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Wesley Methodist Primary School Forth Road, Manchester

Structure of the Governing Body


Meeting Notes/Minutes


Meet the Governors

Mrs Dafter - Class Teacher - Year 3/4
Mrs Dafter
Class Teacher - Year 3/4
Helen Harris - Foundation Governor
Helen Harris
Foundation Governor
Alex Hughes - Governor
Alex Hughes

Tom King - Chair of Governors
Tom King
Chair of Governors
Dr John Illsley - Vice-Chair of Governors
Dr John Illsley
Vice-Chair of Governors
Judith Godfrey - Governor
Judith Godfrey

Gavin Greaves - Governor
Gavin Greaves
Rev. Chris Haines - Governor
Rev. Chris Haines

Tom King

My name is Tom King; I am the Chair of Governors at Wesley School.

 Why did I decide to become a governor at Wesley School?

I first got to know Wesley School nearly ten years ago when I started to help out by leading school assemblies and doing some RE lessons. I really enjoyed being in the school, so after a few years I asked the Head Teacher, Mr Hirst if I could help out in any other ways. He suggested that I become a Parent Governor, which seemed like a great idea at the time… 5 years later I can say that it was a good decision and I love every moment that I spend with the pupils and staff at Wesley School.

 What being a governor at Wesley means to me.

It means having the privilege of being involved in the life of a fantastic school, getting alongside pupils and staff to work with them as we strive to be the best we can as individuals and as a school. My role is to encourage, challenge and celebrate achievement in the school. As the Chair of Governors, my specific role is to see how the school is being led, and to keep my eye on whether the school is going in the right direction.

 What experience and qualities do I bring to the role?

I have been involved in schools work for ten years and have worked in many schools during that time, leading assemblies and RE lessons for thousands of children. I also have experience in mentoring and coaching children on a one to one and small group basis, as well as Pastoral Care with teachers and parents.

I have qualifications in Social Work, Counselling and Theology.

My specific areas on the governing body are;

As Chair of the Governing Body I have to have an understanding about all areas of school life. I also take a special interest in Safeguarding, School Finances, Pastoral Care, SEN, Literacy, the Schools Development Plan and Performance Management.

Dates of Service

Joined Governing Body as Parent Governor 19/11/2010

Appointed Chair of Governors 01/09/2015


John Illsley

My name is John Illsley and I am currently Vice-Chair of Governors here at Wesley

Why did I decide to become a governor here at Wesley…?

I am the Methodist Superintendent Minister covering Bury and so Wesley as a Methodist school is part of my work. But I have always been passionate about working with schools, the children, staff, parents and wider community. A child only get one go at school and what happens at primary school is so important. I know this from my own two children, now grown up.

What being a governor at Wesley means to me..?

It means supporting, encouraging and challenging the staff in what they are trying to do; it means using whatever talents I have to serve the school and move the school on to even better things. It means using the experience I have had in working in other places to bring in new ways of thinking and doing.

What experience and qualities do I bring to the role..?

I bring years of experience as a Methodist Minister in different places; I have and indeed now serve other schools as Governor, having been a Chair in Sheffield. Before I became a Minister I worked for many years as an Accountant and so I bring financial awareness and abilities to what can be a complex task of school budgets. A school needs to control its finances but also use that money for the children and staff. I love doing assemblies and am good at strategic thinking and chairing meetings.

My specific areas on the Governing body are:

Vice-Chair, Finance, Pupil Premium, Maths


Dates of Service

Appointed to Governing Body as Foundation Governor 07/11/2011

Appointed Vice Chair 07/11/2011 


Chris Haines

My name is Reverend Chris Haines, but all the children and staff know me as Reverend Chris. I am the minister of Wesley Methodist Church on Ainsworth Road, as well as of Bridge and Close, the other two Methodist churches in Radcliffe. I have been a Foundation Governor for three years, since moving to Radcliffe to begin ministry here, and have special responsibility for corporate worship and RE, as well as recently becoming Link Governor for Modern Languages.


Dates of Service

Appointed to Governing Body as Foundation Governor 29/11/2012

Judith Godfrey

As a parent of 2 children I am keen to  support the school, staff and the children to reach their full potential.
As a careers adviser it also supports my role to help understand how schools work to support and enable children to learn and succeed. I feel my empathy skills and ability to motivate people helps me in my role as a govenor. I also have links with employers to bring young people up to date with new skills and hope that I can use these as well to support the school and local community.

Dates of Service

Appointed to Governing Board as Parent Governor - 27/11/2013


Helen Harris

My name is Helen Harris, I am Foundation Governor at the School and have been since the beginning of 2015.   I work in the school Kitchen as a Catering Assistant and I also run the local Beaver Scout Group at Wesley Church of which quite a few Wesley school children attend. The reason I became a Governor is to be able to strengthen the link between the school and the church.  


Dates of Service

Appointed to Governing Board as Foundation Governor 21/01/2015

Maxine Horne

My name is Maxine Horne. I am a Parent Governor at Wesley Methodist Primary School. As a parent of two children at the school and as a Radcliffe resident, I am keen to support Wesley to serve the children and the local community in the best way possible.  My day job is a full time researcher employed by the University of Salford. I use my research skills to support staff at the school evaluate research into new practice and collect evidence for OFSTED and the local authority around new or current practices in the school. My main area of work for the governing body is around data and assessment. I am also linking up with the Early Years provision. 


Dates of Service:

Appointed to Governing Board as Parent Governor March 2017

Gavin Greaves

My name is Gavin Greaves. I am a Parent Governor at Wesley Methodist Primary School. This is the school I went to myself and it is a real privilege to be able to send my own children here and to serve the school as a governor. 

I have extensive experience and knowledge in the construction industry, which I use to help the school in any way that I can. 


Dates of Service:

Appointed to Governing Board as a Parent Governor 09/02/2016

Alex Hughes

My name is Alex Hughes. I am in my second year as a school Governor at Wesley Methodist Primary School. My eldest daughter has progressed through the school from reception class to year six. I firmly believe the education and nurturing she has received at Wesley has allowed her to make her transition to high school confidently. My son is currently in year four and is progressing well and is happy in his class.
I have worked closely within the school for the past seven years as a member of the Parent’s Association. In this capacity, I have got to know the school well and I have seen first-hand how the staff at Wesley go above and beyond to enrich the education of the children. I have also gained an understanding of the value of the link between the school and the local community and how this impacts directly on the children’s future.
I thoroughly enjoy my role as school Governor in which I am learning about other areas of school life. My specific link areas on the Governing Body are PE and English. I ensure I attend regular Governor training sessions to keep informed and to learn what I need to know to support the school. I have work experience in management and finance and have just finished studying for an English Degree. I feel the skills I have help me to offer support where needed. Most importantly I feel the greatest contribution I can make to the Governing Body comes from being a parent. I care passionately about my children’s education, the environment they are in, and the people who care for them day to day. I count myself lucky that my children attend Wesley and am glad of the opportunity to give something back.


Dates of Service:

Appointed by the Board of Governors  as a Co-Opted Governor 12/01/2016

David Howard

My name is David Howard. I am a Parent Governor At Wesley Methodist Primary School. I became a Governor so that I could use my skills and experience to benefit the school and help the children to have the best education possible. It is a privilege to be able to give something back and to be part of school life. 


I work as an office manager for a firm of accountants, and have experience and skills in administration and systems management. Amongst other things, I oversee the governor's training needs and all areas of IT in the school, including the school website.   


Dates of Service:

Appointed to Governing Board as a Parent Governor 03/2017