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Heronshaw School

Contacting the governing body:


If you wish to make contact with John Canhan, Chair of Governors please do so by sending a letter in a sealed envelope marked for his attention via the Heronshaw school office or via email on:

Alternatively, speak to Steph Boak regarding standardised Goverance information for IFtL.

Dear Parents

On behalf of the Governing Board and all Staff of Heronshaw School, I want to welcome you and your child to our School.

I have been a Governor here at the School for over 6 years as a Governor, vice-Chair and now as Chair of Governors. I am very proud of the School, Staff and the progress that both the School and children have made in that time. As a parent of 2 children that have been through the school journey here at Heronshaw I was always impressed at the continued progress my children made over their 3 years at this School.

I was also heavily involved as a Governor during the Ofsted process when we as a School went from a good rating to an outstanding rating, the work put in by the Head Teacher and all staff at the School was impressive. The Governing Boards role with the Head Teacher is to make sure that the School is continuing to provide an outstanding Education to all our children. If you would like to know more about being a member of the Governing Board please ask at reception.

The Governing Board and every member of Staff are very proud of our School and the excellent education that we provide for your children, every child matters to us and our aim is for every child to achieve their full potential.

We hope that you will support us as your child begins their educational journey into School life and that you will be able to share with us some of the many exciting adventures your child will undertake. We pride ourselves on our open and friendly approach and hope that you will always feel comfortable talking and engaging with us. We always like to hear from parents on how their child is progressing and enjoying life within our School community, likewise if you think we can improve anything at the School or for your child please talk to a member of staff.

I look forward to meeting you and want to wish you and your child every success at Heronshaw School.

Yours sincerely,

John Canham

Chair of Governors

 More about us

Mr John Canham
Chair of Heronshaw School Governing Body.
I was elected as parent Governor in October 2013. I sit on the Teaching and Learning committee, I also have responsibility for Sports premium, H&S and behaviour.  I am a parent Governor with two children, one who has already progressed through the school and the younger one currently attends Heronshaw.   I am committed to serving Heronshaw School by providing a strategic approach and support to our Head Teacher so that she can provide the best possible education to all our children and develop all the staff involved at the School. I have over 30 years’ experience in management, finance implications, risk management, efficiency management and resourcing.  My interests and hobbies include Badminton, Squash, Metal detecting, Camping, Music and DIY.


Ms. Davine Ngani-Oketch
I am an elected parent governor since 23 September 2016. My son is currently in year 2 at Heronshaw and my daughter who is in high school also attended Heronshaw.  I am an Advocate in Kenya and a Solicitor in England & Wales specialising in commercial law. My day job involves advising on projects including commercial aspects of school status conversions. I look forward to serving as a governor for the next four years and to being part of an excellent team of staff, parents and other governors that work hard to ensure that every child in the school achieves their full potential. I also hope to see Heronshaw, already an outstanding school, continue to maintain its very high standards and to grow in all aspects.


Mrs Danielle Chapman
I am a parent governor and joined the Board very recently.  My son attends Heronshaw and I have another younger child who will hopefully join in the future.  I am delighted to be supporting the team at Heronshaw and assisting with the ongoing dedicated work that they are delivering. Outside of Heronshaw I have 15 years’ worth of Regulatory and Political risk analysis and now work locally within a local law firm. My interests are Memetics, Horse Riding and Salsa Dancing.

Mrs Nicole Bramwell
I have been at Heronshaw for over ten years and had the pleasure of being part of a school that constantly strives to do better for its children. Having led across the school, I understand the importance of being part of a child’s first experience of school and the journey that they take. I am one of the deputy heads and am reponsible for teaching, learning and assessment across the school and my role in governors is to report on the progress and attainment as well as discussing the strategic elements of the school development plan. I am a maths SLE (Specialist Leader in Education) and work across the IFtL trust schools as maths lead.


Mr Jamie Ainscow
I am one of the school's deputy Headteachers. I have been at Heronshaw School since September 2015 and have led in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. During my ten years teaching overseas in the Netherlands I sat on the organisation's 'works council' as Vice Chair. At Heronshaw, I have responsibility for the pastoral aspects across the school such as behaviour, pupil support and the celebration of our values. I am the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and also lead the Safeguarding Strategy Group for the IFtL academy trust.


Mr Sid Ceekala
Hello. I am a parent governor at Heronshaw School. As a governor it gives me a great opportunity to involve and assist the team with their excellent work at this school. I, as a critical friend to the staff, am here to support school to maintain its high standards and status at 'outstanding' level. I have over 15 years' experience in business transformations, mergers and acquisitions, cultural change, divestitures and vendor on-boarding. My hobbies include church bell ringing, travel and gym.


Dr Emmanuela Tilley
New governor - joined in 2018. (Bio to follow).


Mrs Mihaela Tutui Oprisan
Parent governor - joined in 2018. (Bio to follow).


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Last update: 2019-03-13