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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?


Mrs. Angela Bradshaw MAAT: Chair of governors.

Angela has had contact with Goldenhill Primary for 14 years when her son started in nursery in 2006.


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 7 years ago. Running 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: Vice Chair of 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.


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 7 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 20 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 8 years. She teaches in the Reception class and is the Early Years Foundation Stage Manager within the school. She is also responsible for Pupil Premium, phonics and is Lead Teacher Educator.


Sara has been a teacher for the last 25 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 18 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 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 Teacher, SENDCO, Science lead and cover manager.


She currently teaches in Year One but has spent a number of years in every year group from Year One to Year Six.


Her work as Deputy Head has involved supporting the Head Teacher in all aspects of school life including the development of processes and procedures within the Academy. She is also a teacher representative on the Governing board.


She became SENDCO in September 2014 and has re-structured SEND provision in school in light of the new reforms. This involves working with children, staff and parents to secure the best possible outcomes for our struggling learners,


In her spare time she enjoys reading and travelling.


Mr. Ifzal Hussain- Vice Chair of Governors (Parent Governor)

Ifzal is currently a Teacher of Mathematics at Trentham Academy, he has taught Statistics, Science, Computing and Business Studies. He is currently working in developing schemes of work, incorporating technology and ICT in mathematics. He organises and runs different clubs and challenges at Trentham Academy to enrich student learning such as National Cipher Challenge (Southampton University), The Alan Turing Cryptography Competition (Manchester University), and the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT) challenge.


Ifzal has three children, two who attend Goldenhill Primary Academy. In his spare time enjoys spending time with family and travelling, also has a wide range of other interests such as architecture, history, sport and natural science.


He is a hardworking professional committed to working with children to making a positive difference.

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.

Becoming a Governor- Information for potential applicants