors and provides additional support and resources that I also hope I can utilise for Springfield's benefit.
I joined the board of governors at Springfield Primary School in January 2016 where my son Oliver attends. I work for a large Global Management Consultancy and Accountancy firm spending most of my time leading large projects for Financial Services and Public Sector clients who are in the process of transforming their businesses and operations. I’m hopeful some of my professional experience will help me in my role as governor over the coming years as Springfield goes through a significant period of growth. I’m also very proud to be given the opportunity to influence and shape the future of the school and the lives of the children that attend.
I have lived in Sale for 35 years and spent 30 years with Greater Manchester Police, rising to the rank of Detective Superintendent, where I specialised in Professional Standards. I am married to Michelle and have two children who both live and work locally and experienced the Trafford Education system. I am a Local Labour Councillor for Sale Moor Ward and passionate about ensuring local people's voices are heard and represented. I am the School Safeguarding Governor and was Governor lead for the new build project. In Springfield we all have a local school we can be immensely proud of and I am proud to represent the school as a Governor.
I have been a Springfield Governor for over 10 years, being elected as a parent governor and then being asked to continue my involvement as a community governor. Only now, do I feel that I have got a good understanding of what makes Springfield special. During my time, I have served on all our different committees and have been the Chair of the Governors for a number of years. What motivates me to continue is the sense of community, inclusiveness and appetite for excellence that runs through school. I am also pleased to have been part of the Springfield Team, which helped to set Springfield on its biggest transformation yet, starting with our new extension and improved facilities for children and staff.
Michael MacDonald - LEA Governor
I was employed by Trafford Borough Council for 25 years but, during the nationwide Council cuts, was made redundant in 2011. During my latter years with them, I was their Equality, Diversity and Access Officer. I now work as a part-time Freelance Tutor for WEA (Worker's Education Association), North-West Regional Council, as a BSL (British Sign Language) Tutor & Deaf Awareness a Consultant. I also serve on the Sub-Committee for Trafford Disability Hate Crime Partnership, Diversity Communities Partnership and I am a Candidate for The Trafford Liberal Democrats Party representing Priory Ward. I am also on the Leadership Panel of the Trafford Youth Offence Team. Previously, I was also involved on the Executive Committee's Education Action Zone Partnership, Trafford & Salford Members of the Governors Partnership. I took over this role from Councillor Jane Brophy and feel that my broad knowledge and experience would prove beneficial to Springfield School. I am now a Trafford LEA Representative for Springfield Governor Body School. Incidentally, I am an ardent MAN U Fan (be nice to me) !!!
Andrew Rainford - Parent Governor
Reverend Barbara Sharp
I am The Reverend Barbara Sharp and am Vicar of St Pauls church next door to the school. Our motto is ‘Serving God and the Community’ and I see being a school governor as one of the ways I can serve the local community. I was a school governor in my last parish and really enjoyed it. I have previously worked as a Prison chaplain and for NACRO in the areas of education and recruitment. I am also a Mum and a Grandma.
I am a mum of 2 children, both of whom have attended Springfield since nursery. I have been a governor here since November 2007 and am currently the Chair of the Staffing, Teaching and Learning Committee. I qualified as a Solicitor in 1999. During my time as a Governor, I have been Link Governor for literacy, modern foreign languages, and numeracy. I also currently volunteer in year 2, which has given me first hand experience of life within school.
I am a very proud Mum of 4 children, Luca being my last child to be privileged to be educated by Springfield. By the time he leaves school I will have been a parent here for 20 years non stop! I absolutely love being a governor at Springfield and have been for 10 years. I have been on all committee’s and I am currently on the School Effectiveness team. My main passion is being a Mum and I also have my own business running antenatal hypnobirthing classes and birth support. I work closely with Wythenshawe hospital to promote positive birth and am currently writing a book on the subject! I feel honoured to be part of a wonderful school community.