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About our Governors:

Steve Whatmore

I joined the Governing Body in October 2013.

I am a National Leader of Governance. (NLG)

In addition to my governor role at St. Andrew's where I chair the Curriculum and Data Committee I am also Chair of Governors at Bridgewater High School Academy (secondary), Chair of Governors at New Horizons School (pupil referral unit) and Chair of the SOAC/IEB at University of Chester Academy Northwich (secondary.)

I am a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. (FCA)

Married with two daughters aged 30 and 28.

Wendy McKinnon

I am proud to be part of such a dedicated, hard-working and enthusiastic governing body.

I became Head teacher at St. Andrew’s in November 2014 and, as a team of staff and Governors, we are continually striving to improve our academic performance. Alongside this we are passionate in ensuring that the children are given the opportunity to experience learning outside the classroom.

I am committed to ensuring that every child achieves more than they think they are capable of doing.

Tracy Robinson

I was appointed as a foundation governor for St Andrew's in July 2015. I am the finance and operations director of a Warrington Multi Academy Trust and have over 15 years experience of working in the education sector, supporting schools of various sizes with financial and operational strategy and planning. I am looking forward to working with everyone to ensure every child continues to achieve their potential in a caring and safe environment.  

Holly Dixon

Clare Swann

I am very happy to have been appointed as the Local Authority Governor at St. Andrew’s School.  I have previously been a governor at two schools in the North East of England and have been Chair of Governors at Oughtrington Primary for over four years until May 2021.  I am a trustee of the Beam Education Trust.

I have worked in primary and secondary education throughout my professional life and enjoy all the challenges and rewards of supporting children and their families.

I have been made very welcome by the school community at St Andrew’s and I enjoy working with other governors and staff at this amazing school.

Jon Callister

I am head of Health & Safety and Facilities management for the largest private pension company in the UK. I have been there over 15 years and hope to bring some of that experience to the school.

I am church leader locally at Hebron Church and I will be taking on a Foundation Governor role to help support the superb Christian ethos at St. Andrew's School.

I am married with two sons and enjoy most sports, especially football but I won't tell you which team I support.

Ali Noble

I am delighted to have been appointed as a foundation governor for St Andrew's school (March 23) and I am really looking forward to working with the existing skilled and experienced team of governors to support the school on its fantastic journey. I am a qualified teacher with 15+ years senior leadership experience within primary education and I am looking to put the knowledge and skills I have gained to effective use in my new role within the St Andrew's school family.

I am active member of a Warrington Church and as such, I am pleased to be able to focus on the strong Christian distinctiveness and ethos of the school. I know from experience that getting this foundation right, is essential to the personal development and wellbeing of everyone within the school community.

I am passionate about children having the absolute best educational journey both academically and personally, so that they can flourish and enjoy life in all its fullness.

It is with this drive that I will undertake my governor duties diligently.

Rev Gill Hitchen

I am the C of E Priest for St Andrew's Church, Orford.  Before moving here I served with parishes in Kirkby and Saint Helens and have training in Biblical, Pastoral and Applied theology.  

I have newly joined the governing body in 2021 and am a link governor for Personal Development.  

I am thrilled to be working with children in this area and hope to be a point of extra pastoral support for staff too.  

I shall work closely with classes as they continue to develop in their excellent response to the core Christian values of the school. 

This is my first time being a school governor so I'm delighted to be part of such a dynamic hard working team in a school that's so friendly and welcoming.

I have three step children with husband Mike. 

Kerry Mwamule

I am delighted with the opportunity to become a part of the governing body as a parent governor. I’m blessed with 2 amazing children who are happy & secure at St Andrew’s. I work in finance and am currently studying for an Association of Accounting Technicians qualification.

I am passionate about the health, happiness and wellbeing of all our children. I’m excited to take this role as I’m proud to be part of St Andrews! I believe it’s a great school offering opportunities & support to all.

Personally, I love to travel - mostly uk camping & caravan holidays these days..but previously I have enjoyed spending time in East Africa helping the local community and charities. My other favourite things to do are woodland walks and reading a good mystery! 

Rachael Harper

I feel very privileged to be joining the governing body as a parent governor because I'm passionate about educational empowerment.  I am looking forward to working with the highly skilled and experienced team of governors to aid progression at the school.

My two wonderful children are happy and thriving at St Andrews due to the calm, structured and caring environment offered.

I'm a foster parent with a degree in early childhood studies and I'm also a self-published author of psychological fiction novels. My background is mainly in early years, I've also taught English as a foreign language online and have been an education lecturer in colleges.

I'm excited to be part of a thriving school that has such a strong emphasis on faith, community, and learning. Growing up with ADHD, I found it difficult to access mainstream education which is why I am so passionate about equipping children with the skills they need for the future through equal opportunities.

My faith is important to me, and I enjoy being an active member of my local church.  In my spare time I love to read, cross-stitch, volunteer and enjoy days out with family and friends.

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