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Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

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

We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.

Who are the governors at Goldenhill Primary Academy?


Mr. Philip Shufflebotham: Trust appointed governor- Chair of governors.

Phil Shufflebotham is currently a Senior Assistant Principal at Ormiston Horizon Academy and has been a governor at Goldenhill for the past 2 years. He has been teaching in secondary education for the past 11 years in the subject of Business and Computing formerly ICT. During which time has risen through the ranks from NQT, to Head of Year, ks3 leader, Head of Department, E-safety officer, CEOP Ambassador and currently Senior Assistant principal (SAP) and Head of 6th form.


His current role includes overseeing the provision for all 6th form students at Ormiston Horizon, maintaining the highest quality provision and pastoral support for all students including those progressing to university, apprenticeship or employment, online-safety with safeguarding, staff CPD for new technologies and developments, academy website, social media accounts, line manager for subject areas, staff duties and raising intake for primary liaison/ partnerships.


Phil is a very driven individual who takes great pride in completing all tasks until the end. He has strong interpersonal skills and is able to communicate at all levels embracing staff, students and the community. He is very determined and is not afraid to challenge others and always puts the interests of the students at the front of his mind. He has an outstanding record in terms of teaching and learning and is highly respected throughout the academy trust and local authority.


Mrs. Louise Warrillow: Parent governor- Vice chair of Governors

Louise Warrillow has been a Governor at Goldenhill Primary School since 2010 and has one child in the academy, therefore has an interest in his and other children’s development through their school years. Louise was initially appointed as a Community Governor and attends all Governor meetings at the school and numerous Governors courses and conferences to improve her effectiveness in the role. After a short period of time Louise attained the position of vice chair of Governors. Louise is an active member of the Governing Body and a regular visitor to the school. She works closely with the Chair of Governors, staff and the Headteacher to ensure that the Strategic direction of the school enables all children to achieve their full potential and enjoy their learning experience.   


Louise has spent the last 20 years working at the LA where she has held various human resources positions, the current one is providing HR Consultancy support to schools and academies who purchase the HR SLA.  Louise is CIPD qualified and this experience is an asset to the academy.


Louise lives locally and wants to ensure that Goldenhill Primary remains one of the best schools in the area. Louise fully upholds the schools ethos and values.


Mr. Steven Martin, Head Teacher, B.A. (Hons) N.P.Q.H, governor

Steven Martin is the Head teacher of Goldenhill Primary School.  He has been the Head Teacher for 4 years.  Before that he was a Deputy Head Teacher for 7 years in another school in Stoke-on-Trent. He has enjoyed teaching in a range of schools since leaving university 15 years ago.  He has guest lectured at Manchester Metropolitan University focusing on creativity in science and in the curriculum.  He is married with two children and enjoys cooking, playing squash and reading.


Steven has experience in school support and has carried out continuing Professional Development in others schools as part of this process.


Here at Goldenhill Primary Academy we place great emphasis on developing the whole child; developing them into citizens of the future, ensuring that they achieve their potential.  We pride ourselves in developing engaging and motivating learning experiences that inspire children leading to a deeper level of understanding.


Mrs. Sara Cookson: Staff governor

Sara has been teacher governor at Goldenhill Primary Academy for the last 5 years. She teaches in the Reception class and is the Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage Manager within the school.


Sara has been a teacher for the last 22 years and has taught at two different schools. She was also a governor at her last school. She has experience of teaching from the Foundation Stage up to Year 4 and has coordinated a range of subjects including PSHE, maths and ICT. Sara has been part of the senior management team at Goldenhill for the last 15 years.


Sara has experience of delivering training sessions to staff in PDMs. She has mentored NQT’s and student teachers and also carries out Performance Management reviews with the Foundation Stage and key Stage 1 team.

Sara has analysed data and presented progress this to governors.


Sara is committed to improving all education of all the children at Goldenhill and has a professional manner throughout. She has a thorough understanding of the vision and development areas for her school.


