Shocklach Oviatt Church of England Primary School has a governing body drawn from parents, the community the local authority, the church and school staff. There is one meeting of the full Governing Body each term, as well as one meeting of each of the two subcommittees: Finance, Personnel and Premises; and Teaching, Learning, Curriculum and Standards. There is also a Marketing group made up from governors from both subcommittees, which meets regularly throughout the school year.
We currently have vacancies for two co-opted governors and are looking for people in the community to join our proactive governing body. If you are interested in playing a valuable role in supporting this delightful small rural school, or know somebody else who is, please contact the Executive Headteacher.

School Governors

Kath Shephard,  Executive Headteacher
Mel Gilbert, Staff Governor
Emily Gilruth, Parent Governor
John Hirst - Parent Governor (Chair)
Shaileena Ramoutar-Evans, Co-opted
Ian Bartholomew, Co-opted
Ceri Tomlins, Local Authority
Helen Peel - Parent Governor
Rob Jones - Parent Governor
Rev David Black-(Chair) - Foundation
Carol Bennion, Co-opted

All governors are unpaid volunteers, giving freely of their time and skills in this capacity.  This promotes a consensual and co-operative style of governance and progressive development.  In a successful school such as Shocklach, the emphasis is on maintaining and continually developing the high quality of education delivered.

All governors take an active part in daily school life and are well known to children and parents alike. Governors regularly attend school assemblies, events and performances as well as volunteering to help at school in various ways such as in guided reading sessions, talks to the children on learning topics and at school and STSA run events. Through our Link Governor roles we also visit the school to partake in such activities as learning walks and attending meetings with relevant subject leaders.

Governors produce a regular newsletter for parents and gain more formal feedback from parents via questionnaires.

Some of our Governor profiles

David Black - Foundation Governor

I have been chair of governors since 2015. I have lived with my wife Viv in Tilston since 2004 with grandchildren in David_Black.jpgLondon, Cambridge and Singapore! Following many years in teaching and business I was ordained in 2012 and am now the associate priest for St Mary's and St Edith's. I have had a lifetime in education and am still convinced that education, informed by faith, is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world - in our own small way that's what we are going here in Shocklach, changing the world.

Ceri Tomlins - LA GovernorCeri_Tomlins.jpg
This is my second term as a governor at Shocklach Oviatt. I am chair of the Teaching, Learning, Curriculum and Standards committee, with particular responsibility for SEND and AG&T provision. I am also a Charity Trustee for our school PTA (Shocklach and Threapwood School Association), helping to raise money to provide ‘the icing on the cake’ for our children. I have lived in Malpas with my husband and children for over ten years. Our daughter is at the Bishop Heber High School, and our son is in Year 6 at Shocklach. I am a freelance editor of both fiction and non-fiction publications, and have worked for several education companies specialising in adult literacy and numeracy.

Mrs_Shaileena_Ramoutar-Evans.jpgShaileena Ramoutar-Evans - Co-opted Governor
I am married to Mark and we live in Shocklach and have a daughter and two sons.  Manisha attended Shocklach School (she is now at university), Ethan is in year 6 and Aash attends toddlers at School.  I work as an assistant management accountant at Mouchel and have been there for just over 14 years. Because of this expertise I sit on the Finance, Personnel and Premises committee. In my spare time I am the Chairperson (along with Mark) of the Malpas Junior Cricket Club. We have 2 Under 9 Teams, U11, U13, U15 currently playing in the North East Wales League. My interests are cooking, especially Indian food, and we all love our family holidays to Mauritius.

Ian_Bartholomew_Medium.jpgIan Bartholomew - Co-opted Governor
I have worked as an actor and singer extensively in Theatre, Television, Radio and Film for over forty years. I have been a governor at Shocklach School for six years now, and continue to enjoy the challenges it brings. I am married to Loveday, a theatre director, and we have two children. Nellie-Bea our eldest, has finished at Shocklach and has started in Year 7 at Abbey Gate College, and our son James is in Year 4 at Shocklach School.

Trisha Swift - Foundation Governor
I have lived in the Cheshire area for over 17 years now with my husband David and family. My four children all went to schools locally, and I was a governor at a local primary where my two youngest attended. My children are now in their 20's and 30's and have flown the nest. I am a Pastoral Worker for the churches in Tilston and Shocklach. I enjoy singing and walking my border terrier Dudley. I am part of the Community, Wellbeing and Communication Committee.

Emily Gilruth - Parent Governor
My two daughters are at Shocklach in years 2 and reception, and I became a governor in March 2015 and also chair the Marketing sub committee.  The role is very different from my day job training event horses.  I am also a director of Topwood Security Shredding, which my husband and I set up 14 years ago in Threapwood, where we live.

John Hirst - Parent Governor (Chair)
I moved into the area 5 years ago with my wife Nikki and we are now living in Threapwood.  Three of our children are at the school whilst our youngest regularly attends the toddler group there.  I started in my role as a governor in March 2016 and sit on the Teaching, Learning, Curriculum and Standards subcommittee.  I am a self-employed computer programmer, working mostly in the banking and public sectors.  In my spare time I enjoy cycling and running.

Carol Bennion - Co-opted Governor
I have lived in Threapwood for 10 years following my marriage to Chris and retirement from a career in business advice and marketing. I am a member of Threapwood Parish Council, Threapwood Community Committee and a DirectoCarol_Bennion.jpgr of Chris Bennion Consultancy.  I am a passionate gardener and my husband and I open our garden under the National Garden Scheme.  I have been a volunteer reader at the school for over three years and this is my first year as a Governor.

Governor Attendance
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