Mrs. Sarah Howson, Deputy Head Teacher Goldenhill Primary Academy (Staff Governor)

Mrs. Howson has worked at Goldenhill Primary School since 1991. She is currently Deputy Head, SENDCO, Pupil Premium Lead and Assessment Lead.


She currently teaches in Year Four but has spent a number of years in every year group from Year One to Year Six. She has most recently taught in upper Key Stage Two.


As Deputy Head teacher she has worked with the Head Teacher to develop new assessment systems in light of the new curriculum and has analysed data to measure pupil impact. This has included all children including vulnerable groups.


She became SENDCO in September 2014 and has re-structured SEND provision in school in light of the new reforms.

Her work as Pupil Premium Lead has involved tracking and monitoring pupil progress, the development of Pupil Premium Intervention programs and the delivery of targeted Intervention groups.


In her spare time she is working towards taking her helicopter pilot’s license and riding motorbikes.


Mrs.  Angela Bradshaw: Parent governor.

Angela has had contact with Goldenhill Primary for 11 years when her son started in nursery in 2006. She still has her daughter within the school.


Angela worked as an area manager for 8 years, visiting high profile clients and manning a stall at the ideal home exhibition on numerous occasions. From there she moved on to assist the accounts manager with all accounting duties for 5 years. Having left this position to have her daughter, she took this time out to gain her AAT Accounting qualification which took 3 years. After this was obtained she started her own licensed accountancy business 4 years ago. Owning her own business she is a very motivated, organised person. Angela is used to communicating on all levels of management and her friendly approachable nature is a strength she is proud of. She like to see a task out to the end and puts 100% effort into this. A little bit of a perfectionist!


Angela has experience in financial and management accounting, budgeting, payroll, petty cash, costing, taxation, customer service/relations and complaints. She has qualifications in Business Studies and Customer Care.


Mrs Kate Douglas: Trust Appointed governor

Kate is currently Director of Primary Transition and Mathematics Teacher at Ormiston Horizon Academy. She has been teaching for 20 years, working for nine years within the primary sector before moving to secondary education. Her roles have been varied and have included; KS3 and KS4 Mathematics Teacher, KS2/3 Transition and Head of House.


In her current role Kate has developed transition arrangements across the academy and has built strong relationships with the local primary schools, working alongside a range of practitioners. She has worked closely with Goldenhill Primary School for the past five years promoting higher level Mathematics.


Kate has two children and in her spare time enjoys walking, visiting the theatre and travelling. She is local to the area and values the opportunity to serve as a Governor at Goldenhill Primary School and looks forward to working with the children, staff and families within the community.

Picture 1 Mr Phill Shufflebotham- Chair of governors
Picture 2 Mrs Angela Bradshaw- Parent governor
Picture 3 Mr Steven Martin- Head Teacher
Picture 4 Mrs Sara Cookson- Staff governor
Picture 5 Mrs Sarah Howson- Staff governor
Picture 6 Mrs Kate Douglas- Trust Appointed governor
Picture 7 Mrs Cath Derry- Trust Appointed governor

Becoming a governor.


Becoming a governor is very rewarding and worthwhile experience. Effective governors do not need educational expertise but do need to be committed to their academy, willing to ask questions and offer appropriate challenge and support.


They also need to be able to work as an enthusiastic member of the governing board team with the aim of raising and maintaining high educational standards for all children. Governors are asked to act with integrity, honesty and objectivity and act at all times in the best interests of the academy.


The prime focus of the Governing Board is to develop the strategic direction of the academy, be accountable to stakeholders and to ensure that financial resources are spent appropriately.


Governors also have a number of opportunities to access training or development to develop and enhance their knowledge and skills.


It is important to note that governors are elected or appointed to bring the experience of that individual as a member of the governing board. Once elected, parent governors are a representative parent but not a delegate. This means they are not expected to report back to parents on any matters relating to the academy or governing board without prior consent from the governing board.